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Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Fat Squirrel AleFat Squirrel Ale

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very good

1,449 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,449
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 75
Gots: 136 | FT: 5
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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Ratings: 1,449 | Reviews: 514
Photo of alpinebryant
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
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

Photo of Onenote81
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

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.

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.

Photo of nickd717
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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!

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.

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.

Photo of RJUGA03
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of KTCamm
4.13/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of nsmartell
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of sweemzander
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of koopa
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Arnie2709
3.6/5  rDev -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.

Photo of Briarscratch
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of minnunderground
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
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

Photo of kingothewoods
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a muddy copper color with a little head that dissipated. The beer smells of malt and that is about it. Not to impressed from the get go.
Wow, the taste is pretty darn good. There is some chocolate in there with the brown ale. Nice malt and and finish. The flavors change really fast in your mouth from many different tastes. The finish starts to give you a chalky dry aftertaste but then right after that it smooths out to a calming slide down your throat.

Photo of birchstick
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Brennan's in Brookfield, WI.

A - a very dark copper / light brown with a nice white head

S - sweet caramel malts, with a touch of toffee. Smells a lot sweeter than I expected.

T - taste follows the nose. Starts off with caramel malts, which is surrounded with hints of toffee and brown sugar. There are some very slight burnt malts / coffee and faint hops on the finish. Excellent blend of flavors, which makes for a pleasurable drinking experience.

M - the mouthfeel is a little thin and there is not much carbonation. Goes down pretty smoothly.

D - this is a pretty solid nut brown ale. This is the epitome of a session brew, as many other reviews have already pointed out. Another solid offering from New Glarus.

Photo of Liverpool08
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark carmel brown with a big very light brown head. Good carbonation, plenty of bubbles.
Not much of an aroma, a slight nutty sweet smell.
Great sweet nutty,caramel, hint of toffee flavor. Super smooth mouthfeel. Has a nice creamy feel going down. This is a very drinkible brew. I wish these were available here in Mass.

Photo of RedChrome
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear copper colored body. Half an inch head had an eggshell tone and took about two minutes to recede. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising rapidly. Only a few tiny lace spots.

Faint nutty presence behind a nice roasted malt backbone. Hops are quite bitter and have a decent strength. Balance is more malt then hops but both are showcased nicely.

A very sweet caramel and brown bread blend. Malt also brings a bit of a roasted walnut flavor. Hops are bitter and burst at the back of the mouth to finish strong.

A nice thickness and surface cling to this one. Carbonation is very active on the tongue.

A solid brew. Would taste great with a pork chop dinner. A good brew to enjoy on an crisp autumn night. Solid every day offering to keep on hand.

Photo of supercolter
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another nice offering from New Glarus.
Appearance is decent with a nice mid brown color and low head.
Smell and taste are very similar with the taste being slightly weaker. Lots of nutty flavor up front, balanced with slight hops and sweetness on the backend.
Mouthfeel finishes very clean, almost no aftertaste. Some carbonation and medium in body.
Drinkability is good.

Photo of Tone
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, amber/orange color. One and one-third inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, roasted malt, brown sugar, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an English Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, very slight roasted malt, good pale hop background, some brown sugar, and slight alcohol. Great blend of flavors and a good body - I could drink a few of these puppies!

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Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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