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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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6,088 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,088
Reviews: 1,781
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 122
Gots: 457 | 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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Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally...I got a chance to buy the "Yuengling of the West" as I've always called this when I was on the road this past summer. I had it on tap once but I collect the sleeves of the six-packs that I drink and sure enough, this was one my "to get" list. While this isn't going to win any awards, it was one of the last beers I had this summer and yes, I still miss it now here in Jersey!

Nice pour to this - a "bright brown" hue to it with a decent amount of head and some lacing lingering after each sip. The taste was pretty light on the mouthfeel but not light in taste. It was pretty balanced, a slight floral taste with some roasted notes behind it. This went down pretty easily and I don't recall having these in my car for very long as I traveled. If you're looking for a hoppy American Amber, keep searching. This doesn't much of a bitter taste to it, but it doesn't detract from the beer at all.

Sure, this is above 5.00% ABV but if you're looking for a good session beer, this is it! I'll take this over a "Lager", as it's Eastern Counterpart is known in the Keystone State, but not with any type of food. Rather, it's a good beer for unwinding with at the end of the day or for a party where there aren't a lot of die-hard craft beer enthusiasts there. In other words, if I was getting into microbrews, this would be one of the beers I'd start out with. It's that easygoing and yes, I do miss it!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 07:16:04 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of Mosstrooper


4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Buffalo Wild Wings on 290 and Spring Cypress, Houston, TX

Served in a 23oz pilsner glass.

Appearance: Light amber color with a medium white head that leaves quickly, leaving a thick foam floating and around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, buttery malt with floral hops.

Taste: Starts off sweet and slightly toasty, finishing with a stronger buttered toast flavor and herbal hop notes. Slight hints of apples in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a crisp, slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Solid all-round, flavorful, sessionable, and overall damn drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2009 05:15:11 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of RobeyStreet


3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, I finally got around to trying Fat Tire. I think I may have tried it a few years ago and was not impressed and thus never had it again. However, last weekend someone ordered me one so I was reintroduced to it.

For me, it was just average. It has a very roasted nutty flavor and it sits heavy in the stomach. Nice maybe with a meal or just by itself, but not if you're out drinking and plan on having more than one. I just don't know what all the fuss is about because I know a lot of people who quite like Fat Tire, but perhaps it's just not for me. Not much "wow" factor... I didn't find anything particularly unique or memorable about this brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 21:19:38 | More by RobeyStreet
Photo of feelmefoam

South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz poured into a shaped pint glass.

Pours a nice light brown color with a finger of white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Nice sticky lacing down the glass.

The aroma is really nice. First a bit of caramel malt followed closely by some rich, nutty smell as well.

The flavor is very nutty up front with some caramel malts trailing. Following this is a slight citrus hoppiness, but nothing out of the ordinary, just allows the beer to be a bit more balanced. As the beer warms, the nuttiness mellows out, which is good for me.

The beer is smooth with a medium body that is pretty smooth going down. Not too much in the way of carbonation, either.

This is a good beer, I couldn't drink too many of them just because it would be too much nuttiness in one sitting. It's a solid brew though.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 02:24:51 | More by feelmefoam
Photo of Kraken


4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 8/4/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard water glass. Firm pour evokes a 3/4 inch head consisting of fine white bubbles. No lace. Color is a clear golden copper.

Nose- Mild hop profile balanced with a touch of caramel malt.

Pallate- A very nice, balanced amber ale. Plenty of nutty slightly chewy caramels, coupled with a crisp refreshing, slightly lemon citric hop bite. Hops are not over powering, but rather a faintly tart and bitter compliment. Wonderfully executed.

Mouthfeel- Active, faintly tart.

Drinkability- Great, magnificent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 00:38:56 | More by Kraken
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3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A -- Amber brown color with a thick head.

S -- Toasty malt and a very light hop presence.

T -- Very, very balanced with neither malt nor hops winning.

M -- Clean finish that isn't very sweet, just nicely toasted.

D -- A good beer that I feel is somewhat overrated.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 18:35:16 | More by michaelc916
Photo of curasowa

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brought back a 12'er of cans from a road trip to the mid-west. Best before date of 19Nov09. Poured a darker, yellow color with a solid 2 fingers of head that faded slowly with chunky lacing. Smells slightly of bittering hops, but mostly dominated by a grassy, almost cabbage-y aroma. The first taste is somewhat underwhelming - pretty thin and flat. Not a lot of flavor from the malt and then a slow, lingering bitter finish. Despite all that, it goes down OK.

Serving type: can

10-05-2009 23:32:01 | More by curasowa
Photo of hoplover82


3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark golden color, not realy red at all, barely an amber hue. Has a nice medium creamy white head that has no retention but with ok lacing.

