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Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

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5,486 Ratings
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Ratings: 5486
Reviews: 1753
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%


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%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2007 04:58:44 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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?

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -22%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 20:26:07 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 19:27:06 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First time trying this brew, and as expected, I don't understand the aura that swirls around this beer. Why the cult following. But, those folks do a lot of (recreational) things that I don't understand. Anyhow the beer is, well, amber colored, crystal clear, and well headed with a slightly tanned foam. Smells very rich with caramel and bready aromas. Tastes confirm the aromas but with a biscuity, buttery flavor. The beer also tasted less than clean, but I think I liked it that way. The feel is a slick caramel feel with a mild hop bitterness. Finishes a bit dirty, but not sweet; not dry. Thanks David.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2006 15:23:06 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 17:05:57 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 02:02:21 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2005 00:50:03 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another ubiquitous American craft brew, unseen in Canadian liquor stores. My friend in Chicago always had a fridge full of this stuff when I would go visit. Distinctive collared 12oz bottle.

This beer pours a clear medium orange-amber colour, with two fingers of dense soapy light beige head, which leaves a good paint job of lace around the glass. It smells of toasty, biscuity, bready malt, and fruity, floral hops. The taste is more bready, biscuit malt, with an ashy edge that rises to the roof of my mouth, and some earthy, herbal hops to balance things out. The carbonation is moderate, the body light and dusty, and it finishes off-dry, and a little musty.

A good session ale, I would imagine, if the toasted biscuit character didn't wear out it's welcome after a few rounds. As training beer for those moving out of BMC hell, you could do a lot worse, and I see why I enjoyed those cold ones from the fridge in Chi-town, after the Budweiser at Lollapalooza, and Schlitz at Wrigley Field...

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 22:41:32 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fat Tire has a bit of a hype around it, especially in regions, like mine, that do not receive this Colorado amber. What could be the reason, I wonder, why do so many rhapsodize so dreamily about it? Is it the equal or better of world classics from Europe, or does it stand out against America's legendary micros? I was determined to find out...
Fine, bubbly, but brief, head, over a bright amber color. Nice fruity touches in the aroma, and the more I "drink in" the nose, the more I seem to find...tropical fruits, mango, banana?, peach, apricot, a hint of gentle spices, and a whiff of flowers, even. Nice grainy, gritty texture, but overall, very smooth palate. Hops seem to be lying low, and malt does it's part, without taking the spotlight. Slight sourness in the finish, later absorbed by tasty sweetness. Well-balanced, and enjoyable. I can imagine a pleasant session with these.
So why the cult status? I have a few theories. 1. Funny name. 2. There's a bike on the label. 3. It's an easily consumed, delicious ale that accompanies fond memories of seeing jam bands in Colorado, and the perfect thing to stock in the cooler at the post-show drum jam. Enjoy, all you hippies, enjoy!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2003 12:18:31 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2007 03:10:45 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

BBD of 3 may 08

Finally broke down & decided to review this. Git this in the folly 12 mixer. This is the one craft beer you can get here at places when they serve no other, so it does have soft spot in my heart as the ultimate plan B:

Pours an effervescent honey/amber with 1+ finger of cream colored head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Biscuitty malt

T: Sweet biscuitty malt with a bit of citric hops & some buttery notes up front. A bit of flinty dryness as this warms, plus a bit of toasted malt & a touch of lemony hops. Finishes with a slight dryness, a tinge of sulphury notes & more butter

MF: Light/medium bodied & slightly over carbonated, plus okay balance, but skews a bit sweet (not malty) to me

Drinks alright, this is better on draft, but just a slightly better than average amber

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 01:22:47 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It is light, but there are traces of pale and light crystal malts. The taste is decent as well. It has a light and grainy pale malt flavor with a bit of crystal malts as well. It goes down smooth and finishes dry and slightly malty. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine amber ale. I wish it has a more complex aroma and flavor, but it drinks well regardless.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2004 12:05:37 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer is amber and clear with moderate carbonation and a big white head of large bubbles that collapses leaving some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and mildly spicy.

Beer is surprisingly thin, grainy on the mid and late palates. It's thin on the front of the mouth and has a grainy aftertaste. It's not very pleasing overall. Just one of those beer that eventually you have to get around to trying, now I have.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 03:15:07 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised to find that I hadn't reviewed this before.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee with some bready malt. The flavor is toffee, bread and some grassy notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very easy beer to drink, but there is not much going on aroma or flavor wise.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 03:12:03 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2006 17:22:22 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Topped by a thin quickly disappearing head. A pretty copper color. Smells nothing much more than beery, but in a good way that reminds me of a dried cracker aroma. Light sweet taste with a cracker-bread bite to it. This is a good example of a beer with biscuity cracker flavor in it. A slight hint of some off putting taste, but this fades quickly. No real hop presence to speak of. This is a fairly bland beer from a brewery that so much good beer has come from. Oh well at least it allows NBB to make other great beers. This I would rate as serviceable when nothing else is available.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2003 21:41:36 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 04:09:06 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to russpowell for this one!

Best before 06Sep08:

Pours light amber with a thin off-white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of soft biscuity dough with light citrus. Mild.

The taste is biscuity. A slight bitterness balances a soft, almost toasty mild maltiness in the sweetish, pretty clean, finish.

Light-bodied and somewhat creamy.

Inoffensive, mild, biscuity. Not much to this one. Pretty mediocre overall. Not bad, but I can think of plenty other amber ales with more character.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 15:45:21 | More by jwc215
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Lee's Discount store in North Las Vegas, it travelled with me for eight days to Utah and Arizona visiting National Parks and the Hoover Dam before being consummed back in Vegas.

Excalibur, Tower 1, room 18-135, overlooking the airport and with views of the Luxor and Mandalay Bay before me. I opened the 22 fl oz bottle, it had been allowed to rest after its journey and had sat on ice in the washbasin for a while before being poured into plastic toothbrush cups.

The body was a clear amber and a small white head of tight bubbles sat on top of each cup, it looked good, even in toothbrush cups.

The aroma was malt, with hints of hops if you sniffed long and hard enough.

The taste was malt with less hops than I remember the draught version giving me, or was I mistaken?

Lovely beer, pity about the vessel used to drink it. My draught one was taken on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, on the patio of El Tovar Hotel, nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 12:36:09 | More by BlackHaddock
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