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Barking Squirrel Lager - Hop City Brewing Co.

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477 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 10
Gots: 68 | 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:
Beer added by: Viggo on 11-16-2009

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
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Photo of mdillon86
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ronniebruner
3.07/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of paulhargus
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of AlexChillton
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of wander4
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of DNew15
4.95/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!).

Photo of ridgeline23
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of nicsman
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of azsupra
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of CurtisD
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can
Portsmouth pint glass

A: Crystal clear golden orange color. Full finger of slightly off white head. Fluffy. Good carbo. Leaving some sticking lacing sheeting while drinking. Sheets for days.

S: Smells like a lager. Crisp clean Euro hop aroma. Some cereal grain notes. Typical.

T: Up front, Euro hop bite. Nothing major the normal hop welcome to a grainy lager. More flavor than a Macro. Good malt backbone. Actually pulling some nuttiness after drinking awhile. Crisp finish. Dry and refreshing, good summer brew with a higher ABV.

M: Medium bodied lager. Got some heft to it.

Photo of Foam
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a couple single bottles from a six pack shop.
An ambery/orange/burnt sienna color when looked at through a clear glass.
Has been judged "Best standard lager(Americas)" lager by the "World Beer Awards" .
I would have to agree.
Best basic-lager i've tasted in years .
In a world where breweries are passing off aggressively-hopped(for a proper lager) lagers, this is what a lager should taste like, imo . More sweet/malt than bitter/hop .
Refreshing in the extreme .
I am fortunate to have found a local distributor that sells both 24-bottle cases as well as 24 six-teen ounce can cases. I'm going to pick up a case, asap !
Highly recommended for lager-heads and people that do not care for bitterly-hopped beers.

Photo of Hopstout
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of ChopsMeister
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of robinson1056
4.68/5  rDev +36%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is a delicious pint. I love the caramel malts in this, and the European Hops give it a nice blend. The colour is rich and vibrant for an amber lager; it is very appealing to the eye. The taste gets better with each sip and the aftertase is quite nice.

Photo of TBone2
4.45/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at the Green Turtle in Aberdeen, MD.

A complex amber lager with a roasted, caramel flavor and medium bitterness. A slight Hop aftertaste and medium body. A roasted type aroma kind of earthy. The head was very white and the color was copper/orange.

Great with the amzing burgers that were served!A sessionable craft with the coolest tap marker; a Squirrel holding a Hop Cone!

Photo of SpeedwayGuy
4.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer while recently in Toronto. A good clear, burnt orange color with a creamy two-finger head and nice retention throughout. I sensed roasted malts, floral hops and a light citrus in the aroma. The taste was satisfying, a caramel sweetness in the malts and a nice hop finish with a medium to light bitterness. While I generally lean to beers with a stronger hop characteristic, they seemed to be in the right balance here.

Overall, a very good amber lager that I would buy again. Looking forward to its arrival in the US, anxious to try Barking squirrel with a big fat T-bone steak!

Photo of Scooby-Brew
4.38/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nicely balanced brew! It served as a great companion with meals comoposed of comfort foods (e.g. roast beef, barbeque pork, etc.), while also being easy to quaff on its own. I'd be curious to know how it earned its name, since I've yet to try it with any squirrel meat ;)

Photo of phdoig
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Malty interpretation of a amber lager. Really great beer for fall; competes well with 'Oktoberfest' craft beers. Easy drinking lager, with a great amber hue. Sesionability is high, demands more than one beer! Pair with roasted chicken and spicy stir fry.

Photo of Tybo
4.87/5  rDev +41.6%
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!

Photo of wordemupg
3.66/5  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.

Photo of barneysdad
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Barking Squirrel Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.