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Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Fat Squirrel AleFat Squirrel Ale

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very good

519 Reviews
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Reviews: 519
Hads: 1,524
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 19.01%
Wants: 88
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: 519 | Hads: 1,524
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a snifter just for fun. Once in, it looked rather boring as a dull brown, but when held to the light, it began to glow with a beautiful cherry color with some hints of amber. The head fell to a wispy firm with a few larger bubbles floating around in a group.

Smells of dry woody caramel malts and a bit of walnuts. There’s also a faint but playful citrus sour dryness that reminds me a bit of melon.

There’s a definite nut and dry caramel base here, but on top there’s first there’s that melon like orange rind sourness that really gets noticed farther back on my tongue. More prominently is a dry, birch bark dryness that eventually fades to a cool campfire smokiness with just a hint of chocolate. There are some neat dynamics and some cool layering going on here.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a full mouth of bubbles that really thicken things up, but seem to dissipate when I swallow. Perfect!

This one’s tasty for sure. I’m glad I got a sixer. Thanks to BA Doolar for hauling this one all the way from WI.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed April 9, 2005. On tap at the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. The aroma was bland and of plain malt. But, wow, the flavors really bowl you over. They’re simple and fairly one-dimensional, but you get a good mix of nuts, mostly domianted by roasted hazlenut (a personal favorite), so this beer spoke to me. Has a few other weakness, but pretty exceptional for a typical brown.

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Photo of ccs
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is very, very little aroma to this beer at all. Perhaps a faint hint of grains, but that's it. The appearance is different that I expected, I wanted something that was more towards the brown and less amber. Perhaps it was my light. The taste is very surprising. Roasted, nutty, big and flavorful. A nice full mouthfeel. I think this would be good on occasion as a treat, but I'm not sure I'd want more than two at a time. I will seek this out when I'm back in Wisconsin.

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Photo of palliko
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a transparent brown with some ivory foam. The aroma is mildly sweet. Initial taste contains hints of nutty brown ale with caramel, some hops, rich malt, with a softly carbonated middle. Finish has a nice profile: malt, hops and a nutlike aftertaste.

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Photo of Redrover
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck with no freshness dating.

The beer pours a light brown with an off-white head. Not a ton of lacing.

The smell is of slightly roasted malts and a bit of raisins.

The taste is sweet and a bit nutty. I also get a bit of light molasses and raisins. Nothing jumps out to grab you, but the beer is a steady eddy.

The mouth is a bit over carbonated, but is nicely thick. Easy enough drinker here. Not outstanding in any one area, but the parts all work well together.

Thanks to my buddy Mike for leaving a six pack at my cabin!

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Photo of hanco005
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six of this on the way back from playing golf in WI. I poured this 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, no freshness date on the bottle that I could find

A—pours clear, light brownish amber with an impressive 2 inch bone white head that sticks around for 15 minutes or so, lacing is splotchy

S—malts and lots of them, sweet candy tones, some caramel, butter, faint chocolate, roasted marshmallow is in there, too

T—different…tastes like smoky honey, some caramel lingers and there is a hoppy bitterness toward the end, it’s not bad at all

M—smooth and silky, medium bodied, medium carbonation

D—it’s good, but different…I’d have another and will enjoy the rest of this six pack.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle of this as part of a make your own six pack while in Wisconsin. It was my first from New Glarus and thought i'd pick it up for the funny label (also bought a shirt later at the brewery). Smells like weak malts with roasted notes. Sweet roasted taste that's very satisfying. I do get a bit of haxlenut like it says on the label that i should, but not a whole lot. Sweet roastiness reminds me a lot of a new local porter we have in south bend - Blacksnake. Overall Fat Squirrel was quite a good offering....and we tried several more during the course of our trip.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Pours a crystal clean light auburn brown. Healthy off greyish white head which slowly decays down to a froth patrolling the border of the glass.

S: Sweet aroma; toasted pecans; hazelnuts. This fat squirrel has been loading up on nuts for sure.

T: Sweet maltiness thats reminiscent of subtle apricots with hints of caramel...transitions into toasted hazelnuts that lasts for days and days. Flavors almost intensify after the swallow for a good ten seconds. This is tasty.

