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Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,439 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,439
Reviews: 513
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 73
Gots: 130 | FT: 4
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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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - It pours a translucent brown, a shade lighter than cola, and is capped with a very modest and short-lived head.

S - The aroma is vaguely nutty and maple-sweet, but very very mild. Something akin to medium-toasted bread is notable, as well.

T - The flavor is a mixed bag with more 'pros' than 'cons' (whereas the nose is totally positive impressions, but is slightly underwhelming.) The 'pros' include a very easy-drinking nature, with no in-your-face flavors. The roastiness is very very subdued, suggesting toasted hazelnut at most. There is a small fruity character suggested towards the finish, like plum, but dry. The beer is quite dry, overall, despite the sweet-type flavors included (hazelnut, plum, maple...) The 'cons' are few, and mostly related to lack of depth and underdeveloped flavor, and to the detectability of notes of alcohol, which, in my view, should be masked to a much greater degree.

M - The feel is thin, with a bit of punchy carbonation. Works well enough, but does not really enhance.

O - This is a lower-tier beer for me, of NGs regulars (though still quite decent). For example, I far prefer Snowshoe, or Spotted Cow, to this.

Photo of EnJeiBee
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep transparent brown. There is a bright white head that dissipates slowly with good lacing.

S - Sweet nutty notes

T - Sweet toasted malt backbone with a very slight crispness from the hops

M - Medium bodied and moderately carbonated

O - Brown Ales aren't my favorite so I'm slightly biased, but this is a solid, above average brew.

Photo of beerdown77
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a nice caramel brown and has great foamy retention and layered lacing. This beer is what you would expect in a brown ale, a lot of sweet malt. I just don’t love this style of beer, but this beer does have a nice crispness that takes away from the syrupiness. This teeters on the edge of burned malt red ale type flavors. I detect some booziness. It has a decent medium body and is a good beer for the style. I just don’t love brown ale.

Photo of boomer31
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never tried this til tonight...I'm almost ashamed to say that.

A - Pours a deep copper, transparent with a think white head. No stick, head leaves quickly.

S - Biscuit, bread and nutty. Nothing special

T - Nice bready malt with a touch of chocolate in the back. A bit of earthy hop ties the malt nicely. Smooth drjinking brown

M - High carb, nice bite of sweetness in the back, not close to overwhelming or cloying.

O - I'm happy with this beer. A great beer to pair with any type of food or drink on its own as a sessionable beer. Very good

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

A: pours a clear light brown hue with a finger of dense white foam head.
S: very light and sweet with roast malt notes
T: caramel sweetness with some nice toasty malt notes, not very roasty. Not a lot in the way of hop presence. sweet and toasty aftertaste lingers.
M: Very smooth and almost creamy. Carbonation is adequate.
O: one of my favorite brown ales. Cost me almost 25 bucks a six pack to get it shipped to me but it was well worth it and I'd do it again.

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

Bright medium brown color with light tan head and modest lacing.

Chicory and caramel on the nose. Nutty, roasted flavor backed with herbal hops. Bright lightly bitter finish.

A bit thin on the mouthfeel. I expected a bit more body for the style and abv.

Clean and bright - a refreshing brown.

Photo of JayAre46
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz pour into a 512 pint glass that i wish i would of poured more aggressively strong copper or amber color that is transparent, anyway producing 1 finger of off white soapy head that quickly receded to a thin sheet of sporadic bubbles, leaving weak lacing.

A - Toasted malts up front then getting some caramel notes as well, suggestions of sweetness, perhaps cinnamon or other sweet spices.

T - 1st sip...WTF just happened? ok attempt number two, again the toasted malts with brown sugar maybe more touches of cinnamon, flashes of a nutty dryness toward the end. not much of a hop presence until the very end which is almost unnoticeable leaving a short unlasting bitterness then ultimately being trumped by the sweetness, absolute no alcohol present.

M - medium bodied, maybe for this sweetness i would like and/or expect more of body that would encourage more sipping, low carbonation not real prickly at all, rather soothing do i dare say this is creamy? meeehhh no for now.

