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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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1,866 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,866
Hads: 7,685
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 191
Gots: 1,577 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Reviews: 1,866 | Hads: 7,685
Photo of Gote
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

OK, I love this beer. I'm sure there are better examples of an amber ale out there but I haven't tried them. The hops are there but just enough to give a wonder flavor without all the bitterness. Slight hint of orange which is odd because I consider adding fruit flavor to a beer to be a waste of beer...and fruit. This could easily be a daily drinker for me. (359 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - A golden brew, slightly cast to its transparency, and a white head, tight and short. Significant lacing.

S - Quiet, with a slight toasty grain note, somewhat sour.

T - Malt forward, with a caramel and wheat bread note, and a slightly bitter hop note in the close.

M - Light and easy on the tongue, a good drinker.

O - A solid amber that delivers a solid malt forward brew, with subtle but delicious bread flavor, and a clearing, clean close that keeps things rolling along. An easily drinkable beer perfect for a long, multi-bottle session. (550 characters)

Photo of GerryPendry
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A decent beer. Nice head, definitely malt-forward sweet biscuit, a little hint of roastiness, nice earthy hop flavor with understated bitterness. I first tried this beer 15 or 16 years ago when it already had a cult following but was much harder to find. Then, as now, I don't see what all the fuss is about. Maybe the hype was justified in the late 90s, when great beer was harder to find. Maybe BA should add a "Nostalgia factor" to the rating categories. (459 characters)

Photo of EMV
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can

L: Pours a clear deep amber with a thick white head.

S: Biscuits and malts. Minimal hops.

T/F: Pretty benign flavor. Biscuits and grains. Lightly malty. Like the nose pretty minimal on the hops. Moderately carbonated and crisp.

O: Well made Amber but nothing special and New Belgium has way better stuff to offer. Readily available and way better than you average macros. Good for an introduction to craft beer. (440 characters)

Photo of jsantana09
2.72/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Average beer. Better than the adjunct/light beers but not quite at the level of many of the other craft beers out there. Hits the mark for an Amber Ale but didn't amaze me. Good beer for an afternoon session. (208 characters)

Photo of Pumpkin-Head
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft in a prisoner glass. Pours a deep brown with good clarity. Head is dense with microbubbles and extra white in color. Smell is malty and nutty and taste is very similar and not complex. (200 characters)

Photo of takusan1000
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent baseline amber. Sweet malty smell, a bit yeasty, but not very strong. Taste is malty also, biscuity and reminds me of a Scotch ale. Refreshing and one-note. Not much hops aroma or taste in it at all. (208 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've tried this beer several times, most recently on tap at a local pub. There is certainly nothing amazing about this beer. It is smooth, tasty, primarily malt-forward and inoffensive. This would be an excellent "transition" beer to help move people from mass-produced adjuncts to beer that has more flavour and soul. (318 characters)

Photo of dd43
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wasn't sure what to expect with this beer, ambers being one of the styles I'm less enamored with. It was surprisingly refreshing, the mouthfeel was simultaneously crisp but also had a malt creaminess that I enjoyed. (215 characters)

Photo of Good_Ale84
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my first craft beers...after drinking mostly piss water for years (mainly miller lite and bud light), this is a good beer to start the transition into nice, craft beer. Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass, it has a nice bright amber appearance with a 1" white foamy head with decent lacing. Rich in flavor and normal thickness for an American Amber ale, goes down rather smooth . Easy to drink and fairly easy to find. (Be patient, this was my first review,lol) (481 characters)

Photo of ZBowden
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear Amber bronze with a white head well retained, smells of malts and piney hops, tastes of simple malts and some hoppy overtones, smooth finish thin mouthfeel. Pretty average brew, good beer staple. (207 characters)

Photo of Michelleluw
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fat Tire is a nice approachable Amber Ale. Low in alcohol content, I like to give this beer to my friends who don't like hops. Nice golden brown in color, but very smooth and easy to drink. (189 characters)

Photo of dthrift3
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My go to beer. Great for every season, light feel, not light on taste. Good ale smell. Not to sweet, yet you can tell just by the aroma that your taste buds are going to have a wonderful experience. (201 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle best by 22 Feb 2015. Threshold beer glass. Reviewed 27 Dec 2014.

Appearance: Pours a bright, clear, light copper with 1/2" sandy head. Impressive lacing and fair retention.

Aroma: Amber ale-y - not too sweet, slight hoppiness; definitely a malt-forward brew.

Taste: Rich arrival, then quickly feels thin. Not as malty or as sweet or as toasty as Mt. Carmel or Bell's Amber ales; this is cleaner, lighter, fresher.

Mouthfeel: Active carbonation; light, crisp.

Overall: This is a really light amber ale; I'd put this against Boston Lager or Eliot Ness Lager for how light and clean it seems for an ale. I would have expected a heavier, slicker, sweeter treatment. But given that Boston Lager and Eliot Ness are two of my favorites, it's in good company. I'd definitely buy this again, but won't seek it out. (823 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear amber color, thick white head, good lacing

S: Almost nothing, slight maltyness

T: Malty sweetness, caramel notes, brown sugar

M: Light to medium, good carbonation

O: Decent beer, light enough to be session-able but still has a decent amount of taste to it. (275 characters)

Photo of Kelby777
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried Fat Tire earlier today, and I am finally sober enough to write a review for it.

