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Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Fat Squirrel AleFat Squirrel Ale

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1,299 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,299
Reviews: 492
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 65
Gots: 69 | 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 brdc


3.55/5  rDev -6.3%

Beautiful brown with golden overtones, and a off-white head with good retention and nice lacing.
Aroma is relatively mild, nutty and bready.
Medium bodied, this one is lightly hopped, but the tastes are predominantly malty, nutty and bready again, pleasant but not complex.
A nice brew, nothing to knock your socks off but something that could be drank from time to time.

05-22-2007 14:03:40 | More by brdc
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5%

got this one in a recent trade with nflmvp. thanks steve!

12oz bottle.

pours deep red, not quite brown, with a small dense off-white head. drops fairly quickly and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. bit of alcohol. tons of malt. biscuit and bread. slightly toasty. almonds. touch of earthy hops.

taste is good. big bread and biscuit malts. toasted multigrain bread. bit of alcohol. touch of earthy hops. sunflower seeds and almonds.

mouthfeel is good. nice medium body and medium carbonation.

drinkability is good. balanced and enjoyable. a nice english brown.

05-09-2007 00:59:01 | More by grub
Photo of joe1510


3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

12oz. Bottle
Roy's Market New Glarus

Fat Squirrel pours chestnut brown with the slightest bit of haze from bottle conditioning. A 1 finger dense white creamy head formed on the pour that faded to a half finger of even denser creaminess. Minimal large carbonation bubbles rise to the head. Leaves sheet lacing after each sip.

Aroma is a little on the faint side. Toasted malts lead the way followed by an enjoyable nuttiness. Whiffs of white toast rise to the nose. Faint dusty yeast aroma as well.

Flavor starts off with a solid toasted malt and hazelnut backdrop. On top of that there is a nice mild brown sugar sweetness. A nice little hop bite hits on the backend. The hop flavors are tough for me to pull out. I believe I'm getting some pine and grassy flavors. Overall a very nice flavor.

Body is medium with a pleasant carbonation prickliness on the back of the tongue. The hops leave a slight bitterness on the tip of my tongue. My only complaint is the body might be a little too thin.

Good flavor and the thinner body actually makes this a very easy drinker. It disappears far faster than I thought it was.

Another good quality session brew from New Glarus. Every brew I try of theirs hits the spot and this is no exception.

05-05-2007 01:42:28 | More by joe1510
Photo of umustdrink


4.3/5  rDev +13.5%

A - See-through mahogany brown with an orange tinge. Head is light brown and settles to a thick film. Lacing is minimal.

S - Nutty with coffee and a sweet hoppy flavor.

T - Sweet and bitter to start, bready malt slightly spicy and a tasty oily nutty finish.

M - Consistency is medium to thick. Carbonation is medium, a bit more than I would like.

D - A very full bodied, full flavor beer. Great things all around.

05-03-2007 01:46:48 | More by umustdrink
Photo of BuckSpin


3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

Presentation: 11oz bottle in a classic conical pint glass.

Thanks to a good coaching peer & friend from the 'Yoop for this.

Poured with some sizzle, energy, lots of crackle. Nose is bit dull, minerals, wet stones, bitters, flattened malts & burnt caramel. Warm cherry tree bark and old raisins rise with some air to it. Head, as mentioned, was full of life & sound, a cracklin' mass of a finger's worth of dirty cream hued bubbles that faded rather quickly to a glass ring and nothing more. Sediment hangs in suspended animation within an otherwise clear & clean, slightly brassy, copper stained tea hue that solo bubbles rise chaotically thru.

Pleasingly light, its balanced very well between semi-sweet caramels, mild raisin, a hint of dried currant, all over earthy malts and mildly bitter hops. A trace of some orange pekoe is there as well. This is very tasty, incredibly easy to drink, a nice body to it. It gets drier on the palate, a little crunchy, bread, crackers become noticeable. The swallow is more sweet than bitter, a lingering, nice warmth flows in the mouth (there must be a slightly elevated ABV) over a clean, coating, chewy aftertaste of leathery malts and more burnt caramel.

