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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

6,771 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 6,771
Reviews: 1,808
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 142
Gots: 762 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

craigreno, Jul 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

robertsp, Jul 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Axnjxn, Jul 04, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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swfraser, Jul 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Samichez, Jul 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

KK5150, Jul 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

DallasJones, Jul 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

wilkinswesley, Jul 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

seyton, Jul 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

williahd, Jun 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

ChrisKuhns, Jun 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

RLBarron, Jun 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

mistroth, Jun 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

twelveinches, Jun 30, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

Bighorn, Jun 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

akastend, Jun 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

g_jenkins, Jun 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

blingice, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Teleweizen2
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours an amber color with lots of bright golden highlights. A fingers worth of bubbly white foam rests on top. Decent retention but eventually fades at just a white film. Leaves webs of lacing on the glass.

S - aroma is delicate. Soft gooey caramel and toasty grainy bread are first aparent. Hints of spice mostly cinnamon and clove. As it warms it turns to festive notes of gingerbread and spice cake.

T - toasted almond and sweet cake-like flavors are first apparent. Earthy bitterness steps in quickly for balanced. Spice notes of pepper and ginger mid palate. Sweet caramel on the short finish.

M - medium body. Smooth and creamy texture. Light carb, big bubbles. 3

Overall - I was impressed as it had a bit more complexity than I was expecting. Wish it had more carbonation though as it would've made it more refreshing but it is certainly a beer I would drink again.

Teleweizen2, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Imagine my surprise when I recently realized that I hadn't reviewed Fat Tire. How did I get to almost 1,500 reviews without ticking Fat Tire? Well, let's take a look at this standard of the style.

My nemesis the 22oz bottle was the container. Poured into straight pint glass. An accidentally over-aggressive pour produced a clean, clear, medium amber brew with over 2inches of just off-white head that had very good retention and lacing.

The scents and taste were nearly identical, soft, even malts tinged with some gentle hops and a bit of biscuit on the finish. The beer was medium bodied, and a bit thinner than I prefer in the style. Drinkability was, as you probably already know, very good. Many "Flat Tires" have gone down my throat in the past and I suspect more will in the future.

Overall, a good, solid beer. Always worth a shot. The best thing about FT for me, is that around here, even the most redneck-logger-commercial fisherman-farmer joint will have this next to the BMC taps, so no matter where I go, I can at least get a craft brew.

beertunes, Jun 27, 2012
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2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally got around to purchasing this. Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Clear medium orange color. Two fingers of off-white, frothy/creamy head. Retention is very good and tons of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Dry graininess and toasty malts. That's about it, but it's done well and thus well appreciated.

2.5 T: Smells better than it tastes. Still grainy and toasty, but not as powerful. Just an easy drinking, uninspired beer.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. A bit too much carbonation. Not creamy or crisp, but not bad either.

3.0 D: It is what it is. It's like the Yuengling of the midwest, except that's it's a little better.

DavoleBomb, Jun 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

optimator705, Jun 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

ControlledBurn, Jun 26, 2012
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 6,771 ratings.