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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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6,383 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,383
Reviews: 1,782
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 126
Gots: 587 | 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 Ryan011235


3.95/5  rDev +10%

Poured into a pint glass on 10/4/10

02 Jan 11 printed on the bottle

Faded amber brown in color & boasting great clarity. 1/2 inch head drops to a collage of wispy foam & bubbles. A good amount of sticky lace remains.

Well balanced aromas of caramel, floral hops, toasted bread & dry biscuit.

Tastes livelier than the simplicity of the nose suggested. Though not awash in bitterness per se, the hop profile is well crafted & very flavorful with a penchant for floral overtones & juiciness. Caramel & toasted malts meet a supportive role.

Medium body with prickly carbonation sufficient to make the most of the IBUs contained herein. Mostly clean finish; some residuals linger briefly.

I have no complaints as far as drinkability. Fat Tire is quite the easy drinker. Of course, it doesn't hurt that it tastes pretty darn good. Now I see what all the fuss has been about.

10-06-2010 01:04:24 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of BrandonWardlaw


3.95/5  rDev +10%

This was one of the first beers I ever tried, and it has remained a favorite for me.

A: Golden amber, with a 1.5 finger head that dissipates to a thin layer. Moderate lacing.

S: Caramel, hops, biscuits and a hint of malt.

T: Very biscuity. Starts with a malty-caramel flavor, finishing with biscuits and hops.

M: Nothing outrageous. Light and somewhat carbonated.

D: High. These are easy to throw quite a few of back over the course of a night.

11-30-2009 16:04:15 | More by BrandonWardlaw
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +10%

Brought back a few of these from a motorcycle trip out west.

Pours a solid amber color with a fluffy white head that laces down the side of the glass. Smell is biscuit malt and floral hops. Taste is malty bready biscuity with a hop twang in the background. Full body with medium carbonation. Certainly a decent brew, wish I didn't have to drive so far to get it.

12-14-2007 01:15:42 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of goblue3509


3.95/5  rDev +10%

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a one finger head which gives way to a skim and leaves moderate lace on the glass. The aroma is of biscuits and caramel with a hint of floral hops. The taste was a biscuit malt backbone with a slight sweetness and a floral and citrus hop bite. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and slightly thin. Overall this is a decent amber more complex than avearage with a nice clean taste.

08-13-2011 23:38:10 | More by goblue3509
Photo of robwestcott


3.95/5  rDev +10%

poured to a clear plastic solo bar cup in a college bar - which 20 years ago I'd have had less problem with I suppose...

foamy 1/2 finger head. malty, well balanced, imperceptible hops, first time on tap after many bottles. can't say I noticed much difference.

easy to drink, easy on the taste buds. best when cold.

05-01-2010 03:28:07 | More by robwestcott
Photo of claytri


3.95/5  rDev +10%

The beer pours a light amber with a nice bit of red to the tint, also it has a nice rocky white head that soon becomes a very nice lace. The aroma is of sweet berries and floral hops. The taste has a bit of biscuit and jam to it to start, then moves to a nice floral hop finish. The feel is light and slightly wet. Just a nice pleasant session beer that has a nice blend of malt and hops.

04-09-2008 03:59:22 | More by claytri
Photo of jifigz


3.95/5  rDev +10%

Bottle poured into whatever type of glass is available here at his Outer Banks house.

A: This ale has a nice, wouldn't you guess it, amber color. The head is nice and fluffy white and lingers for quite a while. There are a ton of carbonation bubbles rising through this brew.

S: Some decent hop aroma is noticeable through the smell as well as the malt background. The brew smells overall slightly sour.

T: The initial taste is of caramel and deep roasted grain. I think this tastes wonderful, however the flavors are definitely light and delicate. The aftertaste is of the grain with the mild hop bitterness to balance. Very in check and good. I love the biscuit flavors in this brew.

M: The MF is pretty average I would say. Light bodied and thin and very quaffable.

O: I think this is a good, pretty simple and straightforward ale. It is easy to drink, light flavored, but still very tasty. I could drink these all day and it would be a great session beer.

09-06-2011 14:02:38 | More by jifigz
Photo of EricThompsono


3.95/5  rDev +10%

Very nice beer to say the least. Glad it will be waiting for me when I get back to Florida. Light and easy with nothing for a rookie to fear. This was one of my first introductions to craft beer and it set a nice tone. The owner of the brewery is big on charity work so thats a plus as well.

06-21-2013 22:51:05 | More by EricThompsono
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou


3.95/5  rDev +10%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Gorgeous amber color with orange hints. Foamy white head. Nice.

S: Malty. Light apricot and tropical aromas.

T: Toastiness in the malt. Caramel and toffee with a little bitter edge. Almost a little chocolate or butterscotch candy develops in there.

M: Relatively average but I like the viscosity.

