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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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6,466 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,466
Reviews: 1,786
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 135
Gots: 625 | 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 karst


3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

Always heard that the glass determines a lot of the appearance. Poured 1/2 of 12 oz brown (non-twist off) bottle into a Pils glass and 1.2 into a goblet. The goblet had little head with no retention, only a ring of foam and almost no lace. The Pils glass really showed off the appearance! fine foam arose to more than 4 fingers and coalesced into a course head of large bubbles. The pils retained 1 cm. head after 5 minutes. Lace clinged to the entire glass to the origional pour line after the glass was empty. Got you thinking about appearance ratings? No Difference in the bright amber - copper/gold clear color.

Initially, I was not fond of this taste: bisquit malt and "undesirable tannin grain flavor -Todd" the hops seem a little week providing only a "quicky" aftertaste that fades too soon. Served beer at 50 F. and tasted slowly until 62 F. the light to almost medium mouth feel improved with temp the malt and bread came out - maybe I just got used to the husky tannin grain.

I would say this is a very drinkable "session beer". Been thinking of what snacks to have with the rest of the supply for the superbowl XXXIX.

01-20-2005 16:14:53 | More by karst
Photo of MetalHopHead6


3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

New Belgium Fat Tire is thick, creamy, and bready.

It poured amber (duh) with a significant head. It left a good amount of lace on the glass. The smell and flavor were muted and non-distinct. The feel is where this ale shined, with an incredibly pleasant thick creamy and bready feel. I try not to replicate phrases used on labels, but the feel of this ale truly was biscuity. The flavor won't bring me back, but the feel will.

Knowing how in demand Fat Tire is, my initial thought while having it for the first time, was "overrated" because there was very little flavor. I was pleasantly surprised to see it has an overall "B" on this site, because that's right where it belongs.

08-28-2011 20:35:53 | More by MetalHopHead6
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3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

this is a great gateway beer, as i have known many macro drinkers who can enjoy this one. as for myself, before i got turned onto some other beers like alpha king, etc., i used to really dig this beer. it seems that amber/red ales are a great place to start turning away from macro swill.
this is a deep clear amber with an off white head and lacing. caramel malts, doughy notes in the nose along with earthy/musty, sour fruit, and vegetal aromas. taste doesn't quit live up to the complexity of the nose, it's a bit thin after having tried this several times. fairly light in malt sweetness, body, and hop bitterness. which is fine, just not spectacular. i'm not one to dog this beer as it serves as a valuable tool in opening the minds of the masses.

07-15-2007 03:02:48 | More by MrMcGibblets
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3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

A: Pours a brilliant bright golden with a orange hue, pillowy white head forms and sticks around

S: Not a whole lot going on, faint notes of biscuit malts, breadiness, everything is very subtle

T: very mild flavor, after taste is biscuit malts, but like the nose, everything is very subtle and mellow. This makes for an easy drinker and certainly doesn't taste bad, but there just isn't a whole lot going on.

MF: light body, carbonation seems appropriate for style

D: This beer excels in the drinkability category. It is light and refreshing and a good option for a hot summer day. I wish the flavors were a little more pronounced, but of course that may take away from this beers appeal.

11-09-2009 05:02:17 | More by homebrew311
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Alberta (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

Fat tire ours a light orange with a dinky head that doesn't linger. The aroma is faint, bready malt, slightly grainy. The flavor is crisp with more toasted bread malt flavor. It's malt forward without being too sweet. The hops are light, almost no hop flavor, and just enough bitterness to be balanced. Overall this is a decent stepping stone beer, but it's not one I see myself going back to.

11-12-2010 04:44:21 | More by ericj551
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3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

Ale poured a deep amber with a half inch head. Taste had a tangy malt flavor that just seemed a bit off, not really unpleasant but strange. Hops balanced with an adequate bitterness. Overall this is a decent beer but since I'm visiting the great Northwest, I didn't see any reason to dwell too long with this one.

