My tour of the Wisconsin craft beer scene (done from the comfort of my own living room) continued with the New Glarus Fat Squirrel Nut Brown Ale. Brown ale, to me, is a fairly generic style name, much like beers are simply called red or amber. Yes, it gives a fairly good indication of the colour, but tells you nothing of the taste (mmm, tastes like amber?). My personal expectation is that a brown ale will be at least slightly nutty, but the amount of hops used can vary widely.
The Fat Squirrel is a great example of what I think a nut brown should be: lots of toasted malts and an obvious nuttiness (in this case, hazelnut is prominent). But unlike Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar, for example, the sweetness does not overpower the senses. There is a faint bitterness to the finish, which helps clear the sugars from the palate. In terms of body, the beer has a rather flaccid finish, where it just dies on the tongue. Not exactly a welcome end, but it also helps to make sure you don’t get an aftershock of sweet. Overall, I quite enjoyed this beer and would be happy to drink it on a cool evening in Spring or Fall.
Today: 250mL. Year-to-date: 98.52L.