S-The aroma is kinda "musky" perse. But I think it's just esthers from the yeast.I don't think it's really a bad aroma, it's just odd, maybe off. I don't know. It has a slightly sweet aroma with a faint floral, maybe some citrusy hops. Not bad...

T- The flavor is even better that the aroma with a nice nutty flavor up from with a slight bitterness to keep it from being boring. An earthy hop flavor lingers nicely.

M-It's creamy medium body coats the mouth well with an average finish. Medium carbonation.

D-I possibly might be inclined to session this beer. It could be done with ease. Definatley not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 04:38:35 | More by hoplover82
Photo of smallbatchbrewer

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Medium amber beer poured into a pint from tap. Decent head that is very frothy

S- Malty, nothing special at all, maybe a little papery

T- Full body but no outstanding qualities to report on, does finish a bit smokey

D- Despite what it lacks, I could actually drink a few of these. Where this beer lacks flavor it does a pretty nice job in making up for it with its richness. Can't give it a score for integrity but I might be willing to overlook that (to a reasonable extent) because of how easily this went down. Was a great accompaniment to my fish & chips

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2009 03:58:21 | More by smallbatchbrewer
Photo of lolki


4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Rich, clean reddish color, slight head. A refreshing looking beer.

S - Carmel with a hint of wildflowers; overripe honeysuckle from a distance.

T - A little woodsy and wild. Sweet at the front of the tongue with strong malt flavor overshadowing all at the back. Little aftertaste other than a slight molasses taste.

M - Crisp at the start, but a little thick going down -- heavy malt and bread taste almost makes it like eating good pancakes with maple syrup. Perhaps too thick for some, but a good feeling if you like that sort of thing.

D - I could drink this for awhile, it is flavorful enough to not get boring but refreshing enough to not weigh down the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 02:09:07 | More by lolki
Photo of thecarster1


3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

recieved in a trade with briarscratch, thanks brad!

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger creamy, bubbly head, clear smokey brown coloring, lots of legs, beautiful lacing, loads of head clinging to the glass.

s- clean, minimal hops, biscuity, flowery, slightly nutty.

t- smooth malts, biscuity, bready, mildly roasted malt, minimal hop presence.

m- slightly prickly in the mouth, light body.

d- great drinkability, it was a solid beer, just was expecting a bit more after all the hype with this one, but it was still pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 02:03:22 | More by thecarster1
Photo of PappinAce


3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I had this beer poured into a Belgian snifter-style glass. It was a golden-amber color, as the name suggests. Nice half-inch head which dissipated after about a minute, leaving really light lacing behind.

Smell: There wasn't much going on here other than the very apparent roasted malt and yeast, like a fresh-baked white bread. It got much more aromatic as it warmed up though.

Taste: Quite tasty. The beginning is very malty with the slightest hint of bitterness and yeastiness on the finish. The aftertaste lingers for a LONG time; after you think it's off your tongue, a clear bready flavor pops back up again. As the beer warmed up I thought I was getting a hint of raisins.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, I thought it was the right amount to compliment the flavors. I would say this is on the light side (5.6 ABV) but gets you a nice buzz when drinking from the typical 22 oz. bottle. Starts off feeling almost like a dopplebock because of the initial toasted maltiness, and then feels like a hefeweizen on the finish.

Drinkability: Certainly drinkable. That lingering aftertaste leaves me wanting more. I don't normally drink an entire 22 oz. by myself, but I couldn't leave this one. The alcohol hides itself well; the presence is not in-your-face.

8/10. In summary, liquid bread.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 19:59:20 | More by PappinAce
Photo of ghostofpaulman


3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:pours an amber- burnt orange color with three fingers of soapy white head and lacing that clings to the glass the whole way through.

S:yeast roll and grains with a slight piny smell at first with pear-like notes coming through later on.very inviting.

T:just like the bottle said a bready yeast roll hits you at first followed by a roasted malt and finishing with slight piny hop bitterness in the after taste

M:Medium body from what i can tell.i'm sure i just don't have the right vocabulary to describe it but it seems....rich.very refreshing though.

D:I can,and have,put away quite a few a these in a sitting good for a cool fall afternoon on the front porch or a hot summer day at the lake.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 04:36:48 | More by ghostofpaulman
Photo of bsp77


3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from tap into small mug.

Appearance: Clear bright amber-orange with moderate head and some active lacing.

Smell: Sweet biscuit and fruit malts.

Taste: Very malty, with an emphasis on sweet biscuit. Seems to be some slight citrus and spice notes to balance the sweetness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium to light body. Somewhat thin, as just about all New Belgium beers are, but it fits this one better than many others.

Drinkability: While nothing overly impressive, this is always nice to have every once in a while. Good when a light malty beer is desired.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2009 12:15:02 | More by bsp77
Photo of CBlack85

South Carolina

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

I had this on tap at a little bar/restaurant called Wolfies while on a business trip in Indianapolis, IN.