While nothing much to look at or smell, it was certainly very tasty, was very easy to drink, and very enjoyable overall. Could pair well with any non-seasoned pub fare, and might make a great session beer if I knew what the ABV was! Would definitely recommend it and enjoy every opportunity I got to have it again.

05-01-2007 00:29:53 | More by BuckSpin
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a crystal clear warm brown body that is pretty translucent with a gentle carbonation of slow tiny bubbles. There is a thin ring of tan foam and a few clouds of foam floating in the middle but even they don't last.

S- The soft smell of toasted malt has some nice depth and is followed by a green hop hint in the finish.

T- This beer has a tangy yet slightly sweet toasted malt flavor with some dark roasted malt and biscuit malt in the background. There are notes of dry caramel, nutty notes and nougat that come through more when it warms. The finish has a soft bittern bite with a herbal note that is probably from hops. There is a bright cider flavor without the strong apple taste that is odd but works with the malt flavors.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture.

D- This beer has a some interesting malt complexity but the bright cider notes seemed to get annoying toward the end of the glass and covered some of the malt flavors.

04-24-2007 18:59:24 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of IntriqKen


3.05/5  rDev -19.5%

Pours a dark amber with a full finger loose head of white bubbles that leaves a little bit of sticky lacing as it travels down the glass.

Aroma is very faint sweet amber malts and nuts.

Taste is mildly sweet amber malt with a touch of brown sugar and a bit of nuttiness.

Aftertaste is a bit cloying.

A very, very mild English brown. Possibly a good intoduction to the style.

04-24-2007 01:35:23 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of drpimento


4.35/5  rDev +14.8%

Yes, sir! That's one fine nut brown ale!!! Poured with a nice foamy head although not all that big. Very little lace. Nice Brown color. Very prominant nutty, malty, toffee nose. Excellent nut brown ale flavor; better than almost any that I've had anywhere. Velvety texture with fine carbonation. Nice balanced finish. Perhaps a touch too rich, but I'm nit picking.

04-14-2007 22:41:43 | More by drpimento
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

Review #667, not that I'm superstitious about letting the count sit at 666 for a day or two, but...yeah, that just wouldn't be good. Now if this '8' in my wallet would just do its thing...anyway...

Appearance - a murky reddish pour. The head is thin, off-white with good lacing.

Aroma - a malted, roasted wheat with a whiff of caramel. Fades pretty quickly to some crackery, doughy grains. Some vague chocolate notes come in as it sets up. Light but persistent.

Taste - chocolate, roasted grains, some background diacetyl after the swallow. There's a hint of char on the aftertaste as well. Finishes with a touch of balancing hops and roastiness.

Mouthfeel - smooth, evenly carbonated, and a perfectly solid body.

Drinkability - a super session beer, with or without food. Thanks to jj21 for this one!

03-29-2007 20:49:58 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of ClockworkOrange


4/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into my Sly Fox shaker glass. Appears a medium brown color with about a finger of light tan head. Minimal lacing left on the glass with each sip. Smells of roasted nuts such as hazelnuts, and walnuts as well as sweet caramel malt. Tastes of toasted caramel malts, mildly bitter cocoa powder and hazelnuts. Medium in both body and carbonation with a satisfying richness. Drinkability is excellent. This beer will make you forget Newcastle ever existed. Recommended.

03-20-2007 16:14:56 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of neonbrown82


4.22/5  rDev +11.3%

This is a very good brown ale. A style which is often overlooked and/or underrated on this site. The beer pours to a nice rusty brownish caramel color with great clarity and a very active carbonation. The head starts off nice and creamy, and at the perfect height, but it soon recedes to a collar along the edge of glass and a thin spotty film. No apparent lacing.

The smell is good. Probably the weakest point of this beer, however. Smells quite malty, mostly caramel and brown malt. Slight metallic tones.

