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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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7,291 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,291
Reviews: 1,873
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 168
Gots: 1,147 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 feloniousmonk
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fat Tire has a bit of a hype around it, especially in regions, like mine, that do not receive this Colorado amber. What could be the reason, I wonder, why do so many rhapsodize so dreamily about it? Is it the equal or better of world classics from Europe, or does it stand out against America's legendary micros? I was determined to find out...
Fine, bubbly, but brief, head, over a bright amber color. Nice fruity touches in the aroma, and the more I "drink in" the nose, the more I seem to find...tropical fruits, mango, banana?, peach, apricot, a hint of gentle spices, and a whiff of flowers, even. Nice grainy, gritty texture, but overall, very smooth palate. Hops seem to be lying low, and malt does it's part, without taking the spotlight. Slight sourness in the finish, later absorbed by tasty sweetness. Well-balanced, and enjoyable. I can imagine a pleasant session with these.
So why the cult status? I have a few theories. 1. Funny name. 2. There's a bike on the label. 3. It's an easily consumed, delicious ale that accompanies fond memories of seeing jam bands in Colorado, and the perfect thing to stock in the cooler at the post-show drum jam. Enjoy, all you hippies, enjoy!!!

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of mdfb79
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark amber color with about an inch of white head that has little retention. Moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of fading hops and sweet malts. A little weak and a bit of an odd smell from the malts.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, as well as sweet malts again. Also tastes of bready malts. Not sure what it is, but the malt taste does not taste that great to me.

m - Light body with a good amount of carbonation.

d - Overall the smell and flavor of this beer did not appeal to me too much. It wasn't bad, but an odd bready/sweet malt combo that I wasn't the biggest fan of. At 5.2% if you liked the taste you could definitely drink a few of these given the light body, but I won't be looking to get more of this anytime soon.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been hearing about this beer since I first got into craft beer drinking and finally got a chance to try it as it just got distribution in the area. Bought a bomber for $3.50. Pours a mahogany brown, nice nutty smell to it. Taste is light to medium bodied, pretty typical amber ale for the most part, but has a very noticeable nutty kick to it which adds a pleasant taste. Very drinkable and a great session beer, The bomber went down easy and smooth and could definitely see this as an easy choice for a no frills, above average beer.

Photo of jwc215
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to russpowell for this one!

Best before 06Sep08:

Pours light amber with a thin off-white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of soft biscuity dough with light citrus. Mild.

The taste is biscuity. A slight bitterness balances a soft, almost toasty mild maltiness in the sweetish, pretty clean, finish.

Light-bodied and somewhat creamy.

Inoffensive, mild, biscuity. Not much to this one. Pretty mediocre overall. Not bad, but I can think of plenty other amber ales with more character.

Photo of kojevergas
3.02/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass. Expectations are average; I'd had it from the bottle before. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a beige floater. Body colour is a semitransparent amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Amber malts, caramel, hints of butterscotch? Some biscuit malt. A mild strength aroma.

T: Amber malts, caramel, and biscuit malt. Clean but simple. Pleasant and balanced. Little yeast comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Suits the flavour decently. A touch too heavy on the palate for the lack of diverse or bold flavour. Good thickness. Overcarbonated.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. A good beer for drinking at a bar on the cheap, but it's lackluster. Overpriced at $6.00. New Belgium makes far better beers.

Low C+

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey golden in color; clear with an awesome head that leaves a beautiful sticky lace.

Biscuit malt aromas--very clean smell with a slight touch of hop. The flavoring also features biscuit malt and possibly some crystal malt. The hop is subtle but very much present. A very full but balanced flavor.

The carbonation is on the high side, but this counteracts the full body. Lingering bitter hops lasts long after the swallow. This is a very nice ale that would go well with a large variety of foods.

Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It is light, but there are traces of pale and light crystal malts. The taste is decent as well. It has a light and grainy pale malt flavor with a bit of crystal malts as well. It goes down smooth and finishes dry and slightly malty. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine amber ale. I wish it has a more complex aroma and flavor, but it drinks well regardless.

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised to find that I hadn't reviewed this before.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee with some bready malt. The flavor is toffee, bread and some grassy notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very easy beer to drink, but there is not much going on aroma or flavor wise.

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Topped by a thin quickly disappearing head. A pretty copper color. Smells nothing much more than beery, but in a good way that reminds me of a dried cracker aroma. Light sweet taste with a cracker-bread bite to it. This is a good example of a beer with biscuity cracker flavor in it. A slight hint of some off putting taste, but this fades quickly. No real hop presence to speak of. This is a fairly bland beer from a brewery that so much good beer has come from. Oh well at least it allows NBB to make other great beers. This I would rate as serviceable when nothing else is available.

