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Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

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5,478 Ratings
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Ratings: 5478
Reviews: 1753
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15%


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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stevegraham

California

4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

amazing this is the best beer i have had. i want all my friends to try it i love this and everything about it. amazing this is the best beer i have had. i want all my friends to try it i love this and everything about it. amazing this is the best beer i have had. i want all my friends to try it i love this and everything about it.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 18:36:08 | More by stevegraham
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KMBoswell

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer, they nailed it on taste/color/smell (in my opinion)
I've even brewed the knock-off/clone recipe of this, it comes close but still not it (I'm working to perfect that though)
the first time I ever had it was when I was visiting a friend in Fort Collins and I've been sold on it since
Great stuff (gave it a 4.5 because it doesn't beat the fresh taste as it was in F.C.CO)

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 18:33:30 | More by KMBoswell
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Masager13

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This has been my staple for 5+ years now. I was introduced to Fat Tire by a family member when I moved to N.C. I was a Budweiser only drinker. Now I will try a lot of different beers, but I always come back to this one. Can't wait until the new brewery is built in Asheville so I can take a tour!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 13:50:04 | More by Masager13
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BB1313

Ohio

3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy By 4/6/14. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful transparent copper with great clarity; fluffy white head that slowly fades leaving great lacing and retention. The aromas are full of caramel malts. Lots of bread. Hints of toffee and butterscotch. Some corn is in the mix as well. The flavors are crisp and refreshing. Very earthy. Slightly sweet. More caramel. Healthy amount of malts. Hops are very subtle. More corn. More butterscotch. Mouthfeel is awesome. It's medium-bodied but creamy and fluffy with active carbonation. It's extremely smooth and very drinkable.

This is a great example of a traditional amber ale. It might not be adventurous to some, but the craftsmanship takes this one over the top. It's very "food friendly" too.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 20:31:22 | More by BB1313
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brewbattles

California

3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

We did a blind taste test between this beer and 4 other amber ales to objectively determine which one was best. The beers were Full Sail Amber, Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale, New Belgium Fat Tire, Lost Coast Alleycat, and Alaskan Amber. You can watch the video here to see who won:

http://youtu.be/RaXcBiJExus

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 01:44:48 | More by brewbattles
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delta490

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- poured a nice clear amber with a creamier head with slight retention and some lacing

S-biscuit aroma and some mild noble hops

T- rich malt flavors (baked bread) with nice earthy hops flavor balanced against

M- pleasant crispness on the finish and not too heavy

O-a great full flavor amber ale

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 00:55:43 | More by delta490
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gr0g

New Jersey

3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coppery-amber in color, about one finger of foam in the mug. Crown of lace all around the glass. Floral, aromatic hops. Citrusy, but not as much as the hoppy ambers I'm used to (such as Troegs Hopback). Underlying Caramel malt note.

Moderate hop bitterness in the flavor, but little grapefruit or other citrus. Toffee malt backbone with solid bitterness. Not really a lot going on, but nothing offensive either. Crisp hop bite keeps it from being too boring. Mouthfeel is slick with some prickly carbonation.

Kind of bland overall, but I could see how this would make a good gateway craft beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2014 17:51:02 | More by gr0g
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer seems to be rather hyped up here in Ohio. I bought a bottle with a shoutout to my state. Says is good until "30Mar14."

I get a finger of cream colored head from my pour. The body is a nice light copper color with a lot of bubble activity. It keeps a thing layer of froth, and laces up rather well.

The aroma is rather grainy, in a good, pleasant, bready manner. There is some earthy/gardeny notes to it as well.

Up front, this beer has a good bready tone to it, with a little sweetgrass to top it off. A wheat flavor continues all the way through to the earthy end.

