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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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6,581 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,581
Reviews: 1,795
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 139
Gots: 672 | 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 DrinkSlurm
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have had this in the past, but recently bought at the closest store to sell it to my house...about 200miles away.
Poured from bottle into tulip. Golden amber color with a 1 1/2 finger foam head.
Malty sweetish aroma..nothing out of the ordinary.
Taste is of malt and caramel. Ive heard it described as "toasty"...I guess I can see that.
Overall its a decent beer. I understand why its so popular, its easy to drink and it doesnt taste like butt, but New Belgian makes way better beer..like Belgo and Ranger for example. I will buy again at some point, I know I will...but I wont take a 200mi drive soley for this brew.

DrinkSlurm, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ba Review #82
Served On: 11/11/2011
Glassware: Shaker Pint
Labeled ABV: 5.2%
Date/ Code: 18DEC11

My beer store just started carrying New Belgium bombers. I paid $3.99 – you can’t beat that!

Look: Light copper color - more golden than amber. Had high clarity and good carbonation. Head fizzled down to a thin tan inconsistent coating.

Smell: Aroma was slightly spicy with some brown sugar notes. Clean citrus hops came through.

Taste: A warming spice upfront – like cinnamon. Also an unsweetened earthy brown sugar. The middle was rather bland with a faint hop bitterness noticeable. There was that Belgian yeast funk, but I really had to search for it. The finish was very clean with some hop bitterness carrying over into the aftertaste.

This is an ok Amber. For the price, I certainly cannot complain. I’ll be picking up more of this one.

CraftBeerTastic, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of joek440
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden orange color. Effervescent with medium light colored head.

S - Caramel malt and hints of citrus hops. Not very strong smell.

T - Lots of malt flavor but not as much citrus hop flavor as I was hoping for. Finishes on a bready yeast flavor. Malt and yeast are the highlights with just a hint of the hops.

M - Light and bubbly, easy to drink.

O - I can see why this is a widely distributed beer. It has a non-offensive flavor but is almost too simple. It is enjoyable and easy to drink. Was hoping for more of a hop flavor in this Amber Ale -- but the Belgian influences are noticeable.

(Reviewed 11/1)

joek440, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light copper hue with a 2 finger foamy head that sticks around a little bit. Pretty good lacing.

S- Weaker than expected, but some caramel malts and citrusy hops ring through. Maybe a hint of a pine scent.

T- Nothing terribly complex, but solid. Starts with a mainly malty profile with a hint of caramel. Hops come in, mainly cascade if I'm not mistaken. Finishes off with a biscuity/bready taste that leaves the palate clean and crisp.

M- Somewhat creamy in your mouth. Not terrifically heavy or light. A decent amount of carbonation, but not too much.

Overall, this is a sessionable beer and one that doesn't break the bank. Being in college, heck, I might be persuaded to drink this at a party instead of trying to get drunk off of macros.

boilermakerbrew, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass, no freshness date.

A: Golden light amber color with minimal one finger off-white head that fell quick.

S: Light sweet malt, some grassy floral hops. Biscuity diacetyl.

T: Sweet buttery malt with mild herbal hops. Smooth throughout with the mildest prickling of dry hop flavor coming in and out.

M: Smoooth. Creamy, mild carbonation, easy drinker.

O: I live in NJ, where Fat Tire does not exist. That being said, there is a certain amount of hype surrounding it, as with everything that people are aware of but can't have. Anyway, on a trip to OBX last week, there was the full range of New Belgium, so we picked up a bunch. Now that I've had it, Fat Tire is a let down. Yeah it's decent, but I would not buy this again. There are too many ambers to name that are better than this.

ReelBigwigFish, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of orangesol
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a plastic cup while at h2O. Drinking beers at the car show.

A - Pours nice amber orange with a dense two finger tall off white head leaving small rings of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of sweet caramel malts, toffee, dulled hops, and some fresh baked buttered biscuits...Based on the nose this one is a little past its prime.

