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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
good

6,545 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 6,545
Reviews: 1,792
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 137
Gots: 660 | 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 SmokinSmyth
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into a mug, a clear amber color with about an inch of head, settled fairly quickly.

Smell of hops and honey, in good balance, neither overpowering.

Tastes a little on the sweet side, but still very good.

Feels good in the mouth, nice balance on the carbonation. Mostly sweet at the finish.

I've had this many times before, first in Montana after digging up dinosaur bones. A very good beer in warm weather, but not too light like so many other American beers.

SmokinSmyth, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%

A-dark orange, slightly transparent with a thin cream head

S-smells like sour dough bread...not an appetizing scent...luckily its faint.

T-comes in with very smooth and crisp grainy and nutty malts. it definitely has a decent biscuit flavor that seems to increase flavor throughout the after-taste. its not a bad beer at all!

M-medium creamy carbonation with a creamy finish. really smooth

O-not a bad beer. its an okay replacement for Yuengling while i'm out on the west coast. it isn't something i'll crave for, but i'll be excited to see it when i do, but probably only because i can't get it in Florida, otherwise i might not give it too much though at all.

AdamBear, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of katybee
2.8/5  rDev -22%

hmmm. The taste of this ale was puzzling to me. Completely missing the hopping my tastebuds have acclimatized to, and lacking the overt maltiness as well.

pouring a deep golden yellow, creamy foam poured from the unshaken bottle. most impressive head I've seen in a while.

the smell however, was very mildly sour, or dry, somewhat in the way of Guinness...no hops really to balance it. As the beer warmed, this became more present, and on the palate as well.

the taste was different. totally lacking excessive hopping. If present, the hops were mildly greenish and floral, definitely no citrus or pine. Perhaps lightly peppery. But mostly the taste emphasized a biscuity maltiness, not sweet at all, or burnt, chocolate or coffee...just grainy but wholesome and rounded....A bit like a pale light version of Guinness stout or budweiser without the hops.

Very lightly creamy, especially as it warmed up, but only light-medium bodied.

Overall this is a very nuetral beer, a nice change of pace from stouts, black ales, imperial ales, and hop czars. Much more substantial than a PBR, and none of the wheatiness of widbeers and hefweizen.... Don't know that I'd seek it out, though.

katybee, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

A: Pours a clear amber color with a thin off white head.

S: A hint of caramel, grain, malt and some yeast.

T: Not a bad amber at all, but not the best. Bready malts and grain make up the bulk of the flavor with a tickle of floral hops hidden deep in the taste. A hint of some belgian yeast in there as well.

notchucknorris, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of Bonis
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%

Review from notes: 7/29/2011

A - Clear goldenish/amber in color. Thin white layer of bubbles hangs around throughout. Not bad, not special.

S - Not much here. Dominated by bready malts with a touch of lemony hops.

T - Very malty and biscuity with a decent balance of hops. Bready to start and slightly dry and bitter on the finish. A fairly clean tasting beer. Nothing too exciting or offensive. A real beer drinkers beer. Alcohol can be traced, but nothing too much (was surprised at how notable it was for the low ABV). This isn't really my cup of tea, but would be a good summer drinking beer.

M - Nice body for the style. A little too prickly with bubbles due to the excess carbonation in this one.

O - A pretty nice beer that I heard a lot about before trying it. I would compare this to Bell's Oberon, in that it is a beer that many people like and sort of hype up, but us beer snobs aren't often amazed by it. I understand the two beers are nothing alike, but I'm sure most ppl get my point. A must try beer, but I personally doubt I'll have it again for a long time.

Bonis, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours a very pale amber with a lot of white frothy head. Good retention. The smell has nice malt and citrus hop notes. Up front this beer has a really nice malt profile, but there's a smoky or burnt flavor that I detect in the finish. There is also a decent hop character but it is at odds with the malts. The hops come across more citrusy which does not balance well with the smoky malt character. Mouthfeel is nice though; crisp, clean, and medium bodied.

Though this is NB's flagship, I think they have so many other great beers to offer that are far better than this.

tdm168, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -10%

I guess we should be grateful that New Belgium has a big hit to support their more interesting beers. Mellow tang but dirty aftertaste. Muddy taste but has a touch of sprightly hops. Seduces with some roasted malt flavors but tails off into dishwater. Best feature is the nose of caramel and flowers. An average example of a style that has few standouts. This is not one of them. A well made but tedious beer.

mactrail, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of NotMyRealName
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%

A competent easy to drink beer. Even though it's a New Belgium offering, it's not as flavorful as, say, Abbey. I'd never buy Fat Tire to drink at home, but if I'm at a bar with a limited beer selection, I know that I can expect a decent beer from Fat Tire.

