1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Fat Squirrel AleFat Squirrel Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

1,305 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,305
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 66
Gots: 73 | FT: 2
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,305 | Reviews: 493 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bristol2120
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark copper with a significant head that quickly subsides, leaving a thin layer of foam and a very large amount of lacing. Very pleasant aroma featuring malty/peaty notes. Really nice malty flavor, showing notes of smoke, nuts, and rye bread. Thatbreadiness really comes through on the aftertaste as well. Mouthfeel is full, round, and smooth, as is typical of New Glarus. Overall, a very drinkable brew for a crisp autumn or early winter evening.

bristol2120, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light amber in color with a one finger head.

Smell: caramel sweetness and some nuttiness is picked up by the nose.

Taste: caramel, roasted nuts, red apples, and a mild bitterness create a nicely balanced beer. There is a bit of earthiness that shows up late.

Mouhtfeel: medum bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start and smooth at the finish.

Drinkability: very easy beer to drink. The nuttiness provides enough enjoyment in this brown ale.

Gavage, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour was deep brown with a slight red hue. light fluffy head, little retention.

very light caramel and sweet malts, kind of hard to detect

quite sweet with a light caramel roasted malt flavor. a bit candy like, maybe a light plum flavor. a tad nutty.

a but too much carbonation and a bit weak of a body however body does remind me of an english brown ale

not bad, pretty easy to drink although the carbonation kind of bites too much. pretty light overall....

hooliganlife, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of nlmartin
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up while I was passing through Wisconsin. The beer was served in a pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer has a coppery brown coloration. The head was a short lived cream coloration.

Smell: The beers aroma is a malty toasted caramel with a dash of brown sugar rolled nuttyness.

Taste: The flavor of the beer is sweet nutty caramel malty treat. A bit of hop bitterness finishes the flavor.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beers body is light. The light carbonation levels work well with the beer. In all honesty this is a very good throw back beer.

nlmartin, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of blackenmn
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance and Smell: Poured a a fairly translucent brown with a small white head which disipated pretty quick. Smelled of caramel and toffee, with a bit of mild citrus and roasty brown sugar like notes in there.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tasted a roasty nutty flavor with a very sweet caramel malt backbone. Had a nice feint earthy hop bitterness in there also. Mouthfeel was pretty thin overall, and little to no carbonation which seems pretty typical in many typical brown ales. Just a hint of stickiness. Nothing overwhelming but pretty pleasant and well rounded.

Drinkability:Very drinkable brew. Could throw back many of these without feeling the least bit guilty due to the very low price and ABV presence. Typical sessionable brown ale.

blackenmn, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of porterwoobie
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: very light brown to orange, with some reddish tint. large initial off-white head that slowly dissipates, no lacing. clear.

S: low maltiness and some caramel notes. no hop aroma.

T: malty flavor. nutty and caramel. has a sweet finish. no hop bitterness detected.

MF: medium-light bodied, low carbonation, has a smooth feel to it.

Drinkability: definitely a sessionable beer. very easy drinking. i enjoyed it.

porterwoobie, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of alpinebryant
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: Poured an amber light brown color with small white head

s: Small hop aroma, light malt scent, nothing overpowering

t: Tasted like an English Brown Ale, true to the style, perhaps a little less flavorful than I was expecting. In this day of overhopped overmalted beers, it is hard to stand out and this delivers as advertised

m: Slightly less thick than envisioned. Decent mouthfeel, nothing to write home about, not too watery

d: I drank one because that was all I had. Id drink more, but probalby would go for something else

alpinebryant, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to BeerFMAndy for procuring this for me in a recent trade!

Poured into my pint glass. Pours a rusty copper with an inch-sized ivory head on top. Little retention, but it leaves some nice rings in its wake. Smells of pumpernickel bread, toasted crust, hints of molasses, and a sweet caramel finish. Wow. This smells great!

Decent body on this. Carbonation level is moderate to low. This is much more creamy than I expected, but I like it. An easy sipper for sure. Nice roasted flavors abound. Slight nuttiness mixed with a brown sugar sweetness that is very pleasant. This is really good. Thanks again, Andy, for the trade!

