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Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Fat Squirrel AleFat Squirrel Ale

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1,297 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,297
Reviews: 492
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 65
Gots: 69 | 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 woosterbill


3.58/5  rDev -5.5%

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear mahogany body capped by a solid inch of dense, creamy tan foam that demonstrates terrific retention and leaves plenty of sticky lace. Quintessential Brown Ale.

S: Herbal and citrusy hops float above some fairly standard caramel and nutty malts. Enjoyable, but pretty basic for the style.

T: A bit on the sweet side, as the hops hold off with the bitterness until the very end. Again, the malts deliver light caramel and some hazelnut. Maybe a touch of chocolate. Long, slightly astringent finish. Not great, but definitely solid.

M: Smooth, fairly light body with relatively high, lively carbonation. A bit too frothy for me, but not bad.

O: This is a decent example of a style that rarely impresses me, but it’s certainly one of the weaker offerings from a stellar brewery. I love the name, but the beer itself has just never excited me. If you really love the style, though, this is definitely one you should check out. Me, I’ll be cracking another Cranbic, or Dancing Man, or Imperial Weizen, or Moon Man, or…


07-29-2011 23:25:02 | More by woosterbill
Photo of TheQuietMan22


4.28/5  rDev +12.9%

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is medium brown with caramel tones. Two fingers of thick, slightly tanned head dissipated to leave a thick ring around the edge and a short-lived foamy lacing.

Smell: Delicious. Toasted malts, caramel, honey, nuts (the New Glarus website says hazelnut), toffee, and cocoa. There is also a little raspberry or dark fruit in there. As it warms, hints of pine spice emerge. Weird, but cool.

Taste: The backbone of the flavor is, aptly, the hazelnut, which supports flavors reminiscent of the aromas: caramel, honey, toffee, and cocoa. It has a slight piney bite to it, but maybe I am mixing that up with the hazelnut.

Drinkability: Yet another awesome offering from New Glarus. It is like the Wonka factory for beer. Not only is the beer true to style, the aggressive hazelnut character makes it distinctive.

07-22-2011 05:35:24 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of WoodBrew


3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

Had a Fat Squirrel this past weekend. I poured the bottle into my glass and it had floaters...D&MN IT!!! I hate floaters! Yje color was definitely a Red/Amber, but had no head. The scent was really non-exisitent....maybe hints of malt. The taste was quite good for an amber. Was full bodies with nice malt charactered with a spruce of caramel. This beer is easy drink and could certainly be considered a session beer. Enjoy!

07-22-2011 01:16:11 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.48/5  rDev -8.2%

Crystal clear deep walnut brown color with an eggshell-colored craggy two finger head which dies back down after five minutes and leaves behind a thin floating raft of soapy bubbles. No lacing.
Smells of lightly toasted wheat bread, faint almonds in background of caramel malt sweetness. Simple yet appropriate to style.
Tastes of lightly toasted hazelnuts, the legume-y characteristics that unroasted, unsalted peanuts have, caramel malt hits mid sip and backs away hesitantly under cover of a mild earthen hop umbrella. Finishes up dry overall compared to some other brown ales on the market. Texture and body are a bit too thin for my liking on this sort of flavor profile, but that's about all that is missing from this brew.

07-19-2011 21:58:32 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of pitasoup


3.35/5  rDev -11.6%

thanks to jeff from fuzzybrew for this bottle.

A: clear copper/orange with a finger of white head that is quick to subside. no lacing

S: honey, caramel malts, nutty, and a hint of alcohol. little to no hop presence.

T: low to moderate hop bitterness at first that quickly gives way to malty body. sweet, nutty, honey like. slightly grassy aftertaste. more bock-like than brown ale.

M: medium body. carbonation makes this taste smoother than it actually is.

O: a solid brown ale, it might benefit with some more body and color, but overall, this is easy drinking, malty and unoffensive.

07-18-2011 05:11:48 | More by pitasoup
Photo of Franz4


4.18/5  rDev +10.3%

12 oz bottle

A-dark copper with a nice creamy head that settles to a finger and sticks.

S- just slightly nutty with an almond quality to it. A little toffee present as well.

T- Nuttiness with a nice rich breadiness as well. This was quite surprising, well balanced taste.

