Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Fat Squirrel AleFat Squirrel Ale

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1,460 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,460
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 77
Gots: 150 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 05-17-2003

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Photo of dirtylou
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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

Photo of ddarden
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of pweis909
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

Photo of weeare138
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of ryantupy
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fours all around for this one. I picked it up while I was at my cabin in wisconsin. Oddly enough this redneck gas station in birchwood had it. Pours a nice brown sweet sweet head and smells like roasted nuts. It tastes on sweet sweet malts with roasted nuts and mild hop character. So far this is one of favorites from New Glarus and will definatly be picking this one up on my next trip to the lake.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another brew brought back by my buddy from Packer land on his last vacation. What a guy!

Pours a perfectly clear, well, brown. OK, light brown, slightly coppery, pretty. A moderate head dies off quickly to a thin veneer.

Aroma is brown sugar and roasty toasty caramel. Reminds me of opening a new box of brown sugar when my mom was making cookies as a kid. Pleasant!

Nice, pleasant malty toast. A small, decent hop finish. Nothing strong and overpowering, but nice subtlety and good balance. I sometimes have a hard time with this style in finding what makes one a good one and what is an ok or poor one. I like this one, but not completely sure why.

Mouthfeel is full, moreso than most of the style, which tend to be on the thin side. Drinakbility is pretty darned good. I like this one!

Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1 1/2" of beige head over the dark copper brew. Head lasts well, with excellent lacing. Aroma is nutty medium malts. Taste is caramel malt sweetness, with nuttiness coming in, and a crisp lightly hoppy close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is nice, this revisit verifies that this one's still good...

Photo of mentor
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by Orbitalr0x, thanks for the opportunity! Pours a half finger light tan head over a nearly clear brown rust liquid. Smells chocolate nut toffee. Underneath, with searching, I get pancakes and syrup and a very slight hint of alcohol. Tastes toffee to start, then gentle chocolate and sour, then a stronger and revised chocolate (sweeter...is there a caramel undertone here?), ending with a nutty and chocolate finish. Some tannins may appear in the end, tough to say as the carbonation rises a bit. The aftertaste is rich chocolate and gentle acrid carbonation sting on my tongue. While this beer is not complex, it sure is tasty. As I progress down the beer, what I thought was tannin is seeming as almost a roasted grain. Not quite coffee-like, but it's bot a bit of the burny quality about it. Mouthfeel is medium and the beer doesn't hang around long in the mouth. Moderate carbonation, perhaps a bit more than I'd like.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It poured a clear reddish brown color that had about a half-inch head of mixed size bubbles at first pour. The head fell within a minute or so to leave a thin head to stand for a while that was held together by quite a few bubbles continually rising.

Aroma: There is quite a bit going on in the aroma. I pick up a bunch of Munich and/or aromatic...lots of toasty notes. There is also quite a bit of Chocolate floating around in there along with something that is rather assertively roasty like Special B or something. It has a pretty complex aroma for this style.

Taste: The taste is pretty bold for this style also. It has some rich caramel/toffee and chocolate in the aroma along with a pretty assertive helping of roast grains. The flavor isn't too far off from the aroma. They have definitely got some "Fat" nuttiness in this beer.

Opinion: This really isn't too bad of a beer. I like the flavor, but I think that it is a bit on the assertive side for this style as I mentioned. It tastes a bit more like a London Porter than a Northern English Brown Ale.

Photo of bubrewer
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz screw top bottle. Pours with large bubbles and the head falls quickly. Color is a little red, and paler overall than I expected from a nut brown.

Aroma is underwhelming. Nothing terrible; a little English style fruitiness perhaps.

Flavor is suprisingly robust for the color. The dark malts show up much better on the tongue than they do to the eye. Some astringency, but not enough to detract significantly.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's to finally review it, I've had it several times in the past.

Pours a beautiful fiery dark amber color. Head was mearly a coating of foamy white, a little disappointing, but the color is still gorgeous. Smells of sweet malt, with some diacetyl sour butteriness and a hint of nuttiness. Not outstanding, but nice. Taste is much of the same, sweet, grainy malts, some hop bitterness to balance, with diacetyl and nutty notes to round it off. Mouthfeel is smooth, with fairly high carbonation that makes it refreshing. Drinkability is phenomenal, definitely a session beer I could drink all night. A solid nut brown, and probably my favorite beer from New Glarus, sorry to all you Spotted Cow fans out there.

Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light golden brown. It was quite clear, but did have a bit of chill haze. It's head was small and off-white and lasted for a short time.

Malty and nutty aroma; very little hop profile.

Malt dominant flavor profile. There is toastiness and a little bready taste that comes through nicely.

Moderate body; hops are pretty much indiscernable.

A clean beer that is easy to enjoy. Not a lot going on with this one, but what is going on is good.

Photo of CortexBomb
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out, surprise, nutty brown with a nice frothy head on top. Smell is fairly mild, but has a definite nutty tinge to it.

Taste is fairly sweet and malty with a hazlenuttish quality on the edge. A very light hop presence, smooth. Not amazing, but solid.

Mouthfeel is fairly average...pretty thin, but well carbonated. Drinkability is solid, a very smooth drinking beer.

Photo of battlekow
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Absolutely beautiful. If my girlfriend wasn't sitting next to me, it would be the prettiest thing in the house by far. Golden, maple syrup-y brown, nice creamy head, faded a bit fast though. When this beer catches the light, you can see God.

Smell: Good, but subdued and indistinct. A little nutty and mapley.