D: Very drinkable. I find this brew highly over rated usually, but apparently I found most of the distinct features pleasing in this sitting. I am at least glad beers like this pop up at festivals and corporate restaurants to give us a break from the macro-junk.

05-29-2011 18:11:58 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
Photo of frazbri


3.95/5  rDev +10%

Clear gold-amber body topped with an off-white head that starts dense, but falls a little too quickly. Biscuit and fruit in the aroma. Bread flavors with fruitiness and honey sweetness. Round mouthfeel with moderately heavy carbonation and dry finish.

Fat Tire is an easy drinking beer. While it may be overhyped by some of your buddies in the rocky mountain state, it is a tasty beverage. Crack one open at the top of the mountain and enjoy.

10-08-2004 00:41:06 | More by frazbri
Photo of CBFanWish

New York

3.95/5  rDev +10%

I would drink this every so often when I was in the Army and had the opportunity to drink some again th other day. So I did. I like this beer. It has The average golden color was the lowest point of Fat Tire. It had a sweet inviting smell to it. I drank is tasting hops, but not as bitter as it could have been, which is good for this particular beer. It was an easy drinking beer and a good beer for playing a game of pool or darts.

10-08-2003 00:42:17 | More by CBFanWish
Photo of JToad


3.95/5  rDev +10%

I had this a few times this week in Vegas, so I decided id review it.

It pours a copper color, with a nice head.

Smells of biscuit, very malty.

Lightly hopped, but done well. Tastes of biscuits and malt, with a tad bit of spice to it.

Good mouthfeel, not overly thin or too thick.

Drinkability is great on this, I could easily make this a session beer if it were available in Indiana.

Well my wife fell in love with Fat Tire, and my bosses wife who is a Coors Light drinker tried it and really liked it. Its nothing amazing, but a very solid offering that is a easy crossover.

01-19-2008 21:06:20 | More by JToad
Photo of Shuffledaddy


3.95/5  rDev +10%

From tasting notes. This is a go-to beer for me as it's widely available where I live. Fat tire was also the first true "craft beer" I tried back in college.

A- Medium-amber, somewhat effervescent. Lacing is about finger-width with moderate retention.

S- Scents of honey, roasted malt, and biscuits. Pleasant but not overpowering.

T- Honey flavors are present in the front palate, transitioning to slightly citrusy hop bitterness. Finishes malty.

M- Medium-bodied, average mouthfeel. Nothing special but nothing detrimental either.

D- Very drinkable and balanced amber ale that pairs well with many foods. Easy to see why it's so popular.

07-27-2010 02:21:49 | More by Shuffledaddy
Photo of charlesbyrd


3.95/5  rDev +10%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a beer mug.

A: Pours a clear copper with a nice frothy off-white head that climbs over the rim of the glass. A constant stream of carbonation climbs from the base to the top of the glass.

S: Very balanced aroma. Caramel sweetness and grassy hop notes compliment each other well with a strong malty backbone.

T: Again, perfectly balanced. The attack is spicy and herbal, followed by more caramel notes. The finish is slightly bitter from the hops and goes well with the sweet and grassy body.

M: Crisp and bubbly. The body is just light enough, with a slightly dry finish.

D: I finally got to try this classic symbol of craft beer, and I wasn't disappointed. Balanced is the perfect word to describe this brew, it has all the right combinations of flavors. At the same time, it's simple and light enough for anyone to enjoy.

07-26-2010 18:40:31 | More by charlesbyrd
Photo of jjanega08


3.95/5  rDev +10%

I got this on tap at a bar that I don't think really knows how to serve beer but here goes
A= deep amber color with no head and respectable lacing.
S= malt kind of a sweet smell made my mouth water
T= great malt flavor, sweet with a touch of bitterness at the end. Very distinctive breaks in the initial hit, hold, and swallow
M= great heavy feel perfect combo with the flavor
D= good beer to sit at the bar and sip on for a while. Loved it

11-02-2008 01:56:33 | More by jjanega08
Photo of Halcyondays


3.95/5  rDev +10%

22 oz. bomber, poured into my Ommegang goblet

A: Amber, orange color, with 1.5 finger white head, great retention, leaving the classic Belgian lace.

S: Biscuity malts, no real hops evident, but a delightful anise, peppery spice present.

T: Good flavor, delicate malts and great spicy esters.

M: Medium-bodied, very nice.

D: Very drinkable, is widely available, and a great choice in places that have so-so beer selection, and I've found it goes great with chili. Forgot how much I like this beer, haven't had it in a long time. This stuff went fast. Good price too, $2.79 a bomber, at my local liquor store.

