Brewed by Hop City Brewing Company
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
Brampton, Canada


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RATINGS: 285   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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When your brewmaster comes up with a recipe as good as this one, you let him name the beer whatever he wants. Here’s what makes our recipe so darn good: a rich burnt orange colour, darker than most lagers, a smooth, medium body with a bold, but pleasant, hop taste, full of flavour, unlike your traditional ’cold-as-ice’ beers with no taste, made with only the best ingredients, including Canadian & English Malts, and German & Czech Hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
ShannonM (8) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2012 does not count
I LOVE Barking Squirrel! The packaging is fun and I like that the name of the beer is written in cursive. Admittedly, I was nervous to try this beer at first, since I normally like lighter lagers - I was afraid it would be too heavy, as it has a darker colour. Upon drinking it, however, I shouldn’t have worried. The dark colour isn’t reflected too much in the taste and it doesn’t sit heavy at all - this is a beer you could drink all afternoon - and look cool doing it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
frybeer (50) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2012
a rich burnt orange colour, darker than most lagers, a smooth, medium body with a bold, but pleasant, hop taste, full of flavour

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (5794) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2014 Had at the Secret Garden Restaurant which is located directly across from Niagara Falls, and frankly after walking around all day, me and M.A needed to sit and have a drink. I have never been a fan of vienna’s but i was tired and needed a cold beer, this hit the spot! my first draft beer on Canadian soil! ..

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pours a simple copper amber .. mild foam .. some caramel .. medium mouth. refreshing for what it is and enjoyable after a long day...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlovakSniper (3048) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 31, 2012
Une canette de 473 ml partagée avec madame ma femme lors de notre escapade à Toronto. Une belle robe cuivrée et sa mousse quasi généreuse. Des parfums d’orge sucré et de houblons terreux. Des saveurs douces avec une touche indéniable des houblons. Un corps de moyenne densité dans lequel évolue des bulles au comportement plus ou moins agité. Une texture crémeuse. Une finale faiblement amère. Une bière d’exception qui se marie très bien avec les croustilles à la saveur de kimchi et les pets de soeur.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (889) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 23, 2012
473mL can to glass stein Caramel, toasted malts and a bit of fruitiness. Clear amber with a nice long lasting 1cm almost tan head with plenty of effervescence. The toasted malts and hoppy bitterness balance each other well. Being a hophead, this may be the best lager I've ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (6552) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2012
Can. "Grand gold winner, Brussels 2011". Bold statement. Nice looking bronze-orange colour. Toasty caramel and earthy hops, clean finish. Rather well done indeed. Nice for a session for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Metalchopz (2212) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 2, 2012
Had this one a couple of times on tap at a local pub close to my work. Now, testing it from the can. Pours a clean deep amber colour with an off-white foamy head that does not last long, but leaves a bit of soapy lace. Malty scent with notes of caramel, nuts and hop. Pretty much the same for the taste with a mild nutty aftertaste. Wet mouthfeel as this is a beer to refresh people, but have a bit more taste than regular swills. Personally, I am not a fan of the hop they use in this one, but still a decent brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jkallonen (1) - - JUL 2, 2012 does not count
I don’t really know how to describe a beer very well but this beer is one of my favorite hops tasting beers recommended to anyone who likes a slightly bitter beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LarryBeast (491) - - JUN 26, 2012
Tall can. Pours brown/amber with small amount of head. Light fruity hop aroma with rich butterscotch notes balancing bready malt base. Mid carbonation with a sharp. short finish. Lots of sweet taste sets off a sometimes conflicting blend of malts and hops. That being said, this is an unusual brew and worth a try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trev (1898) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Can: Pour is amber with a medium head. aroma of toasted malt, caramel, light fruity ester. earthy flavour was toasted malt, nice medium bodied, grassy hop finish.

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