Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Fat Squirrel AleFat Squirrel Ale

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very good

1,460 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,460
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 77
Gots: 150 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 05-17-2003

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,460 | Reviews: 515
Reviews by rjhaupt:
Photo of rjhaupt
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep copper/amber color. Thin white head that dissipates quickly and doesn't trace well. Still a beautiful color...

S - Nutty, malty and mild. My nose may be fucked up because a beer has to have some serious aromatics for me to be impressed.

T - Sublime. Perfectly nutty with a smooth malt aftertaste with legs. What every nut brown should strive to taste like.

M - So smooth. The weight in the mouth is supremely balanced. Not too light nor to heavy. The goldilocks of mouthfeels, at least for this style.

D - An exceptional "go-to" save for it's inavailability outside WI. I know New Glarus has a reason for it but it prohibits me from having this beer more often.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Voodoo72
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite new glarus brew.

Photo of Trooper92292
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Glarus never disappoints. A good beer to sit by the fireplace with.

Photo of Lucular
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another delicious beer from New Glarus. I have to admit, I was cracking mixed nuts and eating them while drinking the beer. I felt corny doing that but it was fun and certainly didn't hurt the flavor experience!

Photo of Popsinc
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: an amber brown pour with some carbonation and a light tan head.

Smell: big roasted malts and some bread like qualities. semi sweetness of mild carmel underneath. light earthy notes. some nuttiness.

Taste & Mouthfeel: lively on the tongue up front with some maltiness creeping in. mid sip the sweetness moves forward and dances to the back of the tongue very pleasantly. some good hop bitterness on the finish with a drop of molasses that makes for a nice medium bodies beer with long lingering qualities.

Drinkability: an every day drinker of decent quality. neither here nor there but quite good without having wowed me.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like having a bowl of Honey Nut Bunches of Malt for breakfast, this beer makes me as happy as a hurly-pearly squirrel going all hippidy hoppidy from tree to tree.

The Fat Squirrel is actually pretty interesting especially when compared to most brown ales. Its aromas and flavor are a perfectly balanced blend of honey, hazelnut, toast, walnut, and a tad smidgen of vanilla.

The mouthfeel is light and smooth. Not hoppy in the slightest. Quite sweet.

Too damn drinkable for our own good.

Photo of byaeger
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My friend Mara went to Madison to visit a friend and fulfilled my one request: bring me back something from New Glarus. Furthermore, she knows I go in for the dark, malty beers and knew this nutty brown would be right up my alley. I don't think they actually used hazelnuts, but they sure nailed what they were going for. This rich, velvety ale goes down like carbonated Nutella. Pairing recommendation? Just that: Nutella on toast, to match the toasty malts. If you're looking for a breakfast pairing, maybe a bowl of Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch. All I know is, I want to spend some time in Wisc. so I can try more of their beers (in addition to the Bock and Spotted Cow Mara snuck past TSA.

Photo of weatherdog
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Fat Squirrel pint glass

It pours a crystal clear toffee brown and the head quickly disappears. There are no bubble rising from the bottom of the glass so the beer look pretty lifeless.

The nose is a heavy toasted bread and crystal malt sweetness. After that I'm getting a little bit of fruity type esters.

The taste is just a heavy bready character with just a touch of malt sweetness similar to the nose. There is also an addition of a nice nutty character which compliments the bready nicely. Similar to the nose there is are faint fruity esters on the back end.

This bottle seems to have unusually low carbonation which makes the mouth feel seem dead and a little oily. Nonetheless it has a high drinkability and makes for a nice sessionable beer.

I've had this beer many times before and practically lived on it in college ($1 mugs of this all day every day at my favorite bar) and this bottle just wasn't exactly what I remembered. The date code only says it is about 4 months which isn't terrible but maybe not ideal. This was my first craft beer I ever tasted and will always have a place in my heart. I still remember on the morning of my 21st birthday going out with my friends and buying a 12 pack of High Life and a 6 pack of Fat Squirrel. I really hope I just got a bad bottle and it just isn't my fond memories overlooking the just above average beer. I will have to pick up another bottle of this and do a re-rate.

Photo of sgoodship
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this at Steve's Liquors in Madison. I had a bit of a make your own six fest while I was there.

A: Clear, brownish golden with some carbonation pillars rising. Half a finger head that quickly dissipates to a ring and dusting. Some spotty lacing that doesn't stick around.

