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Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

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1,890 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,890
Hads: 7,849
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 30%
Wants: 197
Gots: 1,729 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Reviews: 1,890 | Hads: 7,849
Photo of tavernjef
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Notes from a trip to Colorado and Wyoming - May 2002 Purchased in Loveland, CO

Color of deep golden yellow with small white head. Smell was very musty of grass and floral hop. It reminded me of that weird powder thats on a balloon just before blowing it up. Taste was almost the same, grainy grass like, citrusy sweet and bitterly dry, kinda like a bad grape. Feel was a little light, and reminded me of a dry wine. Its an average ale.

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Photo of grmarcil
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I finally got around to drinking a Fat Tire after hearing the hype for quite a while. Bought a 22 oz bomber, poured into a regular glass.

Pretty-looking beer: nice amber color with a fairly rich white head, which leaves a good bit of lacing. Unfortunately, I found appearance to be the highlight of the beer.

On the whole, I found this beer lacking. The smell is a mild, semi-sweet grain with a little bit of hops. The taste is similar, just a little sweeter, with more wateriness and less hops. I couldn't get over how watery this beer tasted and felt.

Looking up, Fat Tire is very drinkable. Easy as anything you'll find without going macro-lite.

To conclude, maybe this is a case of a good but not great beer failing to live up to the big hype, and I'm just disappointed. Maybe I'm rating it a little low because of that, but it has a lot of strikes against it: watery, bland, and definitely not a bargain.

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Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - light ruby red, pours a small quickly rededing off white head, no lacing

S - Smells alot like a BMC with a tiny hint of hops - not sure if this is an old bottle or what but I get none of the hop profile.

T - slight biscuit character to the malts, but again little to no hop profile, certainly not a distinguishable one.

M - Pretty thin but properly carbonated

D - Seems like a good gateway beer for BMC drinkers to get into craft, although this isn't very far from the mainstream from what I've seen.

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Photo of mjc410
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker at the Granfalloon in KC, MO. The beer managed to put up some very thin but persistent off-white surface lacing, over a clear tawny/amber body. The nose had just a little caramel and toffee, with a slight bit of graininess and hops, but it was all very weak. The taste was lightly toasty, bready, touched by caramel, with minimal hops. The mouth was medium-thick, with fine but tingly carbonation. Overall, an easy drinker, but with little character. Still, I'd like to have a session with it and see how it fares in that manner.

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Photo of crossovert
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fluid ounce bottle. Appears to be best before Oct 09. Served at approx 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pours into my pint glass with a clear orange amber color. Not too far form apple cider. Has a nice thick foamy white head with some decent lacing.

Smells roasty, with bready malts and some fruitiness. A faint whiff of hop can be smelled as well. Also has a bit of a fart odor.

Has a moderate watery body with a decent bit of carbonation. Taste is again very toasty and malty. Not much hops are present, but they give off a hint of earthy spice. Has a bit of sourness in the finish. The aftertaste is bitter.

Overall it is a pretty pedestrian ale, has an off putting scent and not the strongest taste either. I finished it really quick, I'm not sure if it is because I liked it or it was just really easy to put down.

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Photo of Drewski363672
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

small head allowing the drinker to enjoy the mild fragrance and smooth mouth feel. The tiny bubbles of carbonation give it enough life to have a tingly mouth feel but still very crisp and smooth. The aroma of the beer is subtle but fragrant and the color is a dark color as far as pale ales go. Overall a tasty beer that is a good session beer but would not blow anyone away with the quality or uniqueness of this beer.

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Photo of Pity
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured copper, lots of lacing. Really nice looking beer.

S- Biscuits and malts, hints of hoppiness.

T- Similar to the smell, very well balanced between the malts and the hops.

M- Lots of carbonation, overall a smooth brew.

Overall this is a classic in the microbrewing industry, and definitely has a cult following. Nothing too special, but great when compared to the Bud's and Miller's of the world.

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Photo of Brent
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perhaps it is the name, but this beer always seems the most recognized New Belgium beer - which is a shame because they make other much better beers. High level of caramel malt, almost chocolate without the normal degree of roasting. A bit bland in the middle, with nondescript hopping at the end. More akin to a mild brown ale in flavor than anything.

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Photo of cudmud
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This is the best aspect of this beer. It has a wonderful, deep amber color. Plus, this beer has a thick, bright white head of one finger in thickness. The beer had good head retention and lacing. In all, this is a pretty beer.

Smell: The malts take center stage with this brew. It has a nice biscuit-like aroma. You can also smell the deep aroma of hops. The hops and malts to a good job of complimenting each other.

Taste: In short, this tastes like beer. The flavors are very delute.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: It's cool and wet.

This beer is a disapointment. The appearance had me thinking this would be a spectacular beer. However, the good atributes stop with the looks.

