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Fat Squirrel Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Fat Squirrel AleFat Squirrel Ale

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very good

1,418 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,418
Reviews: 508
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 73
Gots: 123 | 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:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 05-17-2003

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of matjack85
3.94/5  rDev +4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JackieTH
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. long neck bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Clear medium brown color with a one finger tan foam head that faded quick and left a little lacing but no cap.

Smell: Sweet, nutty, malty with hints of caramel and light coffee.

Taste: Big and malty with a weird bitterness that doesn't taste like hops. More of a burned malt bitterness, and not that pleasant. Not much sweetness, like most other good brown ales. Not much happening besides the big malt. No real hops flavor to balance it out. Also a little watered down for my liking.

Mouth feel: Light to medium bodied and slightly dry. Good carbonation.

Overall: Not the best of the New Glarus beers. It's not bad, but it's nothing too special for the brown ale style and a little too thin. I won't seek this one out again. This actually makes me want a tastier classic Brown Ale, like Samuel Smith's real English Brown Ale.

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3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a crystal-clear toasty brown color with very subtle orange highlights. Yields a 1/2 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing on the glass.

S - Smells of rich, caramely malts and earthy hops. Has a subtle character of rich roasted peanut butter and mild hints of coffee.

T - Quite malty, but certainly not over-sweet--actually a very impressive and desirable characteristic for a brown ale to me. I usually find them to be one one end or the other, but this seems to skirt the edges of sweet and bitter quite well. Not too much hazelnut coming through to be honest, but definitely enough for me to brand this beer with a "nutty" characteristic. I'd quite honestly prefer this level of nuttiness over an obviously artificial-tasting hazelnut flavor injection that I have tasted in other beers.

M - Thin body. Fairly dry and doesn't linger too long on the palate except for a mild residual sweetness. Good carbonation.

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3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

P - Pours very nice rich, dark amber, thick white head and good carbonation.

S - Malty sweet, warm and touch of wood, slight roasted smell.

T - Malts are second to nuttiness at first but creep up in after taste, accompanied by hops.

MF - Initial taste is smooth and mild, strength of malts appear at end.

O - Nice beer for an English brown. It has more of a sweet side that may attribute to my enjoying it more than most English... anythings. Slight nut flavor is very nice accent to malts and carbonation almost perfect. Great beer for a fall day!

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3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle to pub glass.
A - roasty amber with present lacing with a 1/4 in head
S - a lil bit of malt mixed with sweet. Smell is inticing
T - solid, nice and refreshing. I'm a hop head, so not my favorite type of beer. But I find this one quite enjoyable.
M - very easy to drink. Was surprised when I looked and half the glass was gone.
O - glad its avaialable. Not readily, but still available. I enjoyed, and will probably enjoy another soon.

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

A: pours a clear light brown, creamy dense white head leaves thick lacking

S: nose is malty, hints of faint coffee and other roasted qualities are present along with a touch of nuttiness and brown bread

T: tastes is much sweeter than nose suggests, the roasted malts take a back seat, notes of molasses and caramel come through and make for a sweet middle, finish features a little bit of hop bitterness.

MF: creamy and smooth, mellow carbonation

O: this brown ale borders on the sweet side of the spectrum, I found myself searching for something to balance it out...but it never did. It is quite refreshing and drinkable, but misses being an excellent beer by lack of balance.

Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,418 ratings.