Barking Squirrel Lager
Hop City Brewing Co.

Barking Squirrel LagerBarking Squirrel Lager
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Lager - American Amber / Red
Ranked #89
Ranked #47,481
3.48 | pDev: 14.94%
Hop City Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
Barking Squirrel LagerBarking Squirrel Lager
Notes: 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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jujugo from Canada (ON)

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light, creamy, caramel flavours accompanying a deep, bronze pour. Wafts of nuttiness with a slight bitterness and undertones of hops. Great after a heavy meal.

Mar 17, 2021
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Richard_Hung from Florida

2.36/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

You’re in a band. Not a great band, but you see potential in your drummer. You play mostly tribute gigs, Ozzy and Warrant, at a dive bar in Brampton. You drink Barking Squirrel.

Oct 29, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear bronze appearance with an average size, short lived, off white head and a fair amount of lacing. Subtle, grainy, sweet malt aroma. Sweet caramel malt taste dominated until a modest amount of spicy hops popped up in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel

Jul 05, 2020
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer was bought at lcbo and poured into glass with nice 2 finger head the small 1/2 finger head lasted as you are drinking which is nice
The color and look of this beer is amazing.
No date on can
Taste was good

Mar 17, 2020
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.21/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring from a 16 oz. can into a Willi Becher glass, this beer pours out like a dark, liquid caramel with ruby highlights. It’s perfectly clear and forms a finger worth of eggshell white colored crown.

The nose brings toasted caramel sweetness with a prominence.

The taste comes in with more of that toasted caramel sweetness along with notes of grain. Slight hop presence, hints of fresh cut grass, but balanced and not overpowering.

The mouthfeel is smooth, crisp and clean with a dry finish. A little bitterness from the hops, that I think if they were toned back would make this cleaner.

Overall, this is what I want from the style. Clean and easy drinking.

Jun 22, 2019
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Larryfunnell from Canada (ON)

4.16/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great colour and clarity, but the head when poured was only about 1/2" and dissipated quickly. The smell was good, a bit stronger than many beers, with a good taste.

Jun 22, 2018
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eberesford from Canada (ON)

3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from LCBO - pours sparkling clear dark amber with a thinnish but stable creamy off white head. Aroma: caramel. Taste: grainy, bready caramel hint off hops and some carbonic bite.

Mar 14, 2018
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Ry_Guy_75 from Canada (ON)

2.97/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Hints of Caramel and not too hazy of a beer. Quite a Crushable lager with more taste then most . Pretty nice balance , not too bitter . Not my go too but could definitely party with this beer.

Feb 14, 2018
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Picked up a few singles from The Beer Store in Niagara Ontario.

Can to hotel water glass.

LOOK: medium brown color Karma, healthy off-white head, creamy looking, good retention.

AROMA: grains, rye, touches of honey and wood.

TASTE: caramel malt, mineral. Rice.

FEEL: medium body, creamy feel, a touch flat, but Smooth drinking.

Pretty solid. Easy drinker.


Aug 26, 2017
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Rasmonton from Canada (AB)

3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice amber coloured beer with a smooth mouth feel and finish. Creamy white head lasts a while with good lacing. Very pleasant taste, if slightly lacking in complexity. Would definitely get again.

Aug 19, 2017
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- Pours a clear amber with plenty of carbonization and a one-finger, creamy off-white head.
S- Caramel malt and slight hop.
T- A touch of burnt caramelized malt. Quite balanced, pleasant and sessionable.
F- Medium body for type, slight kick on the way out.
O- Good Canadian beer.

Jul 03, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I bought a single can from the NBCO store located near my hotel in Oakville, ON. It poured a clear amber with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of caramel malt. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. Nice slight sweet malt taste The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

Jun 08, 2017
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ewpass from Canada (PE)

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber with a decent head and lacing. Sweet malt nose. Light malt body with crisp carbonation. Easy drinking brew, so sessionable. A go-to when the tap list is short.

Mar 04, 2017
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Hackattack from Indiana

4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this on tap at a local bar and grill not too long ago, but I still remember experiencing a pleasant surprise since it was so good. Pours a dark orange color with medium head and carbonation, Malty sweet taste with hints of cocoa, coffee and toffee. Great blend of flavors. I recommend trying this unless you are a lover of only hop loaded brews

Feb 20, 2017
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reddfoot from Canada (ON)

3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful copper colour, nice head. Smells great. Has a some bite to it at first, then it really mellows out at the end and gives off a really watery aftertaste. Overall an above average beer, definitely sessionable.