T - Starts off with a big dose of sweet caramel malt slowly giving way to a mix of even more toffee sweetness, dulled out hops and some light buttery notes. There is plenty of biscuity taste and feel in this one. The finish is a mix of sweetness and chewiness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, slightly chewy, feel that lingers on the pallet for some time.

O - I can see why people love this beer but I still greatly prefer Troegs Hopback to this, just for the sheer fact that I know it will be fresher than any Fat Tire I could get my hands on.

orangesol, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

unconventional amber, pours a nice deep ruby color with an off-white head. smells homey and comforting, warm. notes of butterscotch and dried cherries in the nose give it a slightly sweet aroma. taste is a really nicely balanced malty forefront with a slight belgian yeast distinction coming in, mellow and burnt sugary in the finish. mouthfeel is perfect, fair carbonation and a medium body, this beer is the quintessential colorado session beer. this flagship from new belgium is worth all they hype around it. awesome amber

StonedTrippin, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Thanks to Chuck's for this. A nice carbonated tangerine orange. Bubbly with life. A thin soap-like head that laces to the glass nicely.

Smell - The morning smells of fresh, light citrus fruits. A bit of orange and lemon. Not too strong of a smell.

Taste - I must admit that I am a little let down by the taste. This is a very average amber ale. No unique or outstanding flavors really shine here. A bit of citrus and lemon with red ale properties. Decent.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - A flat and carbonated mouthfeel. Light-bodied and appears a bit tasteless at times. Not dry, but not succulent either.

Jesse13713, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of Dmart1223
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The staple beer of Fort Collins.

It pours dark amber with a slight head that dwindles to a dusting. The smell is fresh and malty, but not overpowering or complex. The beer itself tastes much the same way.

It's clean and refreshing, with a biscuity taste that lingers just a bit after you've finished drinking it, and the biscuit becomes more pronounced as it warms.

It's well-balanced and something I'm glad to see outside of Colroado.

Dmart1223, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Heavenisbeer
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass.

Had the beer a hundred times, but decided that I might as well review it. Here goes:

A: As amber as its style suggests. Perfect body, with a fluffy, egg-white head that steadily dissipates. Lacing is full-bodied and thorough. Well done.

S: Wet grass, metallic, malty hints. Bread. Nothing spectacular, and I may be imagining things.

T: Soddy and light grass. Some hop crispness, cider essence in the middle, and very light roasted malts on the backend.

M: Fits the style. I like a little more body though overall.

O: It’s a great session amber, evident in its early cult status (now that it can easily be had anywhere, it’s lost much of this). I’ll never turn one down.

Heavenisbeer, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of TippySelenoid
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a coppery amber color with a 1/4" white head. There is quite a bit of carbonation to watch.

It smells bready with a faint whiff of hops.

It tastes bready. there are a lot of cracker flavors with a bit of hops on the back of the tongue.

It's pretty creamy for a beer with this much carbonation.

This is sessionable, and quaffable, and decently priced. A good beer for the value.

TippySelenoid, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of silentjay
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a slightly amberish copper with an almost two-fingered head that quickly recedes while leaving a bit of lacing.

aroma is of bready malts, caramel and butter. some slight earthy hops and fruity esters present themselves as well.

caramel covered fruits hit first with some nuts, bread, biscuit, and a touch of floral hops.

light-ish medium with an abundance of carbonation and a lingering sweetness.

I can see how its a gateway. though, I don't think I would have ventured further if this was what I was exposed to. too sweet with not enough complexity. one and done with this beer.

silentjay, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of pinotboy007
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Crystal clear amber that's almost Pils-like in its clarity, along with a decent, khaki head that subsides but manages to stick around. Minimal lacing.

S-Scents of Belgian malt with a bit of cinnamon.

T-Biscuit, tea, with a very light hoppiness. Not particularly exciting but not bad, either.

M-Light on its feet; probably good even in warmer weather.

O-The jury is still out, and wile the beer has its qualities it's not really my preference, despite the reasonable ABV.

pinotboy007, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of Criscoh88
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22fl. Oz. Bottle

Appearance - A light amber color. High visual carbonation. Small head but it sticks around for the ride. Alright lacing.

