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Fat Tire Amber Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fat Tire brewed by New Belgium Brewing, with an ABV of 5.20% This brew pours out a deep amber color almost brown with a small white head. This brew has the look of most Ales on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. The smell of Fat Tire is grins, malts , and hops. I like the roasted grins in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste it bold with flavors. You pick up roasted grins and malts at first. Them a nice hops smoothness at the end. There is a lot going on in this brew. Fat tire has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. I like how smooth this brew is. The mouthfeel of fat tire is Bold smooth clean and refreshing. I can't get over how smooth this brew is. Overall I'm giving Fat Tire, a 4 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. New Belgium Brewing, did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really like amber ales, and this is one of the classics. Pours a beautiful caramel color with a fluffy white head. The smell is a little biscuity and nutty. The taste is similar, very malty (like liquefied bread) with a hint of sweetness and hint of hops. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. I offer this to everyone I know who says they don't like beer because it's "too bitter,"a lot of people are genuinely surprised that not all beer is the same and that this kind of range of flavors is possible. I've had it with all kinds of foods and it complements them all well.

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Photo of mkh012
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Surprised I've never had this one before tonight. Pours a burnt orange/amber as expected. The smell is subtle. Roasted nuts, sweet malts, a hint of hops, and the taste largely follows. Well-balanced, malt-forward, easy to drink. Not the most complex beer by any means but pretty good if you like malts. This tastes like a slightly sweeter Oktoberfest style beer. Good if you prefer less hoppy ambers.

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Photo of goForkYerself
4.85/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

After drinking a few hoppy beers, this was seemed odd on the first gulp, but as I savored the smooth biscuit flavor, it quickly felt like a nearly perfect malt beer. A background of nut butter and light fruit accent the biscuit base. Well done.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprised it took me so long to finally have one of these, I guess non-CT distribution will do that! Pours just as expected, bright amber, clearly transluscent, with a bubbly head that fades to a ring and doesn't leave lacing. Smell is okay, some sweeter malts and hints of fruit and grain. Taste is missing something, it starts bready and has a nice caramel sweetness with some notes of raisin, but there aren't really any hops and the finish lingers too much. Overall just as you would expect, good for the middle of the road drinkers looking to switch from macro stuff, but not offering anything for the experienced drinker.

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Photo of Cheesy_McDuck
4.64/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my first great beers. A full stine of this beer with some wings, is a thing of beauty. The color is a beautiful caramel, and the taste is full, rich, and incredibly nutty, just delicious!

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Photo of SDak
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fat tire was my gateway beer to craft. It was the one that blasted on to the scene and made everyone in town recognize that craft beer is a thing. We used to have to hoof it across the state and only in 22s. Nice to have in cans now for the golf course and always a safety blanket when a place has a very limited selection this one will be on.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best Amber I've tried, richer and more depth than Ziegenbock. Taste lingers on the pallet, specifically some really nice light fruity hops. A good beer that was available in bottles, in CVS, on Christmas. Cheers.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a crystal clear bright amber color with a huge fluffy white head. It takes forever, but eventually diappears to a thin layer on the too. Excellent webbed lacing. Smell is bready and caramel malts, and the taste is too. Feel is pretty light with good carbonation. Overall a nice and drinkable beer, but as with most all beers, I prefer my ambers hoppy

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Belgium Brewing - Fat Tire Amber Ale. 5.2% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into snifter. Best by Jan 3, 2016.

Look: Beautiful burnt orange opaque body, with huge white three finger head from aggressive pour. Head dissipates into sticky lacing that remains.

Smell: Semi sweet, biscuit and caramel aroma, with some faint hops and fruit. Not very strong aromas.

Feel: Very thin and extremely light body with a small amount of carbonation.

Taste: Up front is mainly a biscuit/cracker taste, with some hints of sweet caramel backing it. It remains the same into the back end and into the aftertaste, with some hop bitterness surfacing near the end.

Overall: My first American Amber/Red Ale style of beer. This is a widely known and popular beer around here, so it was only a matter of time before I had it. Was expecting a bit more on this though, the aroma and taste are relatively light, almost like its watered down. On the plus side, it is extremely smooth and easy to drink since its body is so light.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a burnt orange color with a thin white head. Smells of biscuits and toffee. Tastes sweet and caramely with a slight hop finish. Thin mouthfeel, leaves a decent finish and is really easy to drink.

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Photo of toler13
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Kroger in Madison, MS as a part of a New Belgium can sampler that included Citradelic IPA, Ranger IPA, Trippel Belgian Style Ale, and Fat Tire.

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a semi-transparent amber color with a finger of head that dissipates to a thin coating. Decent Lacing.
S: A Swirl in the glass brings out the rich, bready, malty aroma. Biscuity. Munich malts.
T: RICH. Bready, biscuity, with just the right amount of sweetness. Great malt flavors. The nose follows through in the taste. The gold standard for amber ales.
F: Carbonation just right. Good body, without being overpowering. Alcohol aroma/taste nonexistent. Sessionable.

