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Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,448 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,448
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 75
Gots: 135 | FT: 5
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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Ratings: 1,448 | Reviews: 514
Photo of Slynger
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangey copper with a nice beige lid. Fat Squirrel is a roastey, toastey, hazelnutty brew. Light caramel/chocolate sweetness balanced by the light bitterness of toasted grains, roasted nuts, and earthy hops. Light medium bodied with a light fresh crispness enhanced by lightly sharp and tingly carbonation. Nice brown with good balance and drinkability.

Photo of gford217
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden brown with a small off-white head that dissipates to a swirl along the top fairly quickly leaving pretty good lacing. Smell is sweet burnt/roasted caramel malts with a slight nut aroma as well. The taste is a much sweeter, more complex version of the nose. There is a huge sweet malt slug up front that flows right into a roasted nut flavor with some maple syrup sweetness in there as well. I also got a hint of fruits, maybe raisins, right before the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly light and extremely crisp despite the sweetness. This is a very good nut brown and the taste is extremely well balanced yet unique. I really like this one and could drink it all night.

Photo of nocheinsbitte
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amberish, brown, caramel color that looks good in a glass. Decent foam that dissipates pretty quickly with minimal lacing.
S: A heavy roasted caramel smell; fairly good.
T: The taste follows the smell; a nice roasted caramel taste that has minimal bitterness, no after taste, and goes down smooth. Taste gets smoother the more you have of it...
M: Nothing shocking here; minimal bitterness after the fact. Easy going.
D: Easy going down; I would and will have this anytime and is a good session bier.

Do yourself a favor and find this bier, good stuff.

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

Lots of biscuity, nutty, roasty flavors and I get a lot of coffee type flavor as well. Great head retention and some nice lacing as well. It's got some creaminess which I really like in a brown ale.

Bitterness is apparent but hop flavor & aroma is limited or masked by the heavy roasted malt flavors, which is pretty true to style. It has a dry finish which helps driknability, but kind leaves me unsatisfied. Overall a good interpretation of an English Brown.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours up a slightly cloudy brown with a thin off-white head.

S - Aroma is off roasted malt with chocolate notes.

T&M - There is a strong chocolate flavor. Label says there is hazelnut, but I can't detect it. Finishes with a bit of roasted coffee flavor on the sides of the tongue. Full mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation tingle on the tongue.

D - Nice smooth brown ale. A little roasty for my taste, but still quite drinkable.

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

Pours a light oak color with a full head. It fades to a nice cap with solid lacing. The smell is of hazelnut and toffee, though neither are overpowering.

The taste is interesting. It has all of those elements from the nose and all those you'd expect in a brown ale, but it's offset by a surprisingly creamy mouthfeel. I usually don't expect a ton out of brown ales, but this one offers a very interesting take on the style. Nicely done.

Photo of Greggy
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- dark amber/brown with nice sediment and silky white head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Dark fruit, plum, a touch of caramel.

T- Nice nuttiness, sweet brown sugar, caramel with a slight bitter finish.

M- Low carbonation that compliments the silkiness of the beer.

D- Nice brown, but not the best out there. Worth a shot if you haven't had it.

Photo of JDV
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle in trade from Buckybeer. Thanks!
Pours a clear amber color with a short lived beige head. Smell is nutty and lightly coffee like along with a touch of cream. Really nice and smooth and inviting. Taste is very smooth as well with a balanced nuttiness as the nose indicates. Light carbonation and a full mouthfeel. Very clean, nutty flavor that is superbly balanced and lightly bittered with a touch of sweetness without being overly so. Fantastic brown ale.

Photo of lowbrau
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light hazel brown, thin head with modest retention.

Smell: Syrupy malt and nutty characteristics. Very sweet. Little hops in the nose, but still present.

Taste: Rich caramely malt flavor. Almost buttery. Hints of hazelnut and toffee.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth mouthfeel. Light carbonation gives it a buttery feel.

Drinkability: A definite session beer. Pairs well with pizza and Asian food.

This is a great standby beer as it's available nearly everywhere in Wisconsin. It seems to hold up well with even non beer drinkers.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Kraft! Pours a clear light brown with a small white head. Laces nicely. Dry roasted nuts and sugary maple aroma. Flavor is subtle and very tasty. Tastes of caramel, nuts, chocolate... mmmm Snickers. There was also a bit of beef like meatiness from the malt that reminded me of beef with barley soup. That may sound weird but it works for this beer. (The beef flavor was also prominent in a wee heavy called Orkney Skullsplitter which I loved.) Not unpleasant at all. Light mouthfeel with big carbonation. Finishes sweet and lingers for a bit.

Photo of Jorge
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A--A beautiful pour, orangey-brown, thick head.

A--Probably the most remarkable thing about the beer: oddly fruity, apricot notes.

T--Caramel, light hop with heavy malts, almost syrupy. Although a fan of the brown ales, this one's taste is just a little off for me.

M--Oddly heavy.

D--Quite drinkable, although it is not my favorite of the style.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a couple of these from my friend's Rusty and Annie on their recent trip to Wisconsin. 12oz bottle poured into my standard pint glass with no freshness date seen.

Appearance: Clear, light mahogany with off-white 1 inch that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Not a whole lot, but from what I did pick up, it was sweet malts, nuts and maybe caramel.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Much like the smell, nutty, malty & sweet followed by the slightest alcohol - highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Easy and light drinking - a good crowd pleaser. Nothing spectacular, but certainly worth a try.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer as an extra in a trade with CrazyMacHarris99. Thanks Crazy!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, copper color with a tight white head that thinned to a light ring.

S - sweet malt aromas of hazelnut and caramel.

T - sweet nutty flavor, a nice tasting brown ale.

F - medium body with a mild carbonation feel.

D - 5.8% abv makes a having a few easy, if I was only lucky enough to have more than one!

Note: I need to trade with someone in Wisconsin.

Photo of ebit
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of garymuchow
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of KeefD
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of Atron67
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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

Photo of KBomb
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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

Photo of botham
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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!

Photo of halfP1NT
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of tayner
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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 :)

Photo of Mdog
3.41/5  rDev -10%
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.

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.

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.

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Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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