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Photo of dopehousex3
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had Fat Tire at a bar and in my opinion its ok but nothing special about. It had a nice look smelled nice and did go down really smooth but there was nothing to make me want to keep drinking Fat Tire amber ale again or go out to buy a 6 pack. I guess ill only drink it again if some one else buys lol.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This was served on tap at the DIA. It has a light amber color with a small head, which is well retained and leaves a decent lace. It has a mild smell altogether, but it's mostly malty with a faint trace of hops. The taste is dominated (and I mean dominated) by earthy hops with the malt present, but very much in the background. The finish is strongly hoppy bitterness. It has a medium body with moderately low carbonation.

This is a decent session beer for hopheads I think. It's a bit strong on the hops for my taste, a little too bold for what I look for in an American Amber Ale.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deeo golden color with a nice two finger head that quickly goes away but the lacing goes on forever.
Good crbonation is eveident.
Mouthfeel seems to be very good...full, amost oily in feel.
Good balance between the malt and hops.
Very fruity flavor...no bitterness on the palate

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Photo of heygeebee
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From Warner's BB Dec 13

Briefly, pours clear amber! Spotty lace. Smells of little really, save doughy malts. Taste is marmalade and beady malts, and much more a la ESB than anything else. Little hops. Clearly entry level offering.

Drinkable, tho....

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours red-amber with a thick fluffy head that leaves a sheet of lacing.

Aroma is caramel malt with a yeasty funk.

Taste is what the nose suggested. Sweet with a touch of brown sugar and a hint of nut. Finish is dominated by an earthy yeasty character with mild undefined spices.

Mouthfeel is light-medium in body.

Overall a beer that doesn't live up to the hype. A good crossover beer into more full flavored brews.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber received in a trade with b0ldfacelies.

Reddish-amber body, thick white head, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Nose is sweet, malty and slightly dusty smelling, (sounds weird, I know).

Flavor is sweet malt. Husky and slightly astringent. There's that grainy/dusty thing again. It's kind of an anti-quencher. No hops or tartness to speak of. Bready and quite bland. It's not bad, but not really my favorite type of brew.

Mouthfeel is medium with slight astringency.

Drinkability is low to me. The dryness/dustyness kills my desire for more. One bomber will be more than enough.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First had: bottle at ?

A pretty good, readily available beer. Pours a clear amber with a nice finger of white head. Bready aroma, mixed with roasted nuts. Roasted malts in the taste, nutty, bready, moving on to floral hops with a slight bit of citrus in there. Medium mouthfeel, finishes dry, and overall quite easily drinkable. It's the Yuengling of the the West.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my nonic glass a reddish-gold with a short, fizzy head that falls quickly to a thin ring. There's a little lacing left that's persistent, but there's not much of a head to leave lots.

Smell brings to mind peaches, pears and cat... um... well... cat piss. Some fruitiness and acidities. Really not so bad, just not so great.

Subtle tastes; Fruits, grains in crackerish form, a very brief hop bitterness. Pretty well balanced, I guess. Just kind of unenthusiastic in total flavor quality.

Mouthfeel suffers; Not enough carbonation, or rather not carbonation of the right sort. What's there is too tight to really excite the flavors around the palate, and it completely cleans the palate upon swallowing, leaving almost no aftertaste or after-feel.

Definitely drinkable with food; I had this with pizza and it was a jammin' combination. I wouldn't choose it to drink it by itself, though. When a beer excites me I write long reviews; This one didn't impress me for how much I've heard about it.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.04/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Surprised that I've never actually tried this one. Brought back by a friend. Best by date of August 13th. Poured into a Sam Adams sensory glass.

Big, frothy 2 finger white head with good retention. Beer is clear bronze. Lacing is spotty with average stick. Good.

Nose is uninspiring. Decently aromatic. Nutty with hints of brown sugar, chestnut, and tree bark. Not really what I'm looking for from the style. Missing that nice, hop presence.

Opens nutty. Brown sugar, chestnut, and a weird, yeastiness. Big malt presence throughout. An odd metallic taste peaks out at the end. Sweet, sugary aftertaste. Strange, but not bad.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking. Goes down watery with an accent. Finishes sharp with a mellow, lingering aftertaste. Refreshing.

I can't say I'm surprised by New Belgium's flagship brew. Its nothing special but the flavor is decent, not offensive, and very conservative. Not much to hate here but not much to like either. I'd have this if this was one of the only craft options.