06-27-2007 02:56:06 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Nytemare


3.95/5  rDev +10%

Poured a nice clear red with a light and fluffy off white head. Smelled of bready malt with a light hops and floral boquet. Tasted bready and sweet up front but turned slightly sour and bitter as the hops came through to balance it nicely at the end. Some spice in there as well. Light and oily. Clinged to every surface of the mouth.
I could easily find myself drinking lots of these, in fact, I have found myself drinking a lot of these. One of my favorite choices for when I'm going to have several friends down at the lake. After a hard day skiing and swimming and fishing, it's great to sit on the deck and enjoy a few of these.

10-13-2003 17:23:25 | More by Nytemare
Photo of WaveRebel51


3.95/5  rDev +10%

What else can be said about this classic? It's been a while since I had this, so I decided to pick up a 6-pack a few days ago to get re-acquianted. It is what it is -- an amber ale with a nice, biscuit-like flavor of toasted malts with a small hint of hop bitterness. A delicious, simple beer for all occassions.

08-03-2007 15:45:29 | More by WaveRebel51
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.95/5  rDev +10%

This pours a beautiful dark brownish amber with a thick, cream-colored, fairly persistent head. Aroma is not strong but is richly malty and a little spicy. Malt dominates the strong flavor, which has hints of cloves and cinnamon. Texture is smooth, making this a very enjoyable ale.

07-01-2008 00:23:51 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Jamesthebrit


3.95/5  rDev +10%

A: Bold amber color. Head is thick and bubbly.
S: Malty, carmel, sweet, a little fruity maybe.
T: Like the smell , some strawberry notes, a good sweetness, quite malty. Carmel as well. Yeast flavors.
M: Sits a little watery before the bubbles take over.

A solid beer. It has lots of fruity flavors and a good sweetness and maltyness. Pass on this is you don't like sweet beers, otherwise this is a good one to check out. Easy drinking as well.

05-20-2012 17:32:48 | More by Jamesthebrit
Photo of RoyalT


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

Appearance – This one is a light, clear orange in color with a colossal head that was full and showed great retention. It looked like a beautiful white cloud hovering over an orange sky.

Smell – The light, pleasant grain is complimented with some soft, citrus hopping. The two go well together.

Taste – This is a pretty darn good American Amber Ale. The grain is unoffensive and actually quite nice. The hops are subdued in line with the malt flavors. There’s a caramel flavor throughout that mixes well with the citrus notes.

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied and lightly carbonated. It finishes with a lingering bitterness that gives this ale a well-rounded mouthfeel.

Comments – This beer is so common in every supermarket and quickie mart that I knew it just had to be bad, but it was really pretty darn good.

12-17-2004 01:11:19 | More by RoyalT
Photo of BeerAdvocate


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

Presentation: 12 oz slender brown bottle with raised glass around the neck of the breweries name.

Appearance: Deep golden amber with a patchy white lace.

Smell: Mildy fruity with a malty nose of toasted and biscuity aromas.

Taste: Crisp and medium in body, big malty palate with a restrained hop bitterness that seems to only balance the brew. Toasted malt with a bread crust flavour is the theme, good amount of grain in the finish also. Hint of fruit and yeast adds to the complex flavour.

Notes: Very tasty, good focus on the malt. Great American style amber ale ... very drinkable to say the least.

10-07-2000 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

I discovered this beer while living in Arizona. One of my mountain-biking buddies has a cycling shirt with the Fat Tire logo on it. Being the beer lover that I am, I found some at the local Albertson's and really enjoyed it.

The color is nice and clear with aromas matching the label: fruity and malty. Excellent, clean finish. As stated in a prior review, nothing to stop you from having a few at a time.

Unfortunately, they do not distribute on the East Coast. Still one of my favorite beers.

11-27-2002 17:36:30 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a light amber crystal clear body with a nice off-white soapy thick head. The carbonation is lots of tiny bubbles slowly rising to the surface.

S- The smell of biscuit malt is fresh with some pale malt in the background. The noble hops add a nice accent to the big biscuit aroma.

T- The taste of dry fresh biscuit malt is bold and refreshing. There is a faint earthiness and corn note but it is very subtle and gives some depth to the malt. The finish has a very soft noble hop bitterness.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with fizz texture.

D- This beer highlights the great dry roast of biscuit malt. It is a refreshing twist on an Amber and is unique.

02-19-2006 02:24:56 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of trackstar1043


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

A - Medium copper-reddish hue that pours with a mountain of off-white head that lasted and left a very sticky lace behind.

S - Roasted coca beans prevalent in the aroma, with a decent amount of malts that give it a deep aroma, light on the hops, almost sweet smell.

T - Malty at first then a flooding of roasted coca beans that linger on your tounge after it goes down, again pretty sweet taste.

M - The flavors and medium carbonation mix nicely to make for a great drink.

D - Very nice as an after dinner beer just because the strong coca bean makes it close to a dessert.

02-27-2008 16:22:33 | More by trackstar1043
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