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Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Fat Squirrel AleFat Squirrel Ale

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1,439 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,439
Reviews: 513
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 73
Gots: 131 | 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 dbtoe
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz poured into a shaker pint

Look A lighter brown body with a tan head that reduces down to a small cap. Would look great if the head stuck around better.

Smell some sweet malt and a hint of dark chocolate, slightly sweet.

Taste Very balanced everything blends together very well. Some sweet toasted malt, nutty Carmel, and a hint of flowery hops. Mild but with good flavor, nothing stands out
much making this a good drinking beer not a sipper.

Feel mild with good carbonation, creamy and clean.

Drink very drinkable not a sipper at all. A very good brown. Have more than a few.

Comment I really like this beer. A great edc beer. I've had it both on tap and in the bottle and both are great. It's not a smack you in the face with bold flavors beer. It is a very richly mild tasty beer.

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

pours a dark copper color with a quick dissipating head that leaves a 1/8 inch copper ring..its just ok .... smell it nutty hoppy and malt i detect some sour yeast..the taste is good its drinkable its a sweet nutty hop and malt taste up front with a nice balance of both it finishes with a little sour yeast taste that i like and do not find in most browns..this brown is good and i recommend trying it..i buy singles frequently of this one and will continue to do so..try this one

Photo of jjanega08
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= Pours a dark almost brown color but it is translucent around the edges of my glass. I nice tan head that's about one finger rises out of it with a nice crisp crackling sound. The head leaves nice lacing on the glass and lasts through out the drink.
S= More hops than I expected. Lots of caramely malt odor coming from it. The hops are more subdued as the beer warms up a little
T= Not too bad for a brown ale. Crisp bite on the tip of my tongue swallowed quickly by the caramel malt flavor and a little grain touch and it finishes with a hop bite.
M= High carbonation and smooth crisp finish. Quite dry as well
D= Very high. Awesome brown ale actually. I was about to give up on the regular offerings from New Glarus after the last couple I've had but this was a pleasant surprise very nice beer.

Photo of mwa423
2.84/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very clear reddish amber with a very thin head

S - Not very good, lots of malt and caramel sweetness.

T - Pretty average for the style, a mouthfull of malt and caramel sweetness.

M - Ok, rich but nothing to write home about.

Overall, an excellent example of style but nothing particularly special.

Photo of drseamus
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Fairly light for an english brown ale. Reddish body.

S: Good malt aroma with some biscuit and bread. No detectable hops, as expected.

T: Surprisingly crisp sweet caramel right up front. Some biscuit in the back but certainly the sweetness dominates. All in all though, not enough flavor.

M: Light medium bodied. Pretty smooth.

D: Not too bad. Decent daily drinker.

Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber/red with a 1 finger cream head that quickly dissipates.

I just did a side-by-side with another english brown ale (South Shore Nut Brown Ale). In the South Shore I was getting biscuit and coffee but in Fat Squirrel those flavors are much more muted. Very very muted indeed. It took me a few drinks before I started to get some biscuit flavor.

I like this beer as a beer, but I'm not getting very strong coffee/biscuit/bread/malt flavors from it. This is leaning towards the fruit side more then the nut brown side.

Will drink again

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

Thanks TATURBO for this one!!
Pours deep amber colour with one finger head which dissapeared quickly. Smell - roasty malts, some honey, raisins perhaps, some nutty flavour. Taste - nice bready flavour upfront, slightly yeasty and malty flavours to follow, a bit spicy, finishes fruity sweet with a touch of bitterness. Pretty complex and pleasant flavour. Creamy and smooth, it has some spicy kick wich gives it an additional character. It would make a decent sessional beer. I like it? it's good.

Photo of theghost3
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to akokandy for this one. Pours a dark copper with a ridiculous 3-finger tan head. Minimal lacing.

Smell is strongly malty--chocolate, oak, with nuts and bread. The taste is chocolate & nutty malts with bread. There's also some bitterness from the various roasted barley malts.

The mouthfeel is a little more carbonated than I like in a brown & not as thick.

This is a drinkable brown but watch out for the acidic carbonation that will stick with you afterwards.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Natasharai for this one.

Pours a nice brown color with a nice looking white head No lacing.

Not much smell. A little nuttiness and slight malt but it is faint.

Taste actually shocked me. it is a very good brown and browns dont normally amuse my taste buds because they are pretty plane but this one has a great nutty flavor and a lot more malty then a typical brown. Very tasty. Caramel taste as well.

Mouthfeel is nice and malty with a good carb.

Overall a very good brown. If you love browns trade for it or if you have easy access I would buy this for sure but I dont think I will waste a trade on this one since I am not a huge brown fan...

Photo of popery
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to deliriumfest for this beer.

A: Amber liquid with an off-white head that leaves little lacing

S: Carmel malt with much less sweet nuttiness than I'd prefer in a brown ale.

T: A bit bitter, a bit sweet, but not enough in between. The beer isn't terribly complex, but it's also not exactly a fresh, clean grain flavor either.

