Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Not Rated.
Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

1,889 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 1,889
Hads: 7,853
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 30%
Wants: 195
Gots: 1,735 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Fat Tire Amber Ale Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,889 | Hads: 7,853
Photo of hophugger
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper color with decent head and not much lacing. Aroma is very light and bready. Taste is good, yet light. Get a little toast, a touch of citrus and some hop bitterness. Fast, dry finish which does not linger long. Not a bad brew from a great brewer

 256 characters

Photo of FLima
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Long time since I had this.
Amber copper color with an aired head with short retention.
Nice aroma with honey and mild spices.
Flavor with lots of caramels, hints of toasted malts, a mild tangy citrusy, some spices and floral hops. Mildly dry aftertaste.
Medium body with mild carbonation.
Very balanced and easy to drink amber ale, on the mild side, but still flavorful and not boring. Though it could be a bit less sweet.
Ap.3,25 Ar.3,5 Sab.3,5 Sens.3,5 Cj.3,5

 462 characters

Photo of Brackh
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Didn't bother to pour this into anything else. A little bit of malt and not much hops. Don't get me wrong I have had lots of these and I like them. Great for what it is.

Wife's Review: "This is one of my favorites. I could drink a lot of these."

 246 characters

Photo of JordanRichart
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%

This is my favorite amber ale to date and one of my favorite beers period. I have tried numerous amber ales and they don't compare. I love the roasted taste of grain and toast at first with the finish of hops. All around great beer. Cheers! Oh and I'm pictured with a Fat Tire van in my profile picture. How cool is that?!

 322 characters

Photo of Milchad
4/5  rDev +11.1%

One of the first beers that helped open my eyes to what all is out there besides the water downed crap that AB and Miller Coors tries to cram down our throats. Very flavorful beer that won't disappoint.

 202 characters

Photo of misternebbie
4.51/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

love everything about this beer , except the fact that is so very hard to get in my area!
rich coopery beer with tons of flavor, malty and spicy, not to be ignore, if you get the chance to drink this beer, point blank, do it!

 225 characters

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%

A very simple beer. Pours a light hazel with little head. The smell is mostly malt with almost no hop smell to it. The taste is very mellow and is refreshing but nothing on the palate wowed me by any standard and the mouthfeel was nice. Overall a forgettable beer unless it's a standard for you.

 296 characters

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%

Serving Style : 12 oz bottle/poured into 8 oz glass for appearance

Appearance (3) : Copper colored and slightly opaque. Has a foamy white lace that disappears quickly.

Smell (2) : Bitter bean, dark wheat. Rye. Damp cellar. Pretty gross.

Taste (3.25) : Full flavored rush of black bean and red wheat. Dull rubbery bitterness accompanies the flavors. Light cilantro notes with hits of fresh room-temperature celery. The rubber bitterness then turns to copper bitterness with a backlap of tomato and rye; and it hits hard but leaves quick as to not be totally distasteful. The body and flavor are decent, although wildly all over the place.

Mouthfeel (2) : The mouthfeel on the other hand is not something I'm fond of. I don't like the sticky finish on this one or the rubbery mouthfeel. My sample had harsh and generous carbonation that pricks your mouth and leaves a bitter and dry aftertaste.

Overall (2.78) : I've had far better Ambers than this. The damp musty smell and prickly mouthfeel bring down the scores quite a lot. Taste is above average but barely - and it's all over the place. If my future self asks me if I would buy this again, I'd say apprehensively yes, but it will never be a staple in my beer cave. The flavor is too weird and everything else is just out of balance.

