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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

6,005 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 6,005
Reviews: 1,780
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 119
Gots: 419 | 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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phenomenologian

Nebraska

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

upon opening the bottle there was very little smoke coming out.

The appearance looks good. It pours with a whitish, maybe off white, one finger head that goes down to a size of less than a finger. Bubbles rise to the top all over the body. The color of the body is a golden brownish orange (or amber, hence, amber ale). Looks pretty good.

Smells great. Smells like hops and a little like bread. Smell is not to robust or strong, but good enough and smells good.

It tastes very hoppy and malty, and, like the smell, a little like bread. Its a nice smooth beer to drink.

It has a nice mouthfeel. its not too carbonated and is very smooth and drinkable.

Normally I like a beer with a little more character, but it tastes smooth and good and I definitely recommend it as something I will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 08:20:06 | More by phenomenologian
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kornkid8600

California

3/5  rDev -16.4%

12-08-2011 07:23:50 | More by kornkid8600
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dwaz

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +39.3%

12-08-2011 02:14:31 | More by dwaz
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cheapswiller

Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.4%

12-08-2011 02:00:21 | More by cheapswiller
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stevecooks

California

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-07-2011 23:35:23 | More by stevecooks
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Jdub983

California

3/5  rDev -16.4%

12-07-2011 21:51:11 | More by Jdub983
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eye2

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank a lot of these while living in Longmont. Happy to see this in the DFW area.

A: Copperish. Bubbly. Looks great.

S: Malty with lots of great spices. One of the best smelling beers.

T: Again, malty with lots of spices. Complex and great for a "common" brew.

MF: Feels like you're drinking something good. Nice carbonation.

Overall: I'd rate this higher but over drinking this beer is a big mistake. If you can hold it to one or two, it's at least a B+. Drink a six-pack, and it's a different story.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 21:51:07 | More by eye2
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CarterSeaton

Indiana

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-07-2011 20:03:06 | More by CarterSeaton
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meich75

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -16.4%

12-07-2011 12:23:42 | More by meich75
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cualax23

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a cult like following mainly because of it's limited release and exclusion from certain states that helped to fuel the frenzy. Now that it is on a wide release it has gained even more of a following.

The beer has a smooth, crisp taste and a great finish. Could be a beer for any type of day, from the hot July summer day to the depths of a cold February evening.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 12:19:19 | More by cualax23
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romo028

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-07-2011 03:46:58 | More by romo028
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blibby05

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-07-2011 03:05:41 | More by blibby05
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-07-2011 01:56:31 | More by JohneHoodlum
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fergster75

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.4%

12-07-2011 01:36:35 | More by fergster75
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kja157

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +39.3%

12-07-2011 00:42:53 | More by kja157
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thatruth

Washington

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nearly 1/2" head foamy head with proper, moderate lacing. pours a light copper, mild syrup color with gold tint into a full amber body.

smells bready, hoppy, malty, and slightly spicy. apple, almost citrus-y overtones.

tastes lighty, yet might malty. with a juicy aftertaste and linger.

dense yet refreshing on the palette. wet, smooth finish.

meant for those who drink and bicycle, haven't tried the latter yet, former seems fun enough, though.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 00:02:40 | More by thatruth
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UnderPressure

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium copper color. Pretty clear. Nice lacing.

Crisp, malty aroma. Nothing crazy, but good.

Pretty malty and grainy. Crisp for an ale. A pretty nice non-threatening flavor.

Medium bodied and smooth mouthfeel. Pretty appealing.

Overall, this is a great "transition" beer. Something craft beer lovers can still appreciate, but with enough mass-market appeal to be widespread and easy to find.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 23:14:14 | More by UnderPressure
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spencerharkins

Colorado

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-06-2011 17:36:45 | More by spencerharkins
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Spunky

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-06-2011 14:58:51 | More by Spunky
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear amber color, though a bit light. Perfect 2-finger head with really good retention. Nose is bready and biscuity with some floral hop notes. Mildly sweet malty flavor of biscuits and honey. The hops don't really come through except to balance the malt. Good, firm mouthfeel for this style. Light semi-dry finish.

A classic session beer. If it was hoppier, it might get higher marks from me. As it is, it is very refreshing and nice tasting, but it's not really complex or challenging enough to be a great beer. Still, very drinkable.

Interesting side note - I have a buddy who lives in North Carolina and travels out to Colorado occasionally. He had this beer numerous times on tap while traveling and always raved about it. When they started selling it in North Carolina, he was really excited. After buying it a couple times, he was disappointed. He swears that the Fat Tire he enjoyed while in Colorado is very different than the bottled version he buys at home. I should mention that he brews his own beer (and has for about 20 years) and knows difference when he tastes it.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 10:53:10 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Mtnbeerman

Colorado

3/5  rDev -16.4%

12-06-2011 04:15:40 | More by Mtnbeerman
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wilfonzo

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-06-2011 00:01:02 | More by wilfonzo
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-05-2011 22:45:48 | More by kjkinsey
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Oboogie

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-05-2011 22:35:05 | More by Oboogie
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Keemohoppy

Colorado

3/5  rDev -16.4%

12-05-2011 17:02:40 | More by Keemohoppy
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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