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Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,360 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,360
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 72
Gots: 93 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 05-17-2003)
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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.

ebit, May 21, 2008
Photo of garymuchow
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice and solid English Brown Ale.
Quite attractive upon pouring with reddish brown color and very clear. Head is initially full and brown tinted white, but it does leave rather quickly eventually leaving a smear of white.
Pleasing sweet malt aroma with a hint of brown sugar or molasseses at times. Stronger throughout is a nut aroma.
Flavor has a good mix of sweet malt, but even more so a rather bold nutty taste that never seems to fade, fortunately. Bitterness is low and virtually no hop character other than balancing.
Smooth enough and lower carbonation. Medium light feel overall.
This is a very nicely done beer. Well balanced and interesting.

garymuchow, May 20, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a variety sixer from Amy's Cheese and wine in Stanley Wisconsin. It was one of 6 Wisconsin beers I've never had, sampled over the weekend. Review is from notes I took Friday and Saturday May 9th and 10th.

Pours a clear dark amber with smells of nuts, biscuit malts and little hops.

Taste is sweet, caramel like, nutty, hinty of chocolate, malty and a smooth drink.

Sweet up front and dry on the finish. Very slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Very nice English style brown ale. Another great New Glarus beer.

KeefD, May 12, 2008
Photo of Atron67
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured the copper bown clear body pretty highly effervescent. a high tan head on top with a decent amount of foam on top of the body, a light lacing is left behind

S- a decent amount of 'nut' character as the bottle states. theres a solid amount of biscuit and crystal malt from the scents. theres a slight sweetness on the nose at the finish but the hops do give a nice character.

T- malty character, theres also a decent bitterness with the maltiness at the beginning which is really nice. the maltiness has a nice crystal, biscuit, character, maybe a little toasted notes from a little chocolate malt as well.

M- medium body with a decent carbonation, and a crisp mouthfeel

D- this is one of my more favorite brown ales as a good session beer

Atron67, May 10, 2008
Photo of KBomb
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a rich brown, decent sized head with moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma is of toasted barley, a little note of coffee, some nuttiness.

Initial taste is a rich toasted barley, some wheatiness, a tiny bit of sweetness. There is a bit of stale and sour aftertaste, not sure where that comes from.

Moderate carbonation makes it quite drinkable.

Its an interesting take on Brown ale. Some interesting flavors going on, but the finish is a little off. Overall not too shabby, I'll have another.

KBomb, May 09, 2008
Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a creamy head that sticks both in amplitude and lace

Smell: Brown bread with a hint of hazelnuts

Taste: Opens with a brown bread flavor that adds a slightly nutty aspect after the swallow; mellow finish, with a little nut skin bitterness at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with modest carbonation and a characteristic creamy texture

Drinkability: A very nice example of a style that is often quite boring

Sorry I forgot who you are, so thanks to the Unknown BA

brentk56, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of botham
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a new Sam Adams glass. pours a rich amber color with three fingers of light tan head that leaves moderate lacings.

aroma is malty and lightly sweet, with a subtle grainy character, alongside a nutty base with hazelnut notes. caramel malt is prevalent as well, making this one a hearty aroma.

taste is malty up front, with notes of caramel and distant coffee, along with the same nutty base. finishes with light bittering hops and light caramel in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture and a bit of bite from CO2. finishes lightly bitter with a slick mouthfeel after the fact.

drinkability is good. this brew is not rich or heavy, but does showcase a solid profile of flavors that work well together. cheers!

botham, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of halfP1NT
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanx to EliteDigger for this one.

Deep golden brown with a creamy, white head that quickly recedes to a foamy cap. Some sediment is floating about.

Aroma is sweet malts, a bit musty. There's a sweet fruitiness coming through, maybe cherry.

Taste up front is toasted malts, but smooth and lightly sweet, not bitter. I'm picking up some nuttiness, and maybe a bit of fruit within the sweetness.

Low-medium carbonation, pleasing mouthfeel. Not overly complex or sweet, quite a drinkable beer.

halfP1NT, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of tayner
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

poured into a snifter and it had a nice light brown, crystal clear body with a white fizzy head that dissipated to a ring and some floating skim coat and nice lacing

smell is of fresh roasted nuts and sweet sugary fruit.

