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Barking Squirrel Lager - Hop City Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
79
okay

454 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 454
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.99%
Wants: 8
Gots: 54 | 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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Photo of bshiban
2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

bshiban, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

ejimhof, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of knb112
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

knb112, Mar 04, 2013
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.

smakawhat, Mar 04, 2013
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.

Omnium, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Rojada1988
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Rojada1988, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of JeanPaulValley
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

JeanPaulValley, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of ddavison
3/5  rDev -12.8%

ddavison, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of MobileMike
4/5  rDev +16.3%

MobileMike, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of phamda
4/5  rDev +16.3%

phamda, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of MFauver35
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

MFauver35, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Top_Jimmy
4.46/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - This beer pours a dark honey colour with a nice creamy head. Beautiful lacing remains .

Smell - A nice mild scent of Hops and malt nothing to overpowering.

Taste - Crisp with a nice amount of bitter, Mild to Medium hops makes this very enjoyable and not over the top.

Mouthfeel - The beer has a nice full bodied creamy mouthfeel and great carbonation.

Overall - A great beer, just the right amount of bitter hops as not to be over the top.

Top_Jimmy, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Dannynoonan123
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Dannynoonan123, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of schneidk
3/5  rDev -12.8%

schneidk, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of ghisty
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance:
pours a reddish amber, small head but it was a bit warm, low carb, but thats fine by me. laces just a touch. very red for an amber. almost mahogany.despite lack of ehad it retains its carb reasonably for the small amount there is to begin with.

smell:
very malted. but also heavy on hops. a bit smoky. a bit sharp on the nose, but pleasant and not at all offending, the grains involved become more present as the pint gets low.bitter smelling, and intruiging at the same time.

taste:
full bodied, has a very present malt as with the nose, and the hops really shine,
alot sharper than expected from the amount of carb, levels out to a medium malty
with some nice hints of roasted grain and maybe even a nutty flavour in there someplace .alot sharper and hoppy than most ambers ive had.
finish is malty as hell, maybe a bit dry, definatly session worthy.

mouthfeel:
sharp at first , levels out nicely, finish is somewhat dry, leaves a thin malty bit behind
mouthfeel is always hard to describe but even more so with this lager.

overall:
this lager has alot of the traits of an english ale, but with alot more hops, and a sharper malt, tried it on a risk, not dissapointed at all, as far a craft beers go this one isnt bad at all, if anything the only thing id say lacks is the amount of head.
taste is great, very hoppy. very bright. its different, if you want something not the norm esspecially where lager is concerned, give it a try. I will be buying it again. its not a game changer, but it has things about it I cant help but like.

**something odd.. i always pour out beer into a glass.. but i drank a few of these from the bottle out ice fishing..seems to taste better direct from bottle..maybe it was just the environment tho.**

ghisty, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of DaPan
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

DaPan, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of thomscottson
3.75/5  rDev +9%

thomscottson, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of NightINgale
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

NightINgale, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of jmdrpi
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, no clear bottling date on label.

appears a clear light copper color with rusty orange highlights. off-white head, good head retention. earthy aroma. cracked corn, some mild grassy hops.
taste is just a bit of malt, grain. one note, not complex. thin to medium body, medium carbonation.

overall - an okay beer, but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to drink again.

jmdrpi, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of jdbonnette
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice lager. I am very into IPA's so this has a touch of hops at the end after a malty beginning, which I kind of enjoy. Not a bad after taste. Overall, a decent beer. I might buy it again. At this point I am kind of on the fence with this brew. A case would probably not make it into my house.

jdbonnette, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Cylinsier
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can.

Pours a deep clear gold, two inch white head. Dissipates slowly.

Mild dry hoppy bitterness and bready semi-sweet malts.

Slightly toasty bread and butter malts make up the flavor.

Medium body with light bubbly carbonation.

A solid and pretty tasty drinkable lager, easy to drink. Good thirst quencher, would have it again.

Cylinsier, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a medium golden colored brew with a one finger white fizzy head. The head faded very fast leaving only a small level of lacing.

Smell-The smell is rather clean and simple. It’s mainly of toasted malt and a small amount of caramel sweetness.

Taste –The taste begins with a smoother malty flavor mixed with a light amount of caramel malt sweetness. As the flavor moves on, the caramel fades some with a more bready flavor coming to the tongue. A light citrus hop flavor accompanies the breadiness. The hop starts out rather weak and gets slightly stronger as it advances to the end where a little bit of floral and hay-like hops joins the profile. Overall the flavors end up leaving a dry and lightly hopped bready flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side for a lager style of only 5 % abv, with a carbonation level that is rather low. The feel really doesn't suit the style very well as it doesn't make for an as refreshing and crisp brew as a more traditional lighter body and higher carbonation level do.

Overall- It is an OK brew, but this is one I wouldn't likely go to again as there are much better and/or cheaper out there.

Darkmagus82, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of polloenfuego
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

polloenfuego, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Two fingers of head looks massive and rocky. Light amber color. Nice look.

Pale grains, light toast, and some grassy Noble hops. Slightly metallic, but not offendingly so.

Snappy crisp with a Hallertau bite. Barley sweetness before a bitter hopped finish. Toasty like a Marzen, but a little drier. Slight gasoline note. Nice German flair. Tastes like a Vienna Lager.

Medium-thin, with some rip-and-romp carb. Easy to take back.

I'll be ordering more of these at the local dive. I'm a fan, what can I say?

thecheapies, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of khargro2
1.25/5  rDev -63.7%

khargro2, Jan 24, 2013
Barking Squirrel Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 454 ratings.