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Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,416 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,416
Reviews: 508
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 73
Gots: 122 | 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:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 05-17-2003

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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.

Photo of mnstorm99
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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.

Photo of jmalex
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to akorsak for throwing this in to our trade last month. This will be my first beer from New Glarus.

APPEARANCE: Pours a mostly clear light brown color with a small white head. It quickly drops to essentially nothing. This is disappointing looking.

SMELL: The aroma is fairly strong with a toasty backbone. It's accompanied by significant notes of caramel and chocolate. Alcohol comes out a bit as well.

TASTE: The taste very much echoes the smell. The alcohol flavor is there too which doesn't make sense for the style, but maybe it's an illusion given the strong flavored malt profile. Weird.

MOUTHFEEL: The mouthfeel is actually quite good. The body is a bit on the full side but within the bounds of style. Carbonation is on the low side and seems perfect.

DRINKABILITY: Drinkability is quite good. I'd gladly have another. Damn, I can't get New Glarus anywhere though.

Not too bad. It was quite robust for an English Brown Ale but delicious anyway. Dunno what that alcohol quality was to it. Whatever. It's still tasty despite not falling in line with it's English counterparts.

Photo of pwoods
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks BeerTruth(I think, too many trades lately ^^) for this extra.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint.

A: Pours a deep brown with good visibility. 1 1/2 fingers of light tan head. Decent retention but not too much lacing.

S: Rich sweet malts and a touch of almonds. A little bit of cola. Kind of subtle.

T/M: Sweet malts of brown sugar and caramel. Toasted nuts and cola mixture make up the background. Carbonation is decently high.

D: Not a bad brew at all. Would make an excellent session beer.

Photo of dfried
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brownish toffee color, light tan head that foams up about a centimeter then drops to a ring after a bit. Sweet aroma of brown sugar, caramel and molasses, some light tangy hop note bobbing just underneath, and some apple peel. As you might expect from a brown ale, sweet dark sugars right up front in the flavor, with some fruity notes unfolding in the aftertaste apple, pear, plum, raisins, kind of reminded me of a caramel apple. Some light nutty notes, and the light hop notes are there again too, slightly tangy and citric.

Overall: a nice little brown ale. Quality ingredients and well brewed, pretty much to style. Not going to knock your socks off, but I really liked how it made me think of caramel apples white drinking it, quite sessionable.

Photo of Thanby
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, brownish amber, two fingers of creamy head, good retention, layered lacing.

Smells of caramel, roasted malt, wheat and butter.

Initial taste is caramel, smoky, slight citrus, and a hint of nutmeg woven in.

Light carbonation, light in body, caramel and smoky aftertaste but cleans up quickly. Overall very smooth, with a pleasantly strong roasted malt.

Definitely one of the more potent New Glarus brews, and certainly one of my favorites. Cheers to anyone in the Wisconsin area...because I can't even order their beer back home in Ohio.

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

A - this brown ale pours a reddish tint of brown, with a thin tan head that fades in about a minute, moderate amounts of carbonation keep it alive for that minute

S - roasted malts dominate, the hop profile balances it from the background, some resonant vanilla-toffee sweetness hinted in the aftertaste

T - similar to the aroma, the roasted and toasted malts dominate the flavor as well, however in the taste the hoppiness and sweetness are of equivalent power, a well balanced taste

M&D - thinner than expected, but not in a bad way, it is an easy drinker and a fully enjoyable beer, as to be expected with a beer from New Glarus, well done

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

pours a brilliant deep amber with beige head that started pillow and about an inch and a half thick, then fell into a very fine bubbled ring around the glass with a thin sheet covering the beer.
the aroma is malty, nutty, walnuts, biscuits, hint of alcohol.
the flavor is rich, malty, hint of cocoa, hint of hop spice, nutty aftertaste.
this is a very nice brown ale.

thanks to thefatkid13 for delivering the goods

Photo of bwatson
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this a few months ago and just found the notes scribbled out on an old post-it behind the computer monitor. I remember enjoying this one a lot though. Pours a light brown with white head that quickly dissipated. Smells of nuts and toasty malt. Aroma of hops is barely discernible through the malt. Tasted nutty, then sweet malt then a crisp/dry finish. Malt is complex (must be several in there contributing to the flavor), slightly sweet that fades into toasty and even smoky finish. Nicely carbonated and light enough to enjoy several in one evening. Great example of a nut brown ale. Easy to drink and great flavors. I would keep this one on hand if it were more widely available. Thanks to Bill for bringing me a bottle.

Photo of jwc215
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber/light brown with tan head that grows but just as quickly descends to a thin cover. Some trailing lace slides down the glass without sticking.

The smell is of caramel/toffee, nut (hazelnut?), some chocolate. Slightly earthy/spicy/woody background.

The taste is of toffee/chocolate and nutty. Vague sharpness (from the Styrian hops?) in the back. The characteristics that were in the aroma are quite subdued overall, with flavors blending without really standing out as prominently as they could. Finishes with a balanced sweetness and rather abruptly.