 1,293 characters

Photo of leantom
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Been itching to try this. Here goes:

A: Clear brown with a small head. Head disappears and leaves no lacing. Bland. 2/5

S: Toasty caramel malt with some American hops. Both smells are rather muted, however. Not bad, almost an imitated of Yuengling (which is a lager, fyi), but neither the malt nor the hops are particularly robust. Just OK. 3/5

T: Again, just OK. Lightly kilned caramel malt imparts a toasty and sweet taste. Hops are apparent, but they aren't robust enough and I barely taste them. Like a watered-down Yuengling (although this beer is an ale). 3/5

M: Smooth and crisp, but nothing special. 3/5

O: Not that good. Taste is rather bland. I'd rather have an amber lager, like a Dos Equis or a Yuengling. 2.75/3

 751 characters

Photo of jburris64
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

A good go to Amber when I travel and normal big box domestics won't cut it.

Hardy biscuit malt with suggestions of cherry & a faint floral scent.

Moderate body with a clean smoothness. Nice undertow of biscuity malt from start to finish. Light flash of hops to tame the malt a bit, some fruitiness becomes lively with hints of pear.

 335 characters

Photo of JLSIV
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered this on tap, came in a pint glass with very little head, lacing was good, this was probably due to the bartender more than the brew itself

Aroma was the least impressive thing about this beer, just some basic hoppiness with a quick and fading burst of biscuit

I tasted malt and then a mid range burst of the hops. Very mild and smooth.

Mouthfeel was full and smooth, very drinkable, almost a session beer to me.

Overall, I like it, but prefer the Ranger from this brewery.

 485 characters

Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Deep amber color (...makes sense...)
S: Toasty
T: Malty, very very mild bitterness
F: Smooth and velvety but not heavy, has light carbonation
O: Very pleasant

 161 characters

Photo of mthomp081
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Amber, some lacing, white crisp head

S - sweet, some malt, if Yuengling had a set of hangers

T - alcohol, citrus, hops, malt, really nicely balanced hops and malt

M - medium bodied, crisp

O - quite tasty, mild malts and hops, very balanced, not real strong but has a nice alcohol taste that is very warming

 314 characters

Photo of PvtSnowball
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from one of the local grocery stores.

A: A clear ruby with moderate head and retention.

S: Malty and sweet smelling.

T: Same as the smell but more complexity. A tiny bit of fruit.

M: Surprisingly rich and smooth. Below average carbonation.

O: A decent brew but not the best of the style. Solid.

 310 characters

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks fantastic. It is a perfect coppery-reddish amber I look for in an amber ale. Soft white foamy head dissipates soon after. Smells like a great amber as well, somewhat modest with a sweeter scent. Not too much of a punch in the flavor however I find the mellow quality desirable. THere is a bit of an alcholic taste at first then dies down to a numbing sensation. Mouthfeel is incredible. Full thickness of the amber brew lingers in my mouth.
Had this beer had a better flavor, I would raise the overall score. As is, this beer rates a 4.25-4.5...Since it was room temp when I reviewed I will give it a 4.5.
Impressive ale here that I will enjoy again and again.

 666 characters

Photo of cb500rider
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I first had this from the bottle and though it was a decent beer, it was nothing to recommend to a friend. Then I went to my local Irish Pub, with the intent of having a couple Guinness with lunch, and found they had this on tap. I ordered one.

The head was minimal, but the appearance was a nice amber. The taste had a bit of hop but finished sweet. I'd describe the flavor as hoppy bubblegum. Surprisingly, I liked it. It was much better on-tap than from the bottle. I liked it so much I had another and never got to my Guinness (Sorry Grandpa McBride).

 557 characters

Photo of Caveworm
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing. Poured from a deuce bottle into a glass mug, this brew's got a 2 finger, off white head. Admittedly amber body with decent lacing.

Smells like malt for the most part.

I taste the biscuit malt the label mentions and JUST enough bitterness to balance it out. Nice& smooth.

Moutfeel is nice and clean. More of a lager feel, actually. Nice work.

Overall a solid 3.75 for Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing. This is a lot better than Ranger by these guys. I'll probably pick this up again.

