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Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,387 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,387
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 73
Gots: 108 | 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 happygnome
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: amber brown with about an eigth inch of light tan head that dissapears fast leaving a little lacing
s: hmm peanuts seem to come mind also a toffee aroma makes is presence known, light hop in the nose
t: not as peanutty as the aroma would have me believe, mainly malts in the taste, strong malt taste
m: medium bodied beer with average carbonation

overall this is a good brew that i enjoyed

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

Thanks goes to ThomasHardy for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, which lasts a long time, some nice sticky lacing which lasts the whole drink. The nose is malty, slightly bitter, and some caramel. The taste is malty, bitter, slightly dry on the finish, smooth, nice dose of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is an very tasty brew, recommended.

Photo of demcorhip
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The looks of this brew are fine, yet still its weakest link. A clear, deep brownish tinged amber ale was poured into my glass to produce an almost two finger light tan head. Not much for retention, the head quickly settled to a fine cap and collar, even despite it being fairly highly carbonated initially. Not much for lacings either.

The nose on this brew, however, more than makes up for its lackluster appearance. Hazelnuts, toffee, and a hint of powdered cocao from the malts, A mild aroma of cured hay and a slight earthy woodiness also present form the hops.

An excellently crafted nut brown, easily one of my favorites of the style. Creamy hazenuts, rich toffee, almost toasty whole grain crusty bread, and the light touch of cocoa powder from the 6 different malt varieties, all in harmony with each other. Mildly bittered with flavours of cured hay, earth, and a slight woodiness, with a very mild hint of citrus.

An almost medium bodied creamy ale. Finishes slightly dry due to its toasted whole grain quality and hints of grain husk. Very nicely balanced, features the rich malts, but the mild bittering helps to round out this tasty brew. Initially overcarbonated for the style, but some time in the glass easily dealt with that minor quibble.

Very drinkable, approachable, and sessionable ale. Perfect for Spring, Fall, or a cooler Summer night. A great beer for someone looking to branch out from drinking piss yellow lagers (some of which may actually be a damn fine beer) and move on to trying something slightly darker. Ive come back to this brew a few times and always been impressed, and will continue to come back to this one.

Photo of shadow1961
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

New Glarus Fat Squirrel pours a finger of stiff tan foam over
a clear coffee-colored brew. The nose is toasty malts and ale
yeast. The flavor is toasty, nutty malt goodness with coffee
notes and a mild, herbal/grassy hop finish. The bottle notes
that in addition to the six varieties of Wisconsin malts, it also
uses hops from the Pacific Northwest, Bavaria, and (The land
of my forebears) Slovenia. A tasty nut-brown ale.

Photo of Atricapilla
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours well: a nice chestnut color with a creamy head that largely diminishes. It has a powerful maltiness and caramel to its aroma and these tastes predominate as well, combined with some subtle roasted nuttiness. It was a bit on the sweet side, leaving a slight stickiness on the tongue although it is relatively smooth and creamy.

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

A: Chestnut brown, off-white head, very little retention, good lace.

S: Caramel, nuts, fruity esters. Liquid candy!

T: Beer nuts (sugery caramel & nuts); pleasant ale fruityness; modest bitterness.

M: Moderate body is smooth, modest carbonation.

D: Good.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle to a standard pint glass. Made with 6 varieties of Wisconsin malt, bottle conditioned and unfiltered. ABV (on NG website) lists at 5.8%.

I like the label illustration and the blurb about this beer's inspiration - the squirrels in brewer Dan Carey's trees. It reminds me of the fat squirrels that hang out in our trees, stuffing themselves with walnuts all day...

A: Fizzy, frothy nearly 2-finger ivory head with big crackling bubbles. Fades to a much denser foam, about one-third as deep. Color is deep amber, tinted ruby red. A mild suspended haze hangs in this one with a moderate level of steady carbonation rising gently.

S: Nutty and malty sweet. Toffee accents the dominant toasted/grainy malts. Faint tinny/metallic tingle.

