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Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

5,510 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 5510
Reviews: 1756
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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cbarrett4

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As usual for New Belgium, pours with that signature persistent head that fades to that sticky lace. Good amber hue with some dull highlights. Very clear, bubbly, commercialized appearance.

Not complex on the nose. Mostly bready yeast and caramel malt. A bit herbaceous. On the palate is more bread, biscuit, toast, (can I come up with any more bready descriptors?), some caramel, herbs, and lightly roasted malt. Body is actually light but doesn't seem thin which is an amazing feat. Crisp and clean on the finish, no overly bitter notes.

Overall this is the definition of drinkable. Nothing really screams "awesome". They play it safe in a good way. Consistency.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 21:16:08 | More by cbarrett4
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HeavyDandtheGirls

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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gogreen99

Michigan

3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my favorite beers. Dark beer with good head. Has a definitive malt flavor. A plain and simple yet satisfying beer. The aroma can be deceiving as it gives off a bit of unpleasent aroma. The taste can be described as a nutty toasted bread flavor with a hint of apricot.

Serving type: bottle

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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355 mL bottle served well-chilled; best before May 25. One of several American classics that I picked up on my last cross-border trip.

Pours a clear, golden-amber colour, generating nearly two fingers' worth of fluffy, off-white head at the surface. It maintains cohesion for quite a long while, slowly condensing into a dense, creamy cap thickest around the edge of the glass. Great lacing, too - just an attractive-looking beer all-around. The aroma is fairly subdued, consisting of some bready malts, toasted nuts, caramel and some earthier notes.

A tasty, straightforward amber ale. Caramel, crystal malt and grainy sweetness grab my attention first, with toasted biscuit and nuts soon taking over. It finishes with the hops, which provide an earthy, slightly spicy conclusion to the sip. The aftertaste is a little nutty and bitter, perhaps reminiscent of almond, though not lingering on the palate terribly long. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation that lightly prickles the palate. Easy to drink, and enjoyable to do so - it's rare for me to polish off the glass before the review, but here we are.

Final Grade: 3.79, a B+. In my opinion, Fat Tire is one of the best examples of a basic, malt-forward amber session ale I've ever tried. Not the most unique example of the style, but this particular brew has a lot of history behind it and is a damn fine ale regardless. Marzen fans should find this one an agreeable year-round alternative, and anyone seeking out a reliable, lighter ale that keeps the hop bill in check should give this bike a test run. I'd pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 07:10:28 | More by thehyperduck
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3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
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Appearance: Very golden amber color with a small to medium head that doesn't dissipate too quickly. Visible carbonation.

Smell: caramel malts, sweet, grainy and somewhat hoppy smell.

Taste: Sweet toffee/caramel taste. Somewhat bitter aftertaste with a sweetness that is balanced with it. Medium bodied and a crisp beer.

Overall: A nice change of pace from my IPAs I typically drink. A sweet beer that is enjoyable every once in a while. New Belgium does a good job with their brews and this is another one I would recommend to try.

Serving type: on-tap

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 5,510 ratings.