M- seems a little week here, doesn't detract from the beer at all but doesn't add anything to it.

O- A nice brew, glad I was able to try it. This could pair well with a wide range of foods as well.

06-25-2011 22:50:44 | More by Franz4
Photo of logmacschlog15


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Bottle to glass.

A: Pours a foamy light tan head that disappears after about a minute. Nice looking carbonation. A very clear brown with light hues of red.

S: Very sweet notes of caramel and toffee dominate the nose. There is also delicate hints of fresh baked breads as well. Malts dominate, almost no hops.

T: There is a very rich malty sweetness with hints of caramel and toffee. The sweetness gets richer in the finish and slowly develops into both nutty and bready notes with just a slight hint of hop bitterness to balance. Also a very slight hint of booze. This is very tastey!

M: This is a little thin/watery for my liking ,but fortunately this does not detract from the wonderful taste of the beer.

O: This is a really good brown ale filled with malty goodness. Very straight forward approach to the style.

06-23-2011 22:04:24 | More by logmacschlog15
Photo of ferrari29


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Beer poured from bottle into a Pint shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a healthy looking translucent brown colored body; not much carbonation, appears flat; nice creme colored head formed; bubbly and oily in appearance with some sticky lacing on the glass

S - Toasted bread scents; roasted malts; nuts - peanut; oak; sawdust; syrup

T - Hazelnut creaminess; roasted nutty malt flavor; some creme, almost custard flavor; maple syrup flavors provide the sweetness that comes up on the sides of your palate

M - Kind of thin; not much body, but feels great and is the kind of beer that's easy to drink; nutty aftertaste

D - Good beer; another great beer from NG; I think they do a fantastic job of blending unique ingredients into an enjoyable beer; a good English Brown Ale

06-17-2011 03:56:12 | More by ferrari29
Photo of ktrillionaire


3.43/5  rDev -9.5%

A - It pours a translucent brown, a shade lighter than cola, and is capped with a very modest and short-lived head.

S - The aroma is vaguely nutty and maple-sweet, but very very mild. Something akin to medium-toasted bread is notable, as well.

T - The flavor is a mixed bag with more 'pros' than 'cons' (whereas the nose is totally positive impressions, but is slightly underwhelming.) The 'pros' include a very easy-drinking nature, with no in-your-face flavors. The roastiness is very very subdued, suggesting toasted hazelnut at most. There is a small fruity character suggested towards the finish, like plum, but dry. The beer is quite dry, overall, despite the sweet-type flavors included (hazelnut, plum, maple...) The 'cons' are few, and mostly related to lack of depth and underdeveloped flavor, and to the detectability of notes of alcohol, which, in my view, should be masked to a much greater degree.

M - The feel is thin, with a bit of punchy carbonation. Works well enough, but does not really enhance.

O - This is a lower-tier beer for me, of NGs regulars (though still quite decent). For example, I far prefer Snowshoe, or Spotted Cow, to this.

05-31-2011 05:40:06 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of EnJeiBee


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

A - Pours a deep transparent brown. There is a bright white head that dissipates slowly with good lacing.

S - Sweet nutty notes

T - Sweet toasted malt backbone with a very slight crispness from the hops

M - Medium bodied and moderately carbonated

O - Brown Ales aren't my favorite so I'm slightly biased, but this is a solid, above average brew.

05-28-2011 19:23:49 | More by EnJeiBee
Photo of beerdown77

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%

This pours a nice caramel brown and has great foamy retention and layered lacing. This beer is what you would expect in a brown ale, a lot of sweet malt. I just don’t love this style of beer, but this beer does have a nice crispness that takes away from the syrupiness. This teeters on the edge of burned malt red ale type flavors. I detect some booziness. It has a decent medium body and is a good beer for the style. I just don’t love brown ale.

05-26-2011 19:04:57 | More by beerdown77
Photo of boomer31


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

Never tried this til tonight...I'm almost ashamed to say that.

A - Pours a deep copper, transparent with a think white head. No stick, head leaves quickly.

S - Biscuit, bread and nutty. Nothing special

T - Nice bready malt with a touch of chocolate in the back. A bit of earthy hop ties the malt nicely. Smooth drjinking brown

M - High carb, nice bite of sweetness in the back, not close to overwhelming or cloying.

