Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 6,428 | Reviews: 1,785 | Display Reviews Only:
2.75/5 rDev -23.4%
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 (4) : 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 (2.75) : 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. BUT tastes CAN change so I shouldn't speak too quickly.
08-24-2014 04:18:42 | More by The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.75/5 rDev -23.4%
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
08-23-2014 03:19:12 | More by leantom
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 6,428 ratings.