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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
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6,576 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 6,576
Reviews: 1,795
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 138
Gots: 670 | 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 Ybsnroh
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hilton Tavern, NN, VA
Color - nice amber with orange. Pleasant. Looks good
Nose - not much, dissappointing as i need an enticing nose. Not served too cold just no nose
Head - modest with some lace, not a main attribute, rather thin actually
Mouth- right for style. Very nice. A little fizzy.
Taste - hard to pin down. Some hops. No real depth. Darn
Finish - carbonation, not much alcohol whiich is fine, no real changes here
Overal - darn, I Expected more. Pleasant. Low abv to drink all night but nothing to write home about. Need to malt this up a notch but having said that I just ordered another. Chin Chin

Ybsnroh, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

- from the notes, another New Belgium pickup on the East coast.
A -light amber and crystal clear with a short head.
S - nothing too strong, just some maltiness backed by a small amount of hop aroma.
T - fairly sweet and lacking in any real hoppy follow up. Pretty much unremarkable on the palate.
M - thicker than I expected but still smooth although a bit low in the carbonation.
D - one is a bit of a chore.
The other offerings by New Belgium Brewing are better.

Beer4Baltimore, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of nimrod979
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear lightly hued bronze with a small white head.
Aroma is mostly caramel malts and biscuity, toasted bread notes. Even a little hop character shows through.
Taste is similar with some bready, roasted malts before giving way to a slightly more bitter floral hop finish.
Medium body with the most exceptional creamy mouthfeel.

Pretty good per the style but I've had so many people tell me this was their favorite beer that you couldn't get on the East Coast. Now that it's here I don't see what all the fuss is about. it's a pretty solid, and very drinkable brew. And I will say, on tap, only intensifies the creaminess and smoothness this beer has. I enjoy it much better on draft.

nimrod979, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of blakelive784
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into pint glass -

A - Pours a clear golden amber color. A medium thickness head of 2 fingers forms, but dissipates quickly.

S - Faint hints of caramel malts with very subtle notes of citrus hops. Not impressive at all.

T - Same subdued caramel malt notes as on the nose. Small amount of bitterness but no distinct hops notes or esters.

M - Medium bodied, wet, and crisp. Almost ideal for the style, but highly carbonated.

D - Fat Tire probably serves better as an introduction to microbrews. That being said, there are far worse.

blakelive784, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of JennyJam
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Orange/red-copper-caramel in color. Small head, does not remain for very long. A little carbonation.

Smells pleasant malty, floral and light. Not too much of a scent.

Tastes refreshing and light. Well-balanced, what really stands out is the sweet malts, almost honey in taste. A few hops come through when you down a sip.

Mouthfeel is smooth and easy, a tinge of creaminess and a little on the watery side. Can't taste any of the light carbonation.

This beer is light and easy to drink, I like the sweet malt taste. I would like it more if the body was a little bit heavier, maybe more carbonation would help as well. Overall, a decent, drinkable beer. I'd like to try it on tap instead of from the bottle.

JennyJam, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Cyrano41
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap in a dark, crowded bar during a UFC fight. I'd been wanting to try this one, being a fan of most things Belgium and beery. Served in a pint glass with very little head. I tried repeatedly to get a whiff of the aroma, sticking my nose into the foam all I could get was a hint of something I couldn't place that was roasted. The color was nice deep cooper when held to the light. The taste was pleasant enough, a good balance of hops and malt with a smooth finish. I don't know what my expectations where, but they weren't quite met. I'll try it again, but Fat tire didn't crack my top ten.

Cyrano41, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of devinoconnor
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been wanting to try this beer for awhile, but surprisingly it's fairly difficult to find on the east coast.

Came across a 22oz bottle and grabbed it. Pours an orange, brown copper color. Little head from the bottle.

Smell is rather nice. Aromataic with some yeast and orange or grapefruit.

Taste was nice. Nice hops for an amber / red ale. Sweet, and well-balanced.

devinoconnor, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of ONUMello
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Orange-copper color with a 1/2" head
S: Fairly aromatic, mostly a rising bread smell, but with a hint of citrus.
T: A bit light, but pleasant wheat biscuit and a bit of a caramel aspect on the finish.
M: Also light, but smooth and balanced.
O: As others have said, a very pleasant sessionable beer though not particularly memorable.

ONUMello, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of gueuzer
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

App- Bright reddish copper with a decent white head.

Sm- Mmm toasted biscuits and sweet wort. Excellent.

