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Barking Squirrel Lager - Hop City Brewing Co.

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Barking Squirrel LagerBarking Squirrel Lager

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466 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 8
Gots: 58 | 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 azsupra
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of CurtisD
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
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
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
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
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
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
4.4/5  rDev +27.9%
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
4.35/5  rDev +26.5%
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
4.88/5  rDev +41.9%
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
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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%

Photo of Ipetitt
4.75/5  rDev +38.1%
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.

Photo of bigox420
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Mholyome
4.53/5  rDev +31.7%
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!

Photo of JackSkerry
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of mcss
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of fiftyorbust
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ZachRusk
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of mick303
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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Barking Squirrel Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.