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Fat Tire Amber Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one was brought to my tasting last night. The beer poured a golden color with a thin cover of head over the beer. The nose on this was not good. We came up with old socks in grandma's attic as the description. It was just not good smelling beer. The flavor was full of biscuit malt, with a bready taste. The body was fairly thin and drinkabilit was just average. I could have one, but probably not more than that.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - amber color, pretty clear, big white head with little retention and good lacing

s - not a strong aroma, a little bready maltiness

t - pretty smooth tasting, quite malty, not much bitterness evident, actually tastes a lot like a macro to me, fairly uninteresting

m - ample carbonation, light-bodied

d - would be a good session beer, but the taste just doesn't interest me enough to keep on drinking it

I was a little disappointed with this one. Tasted a lot like a macro lager such as Budweiser to me. Could use a bit more hoppiness to take it up a level as the taste was pretty one-dimensional and that one dimension was not anything special. If price was equal, I would choose this over a macro, but otherwise, I'll probably pass.

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Photo of Skidud313
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was my first exposure to locally distributed beers. Seems a bit lighter than most ambers, a fair amount of yeast is present. Very bready. Fairly bright tasting with a distinct flavor and relatively nominal smell. but theres much more to beer out here, as big a deal as it is. Still shining bright in the declining red beer market though. Easy drinking and easy to find.

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Photo of baseballrock
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - a dark amber color, with about a 1 inch head, that left quite a bit of lacing till the last drink.

S - nothing special slight caramel.

T - taste is balanced, with some notes of sweet honey.

M - mouthfeel was fairly light.

D - a drinkable beer other than being a little pricey on tap.

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Photo of mschofield
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber, topped with a one finger off-white head, left webs of lacing.
A bit spicy nose, toast and biscuit.
Toasty, a bit of a spicy floral note, bread, with caramel.
Light bodied.
This was one of the beers I was looking forward to on my trip to Denver, I had heard a lot about it, but sadly it was just a little better than average to me.

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Photo of jpro
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured it from a bomber - crystal clear light amber / caramel, with a thin eggshell colored head that doesn't really stick around. Aroma has touches of burnt caramel, grainy, its very bready; overall, kind of like nutella-light (if there is such a thing) on toast. Taste is of bread, malt sweetness, with hints of nuttiness; there's a light hop finish. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and a little thin. Its pretty drinkable, as in it could be consumed like water - although, personally I'd go for something else. Not as much character as I was hoping for -

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Swellbow for hooking me up with this beer of the west!

A- Body is a crystal clear medium amber hue. Pours with an approximately 2 finger white head. Head eventually fades to a thick collar and traces of lacing are left all the way down the glass.

S- Faint sweet caramel malt comes to the nose first followed by an impression of herbal/grassy hops.

T- The flavor upfront is very mild and offers herbal and grassy hop flavors along with a faint sweet malt backbone. The finish is even more faint than the beginning and doesn't really taste like anything but water. After the finish a mild impression of grassy hop bitterness emerges.

M- Medium tingly carbonation and a body that is a bit thin and watery.

D- My overall impression of this beer is that its pretty boring. Nothing offensive-but nothing exciting. I can see why it is so popular with being a good transition beer from BMC to craft beers. Easy to drink and nothing offensive about it.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice copper amber with a creamy off-white, long lasting head. Only a little lacing left on the pint glass. Aroma is of tosted malts and biscuity heaviness. A grassy hoppines is also noted. Flavor is somewhat the same: biscuits and toasted malts. Hoppy bitterness is kept to a minimum, but still can be detected in the background. Aftertaste is heavy, and lingers for a while. Mouthfeel is oily and slick, but clean and the carbonation leaves a nice bite on my tongue. Overall, this brew would be great with a spicy gumbo or stew, but I would rather have a big DIPA for an accompaniment instead.

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Photo of alovesupreme
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Expiration date is in 2 weeks, may have been a bad bottle.
A light amber beer with a foamy head.
A strange aroma dominates this beer, (seafood,steak?) The expiration date is in two weeks so maybe this beer has passed its prime. A pleasant malt character,slight cherry aroma as well as a subtle citrus twang fill in the rest of the beer.
Taste seems a little off but I have never had this beer so I dont know how it should have been. Citrus character as well as a nice malt body make up this beer. Not that much going on.
A good mouthfeel that does exactly as it should and is quite pleasant.
If it were not for the bogus smell and slightly off taste this would be a very pleasant beer.

