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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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6,552 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,552
Reviews: 1,792
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 138
Gots: 664 | 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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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

burntheministry, Aug 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

I had this both on tap and from 12oz. bottle and I do have to admit that bottled one was slightly better.

A - Nice amber color with a thick head that quickly dissipates.

S - Very malty with a very light hop presence.

T - Very mild with fresh toasty grains, hint of caramel and fruits.

M - Nicely carbonated, medium bodied with a nice finish.

D - Very good with all flavors balancing well.

taigor, Oct 21, 2009
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

jdavidk93, Dec 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

gio540, Dec 02, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

So, I was first obsessed by, then burnt out on this beer, and I've poo-pooed it for years now. But, I thought I'd give the little guy another chance, so I picked up a bottle of it tonight

A- Nice amber red. thin, fast dispersing head. Crystal clear.

S- Real toasty, Molasses, German dark bread.

T- Nice maltyness, flavors of toast and biscuits. Slightly nutty. Barely perceivable hops. Saltines?

M- Light, but has some lingering body. The taste of biscuits stays on the tongue long after the sip is done.

D- I'd like to nominate Fat Tire as the new standard for American session beers. This goes down incredibly easy, and packs a lot of flavor. It's not a flavor that I'm always in the mood for, but neither is Pliny the Elder or Mikheller. Doesn't deserve all the "meh" that it often gets from beer snobs (notice I said "snob" and not "geek").

goatxpower, May 20, 2009
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3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle (best before 18 April 2008) and poured into snifter.

Pours an intense foamy head of 1", dies down to thick bubbly layer across top of brew. Some lacing on sides of glass. Nice dark amber ale, good clarity - some bubbles rising through brew.

Malty and slight yeast on sniffer, some herbal and a bit of cassis. Palate notes are nice and clean, not hops or bitterness. Follow through with nose. Bubbles are active, but not too overwhelming. Nice Medium body, good finish.

mattster, Mar 20, 2008
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3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

Pours a light honey color, with a beige head that rises up and settles quickly. Subtle aroma of lightly toasted malt, a bit flowery, some honey and fruit. Flavor is unassuming, lightly toasted malt, no hops to speak of, bits of honey and butterscotch, but not much else. Smooth mouthfeel, even carbonation. Good with a meal because it doesn't overpower any flavor but accompanies many pretty well. It's just a solid basic beer with good malt flavor, very drinkable.

far333, Jul 15, 2005
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3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

Pours a nice clear amber color with a big off-white head that last till your done drinking with good lacing.

You can smell lots of caramel malts with a subtle hop spice aroma.

You can taste the caramel malts as you drink and it finishes with a spicy bitterness too it.

A medium bodied beer with a average carbonation!

A delicious beer!

LordofTime25, Oct 31, 2008
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3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

New Belgium's Fat Tire is from what I understand one of the great successes of craft brewing in America, with a decent amount of crossover appeal between beer nerds/geeks/snobs and your average drinker. I've also heard it is an overrated brew that's nothing special. When I found some on my recent trip to Texas, I had to give it a shot.

The bottle is very nice--the raised lip at the base of the neck recalls Westmalle. The beer poured out into a straight-sided imperial pint a brilliantly clear honey orange with an almost pink hue. The shortish white head died off pretty fast, but the color in the sunlight is pretty impressive.

A lot of roasted, toasty flavors came through the nose, with banana, roasted nut, burnt malt, apple and soap also figuring in the aroma. It was an interesting scent but not completely inviting.

I let this one sit out a bit so serving temperature was probably more than 50 degrees-- right around cellar temp. The first sip was almost too roasty, with not many flavors peaking through. Coming back for my next sip, a bit larger this time, I found a mouthful of candy sugar sweetness giving way to the darker roasted flavor, which leaves a tobacco taste in the back of the throat.

A bready malt flavor and hints of orange shows up in the middle and in the aftertaste, and the rather thick, oily body coats the mouth.

I had this beer a couple of times during the week in Texas and it didn't taste as good as it did today. I think each of the other times I tasted it the beer was too cold, leaving the roasted flavors intact but killing off the sweet sugar and bread, which made for a pretty unbalanced beer. At cellar temperature it's actually rather tasty, and would make an excellent session beer. Especially for an amber--not one of my favorite styles--Fat Tire does a nice job. The candy sugar/bready tastes put the beer somewhere between Belgium and England, a nice compromise for an everyday offering.

The roasted, toasty flavors still feel a bit oppressive and the slippery mouthfeel lasts a bit too long, but overall it's an enjoyable drink especially at a warmer temperature. Not sure what I would pair this with, although I think it would have been a better choice with the Pad Thai I had last night than the brewery's Biere de Mars, which was overwhelmed pretty fast by the dish.

I can see why this beer has its supporters and detractors, and while it may not be intensely complex as what one might expect from a Belgian pale ale--for instance there isn't much in terms of yeast flavor--it's a good beer that I wouldn't mind drinking for a session, especially if I was feeling burned out on the pale ale American superhop bandwagon of beers.

studentofbeer, Jun 01, 2004
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3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

Pours a light amber with a small head that disappeared rather quickly. Smell is like all good amber/reds with a bit of hops.

