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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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6,173 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,173
Reviews: 1,781
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 122
Gots: 503 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000)
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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis


3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Mostly clear orange amber with a finger of off white head.

S - Sweet caramel malts, biscuit, nutty and bready

T - Has a good sweet caramel taste up front, with some roasted nuts, biscuit and bread. A slight earthy hop bitterness counterbalances the sweet caramel maltiness.

M - Thin-to-moderate body with moderate carbonation. Has a sweet and nutty aftertaste. Very drinkable; I could have quite a few of these.

O - A solid beer from New Belgium that I could drink anywhere, any time. The sweet caramel and roasty nuttiness mesh well together and make this a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 00:21:03 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, with best before dating printed on the label.

Pour: Lighter, glowing orange hued amber, clear. Nice puffy, retentive light tan head, leaving all kids of thick stick on the glass.

Sniff: Mallty, toasty

Taste: Pale malts, balancing hops. Nice session type ale. Easily enjoyed and appreciated.

Drink More? Why not, nothing special, just a nicely crafted, easy drinking ale. Good newbie beginer beer or an all session enjoyable creation.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 14:35:08 | More by Billolick
Photo of SinutabRamirez

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorites, it's almost like drinking liquid bread. A nice, yeasty and hoppy taste, it grabs the tongue and does not let go. Perfect pairing with a hamburger, fries, or a salty snack. Shares a lot of taste with Sunshine Pils, a heavy beer that isn't meant to be be chugged or drunk with speed. Take your time, enjoy the beer, let it breath, and take in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 05:52:43 | More by SinutabRamirez
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has been described as the beer that pays the bills at New Belgium, and when driving through the Denver / Fort Collins area this beer was everywhere. Appearance: Golden amber with a velvet like smooth cream colored head leaves nice collar of lacing and forms rings with each sip. Aroma: Well balanced between the biscuit malt and caramel sweetness with a dose of finishing hops that biscuit malt character is excellent. Taste: Crisp malt biscuit with caramel malts, light bready sweetness with a cleansing hop that comes through very lightly this is a wonderful session brew and could ver well take off and be one of the best crossover brews ever. Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied smooth carbonation decent texture. Drinkability: Excellent could buy a case of this baby and never feel bad about it.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 03:21:46 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of ggaughan


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into a New Belgium glass. My Fat Tire poured a bright reddish amber color with a thick foamy white head with some lacing. As others have noted, there is not alot to go on smell-wise, some hoppy notes but nothing too distinct, some fruit maybe. The taste gave me a bit more of the hops in there with some sweetness and a bit of caramel. Overall this is an enjoyable beer that is very drinkable as I can attest to from several experiences with this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2006 02:35:52 | More by ggaughan
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never see this stuff (or other New Belgium beers) in VA/NC, so it's cool to see the Fat Tire logo lit up in neon all over Portland, OR and surrounding areas. I had to try one on for size.

Pours a toasty golden copper with very little head that thins too quickly. Nothing remarkable in its looks...

The aroma is probably my favorite aspect of this beer, as it strongly recalls buttered sourdough bread straight from the toaster. Wicked. There's a lighter spice element in the background that I can't put my finger on...cardamom? nutmeg? Ultimately it's complete and total toast. Toast Advocates should check it out.

Flavor-wise you get a big helping of toasty, crisp, biscuity flavor, with hops being present but pretty low-key. This is maybe not the most mindblowing beer out there, but it is one of the most unique, in that I can't recall a single other flavor like it.

Mouthfeel is crisp and tingly, with a nip of toastiness (oh really?) and light bitterness on the tongue.

