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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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1,889 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,889
Hads: 7,853
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 30%
Wants: 195
Gots: 1,735 | 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: 1,889 | Hads: 7,853
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 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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Photo of ROBORB
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a New Belgium chalice from a 22 oz bomber. The pour is a dark hazy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma consists of wheat, spices and malt. The taste isn't very spectacular but it is very easy to drink. While it was nice to try I wouldn't seek this out again.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden Amber with a thin off white head. Heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mild hops and malts.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and malt. Mild citrus flavors.

Overall: Good beer. I would have this one again.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Pours a thin head on a clear darker straw body.
The aroma has a little fruit basket going on with a little caramel.
The taste has some biscuit and caramel flavor joined by a mild lemon bitterness. Good balance.
The texture is crisp.

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Photo of xboxhueg
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Toasty grains, watery and sweet. No hop bitterness to speak of, I imagine it would go good with pizza. I would order it over BMC in a restaurant every time, it has it's place.

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Photo of cameraman
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A reddish/coppper color with an off white head that disapates very quickly. The scent of malt comes through with atouch spiciness at the end. The taste is very mellow, very much like the smell, the sweetness of the malt and then the spicy hop flavor at the end. In the mouth it feels slightly watery, but has some weight to at the end. This beer is very middle of the road, amost a politically correct beer. It tries very hard not to offend with any strong taste, which may describe its popularity, not to adventureous for people trying a craft beer. This could be a very good starter beer for people.

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Photo of BrownNut
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had heard a lot of buzz about this beer and was excited to finally find it. Turns out it was really plain. I feel like the buzz must have been some sort of craft cachet amongst not-really-craft drinkers who liked the name and label artwork. I'd place this right about at Yuengling level, which is to say better than macros but about halfway to the level of interesting crafts. Nothing offensive about it but nothing memorable either. The definition of average. Fine for sessioning.

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Photo of shadow1961
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New Belgium's Fat Tire pours a nice stiff head over a clear
amber brew. Carbonation is listless and the nose is fruity
yeast esters and barley malt. The flavor is sweetish toasty,
nutty barley malt up front, with a bit of an herbal hop finish.
The mouthfeel is dry and crisp. It's not a bad beer at all, but
the catchet surrounding this particular beer is puzzling con-
sidering the rest of New Belgium's lineup. People really need
to drink more. Anyway- it's pretty solid stuff, and I love the fact
they put an old coaster brake bike like the one I had when I was
a kid on the label.

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Photo of srandycarter
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - thru the white cup caramel near white head leaves slow. Foamy cling.

S light malt light hops. Nice but nthing stand out.

T same for taste as smell. Ok.

M light body good carb. Balance fine ... Not hard to do with this light mix.

D lawn mowing beer.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A. Copper colored semi hazy, one finger head which dies back in about two minutes, moderate lacing left behind.

S. A fairly standard biscuit malt, the barest hint of fruity esters in the background but otherwise kind of boring and plain.

T. Sweet caramel malt, grainy flavor and feel...standard.

M. Medium bodied.

The perhaps textbook definition beer for the idea of an average and inoffensive beer that can come across as boring, and yet you drink it anyway because it is at least better than a BMC. I can't think of a craft beer more deserving of the straight 3's rating all the way down the line than this one.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to start off by saying that breweries like New Belgium are what make America a great brewery country and allows typical BMC drinkers a gateway to the exotic (as long as you are west of teh Mississippi)

A-Murky orange amber body with thin carbonated head.

S-Raw grist grainy smell. A bit rough around the edges. I would have loved to see a big yeast punch come through, but this is the crowd pleaser that made them who they are today.

T-The rough, unbalanced grain makes a little way for the maltiness to come through. A residual sweetness leaves a full finish.

M-I understand that everybody loves this beer in Colorado, but it is like Spotted Cow of Wisconsin. The flavor is safe and the body is full with little hop bitterness.

D-Put it this way, it is a very nice beer, but if I was in Colorado at a bar that had other Colorado greats on tap, this one would be passed by (but that is just my dislike for this style of beer.)

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Photo of Chadpaq
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber. Hadn't had this in a while; figured it was perfect for LeBron's return to Cleveland.

Golden, honeycomb color. Two-fingered head that seems to be dissipating fairly quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

Almost no hops to speak of. Malty undertones. Fairly plain, all things considered.

I think this beer is pretty overrated. I hate to say that, and I really do like almost all of New Belgium's offerings. This style of beer just isn't for me.

Whatever. I'll drink up and watch LeBron.

