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Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 1,866
Hads: 7,681
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 192
Gots: 1,566 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Reviews: 1,866 | Hads: 7,681
Photo of ctylinebeer
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

On draft for the Pennsylvania kick-off

A - dark amber with a clear hue. Good amount of head for a lighter beer.

S - Rich maltiness like pie crust or pecans. No intrusion, very pleasant

T - Caramel all over the place. Rich malts that coats the whole mouth with a clean and crisp finish. Wow!

F - light, sessionable feel but definitely not a pilsner or lager. It does have a body to it.

O - Welcome to PA! This stuff has been all the rave and it's finally here. Very good brew and what took you so long?! Thanks for coming out East and look forward to trying out the new brews. This beer is probably the top amber ale out there so give it a try! (653 characters)

Photo of Zeckster
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My cousin had three kegs of Fat Tire at her wedding. Therefore I can tell you it was quite drinkable. Good for breakfast, lunch and late at night. Fat Tire works with everything.

Its a nice light amber color with a some white lacing. It smells a little sweet and malty. A very balanced beer. Just kind all over.

I had this on the tour as well. Learned it was technically the second beer New Belgium made, the Triple being the first. It was called Fat Tire, because according to legend, when Jeff took his European bike tour he used a mountain bike. Since the europeans weren't used to seeing those kind of bikes at the time they teased him with the name "Fat Tire". (667 characters)

Photo of againes
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I love the biscuity/grainy flavors of this beer. There is a slight hop flavor that finishes the grainy taste. It's such a great session beer even though its a "common" craft beer. It is a good measure for other craft brews to strive for. (237 characters)

Photo of Insomnicat
4.31/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep Amber color, beautiful carbonation and on a good pour, I can get 3 fingers of thick head.

S - Very bready smell.

T - Caramel notes behind a bready, cereal malt taste

M - fairly light mouthfeel for how dark the beer is.

D - This is my beer of choice on the average day, so I don't exactly nurse it. A+ on Drinkability. (330 characters)

Photo of JollyToper
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber with a freshness date in a an American pint glass. Purchased at BevMo in Glendale, AZ.

A - Pours a nice head. Amber color with medium carbonation. Little bit of lace, but probably would have been more if I'd used my usual dishwasher free glass.

S - Sweet malty smell. Not much detection of hops.

TM&D - Medium bodied with biscuity malty flavor. Very easy drinking session beer. Light on the hops.

Due to the good distribution and drinkability I keep a sixer around for guests and when I just want a cold one. (538 characters)

Photo of woodjm
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 oz bottle at a Piggly Wiggly in Mt. Pleasant, SC this past week. Has a light, amber color with white head that lasts almost the entire drink leaving some really nice lacing. Not a whole lot to the smell - sort of a sweet, malty aroma. Taste is very light; sweet up front and a touch of bitter-dryness at the end. I must say the beer was pretty well balanced, even though it was a little light for my taste. No question, the drinkability is there. (461 characters)

Photo of JimBird
2.62/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Borderline blonde-amber (lighting was a little low, granted) with a fizzy but rapidly dissipating head.

I must say, I was not too impressed with the smell, and it tasted like a watered-down IPA.

It went down alright, a little watery, but overall, it was drinkable. (266 characters)

Photo of JennyJam
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Orange/red-copper-caramel in color. Small head, does not remain for very long. A little carbonation.

Smells pleasant malty, floral and light. Not too much of a scent.

Tastes refreshing and light. Well-balanced, what really stands out is the sweet malts, almost honey in taste. A few hops come through when you down a sip.

Mouthfeel is smooth and easy, a tinge of creaminess and a little on the watery side. Can't taste any of the light carbonation.

This beer is light and easy to drink, I like the sweet malt taste. I would like it more if the body was a little bit heavier, maybe more carbonation would help as well. Overall, a decent, drinkable beer. I'd like to try it on tap instead of from the bottle. (747 characters)

Photo of Augusta3
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: light amber red color with a 1 inch head. Some bubbles but not too much carbonation
Aroma: bready malts with hints of toffee or caramel. Nice hops
Taste: pretty strong mart flavor- definitely tastes like bread malts- dry finish
Overall: The malts are a little too strong for me, but it is definitely very solid (323 characters)

Photo of BeerExplorer
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had to travel out of state, specifically to get this beer. It has a slightly hoppy taste, but it is very drinkable. This has been one of my favorite beers for a long time and making the journey across state lines is deffinately worth it. And the beer is constantly cold from the brewery to your mouth (it is one of the stipulations for the brewery i believe) (360 characters)

Photo of mrpicklerelish
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a nice amber color with a fairly large size head that seemed to stick around the top of my beer even as I took a few sips.

Smell - Upon first smell, I really noticed the malt sticking out above everything else. After cutting through the malt kick a nice hint of fruit could be noticed with a nice compliment of bread as a back note.

Taste - A slight fruit taste after the large malt kick. A small amount of hops could be noted but nothing to overpowering. A very balanced tasting beer.

Mouthfeel - Feels very crisp on the tongue with what seems like a very nice compliment of carbonation. Not too much, not to little, just right.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink and very balanced. Could easily be described as a session beer not only because of the ABV but also because of how easy it is on the palate.