M: It's on the thin side but not terrible.

D: I found this beer a bit disappointing but far from bad. It just doesn't have enough character for me. It could qualify as an amber ale, but no matter the style, it's not a terribly interesting beer.

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

Picked up this at Steve's Liquors in Madison. I had a bit of a make your own six fest while I was there.

A: Clear, brownish golden with some carbonation pillars rising. Half a finger head that quickly dissipates to a ring and dusting. Some spotty lacing that doesn't stick around.

S: Hearty ale smell. Slightly stale and very malty.

T: Malty, woody, nutty with stale maltiness. A simple drink but sometimes simple pleasures can be just what you are looking for. Nuttiness becomes stronger as it warms. I liked that about it. There is some hop there but it is not making a big show.

M: Nice and clean. Light bodied. Carbonation could be more pronounced. Almost feels a tad flat at times. I'm sure that the bottle I had in Madison had more life.

D: An easy drink to throw back. Shame they don't have this is Chicago bars. New Glarus makes some good beer.

Photo of WakeandBake
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear golden brown color with a fluffy 2 finger offwhite head.Aroma has notes of caramel malt and roasted malt with a light but definite presence of some hoppy bitterness and tartness.
Flavor 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. A medium mouthfeel and light carbonation. Very drinkable.
This went very well with my grilled steak and potato.

Photo of MPLS
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the many single New Glarus lying around in the basement.

A: Really light puke-like brown, wanting a little more brown in my life. A frothy head lingered after the pour and faded quickly. Minimal lacing, nothing left in the glass once I was finished.

S: Maybe I should stop drinking gigantic craft beers because I did not get a lot of scent on this guy. Subtle, warm, and sweet.

T: A very mild beer that has some delicate hazelnut, bread, and butter flavors. Not a lot of hops in the aftertaste, but a smooth finish.

M: Light-Medium, pretty smooth body with not a lot of crisp carbonation.

D: This one won't burn out your tastebuds or liver, but my interest in it is slightly burnt out.

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

Pours an acorn brown with amber highlights. Nice 1" off-white head that sits nicely on top. Some lacing.

Smell is of sweet malt, biscuit, and some roasted malt.

Taste is sweet, malty, crisp and clean. Great transition from sweet malts to the roasty and somewhat chocoalatey taste is leaves lingering in your mouth.

Mouthfeel is perfect for this beer. Medium carbonation which works fantastically well.

Drinkability is great. Maybe a little sweet for too many in a row, but overall--a great beer.

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

12oz bottle at 52 degrees.

Pours hazy chestnut with an amber hue. A half inch head of porous beige fell quick to a mostly placid surface with a few dots of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with doughy malt, toasted nuts, and a hint of maple. Hazelnuts, butterscotch, caramel, and toasted biscuits follow through.

Medium bodied with a crisp, almost tacky mouthfeel.

Nutty malt, caramel drizzeled fruit, and toasted dough bits start the palate.
Hints of butterscotch, roasted malt, and toffee follow through.

Finishes with some sweetish caramel, nutty roast, and ripe malt.

Another tasty NG brew. This one would be great to try on cask. Tasting fresh and sessionable.
Big ups to BA kplynch for a quality bonus brew.

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

thanks to deliriumfest for the chance to sample this one.

pours a nice murky light chestnut hue with some nice orange and crimson highlights. a creamy one-finger tan head has fair retention, although eventually recedes to nothingness and leaves no trace of lacing.

aroma, while somewhat subdued, is light bready malt, earthy nuttiness, some caramel sweetness, and a touch of dried fruits. almonds and walnuts spiked with toffee and pralines with a bit of apricot and fig.

The taste is a bit stronger and more enjoyable than aroma. nutty, toasty, malty, earthy, rich. Hazelnuts and pecans dominate the flavors, with some toasted malt and caramel sugars showing up as well. the fruit is a bit more subtle, but golden raisins and apricots still show up a bit. a touch of blackberry(?) and a smidgen of hops breathe a touch of sharpness and give it a bit of pop.

mouthfeel is a touch vapid... the carbonation is there - but not quite as much as I'd hoped... and the body is just a smidgen thin, leaving it longing for something just a bit more. a nice trailing astringency and light bitterness intrigue the palate.

all in all, a nice, clean, english brown ale. easy drinking, goes down fairly smooth, and has just enough complexity in the flavor profile to keep it from being boring. Not outstanding or unbelievably memorable, but definitely a solid drink, and definitely glad I got to sample it.

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

Poured into a tulip. Pours a dark amber/ light brown with a thin off white head. Some biscuity malt ,sugars and toffee in the aroma. Tastes like a thin version of a brown ale. A bit more pleasing to me. Some bitterness after a strong dose of caramel like malts in the flavor. Thin, light mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation at the end. Good session beer.

