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Barking Squirrel Lager - Hop City Brewing Co.

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Barking Squirrel LagerBarking Squirrel Lager

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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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3/5  rDev -12.8%

ZachRusk, Jul 30, 2012
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.

emerge077, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of mick303
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

mick303, Jul 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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Photo of phlipper77
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

phlipper77, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of NV9
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
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
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, May 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Wordslinger, May 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

WeissBoy, Apr 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

PEIhop, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of MattPS
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

MattPS, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of BGDrock
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
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 -14.8%
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 -10.5%
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 -3.2%
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
Photo of hopsolutely
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not as hoppy in the can version as I remember previous draught pints. Pours a bright, clear amber with decent head and mouthfeel. Malt-forward aroma is mirrored in a taste that centres on caramelized malts. A fundamentally sweet beer with minimally dry backbone...

Compares favourably to Rickards Red, but certainly not something at the level of other pseudo-"micro" brews...

hopsolutely, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

SnatchyMcPants, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of korguy123
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Copper colored pour, finger width egg shell head with good lacing.

S- Caramel and toffee. Slight floral hops. Fairly one dimensional but very enjoyable.

T- Caramel with a slight hop. Light cereal.

M- Light bodied, slightly chewy.

O- Not bad amber, fairly bland but nice for a change.

korguy123, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of ThinkAgain
3/5  rDev -12.8%

ThinkAgain, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of TheHammer
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Gave me two fingers of head that laced quite well but sadly didn't stick around for very long. Carbonation from the body looks a bit odd, like some bubbles are smaller then the others. Have almost a cherry oak colour to it.

Smell: Some grassy hops and a light caramel malt with a bit of a strange funk to it, almost like a sour fruit touch. Warming seems to bring the hops out more and more and minimize the other smells.

Taste: Not a lot really to say here, the hops make fair strong appearance in the background throughout the beer, which is fine save that I'd expect it more from a pale ale then a lager. Light caramel malt starts us out, as a nutty taste makes a brief appearance to be followed by a somewhat acidic note as the beer seems to give up and let the hops just ride it out. Does some good and some bad.

Mouthfeel: The prevalent hop note throughout the beer hurts it's transitioning. The carbonation is quite good, helping out the entire beer. The aftertaste is in a strange happy medium where I wouldn't want it gone, but it doesn't quite mesh with me as it currently stands.

Drinkability: It got down pretty fast, but it seems a bit too unrefined enough for an all night brew or an occasional drinker. It's not quite refreshing enough to be a summer drinker, but with a light meal this beer I think would excel.

Final Thoughts: It's alright, better then average but nothing to write home about. I guess if you were looking for a "Pale Lager" this would be a good example. I kinda like my amber lagers to be a bit more maltier like Creemore Springs.

TheHammer, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of allergictomacros
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber with a decently thick head of foam.

S - Nose is tinny caramel, some grassy notes.

T - Light caramel and hint of toasty grain. Touch of alcohol and a lightly bitter finish.

M - Light with a bit of fizz. Smooth feel.

D - Pretty drinkable and well balanced. Good sessioning brew.

allergictomacros, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Appearance – Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation visible and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel/toffee, and some light hops. As well I can pick up on a bit of citrus flavour. It ends with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – I've had this from a can and it seemed to be a little better on tap. Perhaps it was a little fresher than the can. It's a slightly above average beer that is a decent alternative to macros. It also might work well as a gateway to get other into craft.

spinrsx, Dec 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

djcreepshow, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of slitherySOB
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Finally, a new beer. Though the 'attitude' said on the can is lacking in the beer itself.

Pours a copper/amber colour, with a huge amount of foam. No matter how delicately I poured, the foam kept coming. Don't know if it's the beer itself, or my pouring it incorrectly. After the beer settles, I'm left with close to a three finger foamy head that refused to die. Smell is.... Well, I've had blander. Toffee, caramel, bit of grass and citrus. Some roasted breads as well. Tastes a little more caramel than scent. Toffee is light. Some citrus tones, and a dry taste after swallow. Mouthfeel is a little thin. It doesn't feel watered down, but... weak. Overall, I'd say it makes a decent session beer.

slitherySOB, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

RedAleMan, Nov 21, 2011
Barking Squirrel Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.