WHO’S SQUIRREL IS IT?
Information provided on the can (please note that all the use of capital letters as printed on the can) includes: Brand and product name, “1 pint/16 fl. Oz. Beer”… “Welcome to HOP CITY, where we brew beer with equal parts flavor, complexity & sessionability. BARKING SQUIRREL LAGER is 5% abv 24 IBU amber lager brewed with a blend of Hallertau, Mittelfrueh & Sazz hops, perfectly balanced by Canadian Pale 2 Row, Crystal and Munich Malts.”
Then there is the “Government Warning” and “BREWED BY HOP CITY BREWING CO. CANADA IMPORTED BY HOP CITY BREWING CO., MANHASSET, NY”
The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.
The following are my tasting notes:
Appearance: A deep copper hued brew that is energetically carbonated and builds a rocky light parchment head of small to tiny bubbles..
Aroma: As soon as the can was opened there was a roasted malt aroma in the air. The first aromatic sensation at first “nose” was a “fresh bread” aroma. The second visit revealed a touch more toasted bread. The third nosedive found an unchanged arena.
Flavor: After the first refreshing sensation there is a rich slightly molasses flavor that smooths out into a sugar candy flavor. The second impression revealed a dried fruit, almost apricot flavor hiding behind the sugar candy flavor. A third swig found a more complex sweet flavor profile developing. This is followed into the finish by a very light touch of tang from the hops.
Mouth feel: This is not a light bodied brew.
Finish: As noted above this is a finish that is gone with the last swallow. There is a longer lasting almost mineral tang that is almost un-noticed.
Comments: You are already familiar with the event when this product was introduced. It was a hip but not edgy event executed by ironically polite Canadians. In this case a couple of personable young ladies.
The “finger-food” served at the event included Mac & Cheese, Fried Chicken & Waffle and Fish & Chips. All three are iconic foods for, in order, baby-boomers, folks from the Deep South or Urban Inner-City, and fans of the UK cuisine.
The brew is friendly and not at all aggressive and went very well with all three of the above mentioned foods.
In short what we have here is an iconic Canadian micro-brew eh?
Not so fast my friends… on close inspection the email address of the director of marketing for Hop City ends in @moosehead.ca
The Brewery: Hop City Brewing Company