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Photo of marburg
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So I walked into Putnam's store today and was picking out some beer for a party when he offered up a bottle of Fat Tire that he had lying around. I'd never had it since it doesn't get shipped out here, so I gave it whirl.

So here's the review: it's freakin malty.

In all seriousness, it's got a strong malt nose and a stronger malty taste. It's a drinkable brew for sure, but the excessively malt-sweet flavor is so potent that I couldn't possibly have more than one or two at a time. Poured will very little head and had a fairly simplistic aroma to it. Tasted like it was barely hopped at all, really. Certainly not bad by any means, but considering The Legend, The Mystery, The Mystique of Fat Tire, I was expecting more.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Topped by a thin quickly disappearing head. A pretty copper color. Smells nothing much more than beery, but in a good way that reminds me of a dried cracker aroma. Light sweet taste with a cracker-bread bite to it. This is a good example of a beer with biscuity cracker flavor in it. A slight hint of some off putting taste, but this fades quickly. No real hop presence to speak of. This is a fairly bland beer from a brewery that so much good beer has come from. Oh well at least it allows NBB to make other great beers. This I would rate as serviceable when nothing else is available.

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Photo of ybnorml
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bright amber ale with a little head that evaporates quickly. Has a light malty kind of biscuit aroma. A quick short twinge of bitterness to wake up the taste buds. But it is a wasted effort. There is only a slight hint of malt in the finish and it's done. I was expecting a little more flavor. It has a decent drinkability as there is not all lot of flavor to slow you down.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer hasn’t always been available here in the Midwest. I used to have my friends from out of town bring it in. But a few years ago, Fat Tire came to Indiana and we have been hooked since. It’s sort of like Yuengling. You still can’t get that here. Anyway, Fat Tire is an amber ale, and while I don’t usually like amber ales… this one has a certain spice that I can’t get enough of. Anyway, let’s see what this beer does for 1001 Bottles.

In the Glass: There isn’t much going on here. It’s sort of like any domestic beer you pour. The head is thin and weak, and the lace is almost nonexistent. But you don’t drink a beer like this for the quality, rather the drinkability that you can expect out of a beer that’s not quite a domestic (even though it’s made in the United States) but not quite a craft brew.

Nose: There isn’t much going on here. I do smell a hint of spice in there. Maybe some cinnamon.

Flavor: We are drinking this VERY cold, which makes sense for a beer like this. There isn’t a ton of flavor either. It has a punch of spice in the middle of the palate, but then it quickly fades away. There isn’t as much carbonation as you would expect from a beer like this, but drink it cold. It doesn’t do it any justice when it heats up.

Mouthfeel: It’s thin and smooth as it crosses your tongue. There are some subtle bubbles toward the back half of the palate, but they are there and gone before you know it. Those spices do, as you drink more, tend to pile on top of one another and stick around the more of this you drink.

Aftertaste: The aftertaste, at first, is weak and pretty much worthless. But after two, three, and more drinks the aftertaste starts to stick around and gain momentum. The beer also has a pretty good burp, leaving you with those same spices. The beer doesn’t have a big ABV, so there isn’t much, if any heat. But it’s not a beer that you save. It’s a beer that you drink three or four of with dinner or with buddies watching football. For the record… we don’t watch football.

Fat Tire is a good beer, but not great. It’s average, at best. It sells well because it’s new here. Plus, it has a cool story. I like the label too. If you haven’t had Fat Tire before, try it. You might dig it. But it’s not what I would call a craft brew. It’s also not a beer I would expect to find on a list like this. Of course, 1001 bottles is a LOT of beer. They can’t all be gems!

Beer Name - The bottle says: “Fat Tire Amber Ale’s appeal is in its feat of balance: toasty, biscuity-like malt flavors coating in equilibrium with hoppy freshness. Named in honor of a storied bike ride through Europe, Fat Fire cruises with Belgian imagination and inspiration. Take it for a ride.”

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Welp...since I reviewed Fat Tire's big brother Ranger, why not give this one a spin? You know the old saying, you've made it big when you're on a neon sign behind the glass of your local wine and spirits place at the grocery store...

A: Nice, average fiery amber coloring with acceptable lacing on the glass.

S: Decently average smell of bready malts with some hints of caramel.

T: Well...um...it's average. It's a malt bomb with an adequate amount of roasted, bready, biscuity flavor. Not detecting much hops on the tongue.

M: Very average in its feel, with an average amount of carbonation and heft on the tongue.

O: This could very well the most average beer I've ever drank. Nothing terrible about it, and nothing great, either (except for the value that is...) It's a monument to pure adequacy, therefore, 3's across the board for this one!

PS: this would make absolutely fabulous beer bread.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,889 ratings.