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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Added by UncleJimbo on 05-17-2003

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Ratings: 1,604 |  Reviews: 534
Photo of Beejay
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice brown with red throughout. The head is off white, and not very prominent. Looks nice.

S: Malt, and a slight hint of oak. Raisons, figs, dried fruit, and some nuttiness.

T: Slightly tart off the bat. A little bit of fruit leads into a sweet nutty flavor. Simple but nice.

M: Light to medium bodied. Fairly strong carbonation. The finish is very clean.

D: Overall very nice, very straightforward. This seems like a nice everyday type of beer. Solid enjoyable, and repeatable.

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Photo of dbossman
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Redish brown and clear with a thin head that dissipates fairly quickly; lacing is okay

S: Fairly subdued aromas--but a nutty caramel maltiness eventually pervades; a bit of an earthy mustiness

T: Nutty with a caramel sugary backbone; slightly sweet with a fairly rich maltiness; a bit watery

F: A touch thin and watery

D: A bit boring, but it is a fairly pleasant and drinkable beer nonetheless

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3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: A deep, dark copper body holds a nice off-tan head. Pours a fluffy head that hold good retention. A nice layer of foamy lace.
S: A subtle malt presence. Caramel and toffee notes.
T/M: The mouthfeel is a creamy lingering taste. A bold profile of flavors is found, but not easily found. The flavors are not the type that jump out at you, they sit on the back burner of the palate. Possibly the malt forward aspects of the beer, put the flavors on the backbone of the beer. It is quite pleasant to find a darker brew that has good all around flavors that are not too over the top. Good beer.
D: I think this to be a great drinkablity of the style, subtle flavors are nice on the malt forward side and for the color and cream notes, it is a very easy drinking brew.

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Photo of CSAsylum
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Partially cloudy, perfectly maple-syrup brown. I would have rated it a higher percentage but there was almost no head at all. I couldn't even tell you the shade of the 1/4 finger head that formed because it's appearance was Oh-So-Quick.

S-A little malty, a little non-distinguishable nut. Special Lady Friend says" walnuts" but I;m not sure it's walntuts. But we both agree it's not peanuts or cashews....so some REAL nut, fer shure.

T-It's a malty front end with very definite nut flavors. An alcohol kick with a dry leave. Lips are a little sticky which makes me think the alcohol is thinning out the malt a little bit.

M-The mediumest bodied medium ale your likely to find. This is the definition of a BA 3.

D-My base assumption here is that you _could_ drink it over and over, and you certainly wouldn't end up in a horrible shirts-off, barstool-skootin street fight, but you might have trouble driving home if you didn't pace yourself. So....um...high marks on drinkability with a slight caution; I say.

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Photo of deereless
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Decent head with good retention, medium amber in color, a few sticky spots of foam along the interior of the glass - 4.00, S: Very nutty and with loads of caramel and quite a bit of roastiness on the nose, I also appreciate a dry malt aroma - 4.50, T: Malt plays the primary role in Fat Squirrel, some coffee and nuttiness are the first flavors to step up to the plate, hop bite is noticeable though in the background - provides an earthy and somewhat grassy zing - 3.50, M: Medium bodied and with a slight silkiness - 3.00, D: All around a solid beer, coffee flavors play a larger role than I'd expect but I enjoy coffee, quite drinkable - 3.50

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Photo of Ottertude
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fat Squirrel poured a coppery brown into my pint glass with a thin off-white head that left nice lacing on my glass.

The smell was very pleasing. Some caramel, toffee, pacans, hazelnuts and a touch of maple syrup. The taste was of caramel, some burnt sugar, toffee, nuts and some hops come in later to help balance this. A slight bit of alcohol is present as well.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side for a brown ale. Maybe this helps to make Fat Squirrel plenty drinkable. Just right for when I am in the mood to drink a couple of beers and call it a night. I will seek this out again the next time I travel to Wisconsin.

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Photo of bsp77
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Cloudy dark orange (not brown) with a very creamy lasting head that looks surprisingly nitro-like.

