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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: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 528 | Ratings: 1,575
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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Photo of pagriley
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12oz poured into a pint - no date on bottle but was purchased at brewery last week so should be fresh.

A - standard pour produced a light 2 finger white head that dissipated quickly. Some lacing. Deep amber color but a bit murky from the bottle - A bit of stray yeast I imagine.
S - Not much going on on the nose- slight roast notes with a bit of bready sour dough, but not really much there
T - This is more like it! Light roast malt up front with a clean almost lager like finish a hint of bitterness and hops to balance
M - Light and refreshing - a good bit of carbonation aids the light mouth feel

O - I am biased as this was one of my first craft beer loves, but it still gets the job done years later. It really is just a nice simple light brown ale - take a pale ale, toast the malt a touch and back off the hops... Nostalgia wins extra points but it really is just a nice every day beer

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Beer pours brown in color with a strong white head.

Flavor is light and crisp, some malt and chocolate but not overwhelming in any way.

Flavors are very subtle and subdued. Beer is ok, nothing special.

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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 cyclonece09
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a "pint" glass. Pours brown with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of caramel, nice fruitiness, and a hint of nuttiness. Tastes of fruit with a tad of nuts. Beer is light bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.1/5  rDev +7%

From notes on 11/21/13

Sweet malty caramel smell. Light brown in color with a white head. Lots of malt flavor. I like the nuttyness too. Similar to Fat Tire, but much better. At $7 a six pack, this is great!

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Photo of secondtooth
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber-brown, with thick, tri-finger head of off-white suds. Pleasant tree-line lace.

Nose is nutty with hints of caramel malts. Very nice!

Taste is deliciously nutty, with a tinge of fruit peeking through. A world-class brown ale, and one I'd turn to again.

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a better than decent brown ale. The feel is very fresh and crisp, but there isn't much depth to this beer.

A: Very nice pour. Formed a half finger of tan head which foamed down to a thin line after about 20 seconds. When sitting on the table is a nice brown color, not quite opaque, and when held in natural light is more amber in color. Appearance is appetizing.

S: Smells slightly hoppy with some sweetness; perhaps caramelized grain sweetness.

T: This is a good brown ale, perhaps a little thicker than a Newcastle, but holds it's own. The first flavors I get are a subtle sweetness followed by medium strength hops. Well blended drink, no single flavor over powers.

M: I enjoyed the texture of this ale; this beer feels like a crisp refreshing ale, not heavy or viscous in any way.

O: This is a well made craft beer. I probably wouldn't make this an everyday beer, but I enjoyed it and would recommend others give it a try.

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Photo of Henrich
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with 1 cm of fine, off-white foam. Color is nice, dark amber-brown and very clear.
Smell: Bready and sweet with a slight yeasty character. No noticeable hop aroma.
Taste: Intensely malty and nutty, with some toasty, rum-like undertones. Slight hop bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, with less carbonation than I'd expect. No alcohol burn.
Overall: Fairly nice. It is good, but I'm not sure where this beer would fit in as far as time of year. Maybe best in the fall? I'd buy it again, but it would sit in the fridge until I was feeling... squirrelly.

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Photo of LeRose
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On draft, served in an over-sized tulip.

Appearance - well, it is basically brown, light amber. Decent pour produced about a half-inch of foamy beige head, tight and compact. Fell a bit quickly.

Smell - nothing remarkable, but a pleasant aroma to this brew. Sweetness seems to be in store - malty, slightly bready. Mild hop aroma, a bit of yeastiness.

Taste - I think was better than the aroma. Smooth and very drinkable. Mostly brown sugar/nutty flavors going on. A bit toasty, a hint of spiciness. Clean, easy-going beer.

Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side. Carbonation was OK, but overall felt a bit on the watery side.

Overall, this is a decent beer. The flavors are solid enough, but the mouthfeel leaves me wanting a bit more. STill, very drinkable and offered at a great price.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - descent head and lacing with a copper color.
Smell - sweet toasty malty smell with slight yeast
Taste - great sweet toasty malty taste
Feel - medium body and carbonation.
Overall - pretty good brown but nothing special.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, bottled 330th day of 2013, poured into an O'so snifter today, 2/17/2014. Not the first time I've had this, but somehow the first time I'm sitting down to review this.

App- Dark amber/light brown body, one finger tan head, fair amount of retention and lacing

Smell- Sweet brown malts, candied sugar, some breadiness, noble hops, a bit of yeast

Flavour- Brown sugar, malts, noble hops, a bit of spicy yeast, very clean and not complicated

Mouthfeel- Lighter bodied, fairly watery, quite very easy to drink. No indication of ABV.

