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Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Fat Squirrel AleFat Squirrel Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,322 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,322
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 68
Gots: 80 | 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 deejaydan
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown/deep amber color, minimal head retention or lacing. Aroma is carmelly and nutty, nice. Very enjoyable. Flavor is malty up front, some chocolate, and again, the hint of carmel. Minerally water taste, but just a slight bit of that. Mouthfeel is okay, this is a sessionable beer, afterall. It's a good, very drinkable beer.

deejaydan, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label story about how Fat Squirrels inspired a brown ale.

Appears a golden dark auburn with steady bubbles rising up to a 1/2" spotty khaki head settling to a thin coating.

Aroma is slight with gentle leafy balanced scents with some Earthy hints.

First swigs: Toasted almond and honey. Sweet maple and bright nutty balance with the hops dryness. Aftertaste is clean and quick. Just a smooth butterscotch finish. Hops really shine through moreso than most browns.

Feel is medium bodied and frothy on the tongue. Smooth and clean overall.

Last swigs: Clean quaffable brown with a refreshing finish. Just lacked an angle. Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the bottle.

blitheringidiot, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to the girlfriend for dragging this one all the way back from Green Bay, WI as carry-on. Never heard of or seen this beer before.

Appearance: Pours into a tall mug a golden, maple brown with a nice creamy head that fades fast and has moderate carbonation.

Smell: A light sweet nutty scent but subdued.

Taste: A very light taste but got bolder during the session. At first it was a bit watery but then later as it warmed it had a nutty flavor with a perfect mild hoppy finish. Very nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable beer. Sort of like a nut brown light and that’s makes it an easy drinking beer that won't fill you up.

TheEclecticGent, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this one...
Clear Amber (much lighter than expected) with a full finger of creamy off-white head...half of it goes nowhere yet the lacing is sporatic as I work my way through the pint.
Not huge in the nose, but a somewhat sweet malt calls me in and a nutty earthy character sits patiently in the background.
Taste is real nice...a roasty malt backbone with a hint of sweetness in the finish. Nice hop profile adding just the right amount of bitterness to round it off...finishes with that nutty addition I was hoping for.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is fine.
No hint of alcohol so I imagine around 5.5% or so, but really no idea...either way, very enjoyable and the type of beer you wish would be sitting next to Sam Adams and Harpoon in your local bar...I'd go for it quite often.

warriorsoul, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of OldSock
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance – 12 oz bottle obtained from Northerntimber in a trade. Pours with a creamy two finger off-white head on top of a clear light brown beer. Good retention with patchy lacing.

Smell – Malty with a hint of nuttiness, definitely laid back with just a hint of hops.

Taste – Well balanced between a slightly sweet, caramel maltiness and solid hop bitterness. Not particularly complex, but then again what brown ale is. The main impression I get from the flavor is freshness, something I would never say about the numerous brown ales imported from England.

Mouthfeel – Medium full for the style with carbonation that is a bit too strong for my taste.

Drinkability & Notes – Easy drinking, I haven't had a good brown ale in quite awhile. A solid Brown that would be a good gateway for a Newcastle drinker.

OldSock, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nicely and with practise you can give it a full finger width of head. This beer smells very fresh, like a barley field in summer with a hint of coffee flavor. It feels full and a little fizzy in my mouth and leaves a fresh grain aftertaste with a little coffee flavor just like it smells and ends with a hint of hops.

Erdinger2003, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of badbeer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a hazelnut brown with a beige head and decent lacing. Smell is of sweet malt and slightly nutty. Taste is predominantly of nuts, with a bit of chocolate in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, almost a creamy feel to it. Drinkability, great for enjoying just one with an evening meal, or many with friends for a night out.

badbeer, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: a soft caramel/brown pour, bubbly beige-tan head, pretty strong lacing

smell: very subtle, but definitely enhances as it warms...honey, roasted nut, slight vanilla

taste: mild roasty malts, walnut, hazelnut, honey, vanilla. light hop sweetness. Very mild

mouthfeel: smooth, medium bodied, soft and creamy

drinkability: quite drinkable

dirtylou, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of ddarden
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle courtesy of UncleFlip
Reddish brown with nice off-white head that stays around for a while with nice lacing. Good looking beer. The smell is of mild chocolate malt and hazlenut. Not terribly aromatic but average smell for this style. I also pick up a slight yeasty smell.
The taste is clean with a malty chocalate and nut finish. The aftertaste is pretty thin though. Decent mouthfeel, but on the thin side of medium and the drinkability is good. This is a solid beer and would drink it again given the opportunity.

ddarden, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of pweis909
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lives up to style as "brown" ale - pours a translucent amber-brown color, with half inch foam that dissipates into thin lacing.