Not the most bready beer around, but one of the most toast-like, if that's not too confusing.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 18:07:09 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap a few years back, but his is a bomber
A - crystal clear straw golden, thumb of white head retained well with endless bubbles rising
S - mix of bready, sour fruit, and sweet aromas are prominent, leafy hops round it out
T - strong nutty malt with bready and light caramel support, light hops of grass and herbs, light metallic finish
M - slightly mild on carbonation, smooth but a little thin, the only average attribute here
O - a very easy drinking brew with all the flavour points of a well built amber, definitely meant as a session brew

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 03:10:54 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of EagleTalon


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a decent white head that persists and leaves considerable lacing. Orange-amber color and brilliant clarity. Aroma is malty, slightly toasty and fruity. Flavor is a blend of toasted, nutty malt, sweet pale malt and mild hop flavor and balancing bitterness. The flavor does have some alcohol sweetness, fruit and "Belgian twang" (for lack of a better description). Finishes toasty and slightly bittersweet.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 02:04:28 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of rebel1771


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a nice frothy head that sticks around a long while.

S: Light aroma of sweet malts with a hint of floral hops.

T: Light malt flavor with a bit of sweetness to it. Hops come in at the end add a slight bitter bite.

O: This is a very easy going intro into craft beer. Not to crazy to scare anyone off but pretty darn delicious. It makes me sad this isn't distributed in my area.

Serving type: can

08-12-2011 23:24:34 | More by rebel1771
Photo of akorsak


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint served on-tap at Philly Cheesesteaks in Corolla, NC.

A: Fat Tire is a coppery amber color, translucent with a steady stream of bubbles emanating from the center. A half a finger of head leaves residual lacing behind in scatter locales.

S: The amber ale has a soothing bready malt aroma, mild yet firm. Nuttiness and soft fruit flavors match the breads.

T: A very plain ale, bready malts, crisp carbonation and a dash of hops provides everything that the ale needs. The bready malts, caramel and pale, have a calming flavor, a relaxed ale to sip on. The carbonation works in contrast, lively and vigorous. Hoppiness, a small kiss of earthiness, is minimal but not a necessity. A nice, neutral ale to pair with a spicy cheesesteak.

M: The mouthfeel, breaded and sweet, is soft, a very approached craft ale.

D: Eminently drinkable, there are few faults that out rule out multiple pints.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2010 18:20:38 | More by akorsak
Photo of vandemonian


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Fat Tire is a pleasant, mildly flavoured and very drinkable amber ale.

A: Yellow orange colour and a 5 mm head that fades to some lacing. 4

S: Quite malty with some woodiness. Not strongly hoppy. 3.5

T: Malty with some woody/earthy flavour. It almost tastes like a rye beer. I likey. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: Lacks the delicious hoppiness and strong maltiness of the great Amber ales. 4

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 02:31:05 | More by vandemonian
Photo of Boilermaker88


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of Fat Tire when I saw that the store carried a large variety of New Belgium Brewing Co.’s beers available in singles. The bottle had a “best before” date of 01-25-04. The beer poured a clear orange/amber color with lots of carbonation rising to a thin ¼” white head. The head had good retention and left some sticky lace down the sides of the glass.
The smell was fruity-sweet. Light caramel malt and aromatic hops were evident. The taste was less sweet than what the smell might indicate but was still enjoyable. Some grainy malt flavor was picked up initially before toffee and nut flavors played across the palate. The finish was modestly bitter and nicely balanced the maltiness from up front. The feel was light and smooth, despite the rather vigorous action of the carbonation, and dry.
I found Fat Tire to be one of the better ambers I’ve had yet. It has a nice malt flavor that is well matched by the hoppy finish. Definitely an amber ale I’d get again.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 17:47:05 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of Beerman420


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this Beer today at a corner Liquorstore in North Hollywood. I have never seen it before, so I thought I would give a try. Bottle looks fancy and from what I read it is a good buy for the most part. Here's what I thought:

A - Brownish orange color. About 1/4" head that vanishes quickly.

S - Rich citrusy smell, typical Amber Ale.