Smell - A sweet bready malt type scent. Feels kinda empty.

Taste - Like some sort of sweet malt jam spread over a fresh slice of bread. I think this definitely needs to be served at the specified temperature (45°F / 7°C). I did my best to get the proper temperature but I still felt it was too cold. Beer stores make the fridges too cold. Anyways, as the beer warmed a wonderful flavor began in unfold.

Feel - Slightly syrupy and highly carbonated. Not Much more to say.

Overall - The flavor still felt lacking even after achieving proper temperature. Presentation was nothing special and nor was the scent. The Taste holds up the most and even that i felt was a little..uh, boring. I'm not saying this was a horrible beer, I just feel I got nothing from drinking it.

Criscoh88, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of Pwnzilla
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not the first time having this beer but it has been a while. Apperance is amber to golden in color. Malt smell with a little hops. Taste is very light and crisp, not a whole lot of mouthfeel. Overall its not a bad session beer. I wont go out searching for this but I wouldnt turn one down.

Pwnzilla, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Pours a very light honey color with a slight amber hue, pours mostly clear with few carbonation bubbles, pours with a finger and a half of large bubbly off-white head that linger beautifully and leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass
S: slightly sweet like fake maple syrup, slight underlying hop notes and a slight malt character
T: begins with a slight malty character then hits in the middle with a slight deep sweetness, leaves the palate with a nice silkiness and an aftertaste of gentle malts
M: medium carbonation tingle, moves into a bit of smoothness in the middle and leaves a bit of silkiness on the palate
O: a nice brew, just a bout right for the style, nothing incredible but a nice brew and drinks well. pretty much just a straight line amber brew

BigPlay1824, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of DaveBlack
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I know a lot of people who think very highly of this beer, to the point that I would even call it a cult classic. I've had it before and wasn't overly impressed, but now I have the chance to do an actual review, so here it goes:

A: Light amber/copper color with a big 2 finger frothy, slightly off-white head.

S: The smell id very heavy on lightly toasted malts, grains and not much else. Maybe a hint of some floral hops.

T: Not a whole lot of flavor, actually. Toasted grains, kind of an earthy flavor, a slight hop bitterness. Like the aroma, it's simple, not very strong, but well balanced.

M: Medium-light body and ditto for the carbonation.

O: I'm a little torn on this beer. On the one hand it's not very flavorful, it's not very exciting, it's not all that good. On the other, however, it is good BECAUSE it's not very flavorful or exciting. It's an easy beer to drink. I think I could easily put back a six pack without realizing it. Good session beer.

DaveBlack, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of beer272
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

Labeled as an amber, appearance more golden than amber.

*Appearance - nice, lacing, stabilized foam around rim. Yes the carbonation was pronounced when opened. Then the foam faded as others mentioned.

*Smell - slight malt sweet smell

*Taste - where the beer fell down. Has body. Very balanced between malt and hops. It looks like they hit hit the biscuit taste they wanted. I could not pick out the hop type, Cascade?

*Mouthfeel - ok

* Overall - I would not buy this beer again. I bought in Elkton, MD primary for the 22 oz bottles. Drank this Oct. 2011, ~60°F, expiration labeled Jan 1, 2012 (01 Jan12). Rats, have ~8 more bottles. Getting rid of this beer by putting it in the 'frig then drinking quickly.


Update: I gave a bottle to a friend. He said it tasted like water, with no smell. The Busch lite he drinks is better. He gave the beer a 2 out of 10 only since it had alcohol. We both noted the color was more golden than amber.

My rDev (2.25-3.63)2.25 = 66.7%

beer272, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of LtCracker20
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a crystal clear copper body with a nice 2-finger white head that shows some nice retention.

S- Sweet malts, biscuity grain,a little husky. A slight floral aroma as well.

T- Not too much flavor going on here. Sweetness from the malts, grainy and biscuity. A slight buttery taste as well.