Dec 02, 2016
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portwood from Canada (ON)

3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Smell: caramel, nuts, light citrus, toffee.
Taste: creamy carbonation, sweet, caramel, slight hop bitterness.
Finish: sweet bread, nutty.
(no date on can)

Jun 04, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/24/2016 at Kelsey’s Roadhouse in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains lager yeast, caramelized malts, fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and fruit come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

May 25, 2016
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste: sweet caramel malty notes, more bready than hop to this lager.
bold malt grain aroma. Copper and clear in appearance.
Delicate ringed lace. Medium?lite body. Easy drinking and mellow.
24 IBUs

Apr 22, 2016
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Noelan from Canada (ON)

3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased from my local LCBO in a "tall can" (473ml) poured into a pint.

Look: Attractive deep red with one finger of foam that fades within 45 seconds. Love the color of this beer.

Smell: hops, grains and caramel. After-smell has a slight metallic element. actually smells exactly like spark house by lake of bays, another Ontario brewer. 4.0

Taste: Malt, caramel and maple. Delicious, but still prefer spark house. 3.75

Feel: Perfectly carbonated for red lager. Medium bodied. Will have to try this again during BBQ season and probably update my review. 3.5'

Overall: 3.75 : This beer is an excellent example of Canadian micro-brewing. All elements of this beer complement each other.

Apr 13, 2016
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cosmin from Canada (ON)

3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

LIke the name suggests, this no ordinary lager. At 24 IBUs it definitely has a bite to it which for some like myself is pleasantly surprising. This is the perfect patio beer. Light, refreshing, sessionable and a ver sexy looking beer.

Hop City has done it again! Probably my favourite craft brewery in the area (southern Ontario). Give this one a try next time you're on the patio or at the pub. You won't be disappointed!

Feb 20, 2016
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beersareonme from Canada (ON)

3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A great amber lager. I bit of a hoppy bite (not in the IPA region mind you) but a really nice enjoyable pint. I've found for whatever reason that it is significantly better off a tap than from a can. Yes I know now that everyone is yelling at me "Of course!! It's always like that!!". Get a grip people. We know it is. I'm just pointing out that I noticed a HUGE difference from tap vs can. A lot of brews you really can't tell the difference.

Feb 02, 2016
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Timothy_Scott_Goeft from Taiwan

3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

For me it is a little darker than amber vienna style lagers standard, its head is small and fits in like the rest of the styling.5 ABV 24IBU light dry crisp corn like sweetness and very small hoppy bittering at the end the aroma smells not of the hops but of the malts that gone in.has a slight spice no doubt from the Saaz hops. Not to mention i personally like it as a very easy session beer that has some flavours.

Nov 28, 2015
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stevoj from Idaho

2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This might be a hit with drinkers of macro lagers, but overall I find it bland and lightweight. Nice looking beer, rich amber color and fluffy/rocky head. Aroma is almost too faint to register and taste is very light malt. Might be a good summer time brew.

Nov 12, 2015
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josanguapo from Spain

3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From Club del Gourmet of El Corte Ingles. In Ikea's pilsner glass. After dinner. An important body, specially for a lager, something unexpected. Very drinkable and sessionable. Taste and aroma are a bit dull, with some caramel sweetness in the taste.

Oct 22, 2015
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DATE TASTED: August 13, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Sam Adams Boston lager... OCCASION: week seven at camp almost to an end... APPEARANCE: first, the head: thick, crunchy blanket of off-white retention that holds to a finger well after the pour; tracings are more like smears of clouds... dark amber body suggests a strong, substantial pint... for a lager, an appealing start... AROMA: thick malts that suggest syrup, nuts and bolder malt liquor of the 40 oz. variety ; the hops seem blanketed, as I do not detect the Saaz promised on the label; the Hallertau hints at rugged cone and varnish--an odd, challenging mix... PALATE: medium-bodied, smooth and warm at the throat; little to no action at the teeth; creamy throughout, which makes this almost match the allure of the appearance... TASTE: the muddled aroma proves true here, with some caramel and nut qualities to suggest a flavorful lager, and the hops do make a late appearance; not as robust as a Vienna can be, and the finish is a bit odd... OVERALL: thanks to Matt for the purchase this past first Hop City offering is solid but uneven... drinkable, but not without the astringent, dry, band-aid ending...the second glass furthers the first in its dough and malt... I am hesitant to give this the blessing of another six-pack...

Aug 14, 2015
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