Fat Squirrel Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UncleJimbo on 05-17-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
534
Ratings:
1,600
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
Wants:
93
Gots:
242
For Trade:
5
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Photo of jeffreed61
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated 12 oz bottled poured around 50 degrees. Nice malty nose. Hazelnut shines. Despite big malt nose, not overly sweet. Fairly thin, but nice flavors.

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Photo of FBarber
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light ruddy brown color. Appears mostly clear with lots of small bubbles coursing upwards. Smallish tan head initially dissipates quickly. No residual head is left, no lacing.

Smell has notes of roasted malts, caramel, nuts, hops, and a touch of rubbing alcohol. The rubbing alcohol lingers on the nose with a bit of burn.

Taste has notes of roasted malts, roasted nuts, a hint of vanilla, caramel and toffee, with some bittering hops on the finish. Really smooth flavors with none of that burning alcohol from the nose. Touch of oak and a tad sweet, but not overly so. Really nice flavor profile and spot on for the style.

Feel is light and drinkable yet incredibly smooth and full bodied.Even though the beer looks like it should be thin it isn't. Medium carbonation.

Overall a really nice English brown ale - if it wasn't for that rubbing alcohol aroma, this would be an outstanding beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/4/2017. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish copper/light brown color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, raisin, plum, and apple; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, toffee, nuttiness, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, raisin, plum, and apple; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, toffee, nuttiness, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/cocoa/nuttiness, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slight dryness from hop/roast bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.8%. Overall this is a very nice English brown ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Impressively complex and rich on malts for the ABV; with light balancing earthy hops and fruity yeast in the background. A really enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Schlitz74
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a nice reddish brown color with an off white finger of head. I t is very drinkable without any strange aftertaste. It leaves a nice lacing on the glass as well. This is a great beer if you visit WI In the fall as it is seasonal.

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Photo of BeerLovingSonofA
4.59/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'd take this OVER the Staghorn as a go to, Fall brew. Perfect for a weekend hockey or football game. I agree with the others, malty/nutty taste with hints of chocolate. Caramel and toffee notes in there as well. New Glarus hits with another outstanding, perfect Fall beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Fat Squirrel pours what I invision to be the most accurate, beautiful, example of excellence in a brown ale I could imagine. The body is just a lovely chestnut brown with a roasty glow and fiery orange at the bottom. The head is thick and creamy, leaving hills of lace. To style? 5.

Nutty aromas waft up to the olfactory with some hints of roast and coffee; some dry and musty barley as well. It's not very loud and does take quite a bit of effort to get a nose on.

The flavor is malty, naturally, but tastes of metallic peanut hull and day old coffee grounds. Some natural barley flavor also occurs, in its naked state. The flavors are there for an English brown - they just aren't applied artfully and enjoyable. What's left is tons of malty, metallic, peanut hull mess.

Feel is creamy and absorbs into the mouth quite well, leaving a dry sticky primer on the palate. Nice roasty feel left behind. This I can dig.

Overall, Fat Squirrel may be my least favorite New Glarus offering to date...I mean, it's not even good, it's just bland and blah. Nearest sink?

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer Advocate user Chicagopartisan is right as can be with this one - perfect beer to drink on a fall afternoon while watching football. Malty, caramel/chocolately, with a beautiful and smooth finish as good as the mouthfeel, not too carbonated, and not too bitter. A delectable treat.

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Photo of ChicagoPartisan
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

7/4/16

From bottle. Standard pint glass.

A: Beautiful amber color with slight appearance of gold/orange. Very little head - about one index finger of tan/brown of the soapy variety. Very transparent. Decent carbonation.

S: Malts up front. Relatively mute. Sensing some raisin. Some chocolate there.

T: Dark chocolate up front - unexpected but very welcome. It's not overwhelming, but I can see how someone who dislikes chocolate may think so. Very malty as well. Thinking this would be great in the Fall. I really like this.

M: Moderately dry. Medium-bodied. Carbonation present.

O: This one is excellent. Good today, but thinking it would be best served on a cool Fall Sunday with the Bears game on. The chocolate tones are dark and never give the appearance of "flavoring." This will become one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a different looking brown ale, it wasn't . . . well, brown. Came off like a darker amber ale moreso. Good 1/2" off white head. Aroma was just totally mute of anything really.

