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Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,381 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,381
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 73
Gots: 99 | 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 Wisconsin
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown body with a one finger head that dissipates to a lace after a few minutes.

S - Nutty with some grains and malts. Overall the smell is not that strong. There is some underlying sweetness, maybe caramel that stands out.

T - Taste is nutty and malty with a good smooth crispness. The caramel is very faint but is apparent.

M - Smooth overall. The malts and nuttiness is there throughout.

D - The smoothness of this beer makes it very easy to drink. The nuttiness in the beer is not overwhelming and the malts are a good compliment to the beer.

Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with russpowell. Thanks Russ!

This pours a clear golden brown with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell has notes of caramel malt and roasted malt with a light but definite presence of some hoppy bitterness and tartness.

The taste has a nice nutty character up front with some sweet tones, light biscuit, and a light but nicely done showing of hops...some bitterness and a very light tartness. Tasty.

The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is on the light side of medium.

Drinkability? This is *very* easy to drink! I find myself taking sips far too often. Oh and the head retention is excellent and there's quite a bit of sticky lacing. All around, a very nice brew!

Photo of tpd975
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful golden brown hue with tints of amber showing thru. Nice 1/2 finger head with sparse lace noted.

S: Tons of nice sweet toasted malt. Hints of caramel coated nuts and a touch of citrus.

T: Very much like the aroma. Tons of malt comes at you in waves. Sweet caramel up front with a big blast of roast. Toasted biscuit comes next with hints of gooey nutty toffee.

M: Medium in body, very smooth.

D: Not my favorite style, but I really dig this one. It is cold as hell here during my visit to Wisconsin and this one really warmed me up and brought a smile to my face.

Photo of mikereaser
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a almost clear mahogany brown with very little foam, only a few bubbles ring the glass and leave just a bit of lacing.

S - roasted malt and a woody aroma

T - nice malt flavor along with some hope to make a nicely balanced brew with just a hint of a woody taste

M/D - Very mild, easily drinkable beer. Nothing is too overpowering and it is balanced well. I could take a case of this and be very happy.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Website says this beer is 5.8%.

Moderate pour into a New Belgium chalice yields a small off-white head over a mahogany brown body. Head fades quickly to a small ring.

Smell is mild roasted malt and some more cracker malt. Not very overt.

Taste is crisp, mild and tart. Really spot on for an English Brown Ale. Nice nutty finish. Slight hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and full with ample carbonation. Nice.

Exceptionally drinkable. Good for sessioning. Perfect for an English Brown.

Photo of Soneast
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a 2 finger, light brown head that recedes to a watery ring that has moderate lace.

Smells of toasted malts with a sweet, yeasty character throughout, like fresh baked bread.

This has a delectable sweet malt flavor, caramely and toasty, somewhat nutty with a well balanced bitter cushion towards the finish.

This light to medium bodied beer has very smooth finish, with moderate carbonation. It feels nice and smooth going down and quite drinkable. Definitely one of the better Brown Ales I've had, albeit probably thinner than many other brown ales I've had, but certainly not lacking in flavor. I pick these up a lot, especially since I can find it in most of the bars around here. One of my "go to" New Glarus beers, I'll slam a Fat Squirrel any day.

Photo of kickapoodude
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I recommend this brown ale because of it's borwnaleiness. It is a simple and relaxed brown ale that has subtle sweetness, nuttiness, hoppiness and a unique earthiness. Pours deep copper with an inch high head that stays for days. When customers ask about this beer I tell them that it is an american version of the newcastle, but earthier. Try one, you'll see.

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

Fat Squirrel pours a hazy copper-brown color with a finger of white head that laces nicely.

Sweet roasted malt with a slight floral hop note is present in the smell.

Nuttiness, slightly sweet malt, and a tinge of hops come out in the taste. The flavors would go well with roasted meats.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slightly coating with a lingering roasty finish.

Drinkability is good. Definitely a tasty brown ale. Recommended.

Photo of KI9A
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not alot of experince with Brown Ales, but I'm digging this.

A: Hazy brown, puffy off white head, looks, umm, nutty.

S: Nutmeg, pumpkin pie ( ? ), bready.

T: Malty, slight hop taste, sweet, spicy

M: Smooth, slightly oily, like a lace inside of the mouth feel.

D: Session beer for certian, but, what a great one to have with a Thanksgiving dinner!

Again, everything I have from NG is just great!

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

Got this from HogWildLiqour, cheers Cody!

