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Barking Squirrel Lager | Hop City Brewing Co.

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Barking Squirrel LagerBarking Squirrel Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hop City Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
hopcity.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,454
Reviews:
138
Ratings:
588
pDev:
14.99%
Bros Score:
3.75
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
141
Trade:
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Ratings: 588 |  Reviews: 138
Photo of RStansel
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JohnCassillo
2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dmorgan310
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Grodd87
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rumlibeers
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft, tried while in Ottawa.
Pours clear, dark orange-brown with a thin, tan head. Foam settles to a floating cap, thin spider web of lace.
Smell is pretty average, malt grain, caramel.
Taste is much the same, toast grain, a bit of grassy, earthy hoppiness at the end.
This beer has an average level of carbonation, slightly crisp mouth feel, not too heavy, easy to drink.
Overall, this is a decent beer, slightly above average, drinkable.

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Photo of Bf_89
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StormAles
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisCage
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- This one pours a hazy dark amber/coppery color that appears to be finely carbonated at least at the bottom of the glass, before the bubbles rapidly start rising in an aggressive manner. The head starts out about a half finger thick before dissipating into a cloud like patch. Lacing is alright too, with a lot of foam clinging to the glass, before most of it slides back into the liquid itself. Good overall!

S- Very nice balance of aromas between sweet and bittering hops. Caramel/toffee is upfront, along with clean, yet distinct malt sweetness. The finish has some bitterness but it doesn't overpower.

T- Great tasting lager overall! Well balanced flavors that range between grainy barley, to toasted sweet caramel like malts, a touch of baking spice, and hints of buttery fresh bread, finishing with just the right amount of cleansing leafy, oily hop cone! I'm quite impressed with the richness of the flavors here!

M/O- This is an incredibly drinkable beer! Solid medium body and plenty of carbonation that while not palate scrubbing, is quite cleansing and allows the flavors to burst nicely on the palate. I could quite easily enjoy several of these brews throughout an evening....it's an ideal example of what a good amber lager should be and will seek this out in the future!

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Photo of Joshua_Smith
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kmhall
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of DaPinsker
4.06/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JahTurbo
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bigmrred
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brettbito
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a quite refreshing lager. Very drinkable, hops were not overpowering.

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Photo of hockeypuck
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Logan12321
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great look, pours nicely leaving a 1/4" head on the top for around a minute. Good smell, the taste doesn't really pop out until the end, there's a nic finish to it. Very easy to drink, refreshing, when served cold.

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

Photo of ChrisWyatt30
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mighty fine beer, I can get into it.

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Photo of Exeter
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Sathanas
4.26/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasty dark amber beer with a roasty, toffe like and slightly hoppy taste.

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Photo of DoctorsOrders
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Barking Squirrel Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 588 ratings
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