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Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Fat Squirrel AleFat Squirrel Ale

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520 Reviews
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Reviews: 520
Hads: 1,526
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 19.01%
Wants: 90
Gots: 202 | FT: 5
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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale | 5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 05-17-2003

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Reviews: 520 | Hads: 1,526
Photo of cyclonece09
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a "pint" glass. Pours brown with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of caramel, nice fruitiness, and a hint of nuttiness. Tastes of fruit with a tad of nuts. Beer is light bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

From notes on 11/21/13

Sweet malty caramel smell. Light brown in color with a white head. Lots of malt flavor. I like the nuttyness too. Similar to Fat Tire, but much better. At $7 a six pack, this is great!

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Photo of secondtooth
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber-brown, with thick, tri-finger head of off-white suds. Pleasant tree-line lace.

Nose is nutty with hints of caramel malts. Very nice!

Taste is deliciously nutty, with a tinge of fruit peeking through. A world-class brown ale, and one I'd turn to again.

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a better than decent brown ale. The feel is very fresh and crisp, but there isn't much depth to this beer.

A: Very nice pour. Formed a half finger of tan head which foamed down to a thin line after about 20 seconds. When sitting on the table is a nice brown color, not quite opaque, and when held in natural light is more amber in color. Appearance is appetizing.

S: Smells slightly hoppy with some sweetness; perhaps caramelized grain sweetness.

T: This is a good brown ale, perhaps a little thicker than a Newcastle, but holds it's own. The first flavors I get are a subtle sweetness followed by medium strength hops. Well blended drink, no single flavor over powers.

M: I enjoyed the texture of this ale; this beer feels like a crisp refreshing ale, not heavy or viscous in any way.

O: This is a well made craft beer. I probably wouldn't make this an everyday beer, but I enjoyed it and would recommend others give it a try.

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Photo of Henrich
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with 1 cm of fine, off-white foam. Color is nice, dark amber-brown and very clear.
Smell: Bready and sweet with a slight yeasty character. No noticeable hop aroma.
Taste: Intensely malty and nutty, with some toasty, rum-like undertones. Slight hop bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, with less carbonation than I'd expect. No alcohol burn.
Overall: Fairly nice. It is good, but I'm not sure where this beer would fit in as far as time of year. Maybe best in the fall? I'd buy it again, but it would sit in the fridge until I was feeling... squirrelly.

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Photo of LeRose
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On draft, served in an over-sized tulip.

Appearance - well, it is basically brown, light amber. Decent pour produced about a half-inch of foamy beige head, tight and compact. Fell a bit quickly.

Smell - nothing remarkable, but a pleasant aroma to this brew. Sweetness seems to be in store - malty, slightly bready. Mild hop aroma, a bit of yeastiness.

Taste - I think was better than the aroma. Smooth and very drinkable. Mostly brown sugar/nutty flavors going on. A bit toasty, a hint of spiciness. Clean, easy-going beer.

Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side. Carbonation was OK, but overall felt a bit on the watery side.

Overall, this is a decent beer. The flavors are solid enough, but the mouthfeel leaves me wanting a bit more. STill, very drinkable and offered at a great price.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - descent head and lacing with a copper color.
Smell - sweet toasty malty smell with slight yeast
Taste - great sweet toasty malty taste
Feel - medium body and carbonation.
Overall - pretty good brown but nothing special.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, bottled 330th day of 2013, poured into an O'so snifter today, 2/17/2014. Not the first time I've had this, but somehow the first time I'm sitting down to review this.

App- Dark amber/light brown body, one finger tan head, fair amount of retention and lacing

Smell- Sweet brown malts, candied sugar, some breadiness, noble hops, a bit of yeast

Flavour- Brown sugar, malts, noble hops, a bit of spicy yeast, very clean and not complicated

Mouthfeel- Lighter bodied, fairly watery, quite very easy to drink. No indication of ABV.

Overall- Good brown ale, nothing special, but still a solid beer that goes for a good price point.

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

Aroma here is mostly of caramel malts and a bit of toasted malts. Pretty standard for style, really.

Taste is fairly sweet, with a good dose of caramel malts and some nuttiness....some toasted malts are also present towards the finish. Hops are pretty much absent here, though it is still a fairly clean finish.

