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Barking Squirrel Lager - Hop City Brewing Co.

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445 Ratings
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Ratings: 445
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 6
Gots: 52 | 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 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.

leaddog, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

rab53, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
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 +13.4%
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 -12.8%

Yoozeo, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of MylesMac
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

MylesMac, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of sludgy
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

sludgy, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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 -5.5%

Stobin, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of notdriving
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

notdriving, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Lee_Hancock
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Lee_Hancock, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of RyGlas
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

RyGlas, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of undeadozzy
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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 -5.5%

drperry11, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of eddie_g
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second review, and as with my first, bare with me. I don't reach for a lager when I want a good brew, but tonight when I asked the bartender for something different, he handed me this tall 16 ounce can. I poured the beer into my glass, and an average pour produced about two inches of thick white head. The color was a bit darker than an average lager and allowed less light through. The beer gives off a typical lager aroma - a metallic hoppy smell. The taste is what sets this drink apart. For a lager, I found the flavor sweet, starting with a toffee taste and migrating to a typical lager blend of malt and hops. That initial rush of sweet toffee really drew my attention, however. The body was also nice. I found the mouth feel to be a bit thicker than the average style - still light bit teetering on medium bodied. Overall, if I ever find myself with a hankering for a lager, this beer would absolutely do the trick. It doesn't rewrite the style. Rather, Barking Squirrel Lager serves as a nice edition in any lager lover's library.

eddie_g, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of jagada
4/5  rDev +16.3%

jagada, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Travcofarms
2/5  rDev -41.9%

Travcofarms, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

jpd7374, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of THEGENERALISMO
5/5  rDev +45.3%

THEGENERALISMO, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of graybayou
4/5  rDev +16.3%

graybayou, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of DaveGold
4.43/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer to be a pleasant surprise...a larger with real legs.

I would typically recommend it to those seeking out a more flavorful beer that can stand on its own vs. accompanying food. Two cans in and I found I wasn't hungry!

Looking forward to seeing other brands from them.

DaveGold, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of pogoowner
3.75/5  rDev +9%

pogoowner, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of NilocRellim
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can, this beer is a very nice, rich, golden colour; slightly more amber/red in colour than a standard lager. Very light, refreshing, lager taste with a tad more hop taste (but not much) than most lagers. A little too carbonated than most beers, but a clean taste and a little bitter aftertaste.

Would I buy it again? Yes, and have numerous times.

NilocRellim, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of CadensDad
1/5  rDev -70.9%

CadensDad, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of
5/5  rDev +45.3%

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Barking Squirrel Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.