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
Ratings:
1,604
Reviews:
534
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
Wants:
93
Gots:
244
For Trade:
5
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a clear looking brown color. it had a light fizzy head on top that left behind some film over top of the beer. The smell of the beer had some toasted malts with a light earthiness to it as well. The taste of the beer gave of a slight nutty flavor with some dry malts in there as well. The mouthfeel is easy going, light enough to drink a few if you choose to do so. Overall I thought it was a pretty good Brown Ale. I wouldn't turn it down if it were offered to me.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear brownish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down but left a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of nutty malts in the nose along with hints of bready malts.
T: Similar to the smell, nutty flavors of malts dominate the overall taste, which has a bit of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and goes down easily.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We've been lulled to sleep with the taste of the Newcastles of the world. And most American-brewed brown ales have become assertive to the point that they better compete with porters and less with the taste than brought brown to the taste of England. But New Glarus keeps a keen eye on history and takes a never-say-never stance in the preserverence of the brown ale with Fat Squirrel Brown Ale

You'd expect the "appearance" comments to start and stop with simply "brown". But there's more to the beer as its bright clarity embarks upon redish chestnut highlights. Extending onward, the beer shows an appetizing creamy off white head that rises timidly, but continues to lather into a blanket across the glass. Trailing with foamy lace, the beer simply exudes the appearances that make English ales charming and masculine.

Mild caramel, acorn, and toast notes shed light on the dark beer's aromas. Accessory scents of light chocolate, toasted grain, vanilla, and light malty starch seem to support the stronger impressions of sweetness and earthiness. With just enough woodish hops to round out the scent, the beer offers more than varying degrees of sweetness and graininess.

Deliciously smooth, the beer's taste stems from its aromas- malty sweet with caramel and toffee with perhaps a dash of brown sugar. But a more robust nutty flavor exhumes with the taste of walnut, pecan, and an overall peanut brittle taste. Light starch flavor adds body and becomes a bridge for the early nutty bitterness into the more woody bitterness of those classic English hops that balance the taste but never rivals. The beer is simply delicious and effortless from start to finish.

Medium bodied but seemingly light because of the beer's malty-dry taste it seems to contribute richer impressions to its texture. Seemingly thin and perhaps watery at times, the beer simply looses interest at middle palate and it takes 'til its fleeting grainy-sweet finish to regain interest. Finishing somewhat cola-like, the minty hops and light alcohol warmth closes the beer with a short nutty finish.

Ideally suited for standard American pub fare, I'll happily welcome this semi-robust ale with cheeseburgers, chicken wings and hand tossed pizzas. It's a non-offensive beer that meets many occasions but might leave the beer connoisseur wanting more.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap and stylish label art acquired from the very gracious Duff27 in a trade (thanks, buddy!) and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I've had some lovely beers from this brewery. Brewed with six different varieties of Wisconsin malt.

Served straight from the fridge, but it's merely chilled - I wouldn't call it cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head - a bit thin - of fair cream and pretty good (4+ minute) retention. Body colour is a dark amber; by no means brown. Transparent and translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Fairly vibrant. Generally appealing for the style. No real lacing as the head recedes.

Sm: Ah, yes. Delightfully evocative hazelnut. Cream. Amber, biscuit, and maybe even a pale malt or two. Light toasted character. Subtlety reigns here; this is fantastic for a nutty brown. Wow. Caramel. No roast or bitterness here; just straight up nut-forward character. That's what I want from a good brown. Maybe a hint of toffee. Light bread. I don't detect any distinct hop character; any hopping was for preservation. All around, it's fresh, pleasant, and inviting. I can't wait to try it. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

T: Hazelnut is dominant - as it should be. Caramel. Light toasted character. No perceptible hop character. No yeast. Biscuit malt. Brown malt. Cream. Hints of toffee. It may be simple, but it's pretty much what I want and expect from a brown. Nutty as hell and balanced. Subtle and pleasant to drink. Full-bodied. Not too sweet nor too bitter. Filling. Constructively, it could use more complexity - but I'm nitpicking because this may well be the most complex Brown I've had. The hazelnut in particular is great.