T - Strong, distinguishable flavor. Almost chocolatey. Aftertaste lingers for about 1 minute. Not a potent aftertaste, pleasently skunky at first. Overall Rich tasting beer, mild hoppy flavor. (makes me happy).

M - Good for summer days. Not the best with some foods (i.e. picnic salads, fish), but pretty good for burgers and BBQ's.

D - Very drinkable. Aftertaste does not ruin the overall Quality.

Overall a good beer. Refreshing yet full bodied.
Cons - First sip a little "too" potent, but by half the beer I was acquianted.
Pros - Easy drinking, smells great. Presentation overall attractive.
Rating - Great Quality (A-)

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 00:03:01 | More by Beerman420
Photo of Bierguy5


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 5.2% abv. Best before 11/21/10. Hazy, light amber to golden color. White, airy head. Fine streams of carbonation. Nice head retention, and lace.

Toasty, biscuit malt. Hints of caramel. Earthy and floral hop nose. Pretty simple, but nice.

A nice biscuit malt, with a faint caramel edge. Just a bit of sweetness. Earthy and floral bitterness, which is soft, but provides great balance. Maybe a hint of spicy hops at the end.

Medium body, very well balanced. Very drinkable. Nothing flashy, just pretty solid in all areas.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 19:10:42 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of MurphyMacManus


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

longneck into big pint glass

A: light amber with a massive, rocky white head. Admittedly, I did pour a little hard, but that's still a lot of foam. And it sticks around too.

S: bready/slightly toasty malt. I'm getting vague notes of citrus rind -- which I assume to be the hops. Spicy note too. Not sure what that is.

T: bottle describes malt flavor as biscuity, and I tend to agree. Very mild hop presence, just enough to balance, but the malt is what really comes through.

M: beer? It's wet, it's carbonated, it doesn't drink like a milkshake and I didn't expect it to. End of story.

D: Balance between hop and malt flavor and lower alcohol content make this ideal as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 06:46:40 | More by MurphyMacManus
Photo of MTNboy


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The body was almost a bronze color with a frothy head and spread out lacing.

Smell: It smells of bread and butter with some caramel and herbal tones.

Taste: A balance of roasted malt and hops that is both floral and toasty.

Mouthfeel: Light with a medium carbonation bite.

Overall: A great beer overall that could be served to a group of people with different beer taste and still be pleasing.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 17:57:03 | More by MTNboy
Photo of hiikeeba


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - This pours up a golden honey color, leaning towards amber, with a rocky white head

S - malt and citrus hops in the aroma

T - Faint grainy malt flavor accented with hops. While I'm not an amber fan, this is definitely an amber.

M - Thin with medium low carbonation

D - Not a bad amber. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 23:13:43 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of djbow


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Coppery amber with a off-white one finger quickly dissipating head, plenty of lacing

S: Toasted malts, sweet, caramel and even some hints of floral hops.

T: Sweet toasted malt, caramel, vanilla and a mild flora hop finish. The bitter and sweet of this beer is very balanced. Hops start to show up a bit more as the beer warms up, but this is definitely a malt forward beer.

Ml: Slightly less than medium bodied with mild carbonation. Smoth, very crisp when cold and easy to drink.

O: Fat Tire is a tasty, easy to drink, year-round beer. I always have a bomber of it in my fridge and is what I offer as an initiation beer to craft beer newbies or a session to the vets. Enjoy!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 02:48:31 | More by djbow
Photo of beerguy04


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-oranga, amber color with a little white head
s- slight carmel and hop aroma
t and m- biscuity and carmel with a hoppy aftertaste
d- one of the better american ambers and im happy about its increased avaliability this one is also a good social beer due to its not real strong

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2010 10:38:50 | More by beerguy04
Photo of OttoPeeWee


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer. The colder the better with this one (even though the label says different). It has a nice unique toasty taste. It has a good balance of flavors. Amber in color and a bit sticky, but light enough to were you can defiantly kick back a few of these with no problem.