O - Had no idea what to expect from this brewery as it is my first from them, and it didn't disappoint my very open expectations. I would drink it again for sure but not seek out. I think the shock factor i experienced was the sweetness that i was not expecting at all, with that being said it is not overly sweet just didn't expect it at first. Good beer.

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

Had at SMBDC growler/bottle tasting thanks to BlessedBeBeer.

A: Light creamy head, light lacing, clear amber brown color.

N: Brown sugar, nutty malts, molasses, caramel malts, toasty and nutty, semi sweet.

T: Semi sweet, crisp but dry, nutty malts, brown sugar, molasses, light cinnamon, light hops, semi bitter earthy hops. Finishes drier, slight hops, dark brown sugar, toasty malts.

M: Med bodied but just a little thin, little syrupy, decent carb.

O: Good, nice brown malts, good flavors, not overboard on anything, nice hop addition, just a little thin though.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich nut brown color that is still somehow fairly clear with a finger plus of frothy off-white head. The head fades down to a ring around the glass leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of rich toasted caramel malts and lots of nutty notes. There is also a deep earthiness to it.

T - Starts off with rich caramel flavor and some roasted elements. Some nice nutty flavors in the mix. Through the middle stronger nutty flavors and earthiness come through. Just a touch of hops in the background. The finish is a mix of rich sweet caramel malts and some nutty flavor and roasted flavors that linger really nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Really smooth and not the least bit watery. Finish is fairly clean with a touch of sweetness and nutty hints. Balanced mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are fairly rich and really well balanced. A really amazing example of a brown ale. Love the mix of sweetness and earthy flavors.

Photo of BasementBer
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 of the regular's at a gas station, I love Wisconsin.

A: Nice hazelnut brown, off white head with mild lacing. Little carbonation.

S: Smelled rich of sweet roasted malts.

T: Nutty brown. Was expecting a bit more here, but its good on the whole.

M: Low bite, short on carbonation making smooth to the finish.

D: Good, I liked this beer but I think it had more of a Fat Tire taste to it and I would prefer one of them.

Photo of taez555
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an amber body with a small off-white head.

Nose was a rather raisin type earthy root smell mixed with malt.

Taste is medium bodied and very smooth. A nice caramel and toasted malt, brown ale, type base malt. Hops and bitterness are very mild but balanced and almost have an anise sort of flavor to them. Touches of earth, and the malt really starts to have a roasted flavor as it warms. Ends with a smooth toasted bitterness.

Not a bad beer. Very MOR brown. Very easy drinking, no off flavors. A decent session brown.

Photo of portia99
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a clear mahogany brown/red tinted color with a thick finger of tan foam. Staying power isn't bad, lingering briefly and dropping to an uneven skim coat of bubbles and foamy collar. No lacing.

S - Malty at the base with a grainy and nutty flavor mix. Lightly sweet in the aroma. A surprising mix of hops including some earthy and spicy aroma with a higher than expected citrus component as well.

T - Roasty, grainy, nutty malt base with a touch of metallic flavor. I actually think I'm getting some alcohol in here too which is quite surprising given the low 5.8% level. Earthy hops and a low bitter hop flavor offset the malt balanced flavors.

M - Just thin of medium bodied with a strong medium high carbonation that is very tingly in the mouth. Not as smooth as I'd like in this style, but still pretty good. Earthy, roasty, nutty, semi sweet throughout...

O - Overall an enjoyable beer and a pretty easy drinker. I'd actually prefer this to be a bit smoother, but that is only a minor, personal preference complaint. Definitely well made...the hit of American hops is an interesting and welcome addition...a bit of an irony, maybe - but it is what it is. Not an all time favorite, but I could easily go back to this one again.

Photo of jsulko
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint shaker

Not normally a fan of browns but got this one in a New Glarus mix pack

Light clear brown with a head that lingered quite a bit

Lightly toastlike smell

Slight nuttyness to the taste. Quite a bit of malt in the flavor

Very drinkable with a smooth finish

Thought I didn't like the style, seems like I just didn't like the beers in the style that I have tried.