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3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A light orange amber body shows a bit of bubbley carbonation. Head is a thick foamy tan that holds its form well.

Nose brings a raw malty feel to the nose, along with that is a fresh field note of wheat. You deffinetly notice a herbal backround also.

Enters the mouth with a distinct nutty, herbal feel. Maybe a hint of hazel nut. A very raw fresh feel overall to this beer but it is smooth and mellow, wery easy to drink.

It finishes soft and fuzzy on the mouth.

A very nice american belgium amber. A very clean refreshing amber. Early fall is a good time for this one to be tasted. Nothing really fat about it though.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%

A very simple beer. Pours a light hazel with little head. The smell is mostly malt with almost no hop smell to it. The taste is very mellow and is refreshing but nothing on the palate wowed me by any standard and the mouthfeel was nice. Overall a forgettable beer unless it's a standard for you.

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Photo of KnotABeerSnob
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the bottle it has a nice, sweet fragrance that implies the taste will be the same. This one has a "thick" and filling volume that would be a good pair with a grilled or roasted game meat. I think this brew should be served very cold due to a strong after-taste that would otherwise overpower the culinary experience.
As far as drinking it for the sake of drinking plan to down two or three before the taste becomes palatable.

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Photo of TabletDude
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The waitress told me it was a Belgian Ale, and although it had a hint of Belgian characteristics, I found it to be wanting in fullness of body and taste.
I see that it is classified as an American Amber Ale and agree that is a more fitting description.

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Photo of tylerprince
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a fresh bottle into a pint glass and consumed after dinner.

A: Pours a nice clear light copper/amber with ample bubbling. One finger frothy off-white head with decent retention leaves behind a thin lacing.

S: Sweet, toasted caramel malts with fruity hops (pear, cherry). A slight hint of alcohol and a strange finish...grape? A little chlorine odor towards the end.

T: Fresh malt hits the palate and quickly turns into a nice, toasty caramel, present throughout. Tart fruits come next, similar to smell, but with hints of yeast and tobacco. Complex, but finishes a bit skunky. I like my ambers buttery, and this does not fit the bill.\

M: Very watery, could benefit from more body and carbonation. Not at all resinous.

O: Very disappointing. Smells off, tastes mediocre, and the MF is appalling. I will not be buying this again.

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Photo of Heavenisbeer
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass.

Had the beer a hundred times, but decided that I might as well review it. Here goes:

A: As amber as its style suggests. Perfect body, with a fluffy, egg-white head that steadily dissipates. Lacing is full-bodied and thorough. Well done.

S: Wet grass, metallic, malty hints. Bread. Nothing spectacular, and I may be imagining things.

T: Soddy and light grass. Some hop crispness, cider essence in the middle, and very light roasted malts on the backend.

M: Fits the style. I like a little more body though overall.

O: It’s a great session amber, evident in its early cult status (now that it can easily be had anywhere, it’s lost much of this). I’ll never turn one down.

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Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber with little head and decent lacing. Not much aroma at all. Can smell a little bread but that is about it. Taste is malt forward with a hop finish. This is definitely a well balanced beer that many can enjoy. Not too malty and not too hoppy. Not my favorite style of beer but definitely something I will drink with little complaint. An above average amber ale.

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Photo of afdempse
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber poured into a chalice

Pours an amber color reminiscent of apple juice. Light beige head dwindles to a thin veil rather quickly.

Very faint aroma of sweet malt with some fruity notes.

Flavor is extremely subdued. Malty sweetness with biscuity tones. Bitterness is low for the style, and hops are a fleeting afterthought, going virtually undetected in the flavor.

Rather thin feel, almost macro-ish. Nothing offensive here, but nothing special, either. Semi-dry in the finish, with a lingering dextrin-laced bitterness.

I could see drinking a couple of these if it was the only "better" beer on draft at a restaurant, but I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again. New Belgium's weakest offering, IMHO.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty amber beer, often passed over by 'beer geeks' as a 'gateway' beer. So a revisit of all the times I've had it at Joe's party, or pulled out of an ice tub at Lisa's house, etc...is necessary.

Nice grassy hop nose that's really mild but inviting. Very mild but tasty beer, easy to drink down and leaves a sweet aftertaste that makes the grassy nose of the next sip and ever better balance.

