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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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6,461 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,461
Reviews: 1,786
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 134
Gots: 625 | 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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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

07-14-2014 03:02:28 | More by Jacobob10
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

04-06-2014 03:15:16 | More by MidwestBA
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden Amber with a thin off white head. Heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mild hops and malts.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and malt. Mild citrus flavors.

Overall: Good beer. I would have this one again.

04-24-2014 22:11:36 | More by Cavanaghty
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3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

The appearance of this beer is a light amber with a quickly disapearing white head. The smell is of a roasted malt with a hint of hops, some caramel notes as well. The taste is pretty good, roasted malt with not enough malts in the kick. Feels full but flat in the mouth, a drinkable beer but too expensive for just an average beer. You can get way better for about the same price or less. Just a little above average, as far as ale's go.

02-25-2004 06:23:47 | More by beertaster13
Photo of Erdinger2003


1.98/5  rDev -44.8%

Pours a small white head that falls fast into almost nothing. Smells sweet and has some spices in the smell. Has a brownish amber color that's very clear, almost golden. Taste reminds me of kit kat bars. Not desirable. Taste is a little woody. It's sweet flavor at first reminds me a little of an Oktoberfest. Mouthfeel is ok, a little harsh on the carbonation. Overall, I think I am happy to just try this, but I won't have too many more of these.

09-15-2007 13:52:29 | More by Erdinger2003
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

08-02-2013 07:29:10 | More by jonathaniler
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

08-05-2014 00:27:41 | More by AlMarzo
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

11-28-2013 22:34:09 | More by JasonTaverner
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

09-08-2012 20:33:51 | More by Mortarforker


3.83/5  rDev +6.7%

Fat Tire is a bright, clear amber color with some gold highlights. A 1/4" off-white head falls quickly to a cap. Very light lacing.

The aroma is bready with a bit of chocolate from the malt. Nice hoppy citrus character mixed in with smell of hay. Nice malty aroma.

Taste is earthy with some of the chocolate malt from the nose. Some sort of grainy(oat??) flavor in there as well.Light hop bite in the liquid as well. Nicely balanced overall, leans only slightly to the malty side.

Mouthfeel is good, it is a little less than full-bodied but worlds away from thin. Good carbonation, high drinkability. Smooth easy session stuff full of good flavor.

08-13-2005 23:47:10 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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3.83/5  rDev +6.7%

I really enjoy drinking Fat Tire, unfortunately i live in Illinois and for some crazy reason i have to drive to Missouri to buy it, but it is worth the drive. Has a great unique taste to it. I have a hard time putting my finger on distinct flavors or smells i just know it tastes great, very malty and almost no hop presence except for a pleasant aftertaste. if you get a chance to try it out, i suggest you do.

01-19-2007 02:56:43 | More by 1fastz28
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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

recieved in a trade with briarscratch, thanks brad!

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger creamy, bubbly head, clear smokey brown coloring, lots of legs, beautiful lacing, loads of head clinging to the glass.

s- clean, minimal hops, biscuity, flowery, slightly nutty.

t- smooth malts, biscuity, bready, mildly roasted malt, minimal hop presence.

m- slightly prickly in the mouth, light body.

d- great drinkability, it was a solid beer, just was expecting a bit more after all the hype with this one, but it was still pretty tasty.

10-01-2009 02:03:22 | More by thecarster1
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

08-21-2013 01:16:03 | More by einman
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2.73/5  rDev -24%

I had three of these while in south-central Nebraska as a way to avoid drinking A-B products. Most restaurants carry this as a micro-brew alternative, but I found it rather uninteresting. It has a nice copper color, but the head was flat, as was the aroma. There was a bit of initial bite from the carbonation and some hoppy attributes, but overall I'd rate it an escape hatch rather than something to seek out. If you're looking for a decent American amber ale, hunt down Otter Creek Copper or Lagunitas Censored.

06-27-2008 01:29:26 | More by gfreed
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3.83/5  rDev +6.7%

6 pack courtesy of UD at Saturday family Grad party, 6/26/10.

Given all the hype I was unsure how this one would stand up. I really enjoyed the taste, a unique twist on an amber, sort of toasty/biscuity with a hint of medium dark fruity-ness. Reminds me of some Belgian Dubbel Ales, without to much character from the yeast.

Enjoyable? Why yes, I do believe so.
Unique? Why yes I would agree.
Rites of Passage for all beer lovers? Not necessarily...
Worth a try? Why yes of course.
Hype worthy? Sure possibly so depending where you live. I like NB, and I think this is a nice flagship offering, especially since it is so widely accessible, just not in my area.

I need to revisit this review? Why yes, yes I do. I need to try this brew again when I have less distractions going on and give some solid feedback on Appearance, Smell and Mouthfeel.

Future detailed review pending, but this one is a start for future reference...

06-28-2010 18:22:57 | More by unclejimbay
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2.63/5  rDev -26.7%

12oz bottle dated best before 01JUL12. Served in pint glass. Beer is a medium orange amber with lots of fizz but very little head. Aroma is of biscuity malt/yeast.

Flavor is pretty flat, however. A little bit bitter, a little bit chalky, a little bit skunky/lagery. Highly carbonated on the tongue. I don't appreciate any Belgian inspiration here. The strongest flavors are of toast and biscuit, with an underpinning of nondescript hops, neither floral nor citrusy.

Highly overrated IMO, and not nearly as good as many others from New Belgium.

05-11-2012 02:40:38 | More by hreb
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3.1/5  rDev -13.6%

Presentation: bottle with Return to the Twin Cities label from France 44.

A: Barely amber and mostly gold ale with a bubbly off white head with large and small bubbles.

S: Clean nose with light spice and little malt. Good but not fantastic.

T: Very smooth malty taste with little else.

M: light--not watery--much.

D: Very. Goes down easy with little to stand in the way.

Overall: Not a bad beer--perfectly fine. Not sure what all the hub-bub is about with trying to get it everyone. Much better than any macro--clean, light, no off flavors--solid light malt with just a touch of hops. Good for what it is, but not my choice.

09-03-2007 01:54:57 | More by FightingEntropy
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

07-20-2012 19:31:16 | More by IPAFrankieH
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

08-12-2013 15:45:04 | More by Coldsnack
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

04-21-2012 11:56:44 | More by VikeMan
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

02-08-2012 00:19:42 | More by rusty3335
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

08-25-2013 18:53:12 | More by SGToliver
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

06-04-2013 03:10:16 | More by Lurkerson
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-16-2013 03:32:39 | More by TaborTime
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

02-06-2012 01:00:49 | More by salinasa
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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