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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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6,375 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,375
Reviews: 1,783
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 126
Gots: 586 | 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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3.21/5  rDev -10.6%

Good dark amber and brown color, decent white head, minimal lacing, absent any aroma.

Taste, heavy malt, little hops. A woody taste, a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg perhaps. A degree of sweetness and biscuit like feel. Mouthfeel gets thin downward, but enjoyable. Drinkable easily.

This beer is the trendy target for extreme beer/hopheads that drink little else or people with beer geek superiority complexes, but there's nothing wrong with it, its a session beer. Think outside the beer trend box.

03-25-2010 20:00:37 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.55/5  rDev -1.1%

A-Clear and lively. Copper brown color, big, loose foamy head that seems better out of the can.

S- Background of sweeter bread malts, some foreground of fragrant floral hops, but mostly a nutty, maltier aroma.

T- Not super flavorful, a tad biscuity. Bread like malts with crisp citrus twangs. Unfortunately, this taste is rather dry and boring, like a dry biscuit.

M- Pretty lively carbonation, spritzy, Light body, rougher carbonation feel.

D- Not my favorite NB beer of all time. A good introduction to craft beer for those too timid and prone to pants-pissing to try anything with balls. But, this isn't bad, nor it is unoriginal, just a little boring and monotone.

03-25-2010 19:35:18 | More by SamN
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2.15/5  rDev -40.1%

Why this is so popular I don't know. This is like the trendy beer of the month. I'm guessing it serves as the crossover beer for those lesser individuals who drink Coors and Bud all the time. Makes 'em feel fancy to drink a "microbrew."

"Whoa, this is strong, so many flavors," they say.

Sure, compared to the swill (am I saying this correctly, I am saying that only a swine would drink this beer) they usually drink, Fat Tire is amazing.

And so:
Light orange fizz. Perfumey. Bubbly. Biscuity.

03-25-2010 16:56:30 | More by corpulent
Photo of rarbring


3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

It really is a clear amber brew, with an off-white head, leaving little lacing.

The smell is mostly sweet and malty, some hops. A perfumic impression.

Some sweetness, lots of malt giving a biscuit experience, some hoppy bitterness balancing it quite well.

Medium carbonation, small aggressive bubbles, a dry finish.

A good well-balanced craft beer.

03-19-2010 00:12:37 | More by rarbring
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3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

A - Pours a cooper-amber color wit a somewhat thin white head.

S - Malty nose with hints of sweetness and grain

T&M - Heavy biscuity flavor, grains, very light sweetness and some hops bitterness that smooths everything out nicely. Very smooth with a slight dryness.

D - Very drinkable; I can see throwing a few of these back no problem. Very happy to have had an opportunity to try a beer not available in my area.

03-17-2010 00:54:57 | More by ZeroSignal
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3.05/5  rDev -15%

I had Fat Tire at a bar and in my opinion its ok but nothing special about. It had a nice look smelled nice and did go down really smooth but there was nothing to make me want to keep drinking Fat Tire amber ale again or go out to buy a 6 pack. I guess ill only drink it again if some one else buys lol.

03-14-2010 05:35:11 | More by dopehousex3
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3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a clear orange-copper with a medium-sized head that doesn't stick around very long. Some lacing left on the glass as you drink it.

Floral scents were the first in the nose, followed by lightly toasted malt.

Bready slightly-sweet malts noticed first in the taste; solid hops in the background, though more muted than the malts which seems appropriate. Hops flavor seems to be intensifying as the beer warms some. Some graininess and alcohol burn in the finish.

Nice mouthfeel, though slightly thin for my taste. Nicely carbonated.

Great drinkability! Thinner mouthfeel may actually help in that regard. Flavors are improving the more I drink... a winner in my book.

03-13-2010 19:50:34 | More by whiplash3825


3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

Bomber to pint glass with a best before date of Jan 22, 2010, exactly 1 day after I drank it. (Review from a backlog of notes.)

A: Average size off white foamy head. (Much bigger on my second pour.) Good lacing, good retention, very clear orange body. Multiple streamers of carbonation all along the glass. Very attractive.

S: Strong biscuity malt character. Bready, doughy. Sweet malts. Caramel notes. Grainy. Heavy toasted toffee aromas and flavors. Hops are in the background, (probably due to the bottle's age) but who says all amber ales need to be hop forward? The aroma was pretty solid nonetheless. maybe drinking this beer at the end of the 'best before' date was a happy mistake.

T: Taste follows nose. Hints of peanuts and marcona almonds. Slightly lacking in complexity, depth of flavor and any kind of intensity for that matter. Well balanced, I guess, in that sense. Much more malty than hoppy.

M: Finishes dry with a short flavor duration. Medium-light body mouthfeel, a little too thin on the tongue for my preference. Well carbonated.

D: The Fat Tire is an easy drinker and it would definitely pair well with many types of food. Pretty good, but certainly not wowing.