Brown ales fail to excite a lot of the time, but this is a pretty easy drinking one even if it isn't exciting. Sweet, but not too sweet...and they don't try to re-invent the style by overdoing hops. So I approve.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle bottle into a new glarus flute.

pours a light brown with an appropriate head. smell is malty..pungent. taste is caramel, toffee, hazelnuts and very malty. its quite spot on for the style. mild body. mild carbonation.

overall just a very solid English brown. not my favorite style, but this is spot on.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Yellows and golds highlighting this light brown beer. Sweet malts and herbal hops equally in the nose. Thin mouthfeel; sweet caramel flavors marry with a lighter taste, wheat or maize perhaps? Gives it a tang reminiscent of an All American Lager. Finishes on a herbal, slightly resiny hop finish. More body and bolder flavor would improve this brew, but it's a satisfying and fun brew as is.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear deep ruby, not exactly brown. One finger head and not much carbonation.

S-Caramel, malt, nutty, grass and dirt.

T-Malt and caramel, some nuts and spices. Earthy as well. Slight bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation and a tad watery.

O-Although the typical brown ale flavors were present they just were strong enough or the could have meshed better.

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Photo of Kevin-Wieken
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fat Squirrel Ale
New Glarus Brewing Company, Wisconsin
---from bottle to pint glass---

Dark copper, almost reddish in light. Almost no head produced, this white foam grabs edge of glass,

All malt at the nose. Roasted malts and brown sugar. Very nutty.

Sweet roasted malts. I don’t pick up any coffee like many other reviewers… Slightly creamy. I feel like it finishes almond-y.

Good carbonation. A little more creaminess would make this beer.

Very bland. Just ok. Again, this beer would be rated much higher if it was slightly more creamy.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber brown color with some clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted malts, nutty, a little caramel, toffee, chocolate,

Taste: Roasted and dark toasted malts, caramel, toffee, hazelnut nuttiness, chocolate, and mild noble hop bitterness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, a little creamy, low to medium carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: A very enjoyable, tasty, and drinkable EBA. About as good as a brown I have ever had. The malt flavor is awesome.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a mixed 12 poured into pint glass.

A: It's definitely dark. Fairly dark, clear brown with a tan one-finger head. Retention is good. Lacing is good. Visible column of carbonation.

S: Smell is quite nutty, chocolatey, and sweet. Hints of coffee, as well. Pretty good smell, actually, and quite layered for a brown ale.

T: More roasty than your typical brown....almost like a stout in this aspect. Strong coffee notes with strong coffee acidity. Lots of caramel, toffee, chocolate, and hazelnut. Thankfully, it's not as sweet as the smell. Bitterness in the beginning, but fades near the end. Finishes chocolatey.

M: Minimal carbonation. Medium bodied and pretty smooth on the way down with little fuss. Sessionable brown ale.

O: Decent...decent. Not better than one of my favorites, Avery Ellie's Brown Ale, but still quite good. The roastiness is a bit too strong for this type of ale, in my opinion, and it's not quite sweet enough. Definitely good, though.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is copper colored with amber highlights. It has two inches of off-white head.

S - I smell caramel, hazelnut, and some earthy aromas.

T - I get a little cocoa and some nuttiness. Hazelnut comes to mind. It is not a large amount of flavor.

M - Medium

O - It is okay. I had a great nut brown ale yesterday, and it is still in my mind, so this beer suffers a little because of that.

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Photo of Etan
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a pint glass.

A: Pours a red-tinged mahogany with a small beige head.

S: Smells pretty yeasty, with notes of hazelnut, mild raisin, brown bread, cocoa.

T: Nutty, roasted grain, a bit of molasses, light leafy hop note, a bit of a chalky note from the yeast.. Relatively dry.

M: Light-bodied with a bit of creaminess from the full carbonation.

O: I'm not loving the yeast profile on this beer. It's ok.

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Photo of Potatosausage
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I sampled this beer at the great taste of the midwest in Madison. I think the beer has a good taste and afterwards is also nice. Its hard to go wrong with any new glaurs product. Tried to get the oldman into darker beers. Baby steps babysteps. this is my first post sorryif it sucks. Patato sausage

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Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap and stylish label art acquired from the very gracious Duff27 in a trade (thanks, buddy!) and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I've had some lovely beers from this brewery. Brewed with six different varieties of Wisconsin malt.

Served straight from the fridge, but it's merely chilled - I wouldn't call it cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head - a bit thin - of fair cream and pretty good (4+ minute) retention. Body colour is a dark amber; by no means brown. Transparent and translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Fairly vibrant. Generally appealing for the style. No real lacing as the head recedes.

