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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

6,556 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 6,556
Reviews: 1,792
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 138
Gots: 665 | 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 clm9
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

A: Little more than a half inch of head, dissipates fairly quickly with an average display of lacing. Textbook amber color.

S: Fruity, slight malt fragrance. Definitely not a particularly strong smell.

T: Very drinkable/sessionable. Taste pretty much matches up with the smell, not particularly strong but also won't offend many.

M: As mentioned above, very drinkable, light feel.

O: As many others have mentioned, I view this as a good introduction into craft beers for the uninitiated. This beer won't scare any off, but in the same vein isn't likely to impress either. I'd never pass one up, but would only purchase it if the venue I was at had a poor selection.

clm9, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of Gemini6
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Gemini6, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of JoninVT
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

JoninVT, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of Mugenlude
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Mugenlude, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of Redneckwine
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle right out of the fridge.

Appearance - Crystal clear light amber, one finger of head quickly dissipates into a thin whisp of foam. Looks pretty inviting.

Smell/Taste - Not getting big aromas off of this, but definitely a subtle biscuity, yeasty, bready sweet maltiness. Taste follows the nose in a much bigger way up front and includes a nice but also subtle hit of hops, dry. The follow through continues with a very good balance between biscuit-maltiness and just enough hop bite to balance. I'm noticing and enjoying the flavor more as the beer warms slightly.

Mouthfeel - Lively carbonation, I probably should have poured a bit harder. Light/Medium mouthfeel and finishes nice and dry, makes me want to take another sip. Smooth.

Overall - This is just a quality beer that's chief strength is it's great balance and drinkability. There is nothing mind-blowing, complex, or strong about it, but that's not what this beer is about. Even my girlfriend who prefers bitch beer (no offense, that's what I've always called it, is that allowed here?) can handle a Fat Tire. Little does she know she's being slowly converted...muahahaha!

Redneckwine, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of pmorris71
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

pmorris71, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of Joebraggot
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Joebraggot, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of bsonk
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz. bottle. Beautiful ruby-amber color. I swear this beer tasted different when I first had it before InBev bought part of New Belgium, more biscuity and malty. This time it's very tart and sweet, with a watery, caramel mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Almost no head but nice lacing. A good go-to amber ale if you can't get any good local brown ale in your area or can't stomach anything but inoffensive flavors. I would call it the white-boy mild salsa of amber ales. Not too malty, not too hoppy, a little watery, but really quite good. Great for finishing off a night or for afternoon session drinking.

bsonk, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of RochefortChris
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

RochefortChris, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of dsreeves
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

dsreeves, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of mjkingman
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

mjkingman, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of dkeav
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

dkeav, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of evergreen_machine
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

evergreen_machine, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Jlabs
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Jlabs, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Saxboy10
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Saxboy10, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

Alieniloquium, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of JPDOG
3/5  rDev -16.4%

JPDOG, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of Rudy
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Rudy, Dec 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Braz, Dec 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Berg77, Dec 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

SFNC, Dec 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Illmaticzx, Nov 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

caverog, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of jdlapera
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

jdlapera, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Buster
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Buster, Nov 30, 2013
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 6,556 ratings.