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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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1,880 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,880
Hads: 7,768
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 30%
Wants: 198
Gots: 1,652 | 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: 1,880 | Hads: 7,768
Photo of ypsifly
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber with a label that sez Spring 2006 Chicago Inaugural and a best before date of 23Jun06 jetted on the side. poured into a pint glass.

Clear copper with two fingers of off white. Very good retention with plenty of wispy ringed lace.

The nose is a nice balance of toasty malts and caramel with just enough flowers and spice from the hops. Well rounded aromas.

The taste follows along the same lines but with just a bit more toast with the caramel and just the right enough hop bite for balance and a nice dry finish. Slightly nutty in the middle. Again, well rounded and tasty.

Nice moderate mouth that finishes clean. A very drinkable Amber that can please those new to craft beer as well as those who have been drinking crafts for years. I understand and appreciate why this beer has such a loyal following.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't know how many times I have had this beer. It is my drink of choice at the BBQ.

Consumed in a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep golden, almost auburn hue
Smell: Bread-like, low hop, almost sweet
Taste/Mouthfeel: classic biscuit beer flavor, not too sweet, high drinkability, taste like fresh baked bread with hops.

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Photo of UberWasser
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Fat Tire pours a crisp, clear medium amber color with a nice thick head that starts out frothy like a cappucino and ends up, just before dissipating all together, looking like the craggy foam on an angry sea shore. The foam seems stick and laces the side of the glass nicely. Attractive.

The smell is quite nice, dominated by grainy bread like notes with some spicy hop presence to balance.

The taste follows suit, with a slight sweet-bread flavor starting on the tongue, developing into a more grainy bread crust flavor partway through, and finishing with a spicy and slightly fruit hop kick just at the end. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel has always suffered in the bottle for this beer, in my opinon. The nice head that it gets on a medium pour seems to sap the beer of all of its carbation...it was quite flat to me, as usual. My dad agrees and tends to refer to it as "Flat Tire".

That mouthfeel sort of cuts into the drinkability for me, leaving my mouth feeling somewhat bored. Good looks, good smells and good flavors, just doesn't feel right.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to the threewisemen for the trade.

12oz can, says "can conditioned". underside of the can has a best by date of 12 jun 2009. tasted in early may 2009.

pale honey amber w brownish copper tones. clear. 1-finger, nearly pure-white head, slowly fades to thin layer. great lacing.

aroma: yeasty apple esters and trademark toasty malt and caramel, with mild hop note that is lightly citrusy and leafy, almost like fresh orange juice. hint of belgian character.

taste: very toasty malt, with more grassy/herbal hop character, and mild to near-moderate bitterness. slightly watery, but quite flavorful for 5.2% ABV. resins linger, as yeast, esters and phenols peek through in the finish and aftertaste, plus again more of that trademark, toasty, toffeeish malt character which made NB famous.

light to medium body, with light resins in the finish. crisp, tingly, moderate carbonation.

ah, ok, now i see why so many non-beergeeks rave about it. VERY easy drinking, and that caramelized, toasty malt really is what sets it apart from other flagship beers by the other near-mainstream craft breweries such as sam adams or sierra nevada.

NOTE: ok, yeah, so now i'm reading todd alstrom's review, and it helped me narrow down a description for the malt flavor - it's BISCUITY. lightly sweet, cookie-like, english-style biscuits.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.14/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour is a light strawberry red with a hint of yellow showing through. Small one finger head that quickly dissapated and left little or no lace on the glass.

The smell is heavy in biscuity malt with a light floral undertone.

The drink is heavy in sweet malt up front, the malt seems to sweeten throughout the mouth with just a hint of hops at the finish. Clean finish with little or no aftertaste.

All and all a very refreshing and drinkable beer. This one will be in my fridge from now on, glad it finally came to North Carolina.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have only been aware of this beer for a coulple years at most. Lets see what we have here:

A: poured from the 12 oz bottle into my tumbler. minimu head, which dissipated quickly. But as I drain the glass the lacing left behind is impressive.
Beautifully clear dark amber, carmelly color.

S: very light aroma, of crisp clean balance of hops and malt.:

T: this is where Fat Tire shines. not much for hops, but a nice, nutty bread maltiness - no bitter hops follow up at all. However, as it warms, a bit of hopiness come thru.

M: Solid body in spite of the understated taste. generous amount of carbonation. this is a SUBTLE beer but I really like it.

