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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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BA SCORE
81
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6,184 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 6,184
Reviews: 1,781
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 123
Gots: 509 | 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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bjohnson

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon420 for the chance to try this one.

A: Pours a see through amber copperish color with not much head. No retention. Nice lace.
S: Wheaty malt notes with a slight background of caramel sweetness. Floral armoas are detected also.
T/M: Interesting. Very smooth and easily drinkable. Caramel malt notes with a slight floral hop presence. Light body, but there is a slight butteryness to it. Slides through the mouth finishing dry and leaving a wheatyness on the back of the tongue. Not much going on in this one--somethings there, but its just not screaming.
D: Pretty drinkable. I can see this being a good session beer. Unfortunatley it's not a regular east of the Great River.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 23:01:54 | More by bjohnson
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JEdmund

Kansas

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance
More orange than amber; easy to pour head--one inch+; lots of carbonation bubbles; clear; good head retention and it leaves some lacing; very impressed overall with the appearance, aside from the color, which looks a little off, but may be because of lighting

Aroma
Mild, sweet and bready, a little fruity, and a touch of hops; not a whole lot to entice me

Taste & Mouthfeel
Upfront sweetness that lasts the whole way through; mild maltiness and nearly no hop bitterness; very clean, but also pretty thin in body; caramel becomes more present as it warms; pleasant and sweet, but not something I'd want more than one of at a time

Overall
I had discredited this beer a long time ago as having very little flavor or personality (for a craft brew), but since reviewing it, I stand corrected. It does have flavor, though it's on the weak side. It's certainly not a bad beer nor a bad example of an amber ale, but I've had better ambers I'd go to before this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 14:49:48 | More by JEdmund
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tbeck

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear, reddish-copper with a thin white head that remained. Aroma was malts, not overpowering. Taste was malty, a tad bit of sweetness and a bit of hops. No aftertaste but a lot of carbonation. Decent texture, on the thin side. Mellow taste and feel make this an okay beer to drink. I wouldn't mind drinking more of these because it is not very sweet.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 22:55:26 | More by tbeck
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bierenutz

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-The color was a clear amber, that much I can say. It took a vigorous pour into a glass to muster a less than finger width thing head that quickly evaporated leaving minimal lacing.
S-Mostly sweet carmel mixed with a sour citrus smell close to cherries. There is faint hop and roasted malt aromas as well.
T-Bready and malty with some bitterness of the hops at the finish.
M-Medium bodied which was surprising given the mild carbonation but it finishes almost flat in texture.
D-I can see how some may like this as their "session" beer, sadly, I'm not one of them. It was just okay, but I was glad to try it after hearing so much about it.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 01:09:49 | More by bierenutz
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youngleo

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured to a nice head that was offwhite in color. Brew itself was a golden copper color. Left some damn good lacing with each swallow. Head hung around a while. Smelled slightly sweet. Also notes of malt. Tasted of biscuit and malt. And some hints of chocolate. Had a slightly bitter aftertaste. Felt good in the mouth. I thought the carbonation was about right. I dont think I would like to make this a session beer. Not that I had anything against it, I just dont think it was my thing.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 18:25:41 | More by youngleo
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jwinship83

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at a non beer destination bar. served in one of those 14ounce "pint" glasses.

A- this one pours a clear ruby colored body with a small off white head on it. the head sticks around for a while and leaves spotty lacing on the sides of my glass. several small bubbles of carbonation can be seen racing to the top of the glass.

S- very malt forward. lots of biscuit. more than i have smelled in a beer before. bready malts also. not much in the way of hops.

T- once again, lots and lots of biscuity malts. some bread and caramel in here too.

M- light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- in bars with a very small beer selection ill probably opt for this. cant have too many of them though.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2009 03:42:03 | More by jwinship83
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this in a pint glass, poured from the bottle. Nothing special in appearance to be honest. Just an amber ale...

The flavor was very balanced. But this was kind of a bad thing in my opinion. There was almost a negation of flavor. Maybe a little biscuit, but no other malty flavors were detected. Nor did I detect any hops in a major way. Just balanced.

I didn't really like this, and I probably won't get it again unless nothing else is available. I guess it's just a gateway beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 11:43:05 | More by TurdFurgison
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palliko

California

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have an ambivalent attitude toward Fat Tire: I have found it to be the only choice available on tap (excluding the stainless steel standards) and have found it acceptable. But other times, by comparison with a really good pale ale, marginal. The appearance is copper with a small crest of foam; some lacing; bouquet is mild hops, malt and yeast; the initial sweetness that tempts one to drink more is betrayed by a flat, uninteresting middle. Then just when you are ready to abandon ship, the after finish quiets down to a mellow warmth, and you are not sure if it was good, bad or indifferent. There are better choices out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2003 15:08:05 | More by palliko
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz.bottle. Leaves about one finger of foamy head that recedes into a scant surface skim. Does leaves a nice lacing. Is a clear coppery red hue.

