Fat Squirrel Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

Fat Squirrel AleFat Squirrel Ale
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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

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

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Ratings: 1,606 |  Reviews: 535
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The pour is an amber brown with a bubbly white cap. Good retention, with the head eventually fading to strange shaped

Smell: Very English - caramel brown malt, peat, some earthy and nutty aromas as well.

Taste: The taste follows, it is pretty straight forward. Up front there is some caramel and toffee sweetness from the English malts, with some hazelnut up next, and some full earthy flavors with a bitter tint.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a little bit less than medium. A soft stickiness permeates each sip. The flavor starts sweet and turns a little bit oily toward the end.

Overall: This was an easy drinking example of the style.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Amanda for this! Been wanting to try it for a while now. Well, now that our huge effing exam is over, I can finally celebrate.

Poured clear maple brown with caramel highlights in the light. Topped by a 3/4" white head that lazily dissipated into a thin ring. Small irregular patches of lace here and there.

Very clean aroma with a blend of toasty and caramel grains. Touch of earth from the hops and maybe a tiny bit of metal, which IMO enhances the aroma here. Mildly sweet forefront that gives way to a nicely balanced grain profile of a classic English pale ale, but finishing with dark honey sweetness. Hops is barely noticeable, more apparent as an afterthought in each sip, but prolonging the sip so much as to introduce the next quaff.

Fat Squirrel isn't too "fat" IMO. It could use a touch more body for its bubbly carbonation. However, it is clearly a minor issue in the big picture.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. A great anytime beer that goes well with an American meal or it can stand on its own, like it is right now. It's not a crazy assertive bal-aged bourbon brandy apple tripel eised whatever have you, but it's not a boring beer that gets a "meh" from me. Thanks again, Amanda!

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Photo of lurpy1
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium chestnut, some head. Vague smell of almonds and a little bit of coffee. Not real impressive or assertive. To be fair, maybe I should have let it warm. Does come out of its shell as I drink it, a more pronounced nut flavor with a little bit of hop pizzaz. Tasty. An easy drinking beer. Would love to try it again at a warmer temperature.

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Photo of biggred1
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark translucent chestnut with a pretty nougat colored fluffy head that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. The aroma is faint coffee, sweet malt with a trace of evergreen. Toffee-like malt with a roasty coffee kind of bitterness in the finish. Medium lean bodied with scrubbing carbonation. A well made, no frills kind of Brown Ale.

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Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
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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Photo of Erish
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass. No best by date apparent.

A: clear medium brown color, pours a healthy 3-finger head that gradually falls into a thick cap with very good lacing. A sexy brown ale to be sure.

S: nuts, oak, toasty malt, a buttery diacetyl note, the woody hops are subdued.

T: the nutty, woody malt has a moderate sweetness that slowly opens up in the middle along with a buttery note, the finish has a light earthiness and a vanilla note.

M: medium-bodied, silky texture, moderate to plentiful carbonation with a lightly mineral finish.

O: this is one of the best brown ales I can remember tasting, which is all the more impressive as a year-round offering from New Glarus Brewing. I could get fat on these.

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Photo of u2carew
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Clear body, amber in color with active upward carbonation. Lacing is thin and sticky on the drink down.
S) Bready. Subtle Caramel malt aroma. The overall aroma is a bit weak.
T) Nutty with hints of coffee. Nice malt profile and true to English form. Gets sweeter on the palate with time.
M) Fizzy. Medium body. Gritty feel in the aftertaste.
O) A well crafted, true-to-form English Brown. I would definitely pour another one into my glass.

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Photo of oregonskibum
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours with a full, creamy head, dissipates quickly with minimal spotting on side of glass. Color is a dull orange almost brown color.

S: Interesting. Nuts, honey, some sweet notes. But also smells clean, like fresh straw. Definitely malty with limited hops aromas.

T: Lots of malt flavors continue from smell. Gready, some caramel sweetness along with an earthy nuttiness. Some faint smokey flavors as well. Oddly (for 5.8%), a touch of heat on the very finish.

M: A little on the flat side and could have used a touch more carbonation. Medium body. On the creamy side.

D/O: Interesting beer. For a brown with a nut theme (not really my style), I did enjoy this beer.

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Photo of litheum94
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. No dates.

P: Ruddy brown body, darker in the center. Very small, light brown head. Very fizzy. Settles to a "bullseye" cover.

A: Very sweet aromas, lots of cocoa powder. Nutty malts, mostly hazelnut. Some caramel. A little touch of floral hops. Vanilla floats in the background as well.

T: Chocolate and cocoa powder flavors follow into the flavors. Full, nutty malt backbone. Soft, floral hops mingle with a slight bitterness. French roast coffee flavors on the finish.