Taste dropped a substantial amount of brown and chocolate malt feels. Hopped above average for style, but not entering into India Brown Ale territory either. I liked it, thought it was enjoyable when I don't want a massive flavor bomb, but not looking for something with no substance either.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a single into a nonic, pours a dark reddish brown with a 1 finger foamy tan head, a little retention and good lacing. Nose of toasted grain, a hint of cocoa, an edge of floral hops. Taste
follows...bringing a little nuttiness and caramel.

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Deep amber/mahoganey brown color, big creamy head
Smell: Roasted malt, hazelnut, caramel
Taste: Toasted bread up front, settles into a nice roasted malt/caramel balance, faint nuttiness throughout. Slight hop bitterness, overall moderately sweet.
Feel: Good carbonation, medium body, a bit watery

A decent, very drinkable brown ale, although tasted and felt a bit watery to me. Great for a cookout with some brats and barbecue.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smell is sweet chocolate, biscuit, and a hint of nuttiness. Taste is a hint of cocoa sweetness up front, mixed with bready malts. I'm not usually a brown ale fan, but I enjoyed this beer - really well executed.

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Photo of Umdrunner
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured clear amber brown with moderate white head that had good retention and lacing. Scent was sweet, malty, bready. Flavor was malty and nutty, caried by a solid carbonation and mouthfeel. My second stayed in the bottle and I preferred the flavor straight from the bottle.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Attractive brown/amber bodied beer, dark but clear, large sudsy head with excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is typical for the style, slightly toasty, with a nutty aspect, toasted bread malt character, slight hop note underneath.

Flavor is a bit bigger than anticipated; aroma had me expecting a somewhat blander beer but there is more of a hop presence here, very much of the classic noble style, earthy and slightly floral, lightly sweet brown sugar note, more toastiness, nuts, fresh baked bread. Medium or slightly lighter in body, medium carbonation with a bit of life to it; short finish with a bit of bitterness and toast but dissipating before long. Solid but unremarkable brown ale overall; slightly too big for a session brew....fall tailgate beer with a sausage and pepper sandwich or grilled burger? Maybe a cheddar and cracker plate?

I am a fan of the classic brown ale and the bigger iterations American brewers have created in recent years; this sort of falls in between the old school and new.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Called Fat Squirrel for a reason cause this has a fat nutty taste. Nutty pecan, barley grain, malt, touches of yeast, a bit of roasted kilned nuts and even chocolate malt.

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Photo of bwood06
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A - Beer pours a 2 finger high head that is a light khaki color and is slightly frothy in appearance with a bit of creaminess to it. The head dissipates slowly to a thin lacing. Beer itself is a dark garnet in color and is slightly hazy with moderate carbonation visible rising moderately paced towards the surface. 4/5

S - Toasted whole wheat bread, caramel, and dark stone fruit really come out and hit me right away. These are backed up with bits of peat moss, leather, and musty hay. Herbal hops come out on the back end of the aroma as well, further adding to the earthy character of the aroma. 3.75/5

T - Sweet caramel comes out right off the bat and gives way to a toasted white bread note. Following the caramel and bread the beer transitions to an earthy middle consisting of peat moss, leather, and musty hay. Dark stone fruit comes in at this point in time before finally transitioning to an herbal hop finish that is light on bitterness but this bitterness does linger slightly. 3.75/5

M - Medium bodied beer that has a light carbonation burn, mainly up front. Somewhat drying on the back end and this dryness lingers for a considerable amount of time. Somewhat chewy throughout. 4.25/5

O - Well balanced between sweet and bitter, not overly relying on either. Would have like to see a bit more sweet come out to balance out the earthiness of this beer. Lightness is maintained throughout the profile allowing multiple beer to be imbibed in one sitting. 4/5

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 1/26/16

A: Medium brown at a distance, but upon inspection it's really more of a burnt amber, with some light brown around the edges - very clear - pours with a medium, light beige head, fades to a wispy cap, retains a medium collar, leaves some streaks and spots of lacing

S: Toasty and a bit nutty - caramel malts and some light amber malts - toasty grains, toast, and some toasted and roasted nuts - some earthiness - hint of grassy hops - yeast and some fruity esters - light caramel sweetness, but mostly dry

