Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company
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3.03/5 rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. No obvious bottle dating.
A very dark copper amber, with some hints of rising carbonation going up pretty fast, but hard to see. Quite clear, but very dark. Head is two fingers and off white, almost creamy with some good ring lacing.
Nose is pretty closed, and not much going on. A bit of a stink from this, mud and earth, truly odd. Strangely not that offensive, I am not sure where this is going.
Malt action hits, with just a hint of cream but toned down. A good depth and feel to this, but does not really bring out much malt flavor. There's a little bit of nut character classic to a brown ale, but it's really not showing up much.
Overall this is easily drinkable, but it's also kind of ordinary and bland. Not very memorable either.
Serving type: bottle
12-21-2012 22:52:55 | More by smakawhat
3.5/5 rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
We've been lulled to sleep with the taste of the Newcastles of the world. And most American-brewed brown ales have become assertive to the point that they better compete with porters and less with the taste than brought brown to the taste of England. But New Glarus keeps a keen eye on history and takes a never-say-never stance in the preserverence of the brown ale with Fat Squirrel Brown Ale
You'd expect the "appearance" comments to start and stop with simply "brown". But there's more to the beer as its bright clarity embarks upon redish chestnut highlights. Extending onward, the beer shows an appetizing creamy off white head that rises timidly, but continues to lather into a blanket across the glass. Trailing with foamy lace, the beer simply exudes the appearances that make English ales charming and masculine.
Mild caramel, acorn, and toast notes shed light on the dark beer's aromas. Accessory scents of light chocolate, toasted grain, vanilla, and light malty starch seem to support the stronger impressions of sweetness and earthiness. With just enough woodish hops to round out the scent, the beer offers more than varying degrees of sweetness and graininess.
Deliciously smooth, the beer's taste stems from its aromas- malty sweet with caramel and toffee with perhaps a dash of brown sugar. But a more robust nutty flavor exhumes with the taste of walnut, pecan, and an overall peanut brittle taste. Light starch flavor adds body and becomes a bridge for the early nutty bitterness into the more woody bitterness of those classic English hops that balance the taste but never rivals. The beer is simply delicious and effortless from start to finish.
Medium bodied but seemingly light because of the beer's malty-dry taste it seems to contribute richer impressions to its texture. Seemingly thin and perhaps watery at times, the beer simply looses interest at middle palate and it takes 'til its fleeting grainy-sweet finish to regain interest. Finishing somewhat cola-like, the minty hops and light alcohol warmth closes the beer with a short nutty finish.
Ideally suited for standard American pub fare, I'll happily welcome this semi-robust ale with cheeseburgers, chicken wings and hand tossed pizzas. It's a non-offensive beer that meets many occasions but might leave the beer connoisseur wanting more.
Serving type: bottle
12-18-2012 06:52:11 | More by BEERchitect
3.78/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Had on tap at New Glarus. Review from notes.
A: Fat Squirrel is brown in color with a small off-white head on top that reduces slowly leaving little bits of lacing on the glass.
S: Rather nutty with some caramel, a little coffee and chocolate with a bit of spice.
T: More nuts with a bit of caramel, light hops/pine, a little bit of smoke, but has a slightly sweet finish.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, very clean and smooth.
O: A nice English Brown, very true to style and easy drinking. A solid beer.
Serving type: on-tap
11-30-2012 03:14:05 | More by mdaschaf
4.1/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.
Appearance: Pours a deep brownish copper orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. Solid three finger off white head which slowly settles into a thin layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.
Smell: A toasty, earthy, and nutty aroma. Toasted malts and wheat grains with hints of caramel, toffee, toasted bread, biscuit, hazelnuts, and mild chocolate and coffee. Slight hint of oats and spice. Nice background of earthy and grassy hops. A fairly dry and dark aroma that is well balanced. Smells pretty decent.
Taste: A solid bready and nutty taste with lots of toast. Toasted malts and grains with a taste of caramel, toffee, biscuit, hazelnut, toasted bread, chocolate, and a little coffee and oat. Also a little butterscotch. Solid presence of hops giving a drying earthy and grassy taste. Very well balanced and tasty take on the style.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Toasty, mildly creamy, and pretty drying in the finish.
Overall: A very solid version of a Brown Ale. Dark and toasty taste with a solid bitter balance.
Serving type: bottle
11-28-2012 07:01:39 | More by MattyG85
Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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