O - I'm happy with this beer. A great beer to pair with any type of food or drink on its own as a sessionable beer. Very good

05-25-2011 23:15:23 | More by boomer31
Photo of SHODriver


4.22/5  rDev +11.3%

A: pours a clear light brown hue with a finger of dense white foam head.
S: very light and sweet with roast malt notes
T: caramel sweetness with some nice toasty malt notes, not very roasty. Not a lot in the way of hop presence. sweet and toasty aftertaste lingers.
M: Very smooth and almost creamy. Carbonation is adequate.
O: one of my favorite brown ales. Cost me almost 25 bucks a six pack to get it shipped to me but it was well worth it and I'd do it again.

05-08-2011 05:01:27 | More by SHODriver
Photo of CliffBrake

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Bright medium brown color with light tan head and modest lacing.

Chicory and caramel on the nose. Nutty, roasted flavor backed with herbal hops. Bright lightly bitter finish.

A bit thin on the mouthfeel. I expected a bit more body for the style and abv.

Clean and bright - a refreshing brown.

05-07-2011 22:27:26 | More by CliffBrake
Photo of JayAre46


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

12 oz pour into a 512 pint glass that i wish i would of poured more aggressively strong copper or amber color that is transparent, anyway producing 1 finger of off white soapy head that quickly receded to a thin sheet of sporadic bubbles, leaving weak lacing.

A - Toasted malts up front then getting some caramel notes as well, suggestions of sweetness, perhaps cinnamon or other sweet spices.

T - 1st sip...WTF just happened? ok attempt number two, again the toasted malts with brown sugar maybe more touches of cinnamon, flashes of a nutty dryness toward the end. not much of a hop presence until the very end which is almost unnoticeable leaving a short unlasting bitterness then ultimately being trumped by the sweetness, absolute no alcohol present.

M - medium bodied, maybe for this sweetness i would like and/or expect more of body that would encourage more sipping, low carbonation not real prickly at all, rather soothing do i dare say this is creamy? meeehhh no for now.

O - Had no idea what to expect from this brewery as it is my first from them, and it didn't disappoint my very open expectations. I would drink it again for sure but not seek out. I think the shock factor i experienced was the sweetness that i was not expecting at all, with that being said it is not overly sweet just didn't expect it at first. Good beer.

05-07-2011 05:59:40 | More by JayAre46
Photo of jlindros


3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Had at SMBDC growler/bottle tasting thanks to BlessedBeBeer.

A: Light creamy head, light lacing, clear amber brown color.

N: Brown sugar, nutty malts, molasses, caramel malts, toasty and nutty, semi sweet.

T: Semi sweet, crisp but dry, nutty malts, brown sugar, molasses, light cinnamon, light hops, semi bitter earthy hops. Finishes drier, slight hops, dark brown sugar, toasty malts.

M: Med bodied but just a little thin, little syrupy, decent carb.

O: Good, nice brown malts, good flavors, not overboard on anything, nice hop addition, just a little thin though.

05-06-2011 03:06:08 | More by jlindros
Photo of ngeunit1


4.22/5  rDev +11.3%

A - Pours a rich nut brown color that is still somehow fairly clear with a finger plus of frothy off-white head. The head fades down to a ring around the glass leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of rich toasted caramel malts and lots of nutty notes. There is also a deep earthiness to it.

T - Starts off with rich caramel flavor and some roasted elements. Some nice nutty flavors in the mix. Through the middle stronger nutty flavors and earthiness come through. Just a touch of hops in the background. The finish is a mix of rich sweet caramel malts and some nutty flavor and roasted flavors that linger really nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Really smooth and not the least bit watery. Finish is fairly clean with a touch of sweetness and nutty hints. Balanced mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are fairly rich and really well balanced. A really amazing example of a brown ale. Love the mix of sweetness and earthy flavors.

05-04-2011 04:06:36 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

Bought a 6 of the regular's at a gas station, I love Wisconsin.

A: Nice hazelnut brown, off white head with mild lacing. Little carbonation.

S: Smelled rich of sweet roasted malts.

T: Nutty brown. Was expecting a bit more here, but its good on the whole.

M: Low bite, short on carbonation making smooth to the finish.

