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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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7,358 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,358
Reviews: 1,894
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 172
Gots: 1,222 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Ratings: 7,358 | Reviews: 1,894
Photo of charlatan
2.38/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle has December freshness date. Beer pours a fairly dark amber with a minimal head. It has an unpleasant musty basement smell which suggests malt domination. Its malty flavour reminds me at best of chocolate graham crackers, and at worst of stale digestives. Does have decent carbonation.

I had thought that perhaps my draught experiences of Fat Tire were unfortunately with stale beer, but apparently this was not the case.

Photo of bluehende
3/5  rDev -16.4%

A sweet amber ale. Not very hoppy.

Photo of Bustersuess
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of kplooki
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of elec
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of jpro
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured it from a bomber - crystal clear light amber / caramel, with a thin eggshell colored head that doesn't really stick around. Aroma has touches of burnt caramel, grainy, its very bready; overall, kind of like nutella-light (if there is such a thing) on toast. Taste is of bread, malt sweetness, with hints of nuttiness; there's a light hop finish. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and a little thin. Its pretty drinkable, as in it could be consumed like water - although, personally I'd go for something else. Not as much character as I was hoping for -

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Pours a very light honey color with a slight amber hue, pours mostly clear with few carbonation bubbles, pours with a finger and a half of large bubbly off-white head that linger beautifully and leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass
S: slightly sweet like fake maple syrup, slight underlying hop notes and a slight malt character
T: begins with a slight malty character then hits in the middle with a slight deep sweetness, leaves the palate with a nice silkiness and an aftertaste of gentle malts
M: medium carbonation tingle, moves into a bit of smoothness in the middle and leaves a bit of silkiness on the palate
O: a nice brew, just a bout right for the style, nothing incredible but a nice brew and drinks well. pretty much just a straight line amber brew

Photo of Rons35
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

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

Poured from a bomber bottle into a New Belgium glass. My Fat Tire poured a bright reddish amber color with a thick foamy white head with some lacing. As others have noted, there is not alot to go on smell-wise, some hoppy notes but nothing too distinct, some fruit maybe. The taste gave me a bit more of the hops in there with some sweetness and a bit of caramel. Overall this is an enjoyable beer that is very drinkable as I can attest to from several experiences with this one.

Photo of Greggy
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured into my chalice glass, I got a nice 1.5 finger head, that receded rather quickly into a thin lace. The lacing on the glass wasn't ovely impressive but it remained in suspension. The beer had a light copper color and nice clarity.

Smell: Not a ton going on in the nose department but I did pick up some light caramel, a distinct breadiness/biscuit, an uber light hopiness and some malt. I was expecting more, to be honest.

Taste: A very light bready or biscuit tast lingers on the palette but isn't identified, by me, in the initial sip. There wasn't much I could pick out of the taste as it seemed rather 2 dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Smooth feel and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: In Minnesota, these are only available in 22oz bomber bottles. So drinkability for me means, 22 oz at a time. It is ok and beasts out any macro you throw against it, but I could easily think of many other brews to drink intead of it.

Notes: I found this to be quite over-rated and I was quite shocked. This is pretty popular stuff in Minnesota but I think it may be because of the demand giving it some real hype that, in my opinion, it didn't live up to.

Photo of jadler16
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Theogre83
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of mweso2000
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of bh123
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a decent amount of head. Laces okay.

Smells like peaches and caramel with a whiff of a freshly opened pack of cigarettes.

The taste is nice, but very light. It satisfies just enough so as not to warrant complaint, but by no means is this a going to knock anyone's socks off. A mildly sweet and toasty, almost creamy malt center is washed away by a moderate amount of floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

A decent beer and a good drinker, it would certainly make for a good gateway beer, and one I could session easily. But at the same time, let's just say I'm not especially broken up about the fact that I can't get this in Ontario, Canada.

Photo of allstar255
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of dextermcgurk
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of blastoderm55
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of CJNAPS
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of my first loves

Photo of kegger22
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was sampled at Beef O'Brady's in Elkhart, Indiana last Saturday.

Poured a coppery amber with a one finger head that faded to a collar. The aroma was sweet. The taste was mildly sweet, toasted malt, not a strong flavor coming through. No bitter aftertaste. It's OK, a good beer to go along with a meal that you don't want upstaged. Feel is light bodied with medium carbonation. The drinkability is good.

Photo of Crimsontider22
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of gr8zehaman
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of pottergator
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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