Pours an effervescent amber with 1 finger of sand colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: breadyness, slight citric hop presence & then nuttyness show up as this warms

T: Breaddyness, nuttyness & citric hops up front. Nuttynes dominates as this warms, carries on to through the finish, plus some grainyness

MF: Medium bodied with slight over-carbonation & pretty good balance

Drinks easy, not a bad brown, could session on this easily

Photo of mwilbur
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours an orange amber color with thin white head that quickly dissipates. Ordinary.
S: Surprisingly aromatic! Roasted malt, hazelnut, and wood notes. Very nice.
T: Nicely balanced roasted light caramel malt and mild citrus hops. Hazelnut with a hint of orange zest in the background.
M: Extraordinarily smooth...dare I say silky. Almost oily mouthfeel.
D: Very drinkable and a nice representative of style. Many English browns have bitter notes and this one--which sets it apart--definitely does not. Also more complex than the typical English brown. Honestly even though New Glarus is a quality brewery, I was still pleasantly surprised by this one. Thanks to my wife for bringing this one back from Madison for me!

Photo of paco1029384756
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber brown color with two fingers of off white head.

Scent of brown sugar, nuts, spices, and a hint of pumpkin. Good stuff, but nothing really stands out with this one.

Taste of brown sugar, nuts and spices initially. Damn good stuff, one of the better Brown Ales I have had.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light enough to encourage good drinkability.

Photo of shroompod
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours muddy brown , smallish head , some lacing.

Aroma is slightly sweet , some grassy slight hop notes come through.

Nice combination of hops and malts keep this very balanced. Finishes with a zesty sweet orange flavor , although I'm pretty sure no oranges were used in brewing.

Mouthfeel is medium , creamy , good carbonation.

Overall a very easy drinking beer.

Photo of kenito799
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint mug.

Nut-brown beer under a creamy tan head. Little lace.

This beer smells nutty and malty, caramel-toffee notes. The mouthfeel is very nice here--very creamy and soft. In keeping with the style, which is achieved very well here, very little bitterness, just nutty creamy caramelized malt. Not sweet, though. A bit boring, but a good session beer, well made, like everything else from these guys.

Photo of Proteus93
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Quite a pale brown - a brown sugar golden colour, with a bit of a fizzy head that draws back to a thin trim of lace.

S: Warm malts, soft fruit peel - kinda like notes of apple. Quite a nice aroma.

T: Taste is very similar to the aroma - soft, toasty, with a sweet fruity note.

M + D: Medium body, a little bit of weightiness. Decent brew all around, and a nice brown even if it is a little pale.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to starofindia for including this extra.

Pours a light light brown color (more amber than anything) with a thin wispy head that fades fast, no lacing.

Smell is pretty much all caramel malt, subtle nutty tones.

Taste has a strong caramel and nuttiness, toffee is also quite present, strong prickly carbonation that works rather well with the caramel malt.

Not the best English brown ale I've had, but it's fairly solid. Love the label as well, plenty of fat squirrels in Maine, I guess the same is in Wisconsin.

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

Thanks to my fiancee for picking this up for me in Wisconsin, since New Glarus doesn't distribute outside of the state...

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with (surprise, surprise) a chubby squirrel on the label.

Appearance: A decent pour reveals a medium-amber beer with red tints. A decent ivory head forms, but soon fades to a thin ring. There's a decent amount of ultra-fine yeast sediment in suspension throughout the beer from the bottle conditioning. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Sweet and caramelly. There's supposedly six different varieties of Wisconsin malts in here, and it shows, with sweet biscuit, toffee, chocolate, and caramel notes. There's definitely a hint of sweet hazelnut in the background as well. Hops are not really noticed.

Taste: Pretty much in keeping with the aromas. Sweet caramel, a roasted breadiness, and some nuttiness; the hazelnut flavors come out more as the beer warms. There's actually a decent hop bitterness and flavor here, which wasn't really perceived in the aroma, but it keeps it nice and balanced. The finish is dry and nutty, with a hint of lightly roasted coffee, and a tea-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied; there's actually something almost chewy about the texture, it's quite nice for the style.

Drinkability: The hop/malt balance and medium weight make this fairly drinkable. Maybe not truly sessionable, but definitely good for a couple. At 5.8% abv, it goes down quite smoothly.

Conclusion: A good English-style brown ale, no doubt about it. While there's nothing extraordinary about it, the hazelnut and chocolate aromas and nutty flavors are nice, while the malt/hop balance is near perfect for the style in my opinion.

Photo of scottg
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly cloudy light brown color with a 1/2 finger tan head that dissipates quickly with light lacing. Sweet malt and hazelnut aromas. Strong caramel flavors up front blend nicely with hazelnut with a dry lemon hop finish. Medium body, medium carbonation, this has a nice mouth coating and cleansing feel. After finishing one, you want another.

Photo of TenEighty
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice dark amber, pretty much brown, thick head with good retention and decent lacing.

S: Malty and nutty in smell.

