Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.64/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
This beer was served from a bottle at the Sundeck on Aspen Mountain in Aspen, CO. It arrived in a pint glass, glowing a golden pumpkin orange. It held a two finger head of copper-brushed foam, resembling the body of bubble bath. This showed nice retention, leaving a quarter of an inch of thick foamy lacing. Carbonation appeared light, but solidly present, with no haze or sediment noted. The aroma gave toasted pale and amber malts, light metallic adjuncts, sweeter raw barley, and big grassy hops that were more crispy drying than juicy With warmth came peanut nuttiness, vegetal sprouts, toasted graham cracks, and overripe bananas. Our first impression was that the flavoring was very toasty and biscuity, as advertised, but the adjuncts definitely shone through. As we sipped, the flavor opened with bittered pale malts and ambers, as did the nose, with metallic bite off the bat. Mixing in were white flour adjuncts, and milder grassy and herbal hops. The middle peaked with a deepening of earthiness, with dried tree bark, green stick hoppiness, and a continuation of those pale malts. The finish came with light vanilla and milky creaminess, effectively breaking up that standard, even graininess. The aftertaste breathed of toasted pale malts, buttery sweetness, mineral, baker’s yeast, light adjuncts, coppery metallics, and big mustiness. The body was lighter, and the carbonation was medium to high. The mouth was coated with wet, watery foaminess, with eventual light dryness once it finally dissipated. Each sip gave nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth. The abv was fine, and the beer drank decently.
Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the bitterness through the flavoring, due to both the grain and the hops. Neither really acted to steal the show, but both helped to box out those comparatively unpleasant adjuncts. The nose, comparatively, was weak, but did improve with warmth. This beer is a classic for the style, but its basic nature leaves you searching for a bit more.
Serving type: bottle
04-14-2013 03:39:39 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
4.24/5 rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Looks fantastic. It is a perfect coppery-reddish amber I look for in an amber ale. Soft white foamy head dissipates soon after. Smells like a great amber as well, somewhat modest with a sweeter scent. Not too much of a punch in the flavor however I find the mellow quality desirable. THere is a bit of an alcholic taste at first then dies down to a numbing sensation. Mouthfeel is incredible. Full thickness of the amber brew lingers in my mouth.
Had this beer had a better flavor, I would raise the overall score. As is, this beer rates a 4.25-4.5...Since it was room temp when I reviewed I will give it a 4.5.
Impressive ale here that I will enjoy again and again.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 09:44:38 | More by Gabriel_Vaughn
3.85/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I first had this from the bottle and though it was a decent beer, it was nothing to recommend to a friend. Then I went to my local Irish Pub, with the intent of having a couple Guinness with lunch, and found they had this on tap. I ordered one.
The head was minimal, but the appearance was a nice amber. The taste had a bit of hop but finished sweet. I'd describe the flavor as hoppy bubblegum. Surprisingly, I liked it. It was much better on-tap than from the bottle. I liked it so much I had another and never got to my Guinness (Sorry Grandpa McBride).
Serving type: on-tap
07-11-2014 23:19:08 | More by cb500rider
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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