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Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Fat Squirrel AleFat Squirrel Ale

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Ratings: 1,305
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 66
Gots: 73 | 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 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
Photo of TastyTaste
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light color for an EBA, light brown, clear body. Head is creamy and thick, tan in color. Smell is nutty, slightly sweet, and backed bylight floral hops. Taste is sweet and nutty, creamy and somewhat chocolatey. Hops are present, but are always in the background.. Mouthfeel isn't very well carbonated, and could use some more. I like the beer, a good EBA, if not a little too normal.

TastyTaste, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of longarm
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought I would review this beer again, since my last poor review may have been due to a bad pour or dirty lines at the bar. I've had enough high quality New Glarus beers to give this another shot. This time I bought a bottle.

As before, appearance is a crystal clear amber. Carbonation is excellent and generates a thick creamy head. Again this dissipates relatively quickly, but not nearly as bad as before.

Aroma has toasted, nutty attributes without any hint of oxidation.

Flavor has mild alcoholic attributes. Maltiness is also mild, and a little hop bitterness helps balance it out.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not bad. It finishes quite clean with a refreshing kick of hop bitterness.

Drinkability on this is above average. It would probably be a decent session beer. I'm glad I gave it another taste.

longarm, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mtnlover for bringing this one by. It's my 1st New Glarus. Pours a clear, copper body with a small beige head that leaves some nice lace. Very active carbonation is noted in the glass.
Aroma is mostly chocolate and caramel malt, with a note of hazelnut, and some earthy, herbal hops.
Mouthfeel is light medium in body, with lively carbonation.
Very carbonated for the style, with light milk chocolate leading a dominant, sweet malt profile. Hazelnut is apparent, and a soft hops presence is herbal, earthy, and bittering. Finish is pine cone bitterness, atop a nutty roasted malt note. Very nice.
Unusually high carbonation for the style, but it works quite well here. Crafty balance of malts and hops make for an impressive, American version of an Anglo brown ale.

merlin48, Feb 01, 2005
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a mildly brown color with a 1 finger slightly fizzed foam head and moderate lacing.
The scents of the foam are some hop bitterness smells and warm caramel.
This enters the mouth with a near APA-like hop sensation and bitterness. The foreshadowed caramel is definitely one of the largest flavor contributors. The malts don't really convey a nutty character until the beer is swallowed and the mouth is becoming parched. And then you say "oh, i get it" and go for another swig.
This bottle is not bad, but different from most others I've had, which is many. The difference is the hops. They are much more pronounced than usual. I am a hop head, so this isn't a major problem. But, I drank a nut brown tonight because I was in the mood for a nut brown tonight. Oh well. So one batch is a bit different from another. Who gives a shit? This is still quite good.

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

Pours a lighter brown with some red highlights light tan creamy head that doesn't last long.
Aroma is toasted malts sweet smelling some grassy hops to balance out the sweetness, not much nutty aroma in the nose.
Taste is sweet toasted malt some caramel mix with some nuts that weren't in the nose. Finishes with some light toffee like flavors mixed with some herbal hop flavor and a light bitterness.
Mouthfeel is a little light for a brown ale , whole thing a little difrent for a brown ale.
Drinakability is good not a bad little beer. Thanks to Ave for the sample.

mntlover, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brown color with almost no head and leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma is very sweet. No nutty tones here, just sweetness. The flavor has some toasted malts and caramel with a bit of hop. This is lacking what I want from a nut brown ale. I really wasn't impressed with this. Drinkability is good and the body is ok.

clvand0, Jan 04, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly brown amber color with no head and a slight ring over the beer. The nose is not what I expect from a nut brown or english brown ale. Lots of sweetness that I can't place. The flavor is better than what the nose would say. Good roasted malt with a nice nutty and roasted coffee flavor, Nice nice nice. The feel is right at moderate, maybe a bit more. Drinkability is also very nice. Another solid beer from New Glarus.

kmpitz2, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fat Squirrel pours a beautiful, subtly hazy (it's bottle-conditioned), light chestnut body with a crimson cast and glowing orange highlights. The frothy ivory head receeds to a thin layer of cream; and it leaves some nice, albeit it mainly transient, lace with each sip. The nose is loaded with toasty malt and welcomes you to take a sip! It's delicately zesty on the tongue due to it's very fine-bubbled, natural carbonation. The body is medium; and it becomes a bit creamier as it warms. Toasty and slightly nutty malt carries through the flavor from start to finish with some delicate, floral and mildly spicy hops appearing towards the finish. It's solid bitterness ushers in a dry finish; and toasted malt lingers gently in its long aftertaste with the occassional appearance of some floral and piney hops. Enjoy this one at just below cellar temperatures to get the most out of it.

NeroFiddled, Dec 26, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright orange-amber-bronze with an expansive head that is airy, yet creamysoft, and still fills at least half the glass several minutes after the pour. Fine bubbles rush up to replenish the cap of foam even as smooth divots form in the surface and erode it from the top down. Unfortunately, the texture of the cap isn't conducive to lace formation, as the clean glass attests.