M: Beer feels a touch hard on the tongue but hardly a turn off.

D: I like this beer. Browns usually bore me but this one is more complex and welcoming than most common browns.

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

12oz. bottle from AKSmokedPorter. Thanks, dude!

Lovely auburn-caramel in color with an impressive tan-colored head. Thick. Long-lasting. Some nice lacing of the glass. Surprising amounts of "roasty toasty" in the nose. Toasted assortment of nuts here. Some caramel sweetness floats around as well. Flavor has a firm backbone of sweetness that nicely balances the nut flavors. Dark sugary caramel with some toasted, almost "charred oak" notes. Slight zing of hop influence at the end. Nice body. Good carbonation. One I'd certainly visit again.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden copper with a pretty good head, shrinks a little quick to thin layer, with minimal lacing down the glass, more at the top than bottom. Aroma nutty malt and slightly earthy character, and a slight caramel malt profile, overall a bit weak. Taste has an overriding nuttiness to it, caramel malts too, with a smooth, almost syrup-like mouth. Finishes with a light hop blending with sweet malt still. Interesting, I don't normally note hops in brown ales, yet it seems quite nice here. Something I"ll have to look for more. Overall, quite a nice selection, very easy to drink. Probably one of my more favorite browns in a while.

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Photo of strattor
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a fairly dark brown, almost ruby, with a light brown head. Moderate head retention.

Weak caramel and malty aroma. Not much depth, but pleasant enough.

Flavor has a nice balance between hops and malt. Starts off with caramel and roasted nuts, then the hops give a touch of bitterness and dryness.

Smooth but lively mouthfeel. Perhaps a bit too carbonated.

A refreshing beer with a nice balance. Not the tastiest brew I've had, but it's tasty enough.

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Photo of mynie
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark ruby brown with a decently sized white head that goes away quickly.

Smells like very dull caramel malt with a short hint of unsalted peanuts.

Starts off bland. Dull malt, lightly sweet like an Almond shell. It gets better near the middle, with a nice bittersweet hazelnut middle that leads into a tangy, bittersweet finish.

I don't know what to make of New Glarus. Their fruit beers are easily the best I've ever had, but their more mainstream offerings seem satisfactory at best.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown/deep amber color, minimal head retention or lacing. Aroma is carmelly and nutty, nice. Very enjoyable. Flavor is malty up front, some chocolate, and again, the hint of carmel. Minerally water taste, but just a slight bit of that. Mouthfeel is okay, this is a sessionable beer, afterall. It's a good, very drinkable beer.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label story about how Fat Squirrels inspired a brown ale.

Appears a golden dark auburn with steady bubbles rising up to a 1/2" spotty khaki head settling to a thin coating.

Aroma is slight with gentle leafy balanced scents with some Earthy hints.

First swigs: Toasted almond and honey. Sweet maple and bright nutty balance with the hops dryness. Aftertaste is clean and quick. Just a smooth butterscotch finish. Hops really shine through moreso than most browns.

Feel is medium bodied and frothy on the tongue. Smooth and clean overall.

Last swigs: Clean quaffable brown with a refreshing finish. Just lacked an angle. Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the bottle.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to the girlfriend for dragging this one all the way back from Green Bay, WI as carry-on. Never heard of or seen this beer before.

Appearance: Pours into a tall mug a golden, maple brown with a nice creamy head that fades fast and has moderate carbonation.

Smell: A light sweet nutty scent but subdued.

Taste: A very light taste but got bolder during the session. At first it was a bit watery but then later as it warmed it had a nutty flavor with a perfect mild hoppy finish. Very nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable beer. Sort of like a nut brown light and that’s makes it an easy drinking beer that won't fill you up.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this one...
Clear Amber (much lighter than expected) with a full finger of creamy off-white head...half of it goes nowhere yet the lacing is sporatic as I work my way through the pint.
Not huge in the nose, but a somewhat sweet malt calls me in and a nutty earthy character sits patiently in the background.
Taste is real nice...a roasty malt backbone with a hint of sweetness in the finish. Nice hop profile adding just the right amount of bitterness to round it off...finishes with that nutty addition I was hoping for.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is fine.
No hint of alcohol so I imagine around 5.5% or so, but really no idea...either way, very enjoyable and the type of beer you wish would be sitting next to Sam Adams and Harpoon in your local bar...I'd go for it quite often.

