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Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

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5,515 Ratings

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Ratings: 5515
Reviews: 1758
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 5,515 | Reviews: 1,758 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of whatthehull


3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

White wine glass (at work again)

A - Beautiful copper amber, one finger off white head and some sugar legs

S - Tons of sugar, roasted malts, green/brown earthy hops, musty bready yeast, a light dark chocolate note and more earthiness

T - woods/soil/leafy hops, wet oak, toasty malts, fresh baked bread, brown sugar, sap, fresh mountain spring water and that classic taste and smell that every NB product has

M - Medium minus body, decent balance, medium minus complexity, medium acidity and a very nice roasted malt/slight hop and sugar finish

D/O - Not gonna lie, this beer is darn refreshing. Easy to drink, has a decent balance of malt and hops, not over or underwhelming. Just a decently rounded beer that you can bring anywhere. I'd suspect that yellow fizzy water drinkers would enjoy this

Final Thoughts - I have had this beer a thousand time, how have I never reviewed this? Price is a bit high ($12 plus a 12'er) , but that is cool, it is employee owned and the low 5.2% makes this an almost session-able beer

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 19:11:46 | More by whatthehull
Photo of WheelsPSU

New York

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium does not distribute to NYC but since I was in DC this weekend, I in ally got a chance to try this. Got a 12 ounce can from ChurchKey.

The appearance was light copper with a quickly disappearing head. The smell was light biscuit, very light hops, and some grain. The taste was barley malt, slight biscuit and for some reason, I tasted an apple flavor. Maybe my palate was destroyed at that point? The mouthfeel was thin, a light body and very easy drinking. The is a very good no frills light amber ale.

Serving type: can

02-24-2014 17:17:07 | More by WheelsPSU
Photo of Lorenzai_Konstantinov


3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my .25 liter Heineken glass. A semi hard pour left about 1 finger or less of head which hung around for a little while. The beer is a true amber or copper color. It looks nice.
The smell of this beer is fairly complex, with some grassy straw characteristics, a little bit of malt backbone and a nice hop profile I'm guessing is a cascade variety. The nose is a hint at whats to come, but not overpowering at all.
Giving this beer a first taste and holding it in my mouth for a second the prickly carbonation gives way to a mild maltiness, some light citrus flavors and that delicious hop finish. Everything in the nose of this brew is detectable in flavor, and the flavor is really good. No single ingredient is overwhelming the other and I might even dare say this beer is a tad light, but it's balanced and very enjoyable!
The mouth feel of this beer is pretty watery. I would say it's the weakest point of this beer and may lead to it feeling lighter than it really is. It is however not enough to detract from the big picture.

Overall this is my new go to beer. It just started getting distributed to the Dayton Area in Ohio and I am now a big believer in it. I have constantly searched for another American Amber Ale style beer since Budweiser American Ale got discontinued, and this is my new replacement! No more money for A-B Inbev from me! Would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 20:01:28 | More by Lorenzai_Konstantinov
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3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
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
Photo of BroBobby70


3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First time to try
Mmmm 22 oz. bottle
I would likely have this beer again.
This has a strong flavor that really lets you taste the beer, lacing is very nice. The head is not extensive but at least it is there. The smell seemed pretty average, or maybe that is my cold.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 02:31:40 | More by BroBobby70
Photo of saltytom


3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A very good beer and good representation of an amber ale. Bought at Sam's Club in 22 oz. bottle. Poured into a Sam Adam's pint glass. Nice head with nice lacing. Goes down easy with a nice taste. Would be a nice step-up for a mega brewery beer drinker. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 23:14:13 | More by saltytom
Photo of Aaron_Ramson


3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Biscuity malts like toasted bread, strong taste of malts and grains without the typical caramel and citrus flavors associated with American amber ales. Slight, crisp herbal hop finish. No fruitiness, diacetyl or astringency detected. Beautiful color somewhere between a pale and amber with perfect clarity. Not a favorite beer of one but I cannot knock the style. Love it or hate it, Fat Tire has a signature taste that is all it's own.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 07:09:18 | More by Aaron_Ramson
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4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

amazing this is the best beer i have had. i want all my friends to try it i love this and everything about it. amazing this is the best beer i have had. i want all my friends to try it i love this and everything about it. amazing this is the best beer i have had. i want all my friends to try it i love this and everything about it.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 18:36:08 | More by stevegraham
Photo of KMBoswell


4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer, they nailed it on taste/color/smell (in my opinion)
I've even brewed the knock-off/clone recipe of this, it comes close but still not it (I'm working to perfect that though)
the first time I ever had it was when I was visiting a friend in Fort Collins and I've been sold on it since
Great stuff (gave it a 4.5 because it doesn't beat the fresh taste as it was in F.C.CO)

