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Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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very good

1,381 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,381
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 73
Gots: 99 | FT: 3
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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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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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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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.

Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,381 ratings.