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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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7,359 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,359
Reviews: 1,894
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 172
Gots: 1,222 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 7,359 | Reviews: 1,894
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours clear amber with a thick, off-white head. There are abundant tiny bubbles rising in the beer. The beer smells like toffee and bread crust. It also smells a little nutty. The taste follows the nose. It's a mild flavored beer with slight toffee and nice bread crust flavor. There's a touch of nuttiness as well. The body is light with moderate carbonation. There's a light aftertaste and this beer is highly drinkable. This is a very good beer.

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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.

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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.

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3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on draught at New Belgium's brewery in Fort Collins, CO.
Appearance: The pour is a clear golden color with a white head
Flavor: It has a slightly sweet flavor with a very nice, malty backend. It's very easy to drink and would make a nice session beer

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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's all the rage -- like it or hate it. I've enjoyed here and there in the past, but it's never become a "go-to" in any way -- and I've also never reviewed it. Here goes --

22 oz. Bomber bottle, best before May 15, 2011.

American Amber, eh? I've always heard that this was based on Belgian Pale Ale.

A -- Deep golden-amber with a firm, slow-settling, off white head that leaves good lacing.

S -- Aroma has prominent DMS with spicy hops in the finish. There's biscuit malt & some Brett in-between, but very fleeting.

T -- The flavor is a nice balance of mellow caramel malts and mildly spicy hops. That Brett character is present in the background, but far from overpowering. The finish spicy, lightly bitter, hops with the lightest citrus character and an aftertaste of nutty malt.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp with a light medium body.

D -- Drinkability is certainly good and I'll keep this in mind for those bars and restaurants that might not offer much else. As to American Amber or Belgian Pale, the hopping rate and mild Brett sway me more to the Belgian style.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

I don't see why this beer, or even this brewery has the following they do. Not a knock on them, they make some good beer, but not equal to some of the hype I hear blasted.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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