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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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6,389 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,389
Reviews: 1,783
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 128
Gots: 590 | 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 StlHopHead77


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
Photo of srrn

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

This beer was quite the rage at a club I played, I had a bottle of it last week and on tap at the club. Perhaps I was expecting too much. This is a nice brew, the head wasn't much but it was biscuity malts with a bit of a hop bite in the aftertaste. All around a good decent sessionable brew, but not worth the premium price at this club on tap.

03-29-2009 22:39:38 | More by srrn
Photo of klk


3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

I had this one on tap in Phoenix, AZ. The pour was a clear amber color without any cloudiness. The head was not large with little lacing.
There was very little aroma to sample with this one -- a little malty, but not strong at all. It has a easy-drinking taste that does not over-power the tastebuds.
Taste was decent but nothing to write home about.
Mouthfeel was overall decent, but I would only be able to drink two at most.
Overall drinkability was okay, it was the best thing on tap at the bar. If it's this versus the standard macrobrewery choices, I would go for it again. Otherwise a taster is all that is recommended.

11-10-2004 07:54:04 | More by klk
Photo of jimmah120


3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

12oz bottle with no date into pilsner glass

Look is a clear amber with a great looking 2 finger head with okay retention. Smell is some savory roasted amber tones, notes of chocolate and toffee. Little piney hops in there, too. Taste follows with bread, crackers, caramel, toffee, and crisp grain. Hops are almost nonexistant.

Cheers to NB.

06-07-2012 01:04:56 | More by jimmah120
Photo of lackenhauser


3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

Very nice, deep orange color with a sizeable head. Really not a lot of aroma here-just sort of says "beer". Very 1 dimensional. Malty flavor with a slight bite to it. Mild sulfury/yeasty flavor. Body is rather thin. Rather ho hum overall. I was expecting a lot more even with some of the negatives I read about here. Have wanted to try this for a long time. I think both it and I deserve a second chance.

Revisited 4/09 and enjoyed this a bit more. More of a solid malt flavor. Body is a bit stronger and this is a lot more drinkable then before. Would make a great training wheel beer for the novice craft beer person.

10-25-2008 22:36:16 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of BrewMaster


3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

Pour with an orange and amber color. Small head that thins to a lacy covering. Flavors of dry raisin, cherry, slight chocolate and hop flavors. It lacks and crisp malty flavor and carries hints of dried fruit all over the palate. Very little aftertaste to be noticed.

07-29-2004 00:40:49 | More by BrewMaster
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3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

Had this on tap at the brewery, have had it many times--first time reviewing.

This beer has a reason for its following. It is medium bodied and really easy to drink. Great session beer that has some depth to it. The look and smell are great with this beer. Lots of biscuit smell with malts and some tiny hops. The biscuit smell follows into the taste of the beer. Bready, and malty. Beer is a good summer patio beer.

06-04-2011 21:51:28 | More by
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New York

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

2012 can:

Appearance: Pours amber with a 1 fingerish off-white head that leaves for the most part after a few minutes.

Smell: Kinda smells like a moldy basement with some brown sugar sweetness. There's also some faint hops and malt in there. Trying to be nice about this, but up front there's some kind of off putting odor reminiscent of mold, weird. I'm also getting some salt? Sorry, but this is one of the most bizarre, off-putting smell-wise beers I've ever had(and I've had Ta Henkett...).

Taste: Beginning hop bitterness fades into a semi-sweet, malty ending. Nothing too fancy, but not bad. One thing I really like about this beer is how the aftertaste rolls off of your tongue. That said, you could call it a crisp finish that ends clean, with the palate reset and ready for more(or, perhaps another brew). A palate wrecker, it is not.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with not much carbonation. It's definitely (dare I use the AB term)drinkable.

Overall: I know this beer has a cult following and it's by no means bad. It's just that for me, personally, it kind of has the taste/feel of a lager, not an ale. It's sessionable as hell and I'm sure it's pretty good on tap, but as a beer with dinner type of beer, this just wouldn't be my first choice. It's above average with a good/or lack of? aftertaste. Gotta give em' credit for that.

01-05-2013 02:27:45 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

Saw this in a couple places while in Nevada, so had to get a 6.

Pours a reddish-orange, "whiskey" color, with a low head and minimal lacing.

Decent smell... little nutty with some sweetness.

Taste was unique - very malty, with a slightly burnt biscuit flavor, and narry a hop note.

Mouthfeel was rather rich & thick, causing drinkability to be good, but not great for the style.

Props to New Belgium for a unique edge on the style. DEfinitely interesting - give this one a try!

05-16-2008 00:41:37 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of KodyBrannon


3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

This beer is a very heavy smelling beer with a slight hint of caramel. The taste is overall fresh, and crisp. It is very light in the mouth and has a slight carbonation to it to make it feel bubbely in you mouth. A nice beer to drink anytime. Pretty much available anywhere, and available anytime.