The taste makes up for the lack oomph in the nose. Seems like it has a light malty backbone, pale or perhaps even pils malt. On top of that is a very nice caramel malt flavor and a great nuttiness. Toasted toffee. Very gentle sourness in the finish. The aftertaste fades away to nearly nothing.

The body seems thick from all of the caramel malt, but at the same time it seems like it has fermented out very dry, and all the remaining body comes from dextrins. The carbonation is very crisp. Very easy to drink. I only wish New Glarus would expand into Iowa so I could drink it more often. Thanks for the bottle, Joe (or DJ, I suppose).

03-19-2007 07:23:26 | More by neonbrown82
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3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

12oz. bottle

Clear, light brown/copper color. Modest, light tan head, faded fast.

Aroma showed off coffee & roast. Bit of sweet, burnt caramel. Faintly earthy. Leather & smoke.

Taste was bitter > sweet. Very dark chocolate and/or espresso. Roast & toast notes. Some hops at finish, but pretty mild. Some dark fruits, again mild. Pepper.

Medium in body. Medium carbonation. Dryer than expected. Very nice overall.

Nice & sessionable. Browns are not my favorite style, but this was quite good.

03-12-2007 15:27:35 | More by
Photo of pmatz2


3.4/5  rDev -10.3%

Appearance : Poured a dark brown with a very fizzy ( you can hear the carbonation) head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Very subtle some malt

Taste some malt mostly sweet caramel

Mouthful Thin bodied, carbonation was lower than I would have expected (based upon the fizzy head)

Drink-ability ; Went down rather easy

Overall a decent brown ale

03-06-2007 00:19:43 | More by pmatz2
Photo of SMark


3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

12 ounces poured a medium brown color at 45 degrees with a 1 inch plus head which became a foam cover on the beer in slightly more than a minute. Some lacing as the beer is consumed.

Clean malt and hop smell.

Very good malt and caramel flavor which coats the mouth. Slight hop taste revealing a well integrated brew.

Could be described as a comfortable beer. Not overpowering nor understated.

Could easily consume more than one of these in an afternoon or evening. Probably would even make a good breakfast beer.

03-05-2007 23:31:55 | More by SMark
Photo of ManicD


3.15/5  rDev -16.9%

Poured from a bottle (date stamped 3066) into a pint glass, the beer was a hazy/cloudy deep amber. A nice off-white head lasted a while & left slight lacing.

Cocoa and a faintly nutty aroma.

Taste of cocoa along with a lot of sour milk flavor, and a very slight nuttiness. Earthy hops. Finishes smooth & balanced after the initial sourness & is pretty drinkable with a medium mouthfeel & a bit of carbonation.

I was expecting nuttiness but I got sourness. I will try to get a fresher example in the future to see if my impression changes.

02-26-2007 16:35:55 | More by ManicD
Photo of BeerRun13


3.53/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours a super bubbly orange-brown. Some particulate in there. Almost light tan head. Slightly nutty aroma with some nice chocolate notes.
Slight chocolate and nutty in flavor. A little fruity touch. Slight hop presesnce but quitesweet overall.
Medium bodied and well carnonated. Kinday sticky throughout the palate.
Not bad at all, but I've had better.

02-21-2007 01:09:10 | More by BeerRun13
Photo of Newglarusguy


4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

Serving type 12 oz. bottle I purchased from a six pack.

A: Dark ruby brown colour that really catches my eye.

S: Nuts, corn, a hint of hops and a bit of hazelnut.

T&M: Great! burnt hazelnuts and barley malts sifted with a hint of hops to pop that flavour right back a delicious brew I recommend.

D: Good not in excess though 6 is good for just about anyone, respect beer.

Notes: Paired with a good thick hamburger or barbecue makes this brew superb.

02-14-2007 22:08:45 | More by Newglarusguy
Photo of philberinghele


4.38/5  rDev +15.6%

Store Nuts in Winter
The Wisconsin Tree Critters
Make Fine Beer For You

A brown ale that is assertive but not syrupy. Earthy but not dirty. As inviting as the state of Wisconsin. One of the better and more elusive brown ales around. Enjoy it with a lover or two.