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 18:33:30 | More by KMBoswell
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This has been my staple for 5+ years now. I was introduced to Fat Tire by a family member when I moved to N.C. I was a Budweiser only drinker. Now I will try a lot of different beers, but I always come back to this one. Can't wait until the new brewery is built in Asheville so I can take a tour!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 13:50:04 | More by Masager13
Photo of BB1313


3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy By 4/6/14. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful transparent copper with great clarity; fluffy white head that slowly fades leaving great lacing and retention. The aromas are full of caramel malts. Lots of bread. Hints of toffee and butterscotch. Some corn is in the mix as well. The flavors are crisp and refreshing. Very earthy. Slightly sweet. More caramel. Healthy amount of malts. Hops are very subtle. More corn. More butterscotch. Mouthfeel is awesome. It's medium-bodied but creamy and fluffy with active carbonation. It's extremely smooth and very drinkable.

This is a great example of a traditional amber ale. It might not be adventurous to some, but the craftsmanship takes this one over the top. It's very "food friendly" too.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 20:31:22 | More by BB1313
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3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

We did a blind taste test between this beer and 4 other amber ales to objectively determine which one was best. The beers were Full Sail Amber, Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale, New Belgium Fat Tire, Lost Coast Alleycat, and Alaskan Amber. You can watch the video here to see who won:


Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 01:44:48 | More by brewbattles
Photo of delta490


3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- poured a nice clear amber with a creamier head with slight retention and some lacing

S-biscuit aroma and some mild noble hops

T- rich malt flavors (baked bread) with nice earthy hops flavor balanced against

M- pleasant crispness on the finish and not too heavy

O-a great full flavor amber ale

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 00:55:43 | More by delta490
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New Jersey

3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coppery-amber in color, about one finger of foam in the mug. Crown of lace all around the glass. Floral, aromatic hops. Citrusy, but not as much as the hoppy ambers I'm used to (such as Troegs Hopback). Underlying Caramel malt note.

Moderate hop bitterness in the flavor, but little grapefruit or other citrus. Toffee malt backbone with solid bitterness. Not really a lot going on, but nothing offensive either. Crisp hop bite keeps it from being too boring. Mouthfeel is slick with some prickly carbonation.

Kind of bland overall, but I could see how this would make a good gateway craft beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2014 17:51:02 | More by gr0g
Photo of CFHMagnet


3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer seems to be rather hyped up here in Ohio. I bought a bottle with a shoutout to my state. Says is good until "30Mar14."

I get a finger of cream colored head from my pour. The body is a nice light copper color with a lot of bubble activity. It keeps a thing layer of froth, and laces up rather well.

The aroma is rather grainy, in a good, pleasant, bready manner. There is some earthy/gardeny notes to it as well.

Up front, this beer has a good bready tone to it, with a little sweetgrass to top it off. A wheat flavor continues all the way through to the earthy end.

The mouthfeel is light medium bodied. It grasps the tongue while still refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 01:15:55 | More by CFHMagnet
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3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the bottle it has a nice, sweet fragrance that implies the taste will be the same. This one has a "thick" and filling volume that would be a good pair with a grilled or roasted game meat. I think this brew should be served very cold due to a strong after-taste that would otherwise overpower the culinary experience.
As far as drinking it for the sake of drinking plan to down two or three before the taste becomes palatable.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 17:41:05 | More by KnotABeerSnob
Photo of Josh24


3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first new Belgium beer and after having it on tap I went and bought a 12 pack of cans the next day.

I really liked this amber ale in both cans and on draft.

Smooth tasting and easy to drink all night.

Great color and pour. Nothing crazy but just an overall solid drinkable beer
Give it a shot

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2014 02:27:18 | More by Josh24
Photo of schoolboy


3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I know I had this in 2007 on my first trip to Vail, and probably a couple times since (we were at Vail again last year and it is available here). But I never reviewed this one.

It is pretty in the glass, which is a requirement of this style - the prettiest of brews. The aroma is clean (missing in action). The taste is of an extremely well balanced amber ale - nothing stick out. It is exceedingly refreshing and easy drinking because of this.

Overall, this is a nice, easy, refreshing drink and highly recommended for a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 22:01:57 | More by schoolboy
Photo of patpbr


3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Amber color with a big foamy head that quickly disappeared.
S - Malty with hints of hops.
T - Like the smell it has malty characteristics, biscuit, a balance with the hops that have a mild bitterness on the finish.
M - Medium to light body with a crisp finish.
O - An easy to drink Amber Ale, Average.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 21:03:53 | More by patpbr
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South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a nice head and lacing. Slight nose of sweet malt with a hint of spice. Light medium body with normal carbonation. It has a nice laid back balanced flavor of light hop bitterness over a slight biscuit sweetness. Crisp finish with a slight bitter aftertaste that is somewhat astringent. Good, but rather bland.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 21:46:37 | More by tillmac62
Photo of adamette


3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at Sam's Club in Mentor, Ohio for $2.99 into my Voodoo Brewery pint glass. "ENJOY BY 30MAR14" stamped on the lower right of the label. Also stamped there is 55619 for those interested.

