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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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7,360 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,360
Reviews: 1,894
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 171
Gots: 1,228 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Ratings: 7,360 | Reviews: 1,894
Photo of MeowTom
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a super clear golden amber color with a nice head that is about an inch big and stays around for a bit and then turns into a lacy film over the top.

S- Nice mellow hoppy aroma of grassy and citrus notes.

T- A very balanced beer with maybe a slight edge towards the malty side.

M- Light and crispy with a little body to it. Carbination makes it a great lawn mowing summer beer.

O- Great average beer that is well made and could easily be a session beer around a camp fire or a day of yard work.

Photo of NateMac13
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale has a thick, fluffy, off-white head, and a clear, somewhat bubbly, amber appearance, with a pretty good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is sweet and of pecan shells. Taste is of medium-roasted barley malt, pecan shell, and just a touch of hop bitterness (I would never have guessed that this beer has an 18.5 IBU rating). The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Fat Tire Amber Ale finishes crisp, refreshing, highly drinkable, and dull. Overall, this beer just lacks enough boldness. I rate it good, but just so.


Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of TheCondor
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Side poured from a bottle into a pint glass with standard vigor.

Appearance - I have always loved the packaging on these beers, pretty much everything by New Belgium has a nice label on it. This beer pours a nice amber/copper color with a one finger head that sticks around for a minute, leaving little lacing.

Smell - Wood, nutty, toasts, breads, and malts intertwine to produce one of the better smelling ambers I've came across. There is just a lot going on in the nose, and I like it.

Taste - Follows the nose closely, with the bready toasted malts always playing a powerful role, but the beer is not without any other character. Very earthy, woods, excellent taste.

Mouthfeel - Finishes with a slight spice, kind of watery, with pretty high carbonation. Smooth, but watery.

Overall - This is one of the few amber ales that I can actually stand, and that's saying something. There have been so many ambers that I have tried and hated that Fat Tire is always a pleasant surprise, especially given its cost and availability. Sessionable, a good beer for any time of the year, I like this stuff.

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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1.75/5  rDev -51.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Hex
4.26/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow... just let me saw WOW! what a uniquely gorgeous beer!

A - sunset burnt orange in color. 1 finger head with heavy density. Nice and cream. Translusent enough to see the perfect amount of carbonation bubbles floating to the top to help keep the consistancy of the head. And B E A U T I F U L lacings! After it sits the fuzzes makes a ring that DOES NOT go away. After each gulp there are rings indicating where the beer was at in the glass and they stay there untill the end of the beer.

S - earthy notes and undertones. very foresty. very roasted.

T - First reaction is that the beer taste like a bonfire. The aromas that emmit from camp fires or char coals was the taste of this beer. very unique and yummy. A must try, to understand first hand the experience of this burnt fire woody beer. almost like bourbon.

M - perfect mouthfeel to make this an almost dangerous beer. medium bodied, with a very clean finish. Did not sit this beer down very long at all.

Overall this is a great beer. One just to be drinking, one for festivities, one for parying, one for good ole times. The name is very misleading of its quality.

Photo of jik18
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of fields336
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz, best by nov 25/12

A: light amber colored, clear, 1 finger french vanilla colored head, little to no carbonation coming from the bottom, the head is staying around nicely, leaving a nice lace

S: toasty, malty, bready, biscuit, caramel, toffee, little to no esters

T: mm like a piece of liquid toast, slight caramel, vanilla, toffee, slight Belgian yeast, slightly watery, the esters could be more prominent. quaffable and tasty beer

M: creamy medium body with good carbonation, leaves the palate wanting more.

(I reviewed this as a Belgian pale not an American amber)

Photo of pintofparadise
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 7,360 ratings.