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Fat Squirrel Ale by New Glarus Brewing Company
English Brown Ale
5.80 % ABV

Review by joe1510 on 05/12/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 2 8 15 4 7 2010
12oz Bottle
$6.99 6-Pack
Roy's Market New Glarus

Fat Squirrel pours chestnut brown with the slightest bit of haze from bottle conditioning. A 1 finger dense white creamy head formed on the pour that faded to a half finger of even denser creaminess. Minimal large carbonation bubbles rise to the head. Leaves sheet lacing after each sip.

Aroma is a little on the faint side. Toasted malts lead the way followed by an enjoyable nuttiness. Whiffs of white toast rise to the nose. Faint dusty yeast aroma as well.

Flavor starts off with a solid toasted malt and hazelnut backdrop. On top of that there is a nice mild brown sugar sweetness. A nice little hop bite hits on the backend. The hop flavors are tough for me to pull out. I believe I'm getting some pine and grassy flavors. Overall a very nice flavor.

Body is medium with a pleasant carbonation prickliness on the back of the tongue. The hops leave a slight bitterness on the tip of my tongue. My only complaint is the body might be a little too thin.

Good flavor and the thinner body actually makes this a very easy drinker. It disappears far faster than I thought it was.

Another good quality session brew from New Glarus. Every brew I try of theirs hits the spot and this is no exception.

Reviewed: 5/5/07

Price: $6.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 04/06/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 4 9 2009
Nice light syrup brown with a amber tone to its slightly hazy color, tall one inch cream colored head that recedes slowly to a thin skim always present and thin whispy web stings and patches. Aroma is dry and woodish, slightly sweet and roasty with a nice overlay of nuttyness, hazel and almond I make out pretty well but I believe there is more here then I'm cable of putting my nose to. But its a pretty nice whiffer either way you put it. Nice taster too, flavor is mild but stays long of a nice little roasty maltyness with some nutty factions of almond candybar and hazelnut. A super fine drying quality just keeps sitting there on your palate which is quite extraordinary. The dryness produces a nice little wood-like dryness with a small bready fluffyness thats really nice. Solid medium body, bold, nearly full in the middle, lightly creamy in a way near the finish along with all the nice little drying qualities, which I'm really digging about this beer. Subtle but flavorful with lots of things going for it. A New Glarus winner! A session beer all the way!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 01/18/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2008
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass fills it with four-fingers of tan colored froth. The beer is a ruddy plum / amber color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, copper tinged, amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite malty up front with notes of toasty grain, a light nuttiness, and a whole grain bread crust aroma. There is a backdrop of malt sweetness, a berry like fruitiness and a hint of toffee. As the beer warms a touch of herbal hop character becomes noticeable.

Lightly sweet up front, but picks up more sweetness through the middle where it picks up and finishes with a solid berry fruitiness. The sweetness is offset by a light toasted malt character, a hint of coffee in the finish and a lingering toasted nuttiness. There is an herbal hop note, the hops add to the berry notes here as well as a soft bitterness in the finish. A touch of chalk-like malt, a nice toasted whole grain bread crust flavors and a nice freshly crushed malt flavor anchor the sweeter malt notes. This beer is eminently quaffable, it is light, but not watery and has a touch of chewy malt body that just helps to make this an enjoyable brew to quaff.

This is a solid Brown ale, I like the berry like fruitiness, and I like that it is well balanced by the toasty malt character. This drinks quite easily and I could easily spend an afternoon with a couple of these beers. This was exactly what I was looking for right now.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Surly Duff on 11/11/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 8 16 4 8 2008
Pours a nice slightly haze medium brown with a finger or so of slightly off-white head atop. The foam settles a bit and leaves a nice layer covering the top of the brew and no real sign of lacing on the walls of the glass. Millions of little bubbles constantly rise from the bottom of the glass and make their way to the top.

Nice smooth malt nose. Bit of sweetness and a nice nutty aroma. Hint of roasted malt and a touch of toffee. Hint of dark caramel in there too. Smell of caramelized bread.

Warm smooth caramel up front. Nice and slightly creamy with a very nice sweetness hitting at the end of each sip. Slightly roasty and a bit nutty. Medium toffee and touch of bread. Nice and full flavored with a medium body.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 02/02/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 9 16 2 8 2008
Color is reddish brown and quite clear. I hate being color-blind in situations like this. Very hard to tell, but it looks somewhat red to me despite being a "nut brown ale". Guess I'll just have to drink it to get it out of my sight.... Smell is a slightly sweet nutty-ness. I like it. First taste is actually slightly sweet at first. Then comes the malt and nut tastes. Finish does not linger very long in this one. But ends with a slight sweet taste like it began. Interesting that it comes and goes so quickly. Feel is a bit thin, and the lack of staying power on the first drink underscores that.

Overall, I like this one. Just enough interesting going on to make it worthwhile, but not overpowering with any one thing. The nutty and sweet tastes go together very well. Another winner from New Glarus. And for anyone who knows this inside joke --- I think I saw this one on the shelf at Binny's......

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 8 16 4 8 0
Originally reviewed 06/30/06

A - Nice clear brown. Soapy off white head.

S - Slightly burnt malt, nutty, almost sweet.

T - Sweet, smooth malts. Toasted nuts and maybe some caramel? Very bold flavors for a brown ale.

M - Carbonation might be a bit much, but it's nice and thick for the style.

D - Much more complex than 90% of the brown ales out there. One of the better beers in the New Glarus regular line.

Served In: Pint Glass

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