S: Hearty ale smell. Slightly stale and very malty.

T: Malty, woody, nutty with stale maltiness. A simple drink but sometimes simple pleasures can be just what you are looking for. Nuttiness becomes stronger as it warms. I liked that about it. There is some hop there but it is not making a big show.

M: Nice and clean. Light bodied. Carbonation could be more pronounced. Almost feels a tad flat at times. I'm sure that the bottle I had in Madison had more life.

D: An easy drink to throw back. Shame they don't have this is Chicago bars. New Glarus makes some good beer.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Pours a nice clear amber brown with a 2 finger khaki head on top. A bit thin, but looks good in the pint glass otherwise. Aromas of roasted grains and nuts with a bit of burnt caramel. Some grassy, herbal hops are in there as well. Nice...but fairly muted and not very exciting.

First sip is upfront with a densly nutty malt exhibiting a recognizable hazelnut flavor. A nice dose of sweet caramel is in there as well..almost like caramel covered nuts. A nice mellow spicy hop hits on the back of the palate. A fairly tasty nut brown overall....was good while working in the yard.

Mouthfeel had a chewy, medium body that was creamier than most nut brown ales I've tried in the past. Easily a drinkable brew, but there's plenty of others I'd choose first...just a bit too uninspiring to make me come back for more.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mtnlover for bringing this one by. It's my 1st New Glarus. Pours a clear, copper body with a small beige head that leaves some nice lace. Very active carbonation is noted in the glass.
Aroma is mostly chocolate and caramel malt, with a note of hazelnut, and some earthy, herbal hops.
Mouthfeel is light medium in body, with lively carbonation.
Very carbonated for the style, with light milk chocolate leading a dominant, sweet malt profile. Hazelnut is apparent, and a soft hops presence is herbal, earthy, and bittering. Finish is pine cone bitterness, atop a nutty roasted malt note. Very nice.
Unusually high carbonation for the style, but it works quite well here. Crafty balance of malts and hops make for an impressive, American version of an Anglo brown ale.

Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, no freshness or bottleing info to be had. Pours dark amber, almost clear, lifting a medium tan head. Roasty, toasty, malty nose. Smooth drinking, nutty notes in full evidence. Pleasant enough, malty ale. Brit style brown, hops quite reserved. Nothing special, just a respectable, drinkable, enjoyable and flavorful session type beverage, and thats quite a bit. Brown ale, mild ale lovers and Brit. style ale lovers will enjoy this one.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this one...
Clear Amber (much lighter than expected) with a full finger of creamy off-white head...half of it goes nowhere yet the lacing is sporatic as I work my way through the pint.
Not huge in the nose, but a somewhat sweet malt calls me in and a nutty earthy character sits patiently in the background.
Taste is real nice...a roasty malt backbone with a hint of sweetness in the finish. Nice hop profile adding just the right amount of bitterness to round it off...finishes with that nutty addition I was hoping for.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is fine.
No hint of alcohol so I imagine around 5.5% or so, but really no idea...either way, very enjoyable and the type of beer you wish would be sitting next to Sam Adams and Harpoon in your local bar...I'd go for it quite often.

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: chetnut brown in color, 1/3 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: caramel, sweet malt, and nut

Taste: follows the nose caramel, sweet malt, and nut

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, sweet with light bitterness.

Overall:Super tasty. This would be a staple if I could get it around here. Nothing fancy but clean and what I want in the style...plenty of nut and malt and light hop balance..A nice autumn beer.

Photo of badbeer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a hazelnut brown with a beige head and decent lacing. Smell is of sweet malt and slightly nutty. Taste is predominantly of nuts, with a bit of chocolate in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, almost a creamy feel to it. Drinkability, great for enjoying just one with an evening meal, or many with friends for a night out.

Photo of Mora2000
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to slasher007 for sharing this bottle.

Pours orangish-brown with a white head. Not the color I was expecting from a brown ale. The aroma is very nutty with some malty sweetness as well. The flavor is nutty with some sweetness, about like the aroma. Lighter mouthfeel and lower carbonation.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle from AKSmokedPorter. Thanks, dude!

