Barking Squirrel Lager - Hop City Brewing Co.

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Barking Squirrel LagerBarking Squirrel Lager

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BA SCORE
79
okay

469 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 8
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hop City Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Barking Squirrel is a 5% ABV amber lager with a distinct rich burnt orange colour and subtle noble hop aroma. Its medium body, pleasant hop bitterness and caramel malt sweetness makes it smooth and drinkable with a slight hop aftertaste.

24 IBU

(Beer added by: Viggo on 11-16-2009)
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light amber colored lager body, clear and clean. Poured a nice head, sticky and tall.

S - A fresh and crisp lagered bouquet. Sweet aromas, subtle grains, honey. Wafts of fresh hops and sweet malty notes. Balanced and intriguing.

T - Definitely clean and crisp as I had hoped. Fresh, green, sweet hops. A bit of malt sweetness and dry bread hints. The hop profile is what shines through, with a good clean presentation. This is on the lighter side of flavor, but it is a drinking lager.

M - Light-medium bodied, properly carbonated, smooth. Definitely a session beer.

O - Really not bad at all, a drinkable lager. Pretty balanced, with the hops taking the stage. However, this is not a very hoppy beer, with 24 IBUs.

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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2/5  rDev -41.9%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Slatetank
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I bought this as part of a mix-a-six from Giant in Linglestown PA, enjoyed chilled in a mug.

The color is deep copper bordering on bronze with good clarity and two fingers of thick tan head with avg sized bead and decent lacing. The aroma is very malty with bready munich type malt aromas with slight yeast ester and mild nutty element in the nose with light hop scents. The feel is great with semi-full body with moderate bitterness and medium carbonation with a mild diacetyl presence with somewhat dry finish with low sweetness and mild grainy texture.

This is a lager with pleasant malt flavors right off and nice blend of nuttiness with a toasted grain taste from the munich malt as described on the label. The malt tastes fresh, yet not overly sweet which is a good foundation for the subtle hop flavor which add to the mild yeast taste. The maltiness goes well with the hops which have a hint of herbal profile as the lager finishes semi-dry. Overall I really enjoyed this a very good lager with a nice balance of flavor which makes it more drinkable thany many of this style. I would not hesitate to buy this again even though I was on the fence about the first purchase.

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real big fluffy white head with lots of staying power, big in size at about three fingers and not going anywhere. Collapses very slowly with pock marked peaks and valleys. Body is a very clear and bronze amber color, with little noticeable rising carbonation. What does show goes up really small and very slowly. Real nice looking.

Nose is clean, light malt caramel, a sense of slight sticky yeast. Quite nice and simple and pleasurable. Some light grass sharp hops just hide in the back.

Very light bodied caramel on the palate. Hits with a good malt backbone with a very light feel but not too wet. Hints of light brown sugar, and almost Marzen like appeal. A good brown bread toasty finish too, with just a little bit of mild hop bitterness that isn't very distinguishable.

It's not very complex, but it's stupid easy drinking, in fact VERY easy drinking. Quite enjoyable a good amber lager worth exploring again.

Photo of Omnium
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a lighter amber color, minimal head, goes away fast
S - Yeasty, some malt in there, not a lot goin on.
T - Tastes like a run of the mill beer, basic lager that has no real definition or outstanding qualities.
M - Lighter in feel, goes down easy.
O - Bleh, with a name like hop city you'd think they'd try to incorporate more hops into their beers, but thats quite the opposite. There's no real hop bite or flavors in here, tastes like minutely watered down Yuengling with less flavor. No thanks.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Barking Squirrel Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.