D: HIGHLY drinkable. No hint of alcohol here, the understated taste has me repeatedly reaching for more.

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Photo of bskrtz
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A) Slightly cloudy, small head that quickly disolves to lace. Bright orange when held to the sun

S) Sour mash with citrus fruits

T) The low alcohol content offers a smooth, falvorful summer thirst quencher especially when served COLD

M) Thicker than a pilsner or lager. They got the carbonation just right. A dense and smooth ale

D) It's 4:00 pm and the lifts just closed. The sun is still up. Drinkability? Only in pints and better yet when you are buying

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Photo of Duhast500
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a medium amber with three fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing.

The smell has a nice toffee flavor that was ever so quick to roll into a spicy hop flavor. Some nice malt flavor brings in a nice even sweet fruit flavor with a touch of bitterness in the background.

The taste was also a bit toffee with some nice biscuit flavor. There a bit of a buttery flavor that has some nice tones to it.

The feel of this beer is pretty smooth. It has a light body and it pretty refreshing and went well with the dinner I was having.

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Photo of diamondc
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, reddish amber, clear copper color. Excellent head retention with a steady stream of bubbles.

The aroma reminds me of Christmas... cookies baking in the oven, cinnamon, nutmeg, fruitcake. I don't get much fruitiness or hop aroma though.

The taste is sweet and spicy .. a bit of roasted-ness .. with some faint fruit aftertaste. No really big flavors here, but its all in balance (well, could use a bit more hops, but they save it for 2º Below).

The lack of big flavors and medium abv makes Fat Tire an excellent session beer. On tap though, I find it a bit smoother. Still, it's a great reliable 'gateway' or 'stand-by' beer.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this amber ale on tap and gave it a full point all the way around, compared to the ale in the bottle. On tap, Fat Tire was dark golden in color with loads of lace. The taste of light roasted malts and soft hops filled the mouth with pleasant fruit. There is no comparision between bottle and tap. On tap is a must try!

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Photo of skeeordye11
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. This is the first day NB is available in NC. It's a great day!

A- Poured golden amber into the glass with a rising tan-white head that settles back into the liquid after a few sips. Very inviting.

S- Beatiful malty aroma that makes me salivate.

T- Simply delicious. Malt predominates, but it dosen't overpower. Nice subtle hop flavor finish.

M- Rich and creamy. So good.

D- Very drinkable. Every sip leaves you wanting to come back for more. Would be a fantastic beer to look forward coming home to every day.

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Photo of smibroncos
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured a clear ruby brown, with a one and a half finger lasting light brown head. Generous lacing on the glass.

S. Malt, Cartamel, molasses,coffee

T. Suprisingly more bitter than sweet, caramel and some molasses

M. Medium bodied high carbonation. Was a little fizzy, maybe a new keg?

D. Good ale. I likes the balanced bitter taste with the sweet nose.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber color, modest head and thin lace. Fruity sweet aroma reminds me of strawberry jam. Also biscuity malt aroma. Malt forward taste. Sweet, biscuity and fruity. Slick, oily and buttery feel. Sweet finish and not dry. Mild hops become more apparent towards the end of the drink. Medium to light bodied and very drinkable. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of counselor
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a deep garnet orange with a stiff white head. This beer smell awesome!!! Cinimmon, apple, spice, wheat bread, oak, vanilla, tobacco ... MMM good. As I drink it, the problem is, what flavors match up with these aromas? The beer has a great London/English fruity estery taste with christmas ale type flavors of nutmeg and cinimmon. I bet this would be a great mulled beer.

I wish I had more than one of these to review beacuse its a really complex ale that I would like to clone. A very drinkable ale with a great nutty spicey fruity finish. Thanks to Mccaaina for this beer.

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Photo of flaminghomer
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The strong aroma on this prepares you for hop and malt overload. Luckily it's all for nothing and while the taste is well balanced, it is not too much. It is flavorfull, but does taste slightly watered down. Good looking frothy head that lasts a little while and leaves some lacing on the way down. I enjoyed this beer but probably will not buy again. Cheers.

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Photo of cjohnson
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper-orange with a slightly tan two-finger head.

Smells very yeasty and sweet. Reminds me of toast for some reason. Maybe a little bit of some dark fruits.

The taste is very sweet initially, but has a bit of hop bitterness in the back. Kind of yeasty, but not too much. Overall I'd describe the taste as pleasant, but altogether nothing very exciting going on.

