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Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Fat Squirrel AleFat Squirrel Ale

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1,448 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,448
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 75
Gots: 135 | 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

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 05-17-2003

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Ratings: 1,448 | Reviews: 514
Photo of jwinship83
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with no freshness dating poured into a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours a murky light brown colored body with a large and fluffy light beige colored head. the head leaves behind large rings of lacing as it recedes.

S- nutty and bready malts. maybe a bit of toffee. nothing much else.

T- alot more toffee than i could smell. the bread like malts and nuttiness is still there. theres a very slight hoppiness on the finish.

M- medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. very creamy.

D- easy to finish. one of if not the best brown ales ive ever had. ill go out of my way to bring some of this back every time im in WI

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

Nice brown color. I bit of nutty yet bread like smell. This had a bit of a sweetness to it but it was balanced out by the hops. Very carbonated, a lot more than expected and while I normally like a nicely carbonated beer, I felt it was too much for the taste. It sort of distracts from the flavor.

Photo of benmiliron
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $8.99 for a six pack which friends picked up for me at Whole Foods on a trip to Milwaukee.

Only slightly hazy, mahogany with ruby and orange/yellow highlights. Smells like toasted pecans, biscuity malt. Taste is light caramel, toasty malt, some marshmallowy sweetness. Hops are subdued but present and balance the malt well. More hop bitterness in the aftertaste, leaves you wanting more. Mouthfeel is interesting - sharp bubble at first but this is tempered by the strong flavor. Good dose of alcohol for an abv this low.

Wonderfully drinkable. I wish these guys would distribute down here.

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

Thanks to deleriumfest for this as an extra in a trade.
Pours a light brown amber color with an off white head that fades rather quickly leaving no lacing as I sip this one down.
Getting yeasty, bready notes on the nose, but also detecting sweet caramel and nutty aromas as well. Also a small amount of hop aromas as well.
Taste slightly yeasty followed by a pleasant sweet nut flavors, along with mild hoppy finish.
Feel a little carbonated but not too bad.
This is a nice little session beer I could put back a few these, to bad I only had one.

Photo of natasharai
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a light tan smooth head that dissipates slowly leaving a little lacing at the top of my glass. The beer is a amber colored brown with a slight haze to it.

Smell: Yeasty, bready, some caramel malt, sweet nutty smell, and a light toasted aroma.

Taste: Yeasty up front, bready in the flavor to match the smell, nutty, roasted malt, small citrus hops, ending with some wood oak flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium/light body, a lot of carbonation, tingle on the tongue, leaving a slight dryness.

Overall: Pretty good drinkability, the yeasty flavor up front is a little too much, but when it fades the remaining flavors are pleasing. Good session beer and good to have in the fridge for those times you just want a basic beer.

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

Thanks to KeefD for sending this as a generous extra!

A: Murky light brown and unpolished copper. Small beige head dissipates quickly.
S: Bready malts with spicy notes and a faint hop profile. Not much else on the nose.
T: Toasted malty notes with hints of chocolate and hazelnuts. Bready warmth is rounded out with a hop tang and bitterness to balance.
M: Light body with medium(ish) carbonation.
D: Refreshing and certainly tasty. New Glarus has such a wide variety of beers, and I look forward to trying more of what they have to offer.

Photo of samie85
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a reddish brown with a one finger head

S- I get a lot of biscuit and chocolate malt.

T-Much like the smell, I get mostly biscuit and chocolate malts, a little hint of nut, and it ends with a slightly bitter/dry hop finish.

M-It's pretty good, a little over-carbonated for what I usually like in a brown, but not by much.

D- This is definitely a sessionable, everyday kind of beer.

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

Pours a pretty brown color with a ruby center. Tops with a couple fingers of medium/thick bodied beige head.
Smells fairly strongly of nuts, and some malt.
Very smooth, nutty flavor up front with some toasted malt on the back end which is nice.
After-taste has hints of bitter malt but the finish is a bit muddy with not long lasting.
This is very smooth and drinkable.

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

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - clear amber color with a thick foamy collar head, great retention

S - tight toasted grain aroma

T - toasted malt flavor up front followed by a slight hop finish, some yeast fruitiness

M - medium-light body, moderated carbonation

D - This is a very pleasant English brown. While the flavors don't really jump out too much, it lives up to the expectations of the style.

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.

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