Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

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82
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Reviews: 1,855
Hads: 7,614
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 186
Gots: 1,503 | FT: 2
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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 BlackHaddock
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Lee's Discount store in North Las Vegas, it travelled with me for eight days to Utah and Arizona visiting National Parks and the Hoover Dam before being consummed back in Vegas.

Excalibur, Tower 1, room 18-135, overlooking the airport and with views of the Luxor and Mandalay Bay before me. I opened the 22 fl oz bottle, it had been allowed to rest after its journey and had sat on ice in the washbasin for a while before being poured into plastic toothbrush cups.

The body was a clear amber and a small white head of tight bubbles sat on top of each cup, it looked good, even in toothbrush cups.

The aroma was malt, with hints of hops if you sniffed long and hard enough.

The taste was malt with less hops than I remember the draught version giving me, or was I mistaken?

Lovely beer, pity about the vessel used to drink it. My draught one was taken on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, on the patio of El Tovar Hotel, nice. (941 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. It poured amber in color with a bubbly, frothy, half inch head filling the top of the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of bready, biscuity, slightly grainy flavors. I get a little caramel to it as well. Not a bad aroma, but a little one dimensional.

The taste has more of a caramel and toffee flavor to it. I get some of the bready, biscuity flavors as well with just a hint of graininess to it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer, but nothing that really stands out. It's flavorful but feels a little one dimensional to me. Again, not a bad beer, but not an outstanding one either. (674 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking 12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A: Pale clear golden amber with a steady stream of tiny bubbles of carbonation and a light fluffy white head that fades to a nice ring with webs of sticky lacing.
S: Malty, biscuity aroma, a slightly sour fruit smell and light presence of hops in the finish.
T: A slightly sweeter version of the smell. Nice smooth medium body with light carbonation. Strong malt/caramel biscuit backbone and light hop taste in the finish. Nothing remarkable in the flavor, but overall a very good, extremely drinkable amber. My mind drifts to comparing this to Magic Hat #9 as far as "cult" status goes and this is so much better and more enjoyable. (683 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.
Dark amber color, a bit hazy. Small foamy head. A good look to it.
Smell had a bit of everything it seemed. Biscuit, hops, roasted malt, flower, raisin.
Taste was odd. Heavy on the malt, almost too heavy like they wanted to make a dark beer; complexity vanished.
Leaves a bit of film on the palate. (326 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Nice label, 2011 Washington DC Commemorative Beer-Elation With Representation. Neat!

Out of the bottle, fat tire pours a gold color hitting the glass and presenting a more orange copper amber. Some rising carbonation but with a two finger small head that is sort of weak and foamy without much retention. Leaves a simple puck while drinking.

Bouquet is a toasty malt but also kind of grassy reminding me more of an Irish Red Ale. Good grain behind this with lots of toast, but this grass smell throws me off.

Taste is mostly missing a lot of what is on the nose. Gas carbonation on the palate mixed with grass mild hop. Weak texture and a little wet, with a mild toast finish.

Overall this is kind of boring, it really lacks a strong malt presence, has a weak texture and taste, and the nose while good, does not remind me of a nice amber. I have no desire to have this again. I would describe partaking of this drink as one big fat giant non event. (1,002 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with etched "New Belgium" around the neck. Pours clear and orange in hue with a small bubbly head that leaves some lacing down the pint glass.

Aroma of very bready malt and a hint of clean grains.

A well balanced brew. Leafy hop bitters greet the palate with a lemon rind notion. Caramel malt is there with some pleasant nutty flavors. I must say I am really enjoying this beer. Pleasant flavors that work well together.

Smooth and crisp. It cannot be said any better.

As drinkable as the working day is long. A solid stand by beer that I wish was distributed in this area. Awesome session beer, unfortunately my session was limited to one. (671 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just what the doctor ordered after another long day at work, on to the beer:

Poured into a chalice, it features a dark red body and a puffy two-finger head. Bread/biscuit notes and hop aroma play a big part of this ales flavor. It drinks fairly well, but be careful if you're drinking a bomber of this, as this does have an underlying kick. (343 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber, it's a hazy, reddish amber with a short head. The smell and taste make for a slightly toasty amber ale. There's a medium body, so despite its popularity, Fat Tire is no lightweight. The taste, however, just isn't that engaging. It's still a nice, balanced mix of sweet yeast flavors and malt, and not a beer I'd turn away. (351 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep orange/amber body. Medium white head. Nice, but minimal lacing. Medium chunky collar.

