Fat Squirrel Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Fat Squirrel AleFat Squirrel Ale

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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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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Photo of Arbitrator
4.82/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Picked and sent by mattafett in the beer exchange. Thanks!

A: Pours a ruddy amber color with a finger of creamy off-white head. It retains pretty well, for about a minute, then collapses into a scattered series of bubbles on the brew, with a moderate collar. Some spots of lacing down the sides.

S: Toasty grain and nuts. Some toffee and caramel. Quite a nice, subtle malty aroma. There is a small fruitiness to it that I can't quite pick out, as well as an undercurrent of herbal hop smell.

T: A subdued bready sweetness in the initial taste. It gets progressively sweeter toward the middle, introducing caramel, chocolate, toffee, and a hint of nuts. The finish reveals an undercurrent of balancing herbal hops, which pull into a lightly bitter finish that reveals hints of fruit (red berries of some kind?). One of the best beers I've tasted in this style.

M: A tad fuller than light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very light and even airy on the palate. Goes down very well.

D: I expect more from non-session beers, and this one delivers quite handily. It's incredibly tasty. I think this is going to be one of my gold standards for the style.

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Photo of scaliasux
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Light orange-brown. Clear with a few bubbles. Short off-white head.

Smell - Primarily toasted malt. Slightly nutty. Fairly light, but appetizing.

Taste - Sweet toasted malt to start. Nice nutty character. Finishes with surprisingly noticeable hops bitterness. Seems to balance out nicely. Flavorful and delicious.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Drinkability - New Glarus makes some very good beers. Unfortunately their flagship, Spotted Cow, is only middling. This beer is probably the second most widespread of the New Glarus line and is much more deserving of notice. A great beer from a great beer crafter.

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Photo of MikeAAL
4.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fat Squirrel has a reddish brown color. Poured a white, two finger head with nice lacing.

It smells like caramel and nuts. Also some malts.

The first thing I taste is caramel, malts and nutty at the end with a crisp, clean finish.

Medium mouth feel. Slightly carbonated and very creamy.

This is the best brown ale I've tried. I really like the nutty flavor it has and it's made locally here in Wisconsin. I've been craving it lately, but I can't find it on the shelves of my liquor store anymore.

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Photo of Crundy
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light tan colored head, it poured a very clear reddish amber color

S: Big roasted malt, some bread notes, feint hop smell in the background, a slight alcohol smell as well.

T: Dominant flavor was the caramel roasted malt along with the nut flavor, there was some bread as well and some floral hops behind it all.

M: very creamy, very smooth, medium bodied

O: very well balanced beer and the flavors were subtle but full at the same time. great beer, very drinkable. Delicious.

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love Wisconsin. This brewery seems to be one of its hidden gems. Looks good. Hefty brown with good lacing. Just the right amount of head. She'll do! Smells wonderful like toasted almond, bread, grassy hops, and some alcohol. Taste is lovely toasted, but definately subtle enough to let other flavors shine like mocha and honey. The mouthfeel is outstanding. Surprising, I thought it was going to be similar to the Belgian Red, but I was wrong. Very smooth. I really don't know how a brown can get much better. I could drink this 24/7. Better off I stay south of the boarder!

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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 shbobdb
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been a while since I had this beer. Many of my Wisconsinite friends classify this as their "desert island" beer. I can see why, it has a variety of flavours, layer upon layer of them, actually. Every time I drink this beer I notice something new about it, and that is rewarding.

Hints of chocolate, molassas, and toffee (mostly chocolate and toffee) join together with pleasantly earthy hops all wrapped up with a pleasantly fruity finish. I like it a lot.

It is sort of a Rorschach test of a beer. Sometimes, all I get is chocolate. Other times, it is toffee. Or the coffee really comes through, like it is right now. The fruitiness reminds me of a nice wine, but whether it is a floral white wine or a nice robust red wine changes with my mood.

It manages to combine the best aspects of sessionability with complexity. Great beer.

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Photo of TenEighty
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice dark amber, pretty much brown, thick head with good retention and decent lacing.

S: Malty and nutty in smell.

T: This beer is nuttier than squirrel turds, I mean that in a good way. Strong hazelnut undertones, with a nice toasted malt taste.

M: I like the hop character of this beer as well as the toasted malt.

D: A great beer, top of its class, I would reccommend this beer to anybody I like. Great with a meal, or just sitting at your computer.

5.8% ABV, I don't know how to add this to the beer page itself

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to have two more tastings before a long cutoff. This was the first and was done solo, served cold and into a pint glass, these were consumed on 11/18/2010.