Fuller-side of light -bodied, the carbonation level is fine but it could use more of a body to it. Smooth nevertheless.

Well, it could take it up a notch, but the bottom line is that it is decent enough. An easy-drinking brown ale.

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in our trade.

Photo of shivtim
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Glad to see something other than Spotted Cow at a restaurant! "Fat squirrel" fit the time of year as well, because all of the squirrels in town were quite portly in preparation for winter.
Served in a frosted pint glass. Sigh. Let it warm up for a while. Translucent brown with slight orange tint, and a thin bright white head that quickly fled. Nose was malty, slight hops, and slightly sweet malts. Nose was weak, some malts but not much else. Maybe I needed to let it warm up even more. Mouthfeel was pretty decent, and drinkability was good. A sessionable beer.

Photo of athensbeermaster
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a small frothy head and light lacing. The color was a opaque orange with grey overtones. The nose had a yummy hazelnut and bannana aroma. Sweet caramel mixed with with a dusty walnuts that fade into a spicy clove, smoky sweet prune finish.

Photo of Tballz420
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small cream head tops a clear copper/brown body. Thick syrupy malt on the nose, hints of nuts. The malt dominates the taste, it almost goes into the porter malt taste range, nut backround. Medium bodied, fairly creamy feel. Not a major brown-head but this one isnt too bad.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from rpzel, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, nuts and maple but is a little faint overall.

T: The taste is malty and very smoky with flavors of caramel, spice and nuts. There’s a very mild hops presence and a little bit of hops. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is pretty clean for the style.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to stick with for an evening if you’re in the mood for a good brown ale. I could definitely drink a few of them and it’s definitely one of the better beers that I’ve had in the style.

Photo of lakeviewmike
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good but not spectacular brown ale. When you put a big squirrel on the label and call it Fat Squirrel, you would think that it would lean way more towards the nutty side of the brown ale spectrum but it doesn't. My brother home brewed a nut brown this last summer that I thought was way more flavorful that this.

It's lightly cloudy brown. Taste is pretty much in the amber ale/brown ale spectrum. Goes down easy. Nothing terribly special though.

New Glarus is the current Wisconsin "boutique" brewery. Everything they do is considered way above average to great. In my opinion ratings for this beer are an example of herd mentality. It's just not that great.

Photo of tapman
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Head is off-white and sightly less than a finger. The body is a deep, rich copper color that contrasts with the head beautifuly.

Aroma is pilsner at first, then toasted bread, and then bittersweet chocolate. Hops are very sweet and thin.

The taste is the same as the above, except that it finishes with a spicy roasted malt back. This brew is like a quadruple decker malt sandwich of a beer. You owe it to yourself to let this one warm up a bit.

Mouthfeel is thick enough, but a little to carbonated for my taste. Still, not watery at all.

Highly drinkable in my opinion. Nice and malty with enough hops to compliment the toasted bread. A fine balance descries this beer, and I very much appreciate it.

Photo of ianrca19
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich cloudy mahogany, though a bit lighter than your average brown ale. Thick, rich milk chocolate head leaves a fine lacing. Medium body, butterscotch malts with strong hints of hazelnut, a light sparkling hop finish, with a bit of a smoky aftertaste reminiscent of good pipe tobacco.

A very easy drinker, and one that's definitely good for cool fall days.

Photo of indy169
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep copper with a creamy beige head with very nice lacing. Smell is moderate with a bit of a tinny note and light hopping. Rich nutty malt. This beer has a good balance and reminds me of a classic Oktoberfest style with a touch more hops and pronounced nuttiness. Very nice ale and quite drinkable.

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Darkerthebetter for this bottle.

Pours a dark amber brown color with a thin off-white head. Two spots of lacing....literally, two spots.

The aroma is of caramel; roasted nuts; and a hint of earthy,spicy hops. Smell could be a little stronger.

Flavors follow the smell. Malty caramel, a little nuttiness, slight bitterness. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery for a brown ale. Slight drying in the aftertaste. With all that being said, it was gone before I wanted it to be. Very easy drinking and could be a definite session beer.

Photo of morimech
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish brown with a one fingered head that dissipates quickly with no lacing. Typical for New Glarus beers. A very nutty aroma is the first thing that I smell with a little malt to follow. The taste is nutty with a little toffee and roasted malt to finish. Finishes dry and leaves a roasted nut aftertaste. The beer seems a little thin for a Brown Ale. I expected something full bodied and creamy in texture. This is my least favorite of the New Glarus brews.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a cloudy light brown with OK carbonation. The head is light tan about one thumb and leaves little lace.

The smell is good nutty lightly toasted malt with some fruit like notes.

The taste follows yet disappoints just a tad. Some toasty malt taste but not striking.

The mouthfeel is good, good body and nice carbonation.

The drinkability is also good. Not a bad choice. Prosit. MK

Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,416 ratings.