Odor is understated, with no hop and little malt character. Curiously, a nut odor us present -- the label suggests hazelnut and that seems about right.

Tastes sweet and nutty. I'm giving high marks because this nut flavor is rather unusual if not unique. The sweet does not overwhelm, but there isn't really a hoppy bitter balance. It is a bit "un-beer-like," but it's good stuff!

Mouthfeel is average -- not high bodied, silky, buttery, but not what I would call thin.

Drinkability --I could have maybe more than one. TAfter one beer, the sweet is not cloying, and the nuttiness demands another sampling. After two beers, I think I would tire of the sweetness a bit. Maybe this isn't an everyday beer, but it is enjoyable

pweis909, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like having a bowl of Honey Nut Bunches of Malt for breakfast, this beer makes me as happy as a hurly-pearly squirrel going all hippidy hoppidy from tree to tree.

The Fat Squirrel is actually pretty interesting especially when compared to most brown ales. Its aromas and flavor are a perfectly balanced blend of honey, hazelnut, toast, walnut, and a tad smidgen of vanilla.

The mouthfeel is light and smooth. Not hoppy in the slightest. Quite sweet.

Too damn drinkable for our own good.

DaPeculierDane, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of Dogbrick
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Vinny’s bar at La Crosse airport. Dark brown color with a medium thin beige head. Thin sheets of lacing. Aroma of malt and walnuts. Medium body with a roasty character, lots of nutty and malty flavoring. The finish is clean and sweet with more malt and nut flavors. I like it!

Dogbrick, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of weeare138
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to GV for the bottle!
Appears a glowing brown with a 1 finger off white head that fades quickly. Tiny scatters of lace.
Smell is of roasty nuts, light hops, & slightly sour malt.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is creamy sweet and sour with an odd sour note that seems to linger at the end.

weeare138, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of ryantupy
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fours all around for this one. I picked it up while I was at my cabin in wisconsin. Oddly enough this redneck gas station in birchwood had it. Pours a nice brown sweet sweet head and smells like roasted nuts. It tastes on sweet sweet malts with roasted nuts and mild hop character. So far this is one of favorites from New Glarus and will definatly be picking this one up on my next trip to the lake.

ryantupy, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another brew brought back by my buddy from Packer land on his last vacation. What a guy!

Pours a perfectly clear, well, brown. OK, light brown, slightly coppery, pretty. A moderate head dies off quickly to a thin veneer.

Aroma is brown sugar and roasty toasty caramel. Reminds me of opening a new box of brown sugar when my mom was making cookies as a kid. Pleasant!

Nice, pleasant malty toast. A small, decent hop finish. Nothing strong and overpowering, but nice subtlety and good balance. I sometimes have a hard time with this style in finding what makes one a good one and what is an ok or poor one. I like this one, but not completely sure why.

Mouthfeel is full, moreso than most of the style, which tend to be on the thin side. Drinakbility is pretty darned good. I like this one!

Dukeofearl, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1 1/2" of beige head over the dark copper brew. Head lasts well, with excellent lacing. Aroma is nutty medium malts. Taste is caramel malt sweetness, with nuttiness coming in, and a crisp lightly hoppy close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is nice, this revisit verifies that this one's still good...

ppoitras, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by Orbitalr0x, thanks for the opportunity! Pours a half finger light tan head over a nearly clear brown rust liquid. Smells chocolate nut toffee. Underneath, with searching, I get pancakes and syrup and a very slight hint of alcohol. Tastes toffee to start, then gentle chocolate and sour, then a stronger and revised chocolate (sweeter...is there a caramel undertone here?), ending with a nutty and chocolate finish. Some tannins may appear in the end, tough to say as the carbonation rises a bit. The aftertaste is rich chocolate and gentle acrid carbonation sting on my tongue. While this beer is not complex, it sure is tasty. As I progress down the beer, what I thought was tannin is seeming as almost a roasted grain. Not quite coffee-like, but it's bot a bit of the burny quality about it. Mouthfeel is medium and the beer doesn't hang around long in the mouth. Moderate carbonation, perhaps a bit more than I'd like.

mentor, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It poured a clear reddish brown color that had about a half-inch head of mixed size bubbles at first pour. The head fell within a minute or so to leave a thin head to stand for a while that was held together by quite a few bubbles continually rising.

Aroma: There is quite a bit going on in the aroma. I pick up a bunch of Munich and/or aromatic...lots of toasty notes. There is also quite a bit of Chocolate floating around in there along with something that is rather assertively roasty like Special B or something. It has a pretty complex aroma for this style.

