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

Sampled through the kind efforts of jj21 and the Simply Beer BIF.

This is a clear reddish brown ale with not that much head to it. Truly this looks a bit more red than brown to me.

Smell is neutral and slightly sour and hoppy to my nose. Citrus hop and rye grain tartness is what I mostly smell with a little bit of chocolate added.

Taste is slightly sweet and bitter chocolate at the beginning. Decent brown ale flavor with no real faults. But there is nothing remarkable here either.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This is an OK brown ale but I really see no reason to try this again.

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

Fat Squirrel poured into the glass a lightly hazed chestnut brown color. The head was short-lived off-white foam that fell to a halo with thin veil for a cap. The lacing was minimal.
The smell was nutty grain husk, grassy hops with sweet and lightly roasted malts. The taste was hazelnut, roasted grain, sweet malt, a hint of sweet dark brown sugar and lightly grassy hops. The balance was fantastic to the point of neutrality, not excessively bitter or sweet.
The carbonation was fairly active on a medium-light body with a pleasant crisp mouthfeel. The lighter body and exceptional balance combine to make this incredibly drinkable.
This is a very good example of an English Brown Ale. Well done New Glarus! Score another one for Wisconsin!

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Photo of granger10
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi hazy light mohagany color with a medium off white head and a bit of lacing. Smells a bit like hazelnut coffee, toasty, some hoppy notes that toast and dry it out. Taste is stronger on coffee than expected but the nuttyness really dominates. Sweeter with some milk chocolate but more of a toffee flavor. Roasted nuttiness is still prevalent. Dry caramel elements at the top. Good body but still could use a touch more fullness. Finish is a bit earthy and hoppy and ends clean. Another nice offering from New Glarus.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been a while since I had this beer. Many of my Wisconsinite friends classify this as their "desert island" beer. I can see why, it has a variety of flavours, layer upon layer of them, actually. Every time I drink this beer I notice something new about it, and that is rewarding.

Hints of chocolate, molassas, and toffee (mostly chocolate and toffee) join together with pleasantly earthy hops all wrapped up with a pleasantly fruity finish. I like it a lot.

It is sort of a Rorschach test of a beer. Sometimes, all I get is chocolate. Other times, it is toffee. Or the coffee really comes through, like it is right now. The fruitiness reminds me of a nice wine, but whether it is a floral white wine or a nice robust red wine changes with my mood.

It manages to combine the best aspects of sessionability with complexity. Great beer.

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Photo of maundythirsty
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Auburn beer, clear except for pinpoint particles that I suppose are what's left of the yeast. Thin, white tiny-bubbled head dissipates in a hurry, leaving a thin skim and little lacing. Smells nutty, with mellow and flat malt -- if you stick your nose right in it.

Taste is similar to the smell, but nuttier. Malty with some caramel, but without being sweet. Pleasantly bitter ansd alcoholic. Light mouthfeel. Slightly carbonated and quite dry.

A nice brown. Tasty, though not that remarkable.

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Photo of orfeu
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a mixed six-pack trade from nflmvp -- thanks a ton!
Ever so slightly hazy bronzed chestnut with a pillowy cream colored head. Soft scents of sweet biscuits and cocoa. Fuzzy floral and spicy hop aromas mix with rather faint hazelnut notes. Some fruity esters emerge as well. Nut-candy sweet flavors with subtly tart melon and berry characteristics. Some floral hops provide a slight spiciness before the decidedly earthy finish. Very soft and slippery mouthfeel; just a tad heavy on the palate, but overall very smooth. A pretty great stab at the style, from my perspective.

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Photo of BrewnZ
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A deep copper beer that seems filtered clear - bright. Medium malt aroma, low esters suggest and American yeast strain or cool fermentation temps.

Medium body with strong toasted notes, I wish I new the malt bill. Malt lingers . . . med-low hop flavor and bitterness pushed beer to English brown ale. Well made beer.

