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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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6,766 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,766
Reviews: 1,808
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 142
Gots: 759 | 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 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
Photo of dankster
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Living in colorado this beer gets way to much hype.

A- Dark copper with good carb.

S- very malty with big biscuit notes in the nose.

T- smooth and easy to drink but a little heavy on the gut IMO. taste has aLOT of odd malt flavour not sure what.

M- slick but heavy on the palate. might be good with a stew or other heavy meal but by it self i dont see myself drinking again.

O- Ok for a local amber but there are so many others with better offers. (Durango brew, Oskar blues or Steamworks)

dankster, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of Illtryit
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden - orange with off white head 2 fingers deep that leave awesome lacing.

Smells grainy, mellow, and somewhere in there is fruit too

Taste has a surprising, almost chocolate flavor. Very mellow hops round it out. Very impressive.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, complex, nicely carbonated.

Overall, I am really impressed with Fat Tire (and New Belgium in general). I had thought of this beer as a 'mass produced' craft beer and was sure I'd be disappointed due to lack of complexity. I was wrong. New Belgium really has a full line of great beers and Fat Tire is one of their best.

Illtryit, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of lwillitz
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - crystal-clear copper with very few carbonation bubbles rising toward the thick finger of off-white foam

S - fresh biscuits, assorted grain, flowers

T - bready malt with a fruity sweetness; light presence of hops; moderately dry finish

M - medium-bodied, highish carbonation, moderately smooth, moderately creamy

O - a decent ale for general occasions

lwillitz, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of IronLover
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a bottled - best by December 11, 2011. Orangish red in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a brief, frosty white foam that reduced to thick, soapy cap. Fresh, toasty, bready, grain and grass-like aromas with light floral hop notes. On the lighter end of medium bodied with tangy, assertive carbonation. Toasted and bready malt flavor up front with a touch of caramel sweetness in the middle until the tangy carbonation introduces floral hop bitterness through to the finish. Finishes semi-dry and clean with a lightly bitter aftertaste.
look 4.0
aroma 3.5
feel 3.o
overall 3.5

IronLover, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Malt
4.63/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This ale is one of my favorites because its readily avalible anywere and at a decent price. Although this batch has hardly any carbonation. Great copper color. Head pours thick but guickly fades. Smells a little like honey and malt. Tastes like sweet honey and has a biscut note to it. Overall this is definatly an ale to be consumed by a group.

Malt, Oct 01, 2011
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
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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