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Photo of OldSock
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance – 12 oz bottle obtained from Northerntimber in a trade. Pours with a creamy two finger off-white head on top of a clear light brown beer. Good retention with patchy lacing.

Smell – Malty with a hint of nuttiness, definitely laid back with just a hint of hops.

Taste – Well balanced between a slightly sweet, caramel maltiness and solid hop bitterness. Not particularly complex, but then again what brown ale is. The main impression I get from the flavor is freshness, something I would never say about the numerous brown ales imported from England.

Mouthfeel – Medium full for the style with carbonation that is a bit too strong for my taste.

Drinkability & Notes – Easy drinking, I haven't had a good brown ale in quite awhile. A solid Brown that would be a good gateway for a Newcastle drinker.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nicely and with practise you can give it a full finger width of head. This beer smells very fresh, like a barley field in summer with a hint of coffee flavor. It feels full and a little fizzy in my mouth and leaves a fresh grain aftertaste with a little coffee flavor just like it smells and ends with a hint of hops.

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

Beer pours a hazelnut brown with a beige head and decent lacing. Smell is of sweet malt and slightly nutty. Taste is predominantly of nuts, with a bit of chocolate in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, almost a creamy feel to it. Drinkability, great for enjoying just one with an evening meal, or many with friends for a night out.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: a soft caramel/brown pour, bubbly beige-tan head, pretty strong lacing

smell: very subtle, but definitely enhances as it warms...honey, roasted nut, slight vanilla

taste: mild roasty malts, walnut, hazelnut, honey, vanilla. light hop sweetness. Very mild

mouthfeel: smooth, medium bodied, soft and creamy

drinkability: quite drinkable

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Photo of ddarden
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle courtesy of UncleFlip
Reddish brown with nice off-white head that stays around for a while with nice lacing. Good looking beer. The smell is of mild chocolate malt and hazlenut. Not terribly aromatic but average smell for this style. I also pick up a slight yeasty smell.
The taste is clean with a malty chocalate and nut finish. The aftertaste is pretty thin though. Decent mouthfeel, but on the thin side of medium and the drinkability is good. This is a solid beer and would drink it again given the opportunity.

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Photo of pweis909
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lives up to style as "brown" ale - pours a translucent amber-brown color, with half inch foam that dissipates into thin lacing.

Odor is understated, with no hop and little malt character. Curiously, a nut odor us present -- the label suggests hazelnut and that seems about right.

Tastes sweet and nutty. I'm giving high marks because this nut flavor is rather unusual if not unique. The sweet does not overwhelm, but there isn't really a hoppy bitter balance. It is a bit "un-beer-like," but it's good stuff!

Mouthfeel is average -- not high bodied, silky, buttery, but not what I would call thin.

Drinkability --I could have maybe more than one. TAfter one beer, the sweet is not cloying, and the nuttiness demands another sampling. After two beers, I think I would tire of the sweetness a bit. Maybe this isn't an everyday beer, but it is enjoyable

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like having a bowl of Honey Nut Bunches of Malt for breakfast, this beer makes me as happy as a hurly-pearly squirrel going all hippidy hoppidy from tree to tree.

The Fat Squirrel is actually pretty interesting especially when compared to most brown ales. Its aromas and flavor are a perfectly balanced blend of honey, hazelnut, toast, walnut, and a tad smidgen of vanilla.

The mouthfeel is light and smooth. Not hoppy in the slightest. Quite sweet.

Too damn drinkable for our own good.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Vinny’s bar at La Crosse airport. Dark brown color with a medium thin beige head. Thin sheets of lacing. Aroma of malt and walnuts. Medium body with a roasty character, lots of nutty and malty flavoring. The finish is clean and sweet with more malt and nut flavors. I like it!

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Photo of weeare138
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to GV for the bottle!
Appears a glowing brown with a 1 finger off white head that fades quickly. Tiny scatters of lace.
Smell is of roasty nuts, light hops, & slightly sour malt.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is creamy sweet and sour with an odd sour note that seems to linger at the end.

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Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.