Photo of GClarkage
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

05/29/05- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle, forgot to look for dates. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Golden, maybe reaching for a darker color, pour. Lively pour which disappears soon. Little lacing along the edges.

Smell- Mostly malty scents. A bit of carboard or wet paper scent as well.

Taste- Heavy wet carboard malt flavor. A bit stale maybe? Some very bitter-like hop flavors as well. Is this the Fat Tire everyone is so crazy about?

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated, little aftertaste, but leaves you gasping for water from the dryness.

Drinkability- Truthfully, I'd rather have many beers instead of this one, including even a few macros. Not horrible, but not the taste I was expecting. Maybe I got an old one....I hope at least.

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of orangesol
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a plastic cup while at h2O. Drinking beers at the car show.

A - Pours nice amber orange with a dense two finger tall off white head leaving small rings of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of sweet caramel malts, toffee, dulled hops, and some fresh baked buttered biscuits...Based on the nose this one is a little past its prime.

T - Starts off with a big dose of sweet caramel malt slowly giving way to a mix of even more toffee sweetness, dulled out hops and some light buttery notes. There is plenty of biscuity taste and feel in this one. The finish is a mix of sweetness and chewiness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, slightly chewy, feel that lingers on the pallet for some time.

O - I can see why people love this beer but I still greatly prefer Troegs Hopback to this, just for the sheer fact that I know it will be fresher than any Fat Tire I could get my hands on.

Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear amber in color with a 1" head that slowly receded to a surface foam. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: the aroma is of caramel and soft citrus.

Taste: this beer has a nice dry malty backbone as caramel, light orange, bread, and a mild bitterness complete the flavor tones.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. The mouthfeel is dry and lightly crisp at the start, and finishes dry with a short caramel and bready aftertaste.

Drinkability: a solid beer that is nicely drinkable on any occasion.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, poured into my Ommegang goblet

A: Amber, orange color, with 1.5 finger white head, great retention, leaving the classic Belgian lace.

S: Biscuity malts, no real hops evident, but a delightful anise, peppery spice present.

T: Good flavor, delicate malts and great spicy esters.

M: Medium-bodied, very nice.

D: Very drinkable, is widely available, and a great choice in places that have so-so beer selection, and I've found it goes great with chili. Forgot how much I like this beer, haven't had it in a long time. This stuff went fast. Good price too, $2.79 a bomber, at my local liquor store.

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 4/27/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear pale orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, herbal, light citrus, light pepper, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of caramel/toasted malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, herbal, light citrus, light pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Slight herbal/pepper bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, herbal, light citrus/pepper, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Well balanced flavors of caramel/toasted malts and moderate herbal/earthy hop flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this a good amber ale style. Balanced caramel/toasted malt and earthy hop flavors with solid robustness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a medium copper in copper with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces somewhat leaving a thin film covering the surface of the beer as well as a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: Hints of caramel sweetness in a malt dominated smell with toasted malts being the highlight.

T: Slightly sweet with the caramel, toasted, and biscuit malt backbone. Well balanced with the hops as there is little detectable bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Pretty easy to drink and definitely a sessionable beer. While this beer is not really anything special, it is a good and easy to approach first craft beer for newer folks to the scene - I know a lot of folks that had this as a stepping stone from BMC to craft.

Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle care of Pete, thanks man and thanks to Mike for bring it home from Texas. The presentation is a brown format bottle that is "westvleterenesque" in the way it has a small raised collar around the neck of the glass. Best before dating of February.

Poured into a pub glass, this brew appears a clear golden copper color that is quite clear except for the tiny particulate floating around in suspension. It displays just shy of 2 fingers worth of slightly yellowish stained head that is creamy. It recedes back to a thin layering across the top and leaves a webbing of patchy lace about the glass.

The aroma includes a scent of fresh grains upfront that has a lightly toasted quality. The hops come across with a light fruity scent that is almost like orange-rind. Further inspection reveals a light sulfur note towards the back end of the nose. Diacetyl comes forward and is evident as this brew warms up.

The taste further encompasses all the aspects included in the nose. A fresh grainy taste is upfront with a flavor of toasted malt that imparts a touch of sweetness which brings out a slight fruity character that is lightly orange-like. The aftertaste has a touch of sulfur and buttery notes of diacetyl that linger in the mouth with a light yeastiness and bready grain.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is well rounded and a fine example of the style. The alcohol is well hidden and it is quite drinkable. The good aspects of this brew far outweigh the negative, there is a reason these guys have been around for 20 years now.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 7,291 ratings.