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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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1,904 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,904
Hads: 7,979
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 30.28%
Wants: 203
Gots: 1,870 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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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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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Photo of treehugger02010
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got a six pack of this at Central Market in Dallas Texas and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: A light amber body with a light tan head coming from millions of tiny bubbles. Thin but abundant lacing is left on the sides of the glass after the head disappears, which is long and beautiful.
Smell: Roasty malt, a bit of coffee. Semi-sweet.
Taste: Very very roasty. A bit off putting.
Mouthfeel: Smooth.
Drinkability: Pretty good after the first overwhelming roastyness.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of charlzm
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On draft at Molly Malone's Los Angeles, 1/13/08.

Middling amber color with thin skin of foam for a head.

Sweet malt smells.

Mouthfeel unremarkable.

Flavor is sweet and malty: a good start. Unfortunately, the "crisp hopiness" described by the brewer didn't appear, leaving instead a somewhat cloying taste. Not bad, but a touch more hops in the finish would have cut through the sweetness much better.

Widely available and easy to drink, so it's a possibility in most bars and restaurants. And it's so much better than a BMC product...

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Photo of kojevergas
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass. Expectations are average; I'd had it from the bottle before. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a beige floater. Body colour is a semitransparent amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Amber malts, caramel, hints of butterscotch? Some biscuit malt. A mild strength aroma.

T: Amber malts, caramel, and biscuit malt. Clean but simple. Pleasant and balanced. Little yeast comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Suits the flavour decently. A touch too heavy on the palate for the lack of diverse or bold flavour. Good thickness. Overcarbonated.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. A good beer for drinking at a bar on the cheap, but it's lackluster. Overpriced at $6.00. New Belgium makes far better beers.

Low C+

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Photo of tito42
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. Best by 25 SEP 2011 stamped on label.

A: Crystal, light copper with a copper hued head that dissipates fairly quickly and doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Strong toasted malts with biscuit and a slight hops aroma and a touch of honey.

T: Toasted malts, bready, biscuity, with a bit of cherry and a bit of a hops finish. Slight hint of pine oil.

M: Light-bodied and watery. Extremely clean and crisp.

O: The flavor doesn't work for me personally, but this is an important crossover craft beer. Lacks in many respects, however, and I would much rather have a Boulevard Amber Ale brewed locally. Readily available in many places as one of the most common 2 or 3 true craft brews outside of the local favorites.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Fat Tire poured a golden orange with a creamy white head that had decent retention. It had a slight bready aroma...not much there. It was pretty mild tasting. Some tones of toffee and toasted biscuit. It had a noticable metallic finish. A fairly bland amber. New Belgium has MUCH better to offer!

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Photo of ADR
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I drank this repeatedly on tap on a trip to Grand Junction and was consistently under-impressed...definitely not highly hopped and the malt did not break through rather than being quite "bready" and neutral, unlike a Full Sail (as one example) that will establish a flavor profile...color was good but I find this one of Colorado's most over hyped brews.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally got around to purchasing this. Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Clear medium orange color. Two fingers of off-white, frothy/creamy head. Retention is very good and tons of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Dry graininess and toasty malts. That's about it, but it's done well and thus well appreciated.

2.5 T: Smells better than it tastes. Still grainy and toasty, but not as powerful. Just an easy drinking, uninspired beer.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. A bit too much carbonation. Not creamy or crisp, but not bad either.

3.0 D: It is what it is. It's like the Yuengling of the midwest, except that's it's a little better.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Short review because there isn't really much to say.
Pours a clear amber, slight wispy head, not not much in the way of lacing of the glass.
Smells weak, slight grassy notes mixed with some mild malts
Taste is much like the smell, bits of malt with very little sweetness, mild grass and hay, not much in the way of hops stand out. They're there but subdued.
Feels a little thin and fizzy and finishes with a lingering bitterness in the back of the throat.
Nice hot summer day beer with a low ABV. Has it's place and time...it's just not right now.

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Photo of donaldchapman
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - clear amber color, with a frothy white head.

S - Pretty neutral aromas, bready with slight hops

T - Bready flavors dominate, with a slight hop bitterness.

M - Crisp, medium body with appropriate carbonation.

This beer is very well made, the flavors are all pretty neutral and bland compared to New Belgium's other beers. I think the can does improve this beer as compared to the bottle.

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Photo of kitch
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

A 12 fl oz bottle with an enjoy by date of 19th July 2015 and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: It poured an extremely clear deep copper colour with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Slightly weak aromas, but there’s biscuit and bread like notes, slight caramel and also a touch of apple.

Taste: It’s quite similar to the aromas. I get biscuit malts, caramel and some apple juice. I’m not really getting that much hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: This was decent and easy to drink but not amazing. I wouldn’t actively seek it, but if I could find a fresher bottle, I’d try it.

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Photo of pmccallum86
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Since Fat Tire seems to be the new SA BL as in it's becoming ubiquitous I figured I may as well review it.

A- Pours a nice reddish gold color with an off color white head.

S- This beer smells all malt, mainly biscuity.

T- Tastes exactly like it smells, biscuity and malty. No hop character to be found.

M- Decent mouth feel, nothing special. Thin taste, not too much going on here.

D- This is quite a drinkable beer. Mainly because it is very mild, nothing overwhelming in any aspect.

This is the definition of status quo, nothing bold, nothing bland.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,904 ratings.