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Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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85
very good

1,305 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,305
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 66
Gots: 71 | 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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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +5.5%

pours a brilliant deep amber with beige head that started pillow and about an inch and a half thick, then fell into a very fine bubbled ring around the glass with a thin sheet covering the beer.
the aroma is malty, nutty, walnuts, biscuits, hint of alcohol.
the flavor is rich, malty, hint of cocoa, hint of hop spice, nutty aftertaste.
this is a very nice brown ale.

thanks to thefatkid13 for delivering the goods

plaztikjezuz, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of bwatson
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

Sampled this a few months ago and just found the notes scribbled out on an old post-it behind the computer monitor. I remember enjoying this one a lot though. Pours a light brown with white head that quickly dissipated. Smells of nuts and toasty malt. Aroma of hops is barely discernible through the malt. Tasted nutty, then sweet malt then a crisp/dry finish. Malt is complex (must be several in there contributing to the flavor), slightly sweet that fades into toasty and even smoky finish. Nicely carbonated and light enough to enjoy several in one evening. Great example of a nut brown ale. Easy to drink and great flavors. I would keep this one on hand if it were more widely available. Thanks to Bill for bringing me a bottle.

bwatson, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours amber/light brown with tan head that grows but just as quickly descends to a thin cover. Some trailing lace slides down the glass without sticking.

The smell is of caramel/toffee, nut (hazelnut?), some chocolate. Slightly earthy/spicy/woody background.

The taste is of toffee/chocolate and nutty. Vague sharpness (from the Styrian hops?) in the back. The characteristics that were in the aroma are quite subdued overall, with flavors blending without really standing out as prominently as they could. Finishes with a balanced sweetness and rather abruptly.

Fuller-side of light -bodied, the carbonation level is fine but it could use more of a body to it. Smooth nevertheless.

Well, it could take it up a notch, but the bottom line is that it is decent enough. An easy-drinking brown ale.

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in our trade.

jwc215, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of shivtim
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

On tap in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Glad to see something other than Spotted Cow at a restaurant! "Fat squirrel" fit the time of year as well, because all of the squirrels in town were quite portly in preparation for winter.
Served in a frosted pint glass. Sigh. Let it warm up for a while. Translucent brown with slight orange tint, and a thin bright white head that quickly fled. Nose was malty, slight hops, and slightly sweet malts. Nose was weak, some malts but not much else. Maybe I needed to let it warm up even more. Mouthfeel was pretty decent, and drinkability was good. A sessionable beer.

shivtim, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of athensbeermaster
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

This beer had a small frothy head and light lacing. The color was a opaque orange with grey overtones. The nose had a yummy hazelnut and bannana aroma. Sweet caramel mixed with with a dusty walnuts that fade into a spicy clove, smoky sweet prune finish.

athensbeermaster, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of Tballz420
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%

Small cream head tops a clear copper/brown body. Thick syrupy malt on the nose, hints of nuts. The malt dominates the taste, it almost goes into the porter malt taste range, nut backround. Medium bodied, fairly creamy feel. Not a major brown-head but this one isnt too bad.

Tballz420, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Acquired via trade from rpzel, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, nuts and maple but is a little faint overall.

T: The taste is malty and very smoky with flavors of caramel, spice and nuts. There’s a very mild hops presence and a little bit of hops. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is pretty clean for the style.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to stick with for an evening if you’re in the mood for a good brown ale. I could definitely drink a few of them and it’s definitely one of the better beers that I’ve had in the style.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of lakeviewmike
3.6/5  rDev -5%

This is a very good but not spectacular brown ale. When you put a big squirrel on the label and call it Fat Squirrel, you would think that it would lean way more towards the nutty side of the brown ale spectrum but it doesn't. My brother home brewed a nut brown this last summer that I thought was way more flavorful that this.

It's lightly cloudy brown. Taste is pretty much in the amber ale/brown ale spectrum. Goes down easy. Nothing terribly special though.

New Glarus is the current Wisconsin "boutique" brewery. Everything they do is considered way above average to great. In my opinion ratings for this beer are an example of herd mentality. It's just not that great.

lakeviewmike, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of tapman
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%

Head is off-white and sightly less than a finger. The body is a deep, rich copper color that contrasts with the head beautifuly.

Aroma is pilsner at first, then toasted bread, and then bittersweet chocolate. Hops are very sweet and thin.

The taste is the same as the above, except that it finishes with a spicy roasted malt back. This brew is like a quadruple decker malt sandwich of a beer. You owe it to yourself to let this one warm up a bit.

Mouthfeel is thick enough, but a little to carbonated for my taste. Still, not watery at all.

