Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,384 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,384
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 74
Gots: 105 | 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:
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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 05-17-2003)
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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.

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

12 ounce poured into a pint

A - pours brownish/red with a huge head that settled to a very thin film. No lacing.

S - Sweet and nutty.

T - Sweet, fruity, nutty. No hops bitterness.

M - light bodied, light carbonation. Smooth.

D - Very drinkable. Session beer.

Photo of Adam2200
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is beer is one of my wife's favorite beers. the nice hop aroma is appealing the color is a nice caramel brown. the taste has a oat flavor with a nice hop finish. I request this beer anyone who wants a change from the same old brown ales that still has a bite to it.

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

New Glarus- Fat Squirrel

Thanks to LRRR(Mike) for this 1!

A- Clear acorn brown with a good foamy head. Moderate lacing down the glass.
S- good pecan and hazelnut aroma with a good dose of brown sugar malt.
T- Sweet brown sugar meets pecans, filberts, and chestnuts. Good buttery malt in the body and a light sweet nutty finish.
M- Light and sweet throughout with a good creamy malt body. Slightly dry in the end.

Overall- Smooth, mild, and flavorful. A good session beer! (Thanks Mike!)

Photo of roadhouse
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a slightly hazy copperish brown. One and a half finger off-white head sinks down to a skim and leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

Aroma is very mild with some slight nutty notes and a bit of caramel malts.

Taste is full of nutty flavors and sweet caramel malts. Finishes with some smooth and slightly spicy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, very smooth drinking.

With such a weak aroma I thought this was gonna be weak, but that quickly changed after I took a sip. Very drinkable, would make a good session beer. If only I could get New Glarus stuff around here.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bear poured a deep but bright brown color. Fairly cloudy and looking like a nice shoe leather. (color) There was a thin white wispy head that formed then quickly settled back into the brew. Some light lacing remained after drinking the beer.

Aroma was sweet (caramel), nutty and very inviting. Some nice depth to this and it seemed to evolve as the beer was enjoyed.

Taste is smooth, nutty, caramel sweet and very nice. Certainly on the malty/sweet side of the spectrum and nicely matches the style. I don't think I would peg it specifically as hazelnut, but it certainly is nutty in flavor. I really enjoyed this beer.
Hops are really just used to cut the sweetness. There really is no sense of hop bitterness.

Not much carbonation and a medium bodied beer. Very drinkable which is evident as I enjoyed a 2nd Fat Squirrel despite the variety that was available to me.

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

My friend Mara went to Madison to visit a friend and fulfilled my one request: bring me back something from New Glarus. Furthermore, she knows I go in for the dark, malty beers and knew this nutty brown would be right up my alley. I don't think they actually used hazelnuts, but they sure nailed what they were going for. This rich, velvety ale goes down like carbonated Nutella. Pairing recommendation? Just that: Nutella on toast, to match the toasty malts. If you're looking for a breakfast pairing, maybe a bowl of Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch. All I know is, I want to spend some time in Wisc. so I can try more of their beers (in addition to the Bock and Spotted Cow Mara snuck past TSA.

Photo of katan
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 12 oz bottle

A- Pours a light brown color, with tons of obvious carbonation. The head was light however, which quickly reduced to a film on top of the beer.

S- A combination of roasted malt notes with some light citrus backdrops. Sweet smelling.

T- Starts off very subtle - not much beginning taste. Mainly a combination of roasted malts and some hop bitterness. Finishes with a hard core hit of malty goodness. Very sweet roasted chocolately flavor.

M- Strikes me as a syrupy texture. Thick and creamy. goes down easy.

D - Easy drinking - a good mix of body and flavor. It doesn't sit too heavily on my profile.

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

Much better than many of the new watery craft-ambers and brown ales appearing in hordes lately.

Per the bottle, 6 varieties of Wisconsin barley-malts, hazelnut notes, hops blend from Slovenia, Bavaria and US Pacific Northwest. Unfiltered.

A= dark-amber glistening beer with little head that streams in patches on the surface, modest patches of lacing during consumption. Most glistening-beer appearances usually mean "overly sweetened" (honey etc) but this one definitely is not. For being unfiltered it's still rather clear and clean in appearance.

S= very nice whiffs of enchantment which seem to change and vary throughout consumption.

T= nice mix of malts, definitely not watery; taste seems to vary with each gulp, from hints of apple to traces of raisin, brandy, grains, very intriguing. Each mouth-ful deserves careful attention. If the beer is a little aged, though, the apple seems to change more to a hint of cider vinegar.

M= slight lingering hops bite, slight sweetness, occasional dry-brandy or grassy, occasional fruits, strange.

D= very drinkable although I don't think I could handle more than maybe 2 at a sitting.

Photo of Slynger
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangey copper with a nice beige lid. Fat Squirrel is a roastey, toastey, hazelnutty brew. Light caramel/chocolate sweetness balanced by the light bitterness of toasted grains, roasted nuts, and earthy hops. Light medium bodied with a light fresh crispness enhanced by lightly sharp and tingly carbonation. Nice brown with good balance and drinkability.

Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden brown with a small off-white head that dissipates to a swirl along the top fairly quickly leaving pretty good lacing. Smell is sweet burnt/roasted caramel malts with a slight nut aroma as well. The taste is a much sweeter, more complex version of the nose. There is a huge sweet malt slug up front that flows right into a roasted nut flavor with some maple syrup sweetness in there as well. I also got a hint of fruits, maybe raisins, right before the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly light and extremely crisp despite the sweetness. This is a very good nut brown and the taste is extremely well balanced yet unique. I really like this one and could drink it all night.

