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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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1,889 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,889
Hads: 7,853
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 30%
Wants: 196
Gots: 1,733 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh On-tap at Pizza Plant. Light amber colour. A bit of yeast, creamy medium mouthfeel. Average bitterness, balanced with malting, a tad roast. A better than average beer all the way around, nothing special to standout and nothing to complain about.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a super clear light orange color with a 2 inch off-white head. Smells of biscuit like malts and citrus zest hops. Taste is of water logged biscuits with a muted citrus zest finish. I don't know why this tastes very watery. There is no bitterness on the palate after each sip but there is a slight citrus twang. Mouthfeel is slightly flat which makes for a medium bodied drink. Overall, this is an average amber ale. Fat Tire is probably the most popular New Belgium beer and I wonder if they changed the recipe to suit more mass palates. From what I remember this was way better overall in the past.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear crimson color. Thin head with some lacing.

S: lots of sweet caramel malt. Very aromatous.

T: Mostly breads, biscuit and sweet malts. A little plain. Lacks the usual bad amber aftertaste.

M: moderate carbonation and light to medium body.

Overall: very smooth, refreshing and benign beer. Easy to drink but nothing overall special.

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Vic's On the River, Savannah, GA

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with delicate lacing that consistently covered the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of grainy malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is malty with some hints of sweetness and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer goes down easily and makes for a good pairing with food.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

unconventional amber, pours a nice deep ruby color with an off-white head. smells homey and comforting, warm. notes of butterscotch and dried cherries in the nose give it a slightly sweet aroma. taste is a really nicely balanced malty forefront with a slight belgian yeast distinction coming in, mellow and burnt sugary in the finish. mouthfeel is perfect, fair carbonation and a medium body, this beer is the quintessential colorado session beer. this flagship from new belgium is worth all they hype around it. awesome amber

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Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking amber color, the head was very nice on this beer. Good retention and a good lacing also here. The smell of the beer is malty, some caramel and some additional grains on the nose. The flavor of the beer is toasted, with a subtle caramel sweetness in there. The bitterness is rather mellow and not piney or resin like at all. The mouthfeel of the beer is very smooth, the carbonation is minimal but yet still there enough to tingle a little. Overall I found this to be a really nice beer, I wouldn't mind having it again. It's sessionable in my opinion. Very easy going brew.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a modest white head that hangs around for a while and leaves some splashes of lace

Smell: Beguiling aroma of toffee, perhaps a touch of candi sugar and a floral quality

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity taste that, after the swallow, is joined by more caramel malt; a slight balancing effect from the hops but this is primarily a malty beer; odd aftertaste that is slightly tart

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink but I'll put this in the Shiner Bock category as being hyped beyond its quality; nevertheless, I would drink this over Shiner Bock any day

Thanks, oxymoron, for the opportunity

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Incredibly popular, New Belgium's banner beer is an ale that's caught in an identity crisis. Its it an American amber ale, an Irish red ale or is it a Belgian pale ale? Where the taste tilts to Irish, there's much more to consider in this fairly complex but understated ale.

Its honey-amber hue is a lead in to its toasted flavor and freshly kilned grain aroma to seep into the initial senses. Faint caramel, peanut and a bready-sweet taste is elegant on just off of caramel with bread crust and biscotti instead.

Its dextrin-rich body is creamy, starchy and smooth- allowing its cream corn center to give a faint butterscotch flavor as its malty grain flavors offer smoothness and a creamy medium weight. Herbal hops are tea-like and mildly citrus; even as cinnamon and clove spiciness tether through the sweet breadiness and indicate a turn to closure.

Spicy in finish, a moderate pepper taste and feel highlights its mild alcohol warmth that outlasts is starchy malt upstart. Semi-dry in finish, only a mild bitterness and tepid spice complement balances the taste in those waning sips.

Friendly and unoffensive, the allure of the ale lies in its non-polarizing taste and its understated complexity. An unfailing choice for the both the uninitiated and the connoisseurs alike.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Pours a moderate copper color without haze. Average-sized white head that leaves behind a bit of lacing and has pretty good retention. The nose is a bit malty with some bread crust, slight caramel, and a touch of hops. The flavor is pretty basic and plain, though it is certainly inoffensive and I can see why so many flock to this beer. There is a bit of toast plus caramel and a very mild earthy presence. Light to medium body with a slight bitterness in the finish. Drinks well enough, though I'd prefer Bell's Amber and often suggest that as an alternative to others.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.89/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of BeerandBlues2: Poured a medium amber color ale with a nice foamy head with some pretty good retention and lacing. Aroma of medium caramel malt with some light floral hops. Taste of light caramel malt with a light hoppy finish is missing in character and fall behind some of the other wonderful offering from this brewery.