Taste: Reminds me more of the Dogfish Head Indian Brown than any other brown I've had yet. Complex flavor that comes in waves, initially sweet and fruity, then nutty and distinctly bitter. Also a bit spicy. Definitely has more character than most browns.

Mouthfeel: Maybe a little overcarbonated? Might just be the spiciness. Certainly has a bit of a bite, especially for a brown, though not unpleasant. Feels more intense than it looks and smells.

Drinkability: Very good for a brown. I would happily drink this beer into my own oblivion. The sharp, bitter aftertaste, my least favorite character of the beer, would probably be considered a positive by many people on this site. The least interesting part of the beer was its scent ("odor" sounds like feet). New Glarus is badass.

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out a thin light brown. The aroma is malty and slightly chocolatey, but a little thin. My hopes were not high as I took the first sip. I was suprised, because this beer is pretty good. Malt, chocolate, and nut flavors. Just a bit of hop flavor. Although the beer appears thin, the taste is not weak. Very nice drinkability. This is probably one of the tastiest brown ales I've had.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Pours a nice clear amber brown with a 2 finger khaki head on top. A bit thin, but looks good in the pint glass otherwise. Aromas of roasted grains and nuts with a bit of burnt caramel. Some grassy, herbal hops are in there as well. Nice...but fairly muted and not very exciting.

First sip is upfront with a densly nutty malt exhibiting a recognizable hazelnut flavor. A nice dose of sweet caramel is in there as well..almost like caramel covered nuts. A nice mellow spicy hop hits on the back of the palate. A fairly tasty nut brown overall....was good while working in the yard.

Mouthfeel had a chewy, medium body that was creamier than most nut brown ales I've tried in the past. Easily a drinkable brew, but there's plenty of others I'd choose first...just a bit too uninspiring to make me come back for more.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light color for an EBA, light brown, clear body. Head is creamy and thick, tan in color. Smell is nutty, slightly sweet, and backed bylight floral hops. Taste is sweet and nutty, creamy and somewhat chocolatey. Hops are present, but are always in the background.. Mouthfeel isn't very well carbonated, and could use some more. I like the beer, a good EBA, if not a little too normal.

Photo of longarm
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought I would review this beer again, since my last poor review may have been due to a bad pour or dirty lines at the bar. I've had enough high quality New Glarus beers to give this another shot. This time I bought a bottle.

As before, appearance is a crystal clear amber. Carbonation is excellent and generates a thick creamy head. Again this dissipates relatively quickly, but not nearly as bad as before.

Aroma has toasted, nutty attributes without any hint of oxidation.

Flavor has mild alcoholic attributes. Maltiness is also mild, and a little hop bitterness helps balance it out.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not bad. It finishes quite clean with a refreshing kick of hop bitterness.

Drinkability on this is above average. It would probably be a decent session beer. I'm glad I gave it another taste.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mtnlover for bringing this one by. It's my 1st New Glarus. Pours a clear, copper body with a small beige head that leaves some nice lace. Very active carbonation is noted in the glass.
Aroma is mostly chocolate and caramel malt, with a note of hazelnut, and some earthy, herbal hops.
Mouthfeel is light medium in body, with lively carbonation.
Very carbonated for the style, with light milk chocolate leading a dominant, sweet malt profile. Hazelnut is apparent, and a soft hops presence is herbal, earthy, and bittering. Finish is pine cone bitterness, atop a nutty roasted malt note. Very nice.
Unusually high carbonation for the style, but it works quite well here. Crafty balance of malts and hops make for an impressive, American version of an Anglo brown ale.

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a mildly brown color with a 1 finger slightly fizzed foam head and moderate lacing.
The scents of the foam are some hop bitterness smells and warm caramel.
This enters the mouth with a near APA-like hop sensation and bitterness. The foreshadowed caramel is definitely one of the largest flavor contributors. The malts don't really convey a nutty character until the beer is swallowed and the mouth is becoming parched. And then you say "oh, i get it" and go for another swig.
This bottle is not bad, but different from most others I've had, which is many. The difference is the hops. They are much more pronounced than usual. I am a hop head, so this isn't a major problem. But, I drank a nut brown tonight because I was in the mood for a nut brown tonight. Oh well. So one batch is a bit different from another. Who gives a shit? This is still quite good.

Photo of mntlover
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter brown with some red highlights light tan creamy head that doesn't last long.
Aroma is toasted malts sweet smelling some grassy hops to balance out the sweetness, not much nutty aroma in the nose.
Taste is sweet toasted malt some caramel mix with some nuts that weren't in the nose. Finishes with some light toffee like flavors mixed with some herbal hop flavor and a light bitterness.
Mouthfeel is a little light for a brown ale , whole thing a little difrent for a brown ale.
Drinakability is good not a bad little beer. Thanks to Ave for the sample.

Photo of clvand0
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brown color with almost no head and leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma is very sweet. No nutty tones here, just sweetness. The flavor has some toasted malts and caramel with a bit of hop. This is lacking what I want from a nut brown ale. I really wasn't impressed with this. Drinkability is good and the body is ok.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly brown amber color with no head and a slight ring over the beer. The nose is not what I expect from a nut brown or english brown ale. Lots of sweetness that I can't place. The flavor is better than what the nose would say. Good roasted malt with a nice nutty and roasted coffee flavor, Nice nice nice. The feel is right at moderate, maybe a bit more. Drinkability is also very nice. Another solid beer from New Glarus.

Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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