08-23-2007 14:18:12 | More by KodyBrannon
Photo of HoppyBastard


3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, amber color with 1 finger head that dissipated into a thin broken layer of off-white bubbles that lasted throughout, significant lacing, medium carbonation.

SMELL: roasted caramel, biscuits, very subtle.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, roasted caramel, biscuits, very mild hop profile, this is a malt forward beer, everything understated.

PALATE: creamy, medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good beer but not great, very subtle and inoffensive to almost any beer drinker, a safe beer, you could serve this to guests and no one would complain.

06-22-2014 04:01:21 | More by HoppyBastard
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District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip shaped glass.

A - Nice clear burnished copper hue with two fingers of off-white foam. A small amount of lacing clings to glass--nothing really impressive.

S - The nose is predominantly biscuity malt.

T - Some malt sweetness upfront finishes with a little hops.

M - Medium body really not much carbonation.

A fairly mediocre drink.

09-09-2011 00:20:35 | More by isthatbeer
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3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours a nice amber color with a nice head. Smells of sweet malt a floral hops and sort of a wierd smell I can't place, kind of like my dog smells. Taste is good. Nice malt pressence as well as some fruit, also a little hops. Mouthfeel is fine and this is pretty drinkable. Pretty solid brew.

10-26-2006 23:29:12 | More by hckyfn9999
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3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

The first time I tried this beverage I hated it, good thing I reserved judgment till now. This amber ale has grown on me as of recently. I sampled it a few months back after I took a long hiatus from tasting it that first time.

I would say it is above average in all aspects except appearance. A good basic go-to, but nothing exceptional. Value is decent as well when compared to similar styles.

If I was to drop in a random gas station I would not hesitate to grab a sixer of this.

03-21-2013 04:19:44 | More by HopsGoblin
Photo of cualax23


3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

This beer has a cult like following mainly because of it's limited release and exclusion from certain states that helped to fuel the frenzy. Now that it is on a wide release it has gained even more of a following.

The beer has a smooth, crisp taste and a great finish. Could be a beer for any type of day, from the hot July summer day to the depths of a cold February evening.

12-07-2011 12:19:19 | More by cualax23
Photo of jcavend1


3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

Poured from a 12 oz can into a 13 oz tulip.

I immediately notice that there is little to no head retention. Apperance is a light amber color. Smells of toasted biscuity malt. Hops are not recogonizable. A sweet tasting malt forward beer. Not bad, nothing great overall.

06-14-2014 21:40:24 | More by jcavend1
Photo of Morris729


3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours a bright golden orange color with a thin white head that quickly fades into a thin lace. Strong malt and grain notes dominate the nose with a bit of fruit. Sweet malts come through up front in the taste along with some biscuity flavors. Almost too sweet. A mild hop bitterness in the finish helps to balance the sweetness somewhat. A good step up from the macros.

01-11-2003 13:05:28 | More by Morris729
Photo of TheRealBigC


3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

Fat Tire is an odd one for me, because I've found it tastes significantly better in the bottle than on tap. The last couple of times I've tried it on tap there's been a pungent, almost sour foreground to the flavor that I've found off-putting. Otherwise, it's a pretty solid beer which I can understand being a popular name in bars around the country.

07-31-2012 00:36:00 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of Prufrock


3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

12 oz. bottle into a pilsner.

clear orange amber with half an inch of white head that leaves a ton of stringy thin lace.

caramel and toasted malt aroma. sweet, but not exceedingly so.

toasted malt sweetness to start, then a cleansing hop bitterness leading to a very clean finish. medium-light mouthfeel with a medium-high carbonation. easily drinkable, but the malt character is lacking slightly in complexity; just a light, bready maltiness with little else to offer. enjoyable, then forgettable.

06-29-2006 03:18:26 | More by Prufrock
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3.34/5  rDev -7%

People have been hating on this beer lately, but I suppose that happens with all craft brews that are marketed well and are, therefore, very successful. Anyway, I live in Mississippi, where New Belgium is unfortunately not sold yet. So, I had to pick it up in Memphis.

I got it in the can, as I am a firm believer that most beers (especially this one) taste better from a can. I don't know if it's the can conditioning, or the lack of sunlight reaching the beer, or the simple fact that it tastes colder, but I love it.

So, the beer itself is, in my opinion, the standard example of an amber ale. It's not as complex as a porter or an IPA, but it's not supposed to be. It's just a good, crisp, drinkable ale, suitable for tailgating at a football game, doing yard work, or just sitting at the house watching T.V. This beer would be my go to and I would keep it stocked if only it were available in my home state (hint hint New Belgium..)