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Photo of MrVisegrips
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a dark amber with almost a red tint to it. The head pours thick and cream colored then settles to a good lace. Aroma is nice as well with a mellow malt and nutty notes. Flavors are an excellent blend of malt giving a distinct character to the brew. The finish gives the perfect bite of Bavarian hops. Mouthfeel is very clean lending well to the excellent drinkabilty. Overall, this brew is an excellent example of a nut brown ale and another great brew from New Glarus, which I might add, is quickly becoming a staple in my brew fridge.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Thin light tan head on a clear mahogany body. Little bit of lacing just to cover the top.
S- Big malts and a big nutty smell. Slight roasted character also. Some light scent of piney and grassy hops.
T- First thing that comes out is a big nut character. Has roasted notes to it also. Big malts. Toffee flavors also come out. A light underlying grass hops help balance all the malts just a bit.
M-Medium to full body. Light carbonation.
D- It's a nice easy beer to drink. Nothing special but is a good decent beer. Wouldn't mind a few more of these on a relaxed day.

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Photo of terrabyte
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown that you can still see light through. Medium head that disappears immediately.

Not too much aroma. A hint of grapefruit and other citrus sweetness. Some nuttiness, but not much.

A blend of nuttiness and grapefruit. A hint of toffee or caramel adds to the sweetness. Not enough flavor! Ends with a bit of piney tartness and bitterness.

Mouthful is a bit foamy while swallowing. A little high on the carbonation.

This isn't what I'd expect from a Nut Brown Ale. With a big fat squirrel on the label, I was looking forward to an homage to the nut. Instead, the squirrel stole all the nuts. This reminds me of too many characteristics of an IPA, blended with -some- aspects of a brown ale. It's a weird middle where they met, and as a fan of deep brown ales, I lost out.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear brownish-red color. The head is two-fingers in height and recedes slowly into decent lacing. The aroma is of caramel and chocolate. The taste is identical to the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer, but it lacks any sort of complexity. I would drink it again, but I wouldn't search it out.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A lighter colored brown ale, that pours with a lot of carbonation and a big head, giving off some wonderful nutty and toasted malt aromas. There's a great nutty maltiness in this beer along with slightly roasted coffee notes., amid some tasty caramel malt sweetness and perhaps a hint of toffee candy. The hop bitterness seems somewhat restrained with some bitterness contributed by the roasted malts. This combination of flavors add complexity and make this beer tasty and very enjoyable. A future world classic nut brown ale.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - pours deep brown with a medium-sized off-white head with good retention, nice lacing, hazy with sediment

s - not a very strong aroma, but I picked up a caramelly nut smell with some malt as well

t - as the smell would suggest, sweet and slightly caramelly, strong nutty flavor as well, malt on the finish, little to no bitterness

m - medium-carbonation, medium-bodied

d - very drinkable, I could put down several of these

Very nice brown ale here. Another solid brew from New Glarus...wish I had more frequent access to this brewery.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours chestnut brown with an off white head and slight yeasty sediment. No lacing to speak of.

Smell is caramel malt and brown sugar. Mild nut and hop bite.

Taste is woody and nutty with surprising smokiness. Caramel malt base, toffee, brown sugar andf a mild fruitiness. Finish has subdued hop bitterness, along with slight warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel if full and chewy.

A petty decent brown ale. Certainly worth a try. I feel this more of an 'Americanized' version of a brown ale. However, this is still a good brew.

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Photo of bashiba
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poure a slighty hazy dark amber with a thin line of white head

Smell was predomintely sweet malts with hints is molasses,oak, and a slight earthy mustyness.

Taste is much better than the smell with a nice smooth nut brown english taste and a nice bit of charred oak flavors mixing in.

Mouthfeel is light with a decent dry finish.

Overall not to bad, I would drink this one again.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a snifter just for fun. Once in, it looked rather boring as a dull brown, but when held to the light, it began to glow with a beautiful cherry color with some hints of amber. The head fell to a wispy firm with a few larger bubbles floating around in a group.

Smells of dry woody caramel malts and a bit of walnuts. There’s also a faint but playful citrus sour dryness that reminds me a bit of melon.

There’s a definite nut and dry caramel base here, but on top there’s first there’s that melon like orange rind sourness that really gets noticed farther back on my tongue. More prominently is a dry, birch bark dryness that eventually fades to a cool campfire smokiness with just a hint of chocolate. There are some neat dynamics and some cool layering going on here.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a full mouth of bubbles that really thicken things up, but seem to dissipate when I swallow. Perfect!

This one’s tasty for sure. I’m glad I got a sixer. Thanks to BA Doolar for hauling this one all the way from WI.