Onenote81, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of gmfessen
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a pale amber-brown color with a thin, cream colored head. The nose is malty sweet with lightly toasted notes; breadiness, nuttiness and caramel, maybe some toffee. The taste reflects a similar malt forward profile with the light toastiness and caramel showing through predominately, hopped only to balance no real hop presence. Mouthfeel is on the watery side but the carbonation gives it a creamy feel and it has a semi-dry finish. Overall, a very sessionable beer - not New Glarus's most impressive brew but a good drinking ale.

gmfessen, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours a color somewhere between a dark copper and a light brown, hazy, with a nice, persistent light-khaki head. Excellent retention, great lacing.

Aroma is toasty, but nutty, a tad fruity. Nice overall, but nothing to knock you down.

Taste nice - notes of toasted bread, caramel, a nice nuttiness, even some sweet, almost red-berry like fruitiness way down underneath that's a bit jammy. Nice and smooth overall. Would like the toasty, nutty qualities to be a bit more towards the forefront is my only real reservation - still, tasty.

Mouthfeel is creamy, a bit light and fluffy. nicely done.

JohnQVegas, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of nickd717
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via trade.

A - Medium brown color with a small white head.

S - Aroma is nuts, chocolate, and malt.

T - Nutty and malty with milk chocolate and mild roast.

M - Body and carbonation medium.

D - Average-plus. This beer is decent overall but nothing really stands out.

nickd717, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale Stem glass. No date or info on the bottle.
Thanks to Sweemzander for the trade!

A - Clear medium orange-amber poured out with a nice stream of bubbles going up to a small off-white head. Low retention that left a ring and no touch of lacing.

S - Fat Squirrel's aroma starts with a slightly grassy hop touch with a nutty, woody, caramel malt nose. A toasty biscuit background with a hint of toffee sprinkled across a thin slice of coffee cake. The best part of the aroma is mellow but worth seeking out with multiple whiffs.

T - The grassy hops splash out first on the sip leaving a dry trail for the malts to follow. Lightly buttered coffee cake with a drizzle of caramel and just a pinch of toffee flakes. I'd like to see a bit of sweetness brought in this beer, but it's good as-is. It has a rather hefty overarching woody and nutty flavor too.

M - Crisp and smooth but a bit watery with a medium body and pretty dry finish.

D - The hops help keep an otherwise malty beer balanced and drinkable but the grassyness doesn't mesh that well in my opinion and leaves me wanting a fuller, maltier nut brown ale. Good beginning-of-fall beer for the brisk lawn mowing though!

BeerFMAndy, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of barnzy78
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Poured a tea-ish brown color with a nice pillowy off-white head that left some sticky, spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma and tastes were similar - sweet toffee, toasted grains, quite nutty, somewhat bready, with some caramel notes. Finishes sweet and crisp. Mouth-feel is rather thin, but ideal for the style. Very good representation of the style with great drinkability.

barnzy78, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of mothman
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours 1 and ½ fingers of light tan head. Not very good retention or lace. Color is a clear light copper brown. Nothing to appealing.

Aroma: Big malt profile. Chocolate and caramel, but that is pretty much it.

Taste: A malt profile is what this beer is. A very typical average brown. Big chocolate malts, some caramel. Not a lot going on here.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little crisp. Light bodied for a brown ale. Good amount of carbonation. Ends with a clean malty aftertaste.

Overall, for a brown, this is nothing impressive. Very boring, but has the typical flavors to it. Not something I'd buy on a regular basis but it is drinkable.

mothman, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of RJUGA03
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Copper brown semi-transpartent body with no head just lacing along the perimeter of the glass.

S-Carmel laden sweet and malty.

T-Smooth sweetish on the draw working into a woodsy flavorful deep lasting hopped finish.

M-Thick hevay syrup-like with scant carbonation.

D- I would drink this one everyday for a while and then take some time off ...(week or two) then dive right back into it.

RJUGA03, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewing from tasting notes.

Pours deep dark mahogany brown with 2 fingers white/off white foam. Good retention and lacing. Smell is mildly sweet with touches of coffee. Taste is predominantly hazelnut backed by caramel and vanilla notes. Very modest hop presence balances the sweetness but never bring it to a bitter taste. Smnooth and creamy in the mouth.

Damn good beer. Very drinkable, tasty but not overly sweet. Goes down smooth and enjoyable.

KTCamm, Aug 23, 2009
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.