08-18-2007 08:51:57 | More by John1985
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3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

The much lauded amber ale of the Front Range...after living several months in CO and giving Fat Tire try after try, I'm not sure what all the hype is about (IMHO it's not even the best amber ale brewed in Fort Collins!)

Pours a transparent amber, with carbonation clearly present. Head is unexceptional, but once poured the beer does have a certain regal air about it. Good lookin' for sure.

The smell and taste are fairly straightforward, with few flavors emerging in the bouquet and a ho-hum carmel-sweetness. To its credit, the beer is very well balanced and the flavors, consistent. No surprising bite, no swelling carbonation, etc. What that makes for is an emminently drinkable beer and an emminently forgettable one.

I'm sure I'll have my fair share more of Fat Tires in my day--it is on tap EVERYWHERE in CO--but given the choice I'll buy a six-pack of Odell's Levity any day of the year.

11-25-2004 14:01:13 | More by benito
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3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

A - Crystal clear brownish-orange in color. Thick bubbly head with good retention and lacing.

S - Biscuity aroma with a somewhat faint smell of earthy hops. Something in the nose is a little off as well, almost smells like burnt grain.

T - Toasted malt taste; biscuity. Very light hop presence; earthy and spicy hops. The balance just does not line up and has a somewhat off flavor.

M/D - Medium bodied and very smooth. An easy drinker but not the best taste.

08-09-2008 19:13:27 | More by ckeegan04
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3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

Fat Tire from a can is different than from tap or bottle! Count it! Did a tasting side by side. Pours a slightly hazy copper to amber color. A good fluffy white head with good retention and good lacing for the full tasting.

The nose is a bit cleaner than versus the bottle. The malt comes out with a light bready and biscuit aroma. Some minor caramel as well. There isn't the nutty aroma that I usually associate with Victory malt (and a bottled FT). A very clean yeast and some minor esters. The hops are a bit cleaner as well, and the herbal and floral hops come out a bit more.

The taste is similar in that it is a bit softer. The malt is very clean with a light caramel. Some minor hints of the nuttiness, which Im not a fan of. Some bready notes come out as well. The yeast is a tad more noticeable in the can version as well. Some light rose peddles and bananas. The finishing hops are about equal, a good balance with hops and malt.

The body is a about the same, moderate to light. Very clean and easy drinking. Overall there are still some things that I would like to see, more depth and a bit more hops. But just to compare can versus bottle, the winner = can!

05-07-2009 19:55:52 | More by Oxymoron
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North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours copper gold with appreciable head and moderate lacing.

Straw nose with some grassier notes. Nothing too remarkable here.

Almost all malt in the taste. A little thin, and a little sweet, but slight burnt flavor on the finish. No hops really noted.

Drinkable, but not one I'd likely choose again.

03-07-2009 01:41:01 | More by beer2day
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3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

Appearance: beautiful red amber color, good head retention, a little lacing but not much

Smell: lots of toasty malt, with a little caramel

Taste: very similar to the smell. Lots of crackery, biscuity malt. Almost a little bit of a stale bread flavor at times, but overall nice.

Mouthfeel: smooth, good carbonation. The body is a little on the lighter side.

Decent brew. Maybe would have liked sweeter maltiness or more hop balance, something to improve the dry crackery-ness

12-20-2009 22:02:49 | More by nhopkin
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3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

12oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. It poured amber in color with a bubbly, frothy, half inch head filling the top of the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of bready, biscuity, slightly grainy flavors. I get a little caramel to it as well. Not a bad aroma, but a little one dimensional.

The taste has more of a caramel and toffee flavor to it. I get some of the bready, biscuity flavors as well with just a hint of graininess to it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer, but nothing that really stands out. It's flavorful but feels a little one dimensional to me. Again, not a bad beer, but not an outstanding one either.

06-10-2011 22:38:02 | More by billab914
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3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

Presentation: 22oz bomber, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Orangish amber on the lighter side. Pale, almost white head with a thin lace.