03-13-2010 13:55:09 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

22 oz. bottle, best by 8/28/09; sampled 7/14/09. It pours a filtered amber hue, with medium carbonation and two fingers of fluffy white head. Mildly toasty aroma is nice, but a bit one-note. Bready and biscuity flavor, with crystal malts, some melanoidin notes, a light sweetness and some tannin astringency. The hops are leafy and mildly bitter, and the body is medium and dry. Pleasant and easy-to-drink - nice to see a malt-centered amber ale in the American arena of hopheads.

03-09-2010 00:42:23 | More by mmmbeer
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New York

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

12oz bottle with date

App: Medium amber with a small but thick head.

Smell: Strong scent of caramel and an earthy-woody note: almost a touch of cinnamon. Slight licorice. No detectable hop aroma, but that's not saying it's not there.

Taste: A solid taste. Firm malt backbone. Slight cereal grain reminiscent of oats. Ends with a light herbal hop flavor and some husk.

Medium body with light carbonation

What this beer lacks in complexity, it makes up for in unbeatable drinkability.

03-06-2010 20:32:33 | More by emsroth
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Can conditioned vessel poured into a glass. Pours a golden amber with a slight haze, full two inches of cream colored head, retention surprisingly high for something so seemingly fizzy at first. Nice trail of lace left a I drink the glass too. Aroma of biscuit malts and some earthy, straw hoppiness.

Tastes of toasty malts primarily with an earthy hop balance and some nice estery elements. Slight off note perceptible to some degree, but overlooked in everyday drinking. This is a drinkin' beer, not a sippin' beer.

Medium to fuller in body, carbonation is a bit high. Nice clean flavors, very palatable, easily sessionable. Nice amber ale without pretentiousness. I've heard of people being "disappointed" with this beer, but as far as ambers go this is a good one.

Highly recommend trying the cans as the can conditioning really adds to the flavor over the force carbed bottles. Also the best twelve pack of cans on the market to my knowledge.

03-04-2010 01:24:46 | More by vacax
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New York

3.28/5  rDev -8.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark amber color with about an inch of white head that has little retention. Moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of fading hops and sweet malts. A little weak and a bit of an odd smell from the malts.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, as well as sweet malts again. Also tastes of bready malts. Not sure what it is, but the malt taste does not taste that great to me.

m - Light body with a good amount of carbonation.

d - Overall the smell and flavor of this beer did not appeal to me too much. It wasn't bad, but an odd bready/sweet malt combo that I wasn't the biggest fan of. At 5.2% if you liked the taste you could definitely drink a few of these given the light body, but I won't be looking to get more of this anytime soon.

02-25-2010 02:40:35 | More by mdfb79
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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dull brown with a finger-width head that lasts about a minute. A little bit of lacing.

Smells very malty with something slightly metallic that is a bit off-putting.

Just like the smell, the flavor is very malt-driven, slightly earthy like a lot of other beers from New Belgium. Pretty standard for an amber ale, though I wish it had more discernible hops.

Fairly light bodied for the style, but I think that makes it go better with a lot of foods (especially pizza!). Right amount of carbonation at first, but it tends to dissipate quickly leaving you wanting more. Leaves something of an oily feeling on the palate, not really good or bad, but noteworthy.

Very good beer to drink with dinner but I can't picture myself ordering it by itself all that often. Growing up in Colorado, this beer was always in the fridge. Is it possible that nostalgia increases its drinkability?

02-24-2010 21:00:47 | More by AndrewOToole
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.4%

Another can to add to my collection, similar label as the bottle. I have had this bottled before, but first time from a can, let's see how it compares.
Dark amber color, red hilights, with a solid but small head. Nice aroma of hops come through immediatley, also some malt sweetness present. The taste is also well balanced with solid malt base, accented by more floral hops. The body is on the fuller side for the style, mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Good drinkability, flavorful, easy to drink.

02-23-2010 17:06:54 | More by BigBry
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3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

pours a translucent golden amber with a nice frothy white head. not much carbonation visible

not much on the nose. at first, heavy on the floral & citrus notes but then fades to a woodsy, earthy smell

toasted malts, coffee and perhaps light molasses. not much else. seems a little light on the hops and therefore imbalanced for me.

light to medium body. right amount of carbonation

this beer is not too bad and not to good... just average. it is a good bridge beer for those who first venture off the BMC reservation. lots of folks drink it around here and a good choice off the tap when you enjoying a pizza pie.

02-23-2010 00:36:35 | More by haddon
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3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

The beer was poured into my Corsendonk Christmas Ale goblet, and was a bright and clear copper orange color with a moderate head of fluffy foam. Nice lacing evident.
The aroma is big and biscuity, slighty toasty and nutty with a touch of fruit. It brings to mind baked goods.
The taste is clean with a very minimal bitterness. Big toasty notes and a solid biscuit and bready flavor throughout. A brown ale-like sweet tea finish. Very easy to drink. Adequate carbonation and fairly full feel. I could see myself drinking a few of these in a session.