Highly drinkable in my opinion. Nice and malty with enough hops to compliment the toasted bread. A fine balance descries this beer, and I very much appreciate it.

tapman, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of ianrca19
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a rich cloudy mahogany, though a bit lighter than your average brown ale. Thick, rich milk chocolate head leaves a fine lacing. Medium body, butterscotch malts with strong hints of hazelnut, a light sparkling hop finish, with a bit of a smoky aftertaste reminiscent of good pipe tobacco.

A very easy drinker, and one that's definitely good for cool fall days.

ianrca19, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of indy169
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

Pours deep copper with a creamy beige head with very nice lacing. Smell is moderate with a bit of a tinny note and light hopping. Rich nutty malt. This beer has a good balance and reminds me of a classic Oktoberfest style with a touch more hops and pronounced nuttiness. Very nice ale and quite drinkable.

indy169, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

Thanks to Darkerthebetter for this bottle.

Pours a dark amber brown color with a thin off-white head. Two spots of lacing....literally, two spots.

The aroma is of caramel; roasted nuts; and a hint of earthy,spicy hops. Smell could be a little stronger.

Flavors follow the smell. Malty caramel, a little nuttiness, slight bitterness. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery for a brown ale. Slight drying in the aftertaste. With all that being said, it was gone before I wanted it to be. Very easy drinking and could be a definite session beer.

Imstillthegman, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of morimech
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%

Pours reddish brown with a one fingered head that dissipates quickly with no lacing. Typical for New Glarus beers. A very nutty aroma is the first thing that I smell with a little malt to follow. The taste is nutty with a little toffee and roasted malt to finish. Finishes dry and leaves a roasted nut aftertaste. The beer seems a little thin for a Brown Ale. I expected something full bodied and creamy in texture. This is my least favorite of the New Glarus brews.

morimech, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a cloudy light brown with OK carbonation. The head is light tan about one thumb and leaves little lace.

The smell is good nutty lightly toasted malt with some fruit like notes.

The taste follows yet disappoints just a tad. Some toasty malt taste but not striking.

The mouthfeel is good, good body and nice carbonation.

The drinkability is also good. Not a bad choice. Prosit. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of Strix
4/5  rDev +5.5%

I liked this one. Smells malty, but the overall taste doesn't strike me as a typical brown ale. Like a brown ale on the front end, with a roasted malty flavor, but then towards the end delivers a hoppy flavor more like a pale ale. Nice mouthfeel, nice flavors.

Strix, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

12 ouncer, no freshness or bottleing info to be had. Pours dark amber, almost clear, lifting a medium tan head. Roasty, toasty, malty nose. Smooth drinking, nutty notes in full evidence. Pleasant enough, malty ale. Brit style brown, hops quite reserved. Nothing special, just a respectable, drinkable, enjoyable and flavorful session type beverage, and thats quite a bit. Brown ale, mild ale lovers and Brit. style ale lovers will enjoy this one.

Billolick, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

Picked this up in Delavan while up at the lake for a wedding. I wish I could remember the name of that little gas station with the Indian owner. Damn, they had some fine brews!

A - This one pours a surprisingly crystal clear shade of hazelnut with hints of red. Looks like turpentine or deck-staining stuff. Purplish, reddish, ruby, hazel...nice. The head is initially two solid fingers before settling at a fluffy cap, and lots of spotty lace is left on my glass. This one's a looker for sure.

S - Nutty, barky, and sweet with blackstrap molasses. Makes me think of the great northern woods on a cold late-autumn night. Not super complex or anything, and to tell the truth it's a bit of a let down after seeing how great this one looks in my snifter.

T - Woody, chalky, barky, and extremely nutty. That fat-ass squirrel on the bottle would love the taste of this one! I taste cashews, hazelnuts, and those big wedge or banana shaped nuts that my grandpa used to call something that I can't say on this website. Tastes worlds better than it smells. If anything, this is actually a bit too nutty....if there is such a thing. Reminds me of cracking nuts my mom kept out for "decoration" with a big metal nut-cracker tool type thing when I was a kid.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation and a dry and barky finish. The aftertaste of assorted nuts is astonishingly long and complex.

D - A nice brown session ale with a great deal of complexity. This has enough interesting flavors to keep me interested for more than one or two pints, and it's thirst quenching enough to drink with food. I would like to take this on a camping trip...it's very woodsy and nutty.

pmcadamis, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of WJVII
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%

Nice copper brown color. When poured into a pint glass this beer has a decent 1 inch creamy head, but that doesn't last long not leaving much lacing. The smell reminds me of roasting nuts with slight hints of spice. This is a malty beer with a nice mouth feel and a strong after taste that fades quickly. Not the typical brown ale, but despite the 85+ degree weather outside reminds me of relaxing by the fire on a cool fall night.

