Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,386 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,386
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 73
Gots: 108 | FT: 3
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 05-17-2003)
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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewery.

Pours a moderate brown color with a light off white head. The nose brings some light caramel and toffee plus slight nutty characteristics. Taste is doughy brown that is slightly nutty and some light caramel sweetness. Medium feel with good carbonation. Nice and simple and drinks well.

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear brownish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down but left a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of nutty malts in the nose along with hints of bready malts.
T: Similar to the smell, nutty flavors of malts dominate the overall taste, which has a bit of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and goes down easily.

Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a creamy head that sticks both in amplitude and lace

Smell: Brown bread with a hint of hazelnuts

Taste: Opens with a brown bread flavor that adds a slightly nutty aspect after the swallow; mellow finish, with a little nut skin bitterness at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with modest carbonation and a characteristic creamy texture

Drinkability: A very nice example of a style that is often quite boring

Sorry I forgot who you are, so thanks to the Unknown BA

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

We've been lulled to sleep with the taste of the Newcastles of the world. And most American-brewed brown ales have become assertive to the point that they better compete with porters and less with the taste than brought brown to the taste of England. But New Glarus keeps a keen eye on history and takes a never-say-never stance in the preserverence of the brown ale with Fat Squirrel Brown Ale

You'd expect the "appearance" comments to start and stop with simply "brown". But there's more to the beer as its bright clarity embarks upon redish chestnut highlights. Extending onward, the beer shows an appetizing creamy off white head that rises timidly, but continues to lather into a blanket across the glass. Trailing with foamy lace, the beer simply exudes the appearances that make English ales charming and masculine.

Mild caramel, acorn, and toast notes shed light on the dark beer's aromas. Accessory scents of light chocolate, toasted grain, vanilla, and light malty starch seem to support the stronger impressions of sweetness and earthiness. With just enough woodish hops to round out the scent, the beer offers more than varying degrees of sweetness and graininess.

Deliciously smooth, the beer's taste stems from its aromas- malty sweet with caramel and toffee with perhaps a dash of brown sugar. But a more robust nutty flavor exhumes with the taste of walnut, pecan, and an overall peanut brittle taste. Light starch flavor adds body and becomes a bridge for the early nutty bitterness into the more woody bitterness of those classic English hops that balance the taste but never rivals. The beer is simply delicious and effortless from start to finish.

Medium bodied but seemingly light because of the beer's malty-dry taste it seems to contribute richer impressions to its texture. Seemingly thin and perhaps watery at times, the beer simply looses interest at middle palate and it takes 'til its fleeting grainy-sweet finish to regain interest. Finishing somewhat cola-like, the minty hops and light alcohol warmth closes the beer with a short nutty finish.

Ideally suited for standard American pub fare, I'll happily welcome this semi-robust ale with cheeseburgers, chicken wings and hand tossed pizzas. It's a non-offensive beer that meets many occasions but might leave the beer connoisseur wanting more.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (Courtesy of Monger): Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma of nutty malt with caramel is quite enticing. Taste of nutty malt is excellent with some sweet fruit and a creamy texture. Low carbonation with a slightly above average body. I have to admit that I had a lot of worse brown ale and I did enjoy this one.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright orange-amber-bronze with an expansive head that is airy, yet creamysoft, and still fills at least half the glass several minutes after the pour. Fine bubbles rush up to replenish the cap of foam even as smooth divots form in the surface and erode it from the top down. Unfortunately, the texture of the cap isn't conducive to lace formation, as the clean glass attests.

The nose is lightly roasted malty, toasted nutty and contains a hint of milky cocoa. Very nice. Coffee-with-cream appears unexpectedly on the palate and is the major component of the flavor profile. Nuttiness is still present, although cocoa/chocolate is nowhere to be found. The Squirrel is satisfactorily malted with a valued contribution from softly bitter hops. I'd like to see a fatter body than the one that has been provided, but it isn't bad given the style.

Fat Squirrel is a well-crafted brown ale that (unfortunately, as far as I'm concerned) tastes more like coffee than anything else. It isn't overpowering however, and although I would never buy it on a regular basis, it was fine as long as the bottle lasted. Another good New Glarus beer for which I have Skidz to thank.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to have two more tastings before a long cutoff. This was the first and was done solo, served cold and into a pint glass, these were consumed on 11/18/2010.

Some of the last of the New Glarus offerings I have never had. I decided to knock out two of them last night. The pour here again was much darker then I had anticipated with a nice hazelnut color that was capped by a nice off white head that really seemed to have some legs to it. Good lacing flowed down the sides of the glass and left a really well rounded look. Loads of caramel here, literally tons of it in the aroma and flavor. Lots of earthy, herbal notes as well flowing through here. Very nicely done I have to admit and each sip seemed to get creamier and more well refined. Lots of roasted nuts, hints of light hops now as well coming into play in the finish which is capped nicely by a well rounded and subtle sugary note.