Ta- Toasted white bread with a firm sweet malt backbone. Subtle floral hops.

Ov- Excellent quaffing brew. One of my absolute favorites and possible the most under-rated beer of all time.

gueuzer, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of pburland23
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

I know Fat Tire is somewhat passe as far as craft beers go. But, being from Pennsylvania, I don't see a lot of New Belgium beers in my neck of the woods. So, I was excited to give Fat Tire a try.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Beer pours a clear copper amber with a thin layer of slightly off-white head.

Aroma is biscuity and malty with a hints of roastiness. Taste is very heavy on roasted notes. It's tasty, smooth and very crisp.

Body is middling with an appropriate level of carbonation. I can see why people consider Fat Tire to be such a great gateway to craft beer beer. It's very drinkable and highly sessionable....an enjoyable drink. I'd recommend it to my non-BA friends.

pburland23, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of k7sw
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep amber with a frothy dimpled head
S- Malty bread smell
T- Sour apple, well balanced, sweet a little bit of spicy.
M- Very smooth, first bit seemed a bit flat, probably a poor pour.

I expected a lot coming into this beer and at first sip I was disappointed but it grew on me.

k7sw, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled from bomber in flared ale glass

A: three-finger head; amber color; clear; great lacing
S: very little smell--malty, very light
T: very nice, even taste; toasted barley; nicely balance hopping contributes to hearty flavor; overall semisweet
M: very bouncy, vibrant

A really good ale; the modest ABV belies its intense, nicely balanced flavor

Arithmeticus, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of psuKinger
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a shaker-pint glass.

A: Pours a translucent orange, virtually no "haze", with a thick lively white head on top.

S: My sniffer must be broken? I pick up on... very little. Maybe just a hint of sweetness and an odd "almost spoiled" smell, but everything is VERY faint.

T: Light, thin, and crisp, the "almost spoiled" scent I picked up reminds me a bit of a Pilsner bitterness on the back end, would be interesting to see what kind of hops they are using here. Also, a touch of bisquity malts here as well.

Am having trouble deciding if, when it all comes together, whether it's "pleasant" or not. It's rather "meh". Mediocre.

M: Unremarkable. Finishes a bit dry and leaves a bit of sweatness behind. Carbonation could be a bit more distinguished for my liking.

D/O: An "average" craft beer. I'd have another one at some point in the future, but I'm in no hurry to revisit.

psuKinger, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of kawilliams81
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- light copper, minimal head, almost no lacing

S- amber malts and nuts

T- similar to aroma, amber ale with a nutty finish.

M- light bodied. Very easy drinkin. Carbonation very low.

O- ok to drink when no other craft beer is available. I ca see why this is a gateway craft beer.

kawilliams81, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This pours a nice amber color with a decent white head which leaves behind a little lacing. The smell is of bready malts with a little floral hops. The feel is medium to light. The taste is as expected a little caramel, some biscuit malts with a little hop bite at the end. Overall this is a decent beer, there are far better craft beers but this one is occasionally available in places which only serve the big brand beers and is far better than those.

DavidST, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of gerite
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Nice amber color with a good two finger head and plenty of lacing that seemed to last forever. A crisp clean color and flavor with a slightly carbinated, biscuity malt taste. A very smooth brew that goes down easy and leaves you wanting more. A very good but not a great ale.

gerite, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of JWU
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, poured into a curved pint glass.

A-Light amber, clear. Puffy head that dissipates fairly quickly, lacing sticks around a little bit. Nice

S- toasted malts, a little bit of flowery hops and a hint of Belgian sweetness of sorts

T- light toasted malts, and nutty. The sweetness is just slightly "Belgiany" to me, but we're not talking like a Dubbel or anything. The malt taste is the very definition of biscuity.

M- light to medium, light carbonation. Not really slick, and not overly drying.

O- I really can see how this is a great "gateway beer" into the world of craft brewing. I'd have this anytime, anywhere.

JWU, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of lazjuarez
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler. Another gift from Carlos, from Cervezas in South Miami. Bottle dated best before: 18SEP11

A: Pours a burnt amber color with an orange hue with about 1 finger worth of white foamy head. Receeds rather quickly leaving very light, almost no traces of lacing. Some carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass.

S: Nose is mainly malts. Big bready malts, some sweetness as well. Mild floral hops with a great nutty character.

T: Taste is of lightly toasted malts, almost a big nutty flavor. Mild sweetness, but very balanced. Big biscuit-like qualities coming through, I'm enjoying this very much.

