Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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3.79/5 rDev +5.6%
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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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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