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Fat Squirrel Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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pDev:
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Fat Squirrel AleFat Squirrel Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UncleJimbo on 05-17-2003

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Reviews: 526 | Ratings: 1,563
Photo of Beric
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 8 January 2016

Appearance: Pours a brown, as you would suspect, with slight amber hues around the edges. A minimal head to be sure and leaves minimal lacing. Probably the weakest point of this beer.

Smell: Sweet, slightly bready malts with a hint of roastiness creeping up on the back end.

Taste: A nice balance between caramel malt flavors and some subtle roasted notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall: An easy drinking, tasty beer which I could drink in quantity.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

color is rather pretty - brown but turns garnet in the right light. there's some particulate in there that makes me lower my rating just a touch. soapy lacing.

perhaps my taste is a bit muted, but i can't get past cola in terms of the taste and feel of this beer. it's not bad, and it lacks a bit of the cola bite, but it has a soda sweetness to it. less sugary, though, so the feel is more pleasant.

i could get used to having a couple of these on a winter night.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark mahogany, transparent with suspended micro particles. Nutty, malty sweetness. Taste is same nutty flavor, slight creamy, hint of cocao, a little bit thin but a delicious Brown

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A NG regular and surprised to find I'd not rated it. Well, we can take care of that. A rich, deep, crystal clear amber pour with light head. The smell of warm roasted malts rise up and entertain the nose. Taste is clean, malt forward and enough hops under the malt for a sound base. Modest ABV makes it a great beer for a meal of grilled brats. As a brown ale, this one stands above the crowd. But, then, being from New Glarus, that's expected.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark, reddish brown with a thin, white head. Slight nutty malt smell. Very nutty up front and then the malt slides in for a nice experience. Just a slight bit of hop to make it more interesting. Ba thinner mouthfeel for type. It does leave some lacing. Carmel backing really brings all parts together. Much better than I remember.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grading to style this is among the best English style brown asked made in the united States. Appearance is flawless; merengue head, garnet brown, sticky lacing. Aroma is toasted bread, caramel, fruity esters that give it a slight cola note. Taste takes it deeper, almost no hop bitterness, depth, a sweet vanilla nuttiness rounds out the finish. Medium body, a little coating.

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Photo of CoryJones
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer to have. The overall body is tremendous. When you first smell the Carmel, toffee aroma, it is like the best combo of any good coffee, but is while you are drinking it that it delivers a refreshing, smooth taste that finishes amazingly, and allows you to do what people should do when drinking beer, relax, and enjoy. You can definitely taste the hazelnut notes that this beer provides, giving it its strong flavor and taste. It is a taste that resembles hint of toffee, a hit of caramel, and the hazel notes mixes well with the malt of a brown ale, and the hops that came with this extraordinary beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hits all the right English Brown ale buttons with a bright deep amber color, 1” white foam collar, malty nose, very rich malt with biscuit flavors, medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually liked this beer a lot. Not often into brown ales in general, but the malt and toasted nut character was really nice. A little bit of hop character which was nice. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear garnet/brown with a light cap of brown tinted foam. light lacing and a thin film.
Nose consists of brown bread, earthy/floral hops, yeasty with some fruity ester.
Taste Bitter with a nice roast malt flavor. Hoppy for a brown ale. dry finish.
low end of medium carb with light to medium body.
Tasted boozy for the abv level. A good winter warmer.

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Photo of PTRAINOR
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

New Glarus never fails to please. Nice roasted scent with a hint of sweetness. Smooth medium body with lively, light carbonation. A nice roasted flavor with a hint if hops at the end, with a pleasant nutty after taste.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 Fl Oz Bottle
Bottled on November 6th, 2014
Reviewed on January 15th, 2015
Served in a Nonic Pint Glass

Eyes
Clear amber-brown body capped off by an off-white foam cap… roughly two fingers deep. A decent amount of sticky lacing followed through.

Nose
Lots of nutty bread. Sweet malts also stood out.

Mouth
Toasted, bready grains were packed with great nut flavours. Hops quickly kicked in and prevented the malts from becoming too heavy. Not a lot from the hops but enough to balance this brew out, and then some. Medium-bodied. Light/Moderate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel all around.

Overall
Great nutty brown ale!

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Photo of Djohnson300
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stay close to the restroom if your drinking these - they give my stomach a turn for the worse. Maybe that's because I have 12 of them in 1 sitting, I don't know. I tend to stay away these days - NG is better known for their fruit beer.

