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Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Fat Squirrel AleFat Squirrel Ale

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Ratings: 1,266
Reviews: 492
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 65
Gots: 62 | 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)
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4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #667, not that I'm superstitious about letting the count sit at 666 for a day or two, but...yeah, that just wouldn't be good. Now if this '8' in my wallet would just do its thing...anyway...

Appearance - a murky reddish pour. The head is thin, off-white with good lacing.

Aroma - a malted, roasted wheat with a whiff of caramel. Fades pretty quickly to some crackery, doughy grains. Some vague chocolate notes come in as it sets up. Light but persistent.

Taste - chocolate, roasted grains, some background diacetyl after the swallow. There's a hint of char on the aftertaste as well. Finishes with a touch of balancing hops and roastiness.

Mouthfeel - smooth, evenly carbonated, and a perfectly solid body.

Drinkability - a super session beer, with or without food. Thanks to jj21 for this one!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 20:49:58 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of ClockworkOrange


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

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into my Sly Fox shaker glass. Appears a medium brown color with about a finger of light tan head. Minimal lacing left on the glass with each sip. Smells of roasted nuts such as hazelnuts, and walnuts as well as sweet caramel malt. Tastes of toasted caramel malts, mildly bitter cocoa powder and hazelnuts. Medium in both body and carbonation with a satisfying richness. Drinkability is excellent. This beer will make you forget Newcastle ever existed. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 16:14:56 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of neonbrown82


4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good brown ale. A style which is often overlooked and/or underrated on this site. The beer pours to a nice rusty brownish caramel color with great clarity and a very active carbonation. The head starts off nice and creamy, and at the perfect height, but it soon recedes to a collar along the edge of glass and a thin spotty film. No apparent lacing.

The smell is good. Probably the weakest point of this beer, however. Smells quite malty, mostly caramel and brown malt. Slight metallic tones.

The taste makes up for the lack oomph in the nose. Seems like it has a light malty backbone, pale or perhaps even pils malt. On top of that is a very nice caramel malt flavor and a great nuttiness. Toasted toffee. Very gentle sourness in the finish. The aftertaste fades away to nearly nothing.

The body seems thick from all of the caramel malt, but at the same time it seems like it has fermented out very dry, and all the remaining body comes from dextrins. The carbonation is very crisp. Very easy to drink. I only wish New Glarus would expand into Iowa so I could drink it more often. Thanks for the bottle, Joe (or DJ, I suppose).

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 07:23:26 | More by neonbrown82
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3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Clear, light brown/copper color. Modest, light tan head, faded fast.

Aroma showed off coffee & roast. Bit of sweet, burnt caramel. Faintly earthy. Leather & smoke.

Taste was bitter > sweet. Very dark chocolate and/or espresso. Roast & toast notes. Some hops at finish, but pretty mild. Some dark fruits, again mild. Pepper.

Medium in body. Medium carbonation. Dryer than expected. Very nice overall.

Nice & sessionable. Browns are not my favorite style, but this was quite good.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 15:27:35 | More by
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3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance : Poured a dark brown with a very fizzy ( you can hear the carbonation) head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Very subtle some malt

Taste some malt mostly sweet caramel

Mouthful Thin bodied, carbonation was lower than I would have expected (based upon the fizzy head)

Drink-ability ; Went down rather easy

Overall a decent brown ale

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 00:19:43 | More by pmatz2
Photo of SMark


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

12 ounces poured a medium brown color at 45 degrees with a 1 inch plus head which became a foam cover on the beer in slightly more than a minute. Some lacing as the beer is consumed.

Clean malt and hop smell.

Very good malt and caramel flavor which coats the mouth. Slight hop taste revealing a well integrated brew.

Could be described as a comfortable beer. Not overpowering nor understated.

Could easily consume more than one of these in an afternoon or evening. Probably would even make a good breakfast beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 23:31:55 | More by SMark
Photo of ManicD


3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (date stamped 3066) into a pint glass, the beer was a hazy/cloudy deep amber. A nice off-white head lasted a while & left slight lacing.

Cocoa and a faintly nutty aroma.

Taste of cocoa along with a lot of sour milk flavor, and a very slight nuttiness. Earthy hops. Finishes smooth & balanced after the initial sourness & is pretty drinkable with a medium mouthfeel & a bit of carbonation.