Smell - Very nutty. More dominant than anything else. Toasty and nutty malts.

Taste - Again, nutty. The toasted malts have a little more dimension than the nose, but still it's nutty and toasty. Sweet caramel. Some hops in the finish, but minimal.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Kinda sweet. Surprising that this is so popular considering how malty and sweet it is.

Overall - I expected this to be bland, but it isn't. It has flavor, it's just one flavor the whole time. (613 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Special Georgia introduction bottle. Same beer inside. Pours golden with moderate head that settles to a thin cap and leaves some slight lacing behind as it fades. Smells soft and grainy with some slight bitterness. Tastes similar, a bit bland with some grainy sweetness and some light bitterness. Smooth, but the taste drops off fairly quickly. A fairly pedestrian beer. Not bad, just a bit boring and no better than hundreds of others in the style- and worse than some. (471 characters)

Photo of Kelp
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice bright orange color to the beer in my glass, has a nice finger size head to it. Smells of grain hops and citrus. The taste is even better than i thought it would be after all the talk about the beer. One of the better amber ale's i have had. Mouth feel is a bit watery for the taste and quality of beer. I could have had a few of these, unfortunately only one was to be had at this time. (392 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber color with a two finger light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Toasty malt aroma with hints of caramel, toffee and hazelnut. There is also a slight earthy hop character in the nose.

Medium bodied with a subtle dry hop presence up front that provides nice balance to the sweet toasty malt notes. The malt flavor is stronger than I expected with hints of caramel, toffee and hazelnut. The toasted character of this beer was really nice without going over the top and provides a nice comlexity that is often missing in this style. (609 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had this out of a bottle, I wasn't impressed. This was especially true after enjoying it so many times on draft. I must've had a bad bottle because this came equipped to impress.
Appears a glowing amber with a frothy 2 finger white head. Tons of sticky white lacing clings to the glass. Medium streams of carbonation bubbles come rising to the top.
Smell is of sweet biscuity malts and grain.
Taste is of sweet, toasted biscuits backed with a fresh, hoppy bite.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well rounded as the sweetness fades into a crisp, hop finish.

Finger licking good. (599 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought back a few of these from a motorcycle trip out west.

Pours a solid amber color with a fluffy white head that laces down the side of the glass. Smell is biscuit malt and floral hops. Taste is malty bready biscuity with a hop twang in the background. Full body with medium carbonation. Certainly a decent brew, wish I didn't have to drive so far to get it. (363 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light amber colour, with a very solid head of pale off-white. Good lacing. Bit clear, but the head is great. I don't know why, but it looks quintessentially "beery" to me. Quite tasty looking.

Bit of toasted grain on the nose, and a touch of yeasty bread dough. Some subtle hops, but not really robust; more like a faint lemony zing. OK though.

Smooth palate with a crisp English Ale maltiness, giving a nutty character. Bit of light bitterness on the finish. Light, but smooth on the feel at least.

A good general drinking beer, and one that's easy to session. Went decently well with Wing Stop wings. (611 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an Ultra clear amber brew, flat head.

Smell is fruity with lots of sweetness and biscuit smell. Clear dark roasted malt scent here.

Taste is sweet and malty with that biscuit flavor popping up again. Nice yeast flavor. Caramel roasted flavor to this is complex and hard to pin down, want to call it butterscotch but it is more than that. Nice nutty flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice brew to drink not a best of class but a welcome example of the style. (468 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Started drinking this beer years ago. Poured a deep red color with a very small white head, no carbonation really. Nose was off, malty a little, not much hops and even grainy I thought. Lightly hopped, nice malt and it went down easily. Overall a decent Amber. (260 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours the archtypical orange honey amber color with very good head retention and lacing. Nose is subdued, but is pleasant enough. I get almost a sweet grainy aroma with just a hint of citrus from hops. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, with the beer having a light to medium bodied mouthfeel. The beer has a slightly sweet flavor profile, with just enough hops to keep it in balance. Drinkability is high; abv. is at most an afterthought.