This is an awesome brown! Great flavors, great drinkability. Just a solid brew. Right up there with Hazelnut Brown Nectar as my favorite brown.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear mahogany body capped by a solid inch of dense, creamy tan foam that demonstrates terrific retention and leaves plenty of sticky lace. Quintessential Brown Ale.

S: Herbal and citrusy hops float above some fairly standard caramel and nutty malts. Enjoyable, but pretty basic for the style.

T: A bit on the sweet side, as the hops hold off with the bitterness until the very end. Again, the malts deliver light caramel and some hazelnut. Maybe a touch of chocolate. Long, slightly astringent finish. Not great, but definitely solid.

M: Smooth, fairly light body with relatively high, lively carbonation. A bit too frothy for me, but not bad.

O: This is a decent example of a style that rarely impresses me, but it’s certainly one of the weaker offerings from a stellar brewery. I love the name, but the beer itself has just never excited me. If you really love the style, though, this is definitely one you should check out. Me, I’ll be cracking another Cranbic, or Dancing Man, or Imperial Weizen, or Moon Man, or…


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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is medium brown with caramel tones. Two fingers of thick, slightly tanned head dissipated to leave a thick ring around the edge and a short-lived foamy lacing.

Smell: Delicious. Toasted malts, caramel, honey, nuts (the New Glarus website says hazelnut), toffee, and cocoa. There is also a little raspberry or dark fruit in there. As it warms, hints of pine spice emerge. Weird, but cool.

Taste: The backbone of the flavor is, aptly, the hazelnut, which supports flavors reminiscent of the aromas: caramel, honey, toffee, and cocoa. It has a slight piney bite to it, but maybe I am mixing that up with the hazelnut.

Drinkability: Yet another awesome offering from New Glarus. It is like the Wonka factory for beer. Not only is the beer true to style, the aggressive hazelnut character makes it distinctive.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a Fat Squirrel this past weekend. I poured the bottle into my glass and it had floaters...D&MN IT!!! I hate floaters! Yje color was definitely a Red/Amber, but had no head. The scent was really non-exisitent....maybe hints of malt. The taste was quite good for an amber. Was full bodies with nice malt charactered with a spruce of caramel. This beer is easy drink and could certainly be considered a session beer. Enjoy!

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear deep walnut brown color with an eggshell-colored craggy two finger head which dies back down after five minutes and leaves behind a thin floating raft of soapy bubbles. No lacing.
Smells of lightly toasted wheat bread, faint almonds in background of caramel malt sweetness. Simple yet appropriate to style.
Tastes of lightly toasted hazelnuts, the legume-y characteristics that unroasted, unsalted peanuts have, caramel malt hits mid sip and backs away hesitantly under cover of a mild earthen hop umbrella. Finishes up dry overall compared to some other brown ales on the market. Texture and body are a bit too thin for my liking on this sort of flavor profile, but that's about all that is missing from this brew.

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Photo of pitasoup
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to jeff from fuzzybrew for this bottle.

A: clear copper/orange with a finger of white head that is quick to subside. no lacing

S: honey, caramel malts, nutty, and a hint of alcohol. little to no hop presence.

T: low to moderate hop bitterness at first that quickly gives way to malty body. sweet, nutty, honey like. slightly grassy aftertaste. more bock-like than brown ale.

M: medium body. carbonation makes this taste smoother than it actually is.

O: a solid brown ale, it might benefit with some more body and color, but overall, this is easy drinking, malty and unoffensive.

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Photo of Franz4
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A-dark copper with a nice creamy head that settles to a finger and sticks.

S- just slightly nutty with an almond quality to it. A little toffee present as well.

T- Nuttiness with a nice rich breadiness as well. This was quite surprising, well balanced taste.

M- seems a little week here, doesn't detract from the beer at all but doesn't add anything to it.

O- A nice brew, glad I was able to try it. This could pair well with a wide range of foods as well.

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Photo of logmacschlog15
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle to glass.

A: Pours a foamy light tan head that disappears after about a minute. Nice looking carbonation. A very clear brown with light hues of red.

S: Very sweet notes of caramel and toffee dominate the nose. There is also delicate hints of fresh baked breads as well. Malts dominate, almost no hops.

T: There is a very rich malty sweetness with hints of caramel and toffee. The sweetness gets richer in the finish and slowly develops into both nutty and bready notes with just a slight hint of hop bitterness to balance. Also a very slight hint of booze. This is very tastey!

M: This is a little thin/watery for my liking ,but fortunately this does not detract from the wonderful taste of the beer.