WJVII, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of happygnome
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

a: amber brown with about an eigth inch of light tan head that dissapears fast leaving a little lacing
s: hmm peanuts seem to come mind also a toffee aroma makes is presence known, light hop in the nose
t: not as peanutty as the aroma would have me believe, mainly malts in the taste, strong malt taste
m: medium bodied beer with average carbonation

overall this is a good brew that i enjoyed

happygnome, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

Thanks goes to ThomasHardy for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, which lasts a long time, some nice sticky lacing which lasts the whole drink. The nose is malty, slightly bitter, and some caramel. The taste is malty, bitter, slightly dry on the finish, smooth, nice dose of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is an very tasty brew, recommended.

Wasatch, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of demcorhip
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%

The looks of this brew are fine, yet still its weakest link. A clear, deep brownish tinged amber ale was poured into my glass to produce an almost two finger light tan head. Not much for retention, the head quickly settled to a fine cap and collar, even despite it being fairly highly carbonated initially. Not much for lacings either.

The nose on this brew, however, more than makes up for its lackluster appearance. Hazelnuts, toffee, and a hint of powdered cocao from the malts, A mild aroma of cured hay and a slight earthy woodiness also present form the hops.

An excellently crafted nut brown, easily one of my favorites of the style. Creamy hazenuts, rich toffee, almost toasty whole grain crusty bread, and the light touch of cocoa powder from the 6 different malt varieties, all in harmony with each other. Mildly bittered with flavours of cured hay, earth, and a slight woodiness, with a very mild hint of citrus.

An almost medium bodied creamy ale. Finishes slightly dry due to its toasted whole grain quality and hints of grain husk. Very nicely balanced, features the rich malts, but the mild bittering helps to round out this tasty brew. Initially overcarbonated for the style, but some time in the glass easily dealt with that minor quibble.

Very drinkable, approachable, and sessionable ale. Perfect for Spring, Fall, or a cooler Summer night. A great beer for someone looking to branch out from drinking piss yellow lagers (some of which may actually be a damn fine beer) and move on to trying something slightly darker. Ive come back to this brew a few times and always been impressed, and will continue to come back to this one.

demcorhip, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

New Glarus Fat Squirrel pours a finger of stiff tan foam over
a clear coffee-colored brew. The nose is toasty malts and ale
yeast. The flavor is toasty, nutty malt goodness with coffee
notes and a mild, herbal/grassy hop finish. The bottle notes
that in addition to the six varieties of Wisconsin malts, it also
uses hops from the Pacific Northwest, Bavaria, and (The land
of my forebears) Slovenia. A tasty nut-brown ale.

shadow1961, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of Atricapilla
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

This beer pours well: a nice chestnut color with a creamy head that largely diminishes. It has a powerful maltiness and caramel to its aroma and these tastes predominate as well, combined with some subtle roasted nuttiness. It was a bit on the sweet side, leaving a slight stickiness on the tongue although it is relatively smooth and creamy.

Atricapilla, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +5.5%

A: Chestnut brown, off-white head, very little retention, good lace.

S: Caramel, nuts, fruity esters. Liquid candy!

T: Beer nuts (sugery caramel & nuts); pleasant ale fruityness; modest bitterness.

M: Moderate body is smooth, modest carbonation.

D: Good.

Derek, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured a 12 oz. bottle to a standard pint glass. Made with 6 varieties of Wisconsin malt, bottle conditioned and unfiltered. ABV (on NG website) lists at 5.8%.

I like the label illustration and the blurb about this beer's inspiration - the squirrels in brewer Dan Carey's trees. It reminds me of the fat squirrels that hang out in our trees, stuffing themselves with walnuts all day...

A: Fizzy, frothy nearly 2-finger ivory head with big crackling bubbles. Fades to a much denser foam, about one-third as deep. Color is deep amber, tinted ruby red. A mild suspended haze hangs in this one with a moderate level of steady carbonation rising gently.

S: Nutty and malty sweet. Toffee accents the dominant toasted/grainy malts. Faint tinny/metallic tingle.

T: Smacks of roasted nuts (hazelnuts, more precisely), lightly sweetened cereal grains and an interesting powdered cocoa. Also interesting, a light herbal tea spiciness. Hops give a nice citrus-y/herbal balance and help to embitter the finish.

M: Light and smooth. This ale has a pretty unassuming mouthfeel; it starts gently then slowly spreads to sides of the tongue. Light-moderate carbonation level and a bit of stickiness from the malts in the end.

D: Compared with the Old Brown Dog (Smuttynose) I tasted side-by-side, this one was slightly more malty and carried the 'roasted nuts' theme through to the end. A likable, easy to drink English Brown, I really couldn't play favorites between the two - both would be ones I'd recommend, though the finish on the Fat Squirrel was a little more lingering and malt-filled...try for yourself.

Thanks to John (Wasatch) for sending this one also.

msubulldog25, Jun 30, 2007
Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,305 ratings.