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Photo of largadeer
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Couldn't turn down a fresh 12 oz can for a buck, curious to see how it compares to the pint I had on draft a few months back.

Appearance: A golden amber body with slight haze from the can conditioning. The dense white head holds well, clining to the walls of the glass. Solid.

Smell: Biscuits and light fruitiness. There's a bit of mustiness as well, something that always puts me off with this beer. Honey and pineapple come out as it warms.

Taste & mouthfeel: Rich with toasted malt flavor but well-attenuated. Crisp and dry, lightly estery. Apricot frutiness appears briefly in the finish, which is ultimately on the dry side and tinged with hop bitterness.

A pretty enjoyable session beer, better from the can than from the keg.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, distinctively collared bottle, another ubiquitous American craft brew, unseen as yet in Canadian liquor stores. My friend in Chicago always had a fridge full of this stuff when I would go visit, a few years ago.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, frothy, and lightly foamy off-white head, which leaves a decent paint job of sudsy, streaky lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of mildly toasty, biscuity, and bready pale malt, a touch of dry nutty caramel, and fruity, floral, and slightly piney hops. The taste is more staunchly bready malt, one fading in its interesting biscuity and roasted nature, with a wet ashy essence that strangely rises to the roof of my mouth, and some agreeably balancing earthy, herbal hops.

The carbonation is moderate, manifesting in but a trilling frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and perhaps a tad dusty in its otherwise well-rendered smoothness. It finishes off-dry, sure, but tempered just enough by the lingering earthy, weedy, and musty hops.

A good and venerable American session ale, I would imagine, if the toasted biscuit character didn't quite challenge the palate on each re-up, and thus become unwelcome after a few rounds. As training beer for those moving out of their particular version of BMC hell, you could do a lot worse, and I see why I enjoyed those cold ones from the fridge in aforementioned Chi-town, after all that not-so-cheap Budweiser at Lollapalooza in Grant Park, and watered-down (wait, what?) Schlitz at Wrigley Field.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled or on tap it pours a dark amber color, slight head. There is a malty smell with some biscuity notes. Good caramel malty flavor with a touch of hop bitterness. It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer. It is so drinkable. It's not hard to have several at one sitting.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, rich, orange-influenced amber. The head is light tan with a hint of pastel orange and is mildly sticky. It resembles soft meringue as it falls, leaving adequate lace in its wake. The nose is good, not great. It's primarily pale malty with a smidgen of spicy-earthy hops.

Interesting flavor, but I can't quite put my finger on what makes it so. I appreciate lightly toasted malt with an underlying sourness and a component of herbal-earthy hops. Where did spicy go? I think it's the sourness and the hop flavor that strike me as different. The finish is both mildly bitter and lingeringly sour and the mouthfeel is average for the style.

I'm not all that impressed with Fat Tire. The flavor doesn't really push my buttons and no other characteristic elevates it much past above average. It's clearly a well-made beer, but isn't one that I'll drink again. So what's all the fuss about again?

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bm0095 for the bottle, had been wanting to try this for a while.

Pours a c;ear. clean amber with a sall white head that quickly faded leaving some soft white clingy lace. There was no real smell to this, maybe the slightest bready smell, but really nothing at all. The taste was about the same, bland. Again slight hints of bready, but no real strong flavor or body, almost thought it was a macro. I was really not impressed with this, as New Belgium has a pretty good rep, maybe I just need to try one of their bigger beers.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a nice amber color, which you would expect for an amber ale. The head is fluffy and off-white in color.

S: A very creamy, caramelly aroma. Quite sweet and biscuity without too much in the way of hops. The caramel note borders on being buttery, but isn't quite there.

T: Essentially the same qualities that are present in the nose manifest themselves here in the flavor. A solid biscuit and toasted malt base with a pleasant caramel sweetness and creaminess.

M: The body is medium with moderate carbonation.

D: While this isn't my favorite beer, I do not quite understand the "hate" toward it. It's certainly an easy drinking beer and one that is a good "beginner" craft offering.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. single picked up at Riverside Wine and Spirits in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Best Before: 24APR09.

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright amber body with a large, frothy, white head. Fine, thin lacing throughout.

Smell: Aroma smelling of biscuits and uncooked dough with a tiny note of fruit and spicy, floral hop scents.

