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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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6,154 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,154
Reviews: 1,781
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 122
Gots: 491 | 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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Photo of zdk9


3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours out a beautiful clear light gold, with a finger of bright white head, and just a few fingers of lace reaching up to the top of the glass.

S- The smell is the weakest component of this beer- mainly because it's just weak. There's a light toasty huskiness to it with perhaps the slightest citrus, but I could def use more in the scent department.

T- A great balance of malty sweetness, with some tones of honey adding to the light malt- slightly toasty, and slightly husky- and then good earthy hops, which remind me of freshly turned dirt, in a good way.

D- A solid tasting beer, with a balanced taste that really impresses me. Recomended.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 22:42:22 | More by zdk9
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

02-06-2012 01:00:49 | More by salinasa
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3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear amber colored beer with nice sized white head that dissapates down to a patchy film. Decent amount of visible carbonation. Sharp grapefruit hops are picked up on the nose as well as a bittersweet smelling maltiness that makes me wonder.

Acidic but malty, with a piney kind of hop that is overpowered by complex buscuity malts. The hops are there to help out the balance, but in my opinion, the balance is a little off. A tad too much of the toastiness boasted on the bottle and not enough of the hop freshness, even in a fresh bottle. The hops that are there contribute a bite in the back that tries to balance but doesn't quite get there. This could be a personal preference thing, so I am giving the benefit of the doubt a little, but something is not quite meshing for me. Crisp, clean and dry finish that is spot on for the style though.

All things considered, not a bad beer and definitely worth the try, but I don't know if I get all the hype for it. Pick it up if you see it though and give it a shot for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 03:23:36 | More by chodinheaven
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

01-21-2013 19:46:37 | More by fivetime
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +11.1%

03-13-2013 04:36:03 | More by RichD
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-21-2013 09:46:51 | More by TonyY
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2/5  rDev -44.4%

12-13-2013 19:06:56 | More by 21Maestro8
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can with freshness date stamped on bottom of can.

Poured a very nice, clear, new penny copper color with a nice 1/4 inch white head that receded slowly leaving some pretty lace. I thought it would be darker and perhaps a little cloudy; the can states "can conditioned."

Not a great deal to discern here. some malt aromas as well as some faint hop aroma.

Taste is largely malty with some caramel flavor. Not much complexity but it is refreshing. I don't taste any of the distinct biscuit like flavors found in Belgian style ales. There is a faint metallic taste.

Moderately carbonated and medium bodied - it leaves a pleasantly sweet after taste. It very soft and non-agressive on the palatte.

The refreshing flavor and low ABV allows one to enjoy several in one session. I have heard about this beer for many years and the hype surrounding it is bound to disappoint. However, this is a good ale and I would recommend it, but I have enjoyed better amber style ales.

Serving type: can

05-23-2009 23:18:30 | More by jkrich
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3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer isn't available in Ohio so some buddies and I went to some great measures to acquire a case of Fat Tire. I'd heard a lot of great things about it and was eager to sample it. It's a good, solid amber ale, but after about two sips I looked at one of my friends and we were both saying it's kind of bland, where's the flavor. Again it's a good beer, but we were expecting a little more from it after all we'd heard about it.
Copper in color, not a lot of head. Aroma pretty standard malty amber ale type aroma. Good malty, biscuity, but low-key flavor. In true Belgian style, the beer does have a good amount of complexity, but again it's pretty low-keyed. The fruit and spice flavors are evident, but stay in the background. Hops are average for an amber ale. Solid, very drinkable amber.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2002 19:40:36 | More by PhantomVodoo
Photo of jmalex


4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to my friend Matt for bringing this back from Arizona for me. It's been a long time since I've had this.

APPEARANCE: Pours a crystal clear pale golden amber with a small but hearty white head. Bubbles cascade up the glass constantly refreshing the head giving it decent staying power.

SMELL: The aroma is predominantly of toasty malt. It smells almost like a rustic bread. A nutty sweetness hides a very mild hop aroma. Pretty nice.

TASTE: The smell carries over into the taste. Toasty and nutty with a nice mild sweetness. It's also got a bit of a smoky flavor to it. The finish is clean and crisp.

MOUTHFEEL: A crisp carbonation highlights a medium to medium-light bodied beer.

DRINKABILITY: Really good. I could drink these all night. 5.6% ABV might be a little high to be sessionable, but I'd still count it.

I've had this before, but it still kind of caught me off guard how nice it is. I really wish it were available on the east coast. I'd sure buy more.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 01:36:58 | More by jmalex
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

12-06-2011 00:01:02 | More by wilfonzo
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

11-28-2013 22:34:09 | More by JasonTaverner
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

09-08-2012 23:29:09 | More by DMarlinJ
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-29-2014 02:34:09 | More by abeeronthebeach
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

02-23-2013 22:24:15 | More by Punisher
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

05-14-2013 19:07:26 | More by Bustersuess
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

08-29-2013 10:17:28 | More by ssgunbond
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3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle labeled as 2006 Chcago Inagural to mark the entry to the Second City market.

Pours a light golden color. Nice, fairly white head. Nose is of biscuit malt, sweet, a hint of yeast.

Nice mouthfeel - smooth and easy drinking. Starts out with the bicuit malts, followed with a fine hop balancing. Provides just enough hops to not offend those making the switch from macros, but satisfy a craft beer fan. A nutty flavor rolls in late. The finish is bit...bland and unfulfilled...

A fine session beer. I like what this beer repesents...it is a quality beer with a solid flavor profile, a decent hopping level. It invites people in who have been toned down to taste of US macros and slowly wins you over to flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 01:22:33 | More by sweethome
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

07-11-2012 23:48:08 | More by ILiveOffHops
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

12-16-2011 01:30:39 | More by Joshgonzales79
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

06-24-2013 02:40:55 | More by camartin27
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-19-2013 02:06:55 | More by a0lbudman
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

12-24-2013 23:25:22 | More by Nordbier
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

01-20-2013 04:00:21 | More by mikehillman
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-09-2012 02:55:50 | More by rondufresne
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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