The mouthfeel is light medium bodied. It grasps the tongue while still refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 01:15:55 | More by CFHMagnet
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KnotABeerSnob

Georgia

3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the bottle it has a nice, sweet fragrance that implies the taste will be the same. This one has a "thick" and filling volume that would be a good pair with a grilled or roasted game meat. I think this brew should be served very cold due to a strong after-taste that would otherwise overpower the culinary experience.
As far as drinking it for the sake of drinking plan to down two or three before the taste becomes palatable.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 17:41:05 | More by KnotABeerSnob
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Josh24

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first new Belgium beer and after having it on tap I went and bought a 12 pack of cans the next day.

I really liked this amber ale in both cans and on draft.

Smooth tasting and easy to drink all night.

Great color and pour. Nothing crazy but just an overall solid drinkable beer
Give it a shot

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2014 02:27:18 | More by Josh24
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I know I had this in 2007 on my first trip to Vail, and probably a couple times since (we were at Vail again last year and it is available here). But I never reviewed this one.

It is pretty in the glass, which is a requirement of this style - the prettiest of brews. The aroma is clean (missing in action). The taste is of an extremely well balanced amber ale - nothing stick out. It is exceedingly refreshing and easy drinking because of this.

Overall, this is a nice, easy, refreshing drink and highly recommended for a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 22:01:57 | More by schoolboy
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patpbr

Ohio

3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Amber color with a big foamy head that quickly disappeared.
S - Malty with hints of hops.
T - Like the smell it has malty characteristics, biscuit, a balance with the hops that have a mild bitterness on the finish.
M - Medium to light body with a crisp finish.
O - An easy to drink Amber Ale, Average.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 21:03:53 | More by patpbr
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tillmac62

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a nice head and lacing. Slight nose of sweet malt with a hint of spice. Light medium body with normal carbonation. It has a nice laid back balanced flavor of light hop bitterness over a slight biscuit sweetness. Crisp finish with a slight bitter aftertaste that is somewhat astringent. Good, but rather bland.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 21:46:37 | More by tillmac62
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adamette

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at Sam's Club in Mentor, Ohio for $2.99 into my Voodoo Brewery pint glass. "ENJOY BY 30MAR14" stamped on the lower right of the label. Also stamped there is 55619 for those interested.

A Translucent very light copper body under a brief but one inch head that was gone after 60 seconds. Fine, safe look. 3.0

S Light biscuit malt and little hops. I am reminded that this beer is entirely drinkable, the best feature of the beer. This smell is somewhat interesting and a rather welcome smell, providing some degree of comfort and ease. It is certainly a better smell than BMC. 3.5

T Barley malt centric light amber taste with a swoosh of hops in the latter one third of the taste. Again, it is apparent why this is not only very drinkable but a very popular beer. Indeed it has been mentioned by many Beer Advocates as one of their early inspirations into craft beer. 4.0

M Thin to moderate, another feature that makes it very drinkable. 3.5

D/O Drinkability is the highest 5.0 Since this category was changed to "overall" then my number rating will reflect that. Overall this is a highly drinkable, easy going light amber. 3.5

Notes: I REALLY like the price of this beer. I noticed that all 3 of the 22 oz. bombers are $2.99 in many stores around here. I will have to try the other two in the New Belgium trio that has come to Ohio and report back here. Fat Tire was the only one available at Sam's Club yesterday.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 03:07:34 | More by adamette
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Kevin-Wieken

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Fat Tire Amber Ale
New Belgium Brewing, Colorado
---from bottle to pint glass---

Appearance
Bright and clear copper color, two fingers of ivory head, good lacing.

Smell
Smells very sweet, grainy, biscuity, good light hoppy smell.

Taste
Almost all malt here, grainy and biscuity, small touch of citrusy and tart hops at the end.

Mouth-feel
Light body, grainy flavor lingers – reminding you that you’re drinking a beer, but nothing more

Overall
Nothing inspiring here, easy to drink, a good beer to introduce non craft brew drinkers to. A toasty beer that won’t overwhelm your taste buds…

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 19:51:20 | More by Kevin-Wieken
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azorie

Florida

3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a place holder review on draft until I can try it in the bottle.