While nothing to get excited about, this is a competently brewed beer. Obviously, it's been way over-hyped, but it remains a pleasant, easy drinking ale. Probably a very good ale for those first experiencing the range of flavors one can find in craftbrew. Always a nice fall back beer at the airport... (769 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass, this beer is a bright orange-amber color with a thick, foamy, dense white head. Coloring is a little pale in comparison to other Ambers. The beer has subtle hops aromas on the nose, blended with nut and earth. The taste is very rounded, with hints of chocolate, nut, and light hops on a roasted malt foundation. Very bold and smooth in mouth, with a pleasant aftertaste of light hops and a hint of sour. Smooth, clean finish. Very easy to drink. (494 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a dainty amber core and soft-pressed haze, but Fat Tire burns up like it were a lamp. A beer this radiant looks an instinctive accompaniment to hot weather and a thirsty palate, even if it means drinking straight from the can. The staying power of its head and scabrous lacing, however, shows that it's rather deserving of a proper glass (if not chalice).

The beer has a soft, spongy toffee bouquet that is only mildly sweet but supremely appealing. Light fruity esters may develop from swirling but those honey-and-biscuit malts - rather Belgian-esque malts, it should be noted - simply dominate. It doesn't quite lavishly pamper the nose, but it does make sure that it's been properly looked after.

Likewise for the taste: the palate isn't spoiled but it is properly looked after. Biscuit-like malts, modestly sweet with wafer-like overtones, again govern the profile but fruity yeast esters stay buoyant and a stale black pepper taste, err, well, peppers the finish. Earthy, herbal hoppiness may not be that perceptible, but it's been spun in there rest assured.

Fat Tire has a full and wholesome maltiness that is thick enough to gratify without being too thick so as to fill you up. At a modest alcohol strength, there's no telling how many I could have before thinking better about having one more; it truly is an enjoyable, easily quaffed ale. It's no surprise this microbrewery, now America's third largest, has done so well.

New Belgium haven't built their house on sand, they've gone about things the right way: they've made strives for environmental sustainability, social and civic responsibilities, and they've built their reputation behind a solid, reliable, extremely agreeable flagship brand. Fat Tire doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it sure hits the spot on a nice, sunny day! (1,807 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a light amber crystal clear body with a nice off-white soapy thick head. The carbonation is lots of tiny bubbles slowly rising to the surface.

S- The smell of biscuit malt is fresh with some pale malt in the background. The noble hops add a nice accent to the big biscuit aroma.

T- The taste of dry fresh biscuit malt is bold and refreshing. There is a faint earthiness and corn note but it is very subtle and gives some depth to the malt. The finish has a very soft noble hop bitterness.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with fizz texture.

D- This beer highlights the great dry roast of biscuit malt. It is a refreshing twist on an Amber and is unique. (733 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint served on-tap at Philly Cheesesteaks in Corolla, NC.

A: Fat Tire is a coppery amber color, translucent with a steady stream of bubbles emanating from the center. A half a finger of head leaves residual lacing behind in scatter locales.

S: The amber ale has a soothing bready malt aroma, mild yet firm. Nuttiness and soft fruit flavors match the breads.

T: A very plain ale, bready malts, crisp carbonation and a dash of hops provides everything that the ale needs. The bready malts, caramel and pale, have a calming flavor, a relaxed ale to sip on. The carbonation works in contrast, lively and vigorous. Hoppiness, a small kiss of earthiness, is minimal but not a necessity. A nice, neutral ale to pair with a spicy cheesesteak.

M: The mouthfeel, breaded and sweet, is soft, a very approached craft ale.

D: Eminently drinkable, there are few faults that out rule out multiple pints. (895 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a pleasant toasted malt with a grassy hop.

The taste featured a dry toaste grain, some light caramel and a balancing hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the cleaner side of the style.

Overall a tasty and very easy to drink ale. (355 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded for this one. Nice golden brown, just about the same color of any other Amber Ale I've had. This is just about the same as any other I've had. I could drink this brew alot, but nothing really stands out from other's to me of this style. If you can get a chance to try it, do, but don't expect anything special. (317 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to nonic pint glass on 8/24/11
*From notes

A: Clean, rich autumn amber. A standard pour yields a 2.5 finger head and some surprising, quality lacing.

S: Grainy, nutty. To be honest, it smells just like a box of freshly opened Cheerios.

T: Smooth and crisp. Again, the most up front quality here is the earthy grain. There's a lot of it, from start to finish. There's a touch of hop oil on the back end and finish that helps to liven things up.

M: Wonderful. It's got a layered texture to it that really adds something to the overall presentation, making come across a bit more complex then it actually is.

O: New Belgium's Fat Tire is pretty much what I expected: flavorful, quaffable and easy on the wallet. Add it all up and you've got a quality session-ish beer that won't challenge your tastebuds too much, and should pair inoffensively with a multitude of dishes.

Welcome to Northern Virginia, New Belgium! (934 characters)

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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