Serving type: can

07-25-2009 15:00:06 | More by OttoPeeWee
Photo of ProfessorHops


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fat Tire

When first opening a bottle of Fat Tire by New Belgium, I wasn't blown away by the experience. Although the appearance was handsome, nothing quite as exciting as pouring a Belhaven Wee heavy or a Sam Smiths Nut Brown. Just seamed like an average amber ale esthetically.

I gave it the nose. It's aroma was remarkable. It had and abundance of fine wine or fresh fruit. I immediately then was interested in the brew. It been a while since the aroma of the a drink sparked my attention.

I then took my first swallow. A creative combination of sweet ale but not having to use an overzealous quantity of malt to achieve this flavor. Yes there was plenty of malt in the pallet, but more in the back than I am use to in an ale.

When ever encountering a ale that has this characteristics, it leads me to believe that the fine scrutinizing of raw materials and the sharp grasp of etiquette taking in the brewing process is present. I my be far off on my assumption. But this is the mind set I have taken over the years of beer tasting.

The finish was quick and moderate hop bitterness. Which most of time is a disappointment. In this brew though, it was a good compliment to the pallet. The pallet was very good, and I think a long bitter finish would have blown out the flam of the pallet.

Beer was bright and complex and drank easy. A lot of refreshment in this bottle.

Rarely do I encounter a beer I don't like. I am a beer lover. But I found this beer a special delight.

Professor Hops

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 09:33:49 | More by ProfessorHops
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3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my uncle who sent this to me from OKC.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer. I had heard that it was both a fine beer and that it was simple average.

Well, having it for the first time, I must say that I really like this beer.

Pours a deep amber color with plenty of lacing and a head that doesn't go away thru the whole beer.

The smell is the only thing off about this beer. I wasn't bad...but it wasn't good.

It has a very earthy, bready taste. I had never tasted an ale like this, and it was a very unique brew.

This beer actually coated my mouth. I'm still smacking as I type this.

Very good drinkability. I would have another one right now if it wasn't my last one.

Overall, I was not disappointed with this beer. It's very unique, so be prepared to be surprised.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 01:16:00 | More by jdubjacket
Photo of phenomenologian


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

upon opening the bottle there was very little smoke coming out.

The appearance looks good. It pours with a whitish, maybe off white, one finger head that goes down to a size of less than a finger. Bubbles rise to the top all over the body. The color of the body is a golden brownish orange (or amber, hence, amber ale). Looks pretty good.

Smells great. Smells like hops and a little like bread. Smell is not to robust or strong, but good enough and smells good.

It tastes very hoppy and malty, and, like the smell, a little like bread. Its a nice smooth beer to drink.

It has a nice mouthfeel. its not too carbonated and is very smooth and drinkable.

Normally I like a beer with a little more character, but it tastes smooth and good and I definitely recommend it as something I will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 08:20:06 | More by phenomenologian
Photo of Lemke10


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer that made New Belgium famous! Fat Tire pours a most clear amber color with a modest off-white head. The aroma is sweet with malts with a touch of caramel. The taste is a delicious toasted malt and spice blend. Though it’s list as an amber ale, it has more spice taste then some companies Oktoberfest offering. It finishes with a slight chalky after taste. I’ve had this in my cooler for about 6 months and I think it drinks a little nicer now that it did when it’s fresh off the truck. A highly drinkable and highly enjoyable amber brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 04:30:56 | More by Lemke10
Photo of sixerofelixir


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 & 24 oz bottles. Freshness date printed on the label, if I remember correctly..

Pours a nice orange golden-amber. Decent off-white head. Smell is a bit leafy and yeasty. Taste is heavy on the bread, rich and full, with a bit of caramel and toffee, and a good finish of hops. Yummy stuff that is easy to drink all night, yet heavy enough to satisfy at one or two. Good beer, I'm only sad that I had to go out West to sample it..

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 04:58:05 | More by sixerofelixir
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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