A-A light amber color with about two fingers worth of head that quickly dissapated. very little lacing

S-Sweet earthy aroma

T-Malty, slightly sweet, with a distant hint of hops.

M-Smooth and light. Slightly boring

D-Easy to drink. Light with good carbonation, this would be a good gateway beer to introduce people to the world of craft beers. I definately enjoyed it, even though I usually prefer a bigger beer flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2009 21:01:26 | More by CBlack85
Photo of marvin213

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A little on the light side for an amber ale, it looks more like a lager. The fat, foamy top provides more evidence in that regard. As the creamy head dissipates a full two inches from its cap (more indicative of a stout), a thick layer of lacing leaves a hoppy mark. It looks interesting though confused, and it's out of character for an American Red Ale.

The smell is less interesting, as there's not much to it. A bit of toasted malt, perhaps, and a biscuity vibe. Oddly like the escaping gas of a Hardee's drive-thru window, the effects are less impressive from a beer.

The taste is solid. Definitely biscuity, with a slight malt imbalance--it's more toasty than hoppy. The breakfasty toast taste is more pleasingly Hardees-like than the smell. A bit of caramel-like sweetness adds to the effect. If you have a breakfast stout with Fat Tire, you can have Fat Tire with biscuits-n-gravy.

Mouthfeel is better than most with the sweet malty biscuits. It's the most amber aspect of the whole beverage. There is, however, an old toast-like staleness to the aftertaste--I could do without it like a PB&J without the crust.

Drinkability is good and, at 5.2%, it's among the more flavorful "sessionable" beers. Vacationing in Breckenridge years ago, it was one of the first beers I appreciated as more than alcohol-infused water. It's blown up of late with massive moves into new markets, and I'm glad it's now available everywhere around here.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 22:36:30 | More by marvin213
Photo of mdwalsh


4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this 12 pack of cans for a canoe trip -no glass- and set one aside for reviewing.

A: It pours a good two finger just off white head with a mix of bubble sizes that tend towards larger. The beer is a darkish copper golden though plenty of light comes through. It's pretty clear with a good amount of active carbonation. Still, just a little too light methinks.

S: Hmm, actually some hops, a mix but tending towards piney. Not to say it's hoppy, but you can smell the hops. Mostly malt, I'm getting a lot of biscuity, bready malts. Nothing dark.

T: Again, a very acceptable amount of hops for an amber, very nice job there. I'm getting a little off taste though, and I hate to say it, I really have no problem with beer in cans, but I taste a little metal. There is still that malty biscuity flavor, but it's milder than in the nose. All in all, it's a pretty mild flavor and no wonder why it's so popular.

M: Light and airy, a great hot weather beer, it has just the right amount of carbonation.

D: I couldn't think of a more drinkable beer, really. Lowish alcohol, solid flavor, and here I use drinkable as it applies to the population, I can't imagine many people not liking this beer.

Serving type: can

09-14-2009 20:26:25 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of ibbjamin


3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was left behind in my fridge from the last gathering I had. Believe it is around $7.50 per 6pack of 12oz bottles. I pour into a pint glass to review.

Half inch, white, fizzy and tight-knit head. Transparent dark gold color with many rising carbonation bubbles. Great lacing and just a thin sheet of white retention.

Has an earthy aroma with brown sugar, caramel, maple and raw adjunct. Interesting malt profile here as I'm getting hints of biscuit and toasted sweetness.

The taste is of dry toasted malt, brown sugar, caramel and barley/raw adjunct. A unique beer that seems to be a combination of a brown and an amber.

Light to medium body and nicely carbonated. Has a crispness to it yet leaves a mild toasted malt aftertaste. Nice mouthfeel makes this one quite drinkable.

Honestly, I thought this beer was going to be much more average. I have not had one in a while, probably since I just started getting into craft beer. It really is not bad at all and now I can see why this has become the staple gateway beer for many. I'm sure the high marketing dollar has a lot to do with it as well, but this here is not too bad a beer. Nice move there New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 04:48:46 | More by ibbjamin
Photo of CPeterson


3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A -- A nice amber brown color with a thick head.

S -- The smell is very nice, with a great toasty malt and a very light hop presence.

T -- Tastes of toasted malt that really coast across the palate, and fade into a light hop which balances the beer nicely.

M -- Nicely carbonated with a very clean finish that isn't very sweet, just nicely toasted.

D -- A very nice production beer whose reputation precedes itself, but overall for the money, they and many other people offer much better beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2009 01:43:44 | More by CPeterson
Photo of Aenema


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a bright, clear brownish honey / bronze. Not much head or lacing.
Smell - Caramel malts.
Taste - Sweet malt, a bready body with some spicy, bitter hops on the end.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with high carbonation and fine bubbles. A little fizzy.
Drinkability - Easy drinking.
Overall - I remember this being much better the first time I had it on draft at the Bellagio. I'm looking forward to having it on draft again and comparing it then.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 04:15:50 | More by Aenema
Photo of righthereisay


4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on vacation in Emerald Isle, North Carolina.

