Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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3.8/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A - Pours copper with decent lacing and clarity. Some foam retention. Some bubbles of carbonation.
S - This is what fresh bread in a beer smells like. Bakery fresh bread smell, along with berries.
T - Flavors of bread, english malt, and sweet beries.
M - A perfect drinker. Smooth, light bodied, and while complex it is gentle enough to go great with appetizers.
O - This is a craft cult classic I have not tried until now. It is a beer that is hard not to like, even though it doesn't have a "wow" factor.
Serving type: on-tap
02-14-2012 15:03:18 | More by socon67
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date is "April 22, 2012."
Pours an amber, slightly cloudy color with a generous portion of carbonation. Contains a very weak head, but a little ring ends up settling the top. Not too remarkable, but pretty decent and inviting enough.
This one is filled with lots of season types of aromas often found in winter warmers: pumpkin spice, slightly toasted biscuits, caramel malts, brown sugar… Overall, not bad! Usually can't stand "seasonal" beers but this one contains a good balance of hoppiness and malty feel (although far maltier) to make it out to be a crowd pleaser.
While definitely a malty cascade as it smells, there's a load of underlying hops that make it interesting and balanced. The biscuit flavor is ridiculously obvious here, and it would be no surprise if New Belgium Brewing Co. were attempting to make a different take on British bitters with the notable inclusion of extra spices and seasonal hops. While the flavor is pleasant, it gets far maltier as it warms up and little less enjoyable for me. The feel is slightly gelatinous when cold, but becomes progressively watery with any warming. There is no overpowering flavor of alcohol present, which definitely might have made this thing too sweet. Strangely, I'm curious how something this malty feels too thin in body.
This is an undeniable cult classic, which, just like SN Pale Ale and Anchor Steam, has found wide national distribution yet an obvious niche following of die-hard fans in the craft brewing world. Fat Tire was never my favorite due to the high maltiness and thinned body, but it is still a well made beer. It has all the right things going for it to be a well-received beer everywhere, and I take up the chance to drink one when offered. It may not be a personal favorite of mine, but it's earned my respect with its consistent recipe in the long run. Being one of the big success stories of craft beer, I recommend any fans of amber ales to try it!
Serving type: bottle
02-14-2012 07:18:46 | More by magictacosinus
3.43/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Finally get to try some of this. Picked a six pack up on my way to PA from FL in South Carolina.
Clear and amber in color. Good two finger off white heading. Leaves some nice legs after every sip.
Toasted malts and Caramel bring out most of the nose... Well I'll say all of the nose. I didn't get too much else out of this besides being very malty.
Taste is a touch different. Very nice malty beverage but there is a bit of a light, crisp hop kick to it. Though not overpowering just a nice touch.
Mouth was light bodied, good carbonation and a tad bit on the watery side.
I think in all fairness this falls into the category with Yuengling. A solid made beer but really no depth to it.
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2012 18:02:03 | More by TheFightfan1
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours crystal clear amber color with a 2 finger foamy white head that faded very slowly, creating caverns of foam as it faded and leaving very good foamy lacing clinging to the sides.
Smells of floral hops, grains, tea leaf, biscuit, fruit sweetness, caramel, bread, toffee, pine cone and bread; the hop blast fades quickly and turns grainy and bready for the remainder of the nose.
Tastes of biscuit, lightly toasted grains, floral hops, flowers, tea leaf, caramel, crisp wheat bread, sweet malt, light brown sugar, piney hops, vegetables, light spices and tree bark. The hops add flavor to the malt and bread profile, with the mellow sweetness of the grains the most prominent flavor. I detect some yeast in the aftertaste, which is dry.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with mild carbonation, a medium chewy body and real easy flow and feel to it.
A very good beer that a lot of people session if they enjoy malts. I always enjoy this beer, but would not session it myself – maybe two in one sitting. A US classic beer that’s definitely worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2012 03:33:11 | More by CHickman
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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