Aroma: light malt dominates with a slightly fruity background.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The slight fruitiness in the aroma is even less apparent in the taste, but the malt is moreso. Biscuity and toasty, especially in the finish. Balanced well by the hops. Mouthfeel is somewhat light and very smooth.

Notes: This is a good crossover beer to get others into craft beer. A good session beer, as it's easy to drink. But overall, it's nothing special.

10-06-2006 05:44:06 | More by jdoolin
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.31/5  rDev -7.8%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep orange/amber body. Medium white head. Nice, but minimal lacing. Medium chunky collar.

Smell - Very nutty. More dominant than anything else. Toasty and nutty malts.

Taste - Again, nutty. The toasted malts have a little more dimension than the nose, but still it's nutty and toasty. Sweet caramel. Some hops in the finish, but minimal.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Kinda sweet. Surprising that this is so popular considering how malty and sweet it is.

Overall - I expected this to be bland, but it isn't. It has flavor, it's just one flavor the whole time.

12-01-2013 20:49:51 | More by Alieniloquium
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3.31/5  rDev -7.8%

Appearance: Copper colored with a good head and lacing.

Smell: Bready malts, with a hint of caramel.

Taste: Bready malts, with slight hints of caramel and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with the tiniest bit of hop bitterness.

The Verdict: Not bad. New Belgium is kind of the western version of Samuel Adams- craft beer with a big company propensity for mainstream. NB does have some tasty offerings, but Fat Tire is closer to the average end of the scale. Drinkable, but nothing to make it stand out.

01-09-2013 23:24:42 | More by TheMarkE
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3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

Bomber poured into a pint glass

Aggressive pour yielded 1/2 inch of bone white head. quickly dissapates. Very clear amber/copper color. Looks clean/pure. Little lacing

Smell is chocolate and lemon. Unique. Well done for an amber.

Taste is malt and bready

Dry, carbonated feel.

Drinkable brew, not overpowering by any means.

Fairly boring brew, good for a few beers, but flavor is a bit lacking and it doesn't leave me with an impression.

I bought a 12 pack of bombers from Costco, UNREFRIGERATED. I know, I know, ....save it. I'll re-taste with a tap drawn beer or a cold bottle to see if there is any improvement.

01-21-2006 03:23:26 | More by mbunje
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Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

Fresh On-tap at Pizza Plant. Light amber colour. A bit of yeast, creamy medium mouthfeel. Average bitterness, balanced with malting, a tad roast. A better than average beer all the way around, nothing special to standout and nothing to complain about.

01-17-2007 04:58:44 | More by Sammy
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District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

Been looking to try this one for a while. This is the "2011 Washington D.C. Commemorative Beer-elation With Representation" 22 oz. bottle. I'm glad to try all of New Belgium's offerings finally after only hearing about them for so long.

Pours a nice amber color with a slight haze and plenty of foamy, white head that sticks around. Good carbonation. The aroma is very malty and bready. Earthy, a bit floral with hints of hops. Flavor as well - mostly malt and bread or grain; a bit of caramel sweetness as well. Slightly bitter and floral hoppiness. Well balanced with a crisp finish. A perfectly adequate beer for any occasion. I will definitely purchase again.

08-27-2011 23:12:39 | More by goldbot
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3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

Finally getting around to reviewing this one. First had it back in 1997 and helped start my craft beer journey. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best before 12/25/09 on front label. Was a clear amber color with good carbonation and some lacing. It had an average sized beige head that settled into a foam and collar.

The aroma was biscuity and toasted malt with some floral hops but this is mainly a malt show. Never really enjoyed the aroma on this one and can't really pin it down. There is something in the aroma and taste that I find odd but not sure what. The taste follows the aroma and is biscuity with an odd aftertaste. Ambers are a middle of the road style for me but even then I usually don't find this aftertaste in the others. Mouthfeel is medium and crisp with good carb levels.