I was expecting nuttiness but I got sourness. I will try to get a fresher example in the future to see if my impression changes.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 16:35:55 | More by ManicD
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3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super bubbly orange-brown. Some particulate in there. Almost light tan head. Slightly nutty aroma with some nice chocolate notes.
Slight chocolate and nutty in flavor. A little fruity touch. Slight hop presesnce but quitesweet overall.
Medium bodied and well carnonated. Kinday sticky throughout the palate.
Not bad at all, but I've had better.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 01:09:10 | More by BeerRun13
Photo of Newglarusguy


4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type 12 oz. bottle I purchased from a six pack.

A: Dark ruby brown colour that really catches my eye.

S: Nuts, corn, a hint of hops and a bit of hazelnut.

T&M: Great! burnt hazelnuts and barley malts sifted with a hint of hops to pop that flavour right back a delicious brew I recommend.

D: Good not in excess though 6 is good for just about anyone, respect beer.

Notes: Paired with a good thick hamburger or barbecue makes this brew superb.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 22:08:45 | More by Newglarusguy
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4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Store Nuts in Winter
The Wisconsin Tree Critters
Make Fine Beer For You

A brown ale that is assertive but not syrupy. Earthy but not dirty. As inviting as the state of Wisconsin. One of the better and more elusive brown ales around. Enjoy it with a lover or two.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 04:18:22 | More by philberinghele
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big fan of several other New Glarus beers I've tried, but in the several instances I've tried Fat Squirrel, I feel it is a pretty solid, true-to-style beer that is quite drinkable.

Appearance is a dark amber, and is quite attractive with good head retention.

Aroma and taste are both of a fairly assertive caramel malt flavor with a hint of hop bitterness balancing things out.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, but not very sticky. I found this beer quite drinkable. Unlike New Glarus's Yokel and Spotted Cow, I'd recommend this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2007 23:22:05 | More by BeerBelcher
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a medium mahagony amber with light bubbling and no lacing to speak of. Good head with straight up retention. The aroms is a lovely nutty malt with some intermingling hops throughout. The taste is a nice nutty malt as well. Caramel nuts and a mix of hops dance all aound an easy drinking beer. A little yeasty for my liking. This is a beer that I wish was readily available in IL. Great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 02:49:48 | More by scruffwhor
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Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 21:16:34 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of cheers2beers


2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This beer pours a amberish brown hue with lots of red when held to the light. Slightly off-white pillowy head stacks up to roughly two fingers in height.Lots of beading floating within this beer.

Smell: The aroma is like sweet fruits. Rich in bready malts and even a little hops can be detected.Not bad be any means.

Taste: The flavors where slightly sour at first. Not much fruitiness like the aromas had suggested, but they hinted in there. Has a slight nuttiness as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and low carbonation. Smooth drinking beer.

Drinkability: Not a beer i would recommend but not bad either.In my opinion there are many other english brown ales out there that stand out better than this one.


Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 23:32:51 | More by cheers2beers
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4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rusty amber brown; clear. Finger of gauzey, off-white head dies down early. Caramel, light brown sugar, toasted nuts, and very light herbal hops. Toasted malts up front impart mild bitterness. Caramel, fruit, and faintly sweet brown sugar take over. Toasty, herbal bitterness rounds out the palate. Medium-body with a slightly syrupy feel. Nicely balanced brown ale; very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2006 22:19:24 | More by alexgash
Photo of beveritt


4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Bottle has the matte paper label of all New Galurs bottles. Note to homebrewers, these fall off if you look at them funny, great for re-use.

Appearance: Pours with an inch and a half of creamy, light tan foam. Falls to just a thin coat with a constant stream of bubbles coming up. The beer itself is a reddish amber in color and perfectly clear.

Smell: Sweet and malty. Hints of honey and slightly nutty.

Taste: A good carbonation bite upfront, followed by a hint of sweetness, then malt. Finishes with a decent level of hop bitterness with a little bit of the floral character carrying through.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with just enough carbonation to help carry the flavors.

Drinkability: An extremely drinkable beer, great representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 03:24:24 | More by beveritt
Photo of scherbs


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

I would term this a 'very' brown ale. I am not usually much of an ale drinker (I prefer my brew a bit darker), but this beer more than satisfies. It pours a deep, but clear amber with a decent head. The smell of this beer is nothing to remark on in terms of quantity, but in quality, has a fairly pleasant, nutty aroma. This smell nicely compliments its flavor, which is pleasantly malty (especially for an ale) and has a wonderful nutty--almost hazelnut--overtone to it. I find this beer to be remarkably drinkable and one of New Glarus's better brews.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 02:53:06 | More by scherbs
Photo of Zorro


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

Sampled through the kind efforts of jj21 and the Simply Beer BIF.