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Photo of hanco005
3.04/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought this on a recent trip to Omaha, heard so many good things about it that I thought I would give it a shot, 12 oz bottle, best before 15DEC06 and marked 20188 066128 1102, poured into a pint glass

A—pours clear light copper with a 1 ½ inch sand colored cloud like head that collapses down after several minutes, laces like Swiss cheese

S—sweet and sour, more sour than anything, some bread tones, not to my liking, actually, a little dirt aroma as well

T—sweet, buttery, biscuit, some fruitiness, very strong flavor, finishes on the dry side

M—smooth, medium/light bodied, good carbonation

D—glad I tried it, but not something I would have on a regular basis. I really don’t like the smell.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good looking amber, pours clear mahogany with a short white head. Nutty and malty aroma, almost like nougat. The taste is odd. Malty, but not very sweet. Kind of a nutty taste that is advertised as toasted malts. Its okay, but does not live up to the hype.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into my GI Tulip

A - A light, kinda watery amber color and can see the carbonation trailing up the middle of this one. Has a nice one finger head that sits on top and sticks around throughout the beer.

S - Smells rather biscuity and can tell the yeasty aspect of the beer. Also has a hint of orange that comes up as well and gives the beer a slight citrus scent.

T - The first taste is of orange peel and that quickly fades away into a taste that is a bit hard to describe but almost taste a bit like a dark grape and a shortbread cookie. Also has a bit of a roasted nut flavor in there as well It is an interesting and unique taste but one that I don't really care for too much. Can definitely taste a hint of hops in there that sits around in the aftertaste and get the hint of biscuit and caramel but it just doesn't really do it for me. Something seems a bit out of whack and even has a hint of sourness which seems out of place. The aftertaste has a slight orange peel taste to it.

MF - Mild carbonation and a bit thin in the body. The carbonation does end up calming down and turning the MF into a very creamy aspect that makes the beer feel smooth and makes your mouth feel rather full.

D - Overall, I can see why some people get all up in arms over this beer and It would make a nice gateway beer for BMC drinkers. I think the unique flavor profile makes this beer one of those beers that you are either going to really like or be a bit indifferent about it. I happen to fall into the indifference category on this one. It is a beer that I would drink if it was around and definitely before some of the BMCs but I would never go out and buy it on my own.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: glowing amber color, very light-clear golden. Lace and head, not to much to talk about

S: dominant toasted malt nose, caramel and cherry sweetness

T: toasted grains and biscuits malts. Sweetness makes me think of lightly toasted coconut paired with caramel. Big and burly toasted amber overall with no hops, or a dash of them, as my tongue tells me

M: carbonation jabs away at smoothness, toasty finish and lighter body are nice

D: to tip a few would be no problem, but it lacks in overall complexity, but thumbs up for a huge toasted malt flavor if that is your thing.
When I lived in Michigan, New Belgium was rare and had sort a elusive stature. Now that I can get it, its average so far...I have yet to drink other brews, but this amber is average

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Photo of Ohiolager
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

fat tire amber ale 6pk bottles $8.99(OH)

12 oz weird looking brown bottle poured into a pint glass. enjoy by date is marked in a small corner, missing the 4 in 14. reading 01jun1.

pours a light amber/red color. almost a two finger head, slightly a peach color. it stays around for a while however falling to less than one finger. as the head recedes it leaves some silky lacing, however i wasn't that impressed. the carbonation looks good. not too many or too little bubbles rising from the glass.

it smells malty, coppery, i smell some breads and very little hops.

it tastes pretty much like the bottle says " balances biscuit like malt flavors with a hoppy re freshness." more bready and malty, with a slight hoppy aftertaste. it don't taste bad, it just feels like its missing something. nothing about the taste really stands out in a crowd of craft brews.

the mouth feel however is great. very nice, smooth, silky coppery feel consumes the mouth. more on the light side but not a watery feel. slight dry finish but dryness is very very low.

overall i don't know about this brew. i just feel the mouth feel was the best part. the appearance is good just too light. the smell is minimal. the taste is missing something to make it stand out. at $9 a sixer, im sure there are craft amber/red ales that can stand out in a crowd.

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Photo of RobeyStreet
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, I finally got around to trying Fat Tire. I think I may have tried it a few years ago and was not impressed and thus never had it again. However, last weekend someone ordered me one so I was reintroduced to it.

For me, it was just average. It has a very roasted nutty flavor and it sits heavy in the stomach. Nice maybe with a meal or just by itself, but not if you're out drinking and plan on having more than one. I just don't know what all the fuss is about because I know a lot of people who quite like Fat Tire, but perhaps it's just not for me. Not much "wow" factor... I didn't find anything particularly unique or memorable about this brew.

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Photo of Tallboy
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours: out a dark cherry/amber, clear with a moderate white head.

Smell: was pretty average, nothing spectacular cept' maybe apples

Taste :A decent mix of hopps,yeast,caramel was all I could realy taste. It wasn't as good as people have claimed, but in no way bad.

Mouthfeel: A tad dry than I would prefer or recomend.

Overall: One of those "Once in a blue moon" brews.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,890 ratings.