Taste follows the smell with a front of roasted nuts as if you grabbed a handful of mixed nuts and at them all together, not one type stands out over another. there is some brown sugar sweetness and perhaps even some raisin toward the finish.

Mouthfeel is very light and thin for such a sweet beer, which is a good surprise.

This is very easy to drink i dont know what the abv is, but if i were guessing i would say it cant be over 5%. I could easily session this one all night and be completely happy. might have to put this one back on my wants list :)

tayner, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of Mdog
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear dark amber to brown, good head.

Smell: Faint roasted notes, a little nuttiness.

Taste: Moderate sweetness followed by roasted flavors and nuts.

Drinkability: The nut flavor would make me come back for more.

Fat Squirrel seems to be more of a traditional brown ale, which unfortunately isn't one of my favorites. The nut flavors that this brings to the table saves it from being totally unmemorable. Not a bad beer, decent for a brown ale.

Mdog, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, mahogany body with a small, white head.

Smell: Nutty, earthy maltiness with a note of caramel, but it's mainly a variety nutpack bouquet.

Taste: Sweet brown malts with a full-on toasted nuttiness. Some cocoa powder and caramel, but like the aroma, it's strong in the nut department. Mild spicy bitterness. Smooth, sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A flavorful, enjoyable, session-minded brown ale.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of TheBlackMallard
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours bright amber into my glass with lively carbonation and a nice fluffy white head.

Smells of caramel, a bit nutty, and kind of like old pennies.

Tastes a little fruity and nutty, with a dash of burnt sugar in the finish.

It's okay but I wouldn't go out of my way to try it.

TheBlackMallard, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of bboven
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy medium brown body with a ring of lace around hte edges. Tiny spots of lace here and there.

Nutty and toasty on the nose, just like it should be.

Flavor on this one is outstanding. Caramel, biscuit, slight notes of dark fruit. Very rich and layered with different flavors. Excellent.

The low carbonation that seems to be a theme for New Glarus works very well with this beer, as English beers tend to be lower n CO2 volume.

Great flavor, good aroma. If they could make the head hold up a bit better (some torrified wheat, maybe?) It would be an 'A' beer.

bboven, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of jaxon53
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty sure this one came from NFLMVP, so thanks for the tasty brew. Hopefully as good as other New Glarus beers I've had. Served this one slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce bottle.

Appearance: This one pours out a deep copper brownish color, that was just slightly hazy. A vigorous pour yields a thin white head. Decent head retention that leaves some spotty white lace on the glass. Noticed quite a bit of carbonation bubbles rising to the top of the glass.

Smell: Malty, very malty. Small hints of caramel, with some faint, ripe dark fruits. Somewhat bready and yeasty. Maybe a touch of brown sugar with a touch of wood. Somewhat spicey and nutty.

Taste: More of the thick maltiness that was also present in the nose. Has a faint oak like flavor to it. Some sort of underlying fruit, possibly cherry. Bready and yeasty with a sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and a little watery. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: Good drinkability here. Light and refreshing. A good, easy drinking beer to grab anytime.

jaxon53, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of rsyberg01
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S - 12 oz bottle, courtesy of Deuane from week 2 powerball BiF

A - pours a fairly clear copper, head is about a finger then down to a ptachy surface on the beer.

S - nutty, sweet, slight roast, hop is subtle providing just the right balance, slightly floral. wow.

T - nutty, almost oily from the nuttiness, citrus is subdued but there, very nice balanced beer.

M - creamy, smooth, slick, awesome.

D - One of the best sessionable nut brown ales I've ever had. This would be in my house at all times if it were available to me.

rsyberg01, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- One finger head atop a reddish brown body.

S- Sweet clean malts with a hint of toastiness.

T- Wonderfully malty and sweet with a roasted/toasted flavor that keeps the sweetness from being overpowering while maintaining the complex malt profile. The hops fall in place suitably for the style.

M- Nice and smooth, good carbonation.

D- I wish this was the more popular New Glarus tap as opposed to Spotted Cow. Sessionable and flavorful without having to "think about it"

Definitly in my top 5 five for the style.

Pauly2X, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of Phocion
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Cloudy bronze color with a small but very firm bubbly almost-white head. Frothy but not too sticky lacing all around.