Poured delicately into a dimpled beer stein. The temperature of the beer was in the mid 30's. I have also tried Fat Tire at a slightly warmer temperature - at around 45 degrees.

Appearance - Very beautiful appearance. The color is a shade of amber and resembles light maple syrup. White frothy head (when poured at a warmer temperature) with a nice lacing around the glass. Appears to be of high carbonation.

Smell - Wonderful and distinct smell. Grassy hops is definitely the dominant aroma here.

Taste - Has a hop bite to it, but it doesn't linger on the tongue for a while like other ales do. It has a bitter taste from the hops, but the average beer drinker would be able to handle it. I personally don't dig the bitter hop taste, but it won't prevent me from drinking it.

Mouth feel - It has a nice carbonated mouth feel, however, it could be thicker. I found it has a thinner mouth feel than a typical macro beer.

Overall - This makes a great session beer. It is not one I would drink everyday but if I were offered it, I would not decline it. It's good to get away from the macro beers now and again. Cheers! (1,210 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. Bottle
"Enjoy By" Date of May 24th, 2015
Reviewed on March 17th, 2015
Served in a New Belgium Globe

Poured a dark copper body with a nice amber glow. Not much of a head but it left a nice amount of lacing throughout.

Lots of biscuit. Toasted grains. Pleasant undertones of dark fruit.

Doughy malts hit the tongue first. Biscuit. Toast. Sweet bread. Hops were short-lived but palpable, breaking through the dense malts with lighter notes of pear and apple. Semi-dry finish. Medium/light bodied. Moderate carbonation.

I'm pretty sure this was my "gateway beer" into the world of craft beer. It is accessible, consistent, and tasty. (670 characters)

Photo of do_ob
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a very clear, crisp golden color with a 1 finger white head. Quickly fizzed down into a spotty lacing. Notes of citrus, flowers, and orange peel on the nose. Overall, not much of a smell. Light/medium weight to the body. A quick, but very mild hop bite initially then..nothing. This beer doesn't really taste like anything to me. Dry finish with a bit of a malty aftertaste.

This is a pleasant beer I suppose, but it's lacking the flavor to make it stand out among the run of the mill ales. It would make a great session beer, and at 5.2% a 6 pack could probably have you feeling good. Just not my taste, though. (671 characters)

Photo of NerveStorm
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice head and amber color. The finish is somewhat weak and lacking any complexity to the flavor. Overall it is a good "quench your thirst" beer or "goes with pizza" beer, but nothing exceptional. That said it beats the mass marketed brands hands down and is an easy pour for a hot day. (285 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can. Poured clear amber color. Head was mild. Soft nose is quite grainy. Sweet grain and caramel with a subdued but distinct yeasty scent, too. The flavor is just like the nose. A bit bready or toasty, definite caramel and a a good dose of grains. Generically fruity but not the most dominant feature. Minimal hop flavor. Finishes light and watery with a grainy aftertaste. Well carbonation. Not much of a fan of the overall flavor and I find the finish to be a bit off. Surprised it's taken me this long to finally try this brew. It isn't distributed here but I would have expected to try it by now. (600 characters)

Photo of gopens44
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Another one of these beers that I've had and remember why I don't get it too often any longer. It's just kind of there. It is a beer I enjoy paring with Mexican food though. q (175 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this one before, ratings and review based on latest serving. Big ol' 22oz at a divey "sports" bar in my hometown. Fat Tire is usually my go to when the other alternatives are either macros or Blue Moon (No offense to Blue Moon, just had it way too much years ago).
Beautiful amber color, smells a bit fruity, nice refreshing taste with a little bite on the end that's barely noticeable but a good contrast to the sweetness up front. There's a reason this one is usually the one craft choice at a lit of dives around here; good quality but not big flavored enough to scare your BMC crowd away.
I didn't get the hype when it first showed up here a couple years ago; it's good but not great.
Bottom line: solid and sessionable. (733 characters)

Photo of Jasonm2
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is your typical amber ale, softer on the palate and not too bitter in taste. An average brown beer, Fat Tire will give you a gentle kick but leave your palate crisp, just like a good ale should. Goes great with a casual meal, and doesn't leave you screwed over the next day. Definitely a daily pint, this amber ale makes one experience the flavors of the beer without a wicked hangover, and it won't dehydrate like a super-hoppy brew. If you find this around, and enjoy a good American brew at lunch, I would surely recommend it! (539 characters)

Photo of Csikic93
4.76/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love fat tire. It is my go to beer and always will be. It was the first real beer I ever drank. It goes well with pizza and even cheese. You can drink it all day. It tastes much better poured than out of the bottle or can. I cannot get enough of this beer. (258 characters)

Photo of 31Sam13
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Used to be one of my absolute favorites to celebrate a a hard day of back-country skiing/ snowboarding ( did I say hard...fun as hell, I meant...hard work, as I hike to earn my turns). Anyway, I believe that I hadn't had it for about five years and it just wasn't what i remember. Good but not great. (300 characters)

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,866 ratings.