Photo of nocheinsbitte
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amberish, brown, caramel color that looks good in a glass. Decent foam that dissipates pretty quickly with minimal lacing.
S: A heavy roasted caramel smell; fairly good.
T: The taste follows the smell; a nice roasted caramel taste that has minimal bitterness, no after taste, and goes down smooth. Taste gets smoother the more you have of it...
M: Nothing shocking here; minimal bitterness after the fact. Easy going.
D: Easy going down; I would and will have this anytime and is a good session bier.

Do yourself a favor and find this bier, good stuff.

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

Lots of biscuity, nutty, roasty flavors and I get a lot of coffee type flavor as well. Great head retention and some nice lacing as well. It's got some creaminess which I really like in a brown ale.

Bitterness is apparent but hop flavor & aroma is limited or masked by the heavy roasted malt flavors, which is pretty true to style. It has a dry finish which helps driknability, but kind leaves me unsatisfied. Overall a good interpretation of an English Brown.

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

A - Pours up a slightly cloudy brown with a thin off-white head.

S - Aroma is off roasted malt with chocolate notes.

T&M - There is a strong chocolate flavor. Label says there is hazelnut, but I can't detect it. Finishes with a bit of roasted coffee flavor on the sides of the tongue. Full mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation tingle on the tongue.

D - Nice smooth brown ale. A little roasty for my taste, but still quite drinkable.

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

Pours a light oak color with a full head. It fades to a nice cap with solid lacing. The smell is of hazelnut and toffee, though neither are overpowering.

The taste is interesting. It has all of those elements from the nose and all those you'd expect in a brown ale, but it's offset by a surprisingly creamy mouthfeel. I usually don't expect a ton out of brown ales, but this one offers a very interesting take on the style. Nicely done.

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

A- dark amber/brown with nice sediment and silky white head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Dark fruit, plum, a touch of caramel.

T- Nice nuttiness, sweet brown sugar, caramel with a slight bitter finish.

M- Low carbonation that compliments the silkiness of the beer.

D- Nice brown, but not the best out there. Worth a shot if you haven't had it.

Photo of JDV
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle in trade from Buckybeer. Thanks!
Pours a clear amber color with a short lived beige head. Smell is nutty and lightly coffee like along with a touch of cream. Really nice and smooth and inviting. Taste is very smooth as well with a balanced nuttiness as the nose indicates. Light carbonation and a full mouthfeel. Very clean, nutty flavor that is superbly balanced and lightly bittered with a touch of sweetness without being overly so. Fantastic brown ale.

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

Appearance: Light hazel brown, thin head with modest retention.

Smell: Syrupy malt and nutty characteristics. Very sweet. Little hops in the nose, but still present.

Taste: Rich caramely malt flavor. Almost buttery. Hints of hazelnut and toffee.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth mouthfeel. Light carbonation gives it a buttery feel.

Drinkability: A definite session beer. Pairs well with pizza and Asian food.

This is a great standby beer as it's available nearly everywhere in Wisconsin. It seems to hold up well with even non beer drinkers.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Kraft! Pours a clear light brown with a small white head. Laces nicely. Dry roasted nuts and sugary maple aroma. Flavor is subtle and very tasty. Tastes of caramel, nuts, chocolate... mmmm Snickers. There was also a bit of beef like meatiness from the malt that reminded me of beef with barley soup. That may sound weird but it works for this beer. (The beef flavor was also prominent in a wee heavy called Orkney Skullsplitter which I loved.) Not unpleasant at all. Light mouthfeel with big carbonation. Finishes sweet and lingers for a bit.

Photo of Jorge
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A--A beautiful pour, orangey-brown, thick head.

A--Probably the most remarkable thing about the beer: oddly fruity, apricot notes.

T--Caramel, light hop with heavy malts, almost syrupy. Although a fan of the brown ales, this one's taste is just a little off for me.

M--Oddly heavy.

D--Quite drinkable, although it is not my favorite of the style.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a couple of these from my friend's Rusty and Annie on their recent trip to Wisconsin. 12oz bottle poured into my standard pint glass with no freshness date seen.

Appearance: Clear, light mahogany with off-white 1 inch that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Not a whole lot, but from what I did pick up, it was sweet malts, nuts and maybe caramel.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Much like the smell, nutty, malty & sweet followed by the slightest alcohol - highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Easy and light drinking - a good crowd pleaser. Nothing spectacular, but certainly worth a try.

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

I got this beer as an extra in a trade with CrazyMacHarris99. Thanks Crazy!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, copper color with a tight white head that thinned to a light ring.

S - sweet malt aromas of hazelnut and caramel.

T - sweet nutty flavor, a nice tasting brown ale.

F - medium body with a mild carbonation feel.

D - 5.8% abv makes a having a few easy, if I was only lucky enough to have more than one!

Note: I need to trade with someone in Wisconsin.

Photo of ebit
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid 3 finger creamy off-white head. Hazy pale orange to brown body. Pretty bland.

Roasted mellow nut malts. Caramel undertones. Little to no mild hops detectable. Very mellow scent.

Nutty malts with an ever so slight roasted character. Could be bigger. Mild caramel undertones. Pretty mellow.

Medium light body, slight carbonation. The body could be a bit bigger.

Drinkability/Overall Impression
Mellow mellow mellow. Flavors are there but just under what you'd want out of an English Brown. If you want an easy drinker, this is a decent pick. If you're looking for something that's worthy of appreciative drinking session I'd look for something with a bit more character.

Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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