Comments - The flavors are really balance in this beer. It by no means tries to break any flavor barriers, which makes it an easy candidate as an introduction beer into the world a craft beer. (1,031 characters)

Photo of beerguy04
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-oranga, amber color with a little white head
s- slight carmel and hop aroma
t and m- biscuity and carmel with a hoppy aftertaste
d- one of the better american ambers and im happy about its increased avaliability this one is also a good social beer due to its not real strong (276 characters)

Photo of Dallasjohn
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown in appearance. Very nice head. This is a great october beer even in Texas when it's 85 degrees. I personally like this beer served a lot colder than recommended. I enjoy this beer the most when I'm cooking on the grill and watching my Cowboys lose. (254 characters)

Photo of TravelingBeerMug
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very breadsy, nutty smell. Pours a nice golden/light orange color with off-white head. Leaves good lacing on the sides of the glass, like sea monster dragons catapulting out of the sea. The taste is pretty bold and flavorful with hop aftertaste, and a bit sticky. It's good, but a one drinker per night in my opinion, then switch to something else quieter for session drinking. This would probably pair well with dinner, especially something meaty. (448 characters)

Photo of Arnie2709
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a true amber color. 1 inch of offwhite head that dissipates quickly.
Smell is biscuity and malty. sweet
Taste is slight bitterness melded around a complex bread and caramel malt profile.
Mouthfeel is medium and lingers slightly afterward. reasonably clean finish but leaves you ready for another mouthful. (313 characters)

Photo of isthatbeer
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip shaped glass.

A - Nice clear burnished copper hue with two fingers of off-white foam. A small amount of lacing clings to glass--nothing really impressive.

S - The nose is predominantly biscuity malt.

T - Some malt sweetness upfront finishes with a little hops.

M - Medium body really not much carbonation.

A fairly mediocre drink. (374 characters)

Photo of cameraready
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden amber color. Lots of light tan head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: Has nice malt smell and hops with hints of pine.

T: Mild bitterness with minor aftertaste.

MF: Smooth, dry, slight carbonation and medium body.

Overall very drinkable and refreshing. Good beer for after a hard day of work.

Notes: Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. Drank 5-30-09 from bottle dated 14Aug09. (404 characters)

Photo of hdog09
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

True amber color throughout the body of the beer. Light smell from the malts not to overpowering but smells nice. Great taste all I could ask for in an amber ale, carbonation and use of malts are accurate. Very good beer, know wonder why it's New Belgium's flagship beer. (271 characters)

Photo of jbartlett89
4.34/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a nice golden color with a thick creamy head the leave tons of nice lacing. smells sweet and malty.taste is really good semi sweet nice hoppy slight malt with lots of carbonation. nice huge bubbly mouthfeel and very very drinkable at anytime... (250 characters)

Photo of liveandletdie
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium color copper with not a lot of thickness. Head is not very thick. Tastes as a simple amber with a little bit of spices. Easy drinkability, could easily drink 6 pack or couple pitchers. Not super complex but if it's on tap worth a try. Best of beer from this brewery in my opinion. (287 characters)

Photo of drifter29
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at The Local in Minneapolis - great irish pub. The deep amber color was laced with a thin creamy head. Initial taste is sweet with a light citrus note but the mouthfeel lacks depth. It did not give the "hoppy" crisp bitter I crave from an amber ale but I found it refreshing and highly drinkable. (312 characters)

Photo of PhillipJFry
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper Red Coloring topped off by a persistent foam ring that tends to stay for most of the beer.

S- Light floral hopping

T- The word here is balance. Nothing exceptional, but inoffensive to any palate. Everyone enoys this beer.

M- Clean taste with only the hops really sticking around between sips.

D- A very easy yet still delicious drinker. (352 characters)

Photo of ndillon45
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

With all the hoopla, anticipation was high. Right off the bat, I was thoroughly disappointed with the macro-brew aroma. Pours clear bronze with thin tan head. Sticks to the glass well, so maybe it has some merit. Taste and feel was very similar to the macro brews which may explain the crowd of people it has drawn. On the plus side, it's highly drinkable, but I'd probably order a bud light for cheaper if that's what it came down to. (435 characters)

Photo of Cheers
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very drinkable beer with a strong biscuit flavor. All around a good beer, but it is missing any unique flavors that some beer drinkers search for and others try to avoid. As a result, this is a safe bet for an all around crowd pleaser at parties where you may encounter multiple tastes. (286 characters)

Photo of southernbelle09
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New to SC this week, I finally got out to purchase a bomber. This one pours a clear, amber color with bright white head and very good lacing. Has a subtle sweet aroma, but that's about it. Taste is similar...very light and semi-sweet with a somewhat dry finish. Seems like it is missing something. I think this beer would be much better if it had a bit more malt for sweetness. No doubt, this is a very easy drink and tasted quite fresh. I can't believe its abv is as high as it is. With all the hype, I'd have to say I was expecting more out of this beer. This is the only beer I've had by NB, but I look forward to trying the rest. (633 characters)

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,866 ratings.