09-18-2013 00:52:20 | More by DMEsquire
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3.34/5  rDev -7%

(bottle with 07 Jul 2013 best by)

A: Westvleteren-style bottle.... clear, gold liquid... copious, lasting, frothy off-white head and sudsy lace... real pretty

S: like candied peaches or fruit cocktail that were sitting out for a couple hours, oxidizing

T: like jelly/syrup... caramel-topped angel food cake, caramelized flowers... way too "wort-y", way too sweetish, kinda diaper-y

M: fullish on the palate...the cottony carbonation lends a little lift to it... actually a bit laboring sip to sip

O: brings the label "Belgian Amber" to mind....not all that appealing.... couldn't drink one again

05-10-2013 19:08:23 | More by Bouleboubier
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3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

Fat Tire ... what a great session and cross-over to craft beer beer. Light, bright amber in color, creamy white lace head with a sweet grainy / biscuity aroma. Taste is unobtrusive, very mild, very slight bitterness with plenty of sweet, toasty grain flavor. There's a somewhat undesirable husky, tannin grain flavor that's very biscuity, but you get used to it. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy on the palate, even. Biscuit finish.

Nothing stellar, but it is what it is and does a good job at that. Did I say that this beer is biscuity?

01-29-2004 20:03:55 | More by Todd
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3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

Bottle (2011)

San Marcos, CA

A clear amber. Thin white head. Some spotted lacing down the glass.

A very bready aroma with lots of caramel malts as well. There's an aroma that's also a lot like honey. Bready, sweet, simple. There's something slightly unpleasant here though that I can't quite put my finger on; the only thing I would call it is "wet wood."

An incredibly bready beer. Little hop bitterness, and a very simple, one note, though pleasant, flavor. Caramel and bready malts dominate this beer.

Medium mouthfeel. Ample carbonation.

A simple, one-note, bready amber ale. Accessible and affordable, and a decent offering for someone interested in trying craft beer, but not particularly spectacular example of anything in particular.

05-24-2011 01:01:14 | More by ehammond1
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3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours amber as you'd guess with little head. The head doesn't last long, but there is immediate lacing. The beer is light enough that you can see right through it.

Doesn't have a lot of smell. There are some biscuity notes and kind of a peppery-flowery smell, but that's about it.

The flavors are subtle, but enjoyable. I couldn't identify anything in particular, but there was a malty sweetness before the peppery bite took over.

There's some complexity. It's medium-bodied so there's some feeling to it. Like I mentioned, there's sweetness early before giving way to a bittering finish, but all along it's somewhat spicy.

This beer has a lot of different things going on and that makes for an interesting drink. It's got moderate alcohol, a crispness with the carbonation, and is neither light nor heavy, making for a nicely drinkable brew.

09-13-2010 01:33:21 | More by RickS95
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3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

Ahhhh. Fat Tire. I hear a lot about this beer and have been anxious to try it for quite a while. Let's get to it.

It pours a light copper or amber color and is very clear. A light vanilla colored head tops it off. It's about a finger and a half deep and was very quick to recede. An ample amount of sticky lace remained on the glass. Not bad, but not great.

The nose is underpowered and very average. It's initially a little sweet and malty. Smells mostly like toasted malt. A fair amount of yeast is noticeable throughout. Hops are very faint and could easily squeak by unnoticed. They smell mostly floral and earthy. Perhaps the light grainy smell on the tail is attributable to them. There's something here to work with, but it comes across as way too anemic.

The flavor's a little better than the nose, but it's only above average. It is sweet and malty initially. Its base consists of a mix of pale, toasted, and caramel malts. The toasted variety is the most distinct flavor. It's yeasty throughout. Hops are floral and grassy. A spicy hop flavor emerges toward the end that gives it a little edge. It's slightly grainy. Alcohol is not noticeable at all. It finishes a little bitter and spicy. It's not bad, but is clearly not nearly as impressive as I've heard.

Fat Tire is nowhere near robust or fat. In fact, it's thin and feels a little watered down. Carbonation is active and crisp. It's nowhere near smooth. Drinkability is above average. There's not enough flavor here to entertain most of us beer geeks for very long. Its abv and feel certainly lend themselves to sessionability, but I doubt many BAs would be happy with this for long.

Well...Fat Tire's okay, but not exactly good beer. Not nearly as good as I've heard. Incidentally, all the talk I hear is not from the craft beer crowd. I now understand why. Fat Tire's probably a good gateway beer into the craft beer world. There's enough here to intrigue the uninitiated. But for those of us who really scrutinize our beer, there's not much here. The nose is weak, the flavor's merely above average, and it's too thin. I don't buy all the hype I've heard about this beer, but I get why "the others" incessantly talk about it. Worth a try, but not much more.

05-07-2009 03:04:56 | More by prototypic
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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