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
good

7,490 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 7,490
Reviews: 1,933
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 184
Gots: 1,398 | 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: 7,490 | Reviews: 1,933
Photo of Miles_Wilson
4.56/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've heard this was okay but not great, beat thing I could find at a local market on vacation and I was pleasantly surprised.

Photo of Donsolo420
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ehhh . Nothing special. Bready, biscuity. Golden honey color. Not much head whatsoever. Session beer for sure.

Photo of winningwes91
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A decent beer. Middle of the road.

Photo of Gote
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

OK, I love this beer. I'm sure there are better examples of an amber ale out there but I haven't tried them. The hops are there but just enough to give a wonder flavor without all the bitterness. Slight hint of orange which is odd because I consider adding fruit flavor to a beer to be a waste of beer...and fruit. This could easily be a daily drinker for me.

Photo of ericstites
2.08/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

About as generic as an amber can get. Just not a lot there.

Photo of ryanjgamache
4.56/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A delicious beer that is so smooth

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

This beer is incredible. Easily one of my favorites.

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

My favorite craft beer of all time

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - A golden brew, slightly cast to its transparency, and a white head, tight and short. Significant lacing.

S - Quiet, with a slight toasty grain note, somewhat sour.

T - Malt forward, with a caramel and wheat bread note, and a slightly bitter hop note in the close.

M - Light and easy on the tongue, a good drinker.

O - A solid amber that delivers a solid malt forward brew, with subtle but delicious bread flavor, and a clearing, clean close that keeps things rolling along. An easily drinkable beer perfect for a long, multi-bottle session.

Photo of GerryPendry
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A decent beer. Nice head, definitely malt-forward sweet biscuit, a little hint of roastiness, nice earthy hop flavor with understated bitterness. I first tried this beer 15 or 16 years ago when it already had a cult following but was much harder to find. Then, as now, I don't see what all the fuss is about. Maybe the hype was justified in the late 90s, when great beer was harder to find. Maybe BA should add a "Nostalgia factor" to the rating categories.

Photo of 420Dude
4.51/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

More into the IPAs but they did a great job on this style. Not too heavy or sweet like some amber ales.

Photo of dbertles
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very nice beer. Hoppy flavor, not at all bitter.

Photo of Alpha_Brew_Ski_Master
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great for a summer day. Well named, sorta flat but finishes strong.

Photo of ChuckZ77
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer. Not too hopy.

Photo of trickten
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is currently fav beer. Love the taste

Photo of EMV
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can

L: Pours a clear deep amber with a thick white head.

S: Biscuits and malts. Minimal hops.

T/F: Pretty benign flavor. Biscuits and grains. Lightly malty. Like the nose pretty minimal on the hops. Moderately carbonated and crisp.

O: Well made Amber but nothing special and New Belgium has way better stuff to offer. Readily available and way better than you average macros. Good for an introduction to craft beer.

Photo of jsantana09
2.72/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Average beer. Better than the adjunct/light beers but not quite at the level of many of the other craft beers out there. Hits the mark for an Amber Ale but didn't amaze me. Good beer for an afternoon session.

Photo of chrisroarshack
2/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Boring, sludgy hop character with no enjoyable malt body, my opinion.

Photo of Plankster01
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoy this beer.

Photo of jharmon
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Tastes like well cooked bacon or biscuits. In a good way! Yum!!

Photo of Briancaldel
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Average Amber. Nice Amber color but not my favorite. Compared it side by side with rush river and Alaskan

Photo of Pumpkin-Head
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft in a prisoner glass. Pours a deep brown with good clarity. Head is dense with microbubbles and extra white in color. Smell is malty and nutty and taste is very similar and not complex.

Photo of takusan1000
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent baseline amber. Sweet malty smell, a bit yeasty, but not very strong. Taste is malty also, biscuity and reminds me of a Scotch ale. Refreshing and one-note. Not much hops aroma or taste in it at all.

Photo of franklioni
4.46/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Love how the review part is optional but compulsory.

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.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 7,490 ratings.