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Barking Squirrel Lager - Hop City Brewing Co.

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387 Ratings
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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 6
Gots: 32 | 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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EFR94

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

11-11-2012 00:58:21 | More by EFR94
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Analog_kid

Pennsylvania

1.75/5  rDev -49%

11-10-2012 05:20:00 | More by Analog_kid
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foureyedgeek

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

11-06-2012 23:04:55 | More by foureyedgeek
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.5%

11-06-2012 18:47:48 | More by cfalovo97
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

2.3/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

pint can into snifter. not exactly sure what the coding on the bottom of the can means...

A: clear amber hued body. slightly off-white head with great retention. lacing is good as well.

S: oxidized. very malty. the use of the crystal malt is obvious and very present.

T: sweet caramel dominates the body. the sugar is a bit astringent. and cloying. body is seriously lacking as i find it a bit watery.

M: moderate amount of fizz. light/medium-ish body.

D: i wouldnt hate to see some more hops here Hop City. i actually wish this beer wasnt this big as it is a bit hard to sip. boo, pass.

Serving type: can

11-03-2012 20:11:04 | More by Jimmys
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jniagar1

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2%

11-02-2012 22:18:15 | More by jniagar1
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Hessian257

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

11-02-2012 14:59:30 | More by Hessian257
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hdofu

Maryland

2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I tried to like this one but it has some problems for me. Appearance is pale, Smell is sour. Taste starts out ok tasting like a typical lager.... but the more one drinks the more it has this inescapable nasty finish that builds. If it weren't for the finish I wouldn't mind the beer so much. but that kills it for me. Overall I have to say the squirrels bark is worse then it's bite.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 00:46:28 | More by hdofu
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 16oz CAN into a pint glass.

Barking Squirrel Lager looks the part with a mild shade of bronze with some light gold balanced within. The hed is off white and tight looking leaving minor cling. Smell is a typical lager, the malt is front and center, some grassy appeal, caramel and I don't get ANY hops, either way I classify this more as a lager than a red ale. 24IBU's is low IMO, so don't go looking for a hop fix although the CAN may fool you with the graphic on it. The taste is pure lager, with grain balancing out with caramel and crystal malt. I guess there is some hops used, but they aint reaching my tounge. Feel is in between light and medium, for 5%, I expected a lighter body. Not bitter at all while the carb is felt. This will be in the runnings if I need a quick lager fix from the CAN if Im hiking.

Serving type: can

10-25-2012 02:50:27 | More by BARFLYB
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a light amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts and grains. Taste is also a bit on the mild side, some malts, lightly hopped, easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a refreshing but somewhat bland beer.

Serving type: can

10-23-2012 19:39:07 | More by tone77
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.5%

10-21-2012 06:13:59 | More by mdillon86
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours pretty great, typical amber lager look with a 1/2 inch of head and surprising level of sticky lacing.

S - Smells clean with little lager skunk, hardly no hops, and a touch of caramel and toffee malt.

T - I really wanted to like this but the finish reminds me of a skunky pilsner. The beer overall is not bad with a decent level of sweetness and is smooth. I prefer Straub's amber lager.

M - Light to medium easy to finish.

Overall I didn't know what to expect with this. With so much hop reference it wasn't very hoppy and the flavor wasn't ground breaking. Not bad just a step up from your typical american amber lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 03:09:29 | More by DrDemento456
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ronniebruner

Arizona

3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I really wanted to like this beer more than I actually did. This is a very ordinary lager beer. It has your typical light yellowish hue, extra carbonation, malty feel, and a great deal of foam and lace. This beer is average in every sense of the word. Buy a single can before you commit to a 4 pack or a case.

Serving type: can

10-20-2012 05:39:56 | More by ronniebruner
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paulhargus

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

10-18-2012 20:13:40 | More by paulhargus
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AlexChillton

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +2%

10-14-2012 19:36:07 | More by AlexChillton
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morimech

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Attractive enough as is pours a clear amber with a steady two fingers of head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Clean lager aroma that is a balance of pale malt and German hops. A little bready and cracker-like with spicy, peppery hops.

The flavor is also balanced and clean tasting. Not the most exciting beer but I guess it is not this beers purpose. Just a little more bready and caramel malt than a pilsner. Some hop flavor but I would of liked some more to excite the palate more. Could of used a little more bitterness as well. Finishes semi-sweet.

Body is on the lighter side but feels weighty enough for a 5% ABV lager. Is nicely carbonated. Lively without being harsh.

Good for what it is. A simple easy drinking beer. I would prefer Boston Lager being at the same price point. I see this comes in cans as well. Why did they send us bottles then? Seems like a stupid idea.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 16:33:28 | More by morimech
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wander4

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2%

10-14-2012 01:54:35 | More by wander4
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DNew15

Delaware

4.95/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As a middle-atlantic resident, when I ask for a lager I get a Yuengling, but I wish I got a Hop City Barking Squirrel instead (this is close to a sin for a guy who lives close to PHL!). Love the dark brown color and pleasant hint of caramel oders of this beer. A definite must have for any fan of lager. My favorite part of the beer is the smooth robust finish. This is a must add to the list for any beer drinker. I've never heard of Hop City before and now I look forward to the next beer release from them (at least one that reaches Delaware!).

Serving type: can

10-13-2012 20:33:52 | More by DNew15
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ridgeline23

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2%

10-13-2012 01:33:05 | More by ridgeline23
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

10-09-2012 19:15:41 | More by JohnK17
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nicsman


3/5  rDev -12.5%

10-08-2012 04:00:04 | More by nicsman
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azsupra

Arizona

3/5  rDev -12.5%

10-07-2012 16:54:56 | More by azsupra
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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

10-02-2012 22:20:22 | More by CurtisD
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can
Portsmouth pint glass

A: Crystal clear golden orange color. Full finger of slightly off white head. Fluffy. Good carbo. Leaving some sticking lacing sheeting while drinking. Sheets for days.

S: Smells like a lager. Crisp clean Euro hop aroma. Some cereal grain notes. Typical.

T: Up front, Euro hop bite. Nothing major the normal hop welcome to a grainy lager. More flavor than a Macro. Good malt backbone. Actually pulling some nuttiness after drinking awhile. Crisp finish. Dry and refreshing, good summer brew with a higher ABV.

M: Medium bodied lager. Got some heft to it.

Serving type: can

10-01-2012 18:26:50 | More by inlimbo77
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Foam

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a couple single bottles from a six pack shop.
An ambery/orange/burnt sienna color when looked at through a clear glass.
Has been judged "Best standard lager(Americas)" lager by the "World Beer Awards" .
I would have to agree.
Best basic-lager i've tasted in years .
In a world where breweries are passing off aggressively-hopped(for a proper lager) lagers, this is what a lager should taste like, imo . More sweet/malt than bitter/hop .
Refreshing in the extreme .
I am fortunate to have found a local distributor that sells both 24-bottle cases as well as 24 six-teen ounce can cases. I'm going to pick up a case, asap !
Highly recommended for lager-heads and people that do not care for bitterly-hopped beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 18:21:35 | More by Foam
Barking Squirrel Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.