Some of the last of the New Glarus offerings I have never had. I decided to knock out two of them last night. The pour here again was much darker then I had anticipated with a nice hazelnut color that was capped by a nice off white head that really seemed to have some legs to it. Good lacing flowed down the sides of the glass and left a really well rounded look. Loads of caramel here, literally tons of it in the aroma and flavor. Lots of earthy, herbal notes as well flowing through here. Very nicely done I have to admit and each sip seemed to get creamier and more well refined. Lots of roasted nuts, hints of light hops now as well coming into play in the finish which is capped nicely by a well rounded and subtle sugary note.

Overall not sure what to make of this one other then it being damn good. A really interesting and very, very well crafted ale.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Clear brown, 2 finger of tan head

Smell is bready, nutty, dark fruit, toffee

Taste is nutty, bready, toast, herbal hop bite, toffee

Medium Mouthfeel, nicely carbonated, clean finish

One the best brown ales

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of DeeMented
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass beer mug.

Color was a medium brown, ever-so-slightly cloudy, with about a half inch of foamy, white head. Almost no lacing. The glass looked perfectly clean after I'd finished.

Smell was sweet and malty with a hint of caramel.

Felt very smooth in the mouth, with just the right amount of carbonation.

The taste started sweet and malty, just like it smelled, with a hint of nuttiness, and then was nicely balanced by a hop bitterness on the finish. Neither seemed to overshadow the other. The sweet malt flavor lingered for a while after the hops bitterness went away.

A very enjoyable beer that's easy to drink. I always have some of these in my refrigerator.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a snifter just for fun. Once in, it looked rather boring as a dull brown, but when held to the light, it began to glow with a beautiful cherry color with some hints of amber. The head fell to a wispy firm with a few larger bubbles floating around in a group.

Smells of dry woody caramel malts and a bit of walnuts. There’s also a faint but playful citrus sour dryness that reminds me a bit of melon.

There’s a definite nut and dry caramel base here, but on top there’s first there’s that melon like orange rind sourness that really gets noticed farther back on my tongue. More prominently is a dry, birch bark dryness that eventually fades to a cool campfire smokiness with just a hint of chocolate. There are some neat dynamics and some cool layering going on here.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a full mouth of bubbles that really thicken things up, but seem to dissipate when I swallow. Perfect!

This one’s tasty for sure. I’m glad I got a sixer. Thanks to BA Doolar for hauling this one all the way from WI.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The looks of this brew are fine, yet still its weakest link. A clear, deep brownish tinged amber ale was poured into my glass to produce an almost two finger light tan head. Not much for retention, the head quickly settled to a fine cap and collar, even despite it being fairly highly carbonated initially. Not much for lacings either.

The nose on this brew, however, more than makes up for its lackluster appearance. Hazelnuts, toffee, and a hint of powdered cocao from the malts, A mild aroma of cured hay and a slight earthy woodiness also present form the hops.

An excellently crafted nut brown, easily one of my favorites of the style. Creamy hazenuts, rich toffee, almost toasty whole grain crusty bread, and the light touch of cocoa powder from the 6 different malt varieties, all in harmony with each other. Mildly bittered with flavours of cured hay, earth, and a slight woodiness, with a very mild hint of citrus.

An almost medium bodied creamy ale. Finishes slightly dry due to its toasted whole grain quality and hints of grain husk. Very nicely balanced, features the rich malts, but the mild bittering helps to round out this tasty brew. Initially overcarbonated for the style, but some time in the glass easily dealt with that minor quibble.

Very drinkable, approachable, and sessionable ale. Perfect for Spring, Fall, or a cooler Summer night. A great beer for someone looking to branch out from drinking piss yellow lagers (some of which may actually be a damn fine beer) and move on to trying something slightly darker. Ive come back to this brew a few times and always been impressed, and will continue to come back to this one.

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Photo of SkitzIrish3
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown with good layer of head (I did a different pour with this one, so it's hard to comment. Toasty, nut malt aroma with an herbal background. English malts some are saying? Yummy. Wow, yum is right. Great toasty, nut flavor with a light bitterness making me want another drink NOW! Carbonation is low, body seems adequate. Reminds me of Fat Tire, although technically a different style. Glad I got this from my brew partner the other day!

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Photo of ZAP
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent brown ale...color is light brown with an impressive vanilla head on top that rims the glass...nose is toasty and nutty....flavor is toasty and nutty as well...also, some caramel and breadiness deepere in....hops complement the flavor nicely...this seems pretty full-bodied for a brown ale, but still easily drinkable....New Glarus does not brew bad beers....some are just better than others....this is one of those that is better than some of their others...

