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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
81
good

7,296 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 7,296
Reviews: 1,875
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 168
Gots: 1,156 | 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 mdwalsh
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this 12 pack of cans for a canoe trip -no glass- and set one aside for reviewing.

A: It pours a good two finger just off white head with a mix of bubble sizes that tend towards larger. The beer is a darkish copper golden though plenty of light comes through. It's pretty clear with a good amount of active carbonation. Still, just a little too light methinks.

S: Hmm, actually some hops, a mix but tending towards piney. Not to say it's hoppy, but you can smell the hops. Mostly malt, I'm getting a lot of biscuity, bready malts. Nothing dark.

T: Again, a very acceptable amount of hops for an amber, very nice job there. I'm getting a little off taste though, and I hate to say it, I really have no problem with beer in cans, but I taste a little metal. There is still that malty biscuity flavor, but it's milder than in the nose. All in all, it's a pretty mild flavor and no wonder why it's so popular.

M: Light and airy, a great hot weather beer, it has just the right amount of carbonation.

D: I couldn't think of a more drinkable beer, really. Lowish alcohol, solid flavor, and here I use drinkable as it applies to the population, I can't imagine many people not liking this beer.

Photo of berley31
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured with a small, off-white head that diminished very quickly. Body was clear and amber-colored. Aroma of light malt. Light and mostly thin-textured on the palate, with average carbonation. Good flavor of roasted malt, with an average duration. Overall it's a fine beer that goes down extremely easy... but pretty much just like so many others of its style.

Photo of Dank26
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of nineworldseries
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of gr8zehaman
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Mark5252
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of stoutman
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice refreshing Amber Ale. Not a whole lot of character, maltiness, hoppiness etc, but very well balanced and enjoyable. Plus, they sell the big bottles at the Detroit Tigers games for (only) 7.50. WAAAAY better deal than Bud Light at Comerica Park for close to the same price.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light orange in color with a rapidly dissolving pure white head, that leaves a streaky ring of lacing. The nose is largely toasted bread, malts and light floral hops. A massively large and full flavored slapping of biscuity malts, creamy and slightly carbonated. Biscuity and toasty sum up this amber ale. Flavorings of freshly baked bread, minimal hop bitterness, though it’s there. Pretty easy to drink, not too shabby.

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 biggmike
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive copper color with a generous white head that lasted throughout and left nice lacing around glass. Nice roasted malt aroma. The flavor was was toasty malt and biscuity with just a hint of hops. Tasted a lot like Abita Amber to me. Nice mouthfeel and high drinkability. Nice beer.

Photo of mgbickel
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dirty penny amber with a sturdy,two finger,pearly white crown that departed slowly leaving persistent spatterings of lace with medium carbonation visible.

S-Fried bread(Think churros without the cinnamon),candied nuts and the faint hint of sweet citrus.

T-Much like the nose.Caramel and toasted malt,some baked apple,and more toffee nutiness.

M-Smooth and active.Nice carbonation and silky finish.

D-Approachable and unintimidating beer with good drinkability.

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This American Amber Ale poured a nice Amber color, very clear, very well carbonated. It produced a nice creamy white head. It resulted in above average amount of lacing. The aroma is malty, biscuitey and has a slight hop aroma. The taste of this beer is a nice balance of toasted malt, biscuit, and hop bitterness. Did I mention Sweet. Yes, It's sweet. I have had scores of American Amber Ale's and this by far is the best. Obviously, this is a classic craft beer. It's just as good as a session beer today as it ever was.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium's flagship beer. I've had this countless time, just getting around to a review.

Not just a typical amber, for NB has a tendacy to almost belgianize it with their propietary yeast.

Biscuity malt presence, with some honey/caramel sweetness. Good medium body with a light fruity and sweet floral/nectar hop presence.

A superb session beer in every respect. The perfect fall-back, and in my opinion it's better in bottles than on tap, maybe something to do with conditioning?

Photo of JEdmund
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance
More orange than amber; easy to pour head--one inch+; lots of carbonation bubbles; clear; good head retention and it leaves some lacing; very impressed overall with the appearance, aside from the color, which looks a little off, but may be because of lighting

Aroma
Mild, sweet and bready, a little fruity, and a touch of hops; not a whole lot to entice me

Taste & Mouthfeel
Upfront sweetness that lasts the whole way through; mild maltiness and nearly no hop bitterness; very clean, but also pretty thin in body; caramel becomes more present as it warms; pleasant and sweet, but not something I'd want more than one of at a time

Overall
I had discredited this beer a long time ago as having very little flavor or personality (for a craft brew), but since reviewing it, I stand corrected. It does have flavor, though it's on the weak side. It's certainly not a bad beer nor a bad example of an amber ale, but I've had better ambers I'd go to before this one again.

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 dextermcgurk
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Evarigan
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of twelvsies
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had had this beer a long time ago, like in a concert parking lot or something. I remember thinking it was a good beer, but out east everybody seems to talk about it. It's like Yuenling for some reason, everyone wants it even though it's really nothing amazing. But on my recent trip to Colorado I thought I would check it out again and see for myself. I was actually pleasantly surprised. A real pretty amber beer with a nice comfy head. It strikes me as more of an English style ale than a west-coast amber. Lots of bready, doughy, biscuity maltyness with some toffee and caramel thrown in. Earthy herbal hops in the finish. This beer for being as "dark" as it is, is really super super drinkable and has plenty of flavor. I found it to be a go-to beer for me on the trip when I was at a place that didn't have anything outstanding and I never got bored of it. It's a drinkable yet flavorful beer with a cool image and a neat label. I can see why everyone goes nuts for it.

Photo of cletusdog
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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

A- Looks like a good bourbon. Nice carmel look. Decent head that fades somewhat rapidly. Laces moderately.

S- Malty. Molasses, biscuity. Not too strong or complex but nice.

T- Biscuity, way maltier than I remember. Somewhat pretzel-like. Good malt profile, but not too much otherwise. Not too much here, except a lot of different malt flavors. Some lightly toasted almond too.

M- Light-to-medium. Not too much carbonation. Nothing special.

D- Definitely moving through this, but I'd reach for something else given the chance.

Photo of steamboatbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of climax
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Newly available in a can, may be an experiment to see how it holds up...

I'll attempt to not be biased as this one is one of my old favorites. It pours a clear amber with a large rocky head that leaves good lace.

The nose was pretty mild for the most part. The obvious was the toasted biscuity malt with a bit of grapefruit. Dare I say...musty cardboard kinda held in my mind as well. Doesn't really spark it up.

Taste was pretty mild as well, but very easy and enjoyable. Predominantly toasty, the hops were sneaky but evident more towards the finish. Become more buttery as it warmed. Clean tastey finish.

Body is quite light but carbonation is spot on.

What lacks in complexity compensates in QUAFFABILITY.... which is where I think Fat Tire shines, and is my best guess for its massive popularity amongst even novice beer drinkers. It is incredibly easy to put down and it is certainly sessionable. It may not be as great as I thought it was years ago, but its still good and it helped bring me into the better beer world and I will drink the piss out of it at any chance.

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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