I'm a little bit disappointed in the mouthfeel. If this were a bit more carbonated it'd be very nice, but it just feels flat and plain. Still pretty drinkable.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was told I would like this beer before I tried it. My buddy was right. It comes in a neat bottle with glasswork around the neck and a swell drawing of a bicycle. The aroma is of hops and fresh corn (wierd I know, but thats what it smells like). The corn aroma continues with the flavor and tastes like grilled corn. It is slightly sweet but rounded well with hops. I could drink this beer all day and be quite happy.

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Photo of alittlehazy
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark-ish amber color into the glass with only about a finger or so of head at the top which dissipated quickly.

The only smell that really stands out is a nice sweet malt aroma.

Mouthfeel is alright, and I really enjoy the taste of this. Nice and refreshing maltiness that I liked immediately.

This is an all around tasty beer thats good for putting a few down on a relaxed night. I like malty ales and this is one that goes down smooth and has very little problems with it. It might not be exceptional, but it sure isn't sub par.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice one finger white head, clear amber in color. Lively in carbonation with nice head retention and great lacing

First smell is of some piny hops. Also some sweet malts and very faint alcohol aroma

First taste is of sweet roasted malt with some toffee or caramel. Very faint hop taste with a tiny bit of bitterness smoke at end.

Nice balance of carbonation. Light , smooth, and sweet going down.

Fat tire was one of the first craft beers i tried and still one of my favorites. Highly drinkable session beer. Great flavors from one of my favorite breweries, highly recommend everyone to give it a try

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Photo of FSUmac
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. ("Now Voluntarily available in Tennessee" edition) bomber into a pint glass....


Pours out a nice medium brown with a hint of red with a frothy white head. Nice lacing forms as well down the glass.


I smell a sweetness from the malt, almost fruity, as well as definite yeast.


Toasted malt, tastes like warm bread. A slight bitterness in the aftertaste, but not that much.


Fantastic. So smooth in the mouth and goes down easy. Carbonation is perfect. Perfect score in this area for me.

Overall, this is a fantastic session beer. Not the best beer in the world and some would say overhyped, but I think it deserves all the praise it gets. Well balanced, sooo drinkable, and down right tasty. Bravo New Belgium.

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Photo of GweedoeBRew
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It was great... I was so excited to find it while I was out here on my trip to the Northwest... Great Malty flavor... actually tasted like the clone I made a few years back... so that was exciting... good stuff... I am glad to have had a chance to have it and hope that it makes it out to the east coast soon!

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Photo of aeminter
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear and a nice copper color with a persistent off-white head
S - No noticeable hop pretense...bready, cereal malt...very mild esters
T/M - Flavors match well with the aromas. A nice malt sweetness on the bready/cereal side. Hops aren't a predominant player outside the balance they provide. Carbonation is moderate and pleasant.

This is a very lovely beer, not just for the solid craftsmanship but also for being one of my gateway beers. While it may not be my favorite it is a solid goto beer.

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Photo of lolki
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Rich, clean reddish color, slight head. A refreshing looking beer.

S - Carmel with a hint of wildflowers; overripe honeysuckle from a distance.

T - A little woodsy and wild. Sweet at the front of the tongue with strong malt flavor overshadowing all at the back. Little aftertaste other than a slight molasses taste.

M - Crisp at the start, but a little thick going down -- heavy malt and bread taste almost makes it like eating good pancakes with maple syrup. Perhaps too thick for some, but a good feeling if you like that sort of thing.

D - I could drink this for awhile, it is flavorful enough to not get boring but refreshing enough to not weigh down the mouth.

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Photo of micahgoldfus
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Average amber appearance, light head that fades quickly. Rich smells of sweet malts, similarly to the taste. Taste is delicious: smooth and sugary (but not overly so), with a slight taste of citrus at the end. It's quite smooth, lightly carbonated, feels great to drink. Light enough to have many, but heavy enough to not taste watered down.

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Photo of Kraken
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 8/4/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard water glass. Firm pour evokes a 3/4 inch head consisting of fine white bubbles. No lace. Color is a clear golden copper.

Nose- Mild hop profile balanced with a touch of caramel malt.

Pallate- A very nice, balanced amber ale. Plenty of nutty slightly chewy caramels, coupled with a crisp refreshing, slightly lemon citric hop bite. Hops are not over powering, but rather a faintly tart and bitter compliment. Wonderfully executed.

Mouthfeel- Active, faintly tart.

Drinkability- Great, magnificent session beer.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,880 ratings.