Aroma is pleasant but subtle. Roasted malt, nuttiness, caramel, and cocoa. Actually quite a bit of chocolate malts. Pretty on par with the style.

The flavor is a little more toasted than the nose. Mostly malty but with a slight floralbitter hoppiness and even a tad sour at the close.

Very creamy medium body. Nicely carbonated and silky smooth. Nut browns are one of my favorite styles and this one is nothing special but it's definitely a very solid example. Good session beer and I could easily see myself drinking a lot more of these.

Phocion, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of malcontent
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thin but even layer of head sits atop a light amber body. Not really brown but no lighter than a Newcastle for the sake of comparison.

Softly sweet malt character is the most easily detectable aspect of the brew while nary a hopscent creeps up. A vague tree bark aspect to the nose comes across on the finish.

Big caramel and lightly roasted notes lead the way into a body that not only displays nuttiness for the first time but in a big way. Excellent hazelnut flavor lingers without ever becoming annoying. Once again, this could be my penchant for brown ales showing here but this is great.

Body is medium with just the right amount of carbonation. If brown ales are your thing, this screams session ale.

malcontent, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of ArrogantB
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this as an extra from GrizzlyAdams, thanks man! For a nut-brown ale this sure looks a heck of a lot like an amber ale, the head is like white cream though. Smell is sorta nutty and then the taste really backs that up with some serious nutty, hazelnut flavors which almost overwhelm the palate. This was a pretty good beer just because it is so different than any other nut-brown ale I have ever had.

ArrogantB, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this was a clear deep amber with chestnut hues and a creamy tan head/lacing. quite nice to look at. nose was of cola (really), quite nutty and caramelly. nice complex malt backbone with a semi-drying finish. hops are in the background here. spritzy and light to medium in body. this would be a nice session beer.

MrMcGibblets, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of kimcgolf
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a reddish brown with off-white head that lingers awhile and leaves okay lacing. Mild malty aroma of roasted nuts and earthy scents, with flavor following suit.

Body was fairly thin, and the finish a bit on the stale side, or I would have rated higher.

kimcgolf, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper/ yellow-ish color with a small white head. In the aroma, a sweet nuttiness and a dry end. In the taste, just like aroma, a sweet nuttiness to a nice dry end. A nice smoooth mouthfeel and a dry nutty aftertaste. Nice brown ale, sweet and dry, balanced and easy to drink.

OWSLEY069, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of rudylaw
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Has a typical brown ale look to it. Almost golden in appearance with an off-white head.

It smells of nuts, cookies, but not overwhelming at all. The taste is right there for you... nutty, malty, sweet. It did seem a little light though... almost watered down.

The drinkability is very nice... makes a solid session beer.

rudylaw, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of mnstorm99
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy brown, with an almost white head that sticks around for a little while.
Aromas are a little muted from the appearance. Malty nutty aroma, with a touch of spicy hops.
Taste is good, nutty, carmel malt backbone with just a touch of hops to round it out.
Mouthfeel is chewy but a little short for what I like in a brown, not too creamy, and a little thin but the drinkability of this beer is very good, I could sit and enjoy a few of these with no problem.

mnstorm99, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a clear dark amber copper, like a worn penny with a one inch to an inch and a half creamy with and a bit rocky head, not much carbonation to be seen other than a few wisps here and there. Some nice sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Sweet roasted malts with a biscuty and just the slightest bit fruity hop character, smells a hell of a lot like a Fat Tire with a hint of cookie and cherry in there as well.

T/MF: Perhaps just a hair better than a Fat Tire, it has that same cookie sweetness there with much less of a cherry taste than the smell would indicate and has an initally floarl hop opening that gives way to a much sweeter and just a bit spicy malt presence. This beer is better and more complex than people give it credit for in my opinion (but then again that's just what it is. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth but just the slightest bit crunchy, the mouthfeel makes the hops more evident than the taste itself would indicate. There is a sweet caramel balanced out by a bitter apple juciness that makes this quite a nice complex overall taste.

D: Maybe I'm being generous but I really enjoy this beer, quite a hoppy take on a brown ale but it is still balanced enough in the malt department to distinguish itself as such.

bluemoonswoon, Dec 24, 2007
Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,360 ratings.