02-06-2007 04:18:22 | More by philberinghele
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

I'm not a big fan of several other New Glarus beers I've tried, but in the several instances I've tried Fat Squirrel, I feel it is a pretty solid, true-to-style beer that is quite drinkable.

Appearance is a dark amber, and is quite attractive with good head retention.

Aroma and taste are both of a fairly assertive caramel malt flavor with a hint of hop bitterness balancing things out.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, but not very sticky. I found this beer quite drinkable. Unlike New Glarus's Yokel and Spotted Cow, I'd recommend this beer.

01-28-2007 23:22:05 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of scruffwhor


4/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a medium mahagony amber with light bubbling and no lacing to speak of. Good head with straight up retention. The aroms is a lovely nutty malt with some intermingling hops throughout. The taste is a nice nutty malt as well. Caramel nuts and a mix of hops dance all aound an easy drinking beer. A little yeasty for my liking. This is a beer that I wish was readily available in IL. Great session beer.

01-08-2007 02:49:48 | More by scruffwhor
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Bottle (Courtesy of Monger): Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma of nutty malt with caramel is quite enticing. Taste of nutty malt is excellent with some sweet fruit and a creamy texture. Low carbonation with a slightly above average body. I have to admit that I had a lot of worse brown ale and I did enjoy this one.

01-02-2007 21:16:34 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of cheers2beers


2.98/5  rDev -21.4%

Appearance: This beer pours a amberish brown hue with lots of red when held to the light. Slightly off-white pillowy head stacks up to roughly two fingers in height.Lots of beading floating within this beer.

Smell: The aroma is like sweet fruits. Rich in bready malts and even a little hops can be detected.Not bad be any means.

Taste: The flavors where slightly sour at first. Not much fruitiness like the aromas had suggested, but they hinted in there. Has a slight nuttiness as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and low carbonation. Smooth drinking beer.

Drinkability: Not a beer i would recommend but not bad either.In my opinion there are many other english brown ales out there that stand out better than this one.


12-30-2006 23:32:51 | More by cheers2beers
Photo of alexgash


4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

Rusty amber brown; clear. Finger of gauzey, off-white head dies down early. Caramel, light brown sugar, toasted nuts, and very light herbal hops. Toasted malts up front impart mild bitterness. Caramel, fruit, and faintly sweet brown sugar take over. Toasty, herbal bitterness rounds out the palate. Medium-body with a slightly syrupy feel. Nicely balanced brown ale; very drinkable.

12-25-2006 22:19:24 | More by alexgash
Photo of beveritt


4.13/5  rDev +9%

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Bottle has the matte paper label of all New Galurs bottles. Note to homebrewers, these fall off if you look at them funny, great for re-use.

Appearance: Pours with an inch and a half of creamy, light tan foam. Falls to just a thin coat with a constant stream of bubbles coming up. The beer itself is a reddish amber in color and perfectly clear.

Smell: Sweet and malty. Hints of honey and slightly nutty.

Taste: A good carbonation bite upfront, followed by a hint of sweetness, then malt. Finishes with a decent level of hop bitterness with a little bit of the floral character carrying through.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with just enough carbonation to help carry the flavors.

Drinkability: An extremely drinkable beer, great representation of the style.

12-16-2006 03:24:24 | More by beveritt
Photo of scherbs


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

I would term this a 'very' brown ale. I am not usually much of an ale drinker (I prefer my brew a bit darker), but this beer more than satisfies. It pours a deep, but clear amber with a decent head. The smell of this beer is nothing to remark on in terms of quantity, but in quality, has a fairly pleasant, nutty aroma. This smell nicely compliments its flavor, which is pleasantly malty (especially for an ale) and has a wonderful nutty--almost hazelnut--overtone to it. I find this beer to be remarkably drinkable and one of New Glarus's better brews.

12-05-2006 02:53:06 | More by scherbs
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