D: Good, I liked this beer but I think it had more of a Fat Tire taste to it and I would prefer one of them.

04-22-2011 16:59:46 | More by BasementBer
Photo of taez555


3.33/5  rDev -12.1%

This beer poured an amber body with a small off-white head.

Nose was a rather raisin type earthy root smell mixed with malt.

Taste is medium bodied and very smooth. A nice caramel and toasted malt, brown ale, type base malt. Hops and bitterness are very mild but balanced and almost have an anise sort of flavor to them. Touches of earth, and the malt really starts to have a roasted flavor as it warms. Ends with a smooth toasted bitterness.

Not a bad beer. Very MOR brown. Very easy drinking, no off flavors. A decent session brown.

03-31-2011 22:17:27 | More by taez555
Photo of portia99


3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a clear mahogany brown/red tinted color with a thick finger of tan foam. Staying power isn't bad, lingering briefly and dropping to an uneven skim coat of bubbles and foamy collar. No lacing.

S - Malty at the base with a grainy and nutty flavor mix. Lightly sweet in the aroma. A surprising mix of hops including some earthy and spicy aroma with a higher than expected citrus component as well.

T - Roasty, grainy, nutty malt base with a touch of metallic flavor. I actually think I'm getting some alcohol in here too which is quite surprising given the low 5.8% level. Earthy hops and a low bitter hop flavor offset the malt balanced flavors.

M - Just thin of medium bodied with a strong medium high carbonation that is very tingly in the mouth. Not as smooth as I'd like in this style, but still pretty good. Earthy, roasty, nutty, semi sweet throughout...

O - Overall an enjoyable beer and a pretty easy drinker. I'd actually prefer this to be a bit smoother, but that is only a minor, personal preference complaint. Definitely well made...the hit of American hops is an interesting and welcome addition...a bit of an irony, maybe - but it is what it is. Not an all time favorite, but I could easily go back to this one again.

03-16-2011 23:34:18 | More by portia99
Photo of jsulko


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

Bottle poured into a pint shaker

Not normally a fan of browns but got this one in a New Glarus mix pack

Light clear brown with a head that lingered quite a bit

Lightly toastlike smell

Slight nuttyness to the taste. Quite a bit of malt in the flavor

Very drinkable with a smooth finish

Thought I didn't like the style, seems like I just didn't like the beers in the style that I have tried.

03-14-2011 04:35:10 | More by jsulko
Photo of larryi86


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

Thank you coenbd for this one
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Light clear brown with a two finger off-white head.

S- Roasted coffee and some nuttiness, sweet malts.

T- Roasted nuts and caramel malts, tasty.

M- Light, a little over carbonated.

D- I found this to be a nice beer that is easy to drink. It could be better, but it is a solid beer. My favorite parts of the beer are the smell and the packaging.

03-11-2011 01:03:03 | More by larryi86
Photo of keeganfrank


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours with a nice head, not thick but stays for a long time. Very nice lacing as well. Smells of citrus and sweetness, but bitter hops are present upon tasting and, with the citrus, make a very pleasant drinking experience. The aftertaste is akin to light, roasted coffee. Fat Squirrel Ale is a brew I definitely enjoy drinking, even in mass quantities.

03-02-2011 21:49:13 | More by keeganfrank
Photo of stewart124


3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Reddish brown with some orange hues. Little to no head.

Lightly toasted nose with pleasant bready/biscuity hints.

Tasty character of malts/bread and caramel with some earthy hops to round this English brown ale. Nice esters and buttery sweetness on the tongue. Very pleasing to the palate.

This is on the sweeter side for brown ales but still boasts plenty of toasty characters. Aftertaste is caramel sweet. Very nicely done but I would expect nothing less from New Glarus.

02-23-2011 01:19:06 | More by stewart124
Photo of vette2006c5r

South Dakota

4.47/5  rDev +17.9%

This beer pours a darker brown color, with a small head that lasted throughout the beer. There is a strong nutty smell to it. The taste while smooth, is strong, and there is a nice sweetness, with nutty flavors, but a strong malty bitter taste to finish. Full flavor, with nice carbonation. Overall a really nice brown ale, very enjoyable, would deffently get another.

02-16-2011 02:17:36 | More by vette2006c5r
Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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