Photo of larryi86
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you coenbd for this one
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Light clear brown with a two finger off-white head.

S- Roasted coffee and some nuttiness, sweet malts.

T- Roasted nuts and caramel malts, tasty.

M- Light, a little over carbonated.

D- I found this to be a nice beer that is easy to drink. It could be better, but it is a solid beer. My favorite parts of the beer are the smell and the packaging.

Photo of keeganfrank
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice head, not thick but stays for a long time. Very nice lacing as well. Smells of citrus and sweetness, but bitter hops are present upon tasting and, with the citrus, make a very pleasant drinking experience. The aftertaste is akin to light, roasted coffee. Fat Squirrel Ale is a brew I definitely enjoy drinking, even in mass quantities.

Photo of stewart124
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown with some orange hues. Little to no head.

Lightly toasted nose with pleasant bready/biscuity hints.

Tasty character of malts/bread and caramel with some earthy hops to round this English brown ale. Nice esters and buttery sweetness on the tongue. Very pleasing to the palate.

This is on the sweeter side for brown ales but still boasts plenty of toasty characters. Aftertaste is caramel sweet. Very nicely done but I would expect nothing less from New Glarus.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a darker brown color, with a small head that lasted throughout the beer. There is a strong nutty smell to it. The taste while smooth, is strong, and there is a nice sweetness, with nutty flavors, but a strong malty bitter taste to finish. Full flavor, with nice carbonation. Overall a really nice brown ale, very enjoyable, would deffently get another.

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

A sampler.

Poured a clear medium dark brown with a nice head and lacing. Nose was malt and grain.
Taste was very roasted malt with a little caramel and some hops. The only drawback(although this is English style) was the slightly dry or metallic mouth feel. Otherwise, this is a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One from NG that I 've been anxious to try out, just because an English brown sounds interesting to me. I'm weird....

Pours a shiny hazelnut/acorn brown with a nice 1 1/2 finger of semi-dense white foam. Nice lacing and good retention of the head.

Aroma is sweet. Caramel and browned toasty malt. Somewhat earthy or earthy herbal.

The taste has that caramel overlay, but more like a dark caramel, baked. Sweetness is there, too. Malty and earthy. Some medicinal on the back side to give it another dimension.

Slick feel somewhat. Rather nice drinking

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.

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

Produced a 1 finger white head. It was a medium, clear, amber color.
The aroma was of malt, nuts, brown sugar?. Not real strong smell but present enough.
The beer was medium bodied, and had medium carbonation.
The taste was great. A very good brown for the $$. easy drinking, yet flavorful. The taste was the same as smell. The hop presence was minimal.

Photo of Brunite
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving: Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A very clear amber colored drink with 2 fingers of head from a moderate pour. White head with pitting that settles to about 1/2 finger with minimal lacing.

Smell: Some malty sweetness with caramel, hazelnut, and toffee notes. No hops are noticed.

Taste: Nice malty sweetness with some nutty undertones. Very minimal bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: This is a very nice Brown that is tasty and goes down easy. I would drink this again. Blows away the latest version of Newcastle....IMHO.

Photo of thain709
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A clear, amber-red body with a two finger off white...the head held together nicely but didn't leave much lacing

S - Sweet caramel and toasted nuts are present in the nose...pretty inviting

T - The sweetness kicks the beer off...notes of toffee and caramel...the nuts are an underlying flavor in the middle of the beer and they pair with a buttered bread flavor...hops are at the end to round things out with a low bitterness

M - Medium bodied...light sometimes with a bit of metallic taste...pleasant bitter sweet finish

D - This is my third of four "main" NG beers and they are getting a little better...the flavors and nose on this beer were very nice...a hoppy finish is always nice in a brown ale but I wish there was a little more to the feel

Photo of chickenflea
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of dfillius
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger off white head with good retention. Clear brown liquid with gold highlights.
S: Caramel, slight raisin, toasted nuts, butter
T: Sweet, slightly bitter, slight citrus brightness. Very good.
M: Full, rich, slightly astringent in a mostly positive way.
D: I could drink a few of these. I'd buy 6 and order another.

Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,439 ratings.