Smell: Mostly caramel malts with light nut-like notes.

Taste: Semi-sweet caramel malts balanced by some nuttiness and very slight English hops.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, relatively light body (especially for a Brown Ale), quite smooth. English pub feel.

Drinkability: Highly sessionable Brown Ale that seems like it could be in a pub in England. The only downside is that it is a little too light on flavor.

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Photo of kgebert
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from my own quarter barrel keg into a 14oz chilled glass. The head is light tan and creamy texture and reduces very slowly. Color appears to be a dark reddish amber color and somewhat cloudy.

Taste -- sweet hints of caramel and nuttiness along with a tiny flavoring of citrus undertone. Great combination of flavorings to compliment drinking with meals or snacks - especially nuts!

Has a nice mouth feel with ample carbonation and goes down nicely. Not a beer I would consider drinking all day and night but a nice treat to hit 3 or so in an evening.

Fat Squirrel Beer has a slightly improved flavor and smoothness coming from the keg vs the bottle. This beer rated high enough in my opinion for me to consider it "keg worthy" and put on tap in my home.

Great Job New Glarus!!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another 12'er picked up in Wisconsin by my Pops.. Thanks RoyBoy.. enjoying this one very much while finishing up some stuff for work tomorrow.

Tan head with great lacing.... short lived though.. the brew is beautiful polished deep amber/lite brown..

Nutty.. lite toffee essence.. clean and malty... very nice.

Flavor is again nutty.. lite caramel.. the malts are just plush from front to back.. maybe some background Noble hops.. toast with some sorta husky astringency on the finish.. hints of coffee as it warms up.... plain and simple, this tastes "brown".

I've had many of these bottles in travels and trades over the years, but surprisingly this is my first review.... I'm glad I waited. Earlier, I probably would have not paid that much attention, but now, I appreciate the nuances of a well made session beer. Warm and inviting.. an every day beer that won't require too much thought because it is so well made.


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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a deep amber, slight haze, with one finger of tight beige head.

Smell -- Golden toast, faint citrus, grassy hops, some nuttiness.

Taste -- Roast malt, faint caramel sweetness, bread and biscuit, grassy hops. Finish is bright and crisp with floral hop and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel -- Light in body, ample prickly carbonation. Crisp.

Drinkability -- Got to hand it to New Glarus, they know how to make a refreshing beer. Depth of flavor is a bit lacking, but that's not their main focus. Mind-blowing? Not really. Drinkable? YES.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a nice chestnut roan with a thin, off-white head, practically no lacing.

Nose is primarily raisins, coffee, and roasted malts. The flavor follows this pretty well, with a little bit of bready, toast coming through. Slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is decent. Medium bodied with pretty good carbonation. Slightly drying on the tongue.

Drinkability is good. Although this seems to be missing a little something from a complexity standpoint, I wouldn't turn this down.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light orange-brown body with a thick, creamy, white head on top. Head dies down a bit, but still maintains. Some lacing.

Light, sweet malts on the nose, mixed with a bit of nuttiness and faint citrus.

Sweet, crisp bread notes and light hazelnut. Much like the nose. Again, faint citrus, oranges and grapefruit. A pretty good English Brown, but not too much going on.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, but has a bit of maltiness. Carbonation is on the lower side, but not too bad. Overall, quite smooth.

Drinkability is good. This is definitely a sessionable beer. However, in the general realm of ales, there are others that I would deem more interesting and quaffable. That being said, I could still easily have a few of these.

Ovearll, this is a pretty decent offering form New Glarus. Nothing exceptional, but an easy drinking ale that still has some decent flavor. I'd be interested in trying this on cask.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fat squirrel pours decidedly coppery in color, I guess it is sort of light brown. The head is a half inch, somewhere between off-white and light tan. Reasonably clear in the glass.

Aroma has that toastiness I crave. No hop aroma, fruitiness, or diacetyl. Sweet, toast, mild caramel - I dig it.