02-20-2010 02:36:25 | More by KrisPaulk77
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3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

Very breadsy, nutty smell. Pours a nice golden/light orange color with off-white head. Leaves good lacing on the sides of the glass, like sea monster dragons catapulting out of the sea. The taste is pretty bold and flavorful with hop aftertaste, and a bit sticky. It's good, but a one drinker per night in my opinion, then switch to something else quieter for session drinking. This would probably pair well with dinner, especially something meaty.

02-19-2010 00:29:52 | More by TravelingBeerMug
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New York

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%

Good Ale to keep in my hotel room when I travel from NY to Arizona.

Pours a bright orange amber, with not much of a head but very fine lacing.

Taste is coppery and almost biscuity - like an Imperial, mouthfeel is creamy - very nice. Spicy yeasty aftertaste, ot obverbearing, very pleasant.

Good beer to have with cheese and crackers.

definitely a staple when I'm in AZ

02-14-2010 19:06:24 | More by cyberbmcd
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3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours a light copper color with a light ring of whitish head.
Smell is hopped with a spiced quality.
Taste is very smokey, a great start to this amber, it follows with some interested spice note.
Finish is wet with little flavor-although that smoked taste stay with me.
Drinks solidly, not sure I'd like a six-pack of this but an interesting flavor profile.

02-12-2010 05:35:30 | More by ThaBobfather
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1.98/5  rDev -44.8%

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Color is amber, but not far off from that of a "fizzy yellow" American lager. Nice 1" white head which quickly settled to just a thin layer. Nice lacing.

S - Not much to smell here.

T - Reminds me of Leinenkugel's amber, but perhaps a little more bready. More like a watered-down Sam Adams Boston Lager. I can drink Sam's, but this is tough.

M - Thin and solvent-like. Somewhat astringent. Average carbonation.

D - I have only two bottles of this stuff left and I am tempted to give them away. I just don't care for this stuff.

Maybe I'm just not a fan of the style, but this recipe needs work.

02-12-2010 03:50:23 | More by dvb
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Thanks to krisandajt for this one. Didn't even realize this came in cans.

Cloudy burnt orange color with a fluffy light tan head.

Orange citrus and caramel are abundant.

Buttery caramel malt that just doesn't appeal to me. I've had this before and there is just something about the malt that seems off. Citrus comes in at the back end of this one and brightens it up.

Nice feel. Medium bodied and mostly smooth. Semi-dry finish.

Very drinkable. Personally, I could only do one or two of these, but I can see how it appeals to many others. A solid beer that is available seemingly everywhere.

02-11-2010 21:16:15 | More by jera1350
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3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

No alcohol in the smell and aroma of biscuits. Light red amber color. Tastes fresh crisp and clean. A very drinkable beer that I could easily put 4 or 5 down in one sitting. Will drink again for sure, and would go to this if I see it available on tap somewhere with a small selection.

02-11-2010 19:52:14 | More by tykees88
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3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

Now that its heyday and faddishness is past, I can still say it's a decent, all around brew. They got lucky with the fad. Lucky them. Poured with a fine foamy off white head and some lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is fairly mild, malty and a little hoppy; a little bread/crackers in there.
Flavor's very similar. Body is decent and ditto carbonation. Finish is mild and easy. Session beer for sure.

02-09-2010 03:48:15 | More by drpimento
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3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

Transparent orange color with lots of visible bubbles rising to the surface. Thick frothy head with good retention and sticky lacing.

Smell is clean and reminiscent of biscuits topped with butter and honey.

Taste is smooth with lots of bready malt flavor. Hop oils are barely detectable but still there. Hints at some chocolate flavor half way though the drink which adds an interesting touch. Flavors seem to fight for dominance here and really aren't blended that well.

Light to medium-bodied brew with a high amount of carbonation. Finishes clean without any aftertaste at all.

Smooth flavor makes it quite drinkable. When I first tried this beer about a year ago I wasn't a fan. It's funny how tastes change because now I don't think its that bad. Has some interesting flavors which are different but could be blended a little better. A decent refreshing brew, somewhat overpriced though.

02-08-2010 05:52:42 | More by bnes09
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3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

Apperance- The body is anorange-amber color that effervesces for a while. The head is fluffy and white and leaves a decent lacing.

Smell- Bisquets. Lots and lots of bisquet smell. Yummy. A fair amount of toastiness comes through also.

Taste- Starts out with a dry, sweet and toasty malt up front. Some bittering hops in the middle (not a lot), and finishes with a very nice toastiness.

Mouthfeel- medium body. Carbonation accentuates the toastiness and hop flavors. finishes off-dry.

Drinkability- Doesn't really fit any style. That's New Belgium's shtick. Just make good beer and to hell with the style guidelines. Having said that, I reccomend at least trying this stuff. It's a great beer to give to people who are starting to tire of American macro-lagers and yearn for something different.

02-06-2010 01:47:55 | More by theopholis
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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