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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Reviews: 534 | Ratings: 1,598
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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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hits all the right English Brown ale buttons with a bright deep amber color, 1” white foam collar, malty nose, very rich malt with biscuit flavors, medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually liked this beer a lot. Not often into brown ales in general, but the malt and toasted nut character was really nice. A little bit of hop character which was nice. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice mahogany brown hue with great clarity. A half inch of tightly knit khaki colored head rests on top. Nice Brussels lacing. I can smell chocolate,caramel, and earthy hops. The flavor is very subtle notes of caramel and chocolate. I don't taste the hops I could lightly smell. The mouth is moderately carbonated,creamy,and dry.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear garnet/brown with a light cap of brown tinted foam. light lacing and a thin film.
Nose consists of brown bread, earthy/floral hops, yeasty with some fruity ester.
Taste Bitter with a nice roast malt flavor. Hoppy for a brown ale. dry finish.
low end of medium carb with light to medium body.
Tasted boozy for the abv level. A good winter warmer.

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3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

New Glarus never fails to please. Nice roasted scent with a hint of sweetness. Smooth medium body with lively, light carbonation. A nice roasted flavor with a hint if hops at the end, with a pleasant nutty after taste.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 Fl Oz Bottle
Bottled on November 6th, 2014
Reviewed on January 15th, 2015
Served in a Nonic Pint Glass

Clear amber-brown body capped off by an off-white foam cap… roughly two fingers deep. A decent amount of sticky lacing followed through.

Lots of nutty bread. Sweet malts also stood out.

Toasted, bready grains were packed with great nut flavours. Hops quickly kicked in and prevented the malts from becoming too heavy. Not a lot from the hops but enough to balance this brew out, and then some. Medium-bodied. Light/Moderate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel all around.

Great nutty brown ale!

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Photo of Djohnson300
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stay close to the restroom if your drinking these - they give my stomach a turn for the worse. Maybe that's because I have 12 of them in 1 sitting, I don't know. I tend to stay away these days - NG is better known for their fruit beer.

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Photo of Lucular
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another delicious beer from New Glarus. I have to admit, I was cracking mixed nuts and eating them while drinking the beer. I felt corny doing that but it was fun and certainly didn't hurt the flavor experience!

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (date stamp 2694 15:13) served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear dark copper-amber. Thin off-white head with thick strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt with a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Lots of roasted and toasted malts - definitely a malt forward beer, but not exceedingly sweet. Some notes of chocolate and hazelnut. The beer has a mild bitter finish with some noble hop character.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, approaching prickly on the palate. A bit sticky, but not too much. Nicely thick.

Overall / Drinkability: A very nice brown ale. I had this beer many years ago in Milwaukee and seem to remember it as more coffee-like in taste, but that was almost 6 years ago now and my palate has changed. I'm still enjoying all the roasted malt flavors though. Went well with food (stuffed shells with cheese and butternut squash) and I would not mind having another one, but sadly I only have the one bottle. A very good brown ale.

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Photo of BladesOfBarley
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Okay, so I might be a bit excited seeing as this is only the SECOND beer I've had by New Glarus, the first being the wonderful Serendipity... but DAMN this is a good brown ale!

Starts off with a great pour, thin compared to other brown ales, but none the less it pours beautifully, into a rich brown color akin to fallen leaves and (hah!) a brown squirrel, with an opaque head that disappears rather quick.

Upon first sniff, a warm malty aroma fills the nostrils, vaguely sweet and savory. The pallet follows with rich malt but with an almost caramel sweetness. Definitely a drinkable, delicious beer.

Overall, another great beer by New Glarus, definitely worth trying.

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