Aroma - odor is a very sour dough, bready malt. It's very fungal (like wild mushrooms ) and reminds me of the odor of moist and rotting grass clippings from the lawnmower sitting in an open lawn-and-leaf bag. It's hard to tell what to expect from the aroma - it seems really sour -like it could be bad, or maybe its actually good, like cheese that smells bad, but tastes good. Also, hint, just barely, of grassy and herbally hops.

Taste - well... it is kind of as promised as by aroma. It is grassy, doughy, bready, sour malty. Slight, very slight, taste of hops ( I may have even imagined it, it was so slight. ). Aftertaste of weakly brewed tea, with some lemon (see, there's the hops afterall ). This is not unlike Irish Red Ale, which I do like quite a bit. It has its own unique taste though, being dominated by this sour, wild fungal, grassy, doughy thing, but I like it. And the tea-like aftertaste helps resolve it into a recognizeably red ale ( Irish, or otherwise ). The thing I like about red ales is that they are not really sweet at all, rather they are somewhat tannic, and I find that to be refreshing ( like I find tea to be refreshing ), and this one is fact, even somewhat sour, and of course, mildly tannic.

Mouthfeel - Less than full, not quite thin, but tending towards that. In spite of lack of assertive hop flavor, there is a very nice hop oil mouth slickness from this ale. This doesn't leave you dry, but there is a sort of tannic feeling ( i.e. tea-like, first in the aftertaste, and now the mouthfeel ). Low carbonation.

Drinkabilty - this goes down very easy. I could put away two of these 22 oz.'ers in no time flat, and possibly a third (especially since the abv is like 5.3 % ). But, much as I like the taste of this, it is on the balance, fairly meek,and I would tire of this, and would want something bigger and bolder to go on with through the rest of the night (or sitting, or session, or whatever ).

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 21:23:53 | More by ultralarry2006
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danielharper

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours brownish-amber (duh!) with a thick foamy white head. Nice.

S: Matly sweetness, a lot of apples with a slightly bready undertone.

T: Like smooth apple cider, a hint of citrus in the finish. Finishes clean and slightly sweet.

M: Thin, lightly carbonated.

D: Good beer, a nice dinner drink or just something to relax with.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 23:59:21 | More by danielharper
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Miketwolf21

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a generous head that gives off herbal and hoppy aromas, with slight malt undertones. This gives way to a very balanced flavor profile. Rather dry, with a subtle but still sharp hoppiness. It does indeed have a biscuit like flavor that can be appreciated in the after taste. What this beer does well is that there are no offensive or overpowering flavors. You could argue that it is on the bland side because of that. It's a very easy drinking beer, but one that you can still savor and sip. This is a beer that anyone could enjoy. At $15 for a 12 pack, this beer really is an accessible craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 03:32:36 | More by Miketwolf21
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fat Tire into a Magic Hat pint glass.

Only half an inch of head on the pour, but it's straddling the glass. Laces frilly drapes. Crystal clear coppery tangerine body. Looks lighter than most ambers. 4.0

Smells mostly of toasted malts, crusty bread, grassy hops, and a cut of yeast. The yeast gives it a musty quality. 3.0

Tastes pilsner-clean with some malt sweetness, toasted grains, and a good punch of finishing bitterness from the herbal/medicinal hops. Nutty and crisp. 3.5

Thin in body with medium-light carb. Drinkable, but watery. 3.0

This beer is average at worst. Attenuated, but with a nice grain quality. Unmemorable, but hits the spot as a session ale. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 04:37:41 | More by thecheapies
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I saved this one for last out of the sampling of New Belgium I got (acquired via trade). This is one instance where I did not save the best for last though. While this was a very good Amber it is definitely not one of their better offerings. Pours a nice amber color with virtually no head which is a noticeable break from NB's other brews. Passable malt aroma. Rather sweet malt flavor with a slight apple finish. I'm glad I finally got my hands on this but it doesn't compare to the Trippel.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2002 08:39:50 | More by Dogbrick
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bronze body, good clarity, good carbonation, topped by two fingers of tight white foam. Good lacing. Interesting raised collar on neck of the bottle.

Aroma has a strong biscuit quality, and some spicey hop notes.

Taste kicks off with a big brash caramel impression, some spicey noble hops, some fruit, and finishes with a surprising big bite of toast.

Medium mouthfeel. Decent drinkability.

Didn't rock my world, but it did make an ok "beer before bed" on my recent Vegas adventure. The next most interesting beer at the "newsstand" store was Newcastle.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2005 04:07:10 | More by RonfromJersey
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StrictlyB

Ohio

3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

After buying Fat Tire in Arizona for a few years in college, I moved to Ohio where I have not been able to get it for years, until this month when it showed up in many stores. It brings back memories as one of the first ales I ever drank therefore has a certain sentimental value personally. It will be a good introduction for many to craft beers and ales in general since it is being sold at many places in the area now that don't have much of a selection.

