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Barking Squirrel Lager | Hop City Brewing Co.

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Barking Squirrel LagerBarking Squirrel Lager

Brewed by:
Hop City Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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

Added by Viggo on 11-16-2009

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4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #71 (December 2012):

In the wide world of lagers most are of the same ilk, very refreshing to see lagers of another color. Barking Squirrel is an interesting beast, on one side it retains all of the true lager qualities but the other side shows some rawness but stays clean. Another factor that makes this a good thing is that the brand is owned by Moosehead Brewery which is independently own. Oh yeah, we almost forgot … tallboy cans rule.

STYLE: American Amber Lager
ABV: 5.0%

LOOK: Clear copper hue, head shows off

SMELL: Biscuity, husky, clean, spicy woody hop, leather, faint caramel

TASTE: Very biscuity, clean, moderate sized body, light hop character, dried grass, toasty, mildly citrus, walnuts, very dry finish

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice caramel hint, solid Amber

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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Snooty Fox in Hamilton.

Poured a pale amber-golden hue. About a half inch of foamy white head, decent lacing and retention.

Nose is caramel, slightly off hops, malt.

Not bad, certainly drinkable. A decent blend of malt and caramel, with a fruity hop finish. Not exactly the flavor I was looking for, but it did alright. Thin, a touch watery, but with average carbonation to prevent the beer from feeling syrupy.

I could certainly have a few of these in an evening, although there wasn't much going for it that I haven't seen in other Ontario red lagers (Creemore, for example). Wasn't bad, but by the end I was enviously eyeing my brother's Hoegaarden bucket. Next time...

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4.16/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can, this beer is a very nice, rich, golden colour; slightly more amber/red in colour than a standard lager. Very light, refreshing, lager taste with a tad more hop taste (but not much) than most lagers. A little too carbonated than most beers, but a clean taste and a little bitter aftertaste.

Would I buy it again? Yes, and have numerous times.

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3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.15/5  rDev +19.6%

Nose: initially some graham cracker and hop spice joined by rich malt and grain aromas. Pours brilliant chestnut tinted dark amber to burnt umber under a 1” frothy off-white foam cap that produces clingy lace. A big malt palate hints of movie theater popcorn butter that is quickly replaced by malt and grain spiciness with traces of anise and a light tart touch. After a few sips the popcorn butter becomes more toffee-like. It drinks very creamy and satiating with medium carbonation.

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3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
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

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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Barking Squirrel Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
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