Overall not sure what to make of this one other then it being damn good. A really interesting and very, very well crafted ale.

Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a clear looking brown color. it had a light fizzy head on top that left behind some film over top of the beer. The smell of the beer had some toasted malts with a light earthiness to it as well. The taste of the beer gave of a slight nutty flavor with some dry malts in there as well. The mouthfeel is easy going, light enough to drink a few if you choose to do so. Overall I thought it was a pretty good Brown Ale. I wouldn't turn it down if it were offered to me.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, mahogany body with a small, white head.

Smell: Nutty, earthy maltiness with a note of caramel, but it's mainly a variety nutpack bouquet.

Taste: Sweet brown malts with a full-on toasted nuttiness. Some cocoa powder and caramel, but like the aroma, it's strong in the nut department. Mild spicy bitterness. Smooth, sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A flavorful, enjoyable, session-minded brown ale.

Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Rich!

Appearance: Clear auburn body capped by a thin layer of foam. Head retention is somewhat poor.

Smell: The English yeast strain is most immediately noticeable, lending quite a bit of red apple. Toasted malt comes out more as it warms, along with a nutty, earthy note.

Palate: Red apple, toast, roasted nuts. Quite a bit of dark fruit from the yeast. Initially sweet, and pretty light in body. Dries up in the finish with very gentle bitterness.

Overall: A pretty solid and traditional take on an English brown. Good stuff.

Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a tulip glass it pours a reddish copper brown, some good clarity noticeable in the light. Spotty lace and good retention.

Muted, nondescript aroma, lightly malty with wet barley and maple notes.

Malty and smooth, light tobacco and maple suggestions, apple, generally mellow with a light astringency, a little watery. Easy drinking and sessionable, reminds me of autumn nights in a rural WI cabin.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing his sixer!

The final brew taken down during the Man's Weekend (for me, at least). It pours a semi-hazed amber-garnet topped by a half-finger of off-white creamy foam. The nose comprises fish batter (LJS-style, seemingly), toffee, buttery biscuits, and some light orange zest. The taste holds notes of light walnut, light toffee, light orange peel, and some blackened biscuits. The body is a light medium (or heavy light), with a moderate carbonation and a sorta grainy feel. Overall, nothing overtly special, but a decent enough nut brown. A nice end to one helluva weekend ride.

Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a reddish, brown color with an off-white, one and a half-finger head. Did not leave any lace.

S - It smelled of sweet malt and nut.

T - It tasted of hazelnut and roasted malt. It also had a complex blend of hops that was fairly understated.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - I really enjoyed this beer. It is my first from New Glarus. One of the better Brown Ales around.

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

Fat Squirrel pours a beautiful, subtly hazy (it's bottle-conditioned), light chestnut body with a crimson cast and glowing orange highlights. The frothy ivory head receeds to a thin layer of cream; and it leaves some nice, albeit it mainly transient, lace with each sip. The nose is loaded with toasty malt and welcomes you to take a sip! It's delicately zesty on the tongue due to it's very fine-bubbled, natural carbonation. The body is medium; and it becomes a bit creamier as it warms. Toasty and slightly nutty malt carries through the flavor from start to finish with some delicate, floral and mildly spicy hops appearing towards the finish. It's solid bitterness ushers in a dry finish; and toasted malt lingers gently in its long aftertaste with the occassional appearance of some floral and piney hops. Enjoy this one at just below cellar temperatures to get the most out of it.

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

Acquired via trade from rpzel, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, nuts and maple but is a little faint overall.

T: The taste is malty and very smoky with flavors of caramel, spice and nuts. There’s a very mild hops presence and a little bit of hops. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is pretty clean for the style.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to stick with for an evening if you’re in the mood for a good brown ale. I could definitely drink a few of them and it’s definitely one of the better beers that I’ve had in the style.

Photo of Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber, with nearly 2 1/2 fingers of big and foamy off-white head. This shrinks down pretty readily and retains with a frothy 1/2 finger that leaves back a rich cascade of lacing, which rings the sides with heavy swathes. The aroma is nice and stickily sweet in the nose, with notes of cocoa, toffee, bread, and some nuttiness. Floral hops, spice, and especially citrus mix in to give this a sharp tang.

The taste is toasted grains, caramel, and light chocolate, with some more subtle nut flavors this time around. This has the stickiness of the aroma but isn't coming off quite as robust. A shot of spicy hops runs through, giving this some balance. This finishes fairly clean, with maybe just a bit of lingering spice coming out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a moderate sharpness to the carbonation that then gives way to an easier feel underneath. Pretty quaffable overall.

Solid Brown Ale, with a nice roasty tang to it and the spiciness of the English hops added some decent zip. I could definitely see this being a quality Brown to enjoy in the cooler months.

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Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,386 ratings.