I really liked this beer, even though Amber's aren't really my cup of tea.

Nice body, not too bitter. Full flavored enough to have a good 6 pack in 1 sitting. Great Summer beer. Wouldn't recommend over the winter though. Hopefully they will start distributing this into Pennsylvania.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 18:07:22 | More by righthereisay
Photo of ndillon45

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

With all the hoopla, anticipation was high. Right off the bat, I was thoroughly disappointed with the macro-brew aroma. Pours clear bronze with thin tan head. Sticks to the glass well, so maybe it has some merit. Taste and feel was very similar to the macro brews which may explain the crowd of people it has drawn. On the plus side, it's highly drinkable, but I'd probably order a bud light for cheaper if that's what it came down to.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 23:37:43 | More by ndillon45
Photo of alleykatking


3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Linebacker.

A- Pours a clear semi-dark amberish/copper color. Nice big two finger head that takes a little while to die down to the point where it is not all over my palate while I sip away. Good lacing on the sides of the glass. Looking at my notes the guy sitting next to me was drinking Amber Bock. I noticed how Amber Bock had better color but the head and lacing sucked on his glass.

S- Malts, malts, and more malts! Sweet bready malts dominate everything in this beer. Almost too much like they are trying to hide something up here. Faint toffee smell which gets covered up quickly with malts. Could detect a faint piney hint to this but oncne again everytime I tried to get a better sniff all I got was malts....enough with the god damn malts New Belgium!!!!

T- Well I knew what to expect with the taste from the sickly sweet aroma coming from the glass. Semi-sweet lightly roasted malts (sweet and bready) dominate the palate right from the get go. Some hints of toffee in the middle that get overpowered right away with the bready biscuty malts. Light hop bite on the tail end of this beer. Almost as much of a bite as Budwieser American Ale but I think even that has a more distinct bite to it. Really just a malty mess in your mouth.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good with this beer. All the malts in this beer make it feel more heavy in your mouth. Leaves a slick oily film of biscuty malt taste on the palate. Once again and it feels like I have stated this enough in the review...malts are everywhere in this. Aftertaste is well..go figure sweet and malty.

D- This I will say is a very drinkable beer in the sence you can go at it all night and be good to go. The place I went to to get it serves it in a 32 oz glass. I ended up drinking another 2 of them because only other things they had on tap were BMC products which I am not a huge fan of. Good lawnmower beer. I will and have drank it again but only when I don't want something bursting with flavor.

On a side note I have realized why this beer has become the battle cry of a ton of people over the past couple months in Indiana. It's something new to try and everyone gives it rave reviews (aside from on here or other beer sites). It has taken off because it leaves you with a familiar comfort zone (macro beer drinkers) but takes you on the start of a micro quest. People either except it and go on to bigger and better things or else you are stuck drinking this and Sam Adam's the rest of your beer drinking days.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2009 03:42:11 | More by alleykatking
Photo of burnerfinger


4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have only been aware of this beer for a coulple years at most. Lets see what we have here:

A: poured from the 12 oz bottle into my tumbler. minimu head, which dissipated quickly. But as I drain the glass the lacing left behind is impressive.
Beautifully clear dark amber, carmelly color.

S: very light aroma, of crisp clean balance of hops and malt.:

T: this is where Fat Tire shines. not much for hops, but a nice, nutty bread maltiness - no bitter hops follow up at all. However, as it warms, a bit of hopiness come thru.

M: Solid body in spite of the understated taste. generous amount of carbonation. this is a SUBTLE beer but I really like it.

D: HIGHLY drinkable. No hint of alcohol here, the understated taste has me repeatedly reaching for more.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 01:13:35 | More by burnerfinger
Photo of dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: A medium amber color that looks pretty nice. A white, loose, foamy head that leaves some spotty lace.

S: Pretty mild with mainly hoppy notes and some sweet malt comes through. Typical amber ale aroma.

T: Again a fairly mild flavor. Nice balance between hops and malt. Nothing sticks out in a bad way. A pleasant balance between all ingredients. The hop aroma helps out the taste too.

M: Medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel. Finishes dry.

D: Good drinkability. The flavors are all balanced very well. Even if nothing sticks out as spectacular its a nice drinkable ale.

Notes: Had to finally try this beer as almost everyone (both in the craft world and out) has heard of it. About what I expected. An approachable, non-challenging beer with some pleasing flavors but no big surprises.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 03:51:49 | More by dpodratsky3
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 6,088 ratings.