Lovely auburn-caramel in color with an impressive tan-colored head. Thick. Long-lasting. Some nice lacing of the glass. Surprising amounts of "roasty toasty" in the nose. Toasted assortment of nuts here. Some caramel sweetness floats around as well. Flavor has a firm backbone of sweetness that nicely balances the nut flavors. Dark sugary caramel with some toasted, almost "charred oak" notes. Slight zing of hop influence at the end. Nice body. Good carbonation. One I'd certainly visit again.

Photo of bsp77
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Cloudy dark orange (not brown) with a very creamy lasting head that looks surprisingly nitro-like.

Smell: Mostly caramel malts with light nut-like notes.

Taste: Semi-sweet caramel malts balanced by some nuttiness and very slight English hops.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, relatively light body (especially for a Brown Ale), quite smooth. English pub feel.

Drinkability: Highly sessionable Brown Ale that seems like it could be in a pub in England. The only downside is that it is a little too light on flavor.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice mahogany brown hue with great clarity. A half inch of tightly knit khaki colored head rests on top. Nice Brussels lacing. I can smell chocolate,caramel, and earthy hops. The flavor is very subtle notes of caramel and chocolate. I don't taste the hops I could lightly smell. The mouth is moderately carbonated,creamy,and dry.

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish copper orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. Solid three finger off white head which slowly settles into a thin layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A toasty, earthy, and nutty aroma. Toasted malts and wheat grains with hints of caramel, toffee, toasted bread, biscuit, hazelnuts, and mild chocolate and coffee. Slight hint of oats and spice. Nice background of earthy and grassy hops. A fairly dry and dark aroma that is well balanced. Smells pretty decent.

Taste: A solid bready and nutty taste with lots of toast. Toasted malts and grains with a taste of caramel, toffee, biscuit, hazelnut, toasted bread, chocolate, and a little coffee and oat. Also a little butterscotch. Solid presence of hops giving a drying earthy and grassy taste. Very well balanced and tasty take on the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Toasty, mildly creamy, and pretty drying in the finish.

Overall: A very solid version of a Brown Ale. Dark and toasty taste with a solid bitter balance.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very different from the traditional brown ale. Or nut brown ale. Looks IPA ish or amber ale. Impressive. Nothing coming across aroma wise, almost a negative.

Taste, very flavorful for a nut brown, again, taste wise, not nut brown's typical blandness. Seriously, one of the best tastes I've experienced in a nut brown ale. A degree of hop, not the low ibu or lacking bitterness you'll see. New Glarus as usual, very innovative, and not for the sake of being weird. Grows on ya, drinkable indeed.

Photo of ADR
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown and hazy, greenish head of rounded 1/2 inch foam. Laces in primary rings. Sweet malty aroma, almost a sugary pecan pie sense with caramel and associated "pie crust" biscuity qualities. Body is shy of medium, with moderate carbonation. Maltiness strikes first, and follows the aroma note-for-note, just a little sweeter than Schell Snowstorm 2003. Finishes softly, with slight hop, but more of the crusty breadiness lingering into the aftertaste. This beer is entirely pleasant and perfect for a drinking session.

Photo of rudylaw
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Has a typical brown ale look to it. Almost golden in appearance with an off-white head.

It smells of nuts, cookies, but not overwhelming at all. The taste is right there for you... nutty, malty, sweet. It did seem a little light though... almost watered down.

The drinkability is very nice... makes a solid session beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a crystal clear warm brown body that is pretty translucent with a gentle carbonation of slow tiny bubbles. There is a thin ring of tan foam and a few clouds of foam floating in the middle but even they don't last.

S- The soft smell of toasted malt has some nice depth and is followed by a green hop hint in the finish.

T- This beer has a tangy yet slightly sweet toasted malt flavor with some dark roasted malt and biscuit malt in the background. There are notes of dry caramel, nutty notes and nougat that come through more when it warms. The finish has a soft bittern bite with a herbal note that is probably from hops. There is a bright cider flavor without the strong apple taste that is odd but works with the malt flavors.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture.

D- This beer has a some interesting malt complexity but the bright cider notes seemed to get annoying toward the end of the glass and covered some of the malt flavors.

Photo of richkrull
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass. A little cloudy copper amber color, not a ton of head. Malty smell, relatively strong. Sweet malty taste, but of nut flavor. Fairly bitter aftertaste. Pretty smooth drinking beer. I don't mind it, although I'm not sure I could drink too many of them in succession.

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Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,460 ratings.