Though not particularly bitter, the malt dries nicely on the tongue and easily avoids being too sweet and every bit of what bitterness it has shows itself in the finish. More toast, slight chocolate, light caramel. Carbonation is soft, body perhaps a touch thinner than I'd prefer but not out of style, and very, very drinkable.

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Photo of Florida9
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear, very translucent, light brown (dark tan) color - I've seen Pale Ales darker then this. Pours from the bottle to form a small, fizzy white head with little retention. Head reduces to a weak ring around the glass. No lacing.

S: Roasted peanuts. Maybe a little caramel malt. Faint.

T: Light notes of roasted malt. Toast. A little nuttiness. Maybe some light brown sugar. Just not a whole lot going on here, but what is of note is how clean and flawless the flavor is. So while there isn't a lot of flavor, the flavor that is there is very clean.

M: Lighter side of medium with appropriate carbonation.

D: Pretty good; really a very easy to drink beer. Quite approachable. Just not very interesting.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed, light chestnut color with a modest head that recedes to a thin layer of cream. Imparts some impressive lacing with each sip. Bottle conditioning results in an audible plop of sediment mid-pour.

Aromas of toasted grain, roasted malt, hazelnuts and maple syrup urge you to prepare for English Brown Ale goodness.

Medium bodied with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Toasted malt starts things out with notes of brown sugar, caramel and subtle hints of maple and hazelnuts. Spicy hops enter the fray with delicate, nutlike suggestions surfacing in the middle. Ever present hops contribute to a solidly bitter conclusion. Finishes dry with lingering notes of roasted caramel and barley malt.

Flavorful, refreshing and very drinkable. A good interpretation of the Nut Brown/English Brown Ale style.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass on 5/21/10

Pours a slightly cloudy shade of brown. Kind of reminds me of watered-down cola. Two fingers of tan head dissipates to a thin layer over several minutes. Minimal retention; a little bit of lace.

This smells very extremely earthy & very nice for the style. Piney hop notes are a lead-in to a prominent nuttiness. Lots of roasted malts too, namely caramel. Hints of toasted bread.

The taste mirrors the nose in an excellent fashion; nothing out-of-control going on, just lots of well-crafted good flavor. Modest bitterness by way of piney hops; has a faint notion of citrus, too. Nut overtones with a sturdy roasted malt background - mostly caramel. Some grassiness, too.

Slightly heavier than medium bodied; carbonation is rather low which seems to fit the beer nicely. Bitter residuals & toasted caramel are present on the finish. Mostly clean, though.

Drinkability is quite good. I'll definitely enjoy a few more bottles before calling it a night. New Glarus beers at a gas station? Heck yeah, Wisconsin.

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Photo of michaelbutler
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Glarus Fat Squirrel Ale

12 oz bottle poured to pint glass

A: Clear, dark brown amber, thin head, dissipates quickly, light lace
S: Slight nutty aroma, overall fairly faint
T: Strong nutty flavor, slight spicyness and bitterness, sweet finish
M: Medium body, medium carbonation
D: Fairly easy drinking brown ale

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Photo of Lolli1315
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second reviewed beer out of the New Glarus sample pack.

A- A nut brown color that is edging toward a darker brown with less than a finger of head that disappears rather quickly not holding too well.

S- Sweet malt is the first smell that hits the nose followed by subtle hints of hops that are moved away by small amounts of nutty and maybe some crystal malt. A biscuity and bready malt also seems to make its way through.

T- Sweet malty caramel dominates the flavor profile as it melds into slight amounts of bicuit. Very small amounts of dark fruits and hop bitterness as the taste goes back to a sweet malty profile with minimal bitterness in the after taste. Very refreshing brown ale.

M- Medium body with moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy smooth the entire way down makes you keep reaching for this one.

D- Surprised how much I enjoyed this one, could drink it all day.

