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Barking Squirrel Lager - Hop City Brewing Co.

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468 Ratings
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Ratings: 468
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 8
Gots: 59 | 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 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.

Photo of Dannynoonan123
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of schneidk
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of ghisty
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.**

Photo of DaPan
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of thomscottson
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of NightINgale
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of polloenfuego
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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?

Photo of khargro2
1.25/5  rDev -63.7%

Photo of Dank26
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Vyronian
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of sbarre
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Matt2422
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

Photo of cbutova
2.94/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of cmq103
3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of firstlighthiker
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Bockerdoppel91
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of leaddog
3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Barking Squirrel Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
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