Barking Squirrel Lager - Hop City Brewing Co.
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2.3/5 rDev -32.9%
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.
11-03-2012 20:11:04 | More by Jimmys
2.68/5 rDev -21.9%
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.
10-27-2012 00:46:28 | More by hdofu
3.3/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
10-25-2012 02:50:27 | More by BARFLYB
3.25/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
10-23-2012 19:39:07 | More by tone77
3.15/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
10-21-2012 03:09:29 | More by DrDemento456
3.05/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
10-20-2012 05:39:56 | More by ronniebruner
3.58/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
10-14-2012 16:33:28 | More by morimech
4.95/5 rDev +44.3%
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!).
10-13-2012 20:33:52 | More by DNew15
Barking Squirrel Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
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