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Photo of budgood1
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a slightly turbid amber/orange/chestnut and rust colour with an eggshell white head. sparse but clinging lace. hard to pick up yeast and nut aroma...some hints of brown sugar and mint-like hoppiness. flavour picks up the aroma quite a bit, with some sweet dark sugar and nutty malt flavours intermingled with some toffee, nougat, and earthy, herbal hoppy notes. lots of yeasty notes, too. sort of like a liquid candy bar of some sort. vuluptious body with a mouthfeel that is slick and smooth. very nice. drinkability is nice. the subtle nuances appear after it warms a bit, but nothing ever comes across as overpowering.

this is a nice craft offering that highlights the subtle malt, yeast and hop flavours and balances them in way that leaves the drinker underwhelmed yet appreciative of the style and the concoction in from of them.

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

Coppy body with two fingers of a lightly tinted tan head.

Bready malt and grain on the smell, not much going on in the nose.

The taste has a little more going on. The malt is heavy on the bread crust, with a light fig-like sweetness. Oh yeah, it's nutty.

Mouthfeel is lighter than I prefer on a brown ale, and heavily cut with carbonation.

Easy to drink, but not much going on to keep me interested.

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

Pour - nice dark amber to brown in color with some reddish highlights and a good inch of off-white foam on top. Looks delicious.
Aroma - initially I am reminded of apple cider followed by some toasty, biscuity, doughy, malty and fruity notes along with some wisps of alcohol. Smells clean and quite inviting.

Taste - this beer will provide more enjoyment than you might expect. There is a good amount of malty/biscuity/bready flavor right off the bat along with some caramal malt sweetness but there is also some nice fruity estery flavors and a really thought provoking alcohol flavor that you might get from much stronger beers. Its like a maple liqueur almost. So much flavor in such an innocent seeming beer. Loved it.

Overall - great beer. I love the depth of flavor this beer has with so much maltiness and a clean, crisp finish. Its such a simple beer but with a good amount of complexity.

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely, this is a great spring beer when the nights aren't as warm as you wish they were!

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Photo of yourefragile
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear reddish chestnut brown with a light tannish head that fades to a cap with minimal lacing. Nose is very toasted and nutty, not overly complex or strong, but slightly sweet and pleasant. Flavor starts with the nutty flavor again, medium bodied with sharp carbonation and mild bitterness. Finish lingers with sweet nuttiness. A very pleasant, drinkable brown. I could enjoy a few of these, but is nothing remarkably special (which isn't a bad thing)

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

Orange-amber with a thick, white head that eventually fades, leaving thick patches.
Smell is caramel and malts, with a little bit of hop presence. Some faint grassy notes come in, perhaps from the hops. Malts smell slightly toasted towards the end.
Taste is bitter and malty up front, with some watery malts carrying on. Some faint cinnamon and caramel are at the finish, with a little bit of spice.
Mouthfeel is crisp yet pretty smooth. Little bit of bite on the tongue. Light body.
Pretty good beer; nothing substantial to detract from the drinkability.

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Photo of herman77
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light brown with lots of amber hues. Lots of clarity to this one. Very minimal off white head that dies off quickly. A little bit of lacing.

S: Carmel malt, a hint of bread and nut.

T: Sweet bread and carmel malt, a bit toasty malt. Hazelnut, and a little bit of hops to balance it out.

M/D: Pretty light body, low carbonation. It does seem on the thin side. Pretty smooth, slight creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability is pretty high due to the low carbonation and easy drinking taste.

Nothing is offensive about this ale, pretty straight forward. Solid.

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Photo of camp0474
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber brown color. Off white head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

S: Smell of malts and bread. Slight hint of nuts and maybe even a slight hint of coffee.

T: Toasted malt flavors with hazelnut flavor mixed in. Can pickup a few traces of hops which add a bit of balance to the sweet flavor.

M: Very light and watery feeling, not much body. Not much carbonation either which is not necessarily a bad things.

D: This beer is actually quite drinkable due to the light body and subtle flavors. Not overly complex and pretty enjoyable.

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Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,604 ratings.
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