Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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3.75/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Served in a shaker pint glass. Served at Kaiser Grille, Pam Springs CA.
Appearance: Clear coppery amber color with a light tan 1/8" head. This died down a bit to a thin skin across the top but plenty of persistent lacing noted.
Smell: When first poured, strong toasted malts and even some hints of chocolate. As it warmed up, the malt smells died back and with a good swirl you could just pick up some of the toasted malt and maybe a hint of some floral hops. Smell definitely muted as the beer warms up.
Taste: Strong toasted malt, caramel, and even some roasted and mild chocolate notes in here as well. Hops are muted and start to show up a bit as the beer warms up, but definitely malt forward. The toasted malts are just right - not just sweetness, but a sweetness with some good character to it. The bitterness to balance out the malt strikes me more as bitterness from the roasted and toasted malts rather than hops, but there is a hint of earthy hops in here. I hesitate to say German-style hops, but I was not getting the typical American hop flavors with this one. Could have been the meal I had it with though (see below).
Mouthfeel: Nothing remarkable in the carbonation department, but definitely thicker than water. A little chewy.
Overall / Drinkability: One is enough, but it's an interesting one is enough. I had this with a whiskey brined porkchop, and it went quite well with this, but I noted after awhile I could really only taste the malt; hops are too blended in to pick out or the meal I had prevented me from really tasting the malt. Definitely above average but I think I was expecting more hop flavors to balance out the malt. Possible they were in there, I just couldn't pick them out.
Serving type: on-tap
02-01-2012 07:09:16 | More by damndirtyape
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