M: Medium bodied, great coating of the mouth. The carbonation is a little low, therefore the flavors linger a bit. Overall not bad, but a bit more carbonation would help the flavors more along as well as refresh the palate.

lazjuarez, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a nice clear honey amber deep gold, very beautiful, and builds a creamy white head, about two fingers high. It hangs around and produces nice lacing.
The smell tells of delicate flowery hops, some mild malt and some sweet notes like honeycomb cereal.
Tasting the beer, I was surprised how mild it was. Delicate bread, cereal and grain flavors up front, being followed by mild flowery hops which bring mild fruit flavors like apple and peach into the palette. The end is a well balanced combo of all the flavors. It is a very mild and light flavored beer, but well balanced and by no means watery or characterless. To me this was a very drinkable beer and I enjoyed it.

Hopfenpeter, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of isthatbeer
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip shaped glass.

A - Nice clear burnished copper hue with two fingers of off-white foam. A small amount of lacing clings to glass--nothing really impressive.

S - The nose is predominantly biscuity malt.

T - Some malt sweetness upfront finishes with a little hops.

M - Medium body really not much carbonation.

A fairly mediocre drink.

isthatbeer, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle labeled 2011 Virginia Commemorative - This Beer Is For Lovers

A: a bright clear copper with an off-white, but bright head. good retention and OK lacing.

S: earthy, slightly piney hop aroma combines with a french toast-like maltiness.

T: a good bit of roasted flavor works with a toasted caramel. marshmallow. overall i find the flavors very mild. finish is a bit dry.

M: carbonation is a bit on the creamy side of carbonation on a medium body.

D: overall, i enjoyed the nose and appearance, but found the palate to be a little watery. i liked the roast aspect, but after that it was a little dull. still glad it is now at my grocery store and an easy find in VA.

Jimmys, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of output01x
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Best Before 09/18/11) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1-finger cream-colored head that fades after a few minutes to a thin, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a perfectly clear honey gold with a good amount of rising carbonation bubbles. Good lacing can be seen clinging to the glass throughout consumption.

Sweet malts aromas carry notes of honey and bagels. Some mild floral hops aromas are also detectable in the background. Overall, the nose is not particularly strong but is definitely delicious.

Light, toasted grains gives this beer a rather breakfast cereal quality. Notes of sweet honey and bread are also noticeable. A light floral hops flavor is also present but is more of a background flavor. Like the nose, the flavors are not bold but are well balanced and enjoyable.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation, this is a very refreshing beer. The body is crisp and very drinkable. The carbonation is only slightly fizzy and really helps to move this beer along.

output01x, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of K9AleingPiss
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was a very nice translucent copper,the head was thin and not much lace,but again it could have been my pour. The smell was a robust malty,caramel,fruity odor with a hint of spicey hop. I enjoyed the taste,but it had an after taste that was a little bitter. Still refreshing,and it didnt last long!.

K9AleingPiss, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of jifigz
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into whatever type of glass is available here at his Outer Banks house.

A: This ale has a nice, wouldn't you guess it, amber color. The head is nice and fluffy white and lingers for quite a while. There are a ton of carbonation bubbles rising through this brew.

S: Some decent hop aroma is noticeable through the smell as well as the malt background. The brew smells overall slightly sour.

T: The initial taste is of caramel and deep roasted grain. I think this tastes wonderful, however the flavors are definitely light and delicate. The aftertaste is of the grain with the mild hop bitterness to balance. Very in check and good. I love the biscuit flavors in this brew.

M: The MF is pretty average I would say. Light bodied and thin and very quaffable.

O: I think this is a good, pretty simple and straightforward ale. It is easy to drink, light flavored, but still very tasty. I could drink these all day and it would be a great session beer.

jifigz, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Virginia Commemorative

A: Golden brown pour with hints of red throughout. Nicely sized white head. The beer laces nicely down the side of the glass.

S: Predominantly malty, the hops are definitely noticeable. Floral, but faint.

T: The taste comes and goes without you really realizing it. Some light hops and malts combine and are followed by a caramel malt finish. Really doesn't abide by typical Amber Ale taste guidelines, but I can see why this is considered a gateway beer. Very drinkable, yet has some characteristics of the better, bigger beers on the other side.

MF: Light, carbonated well, crisp finish.

O: While this beer isn't anything to write home about, I'm glad it's in the area. Extremely drinkable.

russwbeck, Sep 06, 2011
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 6,576 ratings.