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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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7,280 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,280
Reviews: 1,871
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 167
Gots: 1,140 | 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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3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on draught at New Belgium's brewery in Fort Collins, CO.
Appearance: The pour is a clear golden color with a white head
Flavor: It has a slightly sweet flavor with a very nice, malty backend. It's very easy to drink and would make a nice session beer

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2.74/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Best by Oct . 12 2014

A- Medium amber, one finger white head, good clarity.

S- Light English hops, light American hops of citrus and floral, with a tad of earthy spice. Medium malt sweetness.

T- Similar to aroma, light citrus, spicy, floral hops. Medium sweetness. Maybe a touch of banana.

M- Pretty full for a 5.2% beer, it does finish a tad thin.

O- This beer tastes very similar to Bell's Amber to me but with everything a few notches lighter (aroma, taste). It seems like New Belgium filters all their beers which I think kinda gives them all a kinda similar flat note taste. Being in Kalamazoo, I have ample access to Bell's Amber so I really don't find myself choosing this beer that much.

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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's all the rage -- like it or hate it. I've enjoyed here and there in the past, but it's never become a "go-to" in any way -- and I've also never reviewed it. Here goes --

22 oz. Bomber bottle, best before May 15, 2011.

American Amber, eh? I've always heard that this was based on Belgian Pale Ale.

A -- Deep golden-amber with a firm, slow-settling, off white head that leaves good lacing.

S -- Aroma has prominent DMS with spicy hops in the finish. There's biscuit malt & some Brett in-between, but very fleeting.

T -- The flavor is a nice balance of mellow caramel malts and mildly spicy hops. That Brett character is present in the background, but far from overpowering. The finish spicy, lightly bitter, hops with the lightest citrus character and an aftertaste of nutty malt.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp with a light medium body.

D -- Drinkability is certainly good and I'll keep this in mind for those bars and restaurants that might not offer much else. As to American Amber or Belgian Pale, the hopping rate and mild Brett sway me more to the Belgian style.

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4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this 12 pack of cans for a canoe trip -no glass- and set one aside for reviewing.

A: It pours a good two finger just off white head with a mix of bubble sizes that tend towards larger. The beer is a darkish copper golden though plenty of light comes through. It's pretty clear with a good amount of active carbonation. Still, just a little too light methinks.

S: Hmm, actually some hops, a mix but tending towards piney. Not to say it's hoppy, but you can smell the hops. Mostly malt, I'm getting a lot of biscuity, bready malts. Nothing dark.

T: Again, a very acceptable amount of hops for an amber, very nice job there. I'm getting a little off taste though, and I hate to say it, I really have no problem with beer in cans, but I taste a little metal. There is still that malty biscuity flavor, but it's milder than in the nose. All in all, it's a pretty mild flavor and no wonder why it's so popular.

M: Light and airy, a great hot weather beer, it has just the right amount of carbonation.

D: I couldn't think of a more drinkable beer, really. Lowish alcohol, solid flavor, and here I use drinkable as it applies to the population, I can't imagine many people not liking this beer.

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3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured with a small, off-white head that diminished very quickly. Body was clear and amber-colored. Aroma of light malt. Light and mostly thin-textured on the palate, with average carbonation. Good flavor of roasted malt, with an average duration. Overall it's a fine beer that goes down extremely easy... but pretty much just like so many others of its style.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 7,280 ratings.