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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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7,209 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,209
Reviews: 1,855
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 164
Gots: 1,062 | 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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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a nice clear honey amber deep gold, very beautiful, and builds a creamy white head, about two fingers high. It hangs around and produces nice lacing.
The smell tells of delicate flowery hops, some mild malt and some sweet notes like honeycomb cereal.
Tasting the beer, I was surprised how mild it was. Delicate bread, cereal and grain flavors up front, being followed by mild flowery hops which bring mild fruit flavors like apple and peach into the palette. The end is a well balanced combo of all the flavors. It is a very mild and light flavored beer, but well balanced and by no means watery or characterless. To me this was a very drinkable beer and I enjoyed it.

Photo of steamboatbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of willjschmidt
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured form a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours an amber hue with a thick white head.

S: Biscuity malts with some floral accents.

T: A big malty and bready beer. It's toasty with quite a bit of grain. A good hop taste in the end balances it out quite well. Lots of grain and lots of toasted bread.

M: Medium bodied.

D: A good cross-over craft brew and a bit of a cult classic. There are certainly lots of better craft beers out there but if this gets someone off of BMC then I'm all for it. Another good choice on-tap since it's widely available on draft in California.

Photo of perrymarcus
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a little hotel glass. (OK, not ideal on that count but you have to do what you have to do sometimes!) review from notes of 04/18/10.

pours a clear amber/orange tone with a frothy off-white head. a bit of patchy lacing is evident; middling retention.

very malt-forward nose with a bready, biscuit-y character to it and a touch of floral hops in the background. decent aroma, nothing extraordinary.

flavor mostly follows the nose. again, biscuity, bready malt with a few subtle, secondary hoppy notes... it does have a certain uniqueness to it. reasonably enjoyable; a solid B range beer.

medium-light bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall this is a solid if unspectacular offering. hits the spot when you're in las vegas and low on options.

Photo of PaulsBrew
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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

This is your starter brew, folks. If anyone is resistant to craft brews, this is definately a step in the right direction. The taste is a bit weak and the appearance is that of a macro, but that is what you need. Smells very good, some quailty malt and very slight hint of sugar and hops. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy like hot cocoa. Very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of PaulyB83
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.

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Elfastball7
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of scoobybrew
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
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
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
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 marcpal
4.37/5  rDev +21.7%
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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3.5/5  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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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 7,209 ratings.