Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

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1,855 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,855
Hads: 7,615
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 186
Gots: 1,505 | FT: 2
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: 1,855 | Hads: 7,615
Photo of hophead723
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer is timeless. It's universal. It's unmistakable. It's perfect. Okay it could use more hops but then it wouldn't be Fat Tire. I can only hope you are about to enjoy one as you read this review, because that's what beer is all about.

I've had it on tap a lot and poured this into everything from a coffee mug to a pilsner glass but this time around its a classic British pub glass from the bottle. Just like the beer, you can't go wrong with this approach.

Appearance: This beer pours a gorgeous amber color. The head is a unique and characterful off white with fine bubbles.

Aroma: This beer smells so good! Biscuit, fruity, with a whiff of grassy and herbal hops.

Taste: It's delicious and drinkable malt character sings a chorus in your mouth with each pleasing sip. The malt is gentle and bready while the hops are grassy and mild.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. The carbonation levels are perfect and make this beer a classic.

Overall: Ill say it time and time again, this is beer. Yes its not an IPA and yes I'm a hop head but this beer is perfect and complete. It just plain works and it shall stand the test of time. I wouldn't compare it to any other Amber Ale even though there are many out there. Enjoy it any way you can but the tap brings just that much more magic to the experience. Drink up beer lovers. Drink up. (1,333 characters)

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. ENJOY BY: 15FEB15.

Look: Pours a light copper with a soft white head and bright carbonation.

Smell: Aroma of light bready malts with a touch of grassy Euro hop aroma.

Taste: Nutty brown ale flavor. Caramel malts and grassy hop taste.

Feel: Light and refreshing, not strong or overpowering.

Overall: A light, easy drinker. Not a standout, but pleasant. Fat Tire is a not as hoppy as Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or ubiquitous as Sam Adams Boston Lager, but a gateway into craft beer for many nonetheless. (562 characters)

Photo of Bezy901
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

One of my favorite beers! The toasted slightly yeast like flavors really come through. I definitely prefer to have it on tap or poured into a glass rather than from the bottle because it becomes a different beer altogether when it has time to breathe. (251 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Pours a thin head on a clear darker straw body.
The aroma has a little fruit basket going on with a little caramel.
The taste has some biscuit and caramel flavor joined by a mild lemon bitterness. Good balance.
The texture is crisp.
Enjoyable. (243 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%

Appearance - 3.7/5
Pours a deep orange-brown. Essentially no head. That's a little disappointing. Fairly clear, but still some haziness. This could just be some idiosyncratic observation of mine, but the rising carbonation bubbling look bigger than they do in most beers. Overall, an okay look; I would have liked more head.

Smell - 3.75/5
Smells like an Amber should. A deep malty-alcohol smell, with perhaps fruity undertones.

Taste - 3.5/5
Tastes similar to the smell, at least to some extent. A sweet malty-alcohol taste, with some notes of piney hops, fruitiness, perhaps caramel as well. I wasn't expecting the pineyness, and not sure whether I like it. Luckily it's fairly subtle.

Mouthfeel - 4.15/5
The beer is fairly light in body, the carbonation is quite strong, but not too overpowering. I like the slight bite of the carbonation when I drink this beer. The beer is smooth (besides the carbonation bite)

Overall - 3.5/5
This beer was decent overall, but probably wouldn't get again.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20% (1,076 characters)

Photo of JRed
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Pours transparent Amber in body with fluffy white head. Aroma of biscuit, sweet dough, fresh grass. Tastes of sweet malt, grass, biscuit, mild cinnamon, mild bitterness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A nice autumn beer. (228 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fairly neutral brew, very drinkable. More malt than hop character, with a light caramel and slightly fruity specialty malt base accented with floral and muted citrus notes. Light bitterness at the finish to counter the malt sweetness. (234 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; bronzish amber in color; 1 finger light tan head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; nice, long lasting lacing;

S: malt sweetness, toffee, caramel, perhaps some earthy hops;

T: a nice combination of caramel, toffee, and earthy hops; toward the end, the caramel becomes predominant with a little citrus in the back ground; the finish has a mild bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: very nice; easy drinking; (446 characters)

Photo of gbarbee
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of favorite all-around beers. When New Belgium was only available in several states I used to bring back cases from Texas to share in North Carolina with friends and family.

Appearance: Amber
Smell: Biscuits and hops
Taste: Bread and malt
Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp
Drinkability: Great beer and it has always been on o my favorites.