T: Smacks of roasted nuts (hazelnuts, more precisely), lightly sweetened cereal grains and an interesting powdered cocoa. Also interesting, a light herbal tea spiciness. Hops give a nice citrus-y/herbal balance and help to embitter the finish.

M: Light and smooth. This ale has a pretty unassuming mouthfeel; it starts gently then slowly spreads to sides of the tongue. Light-moderate carbonation level and a bit of stickiness from the malts in the end.

D: Compared with the Old Brown Dog (Smuttynose) I tasted side-by-side, this one was slightly more malty and carried the 'roasted nuts' theme through to the end. A likable, easy to drink English Brown, I really couldn't play favorites between the two - both would be ones I'd recommend, though the finish on the Fat Squirrel was a little more lingering and malt-filled...try for yourself.

Thanks to John (Wasatch) for sending this one also.

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

Thanks to nchrist13 for this brew.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear dull copper hue with a light khaki colored two finger that dies down to a nice lacing a bit after pour. Color of this brew doesn't seem to follow the brown ale style, a bit light. Stickiness is pretty good, holds on to the glass here and there. Smell is a sweet toffee like malt mixed in with spices. Quite dull, not much other than malt in the nose. Starts off with a smooth chocolate like malt then a woody like flavor follows. Towards the end a bitter nut like flavor emerges that seems to come from the hops. Light to medium smooth body with little carbonation. Enjoyable beer. Nothing extraordinary, but I could session a few of these.

Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's light brown with good lacing. Smells of smooth, roasted, chocolate grains. The taste is mellow, but somewhat complex. It starts with a creamy black licorice (kinda) grain but then gives way to more caramel and cocoa flavors. The mouthfeel is right on with a smooth finish complimented by a crisp touch. This is a great session brew. I stack it right next to my other favorite English brown, the underrated Ithaca Nut Brown.

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

A 12 oz bottle from nflmvp.

A: The ale is an amber brown color, looking like a solid iced tea or the bottle it was served in. The head was not very large on pour and rapidly reduces to a small white band.

S: The ale has a distinctly nutty aroma, full of toffee malts and very, VERY dry unsalted peanuts.

T: The taste does not convey the nutty strength that is in the nose. The flavor is definitely malt-heavy but it allows a sweeter toffee body to come through first before a dry nuttier finish emerges. Hops are bittering only, adding little in the way of big flavor.

M: The nut and toffee malts make for a very easy drink. The grainy bread finish is nice.

D: Very drinkable, the beer thankfully lacks an overly nutty body that overtakes the rest of the beer.

Photo of Cresant
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. undated brown bottle into a becker glass. Thanks to NFLMVP for this one. The body was free of sediment and light brown/copper in color. Fine, tight off-white head faded to a filmy cap.

Smell was nutty, toasty malts. Cola (?). There was a subtle sourness. Bread crust. Oddly plastic-like aroma near the bottom of the glass.

Taste was sweet malts. Fruity/ Metallic plum. Minimal hops appearance.

Mouthfeel was smooth with a medium body. Easy drinker.

Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a reddish, brown color with an off-white, one and a half-finger head. Did not leave any lace.

S - It smelled of sweet malt and nut.

T - It tasted of hazelnut and roasted malt. It also had a complex blend of hops that was fairly understated.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - I really enjoyed this beer. It is my first from New Glarus. One of the better Brown Ales around.

Photo of Vancer
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ok Fatty Squirrel, let's see whatcha got. Humm, nice deep amber pour with plenty of ivory ice cream on top, nice. Woody notes in the aroma mix well with the taste. A really dig the sweet fruity undertones this lil' guy comprises. Nice cherry pop.

Sweet and sparkly in the finish, this is one top notch brownie. I could work on these boys all evening.

Thanks to umustdrink in a nice trade, I could enjoy this fine frosty.

Photo of brdc
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of joe1510
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of umustdrink
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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

(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.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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).

Photo of
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,387 ratings.