T: This beer is nuttier than squirrel turds, I mean that in a good way. Strong hazelnut undertones, with a nice toasted malt taste.

M: I like the hop character of this beer as well as the toasted malt.

D: A great beer, top of its class, I would reccommend this beer to anybody I like. Great with a meal, or just sitting at your computer.

5.8% ABV, I don't know how to add this to the beer page itself

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

NG fat squirrel 12/10 re-review

a 3.5-4 hard pour yields a one-finger light tan creamy looking head that drops quickly, a clear light boring brown color body, and moderate lace coverage.

s 3.5 lots of coffee (or perhaps chickory-like) roastyness, some baker's chocolate

t 3.5 generic sweetness accompanied by a not-too in your face

m 3 a bit on the watery side

d 3 damn looks like i got this one about right the first time, escept the malts are more faintly roasted than toasted. same malt taste as in wisconsin bock (but more pronounced), staghorn ("), etc.

9/08 review: 3.5, 3.5, 3.5, 3.0, 3.0
brown, nothing special to look at.
smells of toasted malts, sorta sweet. not a whole lot going on.
taste is a bit boring too. caramel flavors, not crazy sweet but an astringent sweetness builds up on the sides as you try to finish off the bottle. something a little annoying about this beer. it can't be that every time i had one of the five that i was simply just not in the mood ... the body is medium but there's something a bit syrupy. just isn't refreshing and not interesting enough to be satisfying.

Photo of ffejherb
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 9/23/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Caramel/toffee-colored body with some tiny, gritty particles and one-finger light tan head that quickly receded to a thin, patchy film. Moderate amount of carbonation present.

S - Nutty malt presence with hints of hazelnut, sweet caramel and dark bread. Not much of a hop presence.

T - Obvious nutty character with some hazelnut and almond flavor. Hints of caramel, brown sugar and crusty dark bread also emerge. Finish is a little doughy. Not much of a hop profile in the flavor, either.

M - Medium body with a fairly chewy, albeit a tad thin, texture. Sweet on the tastebuds. Minimal carbonation results in a pretty soft mouthfeel.

D - Nice quaffable nut brown from New Glarus. I love the name of this brew... perfect for a nut brown ale!

Photo of bilyboy65
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no BBD.

A: Not a lot of carbonation and the beer looks flat towards the end of the glass. The head poured a nice tan, but didn't last long. Little to no lacing and film. The beer was a dark red-brown color.

S: Strong Hazelnut coffee scent.

T: Malts really come forward to make the hazelnut scents the focal point of the taste.

M: Medium bodied beer without a lot of carbonation to tingle.

D: The beer does have a good taste, but wasn't really happy with it by the end of the glass. Probably don't envision having more then 2 at a time.

Photo of iceball585
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden brown color, semi-transparent, one finger thick head that lowered to a thin ring around the glass, lots of tiny carbonation bubbles rising

S- Nuts, brown sugar, caramel, light malts, hint of hops

T- Hazelnuts, caramel malts, roasted grains, fairly sweet, light hop bite

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, clean, crisp

D- Nice session beer

This is a very good English Brown Ale in my opinion. Good full flavors but not too overpowering for the average beer drinker.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dishsoap head is thick with audible sizzling. Color is a glowing chestnut/amber. Head never totally dies, hanging around as a thin layer for the duration.

Mellow nut maltiness in the nose is very nice. A touch of caramel and a faint metallic edge that I've found in a quite a few other brown ales.

Husky, bold, nutty malts in the flavor. Just a light sweetness and plenty roasty. Prominent hazelnut. Finishes with a plastic layer peeking out from the oodles of malty goodness. Amazingly I don't mean plastic-y in a bad way...I probably just don't know how to better describe this textural character. Hops only play a supporting role, they're hardly there.

Thin mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Fitting for the style.

One of the most impressive, likable brown ales I've had. As with New Glarus' many other above-average offerings, it's all about attention to detail, use of quality ingredients, and loyalty to style while also putting the brewer's unique stamp on the final product.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to my friend Clint for briging me some New Glarus from Wisconsin. 12 oz. bottle into a gold-plated Peruvian pilsener glass (first time drinking out of it, so let me brag, ok?)

Fat Squirrel appropriately pours a FAT, creamy, custard-colored head that shows no signs of receding. Lots of carbonation rising up through an attractive, russet-brown body with hints of gold and copper. Aroma is tame, but well-crafted, with a spicy nuttiness jumping out at first and subsequently backed by toffee and caramel malts.

Per style, NG knocked this one out of the park. Peppery, earthen hops immediately envigorate the palate, while English toffee sweetness and a hint of buttery alcohol provides an excellent balance. The medium body provides a near-perfect carbonation level and a beautiful, spicy hop finish. Can't wait to try this beer again.

Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,381 ratings.