Overall, this is a good beer that I want to enjoy since it's from one of my favorite breweries and is readily available on tap but that odd aftertaste keeps it from being a big player. Even so, I get it on tap quite often as it's best choice. Recommend. Rotation: avail here bottle and tap. Won't be a bottle purchase but will do on-tap if best choice.

11-02-2009 23:03:30 | More by TexIndy
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New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

Poured into pint glass, no freshness date.

A: Golden light amber color with minimal one finger off-white head that fell quick.

S: Light sweet malt, some grassy floral hops. Biscuity diacetyl.

T: Sweet buttery malt with mild herbal hops. Smooth throughout with the mildest prickling of dry hop flavor coming in and out.

M: Smoooth. Creamy, mild carbonation, easy drinker.

O: I live in NJ, where Fat Tire does not exist. That being said, there is a certain amount of hype surrounding it, as with everything that people are aware of but can't have. Anyway, on a trip to OBX last week, there was the full range of New Belgium, so we picked up a bunch. Now that I've had it, Fat Tire is a let down. Yeah it's decent, but I would not buy this again. There are too many ambers to name that are better than this.

11-09-2011 02:19:44 | More by ReelBigwigFish
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North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

Fat Tire has a clear light amber body with a white head that dissipates and leaves minimal lacing.

The aroma is mainly sweetish malt that isn't really caramel, but more like light toast.

The taste matches up well with a hop balance that gives just enough flavor. Toasted bread is about the main quality of the flavor. A slight bit of diacytle is there as well giving it a slightly buttered bread flavor.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing for me. This could be a good session beer, but nothing I would seek our or purchase often.

Compare this to the other beers of this style, and it doesn't come close to comparing to the best of them. Compare it to the anything people consider "beer" and yeah, it is better than most.

04-01-2009 20:57:05 | More by rtratzlaff
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North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

A: Little more than a half inch of head, dissipates fairly quickly with an average display of lacing. Textbook amber color.

S: Fruity, slight malt fragrance. Definitely not a particularly strong smell.

T: Very drinkable/sessionable. Taste pretty much matches up with the smell, not particularly strong but also won't offend many.

M: As mentioned above, very drinkable, light feel.

O: As many others have mentioned, I view this as a good introduction into craft beers for the uninitiated. This beer won't scare any off, but in the same vein isn't likely to impress either. I'd never pass one up, but would only purchase it if the venue I was at had a poor selection.

12-05-2013 08:29:08 | More by clm9
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New York

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

Hadn't had this beer for but had heard lots about the brewery and also that this beer was one of their more widely spread but not as good. This beer reminded me of Sam Adams and it's considered as such by people who drink it. It's the one micro from among the selection of domestics and foreigns. Good flavor, decent mouthfeel, color and carbonation but no better than a sam adams, brooklyn or sierra nevada.

08-01-2009 21:39:24 | More by david18
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3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

After trying New Belgium's Fat Tire Ambler Ale at several bars, generally with meals, I found it available at a Chicago grocery chain.

Poured a rich dark copper color with a nice vibrant head. Small bubbles were consistently small and dissappeared shortly. As advertised it has scents of "biscuit-like malt flavors" that are quite pleasant. Fat Tire is rather smooth. I prefer this beer with meals. Their web site suggests having this beer with grilled foods, and my experiences have been with pub burgers which this beer compliments greatly.

02-13-2007 09:16:26 | More by rmcnealy
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3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

A-Pours a dirty penny amber with a sturdy,two finger,pearly white crown that departed slowly leaving persistent spatterings of lace with medium carbonation visible.

S-Fried bread(Think churros without the cinnamon),candied nuts and the faint hint of sweet citrus.

T-Much like the nose.Caramel and toasted malt,some baked apple,and more toffee nutiness.

M-Smooth and active.Nice carbonation and silky finish.

D-Approachable and unintimidating beer with good drinkability.

09-04-2010 23:01:13 | More by StlHopHead77
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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