A Translucent very light copper body under a brief but one inch head that was gone after 60 seconds. Fine, safe look. 3.0

S Light biscuit malt and little hops. I am reminded that this beer is entirely drinkable, the best feature of the beer. This smell is somewhat interesting and a rather welcome smell, providing some degree of comfort and ease. It is certainly a better smell than BMC. 3.5

T Barley malt centric light amber taste with a swoosh of hops in the latter one third of the taste. Again, it is apparent why this is not only very drinkable but a very popular beer. Indeed it has been mentioned by many Beer Advocates as one of their early inspirations into craft beer. 4.0

M Thin to moderate, another feature that makes it very drinkable. 3.5

D/O Drinkability is the highest 5.0 Since this category was changed to "overall" then my number rating will reflect that. Overall this is a highly drinkable, easy going light amber. 3.5

Notes: I REALLY like the price of this beer. I noticed that all 3 of the 22 oz. bombers are $2.99 in many stores around here. I will have to try the other two in the New Belgium trio that has come to Ohio and report back here. Fat Tire was the only one available at Sam's Club yesterday.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 03:07:34 | More by adamette
Photo of Kevin-Wieken


3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Fat Tire Amber Ale
New Belgium Brewing, Colorado
---from bottle to pint glass---

Bright and clear copper color, two fingers of ivory head, good lacing.

Smells very sweet, grainy, biscuity, good light hoppy smell.

Almost all malt here, grainy and biscuity, small touch of citrusy and tart hops at the end.

Light body, grainy flavor lingers – reminding you that you’re drinking a beer, but nothing more

Nothing inspiring here, easy to drink, a good beer to introduce non craft brew drinkers to. A toasty beer that won’t overwhelm your taste buds…

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 19:51:20 | More by Kevin-Wieken
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3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a place holder review on draft until I can try it in the bottle.

A: I had this on draft in a tall glass. Red in color. Clear. Served sadly to cold. Flat, no lacing. no head

S: It has a nice light hoppy perfume like note. Some Light cereal notes, some light hay and straw malt notes. sweet light yeast notes.

T: nice malty PA like beer with a nice refreshing hop bite aftertaste. body was and is light to medium, sort of in between to me. The texture was kind of thin. average carbonation, bitter finish.
Nice beer to drink, nothing fancy, but nice. not much kick even in a big pour, I had another 1.
Its a good beer and its goes well with lunch. Good long lasting flovor, lightly sweet, acid and bitter was all light, no bad notes.

m: Thin texture, soft carbonation (low). easy to drink. Nice aftertaste. light body etc.

O: its a good PA type beer. I liked and enjoyed it, had it 4 times now on draft. I need to buy a 6 pack and try it at home.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2013 15:47:52 | More by azorie
Photo of DeFaz


3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured the 22 ounce bottle into a glass. Average head, some lacing, fair retention. Smell is comprised of biscuits and fruit. Taste is again biscuit but with nut and fruit there too. This is very dry. It's a bit too light /thin and it's not complex at all, but as others have said, it's a decent and fairly inexpensive session beer that's technically craft beer but that won't overwhelm anyone.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 02:14:39 | More by DeFaz
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3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a chilled English pint glass.

Appearance 3.5: Poured out a lovely coppery gold. Lots of CO2 bubbles all over the place, but strangely, a smallish head: under 1/4".

Smell 3.25: Very subdued bouquet. I get hints of caramel barley and a slight nose of a dry hopped low alpha hop, but that is about it.

Taste 3.25: Front is slightly sweet, with a small hint of barley. Middle is semi-dry; a hint of barley malt makes the taste more full at this level than the others. There is also a very faint alkaline taste of hops here. Finish is also dry, with more of the barley there barley and brief taste of hops. Aftertaste is short with a brief hint of cereal grains.

Mouthfeel 3.0: Watery in the mouth, with very little to make it distinctive.

Overall 3.25: A beer that is just a little better than OK. Not to say that this beer is horrible by any means, it is just an OK beer. Unremarkable, somewhat dry, I am certain it would be great with food. I would be willing to try this beer on tap somewhere, but would not buy another six-pack. Again, it's not a bad beer, it's just not that good and I can certainly find something better for the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 05:31:55 | More by BeerDocT
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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