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Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,305 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,305
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 66
Gots: 71 | 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 topheim
3/5  rDev -20.8%

topheim, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of hardy008
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

hardy008, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of dachp
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

dachp, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

AlexFields, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of DubbelTrubbel
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

DubbelTrubbel, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of vlodko62
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

vlodko62, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Ed_Johnson
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Thanks to Jessica for bringing this back from a visit home. It poured a light brown with a finger of head that left good lacing. The aroma was mild caramel with some nuttiness; a mild aroma. Mostly caramel. I found more flavor than nose, caramel again was number one followed by the nuttiness. The finish has some crispness, which I liked. Nice mild creaminess on the mouth feel. This is a good brown ale and I would drink it again.

Ed_Johnson, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.6/5  rDev -5%

Appearance: Solid bright copper with light orange highlights. Perfectly clear. Head is off-white, creamy, and leaves a small cap throughout. Moderate carbonation. Quite pretty.

Smell: Caramel and biscuit with some mineral notes underneath. Vaguely earthy and grassy with a lingering floral and herbal component as well. Some citrus in the back, but mainly a vague undefined rind. A touch sweet with a nice backing toasted malt. Some deeper roasted elements. Very bready. Fresh and clean.

Taste: A touch of crisp apple up front. Sweet caramel malts with a decidedly crusty bread. Some floral and citrus notes round out the back. A bit of minerality in the back as well. Toasted malts creep out a bit as the beer warms. A bit of lingering bitterness on the back feels a bit off. Apples and bread. Vaguely nutty.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth. Moderate carbonation on a medium body. Drinks easily, but the finish is a bit rough.

Overall: I won't be hoarding this for winter.

A solid brown ale, but it feels a little unrefined. Easy drinking and I definitely wouldn't pass it up if offered a bottle, but I won't be seeking it out.

Goblinmunkey7, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of ThePundsack88
4/5  rDev +5.5%

ThePundsack88, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Spartacus303
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Spartacus303, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

Appearance: Exceedingly rustic in appearance. Rusty red with large, soda-like bubbles. Great foam, creamy white in color. Lacing also sticks around for a while.

Smell: Strong caramel in the head. A bit of a metallic mineral quality that actually fits this beer well. A tad bit fruity also. I'd say mostly plums, raisins, or something like that.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Smooth, sweetened, chilled coffee with a bit of caramel. A bit like a man's frappuccino. A hint of pine in the flavor that you miss at first, because it's almost a bit floral. There is a bit of toasted hazelnut as advertised, but it's really subtle. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and flattens out, leaving the pine flavor on the palate.

Overall Drinkability: A refreshing brown ale.

tjsdomer2, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of cquinn17
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

cquinn17, Jan 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

bralston345, Dec 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

pkrager5, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of yankhawk
4/5  rDev +5.5%

yankhawk, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of wingman14
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

Pour looks like liquid brown sugar with an off white head. Smell isn't powerful, but is a nice toasted malt. Taste is a nice balance of malt flavor, with some subtle sweetness. A smooth medium mouthfeel, nice carbonation and flavor balance. Overall a nice beer, great flavor, very sessionable.

wingman14, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Omensetter
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Omensetter, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of TheMcTwaten
3/5  rDev -20.8%

TheMcTwaten, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Kasie
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Kasie, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Smidged
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Smidged, Dec 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

cliff1066, Dec 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

JohnBoyMilwaukee, Dec 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

spikechiquet, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%

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.

smakawhat, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of ccozzi
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

ccozzi, Dec 21, 2012
Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,305 ratings.