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

Originally reviewed April 9, 2005. On tap at the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. The aroma was bland and of plain malt. But, wow, the flavors really bowl you over. They’re simple and fairly one-dimensional, but you get a good mix of nuts, mostly domianted by roasted hazlenut (a personal favorite), so this beer spoke to me. Has a few other weakness, but pretty exceptional for a typical brown.

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Photo of ccs
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is very, very little aroma to this beer at all. Perhaps a faint hint of grains, but that's it. The appearance is different that I expected, I wanted something that was more towards the brown and less amber. Perhaps it was my light. The taste is very surprising. Roasted, nutty, big and flavorful. A nice full mouthfeel. I think this would be good on occasion as a treat, but I'm not sure I'd want more than two at a time. I will seek this out when I'm back in Wisconsin.

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Photo of palliko
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a transparent brown with some ivory foam. The aroma is mildly sweet. Initial taste contains hints of nutty brown ale with caramel, some hops, rich malt, with a softly carbonated middle. Finish has a nice profile: malt, hops and a nutlike aftertaste.

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

12 oz brown longneck with no freshness dating.

The beer pours a light brown with an off-white head. Not a ton of lacing.

The smell is of slightly roasted malts and a bit of raisins.

The taste is sweet and a bit nutty. I also get a bit of light molasses and raisins. Nothing jumps out to grab you, but the beer is a steady eddy.

The mouth is a bit over carbonated, but is nicely thick. Easy enough drinker here. Not outstanding in any one area, but the parts all work well together.

Thanks to my buddy Mike for leaving a six pack at my cabin!

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Photo of hanco005
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six of this on the way back from playing golf in WI. I poured this 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, no freshness date on the bottle that I could find

A—pours clear, light brownish amber with an impressive 2 inch bone white head that sticks around for 15 minutes or so, lacing is splotchy

S—malts and lots of them, sweet candy tones, some caramel, butter, faint chocolate, roasted marshmallow is in there, too

T—different…tastes like smoky honey, some caramel lingers and there is a hoppy bitterness toward the end, it’s not bad at all

M—smooth and silky, medium bodied, medium carbonation

D—it’s good, but different…I’d have another and will enjoy the rest of this six pack.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle of this as part of a make your own six pack while in Wisconsin. It was my first from New Glarus and thought i'd pick it up for the funny label (also bought a shirt later at the brewery). Smells like weak malts with roasted notes. Sweet roasted taste that's very satisfying. I do get a bit of haxlenut like it says on the label that i should, but not a whole lot. Sweet roastiness reminds me a lot of a new local porter we have in south bend - Blacksnake. Overall Fat Squirrel was quite a good offering....and we tried several more during the course of our trip.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Pours a crystal clean light auburn brown. Healthy off greyish white head which slowly decays down to a froth patrolling the border of the glass.

S: Sweet aroma; toasted pecans; hazelnuts. This fat squirrel has been loading up on nuts for sure.

T: Sweet maltiness thats reminiscent of subtle apricots with hints of caramel...transitions into toasted hazelnuts that lasts for days and days. Flavors almost intensify after the swallow for a good ten seconds. This is tasty.

M: Beer feels a touch hard on the tongue but hardly a turn off.

D: I like this beer. Browns usually bore me but this one is more complex and welcoming than most common browns.

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

12oz. bottle from AKSmokedPorter. Thanks, dude!

Lovely auburn-caramel in color with an impressive tan-colored head. Thick. Long-lasting. Some nice lacing of the glass. Surprising amounts of "roasty toasty" in the nose. Toasted assortment of nuts here. Some caramel sweetness floats around as well. Flavor has a firm backbone of sweetness that nicely balances the nut flavors. Dark sugary caramel with some toasted, almost "charred oak" notes. Slight zing of hop influence at the end. Nice body. Good carbonation. One I'd certainly visit again.

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

Pours a deep golden copper with a pretty good head, shrinks a little quick to thin layer, with minimal lacing down the glass, more at the top than bottom. Aroma nutty malt and slightly earthy character, and a slight caramel malt profile, overall a bit weak. Taste has an overriding nuttiness to it, caramel malts too, with a smooth, almost syrup-like mouth. Finishes with a light hop blending with sweet malt still. Interesting, I don't normally note hops in brown ales, yet it seems quite nice here. Something I"ll have to look for more. Overall, quite a nice selection, very easy to drink. Probably one of my more favorite browns in a while.

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Fat Squirrel Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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