NotMyRealName, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of MrDonQuixote
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Served at New Belgium Brewery-

A- Nice ambery glow with a nice head

S- perfect mix of hop smell and malt smell

T- Amber taste, perfect mix of malt and hint of hops. Taste sfamiliar, and reminds me of why I love beer

M- Super smooth and super nice

O- One of the first beers that really got me into beer, so will always have a special place in my heart

MrDonQuixote, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of goblue3509
3.95/5  rDev +10%

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a one finger head which gives way to a skim and leaves moderate lace on the glass. The aroma is of biscuits and caramel with a hint of floral hops. The taste was a biscuit malt backbone with a slight sweetness and a floral and citrus hop bite. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and slightly thin. Overall this is a decent amber more complex than avearage with a nice clean taste.

goblue3509, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of bigdrewsmoove
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

I've had Fat Tire many times before but felt compelled to review it after the great experience I had today.

Bought from the Charleston Beer Exchange for $4.99 for a growler fill. New Belgium promo where they were giving away glasses, bottle openers, decals, and they even threw in a free frisbee for me when I told them I drove 30 miles to come get this special.

A- Dark Copper color with a slight head. Looks great in my free New Belgium.

S- Sweet malty with a bit of hops

T- I'm normally a hop head, but the sweet maltiness of this beer is absolutely delicious. I don't know the technical terms, but a sweet "bready" flavor to this is how I'd describe it.

M- Feels great going down

Overall I love this beer. It's strange, I drank it a few times a while back but wasn't too impressed, but a couple of months ago I gave it another chance and have been drinking it steady ever since. Two thumbs up to New Belgium and CBX also for this great promo offer.

bigdrewsmoove, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of kjyost
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Bottle BB Sept 22/12. Purchased at Happy Harry's North Grand Forks served at 6C into a tulip. 

A: Amber, clear body with a nice white head that lasts well, descending to a cap leaving light lacing. 
S: Muted, some light earthy hop coupled with nutty bodily malts. 
T/M: Light residual sweetness, biscuit malt and earthy hop aromas. Finishes with a wisp more bitterness than I expected, with is refreshing. Average carbonation. 
O: Decent, though not great. More hop aromas would have been welcome. Some people love this beer, I do not love it, although I suppose I like it.

kjyost, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of rebel1771
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

A: Pours a copper color with a nice frothy head that sticks around a long while.

S: Light aroma of sweet malts with a hint of floral hops.

T: Light malt flavor with a bit of sweetness to it. Hops come in at the end add a slight bitter bite.

O: This is a very easy going intro into craft beer. Not to crazy to scare anyone off but pretty darn delicious. It makes me sad this isn't distributed in my area.

rebel1771, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of ahq514
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker glass.

Pours a clean, clear, amber color. Appears to have a decent amount of carbonation with lots of little bubbles rising to the surface. Not much of a head, but a solid half finger.

Smells like toasted caramel malt, with some light earthy hop aromas.

First thing that comes through is some sweet caramel malt with a light hop bite that includes some slightly citrus and floral flavors. After this comes what I consider the signature Fat Tire taste, sweet toasty bread like flavors come through and linger around for a few seconds. Maybe some light butterscotch on there too.

Mouthfeel is adequate. A little higher in carbonation. Very drinkable though.

Overall, this is a solid amber ale. A lot of ambers to me are just meh. This is a solid one though, although I can think of many others I would prefer. I could drink this all night. Nice and balanced

ahq514, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of abeerlovr
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: copper, clear amber color, not much of a head, fairly flat.

S: no strong scent, a hint of sweetness, caramel some faint hops.

T: smooth malty caramel flavor, not bitter a bit sweet but not over the top sweet, well balanced.

M: crisp, easy to drink, smooth

Overall: I enjoy this beer and am always bummed when I run out as it is not distributed in our area and I have to wait until I go or I know someone going to Georgia. It is an easy drinking beer that is not overwhelming or filling, pairs well with many foods. It is one of the sweeter beers I enjoy on a regular basis though the sweetness it not overly done.

abeerlovr, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

Had on tap a few years back, but his is a bomber
A - crystal clear straw golden, thumb of white head retained well with endless bubbles rising
S - mix of bready, sour fruit, and sweet aromas are prominent, leafy hops round it out
T - strong nutty malt with bready and light caramel support, light hops of grass and herbs, light metallic finish
M - slightly mild on carbonation, smooth but a little thin, the only average attribute here
O - a very easy drinking brew with all the flavour points of a well built amber, definitely meant as a session brew

joemcgrath27, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%

Tasted at the Whole Foods in Novato, in their tasting area. Poured into a small pint style glass.

A: Nice hazy amber color. Good head with good lacing. Looks is all this beer really has.

