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Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

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5,512 Ratings

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Ratings: 5512
Reviews: 1757
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)
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North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour is a light strawberry red with a hint of yellow showing through. Small one finger head that quickly dissapated and left little or no lace on the glass.

The smell is heavy in biscuity malt with a light floral undertone.

The drink is heavy in sweet malt up front, the malt seems to sweeten throughout the mouth with just a hint of hops at the finish. Clean finish with little or no aftertaste.

All and all a very refreshing and drinkable beer. This one will be in my fridge from now on, glad it finally came to North Carolina.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 01:42:54 | More by coasterfreak75
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Appearance: Copper, golden amber color, decent sized white head with lacing around the cup

Smell: Hops, malty, almost a good yeasty smell, roasted nutty hints

Taste: malt flavors, nutty, earthy

Mouthfeel: Clean, well balanced, not too heavy of carbonation

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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.

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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.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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