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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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BA SCORE
81
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6,365 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 6,365
Reviews: 1,783
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 126
Gots: 583 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

01-17-2007 04:58:44 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

11-22-2012 23:36:07 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.13/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

05-07-2011 07:01:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.4%

01-16-2012 18:41:18 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

02-19-2011 17:05:57 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-18-2011 03:21:49 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

12-25-2011 21:00:10 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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?

07-21-2004 21:32:43 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

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

09-09-2006 19:27:06 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -22%

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.

02-19-2007 11:52:44 | More by mikesgroove
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.4%

01-19-2012 18:18:21 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

06-19-2014 06:28:22 | More by BEERchitect
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

01-23-2007 17:03:29 | More by Phyl21ca
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womencantsail

California

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

06-21-2010 20:26:07 | More by womencantsail
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zestar

California

3/5  rDev -16.4%

08-21-2013 06:57:52 | More by zestar
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-05-2011 22:45:48 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-14-2011 10:22:14 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

01-12-2012 05:01:37 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

03-08-2013 01:04:10 | More by spycow
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

01-26-2009 02:02:21 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

08-20-2013 04:19:34 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

12-18-2011 01:06:09 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

09-15-2012 04:09:06 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

12-02-2010 09:44:49 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

01-10-2013 17:47:18 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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