Overall- Good brown ale, nothing special, but still a solid beer that goes for a good price point.

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

Aroma here is mostly of caramel malts and a bit of toasted malts. Pretty standard for style, really.

Taste is fairly sweet, with a good dose of caramel malts and some nuttiness....some toasted malts are also present towards the finish. Hops are pretty much absent here, though it is still a fairly clean finish.

Brown ales fail to excite a lot of the time, but this is a pretty easy drinking one even if it isn't exciting. Sweet, but not too sweet...and they don't try to re-invent the style by overdoing hops. So I approve.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle bottle into a new glarus flute.

pours a light brown with an appropriate head. smell is malty..pungent. taste is caramel, toffee, hazelnuts and very malty. its quite spot on for the style. mild body. mild carbonation.

overall just a very solid English brown. not my favorite style, but this is spot on.

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

Yellows and golds highlighting this light brown beer. Sweet malts and herbal hops equally in the nose. Thin mouthfeel; sweet caramel flavors marry with a lighter taste, wheat or maize perhaps? Gives it a tang reminiscent of an All American Lager. Finishes on a herbal, slightly resiny hop finish. More body and bolder flavor would improve this brew, but it's a satisfying and fun brew as is.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light brown with a two finger head of off-white foam.

Nutty, bready, caramel, toasted malt, and light earthy hops.

Caramel, toffee, nutty, toast, earthy hops.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, balanced.

Overall, a decent brown ale but certainly not NG's best beer.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear deep ruby, not exactly brown. One finger head and not much carbonation.

S-Caramel, malt, nutty, grass and dirt.

T-Malt and caramel, some nuts and spices. Earthy as well. Slight bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation and a tad watery.

O-Although the typical brown ale flavors were present they just were strong enough or the could have meshed better.

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Photo of Kevin-Wieken
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fat Squirrel Ale
New Glarus Brewing Company, Wisconsin
---from bottle to pint glass---

Dark copper, almost reddish in light. Almost no head produced, this white foam grabs edge of glass,

All malt at the nose. Roasted malts and brown sugar. Very nutty.

Sweet roasted malts. I don’t pick up any coffee like many other reviewers… Slightly creamy. I feel like it finishes almond-y.

Good carbonation. A little more creaminess would make this beer.

Very bland. Just ok. Again, this beer would be rated much higher if it was slightly more creamy.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber brown color with some clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted malts, nutty, a little caramel, toffee, chocolate,

Taste: Roasted and dark toasted malts, caramel, toffee, hazelnut nuttiness, chocolate, and mild noble hop bitterness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, a little creamy, low to medium carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: A very enjoyable, tasty, and drinkable EBA. About as good as a brown I have ever had. The malt flavor is awesome.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a mixed 12 poured into pint glass.

A: It's definitely dark. Fairly dark, clear brown with a tan one-finger head. Retention is good. Lacing is good. Visible column of carbonation.

S: Smell is quite nutty, chocolatey, and sweet. Hints of coffee, as well. Pretty good smell, actually, and quite layered for a brown ale.

T: More roasty than your typical brown....almost like a stout in this aspect. Strong coffee notes with strong coffee acidity. Lots of caramel, toffee, chocolate, and hazelnut. Thankfully, it's not as sweet as the smell. Bitterness in the beginning, but fades near the end. Finishes chocolatey.

M: Minimal carbonation. Medium bodied and pretty smooth on the way down with little fuss. Sessionable brown ale.

O: Decent...decent. Not better than one of my favorites, Avery Ellie's Brown Ale, but still quite good. The roastiness is a bit too strong for this type of ale, in my opinion, and it's not quite sweet enough. Definitely good, though.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is copper colored with amber highlights. It has two inches of off-white head.

S - I smell caramel, hazelnut, and some earthy aromas.

T - I get a little cocoa and some nuttiness. Hazelnut comes to mind. It is not a large amount of flavor.

M - Medium

O - It is okay. I had a great nut brown ale yesterday, and it is still in my mind, so this beer suffers a little because of that.

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Photo of Etan
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a pint glass.

A: Pours a red-tinged mahogany with a small beige head.

S: Smells pretty yeasty, with notes of hazelnut, mild raisin, brown bread, cocoa.

T: Nutty, roasted grain, a bit of molasses, light leafy hop note, a bit of a chalky note from the yeast.. Relatively dry.

M: Light-bodied with a bit of creaminess from the full carbonation.

O: I'm not loving the yeast profile on this beer. It's ok.

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Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,575 ratings.
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