It is true it's a gateway beer, easy to drink but with a stronger flavor than most widely available macros. You can find it on tap just as easily if not more so out her in Portland, and it's a good beer to help spread the appreciation of different beers to a new convert. Can't beat a buck for a bottle of this beer either.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With my girlfriend across the country interviewing for a teaching position, I sat down prior to lunch while watching "Joe Versus the Volcano" - to put it simply, not a good film in the least, but I sat down on a beautiful day and decided to finally review this one.

A brown bomber bottle of Fat Tire with a best by date of June 16, 2006. I poured my beer into a standard pint glass.

The beer poured a very faint amber with the slightest of red tinge. The quarter inch of white head did not retain well. Doughy malts provided the majority of nose, along with a hint of carmel and and another, unidentified, underlying graininess. The beer, which has a substantial following behind it, tasted of a simple maltiness. No hoppiness to really boast of existed inside the flavor, but no negative astringencies were held within there. I found it - on the whole - to be a fairly basic, although very drinkable, amber ale. I see the reasoning behind its cult following, but I find nothing worth really writing home for in this one. It wants to give me flavor - at least in its bottled form here - but it never delivers.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: bottle with Return to the Twin Cities label from France 44.

A: Barely amber and mostly gold ale with a bubbly off white head with large and small bubbles.

S: Clean nose with light spice and little malt. Good but not fantastic.

T: Very smooth malty taste with little else.

M: light--not watery--much.

D: Very. Goes down easy with little to stand in the way.

Overall: Not a bad beer--perfectly fine. Not sure what all the hub-bub is about with trying to get it everyone. Much better than any macro--clean, light, no off flavors--solid light malt with just a touch of hops. Good for what it is, but not my choice.

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Photo of EMV
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can

L: Pours a clear deep amber with a thick white head.

S: Biscuits and malts. Minimal hops.

T/F: Pretty benign flavor. Biscuits and grains. Lightly malty. Like the nose pretty minimal on the hops. Moderately carbonated and crisp.

O: Well made Amber but nothing special and New Belgium has way better stuff to offer. Readily available and way better than you average macros. Good for an introduction to craft beer.

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Photo of SassyBootblack
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

On tap at a local dive bar.

Apperance - Amber color, came to the table with no head.

Smell - Don't remember.

Taste - It has a unique biscuity malt flavor that I've come to call the "New Belgiun flavor," but not much else going on. Great for cold weather.

Mouthfeel - I think with the interesting biscuit flavor, it could benefit from more body. As it is, it's a little thin.

Drinkability - I may have problems with the thin body, but because of it, this stuff goes down easy.

I have fond memories of going to the New Belgium brewery and having a canner hand me a fresh can of this stuff. It's a classic and easy to find.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Live review of a 12 oz bottle.
A: Pale clear amber, it poured with a big cream head with lacing that slowly died.
S: Whole wheat bread, underripe bananas, slight coconut, leafy hops... OK.
T: Exactly what you'd expect from the smell, but with a metallic bitterness in the hops, a general "milk" creamy quality throughout, and a heftier wheat character. It's OK.
M: Thicker and milky with a frothy crisp finish.
O: This is all right. It would rarely be my first choice.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a St. Feuillian chalice.

A: Crystal-clear amber/gold color. Clingy, bubbly, off-white head that leaves quite a bit of lacey spots.

S: Toasted biscuits and some off-putting, funky smelling grains. Is that celery?

T: See above with some vaguely sweet caramel malt and a tiny bit of hops.

M: Dry and bitter. Some creaminess towards the finish.

D: As weird as this smells and tastes it is fairly drinkable. Of course, I can think of many other beers to drink before I'd ever come back to this...yawn.

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Photo of batty
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

transcribed from a review written by hand on 17Dec09 - on draft at the Cantina Mexican Grill in the Denver airport.

Golden copper in color, yellow at the edges with slightly off-white head, fades quick but leaves a slim cap on top, good lacing.

smells kinda like water. seriously. on top of that, a hint of caramel and biscuity malts if you strain yourself enough

tastes mostly like bud light with a touch of color. the worst part is, this could be a great beer - nice caramel and biscuity malts, touch of earthy hop.. but all that is so hard to find it tastes straight up watered down. starting to eat, the next sip has virtually no taste whatsoever.

mouthfeel is quite good.. I'd like a bit more body, but that's just my preference...

I understand why this is found so commonly next to the budlight tap now.. well brewed and good style, well balanced among the components, but need MORE of all the components. in the same ratio would be perfect. VERY lacking and watered down. I prefer beers with flavor.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,955 ratings.