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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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1,880 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,880
Hads: 7,768
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 30%
Wants: 198
Gots: 1,652 | 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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Reviews: 1,880 | Hads: 7,768
Photo of musingmonkey
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clean amber into my glass with a fluffy head, which sadly remained but a few minutes before subsiding with little lacing to remind me it was once there.
Right from the pour you know this beer is about malt. Heady biscuity aromas prepare you for what is a very malty beer. Again, smooth biscuit caresses the palate, with a slightly grainy finish, and only a little bitter bite. The taste is lovely, but you won't find a complexity of flavours to distinguish from.
Very smooth, medium bodied. Quite drinkable. I will be trying this again sometime.

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Photo of Shuffledaddy
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tasting notes. This is a go-to beer for me as it's widely available where I live. Fat tire was also the first true "craft beer" I tried back in college.

A- Medium-amber, somewhat effervescent. Lacing is about finger-width with moderate retention.

S- Scents of honey, roasted malt, and biscuits. Pleasant but not overpowering.

T- Honey flavors are present in the front palate, transitioning to slightly citrusy hop bitterness. Finishes malty.

M- Medium-bodied, average mouthfeel. Nothing special but nothing detrimental either.

D- Very drinkable and balanced amber ale that pairs well with many foods. Easy to see why it's so popular.

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Photo of ghostofpaulman
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:pours an amber- burnt orange color with three fingers of soapy white head and lacing that clings to the glass the whole way through.

S:yeast roll and grains with a slight piny smell at first with pear-like notes coming through later on.very inviting.

T:just like the bottle said a bready yeast roll hits you at first followed by a roasted malt and finishing with slight piny hop bitterness in the after taste

M:Medium body from what i can tell.i'm sure i just don't have the right vocabulary to describe it but it seems....rich.very refreshing though.

D:I can,and have,put away quite a few a these in a sitting good for a cool fall afternoon on the front porch or a hot summer day at the lake.

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Photo of dopehousex3
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had Fat Tire at a bar and in my opinion its ok but nothing special about. It had a nice look smelled nice and did go down really smooth but there was nothing to make me want to keep drinking Fat Tire amber ale again or go out to buy a 6 pack. I guess ill only drink it again if some one else buys lol.

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Photo of dayswonder
4.7/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours nicely into a snifter glass with just about 2 fingers of slightly cream colored head.

The fragrance of the brew is filled with caramel notes that ends with the slightest scent of fruit.

This beer is highly touted, and in my opinion it lives up to the hype. The taste is bursting with buttery caramel notes, after ingested the exhale though the nose adds the biscuit flavor that ties it all together.

The exceptional tastes is accommodated by a medium mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, but since I can not get this beer in PA, I can only enjoy this beer sparingly.

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Photo of corcoranjc
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: small tan/white head, nice amber appearance...nice lookin' brew.

smell: lots of malts. sweet. fine.

taste: sweet malts leaving a residual sweetness after the swallow. not generally my cup of tea, but it is refreshing and not so overly sweet like some ambers or browns.

mouthfeel: perfect for this beer. not too full...if it was any fuller the sweetness and thick mouthfeel would play off each other in a bad way. as it is the beer is smooth and sessionable.

Overall: there was a time that i did not like this beer at all as i tend to lean toward pale ales, ipas, etc. and shy away from the ambers and brown ales. however, this is a good beer and is one that i will now buy on occasion and truly enjoy. i was once told that this beer was produced to be a crossover beer..one that can be enjoyed by both beer geeks and the less casual beer drinker. i appreciate this, and i like craft breweries making beer that is easy drinking and has mass, commercial appeal.

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Photo of khensley
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer many times, but never really analyzed it until recently. Smells so sweet and malty awesome. Bitterness is right on for the style, but very little character on the front and middle of tongue. I was expecting the same sweet flavor to announce itself on the mouth as it did on the nose, but was not so. It's a solid fall seasonal I will buy/drink again, but only on sale. Hey, where I live, this stuff is classy!

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Photo of vulgora
2.25/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

i have seen this beer every where , most bars , resturaunts what have you most places have it .
the art looks neat , ....
i tried it at $3 for 22 oz
and it just doesn't cut it for me , tastes like a light almost not much body or feel and well im just unimpressed ,
id rather buy colt 45 for half the price , .... i mean the flavor is lacking for a $3 beer

it just did not impress me , id rather drink coors or miller ....
if i want a good beer id buy magic hat #9

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Photo of BrandonWardlaw
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was one of the first beers I ever tried, and it has remained a favorite for me.

A: Golden amber, with a 1.5 finger head that dissipates to a thin layer. Moderate lacing.

S: Caramel, hops, biscuits and a hint of malt.

T: Very biscuity. Starts with a malty-caramel flavor, finishing with biscuits and hops.

M: Nothing outrageous. Light and somewhat carbonated.

D: High. These are easy to throw quite a few of back over the course of a night.

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Photo of FollowedMyFolly
4.48/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very drinkable beer. So far my favorite American Red Ale. The color is amazing and i will someday make it a color on my walls. I visited the brewery in November of 2010. New Belgium Brewery really cares about the beer and it is a happy employee owned company. Very fun.

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Photo of Calypso
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Clear, dark amber. Persistent foamy white head leaves wonderful lacing.
S - Bready with a hint of hops.
T - Nuts and wheat, with some caramel malts.
M - Crisp, light body, high carbonation.
O - A little too yeasty for my tastes, but decently balanced. It has its place.

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Photo of Josh24
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first new Belgium beer and after having it on tap I went and bought a 12 pack of cans the next day.

I really liked this amber ale in both cans and on draft.

Smooth tasting and easy to drink all night.

Great color and pour. Nothing crazy but just an overall solid drinkable beer
Give it a shot

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Photo of Good_Ale84
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my first craft beers...after drinking mostly piss water for years (mainly miller lite and bud light), this is a good beer to start the transition into nice, craft beer. Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass, it has a nice bright amber appearance with a 1" white foamy head with decent lacing. Rich in flavor and normal thickness for an American Amber ale, goes down rather smooth . Easy to drink and fairly easy to find. (Be patient, this was my first review,lol)

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Photo of Zeckster
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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".

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Photo of againes
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Insomnicat
4.31/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of JollyToper
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of woodjm
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of JimBird
2.62/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

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Photo of JennyJam
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Augusta3
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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

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Photo of BeerExplorer
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
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)

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Photo of mrpicklerelish
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of beerguy04
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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

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Photo of Dallasjohn
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,880 ratings.