Serving type: bottle (361 characters)

Photo of PacNWDad
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Very sweet profile, with lots of malt. Reddish brown color. Decent amount of head. Some spice. Good but could use a little more hops and a tad sweet. (153 characters)

Photo of Lagerquestrian
4/5  rDev +10.5%

I have been buying this brew since the late 90's. This was one of my first gateway craft beers, as it were. I have turned to Fat Tire when needing a sessionable yet flavorful beer. It's a great Amber Ale. Bitterness is balanced quite well with the sweetness. New Belgium knows what they are doing with this beer. It's a common, accepted beer staple in much of the Western States. It's a good balance and easy drinker, way above average adjunct lagers and other mass produced cereal beers. IMO, this brew has it's rightful place. A good quality brew for the craft beer beginner, or one looking for a quality easy drinker without having to sacrifice quality and taste. My first choice when camping in the Rockies around Monarch Pass in Colorado. A twelve pack of bottles amongst a warm camp fire soothes my soul. (810 characters)

Photo of razorsdescent
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

I don't see why this beer, or even this brewery has the following they do. Not a knock on them, they make some good beer, but not equal to some of the hype I hear blasted. (171 characters)

Photo of xboxhueg
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Toasty grains, watery and sweet. No hop bitterness to speak of, I imagine it would go good with pizza. I would order it over BMC in a restaurant every time, it has it's place. (175 characters)

Photo of bwood06
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear amber in color with a frothy/creamy white head with a hint of orange coloring. Lightly carbonated. Head is somewhat retained throughout the tasting. 3.75/5

S - Caramel and an earthy graininess are the first notes to hit my nose. There is also a slight citrus note in the background. Herbal hops. Slight butteriness. 3.5/5

T - Caramel is the first flavor. Slight butteriness like the nose. Toasted bread finish. Grassy flavor to the hops. Almost no lingering flavor or bitterness. Very light in the bitterness category. 3.75/5

M - very light. finishes wet but disappears quickly. Slight carbonation burn, more than expected. 3.5/5

O - Very drinkable beer. Not overly complicated in it's flavor profile, but is still very enjoyable. Very nicely balanced between sweet and bitter. 3.75/5 (823 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

This is the microbrew that started it all, according to most people. It's probably the first craft beer you tried, and it was great at the time compared to all the other stuff out there. It's still good, but it's been surpassed by a lot of other beers. It's available everywhere, and I'd much rather drink this than a big-company beer, but by now I can do better. It's your basic amber, your gateway beer, and there's nothing wrong with that. (446 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev +10.5%

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Light amber with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Caramel, brown sugar, and toasted biscuit.

Caramelized candy sugar, brown sugar, and toasted biscuit. Touches of molasses and earthy hop aromas.

Medium bodied, smooth, balanced, and refreshing.

Expertly balanced and exactly what an Amber Ale should be. (420 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Nose: grain, light biscuit, grassy, citrusy hops.
Pours brilliant medium amber under 2” off white foam cap – lacy.
Palate: biscuit with a touch of caramel and a mild hop finish. The hop flavors are spicy and herbal. Well balanced and very refreshing. The finish is a mild almost earthy hop bitterness and a pleasant lingering biscuit flavor.
Medium body and carbonation. (377 characters)

Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Best by date: 02.02.14.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 01.03.14.

A: See through amber/red. No head with aggressive pour.

S: Malt, raisins, caramel.

T: Caramel is dominant. Toast is there too. Subtle hops.

M: Creamy.

O: I thought that this was an interesting amber the first time that I tried it because it was different than others. (351 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper color with decent head and not much lacing. Aroma is very light and bready. Taste is good, yet light. Get a little toast, a touch of citrus and some hop bitterness. Fast, dry finish which does not linger long. Not a bad brew from a great brewer (256 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Long time since I had this.
Amber copper color with an aired head with short retention.
Nice aroma with honey and mild spices.
Flavor with lots of caramels, hints of toasted malts, a mild tangy citrusy, some spices and floral hops. Mildly dry aftertaste.
Medium body with mild carbonation.
Very balanced and easy to drink amber ale, on the mild side, but still flavorful and not boring. Though it could be a bit less sweet.
Ap.3,25 Ar.3,5 Sab.3,5 Sens.3,5 Cj.3,5 (462 characters)

Photo of Brackh
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Didn't bother to pour this into anything else. A little bit of malt and not much hops. Don't get me wrong I have had lots of these and I like them. Great for what it is.

Wife's Review: "This is one of my favorites. I could drink a lot of these." (246 characters)

Photo of JordanRichart
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%

This is my favorite amber ale to date and one of my favorite beers period. I have tried numerous amber ales and they don't compare. I love the roasted taste of grain and toast at first with the finish of hops. All around great beer. Cheers! Oh and I'm pictured with a Fat Tire van in my profile picture. How cool is that?! (322 characters)

Photo of Milchad
4/5  rDev +10.5%

One of the first beers that helped open my eyes to what all is out there besides the water downed crap that AB and Miller Coors tries to cram down our throats. Very flavorful beer that won't disappoint. (202 characters)

Photo of misternebbie
4.51/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

love everything about this beer , except the fact that is so very hard to get in my area!
rich coopery beer with tons of flavor, malty and spicy, not to be ignore, if you get the chance to drink this beer, point blank, do it! (225 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%

A very simple beer. Pours a light hazel with little head. The smell is mostly malt with almost no hop smell to it. The taste is very mellow and is refreshing but nothing on the palate wowed me by any standard and the mouthfeel was nice. Overall a forgettable beer unless it's a standard for you. (296 characters)

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,855 ratings.