T: Toasty - toasted grains, toasted bread, toasted nuts - touch of bread crust - lightly roasty - caramel malts and a touch of amber - some fruit esters and yeast - light caramel sweetness with a touch of toffee - low bitterness - earthy - some hints of grass - finishes with some residual sweetness

M: On the light side of medium, smooth, nicely carbonated, definitely drinkable

O: Best paired with roasted squirrel

This is a very traditional interpretation of a very traditional style. For what it is, it's good, but I can't help compare this to Bell's Best Brown, which I reviewed a few days ago. They are both English Brown Ales, and oddly enough, both 5.8% ABV. Something just seems missing from Fat Squirrel; the malts seem to lack depth. Regardless, I would love to try this again with food.

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Photo of farrago
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a frothy two finger head with good density and retention, light tan color, the lacing forms broad sheets which slowly break into thinner streaks. The liquid is spotlessly clear and an attractive orange tinged brown color, the bubbles are numerous but so microscopic that it’s easy to think they are not even there. The nose loads up on sweetness without getting confectionary, scone, buttermilk biscuits, caramel, toffee, vanilla bean, cola bean, moderate amount of orange peel and glazed nuts in support, there’s also something which evokes minerally, peaty stiffening in the nostrils, deceptively complex. Medium-bodied with a lighter touch through the finish, the carbonation provides an initial sparkle and scrubbing but fades away by the mid-palate. Slightly less sweet here but no lack of cocoa, cola, vanilla and brown sugar, the nuttiness lacks a consistent presence. That mineral to quinine thing helps freshen it up. The hops come across more texturally in terms of drying bite than via overt flavors. Some fig, raisin to cherry, apricot fruit, however, not a major factor. Quite smooth and gets high grades for drinkability.

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Photo of Beric
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 8 January 2016

Appearance: Pours a brown, as you would suspect, with slight amber hues around the edges. A minimal head to be sure and leaves minimal lacing. Probably the weakest point of this beer.

Smell: Sweet, slightly bready malts with a hint of roastiness creeping up on the back end.

Taste: A nice balance between caramel malt flavors and some subtle roasted notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall: An easy drinking, tasty beer which I could drink in quantity.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

color is rather pretty - brown but turns garnet in the right light. there's some particulate in there that makes me lower my rating just a touch. soapy lacing.

perhaps my taste is a bit muted, but i can't get past cola in terms of the taste and feel of this beer. it's not bad, and it lacks a bit of the cola bite, but it has a soda sweetness to it. less sugary, though, so the feel is more pleasant.

i could get used to having a couple of these on a winter night.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark mahogany, transparent with suspended micro particles. Nutty, malty sweetness. Taste is same nutty flavor, slight creamy, hint of cocao, a little bit thin but a delicious Brown

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A NG regular and surprised to find I'd not rated it. Well, we can take care of that. A rich, deep, crystal clear amber pour with light head. The smell of warm roasted malts rise up and entertain the nose. Taste is clean, malt forward and enough hops under the malt for a sound base. Modest ABV makes it a great beer for a meal of grilled brats. As a brown ale, this one stands above the crowd. But, then, being from New Glarus, that's expected.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark, reddish brown with a thin, white head. Slight nutty malt smell. Very nutty up front and then the malt slides in for a nice experience. Just a slight bit of hop to make it more interesting. Ba thinner mouthfeel for type. It does leave some lacing. Carmel backing really brings all parts together. Much better than I remember.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grading to style this is among the best English style brown asked made in the united States. Appearance is flawless; merengue head, garnet brown, sticky lacing. Aroma is toasted bread, caramel, fruity esters that give it a slight cola note. Taste takes it deeper, almost no hop bitterness, depth, a sweet vanilla nuttiness rounds out the finish. Medium body, a little coating.

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Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer to have. The overall body is tremendous. When you first smell the Carmel, toffee aroma, it is like the best combo of any good coffee, but is while you are drinking it that it delivers a refreshing, smooth taste that finishes amazingly, and allows you to do what people should do when drinking beer, relax, and enjoy. You can definitely taste the hazelnut notes that this beer provides, giving it its strong flavor and taste. It is a taste that resembles hint of toffee, a hit of caramel, and the hazel notes mixes well with the malt of a brown ale, and the hops that came with this extraordinary beer.

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Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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