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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: 430
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 Tybo
4.88/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When this beer is poured you notice the burnt amber color right away. The head on the beer has great retention that remains throughout the entire drinking time. The smell has a great smell of malt, hops and a hint of sweet. The taste is a little hoppy but nothing to overpowering. The malt flavor lets a fantastic smoothness to the beer with some chocolate hints that set this over the top. The beer finishes very clean and leaves you ready for another taste. I was very impressed with this lager. I had this beer on a trip to Toronto and am very excited to see it now available in US!

Tybo, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

473ml can poured into pint glass 18/9/12

A clear reddish copper with a shit load of tiny bubbles that expand before hitting the foam, great retention with two fingers falling to one and sticking around for a while leaving a few swiggley rings of lace followed by several random patches, looks great

S herbal and leafy hops with some faint chocolate malt and iced tea

T caramel joins the faint chocolate, still faintly hoppy and has some faint earthy tones, decent beer but flavors not that strong but its quite drinkable

M medium bodied and fairly full for the color, not quite creamy but it has less bubbles then I would guess after looking at it

O 3.75 would be useful here so slightly inflated overall. not bad for the style but I'm not rushing to the beer store to stock up. could use more hops as the malt seems to be in charge but then again I'd say that about any beer that's not a hop bomb

decent stuff but nothing to write home about, I'm guessing this is their flagship brew as its the first to make it this far West.

wordemupg, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of barneysdad
4/5  rDev +16.6%

barneysdad, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of Ipetitt
4.75/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Barking Squirrel is a great amber lager from Ontario. It has an awesome rich burnt orange/ amber color with an incredible head. The two row malt they use allows the beer to keep its perfect head throughout the entire beer which I can very much appreciate. It uses three of the four noble hops so I can appreciate that as well since it really amps up the flavor of the amber lager. It sits at 24 BU's so it has a nice little kick but goes down so nicely. It has a full mouth and it has a nice roasted aroma. The mouth has a nice roasted caramel flavor with a medium body and a bit of tartness. I loved this beer.

Ipetitt, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of bigox420
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

bigox420, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of Mholyome
4.53/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed the taste of this amber lager. It was full and robust, and had a slight hop after-taste but nothing too overwhelming. I really love the Squirrel character, and have seen him altered to meet the needs of several establishments. That's a really classy niche to be in. I just love the colour, the aroma, and the unique squirrel icon. The can is a great substitute for draught!

Mholyome, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of JackSkerry
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recent arrival at the local liquor store. Poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Sexy, dark colour. Neat, tight, frothy, foamy head. Nice, crisp malty lager with a nice subtle hoppy hint in the finish. Combination leads to a very drinkable lager. Would go excellent with a nice peppercorn-crusted steak.

JackSkerry, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473ml can, a new arrival in Alberta, and thanks to Sherbrooke (and the rep, mea culpa) for the sample. A suspicious-looking cartoon squirrel amusingly espies a rather large hop cone on the label, leading me to idly wonder at its fate is this particular offering.

This beer pours a clear, copper-amber colour, with three tumultuously foamy fingers of tight eggshell white head, which leaves a decent layered watermark of lace rings around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of crisp biscuity, grainy malt, a tad toasted, with a bit of nutty caramel, and zesty lemony, leafy, grassy hops. The taste is lightly roasted caramel and sourdough malt, more semi-sweet lemon, some oily nuttiness, a slight mineral/metallic undertone, and a sturdy grassy, hay-like hop bitterness.

The bubbles are even, supportive, and just plain nice (sorry, I'm in an increasingly good mood now), the body a decent medium weight, and smooth in the same vein. It finishes off-dry, the biscuity malt and lingering hops holding up their respective ends of the bargain.

Wow - one endearingly tasty amber lager - big toasty malts, and well balanced sassy pilsener-esque hops. This was a universal hit with the Sherbrooke staff earlier today, and it's clear why - this is a heady competitor to Creemore in the 'good craft lager not from Alberta' customer sweepstakes. Really, a damned fine tipple, in a style so under serviced by Canadian brewers lo these many years.

biboergosum, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of mcss
3/5  rDev -12.5%

mcss, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of fiftyorbust
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

fiftyorbust, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of ZachRusk
3/5  rDev -12.5%

ZachRusk, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this beer Jay!
Can is printed "F01212" whatever that means... hopefully not from January. Served in a large tapered mug.

Nicely bright amber color, huge head of foam that dwindles down to an ample skim, 5mm in width (metric, get it?). Lots of lacing all around the glass, great retention. For this style it looks great overall.

Earthy, nutty sweet malt character, touches of maple and ground nuts.

Clean taste, mild bittering hops and a distinctively nutty/bready specialty malt in there somewhere. Dry and crisp feel, nice light bitterness. Simple yet effective. Pretty much a flawless lager here, guess haters just gonna hate.

emerge077, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of mick303
3.5/5  rDev +2%

mick303, Jul 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of phlipper77
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

phlipper77, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of NV9
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer, pours a light caramel colour with white foam that lasts.

Malty caramel colour, with hops present on the nose as well.

Grainy taste, some malt a bit of nut and hops on the finish.

The hops stay in the aftertaste, medium carbonation, pretty drinkable beer.

NV9, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, May 06, 2012
Photo of Wordslinger
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Wordslinger, May 05, 2012
Photo of WeissBoy
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

WeissBoy, Apr 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

PEIhop, Apr 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

MattPS, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of BGDrock
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes:

Appearance: light amber, caramel colour; big thick head that lasts; clear

Aroma: minimal, some sweet fruit (orange); hint of caramel

Taste & Mouthfeel: smooth with slight creaminess, not usual crispness of a lager; mild carbonation which is surprising; clean taste with hint of a bitter finish, like citrus peel; some caramel again; not overly sweet, but could see it getting overwhelming after a few; flavour lingers

Overall: more complex than the average lager, but lacking some hop balance and as a result gets tired

BGDrock, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Caudalie
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in a ridel red wine magnum glass.

A: Deep amber, with rapidly fainting head

S: Pretty strange, slightly mettalic, with roasted malts/caramel.

T: Light, fresh, with light malts characters. Well done, but with the mettalic feel on the finish.

Caudalie, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can to pint glass.

A - Translucent medium orange/amber colour with a huge amount of fluffy off-white head.

S - Bready malts with a crisp hop biterness and s light floral/earthy aroma.

T - Bready malts with a s light caramel sweetness up front. A slight crisp hop bitterness is present along with a slight earthy/herbal flavour.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Groulxsome
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm getting a bit of a mixed message from this beer. Something about the brand ("hop city" would make me think more hoppy) and the colour make me want to think it's an IPA or APA, but the taste (which is a pretty good grain-heavey lager taste with a little extra bitter at the end) and the smell (which somewhat reminds me of the sour smell that surrounds big breweries; that 6-row barley smell) keep throwing me off. That being said, it's a nice, easy drinking beer which sits somewhere between an amber lager and a pale ale.

Groulxsome, Feb 01, 2012
Barking Squirrel Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.