I'm reviewing a 22oz bottle poured into a pint mug, and it poured with a nice head. It has a wonderful amber color that is very inviting, as should an amber ale, and has very nice clarity as well. It is a good example of an amber ale, thought doesn't have a very strong taste, there is a good balance between flavors with a slight bitterness. It has the good characteristic of being easy to drink yet filling at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 01:48:32 | More by StrictlyB
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sgoodship

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was checking out the inauguration on the TV at a local bar and decided to try this on-tap because the options were not so great.

A: Dark amber. Fluffy white half a finger head. retained a thin head and left some decent lacing. Carbonation was visible.

S: Some bready malt and earthy hops.

T: A bready, biscuity malt. Some caramel sweetness. The hops deliver a crisp finish. The taste was a let-down based on my experience with the bottles. Just seemed to lack spark and was a little watery.

M: Crisp, light body. Medium carbonation that suited it.

D: I had 2, so it was clearly a decent choice among the other beers on hand. I wouldn't go out of my way for it again. I'd rather have a bottle based on my experience.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2009 04:53:59 | More by sgoodship
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BeerandBeer

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had my first taste of this at a Suns game on tap. It sat well in the frosted glass and was nice going in. The surroundings probaly made it taste better to me than it actually was or the bottle version just doesn't taste as good. The bottle is good, but would call it an average beer. It's definately enjoyable and is an easy pick in most resturaunts when just the bud or miller selections are available.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2010 16:44:35 | More by BeerandBeer
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JohnQVD

New York

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with a huge foamy off-white head that leaves huge chunks of lacing on the glass. Massive caramel and brown sugar smell. Taste is mostly caramel and brown sugar with a touch of bite from the carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Feel is medium, with medium carbonation. Overall, this is a huge malt bomb, but still drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 02:17:34 | More by JohnQVD
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DreamInOrange

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good, go-to session beer. Pours a nice amber color with a decent head that dissipated quickly but left some lacing on the glass. Very good balance of malt and hop but not an overly complex flavor. Good carbonation. Glad this has made it to the Maryland market but it was maybe over-hyped. Still good entry craft beer and introduction to New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 03:37:02 | More by DreamInOrange
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mtstatebeer

West Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours a amber/hazy orange with a decent off-white head, fair lacing. Aroma was a light toasted malt, nutty, and biscuits as advertised. Flavor being about the same, toasted, nutty, and a touch of hop spicyness. Well balanced and smooth, good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 21:10:36 | More by mtstatebeer
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Dodt

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

saw this on the self at the beer store thought i would give it a try. poured from the bomber into a pint glass . appearance a light orange color with a decent head that leaves some lacing. smell is a blend of hops and earthy malt. a nice body to this beer .

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 01:46:28 | More by Dodt
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projectflam86

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours light copper color with a thin white foam head that leaves a bit of scattered lace.

S- Some biscuity caramel malt and toasted grain scents. Not much in the hop department.

T- Lots of grain and malt sweetness. Biscuit and faint oatmeal flavor with plenty of tannin like dryness.

M- Light/medium body with ok carbonation.

D- Easy feel that would make a good cross over beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 02:26:05 | More by projectflam86
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Bonis

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes: 7/29/2011

A - Clear goldenish/amber in color. Thin white layer of bubbles hangs around throughout. Not bad, not special.

S - Not much here. Dominated by bready malts with a touch of lemony hops.

T - Very malty and biscuity with a decent balance of hops. Bready to start and slightly dry and bitter on the finish. A fairly clean tasting beer. Nothing too exciting or offensive. A real beer drinkers beer. Alcohol can be traced, but nothing too much (was surprised at how notable it was for the low ABV). This isn't really my cup of tea, but would be a good summer drinking beer.

M - Nice body for the style. A little too prickly with bubbles due to the excess carbonation in this one.

O - A pretty nice beer that I heard a lot about before trying it. I would compare this to Bell's Oberon, in that it is a beer that many people like and sort of hype up, but us beer snobs aren't often amazed by it. I understand the two beers are nothing alike, but I'm sure most ppl get my point. A must try beer, but I personally doubt I'll have it again for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 03:12:02 | More by Bonis
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revolt914

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This to me is the craft beer of craft beers... if you like craft beer this will probably be your first beer if you're just now getting into it. I must say it's a good beer to drink, I still prefer a samuel adams, but it isn't overly impressive. I enjoy a good amber ale but this just wasn't kicking it for me, perhaps I've let my tongue stray to the stronger beers but this a damn good beer to have with dinner if you aren't looking to over power your taste buds and just have a decent beer with dinner.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 06:49:35 | More by revolt914
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herman77

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear copper with a small white head. Okay lacing.

S: Very bready and biscuity. Some sweetness to it to. Its like a piece of toast with honey.

T: Light toasted malt. A touch of toffee sweetness and a bit of floral hops. Pretty light overall, nothing to flavorful.

M: Light to medium body. High carbonation. Feels macro like.

D: Pretty easy drinking, non offensive, light and mild. I grow tired of it fast though.

I remember a few years back when this first came to MN it was all the rage. Now, to me its pretty average at best. How taste change!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 21:22:44 | More by herman77
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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