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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

6,365 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 6,365
Reviews: 1,783
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 126
Gots: 583 | 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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Kornoms

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

02-13-2012 16:29:47 | More by Kornoms
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

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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sdaly3

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

04-26-2014 17:11:52 | More by sdaly3
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SoCaliC8

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

01-17-2014 11:34:45 | More by SoCaliC8
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gr8zehaman

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

11-06-2013 19:43:32 | More by gr8zehaman
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dugly2ugly

Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.4%

02-12-2012 01:06:45 | More by dugly2ugly
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ngandhi

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

The amber ale is the hallmark of local beer. Malty enough to show the character of your region, but mild enough to demand immediate consumption before it goes dull. And, that said, Fat Tire might be just fine for Fort Collins, but it's a waste of shelf space in Chicago.

The arrogant allocation and labeling (try finding the "Chicago" bottling anywhere downstate) only emphasize how big of a sham this beer is. It doesn't belong here and now amount of packaging will change that.

Because this is not our red ale. Compared to the classic Bell's amber (which has sadly left Illinois) or New Holland's smoky Red Tulip, this is a boring affair--one more worthy to be chugged from the bottle than poured into a glass.

It's bready, lacks hops, and can't decide if it wants to taste like chocolate chips or Cherrios.

The beer's fine, but it aggravates me. Maybe because New Belgium's selection is so profoundly varied and complex. This is the cash cow--the brewery's throwaway beer--and I'm a chump for buying it.

Relax, relaxx.
ng

05-11-2007 02:12:26 | More by ngandhi
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lilnicky068

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

06-08-2013 03:21:58 | More by lilnicky068
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Lukebell15

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-12-2013 03:00:37 | More by Lukebell15
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VikeMan

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +39.3%

04-21-2012 11:56:44 | More by VikeMan
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AlexM

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-26-2011 07:06:17 | More by AlexM
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scratch69

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%

I poured a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Clear copper color with a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Caramel malt and biscuit aroma with a hint of yeast.

Taste- Very similar to the nose but with a more pronounced caramel malt sweetness. It has just enough fruity hop flavor to balance it out.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall- Many years ago this beer and Samuel Adams are what got me into trying different craft beers. I decided to try it again and it was like revisiting an old friend that I haven't seen for years. Very good beer that I need to drink more often.

05-24-2014 14:27:28 | More by scratch69
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Iowacraft

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

02-19-2012 17:04:51 | More by Iowacraft
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Can_has_beer

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

05-18-2014 14:00:43 | More by Can_has_beer
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suckaj

Florida

2/5  rDev -44.3%

08-03-2014 18:32:16 | More by suckaj
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Tap sample. Amber in colour with fairly high carbonation. Fine floral aromas mix with a bit of toasted malt. The flavor is quite bready, with notes of caramel malts, toffee, and a bit of light fruit. Light bodied. Not a bad little beer. It's quite drinkable but not really that complex or interesting either.

06-30-2006 19:00:17 | More by fisherman34
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -15.6%

22 oz bomber received in a trade with b0ldfacelies.

Reddish-amber body, thick white head, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Nose is sweet, malty and slightly dusty smelling, (sounds weird, I know).

Flavor is sweet malt. Husky and slightly astringent. There's that grainy/dusty thing again. It's kind of an anti-quencher. No hops or tartness to speak of. Bready and quite bland. It's not bad, but not really my favorite type of brew.

Mouthfeel is medium with slight astringency.

Drinkability is low to me. The dryness/dustyness kills my desire for more. One bomber will be more than enough.

11-30-2006 23:30:28 | More by ghostwalker
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rondufresne

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

03-09-2012 02:55:50 | More by rondufresne
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KillaB

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

01-29-2013 06:19:31 | More by KillaB
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

A-It has a nice copper color with a nice white head. It has some slight lacing.

S-I mostly note a strong toasted malt smell.

T-Much like the nose, toasted malt. Very biscuity as others have noted. It also has an unsweet tea like flavor.

M-Thin, crisp, and clean with some carbonation.

D-This is a very drinkable beer. It isn't very heavy and at only 5.2% alcohol its definitely a session beer.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. I had this a few years ago on tap in California and at the time I thought it was one of the best beers I had ever had. However, since then my palate has developed and I enjoy beers that are more hoppy than malty. I see myself drinking some more of these in the future I just wish it wasn't quite so biscuity.

03-15-2009 02:00:28 | More by thegodfather2701
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MidwestBA

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

04-06-2014 03:15:16 | More by MidwestBA
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mattboyer182

Indiana

3/5  rDev -16.4%

02-13-2014 23:21:48 | More by mattboyer182
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meehandennis

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

08-01-2013 01:13:44 | More by meehandennis
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Pillowburn

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

02-11-2012 17:11:26 | More by Pillowburn
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-24-2013 02:30:19 | More by Larrydoherty
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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