This is a clear reddish brown ale with not that much head to it. Truly this looks a bit more red than brown to me.

Smell is neutral and slightly sour and hoppy to my nose. Citrus hop and rye grain tartness is what I mostly smell with a little bit of chocolate added.

Taste is slightly sweet and bitter chocolate at the beginning. Decent brown ale flavor with no real faults. But there is nothing remarkable here either.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This is an OK brown ale but I really see no reason to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 05:37:39 | More by Zorro
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4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fat Squirrel poured into the glass a lightly hazed chestnut brown color. The head was short-lived off-white foam that fell to a halo with thin veil for a cap. The lacing was minimal.
The smell was nutty grain husk, grassy hops with sweet and lightly roasted malts. The taste was hazelnut, roasted grain, sweet malt, a hint of sweet dark brown sugar and lightly grassy hops. The balance was fantastic to the point of neutrality, not excessively bitter or sweet.
The carbonation was fairly active on a medium-light body with a pleasant crisp mouthfeel. The lighter body and exceptional balance combine to make this incredibly drinkable.
This is a very good example of an English Brown Ale. Well done New Glarus! Score another one for Wisconsin!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 18:24:39 | More by EvilKeith
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4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi hazy light mohagany color with a medium off white head and a bit of lacing. Smells a bit like hazelnut coffee, toasty, some hoppy notes that toast and dry it out. Taste is stronger on coffee than expected but the nuttyness really dominates. Sweeter with some milk chocolate but more of a toffee flavor. Roasted nuttiness is still prevalent. Dry caramel elements at the top. Good body but still could use a touch more fullness. Finish is a bit earthy and hoppy and ends clean. Another nice offering from New Glarus.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 05:51:22 | More by granger10
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4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been a while since I had this beer. Many of my Wisconsinite friends classify this as their "desert island" beer. I can see why, it has a variety of flavours, layer upon layer of them, actually. Every time I drink this beer I notice something new about it, and that is rewarding.

Hints of chocolate, molassas, and toffee (mostly chocolate and toffee) join together with pleasantly earthy hops all wrapped up with a pleasantly fruity finish. I like it a lot.

It is sort of a Rorschach test of a beer. Sometimes, all I get is chocolate. Other times, it is toffee. Or the coffee really comes through, like it is right now. The fruitiness reminds me of a nice wine, but whether it is a floral white wine or a nice robust red wine changes with my mood.

It manages to combine the best aspects of sessionability with complexity. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 20:26:35 | More by shbobdb
Photo of maundythirsty


3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Auburn beer, clear except for pinpoint particles that I suppose are what's left of the yeast. Thin, white tiny-bubbled head dissipates in a hurry, leaving a thin skim and little lacing. Smells nutty, with mellow and flat malt -- if you stick your nose right in it.

Taste is similar to the smell, but nuttier. Malty with some caramel, but without being sweet. Pleasantly bitter ansd alcoholic. Light mouthfeel. Slightly carbonated and quite dry.

A nice brown. Tasty, though not that remarkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 02:38:59 | More by maundythirsty
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New Mexico

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

Received in a mixed six-pack trade from nflmvp -- thanks a ton!
Ever so slightly hazy bronzed chestnut with a pillowy cream colored head. Soft scents of sweet biscuits and cocoa. Fuzzy floral and spicy hop aromas mix with rather faint hazelnut notes. Some fruity esters emerge as well. Nut-candy sweet flavors with subtly tart melon and berry characteristics. Some floral hops provide a slight spiciness before the decidedly earthy finish. Very soft and slippery mouthfeel; just a tad heavy on the palate, but overall very smooth. A pretty great stab at the style, from my perspective.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 01:50:17 | More by orfeu
Photo of BrewnZ


3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A deep copper beer that seems filtered clear - bright. Medium malt aroma, low esters suggest and American yeast strain or cool fermentation temps.

Medium body with strong toasted notes, I wish I new the malt bill. Malt lingers . . . med-low hop flavor and bitterness pushed beer to English brown ale. Well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 05:59:27 | More by BrewnZ
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4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a dark amber with almost a red tint to it. The head pours thick and cream colored then settles to a good lace. Aroma is nice as well with a mellow malt and nutty notes. Flavors are an excellent blend of malt giving a distinct character to the brew. The finish gives the perfect bite of Bavarian hops. Mouthfeel is very clean lending well to the excellent drinkabilty. Overall, this brew is an excellent example of a nut brown ale and another great brew from New Glarus, which I might add, is quickly becoming a staple in my brew fridge.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 22:42:16 | More by MrVisegrips
Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,266 ratings.