Taste is a well balanced amber with a bit of hops finishing of the flavor. Mouthfeel has a good bit of carbonation that finishes of clean and a bit dry.

This is one of those classic beers that you can find everywhere, everybody can drink and enjoy, is fairly cheap, and makes a great party drink since you can drink several of them easily. I usually have a few of these in the fridge for all of my friends that haven't quite taken the full plunge into beer advocacy.

kwill, Apr 01, 2003
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

Bomber to pint glass with a best before date of Jan 22, 2010, exactly 1 day after I drank it. (Review from a backlog of notes.)

A: Average size off white foamy head. (Much bigger on my second pour.) Good lacing, good retention, very clear orange body. Multiple streamers of carbonation all along the glass. Very attractive.

S: Strong biscuity malt character. Bready, doughy. Sweet malts. Caramel notes. Grainy. Heavy toasted toffee aromas and flavors. Hops are in the background, (probably due to the bottle's age) but who says all amber ales need to be hop forward? The aroma was pretty solid nonetheless. maybe drinking this beer at the end of the 'best before' date was a happy mistake.

T: Taste follows nose. Hints of peanuts and marcona almonds. Slightly lacking in complexity, depth of flavor and any kind of intensity for that matter. Well balanced, I guess, in that sense. Much more malty than hoppy.

M: Finishes dry with a short flavor duration. Medium-light body mouthfeel, a little too thin on the tongue for my preference. Well carbonated.

D: The Fat Tire is an easy drinker and it would definitely pair well with many types of food. Pretty good, but certainly not wowing.

FeDUBBELFIST, Mar 13, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

Ruby gold body, plenty of paper white head that laces well.

Very clean aromas... loads of sweet malts, hard water, simple syrups, brown ale notes, nothing too aggressive, very approachable.

Super smooth. That's this beer's mantra... complete balance. Some almond notes, stale coffee, dried hop presence, brown sugar. So easy to drink.

yamar68, Nov 06, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

Clear amber with a huge white head that settles gradually and leaves lots of lace.

Sweet caramel malt with subtle hop bitterness to balance.

Pleasantly balanced, focused flavors of crisp caramel malt and a clean hop crispness.

Medium body. Creamy and satisfying with appropriate carbonation

Perfectly balanced. Focused flavors. Quite drinkable.

endincolorado, Jan 30, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

New Belgium's flagship beer. I've had this countless time, just getting around to a review.

Not just a typical amber, for NB has a tendacy to almost belgianize it with their propietary yeast.

Biscuity malt presence, with some honey/caramel sweetness. Good medium body with a light fruity and sweet floral/nectar hop presence.

A superb session beer in every respect. The perfect fall-back, and in my opinion it's better in bottles than on tap, maybe something to do with conditioning?

SurlyDuff, May 27, 2008
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3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

Have had this from the bottle and on tap...I like both.

Clear, nice medium red-amber color. 1 finger head.

Smells of spices, hops, mild fruity sweetness.

Taste is good. nice blend of Hops, spice with nice mild amount of fruit sweetness. An interesting blend.

Good amount of carbonation, not too heavy, goes down nicely.

Drinks very well. Again an interesting blend of flavors. Hops, spices, fruit...can't compare it's taste to other beers I've tried.

Overall a good brew. I can drink this "one after another". Not too heavy. I find myself ordering it on tap quite often while out for the evening. Worth trying, worth buying!

fourplayed, Oct 11, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

Had this in a bottle at the hotel bar while waiting to go out and have quite a few more beers. Aroma was malty and somewhat sweet. I sensed a bit of biscuity aroma as well.

Mouthfeel was a bit creamy.

But the taste was quite nice. Crisp upfront with faint piney hops that quickly give way to a biscuity and toasty body. This beer is certainly one of a kind flavor profile wise, I haven't had any quite like it. The finish is pretty clean with only a little malt sweetness lingering.

A very tasty beer, and one that I'd recommend as an entry beer for somebody who only drinks macros. A little adventerous for those who don't drink much craft beer, but tasty for the rest of us.

NODAK, Jun 24, 2009
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3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

22oz bomber.

Bright translucent amber-orange with a head. Not highly hopped, this beer features toasty malts. The toasty notes were subtly apparent by smell, but more apparent in the taste. It is not sweetly malty, however, and actually has a crisp, dry finish that makes it highy drinkable. It's a well-balanced beer with crowd-pleasing appeal.

pweis909, Nov 26, 2007
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3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a light amber-red, about a finger of medium-thick head. Head disappears in short time but leaves very nice lacing.

S - Bread/biscuit comes through first, with possibly honey and some hops. Malts dominate, though.

T - Bread/biscuit again, malts, honey or caramel, can't tell which.

M - Well-balanced, not just a heavy blanket of malt or just a tongue-stab of hops. Bright finish.

O - Solid, well-balanced ale. Would have it again.

punky796, Nov 25, 2012
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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