Barking Squirrel Lager - Hop City Brewing Co.
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3.63/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Hop City Brewing Co. is located in Brampton, Ontario and launched its first beer, Barking Squirrel Lager in October 2009. Since then, the brewery has followed on with its Lawn Chair Classic Weiss, Happy Hour Premium Ale, and Mr. Huff Persuasion Pilsner. Apparently, Hop City Brewing is owned by St. John based Moosehead Breweries Limited.
On this occasion we decided to try their flagship Barking Squirrel Lager ("BSL") in a 473 ml can purchased from the LCBO, with a December 2011 production date. BSL was 5.0% alcohol by volume.
BSL poured a deep amber colour with about 1.5" of pale orange coloured head...an attractive looking beer. The head dissipated within a few minutes, resolving itself into a collar and thin film that left some modest spotting and lacing down the glass. Some small, slow rising bubbles were visible in the beer. Its aroma was fairly straightforward, hops and caramel malts. Given the brewer's name I was expecting something with a hop heavy taste, but was pleasantly surprised by the balance between the hop flavour and sweet caramel malts. A faint lemon taste was also detectable. BSL had a slightly bitter aftertaste that lingered for a few seconds after each mouthful, but nothing overpowering nor too long lasting. The carbonation was perhaps a bit on the conservative side contributing to a smooth mouth feel, and I would describe BSL as light to medium bodied. Overall, a solid, straightforward brew that is good enough that I'd like to sample Hop City's Lawn Chair Classic Weiss. At $2.65 per can, BSL represents decent value for money.
Serving type: can
04-13-2014 22:21:03 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
3.53/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I've heard of a barking spider, but not a barking squirrel. Perhaps it's a Canadian thing, but if that were the case, why isn't the beaver being used instead? It comes from a 16 ounce can, and was used to wash down dinner. On to the beer:
Orange amber colored and topped with a thick two finger head that's rocky in texture. Its retention is good, and it whips some lacing around the glass. The aroma has toasted grain, a dash of caramel, a kiss of toffee, and a little mustiness.
A malt forward beer, this amber lager is like a lighter Oktoberfesbier. That Munich malt creates a sweet base and allows snaps of grass and zests of hops to stick to its base. It's a medium bodied beer with a modest spring of carbonation.
Solid as a rock. Considering that it is an import, I was surprised the pint was just $1.99.
Serving type: can
04-13-2014 03:42:48 | More by DoubleJ
3.35/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Had this on tap at Jack Astor's.
Nice looking reddish amber body but no head, not sure if that's due to the pour or the beer itself. Caramel sweetness mixed with a strong malty nuttiness. Flavor isn't actually bad and a decent choice among BMC lagers.
Serving type: on-tap
03-31-2014 11:06:21 | More by papat444
Barking Squirrel Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.