S: Very faint. i could hardly smell anything. What I did smell was a light caramel sweetness and not much else.

T: Bland. All the flavors sort of meld together and become muddled. Very light.

M: On the lighter lighter side. None of the palate coating caramel maltiness that I enjoy..

O: This is a good beer to give people to introduce them to craft. It will not overwhelm anyone with flavor.

avaldivia, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of rel
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%

This is a personal favorite for one reason. That phrase, probably hated, "drinkability."

Its a pale gold/amber beer. Amazing lacing, lasts all the way through.

Nose. Biscuits!

Taste: Biscuits!

This is a very malty beer, hops are somewhat present. Maybe I'm biased due to all of my experiences with the beer, but it's my go to. Consider its not available in Florida, and I fall under cult status.

rel, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of chilidog
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

More than enough said on this brew. My two cents for I don't get to this brew very often, I didn't think I reviewed it so with that in mind I had two with friends at a hotel lobby bar.

Pours a nice dark amber red. Nice off white head. Good carbonation, nice body, fair lace.

Good toasted bread, biscuit malts, small hop balance.

Smooth easy drinking mouthfeel, slight yeasty dryness.

Overall a good go-to craft beer.

chilidog, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of mjpolzin
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

A-A red, gold color in the glass-nice looking.
S-Really didn't smell much so I can't say much here.
T-Tasted malty and bread-like. Maybe even a little sweetness. Maybe a breakfast biscuit kind of taste
M-Not much carbonation
O-A nice, smooth beer with enough complexity to keep in interesting. Also enough alcohol to give it a little kick but not so much that you can't enjoy a few in a row. I will still stay partial to the Wisconsin based beers but this is a good one if I am looking to buy something from out of state.

mjpolzin, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of yankeej13
3.23/5  rDev -10%

It may have been all the people that made a really big deal about Fat Tire, by the time I had it I really was not impressed at all. Don't get me wrong its not bad its just everyone made it seem to be so much more.

A- A slightly red goldish color. Small amount of foam build. Mild Carbonation.

S- A very mellow smell, mild amount of malts, has a more sweet smell.

T- A good balance between hops to malts. Still on the light side with a nice sweet hint to it.

M- Great drinkability, pretty light and mellow with a nice kick from the hop and malt balance.

A good beer just was hoping to get a little more out of it.. Cheers though!

yankeej13, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of ebeard2
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%

Fat Tire is an amber colored ale, and my favorite brew made by New Belgium. This medium bodies amber ale has an excellent flavor and goes well with just about anything.

I usually drink this ale out of a pint glass, when poured it has a medium sized head. It has a wonderful smell and a nutty/malty taste.

This is a year round brew, not a seasonal one and as such is easy to enjoy any time of the year. It is easy to drink, making it an excellent choice for those hot summer days, yet it is also full of flavor, making it ideal for a night in with friends as well.

ebeard2, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

bottle poured into pint glass 30/7/11

A golden liquid with a fast falling thin film that leaves a partial ring of lace

S some herbal hops with a little caramel

T more herbal earthy hops a little bready with some tea bag

M full for the color well carbonated with a mild aftertaste

O decent amber that would session a 6er of if I could but in in Alberta

Only beer at the Airport beer in San Fran I'd never had, I was craving a beer pretty bad and this was waaay better then the other yellow fizz I saw on the wall

wordemupg, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of zachary37
4.7/5  rDev +30.9%

realized I'd never reviewed this rare gem, so here goes nothing.

pours a surprisingly nice light amber with marigold highlights into my new belgium tulip. A frothy, thick two-finger head fades slowly to a thin cap that leaves solid lacing. Looks good.

aroma is malt, a touch funky, nutty and corn. earthy and grainy. hints of earthy hops. the grain aroma gets stronger as it warms.

taste is clean, crisp, hints of fruit, hints of malt, and a touch of hops - just enough for a pleasant crisp bitterness. apples, pear, some wheat and a touch of white sugar.

mouth is solidly clean, with moderate body, ample fine carbonation, almost creamy but not too thick. really works.

all in all, what can i say that hasn't been said? When fresh, it's pretty solid. when not brand-spankin-fresh, it's border-line awful... which is why I'm tossing it a slightly lower score... something about the malt profile just gets funky as it warms.

zachary37, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of king75
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

A- this one is amber in color with about a half inch of foamy head.

S- this one has a malty smell to it that is a little off putting in aroma, a trace of hops is present as well.

TM- this one has a nice malty bread taste to it, not quite chewy in its consistency a light hop flavor, light on the palate very smooth and drinkable.

Overall, this a very drinkable beer nothing extremely memorable or outstanding, but very drinkable and enjoyable just the same.

king75, Jul 23, 2011
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 6,545 ratings.