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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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6,996 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,996
Reviews: 1,820
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 152
Gots: 885 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

WuBByG999, Mar 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

AlpacaAlpaca, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of banger7
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

banger7, Aug 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

wellsnb, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of misternebbie
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%

misternebbie, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of charlatan
2.35/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

charlatan, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of beerhast
3/5  rDev -16.4%

beerhast, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of taigor
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this both on tap and from 12oz. bottle and I do have to admit that bottled one was slightly better.

A - Nice amber color with a thick head that quickly dissipates.

S - Very malty with a very light hop presence.

T - Very mild with fresh toasty grains, hint of caramel and fruits.

M - Nicely carbonated, medium bodied with a nice finish.

D - Very good with all flavors balancing well.

taigor, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of Tumble
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Tumble, Mar 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

sjrodriguez, Aug 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

cletusdog, Dec 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

JRBecks, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of BrewMaster
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour with an orange and amber color. Small head that thins to a lacy covering. Flavors of dry raisin, cherry, slight chocolate and hop flavors. It lacks and crisp malty flavor and carries hints of dried fruit all over the palate. Very little aftertaste to be noticed.

BrewMaster, Jul 29, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Stillyman11, May 02, 2014
Photo of mickeymac
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've never seen Fat Tire in LA but found it on-tap and in bottles on a recent trip to San Antonio. I enjoyed it a bit more from the bottle but wasn't blown away by either. It's a more or less middle of the road amber with just a bit more sweetness than most. Hops seem to be a bit on the light side. I'd like to find some of the more adventurous New Belgium brews soon.

mickeymac, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 ounce tall mug, on tap at Texas Roadhouse, Ft. Collins, CO, August 30,2004

Appearance: Nice rusty amber, with a two-finger head that reduced to one finger and remained the whole drink.

Smell: Sharp hops foreground with a biscuit malt presence. A slight hint of gingerand pepper, perhaps. Nice.

Taste: Starts with a crisp sharp hoppiness with a smooth malt undertow, none of the spiceyness of the smell. Pretty average stuff.

Mouthfeel: Clean, round and smooth, more presence than one might anticipate from an amber ale.

Dinrkability: Perhaps a bit too much carbonation to drink several. Nice enough for a couple.

Overall, I think this beer is better on draught than bottled. Drinking it three miles from where it was put in the keg didn't hurt, I'm sure. I know people who rave over this beer. My son and I (who turned 21 today!) both thought it was decent, but nothing to rave about.

ColoradoBobs, Aug 31, 2004
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

dominic4beer, Jul 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

MammothTarantula, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

rusty3335, Feb 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Vylo, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of Anthony1
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

on tap everywhere now

it poured a clear, amber color with a nice think off white head. the head disappated pretty quick, little lacing. The smell was kindda like dough. The taste was similar with a bit of hops and perhaps a slight caramel or toffee taste. Both the smell and the taste seemed simple, with no individual notes, but both were good. It was a medium/light body that flowed very well

just not the same pazaz from a tap. Georgia has immediately become saturated in fat tire, with every bar and resturant advertising the same signs. Not worth the hype, but worth a taste

Anthony1, Aug 18, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

rwilde, Jan 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

jburd19, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of danielharper
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours brownish-amber (duh!) with a thick foamy white head. Nice.

S: Matly sweetness, a lot of apples with a slightly bready undertone.

T: Like smooth apple cider, a hint of citrus in the finish. Finishes clean and slightly sweet.

M: Thin, lightly carbonated.

D: Good beer, a nice dinner drink or just something to relax with.

danielharper, Apr 02, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

SlightlyGrey, Sep 28, 2013
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 6,996 ratings.