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Photo of Vancer
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ok Fatty Squirrel, let's see whatcha got. Humm, nice deep amber pour with plenty of ivory ice cream on top, nice. Woody notes in the aroma mix well with the taste. A really dig the sweet fruity undertones this lil' guy comprises. Nice cherry pop.

Sweet and sparkly in the finish, this is one top notch brownie. I could work on these boys all evening.

Thanks to umustdrink in a nice trade, I could enjoy this fine frosty.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Hennepin globe.

This beer pours a subtly hazy brown with a big 3 inch cap that disappears into just a thin cap. Massive amounts of lacing covers the inside of the globe. Nice looking beer. The aroma is fairly complex for most brown ales. Up front notes of sweet caramel, toasted breads and just a hint of roasted nuts. Underneath all that is just a bit of sweet cherry. As it warms the cherry comes through a bit more and just a hint of chocolate. The flavor is much the same. The cherry and sweet fruits is just a bit more pronounced. Roasted nuts and toasted bread. This is a tasty beer. The mouthfeel is about perfect for the style. There is a nice creamy smoothness at the front part of the mouthfeel and it finishes fairly dry. Just about perfect. Overall this is a fantastic beer. New Glarus hits more home runs then any other brewery in my opinion. Just like everyone else that doesn't live close to Wisconsin, I wish I could get it here.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

And I though I was impressed with the Native Ale(brown) but this is a solid beer all around. Nice light syrup brown with a amber tone to its slightly hazy color, tall one inch cream colored head that recedes slowly to a thin skim always present and thin whispy web stings and patches. Aroma is dry and woodish, slightly sweet and roasty with a nice overlay of nuttyness, hazel and almond I make out pretty well but I believe there is more here then I'm cable of putting my nose to. But its a pretty nice whiffer either way you put it. Nice taster too, flavor is mild but stays long of a nice little roasty maltyness with some nutty factions of almond candybar and hazelnut. A super fine drying quality just keeps sitting there on your palate which is quite extraordinary. The dryness produces a nice little wood-like dryness with a small bready fluffyness thats really nice. Solid medium body, bold, nearly full in the middle, lightly creamy in a way near the finish along with all the nice little drying qualities, which I'm really digging about this beer. Subtle but flavorful with lots of things going for it. Another New Glarus winner! A session beer all the way! Glad to have picked this up at Ciccone's, my new favorite place to venture on Sundays.

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Photo of dbtoe
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz poured into a shaker pint

Look A lighter brown body with a tan head that reduces down to a small cap. Would look great if the head stuck around better.

Smell some sweet malt and a hint of dark chocolate, slightly sweet.

Taste Very balanced everything blends together very well. Some sweet toasted malt, nutty Carmel, and a hint of flowery hops. Mild but with good flavor, nothing stands out
much making this a good drinking beer not a sipper.

Feel mild with good carbonation, creamy and clean.

Drink very drinkable not a sipper at all. A very good brown. Have more than a few.

Comment I really like this beer. A great edc beer. I've had it both on tap and in the bottle and both are great. It's not a smack you in the face with bold flavors beer. It is a very richly mild tasty beer.

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Photo of Weli
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Amber brown with a thin white head Brilliant clarity

S-Quite yeasty, with some toasted bread and British esters

T-Lots of toasted malt flavor up front, nutty, slightly sweet with a slight bitter finish. Somewhat minerally

M-Low carbonation (as per style) and soft smooth mouthfeel

O-Excellent example of an English Style Nut Brown Ale, benchmark for the style

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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


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 brewdub17
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Medium bodied copper is found on the edges with a solid but transparent amber brown in the center. Head is thin and light with not much lacing. For the style it seems be a tad lighter and yet still holds some darker notes that are expected.

Smell: A wonder combination of "sugar and spice". The malts create superb sweetness, as the hops counter balance with exceptional but a respectful amount of spiciness.

Taste: Sweet notes come first and are followed and combined with nice amounts of spiciness, similar to the smell. A small amount of smoke-like flavor is subtle but robust. A very nice, simple tasting brew.

Mouthfeel: Not too complex but still pleasant. The spicy notes can be found midway and further back in the mouth as the sweetness lingers in the front.

Drinkability: Seems to be very drinkable from the great combination of simple flavors. A true brown ale should always be pretty drinkable and this beer is an excellent example of the style in regard to drinkability.

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Photo of mrpivo
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall a very drinkable beer. What else would you expect from a New Glarus creation? Had everything a nut brown should. Had a very nutty, malty taste. Excellent carbonation. Appearance was sparkling clear with an off-white head. In my opinion the color could have been a little browner. Hops were perfect for the style.

Excellent beer Dan!

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