MF- Light bodied, and the flavors don't really stick around too long either.

O- Not a bad beer. I'm glad I got a chance to try this, but that will be all for me. I'd drink it it offered, but won't search it out.

LtCracker20, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

862nd Review on BA
Bottle to New Belgium Globe
12 oz bottle

Best by: 11/27/11

Bought a sixer of Ranger and low and behold two Fat tires were in the box. Logically, lets review the damn thing.

App- A medium colored orange with some dark orange highlights and a little bit of fading yellow towards the bottom. One finger slight off white head. A nice little sheen of cling.

Smell- A little bit of sweet apple skins with a lot of malt behind it and a slight bitter note from some hops.

Taste- The taste follows the nose with more malts and some deep citrus and a slight hop balance. A touch dry flavored with a chocolate powder flavor.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. A bit thick and slick. Retains some of the cocoa powder after flavor.

Drink- This used to be the go to craft beer for me years ago, but amazing how things change. These flavors just dont mesh well anymore.

FosterJM, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of bump8628
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this at the the Texas state fair for pretty close to the same price as the BMC and Shiner. Several of these were employed in celebrating the Sooners' 55-17 ass kicking over Texas. Raw biscuit malt upfront with toast and bread crust rounding out the malt side. Hops go earthy first and then fade to a woody bitterness on the finish. Touch of caramel and grain husk on the finish. Straightforward, drinkable, with the unique over-the-top freshly crushed malt and biscuit quality that sets it apart in the style. Nice amber, but never understood how it developed cult status.

bump8628, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of iSip
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New Belgium Fat Tire Ale: I was at a charity event and my choices were Fat Tire, Corona, Coors Light and Bud.  It did make me realize the Fat Tire is served everywhere, and therefore is no craft brew.  Well, congratulations to New Belgium!  You have made it big.  I think the clever name is a key part of the success of this beer, now let's try the goods!  The body is a deep amber with a good off white head and big malty aroma.  It looks like a craft brew for sure.  The flavor is mostly malt up front, and carries a lot of spice - I get nutmeg and cinnamon, throughout.  Here comes the "flavorings" debate.  OK, I do add lemon to my wheat beers, a big no-no for most of you.  But here I am on the other side of the fence, the spicy flavors are not my cup of tea.  To finish, the ubiquitous Fat Tire is a good beer, and probably begins the craft brew journey for many...

iSip, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of draheim
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (best by 1/22/2012) consumed from the bottle during a work meeting. Thus I can't determine the color but I'm assuming it's amber and it's definitely clear, not hazy.

Aroma is sweet biscuity malt and floral hops.

Taste is sweet malt balanced by the flowery, fruity but also bitter hops.

Overall a very easy drinkable beer but nothing extraordinary.

draheim, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of bubseymour
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - reddish copper and clear with moderate carbonation, fizzy 1 finger head.

Smell - some spice and breadiness and malts

Taste - smooth and full bodied, mild hop pressence and some spice as well. Somewhat dry finish. Its drinkable.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and nice for a 5.2% ale.

Overall - A mediocre beer. Easy to drink. More marketing hype than a top quality beer however.

bubseymour, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of KAP1356
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium is new here on the east coast. Visitng my girlfriend in D.C., we picked up a bottle at a Harris Teeter. They must have been all new since there were about 20 cases sitting out on a display. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass...

A - Pours a very clear orange-amber color. A nice, very white head forms about 1.5 fingers thick and slowly recedes.

S - Nothing special here. Standard bready malts, grain, and earthy hops I would expect from an amber ale.

T - Toasted, bready malt flavors with some caramel coming through. Hops are more faint on the taste than in the nose. They're there, just not as prominant as I thought they would be.

M - Medium bodied. Crisp with a big level of carbonation. More than I thought for the style.

O - Overall, not bad. But I think this beer has a bit of hype that I don't really understand. I could drink several more of these, but I think there are better interpretations of the style out there.

KAP1356, Oct 05, 2011
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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