Taste: The taste is pretty bold for this style also. It has some rich caramel/toffee and chocolate in the aroma along with a pretty assertive helping of roast grains. The flavor isn't too far off from the aroma. They have definitely got some "Fat" nuttiness in this beer.

Opinion: This really isn't too bad of a beer. I like the flavor, but I think that it is a bit on the assertive side for this style as I mentioned. It tastes a bit more like a London Porter than a Northern English Brown Ale.

SkeeterHawk, Aug 03, 2005
Photo of bubrewer
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz screw top bottle. Pours with large bubbles and the head falls quickly. Color is a little red, and paler overall than I expected from a nut brown.

Aroma is underwhelming. Nothing terrible; a little English style fruitiness perhaps.

Flavor is suprisingly robust for the color. The dark malts show up much better on the tongue than they do to the eye. Some astringency, but not enough to detract significantly.

bubrewer, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's to finally review it, I've had it several times in the past.

Pours a beautiful fiery dark amber color. Head was mearly a coating of foamy white, a little disappointing, but the color is still gorgeous. Smells of sweet malt, with some diacetyl sour butteriness and a hint of nuttiness. Not outstanding, but nice. Taste is much of the same, sweet, grainy malts, some hop bitterness to balance, with diacetyl and nutty notes to round it off. Mouthfeel is smooth, with fairly high carbonation that makes it refreshing. Drinkability is phenomenal, definitely a session beer I could drink all night. A solid nut brown, and probably my favorite beer from New Glarus, sorry to all you Spotted Cow fans out there.

Golden2wenty1, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light golden brown. It was quite clear, but did have a bit of chill haze. It's head was small and off-white and lasted for a short time.

Malty and nutty aroma; very little hop profile.

Malt dominant flavor profile. There is toastiness and a little bready taste that comes through nicely.

Moderate body; hops are pretty much indiscernable.

A clean beer that is easy to enjoy. Not a lot going on with this one, but what is going on is good.

ncbrewerbun, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of CortexBomb
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out, surprise, nutty brown with a nice frothy head on top. Smell is fairly mild, but has a definite nutty tinge to it.

Taste is fairly sweet and malty with a hazlenuttish quality on the edge. A very light hop presence, smooth. Not amazing, but solid.

Mouthfeel is fairly average...pretty thin, but well carbonated. Drinkability is solid, a very smooth drinking beer.

CortexBomb, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of battlekow
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Absolutely beautiful. If my girlfriend wasn't sitting next to me, it would be the prettiest thing in the house by far. Golden, maple syrup-y brown, nice creamy head, faded a bit fast though. When this beer catches the light, you can see God.

Smell: Good, but subdued and indistinct. A little nutty and mapley.

Taste: Reminds me more of the Dogfish Head Indian Brown than any other brown I've had yet. Complex flavor that comes in waves, initially sweet and fruity, then nutty and distinctly bitter. Also a bit spicy. Definitely has more character than most browns.

Mouthfeel: Maybe a little overcarbonated? Might just be the spiciness. Certainly has a bit of a bite, especially for a brown, though not unpleasant. Feels more intense than it looks and smells.

Drinkability: Very good for a brown. I would happily drink this beer into my own oblivion. The sharp, bitter aftertaste, my least favorite character of the beer, would probably be considered a positive by many people on this site. The least interesting part of the beer was its scent ("odor" sounds like feet). New Glarus is badass.

battlekow, Jun 21, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out a thin light brown. The aroma is malty and slightly chocolatey, but a little thin. My hopes were not high as I took the first sip. I was suprised, because this beer is pretty good. Malt, chocolate, and nut flavors. Just a bit of hop flavor. Although the beer appears thin, the taste is not weak. Very nice drinkability. This is probably one of the tastiest brown ales I've had.

beveragecaptain, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Pours a nice clear amber brown with a 2 finger khaki head on top. A bit thin, but looks good in the pint glass otherwise. Aromas of roasted grains and nuts with a bit of burnt caramel. Some grassy, herbal hops are in there as well. Nice...but fairly muted and not very exciting.

First sip is upfront with a densly nutty malt exhibiting a recognizable hazelnut flavor. A nice dose of sweet caramel is in there as well..almost like caramel covered nuts. A nice mellow spicy hop hits on the back of the palate. A fairly tasty nut brown overall....was good while working in the yard.

Mouthfeel had a chewy, medium body that was creamier than most nut brown ales I've tried in the past. Easily a drinkable brew, but there's plenty of others I'd choose first...just a bit too uninspiring to make me come back for more.

orbitalr0x, Jun 03, 2005
Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,322 ratings.