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Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
81
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7,406 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 7,406
Reviews: 1,909
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 174
Gots: 1,270 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Ratings: 7,406 | Reviews: 1,909
Photo of Bunman3
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've tried this beer several times, most recently on tap at a local pub. There is certainly nothing amazing about this beer. It is smooth, tasty, primarily malt-forward and inoffensive. This would be an excellent "transition" beer to help move people from mass-produced adjuncts to beer that has more flavour and soul.

Photo of dd43
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wasn't sure what to expect with this beer, ambers being one of the styles I'm less enamored with. It was surprisingly refreshing, the mouthfeel was simultaneously crisp but also had a malt creaminess that I enjoyed.

Photo of Dreadnaughtzombie
2.76/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not for me at all!

Photo of mrjmann
2.79/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This is one bad brew... not sure how it ever became so popular to be honest.

Photo of Good_Ale84
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my first craft beers...after drinking mostly piss water for years (mainly miller lite and bud light), this is a good beer to start the transition into nice, craft beer. Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass, it has a nice bright amber appearance with a 1" white foamy head with decent lacing. Rich in flavor and normal thickness for an American Amber ale, goes down rather smooth . Easy to drink and fairly easy to find. (Be patient, this was my first review,lol)

Photo of ZBowden
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear Amber bronze with a white head well retained, smells of malts and piney hops, tastes of simple malts and some hoppy overtones, smooth finish thin mouthfeel. Pretty average brew, good beer staple.

Photo of Michelleluw
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fat Tire is a nice approachable Amber Ale. Low in alcohol content, I like to give this beer to my friends who don't like hops. Nice golden brown in color, but very smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of rjs246
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A consistent and utterly drinkable ale.

Photo of aussiebeer
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can't give this a higher rating that it deserves. Tastes more like an slightly upgraded version of beer flavored water (Bud Light)

Photo of dthrift3
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My go to beer. Great for every season, light feel, not light on taste. Good ale smell. Not to sweet, yet you can tell just by the aroma that your taste buds are going to have a wonderful experience.

Photo of Mhelseth
5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent taste body style and color

Photo of SaltofOH
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle best by 22 Feb 2015. Threshold beer glass. Reviewed 27 Dec 2014.

Appearance: Pours a bright, clear, light copper with 1/2" sandy head. Impressive lacing and fair retention.

Aroma: Amber ale-y - not too sweet, slight hoppiness; definitely a malt-forward brew.

Taste: Rich arrival, then quickly feels thin. Not as malty or as sweet or as toasty as Mt. Carmel or Bell's Amber ales; this is cleaner, lighter, fresher.

Mouthfeel: Active carbonation; light, crisp.

Overall: This is a really light amber ale; I'd put this against Boston Lager or Eliot Ness Lager for how light and clean it seems for an ale. I would have expected a heavier, slicker, sweeter treatment. But given that Boston Lager and Eliot Ness are two of my favorites, it's in good company. I'd definitely buy this again, but won't seek it out.

Photo of BoobieMyles
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great draft. Bottles work too.

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Deep gold draft with white head. Good lacing. Semi sweet malt nose and tongue. Lite mouthfeel. Overall ok.

Photo of RStansel
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Subtle, biscuity, sweet malt-tinged, clean. Sometimes, you just want to gulp something this refreshingly simple.

Photo of Lodisgrisen
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit flat. No aftertaste. Will not by again.

Photo of Brentkruger1989
4.54/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my personal favorites

Photo of Cade420
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft is the best followed by bottles then cand

Photo of collinsofa
4.31/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Feel was just a little too thin but other than that this beer is very easy to drink and delicious

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.7/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very awesome tasting beer with tons of hype behind it. Kind of got new belgium on the map.

Photo of Fernans
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not what I was hoping for. Kinda of boring, like most ambers. For all the hype from friends about it, it was disappointing.

Photo of ArchimedesSox
2.99/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear amber color, thick white head, good lacing

S: Almost nothing, slight maltyness

T: Malty sweetness, caramel notes, brown sugar

M: Light to medium, good carbonation

O: Decent beer, light enough to be session-able but still has a decent amount of taste to it.

Photo of Kelby777
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried Fat Tire earlier today, and I am finally sober enough to write a review for it.

Poured delicately into a dimpled beer stein. The temperature of the beer was in the mid 30's. I have also tried Fat Tire at a slightly warmer temperature - at around 45 degrees.

Appearance - Very beautiful appearance. The color is a shade of amber and resembles light maple syrup. White frothy head (when poured at a warmer temperature) with a nice lacing around the glass. Appears to be of high carbonation.

Smell - Wonderful and distinct smell. Grassy hops is definitely the dominant aroma here.

Taste - Has a hop bite to it, but it doesn't linger on the tongue for a while like other ales do. It has a bitter taste from the hops, but the average beer drinker would be able to handle it. I personally don't dig the bitter hop taste, but it won't prevent me from drinking it.

Mouth feel - It has a nice carbonated mouth feel, however, it could be thicker. I found it has a thinner mouth feel than a typical macro beer.

Overall - This makes a great session beer. It is not one I would drink everyday but if I were offered it, I would not decline it. It's good to get away from the macro beers now and again. Cheers!

Photo of Chiefy770
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. Bottle
"Enjoy By" Date of May 24th, 2015
Reviewed on March 17th, 2015
Served in a New Belgium Globe

Eyes
Poured a dark copper body with a nice amber glow. Not much of a head but it left a nice amount of lacing throughout.

Nose
Lots of biscuit. Toasted grains. Pleasant undertones of dark fruit.

Mouth
Doughy malts hit the tongue first. Biscuit. Toast. Sweet bread. Hops were short-lived but palpable, breaking through the dense malts with lighter notes of pear and apple. Semi-dry finish. Medium/light bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall
I'm pretty sure this was my "gateway beer" into the world of craft beer. It is accessible, consistent, and tasty.

Photo of do_ob
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Pours very a very clear, crisp golden color with a 1 finger white head. Quickly fizzed down into a spotty lacing. Notes of citrus, flowers, and orange peel on the nose. Overall, not much of a smell. Light/medium weight to the body. A quick, but very mild hop bite initially then..nothing. This beer doesn't really taste like anything to me. Dry finish with a bit of a malty aftertaste.

This is a pleasant beer I suppose, but it's lacking the flavor to make it stand out among the run of the mill ales. It would make a great session beer, and at 5.2% a 6 pack could probably have you feeling good. Just not my taste, though.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 7,406 ratings.