Taste: Biscuity malts with a light sweetness. Lightly nutty initially, but as it warms, it develops into more of a grain flavor. Very light hint of pear fruitiness. Floral, spicy hop character with a light bitterness. Finishes dry and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Simple but highly drinkable and refreshing. It leaves me wondering exactly why the public latched onto this with a fervency and cult following.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with 1 1/2 fingers of foamy eggshell white head. Thin creamy retention that flares up into a rigid 1/2 finger that throws some massive frothy lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet with bread and caramel, with a good bit of citric tang and light floral hops in the back of the nose.

The taste is toasted malts and caramel sweetness mixed in with a pervasive fruity citric character. Light bittering hops pull up the back with some needed balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly relaxed and creamy carbonation and a generally all around refreshing feel about it.

While nowhere near the full blown cult status that this beer seems to have garnered over the years, if your looking at this as a moderately flavored and easy drinking Amber Ale, then for the most part it succeeds. Plus it gets an extra point for the portability in cans now as well.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

It has taken me way too long to review this old Purdue-days favorite. It pours a clear pale copper topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises mandarin oranges, ruby red grapefruit, lemon zest, coriander, and a stiff toffee backbone. The taste brings the toffee to the fore, subduing the fruity notes in the process. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a nice amber, nothing close to special, but eminently drinkable and more than enjoyable enough.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium's flagship ale delivers a clear amber body beneath a billowing head of white froth that holds well and leaves beautiful Brussels-lace about the glass. The nose welcomes you with toasty and sweet malt, and that's exactly what you'll find in the flavor. It's malty... toasty, biscuity, and ever so slightly caramelish; laced with gently spicy and delicately floral hops; and backed by a firm bitterness that grounds it before it fades in a short lingering finish. It's an enjoyable, well-rounded, and drinkable ale that makes a great introductory beer for your friends who are used to American adjunct lagers and the golden "pilsners" from Canada, Mexico, and Europe; and it pairs well with a wide variety of foods such as grilled chicken, pasta primavera, soft-flavored semi-hard cheese (Fontina, Muenster, etc.), and French toast and eggs.

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Photo of mactrail
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I guess we should be grateful that New Belgium has a big hit to support their more interesting beers. Mellow tang but dirty aftertaste. Muddy taste but has a touch of sprightly hops. Seduces with some roasted malt flavors but tails off into dishwater. Best feature is the nose of caramel and flowers. An average example of a style that has few standouts. This is not one of them. A well made but tedious beer.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been hearing about this beer since I first got into craft beer drinking and finally got a chance to try it as it just got distribution in the area. Bought a bomber for $3.50. Pours a mahogany brown, nice nutty smell to it. Taste is light to medium bodied, pretty typical amber ale for the most part, but has a very noticeable nutty kick to it which adds a pleasant taste. Very drinkable and a great session beer, The bomber went down easy and smooth and could definitely see this as an easy choice for a no frills, above average beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass. Expectations are average; I'd had it from the bottle before. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a beige floater. Body colour is a semitransparent amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Amber malts, caramel, hints of butterscotch? Some biscuit malt. A mild strength aroma.

T: Amber malts, caramel, and biscuit malt. Clean but simple. Pleasant and balanced. Little yeast comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Suits the flavour decently. A touch too heavy on the palate for the lack of diverse or bold flavour. Good thickness. Overcarbonated.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. A good beer for drinking at a bar on the cheap, but it's lackluster. Overpriced at $6.00. New Belgium makes far better beers.

Low C+

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, NV on 8/15/07, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is strong with toasted malts and spice along with caramel and hops.

T: The taste is very malty with flavors of caramel and spice. There’s a pretty good hops presence that provides a nice balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, it’s a beer worth drinking for an entire evening if you want an easy-drinking beer with some substance.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a goblet.
A - A deep copper w/ golden highlights and a huge 2 finger tan head that settles slowly leaving a coating of lace.

S - Nutty, toasted aromas with a faint lactic yeastiness in the nose. Very grainy and biscuit-like in aroma.

M - Nutty, biscuit-like graininess on top of a medium full feel. Subtle carbonation allows for a sweet malty finish.

T - A real roasted nut flavor w/ other toasted and grainy tastes. A bit of rye seems to join the bready melange.

D - An easy beer to drink after a warm summer walk in the sun(which is exactly when I tasted mine) It is a pretty mainstream taste and has an image and branding that is easy to recognize. I don't care for the dry powdery element as much, but it its still a very drinkable ale. I could see myself being able to session a few of these.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,889 ratings.