Photo of ballewblake
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Translucent brown body with a minor head on pour; head dropped to nothing pretty quickly, small cloud now rests in the middle. Minor lacing on the glass, not much though. Smell is slightly smoky and sweet. Lots of carbonation on this dry tongue wakes it up quickly, tastes soda like. Some smoke in the flavor too, just a little sweet, but nothing in your face. This is a pretty mellow brew, if it was easily accessible I could see myself picking up a six pack a month. A little over carbonated, but I don't mind that when comparing to flat brews. The burp is tasty.

Thanks to Taturbo for the NG shipment!

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

It's a bit nutty...

Seriously, I channeled Austin Powers on my first impression on taking a swig of this.

Pours a brownish clear. Smells sweet. Tastes... nutty! I was actually surprised how much delicious nuttiness I could discern. A little bit of tasty creaminess in the malt on the back end.

Mouthfeel is nice, carbonation is good. Very drinkable. I have to say, putting a nice distinct nutty taste in a brown ale tastes so natural... Very good beer. Thanks natasharai!

Photo of Dotcubed
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice blanket of foam that melts away leacing a healthy ring. Good color. Maybe a bit reddish for a brown ale but still looking very comparable to the coat on those pesky varments.

I think it's lacking in the aromas that I was hoping for. Under powered, lite scent of walnuts.

Plesantly balanced beer that has a clean nutty flavor. Lite suggestion of toasted walnuts, coffee, some sweet malty character but not too much residual sugar. A hint of hopps somewhere, but hidden away by the heavier flavors. Almost a 5 but not quite.

I could drink this for a while. too bad I only bought one. It's pleasing in all the right ways. Maybe just a bit too aggressive in the burnt flavors, but I like it.

I could eat alot of sourdough pretzels with these.

***Here are notes from another bottle.

Said to be a brown ale, I'd say light brown to amber. Poured a nice layer that went to a tasteful ring of foam around the glass.

Smells malty good. Sweet & carmel notes, sherry like? Some nuts, maybe hazelnut, lightly toast. Yes white bread from a toaster. All this from a really muted nose.

Reeallly session styled. Light body. Nutty, roasty dryness with a wateryness. Hops? Don't need 'em here but let my just say that there here. This has some potential for some really good bar time. Too bad it isn't available here.

Refreshing, but some how a bit too watery for me. I love the dark beer qualities but the light beer aspects don't do it for me. Maybe I need more brown ales to know this style better.

In the end, drinkable. Especially with fish and chips with nice malt vinegar, the beer is just sweet enough. And all the other great fried foods found in bars; onion rings, shrimp, cauliflower, etc. This also makes a great companion for blue cheeses & nuts a more sophisticated pairing.

Photo of bound4er
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber to light orange appearance with a one finger white head. Good retention - settles to about 1/8" in thickness and stays put. Smells of malts (slight caramel and some nutty fruitiness). I don't detect any hop aromas. Nothing earth shattering here but clean. Tastes as it smells - quite malty with just a minor hint of hops for balance. Low carbonation and a medium mouthfeel make for a easy to drink brew. This stuff just glides down the throat - very sessionable. If given the choice between this and Spotted Cow at a bar or restaurant, I would choose this any day.

Photo of scaliasux
4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Light orange-brown. Clear with a few bubbles. Short off-white head.

Smell - Primarily toasted malt. Slightly nutty. Fairly light, but appetizing.

Taste - Sweet toasted malt to start. Nice nutty character. Finishes with surprisingly noticeable hops bitterness. Seems to balance out nicely. Flavorful and delicious.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Drinkability - New Glarus makes some very good beers. Unfortunately their flagship, Spotted Cow, is only middling. This beer is probably the second most widespread of the New Glarus line and is much more deserving of notice. A great beer from a great beer crafter.

Photo of illidurit
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep clear amber color with a nice fluffy beige head. Good lacing and retention, but this beer is a little light in color. Aroma is toasted grains and hazelnuts with some darker bready notes. Flavor is basically identical. Sweet but not too rich. Light, airy mouthfeel and a lot of flavor make this beer extremely drinkable.

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

A: Golden Amber Brown with a nice 3 finger head that stuck for a good long time. No lacing and a little active fermentation. A very very slight haze.

S: Fruity. Very little hoppiness, a light roasted malt scent maybe

T: A very soft carmelly, slightly nutty flavor on the back of the tongue that lingers. I feel a touch of sweet on the tip of my tongue. Maybe a distant aftertaste of black pepper? Bitter on the edges of the tongue. And a slight warmness after swallowing.

M: Light, airy feel that is not disagreeable.

D: Pretty drinkable I must say. Would probably be even better on a hot summer evening than a cold February night.

Photo of TomGavin
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle. Pours brownish amber in color with an off-white head. Ovaltine chocolate malt, hookah rose, nutty caramel, slightly poppycock-ish in a way on the nose. The palate is solf and a little oily. The flavor reveals more hops than I picked up on the nose, which are herbaecious, and the malt is mild with the chocolate translating well.

Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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