The nose is lightly roasted malty, toasted nutty and contains a hint of milky cocoa. Very nice. Coffee-with-cream appears unexpectedly on the palate and is the major component of the flavor profile. Nuttiness is still present, although cocoa/chocolate is nowhere to be found. The Squirrel is satisfactorily malted with a valued contribution from softly bitter hops. I'd like to see a fatter body than the one that has been provided, but it isn't bad given the style.

Fat Squirrel is a well-crafted brown ale that (unfortunately, as far as I'm concerned) tastes more like coffee than anything else. It isn't overpowering however, and although I would never buy it on a regular basis, it was fine as long as the bottle lasted. Another good New Glarus beer for which I have Skidz to thank.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 14, 2004
Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured with a big, tan-colored head that gave off a malty, nutty (think hazelnut) scent on the nose. The head quickly subsided, but it left behind a light amber beer. The first sip revealed a very sweet, very nutty flavor. It had a medium mouthfeel, but gave a great lingering, nutty aftertaste. I found it to be a great accompaniment to a meal of WI brats.

woodychandler, Aug 22, 2004
Photo of Popsinc
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: an amber brown pour with some carbonation and a light tan head.

Smell: big roasted malts and some bread like qualities. semi sweetness of mild carmel underneath. light earthy notes. some nuttiness.

Taste & Mouthfeel: lively on the tongue up front with some maltiness creeping in. mid sip the sweetness moves forward and dances to the back of the tongue very pleasantly. some good hop bitterness on the finish with a drop of molasses that makes for a nice medium bodies beer with long lingering qualities.

Drinkability: an every day drinker of decent quality. neither here nor there but quite good without having wowed me.

Popsinc, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: This beer pours a fairly clear amber color with an off-white head. It didn't linger for long. The aroma is caramel malty with some roastiness. A bit nutty also. The roastiness comes through in the taste with a good malty body behind it. Some nuttiness also. A very nice beer.

Boto, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of Skidz
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice light brown that is a bit hazy with a nice off white head. Smells nutty with some bready tones to it as well, like you're about to jump into a pecan pie. Tastes malty up front, moving into the sweetness of chocolate and caramel, then a nice balanced bitterness. Nicely bodied, very easy to drink.

One of the best from New Glarus.

Skidz, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of ADR
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown and hazy, greenish head of rounded 1/2 inch foam. Laces in primary rings. Sweet malty aroma, almost a sugary pecan pie sense with caramel and associated "pie crust" biscuity qualities. Body is shy of medium, with moderate carbonation. Maltiness strikes first, and follows the aroma note-for-note, just a little sweeter than Schell Snowstorm 2003. Finishes softly, with slight hop, but more of the crusty breadiness lingering into the aftertaste. This beer is entirely pleasant and perfect for a drinking session.

ADR, Nov 23, 2003
Photo of mrpivo
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall a very drinkable beer. What else would you expect from a New Glarus creation? Had everything a nut brown should. Had a very nutty, malty taste. Excellent carbonation. Appearance was sparkling clear with an off-white head. In my opinion the color could have been a little browner. Hops were perfect for the style.

Excellent beer Dan!

mrpivo, Nov 17, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

And I though I was impressed with the Native Ale(brown) but this is a solid beer all around. Nice light syrup brown with a amber tone to its slightly hazy color, tall one inch cream colored head that recedes slowly to a thin skim always present and thin whispy web stings and patches. Aroma is dry and woodish, slightly sweet and roasty with a nice overlay of nuttyness, hazel and almond I make out pretty well but I believe there is more here then I'm cable of putting my nose to. But its a pretty nice whiffer either way you put it. Nice taster too, flavor is mild but stays long of a nice little roasty maltyness with some nutty factions of almond candybar and hazelnut. A super fine drying quality just keeps sitting there on your palate which is quite extraordinary. The dryness produces a nice little wood-like dryness with a small bready fluffyness thats really nice. Solid medium body, bold, nearly full in the middle, lightly creamy in a way near the finish along with all the nice little drying qualities, which I'm really digging about this beer. Subtle but flavorful with lots of things going for it. Another New Glarus winner! A session beer all the way! Glad to have picked this up at Ciccone's, my new favorite place to venture on Sundays.

tavernjef, Oct 29, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, caramelly-brown color, with a nice, off-whitish head.
Aroma: nice, soft, creamy, a little sweet, but speaks of little else.
No, I speak too soon...in time, more flavor develops in this nose, give it time and the tell-tale nut appears, the aroma fleshes out, yeah, now, it's working...no diggety...
Good hops right up front, and big, chocolatey malt immediately thereafter...good, substantial mouthfeel, this felt very nice on the palate, great prescence, very nice.
So many browns are meek and mild in flavor and body, so few display much in the way of taste and body, and the Fat Squirrel is a step in a better direction. I could drink a few of these, I could...
Big thanks to cokes for the sample!

feloniousmonk, Oct 20, 2003
Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,305 ratings.