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Barking Squirrel Lager - Hop City Brewing Co.

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Barking Squirrel LagerBarking Squirrel Lager

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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 6
Gots: 49 | 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 thecheapies
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
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 -63.6%

khargro2, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Dank26
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Dank26, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

mendvicdog, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Vyronian
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Vyronian, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of sbarre
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

sbarre, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Matt2422
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Matt2422, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of cbutova
2.94/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes last night. Random grab while in Philly.

A- Dark amber pour with a small fizzy white head. Retention of the cap is fairly poor and a tiny ring leaves just a few spots of lace. Ends up looking like a juice with just enough lace to save it from being abysmal.

S- Has a slight adjunct lager feel to it. I just think there isn't enough going on to really make it interesting besides a bit of lager yeast hints, light fruits and herbal hops.

T- A bit more satisfying here. Yeast bread, apple light fruits and buttery lager yeast. Some cracked grains and sweets from the malts. Hops are mostly herbal but spicy and grassy as well.

MF- Creamy light end body with a fair hop bitterness. Smooth moderate amount of carbonation.

Average lager with just enough hops and malts to keep it out of a very bad category of beers.

cbutova, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of cmq103
3.14/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass revealed a darker rusty copper looking color, yielding an off white 1” head with a semi aggressive pour. The head reduced to a thin ring rather quickly. Respectable lacing for a lager.

Smell: Not much going on with the nose. A swirling of the glass gets me a lightly sweet caramel malt with a hint of bread and hay.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. A mild sweetness shoots across the tongue with a light caramel bready maltiness. Light on the hops, but surprisingly pleasant from start to finish. The lightly sweet malts surely dominate this beer. Any hint of hops decided to sit this one out.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is right on to allow the mild flavors to blend. An easy drinking crisp and clean light to moderate body lager.

Overall: Nothing really jumps out with this lager, but I did find it to be an easy drinking potential session beer. This is probably a step up from your generic lagers. With that said, I don’t see myself running out to grab another 6-pack of this. Dollar for dollar, Yuengling Lager has proven to be the staple in one of my three taps at the basement bar.

cmq103, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of firstlighthiker
3/5  rDev -12.5%

firstlighthiker, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Bockerdoppel91
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Bockerdoppel91, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of leaddog
3.64/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a copper/amber colour with two fingers of foamy head.

Smell - Bready/biscuity malts, touch of leafy hops, hint of grains.

Taste - Dominated by the bready and biscuity malts. There is a touch of the hops at the end, but quite minimal.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall - A crisp, refreshing amber/red lager. For me, it is a little malt heavy and I'd like to see the hops play a slightly stronger role. Pretty easy-drinking.

leaddog, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

rab53, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The squirrels are definitely barking at The CANQuest (TM) today. My neighbor had this as a single the other day and I am in a lager mood. CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "Craft with attitude."; Welcome to HOP CITY, where we brew beer with equal parts flavor, complexity & sessionability. BARKING SQUIRREL LAGER is a 5% ABV, 24 IBU amber lager brewed with a blend of Hallertau Mittelfrueh & Saaz hops, perfectly balanced by [CAN]adian Pale 2 Row, Crystal & Munich malts. Mmmm.

The Crack & Glug was a pleasure, resulting in two-plus fingers of dense, foamy tawny head with excellent retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to see through walls and into the neighbor's kitchen where the cat was asleep on the counter. Nose was heavy with a biscuit malt scent. Mouthfeel was full, especially for a lager and the biscuit taste continued on the tongue. Finish was semi-dry with a lingering taste of bread or biscuit well after the swallow. More lagers like this are needed!

woodychandler, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of HATS4BATS
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pleasant and rich. Pours deep and amber with plenty of carbonation. Subtle, unexceptional lager nose. Balanced body defined by rich malt and hints of sugar, with traces of biting hops that combine to leave a pleasant aftertaste. Big challenging taste for that doesn't overpower. More IPA than lager.

HATS4BATS, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Yoozeo
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Yoozeo, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of MylesMac
3.5/5  rDev +2%

MylesMac, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of sludgy
3.5/5  rDev +2%

sludgy, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice looking clear amber color with a white head on top. Th lacing was impressive looking as well as the thin retention it had. The smell of the beer is grainy and sweet smelling with a bit of earth in there too. The taste of the beer is malty, with some musty flavors in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied and had a soft carbonation. Overall it's a pretty good brew, not one I would seek out often but still a sessionable brew that could be enjoyed frequently.

Knapp85, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Stobin
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Stobin, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of notdriving
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

notdriving, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Lee_Hancock
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Lee_Hancock, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of RyGlas
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

RyGlas, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of undeadozzy
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured vigorously from the can. Looks awesome! So much head and no bubbly soda look. Looks great so far! Deep amber color is making my mouth water already.

S - And here we go! Sniffing...smelling...not getting anything? Wow, I don't know if it was a bad can or something, but it doesn't really smell like anything...

T - Beautiful taste for a beer I thought was gonna be bad because it was only $6.99! Has a rich amber lager taste with a nice hoppy bite! The hops! Pretty intense for a beer that's relatively far away from IPAs on the beer scale.

M - Smooth and velvety. The head adds great texture to it, but other than that, just kinda average.

O - Not bad! Very good beer for the money! Can't wait to see what Hop City has up its sleeve next!

undeadozzy, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of drperry11
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

drperry11, Dec 16, 2012
Barking Squirrel Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.