Kegatron, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of nsmartell
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color with a fluffy white head that sticks around for a while. Nice bubbles.

Smell: Sweet caramel malts, with a touch of alcohol and nuts.

Taste: Just as the smell suggests, sweet caramel malts and a hint of toffee and nuts.

Mouthfeel: Thin and smooth. Not much carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty sweet tasting brown ale that goes down easy. I enjoyed one with some burgers I grilled up and the other while relaxing after dinner. This is a nice standby to have on hand for all kinds of beer drinkers. A decent brown ale, but a little on the sweet side for my liking.

nsmartell, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint. No bottled date found.

(A)- Pours a clear mahogany color. Ample off-white head formation that dissipated rather quickly down to a light layer.

(S)- A rustic woody and maple syrup nuttiness to it; almost smoky. Slightly sweet smelling as well.

(T)- Nutty and vanilla creaminess up front with ample malt backbone. Slight wood to the background. Again, rustic northwoods characteristics.

(M)- Smooth, slightly sweet and creamy components. Good malt feel. Carbonation level is spot on.

(D)- The perfect brew to enjoy while relaxing by a campfire out in nature. The nuttiness combined with the maple-ish malts gives it a really nice complexity and creaminess that I enjoyed alot. An excellent beer for Fall as well if you aren't in the mood for a Marzen style. A 6 pack of this would not last long at all.

sweemzander, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of koopa
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with imperialking!

Appearance: Chestnut body with slightly off white 1 finger crown. Not much retention or lacing.

Smell: Hints of almonds, lightly toasted malt and grain, and small hint of chocolate. Not very strong smelling.

Taste: Pretty straight forward nut brown ale flavor here. Small amount of bitterness just before the finish.

Mouthfeel: pretty light in body but not watery.

Drinkablity: Quaffable.

koopa, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of Viggo
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle picked up in Hudson, WI.

Pours a clear dark copper orange, medium sized white head forms, drops quickly to a medium sized ring around the glass, nice tight sheets of lace stick, looks a bit light for a brown ale but nice. Smell is okay, real malty, caramel, nuts, raisin and dark fruit, lightly earthy, a bit of floral hopping, orange peel and citrus, a bit toasty, not too bad. Taste is similar, simple and malty, nuts and caramel, citrusy, some sugary sweetness, lots of toast and very malty, biscuits, simple but good. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with with medium carbonation. Nothing special but a solid brown ale.

Viggo, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of DeeMented
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass beer mug.

Color was a medium brown, ever-so-slightly cloudy, with about a half inch of foamy, white head. Almost no lacing. The glass looked perfectly clean after I'd finished.

Smell was sweet and malty with a hint of caramel.

Felt very smooth in the mouth, with just the right amount of carbonation.

The taste started sweet and malty, just like it smelled, with a hint of nuttiness, and then was nicely balanced by a hop bitterness on the finish. Neither seemed to overshadow the other. The sweet malt flavor lingered for a while after the hops bitterness went away.

A very enjoyable beer that's easy to drink. I always have some of these in my refrigerator.

DeeMented, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of Arnie2709
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this beer while in Duluth at a Tiki party for the first time. not too bad. Pours a nice auburn color with a small to medium head. dissipates fairly quickly. Smell is slightly sweet; Roasted and coffee. Taste is fine and sweet, some coffee notes come with the finish. Mouth feel is good. light to medium consistency. I would say just heavier than New Castle. Overall a very drinkable beer. As always the company is was with definitely made for a pleasurable drinking experience.

Arnie2709, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of Briarscratch
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown, off white head. No lace.

Sweet malt aroma. Kinda nutty. Slight raisin or some sort of dried fruit smell.

Slight citrus off top then bittersweet malt backing. Not a whole lot of flavor in this one. A bit watery but easy drinking.

Thin body slightly dry but refreshing. Little carbonation. High drinkability, good sessionable beer. My second beer from New Glarus Brewing.

Briarscratch, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of minnunderground
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber color with a nice light tan head, kinda hazy. Looks good

S- sweet malts

T- Very interesting, The tip of your tongue will taste sweet ending in a coffee. Pretty good

M- I like the carbonation

D- Not too overwhelming you can drink it pretty well

Not bad, but not exactly my thing

minnunderground, Jul 14, 2009
Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,305 ratings.