Sm: Ah, yes. Delightfully evocative hazelnut. Cream. Amber, biscuit, and maybe even a pale malt or two. Light toasted character. Subtlety reigns here; this is fantastic for a nutty brown. Wow. Caramel. No roast or bitterness here; just straight up nut-forward character. That's what I want from a good brown. Maybe a hint of toffee. Light bread. I don't detect any distinct hop character; any hopping was for preservation. All around, it's fresh, pleasant, and inviting. I can't wait to try it. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

T: Hazelnut is dominant - as it should be. Caramel. Light toasted character. No perceptible hop character. No yeast. Biscuit malt. Brown malt. Cream. Hints of toffee. It may be simple, but it's pretty much what I want and expect from a brown. Nutty as hell and balanced. Subtle and pleasant to drink. Full-bodied. Not too sweet nor too bitter. Filling. Constructively, it could use more complexity - but I'm nitpicking because this may well be the most complex Brown I've had. The hazelnut in particular is great.

Mf: Creamy, chewy, refreshing, wet. Smooth enough to refresh but lightly coarse enough to aid the depth of flavour. Feels custom-tailored to the flavour profile. Very well executed. Carbonation is perfect. Very well done all around. Really aids flavour delivery. Soft. Not too heavy or too light on the palate.

Dr: Very drinkable; I'll enjoy finishing this bottle. A fine Brown Ale from one of the best breweries around. This will be my new standard against which I judge other browns. Yet another solid beer from New Glarus. I'm having this one.

High B-

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Photo of MikeAAL
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fat Squirrel has a reddish brown color. Poured a white, two finger head with nice lacing.

It smells like caramel and nuts. Also some malts.

The first thing I taste is caramel, malts and nutty at the end with a crisp, clean finish.

Medium mouth feel. Slightly carbonated and very creamy.

This is the best brown ale I've tried. I really like the nutty flavor it has and it's made locally here in Wisconsin. I've been craving it lately, but I can't find it on the shelves of my liquor store anymore.

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Photo of Braseltonage
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale brown, turning more of a deep copper held to the light. Brilliantly clear, with a frothy, rocky almost pure white head up top. Medium lacing holds.
S: Some raosted malts waft over at the beginning. Toffee, maybe some heavy toasted nuttiness.
T: Toasted malt flavors dominate up front, not overly roasted or bitter. Easy drinking and pretty smooth. Faint hints of light roasted coffee with perhaps a little black walnut like finish.
M: Medium bodied, maybe a little over carbed for the style which makes it feel a little drier than it should be. Lacks a certain creaminess that I would expect given the malt profile.
O: Pretty solid, but not a huge winner for me. Aroma and flavor profiile overcame an average mouthfeel. I admittedly don't love browns by my nature, but overall its a relatively pleasing and sessionable. Worth a shot, but not close to a staple.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soft, white head that has okay persistence, but with minimal lacing. Sweet malt and a touch of floral hops in the nose. Gorgeous, deep burnt umber color. Starts with a malty nuttiness that is a bit hoppy. Then the finish starts to come back, with more nuttiness, and then HUGE malt. As it lingers there is a more nutty aspect to it.

This is interesting in that it has a neat nutty quality to it. The hop balance is very, very well done; just enough to be pleasant. I liked this a lot more than I remembered.

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Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium brown with a frothy one inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Faint dank hops, toasted breadcrust, caramel malt, and a light roast character form the aroma. Hazelnuts emerge as it warms.

Cherry sourness forms the basis if the flavor, with nutty, toasted malt notes hitting mid-palate, finishing with toffee and hazelnuts. The finish is somewhat dry and extremely nutty.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation, and light alcohol warmth.

Interesting brew. The interplay of sourness and nuttiness is different.

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Photo of Weli
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Amber brown with a thin white head Brilliant clarity

S-Quite yeasty, with some toasted bread and British esters

T-Lots of toasted malt flavor up front, nutty, slightly sweet with a slight bitter finish. Somewhat minerally

M-Low carbonation (as per style) and soft smooth mouthfeel

O-Excellent example of an English Style Nut Brown Ale, benchmark for the style

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Photo of hardy008
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours brown with an off white head with decent retention and lacing. Smells and tastes like nuts, toasted malt, biscuit, and light caramel. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Not bad, but not worth seeking out again either.

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Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.