 547 characters

Photo of jjorde1
5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What else do you want? It's good beer in the American style. Damn good! It has a stong blended flavor that is well mixed by it's owners in large batches compared to the home brewer but it keeps its home brewed flavor and doesn't let me down. Yes , its an ale but what's not to love when you need a good beer!

 308 characters

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, amber color with 1 finger head that dissipated into a thin broken layer of off-white bubbles that lasted throughout, significant lacing, medium carbonation.

SMELL: roasted caramel, biscuits, very subtle.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, roasted caramel, biscuits, very mild hop profile, this is a malt forward beer, everything understated.

PALATE: creamy, medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good beer but not great, very subtle and inoffensive to almost any beer drinker, a safe beer, you could serve this to guests and no one would complain.

 645 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Incredibly popular, New Belgium's banner beer is an ale that's caught in an identity crisis. Its it an American amber ale, an Irish red ale or is it a Belgian pale ale? Where the taste tilts to Irish, there's much more to consider in this fairly complex but understated ale.

Its honey-amber hue is a lead in to its toasted flavor and freshly kilned grain aroma to seep into the initial senses. Faint caramel, peanut and a bready-sweet taste is elegant on just off of caramel with bread crust and biscotti instead.

Its dextrin-rich body is creamy, starchy and smooth- allowing its cream corn center to give a faint butterscotch flavor as its malty grain flavors offer smoothness and a creamy medium weight. Herbal hops are tea-like and mildly citrus; even as cinnamon and clove spiciness tether through the sweet breadiness and indicate a turn to closure.

Spicy in finish, a moderate pepper taste and feel highlights its mild alcohol warmth that outlasts is starchy malt upstart. Semi-dry in finish, only a mild bitterness and tepid spice complement balances the taste in those waning sips.

Friendly and unoffensive, the allure of the ale lies in its non-polarizing taste and its understated complexity. An unfailing choice for the both the uninitiated and the connoisseurs alike.

 1,284 characters

Photo of jcavend1
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a 13 oz tulip.

I immediately notice that there is little to no head retention. Apperance is a light amber color. Smells of toasted biscuity malt. Hops are not recogonizable. A sweet tasting malt forward beer. Not bad, nothing great overall.

 270 characters

Photo of fvnuciforo
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The whole is better than the sum of its parts. There's no one thing about that overwhelms me, but it's the kind of beer that I can drink quite a few of, without destroying my palate. Great for a back yard BBQ, or after mowing the lawn. Not complicated, but a tasty "session" type.

 280 characters

Photo of BeerSnobsUnited
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Good brew but kinda basic.

Appearance: filtered, see through, brown colour. Finger and a half of smooth off white head. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Huge biscuit malt scent, strong caramel backbone, and well blended hops.

Taste: Identical to the aroma. Biscuit malt, caramel, and a bitter hop after taste.

Mouthfeel: Lacklustre. Carbonation bite on the tip of the tongue, medium to light body, with a somewhat dry finish... but not really.

Overall: Pretty standard beer. Not for those with adventure in their hearts, but more for those who want something simple to chill around the house with.

 601 characters

Photo of againes
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I love the biscuity/grainy flavors of this beer. There is a slight hop flavor that finishes the grainy taste. It's such a great session beer even though its a "common" craft beer. It is a good measure for other craft brews to strive for.

 237 characters

Photo of zimm421
2.82/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Appears a beautiful deep amber that is very clear. The head is off-white, fairly thin, but has some lacing left behind.

The nose is all sweetness, with loads of caramel. That's it. One-dimensional. The taste is bland. Again, no complexity here just caramel and breadiness. A slight touch of bitterness on the back-end which attempts to balance it out, but fails.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of stickiness on the back side. Carbonation levels are too low, and I think bumping them up a touch could improve this quite a bit. Overall, a good entry-level brew, and a great way to bring people into craft beer, but not something I ever reach for any more. Had to grab it now just to mark it off the list...

 773 characters

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,889 ratings.