A: I had this on draft in a tall glass. Red in color. Clear. Served sadly to cold. Flat, no lacing. no head

S: It has a nice light hoppy perfume like note. Some Light cereal notes, some light hay and straw malt notes. sweet light yeast notes.

T: nice malty PA like beer with a nice refreshing hop bite aftertaste. body was and is light to medium, sort of in between to me. The texture was kind of thin. average carbonation, bitter finish.
Nice beer to drink, nothing fancy, but nice. not much kick even in a big pour, I had another 1.
Its a good beer and its goes well with lunch. Good long lasting flovor, lightly sweet, acid and bitter was all light, no bad notes.

m: Thin texture, soft carbonation (low). easy to drink. Nice aftertaste. light body etc.

O: its a good PA type beer. I liked and enjoyed it, had it 4 times now on draft. I need to buy a 6 pack and try it at home.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2013 15:47:52 | More by azorie
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DeFaz

Ohio

3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured the 22 ounce bottle into a glass. Average head, some lacing, fair retention. Smell is comprised of biscuits and fruit. Taste is again biscuit but with nut and fruit there too. This is very dry. It's a bit too light /thin and it's not complex at all, but as others have said, it's a decent and fairly inexpensive session beer that's technically craft beer but that won't overwhelm anyone.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 02:14:39 | More by DeFaz
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BeerDocT

Georgia

3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a chilled English pint glass.

Appearance 3.5: Poured out a lovely coppery gold. Lots of CO2 bubbles all over the place, but strangely, a smallish head: under 1/4".

Smell 3.25: Very subdued bouquet. I get hints of caramel barley and a slight nose of a dry hopped low alpha hop, but that is about it.

Taste 3.25: Front is slightly sweet, with a small hint of barley. Middle is semi-dry; a hint of barley malt makes the taste more full at this level than the others. There is also a very faint alkaline taste of hops here. Finish is also dry, with more of the barley there barley and brief taste of hops. Aftertaste is short with a brief hint of cereal grains.

Mouthfeel 3.0: Watery in the mouth, with very little to make it distinctive.

Overall 3.25: A beer that is just a little better than OK. Not to say that this beer is horrible by any means, it is just an OK beer. Unremarkable, somewhat dry, I am certain it would be great with food. I would be willing to try this beer on tap somewhere, but would not buy another six-pack. Again, it's not a bad beer, it's just not that good and I can certainly find something better for the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 05:31:55 | More by BeerDocT
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heygeebee

Australia

3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From Warner's BB Dec 13

Briefly, pours clear amber! Spotty lace. Smells of little really, save doughy malts. Taste is marmalade and beady malts, and much more a la ESB than anything else. Little hops. Clearly entry level offering.

Drinkable, tho....

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 06:54:58 | More by heygeebee
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zac16125

South Carolina

3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass
Best before: 09Feb14

A: Pours a crystal clear amber with 1.5 fingers width of light tan head. Head dissipates down slowly and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Biscuity and sweet malt, some adjunct additive aromas, no real hop presence appreciated in the nose.

T: Sweet malts, doughy bread, very subtle hop characters.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the heavier side, drinkability is good.

O: Ive had this many times, but first time rating it. Its an ok beer, but nothing special. I think of it as the craft beer for people who dont know craft beer. An acceptable drink, but not something worth making any effort to obtain.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 02:28:53 | More by zac16125
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NeedBeerHere

Minnesota

3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice amber/dark orange in color with a small white head that dissipated immediately. Smells of sweet caramel from the malt bill with no indication of hops whatsoever. Taste is fairly faint caramel with a little sweet molasses. No hint of hops whatsoever. Taste is actually better than expected. I like it more than I had in the past. Not used to low ABV beers. Mouthfeel is thin as it should be. Overall not al bad beer. Really drinkable session beer which is what I was looking for tonight.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 00:54:46 | More by NeedBeerHere
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clm9

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 08:29:08 | More by clm9
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Redneckwine

Washington

3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 02:37:04 | More by Redneckwine
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bsonk

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 07:45:21 | More by bsonk
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 20:49:51 | More by Alieniloquium
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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