1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Fat Squirrel AleFat Squirrel Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

1,381 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

(view ratings)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Fat Squirrel Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,381 | Reviews: 500 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mmcnaughton
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Pellinore1
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of bootsdomino
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of denimdemon
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of schomber
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of stbo101
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of thisladyluck
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of doughanson78
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to storminspank for this.

A: Medium brown in color with great clarity. Half finger off white head with disappointing retention and lacing.

S: Light nose. Cola, chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, nutty, are all very light aromas.

T: Caramel and toffee upfront. Nuttiness and light toasted flavors come through in the middle along with the slightest hint of chocolate and coffee. A slight bready finish.

M: Light bodied. Higher carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O: Decent beer. Nothing to rave about, Nothing to complain about.

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ScrimshawFan
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of rayj212
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mklinger
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of martyl1000
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ScreamForMe
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ShwarzAl3r
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of matjack85
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a few of these 12oz brown bottles from a friend who brought them back from his trip to Milwaukee. This was greatly appreciated as New Glarus doesn't ship their stuff outside Wisconsin, so if you want one of these, you'd normally have to make a trip up to America's dairyland to get one. There is no freshness date on the bottle, but there is a short blurb about the beer on the front label.

The beer poured a fairly clear light brown/amber color with a ½-finger of off-white head that dissipates fairly quick and leaves only minimal lacing.

The beer smells like roasted malts and hazelnuts.

The beer has a sweet roasted malt and hazelnut flavor like the smell indicated, but with the addition of some sweet toffee and mild chocolate as well. A surprising amount of hop bitterness makes an appearance halfway thru the taste and lingers on thru the finish.

Smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied with assertive carbonation.

An interesting beer that doesn't wow me over, but it's very drinkable.

Photo of savagepanda
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JackieTH
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours translucent brown with a khaki head that dissipates quickly leaving very little lace. Smell is earthy, lightly toasted malt and caramels. Taste is lightly sweet and bitter, light roasted malt, biscuits and tea, and a bit earthy. Mouthfeel starts creamy and has good carbonation but seems watery. Overall this is a pleasant English brown

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of dizztracted
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bbadger
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of seeswo
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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