O: This is a really good brown ale filled with malty goodness. Very straight forward approach to the style.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Pint shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a healthy looking translucent brown colored body; not much carbonation, appears flat; nice creme colored head formed; bubbly and oily in appearance with some sticky lacing on the glass

S - Toasted bread scents; roasted malts; nuts - peanut; oak; sawdust; syrup

T - Hazelnut creaminess; roasted nutty malt flavor; some creme, almost custard flavor; maple syrup flavors provide the sweetness that comes up on the sides of your palate

M - Kind of thin; not much body, but feels great and is the kind of beer that's easy to drink; nutty aftertaste

D - Good beer; another great beer from NG; I think they do a fantastic job of blending unique ingredients into an enjoyable beer; a good English Brown Ale

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - It pours a translucent brown, a shade lighter than cola, and is capped with a very modest and short-lived head.

S - The aroma is vaguely nutty and maple-sweet, but very very mild. Something akin to medium-toasted bread is notable, as well.

T - The flavor is a mixed bag with more 'pros' than 'cons' (whereas the nose is totally positive impressions, but is slightly underwhelming.) The 'pros' include a very easy-drinking nature, with no in-your-face flavors. The roastiness is very very subdued, suggesting toasted hazelnut at most. There is a small fruity character suggested towards the finish, like plum, but dry. The beer is quite dry, overall, despite the sweet-type flavors included (hazelnut, plum, maple...) The 'cons' are few, and mostly related to lack of depth and underdeveloped flavor, and to the detectability of notes of alcohol, which, in my view, should be masked to a much greater degree.

M - The feel is thin, with a bit of punchy carbonation. Works well enough, but does not really enhance.

O - This is a lower-tier beer for me, of NGs regulars (though still quite decent). For example, I far prefer Snowshoe, or Spotted Cow, to this.

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Photo of EnJeiBee
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep transparent brown. There is a bright white head that dissipates slowly with good lacing.

S - Sweet nutty notes

T - Sweet toasted malt backbone with a very slight crispness from the hops

M - Medium bodied and moderately carbonated

O - Brown Ales aren't my favorite so I'm slightly biased, but this is a solid, above average brew.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a nice caramel brown and has great foamy retention and layered lacing. This beer is what you would expect in a brown ale, a lot of sweet malt. I just don’t love this style of beer, but this beer does have a nice crispness that takes away from the syrupiness. This teeters on the edge of burned malt red ale type flavors. I detect some booziness. It has a decent medium body and is a good beer for the style. I just don’t love brown ale.

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Photo of boomer31
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never tried this til tonight...I'm almost ashamed to say that.

A - Pours a deep copper, transparent with a think white head. No stick, head leaves quickly.

S - Biscuit, bread and nutty. Nothing special

T - Nice bready malt with a touch of chocolate in the back. A bit of earthy hop ties the malt nicely. Smooth drjinking brown

M - High carb, nice bite of sweetness in the back, not close to overwhelming or cloying.

O - I'm happy with this beer. A great beer to pair with any type of food or drink on its own as a sessionable beer. Very good

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Photo of SHODriver
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear light brown hue with a finger of dense white foam head.
S: very light and sweet with roast malt notes
T: caramel sweetness with some nice toasty malt notes, not very roasty. Not a lot in the way of hop presence. sweet and toasty aftertaste lingers.
M: Very smooth and almost creamy. Carbonation is adequate.
O: one of my favorite brown ales. Cost me almost 25 bucks a six pack to get it shipped to me but it was well worth it and I'd do it again.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright medium brown color with light tan head and modest lacing.

Chicory and caramel on the nose. Nutty, roasted flavor backed with herbal hops. Bright lightly bitter finish.

A bit thin on the mouthfeel. I expected a bit more body for the style and abv.

Clean and bright - a refreshing brown.

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Photo of JayAre46
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz pour into a 512 pint glass that i wish i would of poured more aggressively strong copper or amber color that is transparent, anyway producing 1 finger of off white soapy head that quickly receded to a thin sheet of sporadic bubbles, leaving weak lacing.

A - Toasted malts up front then getting some caramel notes as well, suggestions of sweetness, perhaps cinnamon or other sweet spices.

T - 1st sip...WTF just happened? ok attempt number two, again the toasted malts with brown sugar maybe more touches of cinnamon, flashes of a nutty dryness toward the end. not much of a hop presence until the very end which is almost unnoticeable leaving a short unlasting bitterness then ultimately being trumped by the sweetness, absolute no alcohol present.

M - medium bodied, maybe for this sweetness i would like and/or expect more of body that would encourage more sipping, low carbonation not real prickly at all, rather soothing do i dare say this is creamy? meeehhh no for now.

O - Had no idea what to expect from this brewery as it is my first from them, and it didn't disappoint my very open expectations. I would drink it again for sure but not seek out. I think the shock factor i experienced was the sweetness that i was not expecting at all, with that being said it is not overly sweet just didn't expect it at first. Good beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 65.9% out of 100 with 1,606 ratings
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