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Photo of Lucular
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (date stamp 2694 15:13) served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear dark copper-amber. Thin off-white head with thick strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt with a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Lots of roasted and toasted malts - definitely a malt forward beer, but not exceedingly sweet. Some notes of chocolate and hazelnut. The beer has a mild bitter finish with some noble hop character.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, approaching prickly on the palate. A bit sticky, but not too much. Nicely thick.

Overall / Drinkability: A very nice brown ale. I had this beer many years ago in Milwaukee and seem to remember it as more coffee-like in taste, but that was almost 6 years ago now and my palate has changed. I'm still enjoying all the roasted malt flavors though. Went well with food (stuffed shells with cheese and butternut squash) and I would not mind having another one, but sadly I only have the one bottle. A very good brown ale.

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Photo of BladesOfBarley
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Okay, so I might be a bit excited seeing as this is only the SECOND beer I've had by New Glarus, the first being the wonderful Serendipity... but DAMN this is a good brown ale!

Starts off with a great pour, thin compared to other brown ales, but none the less it pours beautifully, into a rich brown color akin to fallen leaves and (hah!) a brown squirrel, with an opaque head that disappears rather quick.

Upon first sniff, a warm malty aroma fills the nostrils, vaguely sweet and savory. The pallet follows with rich malt but with an almost caramel sweetness. Definitely a drinkable, delicious beer.

Overall, another great beer by New Glarus, definitely worth trying.

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Photo of pagriley
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12oz poured into a pint - no date on bottle but was purchased at brewery last week so should be fresh.

A - standard pour produced a light 2 finger white head that dissipated quickly. Some lacing. Deep amber color but a bit murky from the bottle - A bit of stray yeast I imagine.
S - Not much going on on the nose- slight roast notes with a bit of bready sour dough, but not really much there
T - This is more like it! Light roast malt up front with a clean almost lager like finish a hint of bitterness and hops to balance
M - Light and refreshing - a good bit of carbonation aids the light mouth feel

O - I am biased as this was one of my first craft beer loves, but it still gets the job done years later. It really is just a nice simple light brown ale - take a pale ale, toast the malt a touch and back off the hops... Nostalgia wins extra points but it really is just a nice every day beer

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Beer pours brown in color with a strong white head.

Flavor is light and crisp, some malt and chocolate but not overwhelming in any way.

Flavors are very subtle and subdued. Beer is ok, nothing special.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Clear brown, 2 finger of tan head

Smell is bready, nutty, dark fruit, toffee

Taste is nutty, bready, toast, herbal hop bite, toffee

Medium Mouthfeel, nicely carbonated, clean finish

One the best brown ales

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a "pint" glass. Pours brown with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of caramel, nice fruitiness, and a hint of nuttiness. Tastes of fruit with a tad of nuts. Beer is light bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.1/5  rDev +7%

From notes on 11/21/13

Sweet malty caramel smell. Light brown in color with a white head. Lots of malt flavor. I like the nuttyness too. Similar to Fat Tire, but much better. At $7 a six pack, this is great!

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Photo of secondtooth
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber-brown, with thick, tri-finger head of off-white suds. Pleasant tree-line lace.

Nose is nutty with hints of caramel malts. Very nice!

Taste is deliciously nutty, with a tinge of fruit peeking through. A world-class brown ale, and one I'd turn to again.

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a better than decent brown ale. The feel is very fresh and crisp, but there isn't much depth to this beer.

A: Very nice pour. Formed a half finger of tan head which foamed down to a thin line after about 20 seconds. When sitting on the table is a nice brown color, not quite opaque, and when held in natural light is more amber in color. Appearance is appetizing.

S: Smells slightly hoppy with some sweetness; perhaps caramelized grain sweetness.

T: This is a good brown ale, perhaps a little thicker than a Newcastle, but holds it's own. The first flavors I get are a subtle sweetness followed by medium strength hops. Well blended drink, no single flavor over powers.

M: I enjoyed the texture of this ale; this beer feels like a crisp refreshing ale, not heavy or viscous in any way.

O: This is a well made craft beer. I probably wouldn't make this an everyday beer, but I enjoyed it and would recommend others give it a try.

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Photo of Henrich
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with 1 cm of fine, off-white foam. Color is nice, dark amber-brown and very clear.
Smell: Bready and sweet with a slight yeasty character. No noticeable hop aroma.
Taste: Intensely malty and nutty, with some toasty, rum-like undertones. Slight hop bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, with less carbonation than I'd expect. No alcohol burn.
Overall: Fairly nice. It is good, but I'm not sure where this beer would fit in as far as time of year. Maybe best in the fall? I'd buy it again, but it would sit in the fridge until I was feeling... squirrelly.

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Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.