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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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BA SCORE
82
good

7,102 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 7,102
Reviews: 1,824
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 152
Gots: 934 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000)
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Photo of WuBByG999
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of scoobybrew
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This was served on tap at the DIA. It has a light amber color with a small head, which is well retained and leaves a decent lace. It has a mild smell altogether, but it's mostly malty with a faint trace of hops. The taste is dominated (and I mean dominated) by earthy hops with the malt present, but very much in the background. The finish is strongly hoppy bitterness. It has a medium body with moderately low carbonation.

This is a decent session beer for hopheads I think. It's a bit strong on the hops for my taste, a little too bold for what I look for in an American Amber Ale.

Photo of Lothore
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours an amber hue with a nice, 2.5 finger frothy head that sticks around for quite a while.

S- Toffee, toasted bread, spices

T- Bready, light fruits, no hops to speak of.

M- Thin-medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D- Something in fat tire has just never meshed with me. Perhaps it is the spices or toasted character.

Photo of Elfastball7
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of jewellrunner
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of marcpal
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thank you Bort11 for this one. Ive enjoyed this one in Vegas on more than one occassion, good to try out on East Coast and to finally get around to the review.

Poured from bomber into glass

A: Nice reddish-amber color with an enticing inch of white head. Carbonation more than present and lasts long time with good lacing throughout.

S: Biscuity and malty. Very good sweetness to the nose. Hoppy smell.

T: Malt and biscuit just as in the smell. Sweetness was more than I remembered but still a huge fan of this taste. Hops have a clear presence in the throat after working way through this bomber.

M: Some body with a good mouthfeel. Carbonation was not going anywhere but it was nice.

D: Incredibly high, I am part of the following for this beer and am a bit down that this is my only that I get to enjoy out here. I really wish I had more and will look to gather more down the line.

Terrific beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.84/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of pschul4
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Have had this plenty of times. Just getting around to reviewing it now

A- I used to think this was a dark beer, pours an average copper color with a light tan head that falls back quickly

S- Some malts and roasty notes. I don't know how to describe it, there is a specific "fat tire" scent here that I haven't experienced in any other beer

T- Nice amber malts but not much else. Rather 1 dimensional, but not awful

M- Pretty smooth which i like alot

O- Solid beer. Nothing crazy but can't go wrong here

Photo of SlightlyGrey
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of GreenWBush
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fat Tire. How did this phenomenon happen? My friends categorically turn up their noses when I crack my "expensive" beer. Still, these same BMC devotees would have paid me a ridiculous amount of money to bring this stuff back to Indiana in bulk. How the people at New Belgium bridged the eternal gap from piss-water to respectable amber ale appreciators is beyond me. More power to them.

Speaking to the bartenders at New Belgium's brewery, it was more than clear that Fat Tire pays the bills but is by no means the brewery's heart and soul. Still, the beer is head and shoulders above most crap out there.

Copper. Slight, clingy head. Biscuit bomb on the nose, with hints of gummy plasticene malt character.

The mouthfeel is a tad clunky and heavyhanded. The package is pulled in with a slight, light bitterness. I could drink this, but no more than one or two.

My ambivilance towards this beer is cancelled out by my philosophical advocacy of the brewery and the continued experimentation this beer funds.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.52/5  rDev -1.9%

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 7,102 ratings.