Mf: Creamy, chewy, refreshing, wet. Smooth enough to refresh but lightly coarse enough to aid the depth of flavour. Feels custom-tailored to the flavour profile. Very well executed. Carbonation is perfect. Very well done all around. Really aids flavour delivery. Soft. Not too heavy or too light on the palate.

Dr: Very drinkable; I'll enjoy finishing this bottle. A fine Brown Ale from one of the best breweries around. This will be my new standard against which I judge other browns. Yet another solid beer from New Glarus. I'm having this one.

High B-

***
12/24/2016 impression:

Chocolatey, with nice nutty notes and a clean yeast profile. Not too roasty.

B- / WORTHY

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

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a creamy head that sticks both in amplitude and lace

Smell: Brown bread with a hint of hazelnuts

Taste: Opens with a brown bread flavor that adds a slightly nutty aspect after the swallow; mellow finish, with a little nut skin bitterness at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with modest carbonation and a characteristic creamy texture

Drinkability: A very nice example of a style that is often quite boring

Sorry I forgot who you are, so thanks to the Unknown BA

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

Into a tulip glass it pours a reddish copper brown, some good clarity noticeable in the light. Spotty lace and good retention.

Muted, nondescript aroma, lightly malty with wet barley and maple notes.

Malty and smooth, light tobacco and maple suggestions, apple, generally mellow with a light astringency, a little watery. Easy drinking and sessionable, reminds me of autumn nights in a rural WI cabin.

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3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a sam adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white head that fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Sweet malt with a strong fruity presence. Sort of reminds me of a glass of apple juice to be honest.

Taste: Much better than the smell. I'm getting some mildly sweet malt with some bready and fruity notes. There is a slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tons of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I'm glad this tasted much better than it smells. The carbonation was a bit high, but still an alright beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (Courtesy of Monger): Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma of nutty malt with caramel is quite enticing. Taste of nutty malt is excellent with some sweet fruit and a creamy texture. Low carbonation with a slightly above average body. I have to admit that I had a lot of worse brown ale and I did enjoy this one.

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3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Rich!

Appearance: Clear auburn body capped by a thin layer of foam. Head retention is somewhat poor.

Smell: The English yeast strain is most immediately noticeable, lending quite a bit of red apple. Toasted malt comes out more as it warms, along with a nutty, earthy note.

Palate: Red apple, toast, roasted nuts. Quite a bit of dark fruit from the yeast. Initially sweet, and pretty light in body. Dries up in the finish with very gentle bitterness.

Overall: A pretty solid and traditional take on an English brown. Good stuff.

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3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a reddish, brown color with an off-white, one and a half-finger head. Did not leave any lace.

S - It smelled of sweet malt and nut.

T - It tasted of hazelnut and roasted malt. It also had a complex blend of hops that was fairly understated.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - I really enjoyed this beer. It is my first from New Glarus. One of the better Brown Ales around.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewery.

Pours a moderate brown color with a light off white head. The nose brings some light caramel and toffee plus slight nutty characteristics. Taste is doughy brown that is slightly nutty and some light caramel sweetness. Medium feel with good carbonation. Nice and simple and drinks well.

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3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours 1 and ½ fingers of light tan head. Not very good retention or lace. Color is a clear light copper brown. Nothing to appealing.

Aroma: Big malt profile. Chocolate and caramel, but that is pretty much it.

Taste: A malt profile is what this beer is. A very typical average brown. Big chocolate malts, some caramel. Not a lot going on here.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little crisp. Light bodied for a brown ale. Good amount of carbonation. Ends with a clean malty aftertaste.

Overall, for a brown, this is nothing impressive. Very boring, but has the typical flavors to it. Not something I'd buy on a regular basis but it is drinkable.

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3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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