A great offering from New Belgium. A quaffable wonder that should pass through the lips of all craft beer drinkers. The true standard of American Amber Ales, this beer would be on the craft beer Mt. Rushmore. If you don't like this, you don't like beer. Period.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance, pours a clear burnt orange color, looks very thin and watery, white colored head, some lacing, decent amount of carbonation. Aroma is of sweet caramel, biscuits, hay, aromas are subtle, nothing really pops in this beer. Taste is of caramel, bread, hint of hop bitterness at the end, very easy drinking and not much to consider. Mouthfeel is light bodied. Overall this is a decent beer, subtle aromas and flavors, light bodied, I can see why some people might like this, it's easy drinking but there are better amber ales out there.

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Photo of EricLiverpool
4.73/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I'm a big fan of New Belgium, and Fat Tire is probably their best beer. This is the only Amber Ale I drink. Great biscuity taste with a light mouthfeel.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours dark golden amber color.

Overall: This is a good balanced beer. It has a good mixture of toasty, biscuit-like malt flavors which lead into a hoppy fresh finish. Nice middle of the road beer. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Luis_Fuentes94
4.67/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Goes good with a sandwhich!!!
Look- not bad
Smell- normal
Taste- its good but a lil bit stronh
Feel- not bad maybe a lil tipsy but thats because one is happy lol

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a ruddy burnt amber color with a decent transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a one finger white foamy head that dissipated evenly and at a nice pace. Thin stringy lacing.
The smell had a semi-sweet caramel maltiness with some light toast, toffee and nuts to blend nicely. Light earthy bitterness.
The taste was somewhat sweet, and bitterness seemed tamer. Fruity aftertaste, sly quick dry finish.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied. Carbonation felt fine. Sweetness sticks to my tongue in a nice manner.
Overall, to me, when I lived in Alaska, it was easy to find on tap everywhere. Now I have one and think ya know, its a good Amber ale, kinda wish there was more love for the style these days, so what if its not a hop bomb, its not supposed to be, its an Amber ale, just enjoy it for what it is.

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Photo of stevoj
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Average ale, amber in color, with some nice hop notes, not much else here. Was expecting a bit more from this, with its reputation, something seems to be missing, or just watered down.

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Photo of AngryDutchman
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been seeing this at the distributor for a long time and always found an excuse to pick something else up, but wanted to try something other than a stout or IPA.

Purchased a 12-pack of cans and sat on the back porch with my lady and a younger male friend. In the glass it was a pleasant amber color as advertised. Nose quality very good, and from the first sip the impression was that hit everything right in the sweet spot, so to speak. Flavor, carbonation, aftertaste were all quite desirable and easily left us all wanting another. A great session beer, paired well with food and lent one a great appreciation of the chirps and peeps of all the little creatures enjoying their final warm evening of the year. Will definitely buy again, and anxious to try other offerings from New Belgium.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a 50% opaque amber, this means it is also 50% clear, ;). Lots and lots of carbonation. There is a two finger white fluffy head which sinks down to a 3mm head which remains on the top until the end.

The smell is wheaty, yeasty, full of sweet malts and candy, bubble gum, apples and creamy. There is a lot going on here.

The taste follows the nose with lots of sweet malts and candy taste. Bubble gum follows along with apples. The brew is slightly grainy and creamy at the same time. There is also a slight undertone of roasted malts. The feel is smooth and creamy; it goes down easily with no aftertaste. This is one sweet Amber.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.84/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a clear lager mug:
Pours into a nice dark golden/amber color. Very thick foam head that takes its time to dissipate.
Smells hoppy and ale-like.
Tastes like a moderately hoppy ale, not too strong.
Feels smooth, moderately carbonation, but drinks smooth, crisp if chilled.
Overall, not bad, a bit more hoppy and bitter than my preferred tastes. Good match with the cooler fall air.

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

On tap at an OBX NC bar. Was hoping for some beer from a local brewery. Did not happen so I thought I would try this. Had two pints and was pleasantly surprised. Malty taste with a slight hop finish. A balanced red ale that can compete with others in this class.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.58/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper, clear with a tainted foam head. Smells like malts, caramel and very little hops. Taste is rich and malty in character, caramel and herbal hops are there. This is an american red with balanced hops, not hoppy like most american ales, very sessionable and well done.

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Photo of DovGibor
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from folly pack can (best by 1-17-16) into stemmed glass. Light amber color with white head. Low head retention.

Nose is all sweet malt; no discernible hops. Mouthfeel is medium, but doesn't add anything to the beer. Sits there without being light and crisp, but also not rich and fulfilling. The flavor is light malt with a tiny touch of hop bitterness, but not much else.

I heard great things about Fat Tire, and perhaps my bar was set too hight. I understand how this stands out from 'macro' beer, and how 30 years ago it was a revelation. Unfortunately I do not believe it is a revelation today. It's not making any big mistakes, but it's also not doing anything to win me over. I believe there are much better amber ales available and while I enjoy other New Belgium offerings, I do not see myself picking this up again.

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Photo of gulli
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this might be my go to beer....never tried many ales...this one light enough but the Carmel notes after it warms up is just right for having "a few"
pored into a pint glass...nice thick head slightly tanned ..about 2 fingers. warms up nice.
finishes ...so so

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,952 ratings.