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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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6,090 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 6,090
Reviews: 1,781
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 122
Gots: 458 | 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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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a pumpkin beer orange color, an inch of eggshell foam. Huge pock marks as it recedes to a watery, thin but complete cover. Patchy lacing, a thick collar around the edge.

Aroma - toasty , caramel notes, slightly sweet. Fades after setup but still decent.

Taste - moderate toast/caramel, a touch watery. An evenly balanced hop side after the swallow. Finishes clean, just a hint of leftover bitterness.

Mouthfeel - crisp, even-bodied, good levels for the style.

Drinkability - easily sessionable, a good amber for any season. Cheers to my sis-in-law for bringing this one across the miles. Thanks Cathy!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 04:26:44 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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katan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, dated feb 2008

A - Pours a dark golden brown color. Very clear - no haze. Has a moderate amount of carbonation that dissipates quickly. Obviously an amber ale.

S - The smell is dominated with roasted specialty malts. Not much for hops there.

T - Doesn't initially hit me with much flavor. Perhaps a balance of some malt flavors balanced by a light bitterness. But then it changes quickly. Finishes with a sweet chocolate flavor. Seems sweeter than most that I've drank.

M - Smooth mouthfeel - almost creamy. Not overcarbonated.

D - I could drink this rather easily. It agrees with my stomach and has the alcohol of a session beer.

I know that people tend to give Fat Tire a hard time since its almost the proverbial "macro" craft beer. But I have to say it is still quite enjoyable, and for the price, its hard to find better value.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 05:29:45 | More by katan
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mwilbur

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into NBB snifter.
A: Golden amber hue with a perfect 2 finger creamy white head. Nice.
S: Mild hop aroma with grain essence.
T: Nice dry bite initially giving way to sweet hops, toast, and mild citrus note. Not very complex though.
M: First sip has a dry bite, but very smooth with every sip--or gulp--after. A little light on the tongue and taste quickly dissipates.
D: Quite drinkable. Good sessionability. Goes down easy.
This comes from a fan of NBB...but...I believe Fat Tire is a little over-hyped. It's a good beer, but not great. NBB has several better offerings (La Folie, Abbey, etc.). That being said, I do enjoy the fact that it is now available in MN and will definitely revisit it from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 00:53:08 | More by mwilbur
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trentley87

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a pint of this on-tap at The Local in Minneapolis.

A: Average appearance. Nice amber color. Average head/retention/lacing. Nothing overwhelming.

S: Very mild...some malts are present but not picking up many cues from the aroma of this one.

T: In keeping with the rest of the beer -- remarkably average. Nice malty sweetness with just a little hops kick and maybe a hint of citrus. Kinda yeasty throughout, but especially in the aftertaste.

M: A little on the thin side for my tastes.

D: Better than any macro but I expected more with what I've been hearing about New Belgium. I probably won't be seeking this out again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2008 06:56:28 | More by trentley87
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shertz

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this both on tap and in the bottle while on a working trip to the Mid-West. Orange in color, with lots of bubbles and lacing. Smell was fruity, maybe grapefruit. Taste was very balanced between citrus hops and sweet malts. Drinkability was good except I hadn't eaten in 12 hours and drank a few with my meal and felt them pretty quick. I would love to visit this one again and maybe homebrew a clone. Always heard good things about the brewery and this beer. Both are right on. Tasty brew.
Cheers,
shertz

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2008 02:21:47 | More by shertz
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Vixie

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice white head, was a nice copper color with a hint of red.

S: Not much smell at all, nothing stood out to me.

T: Starts out malty and sweet, finishes with a note of hops. Taste does not linger long. There is a slight sweetness to it, just a touch of fruit notes before the hops kick in at the finish.

M: Slightly thin, but not too bad. I'd say about average.

D: Not an outstanding brew, but not a horrible one either. This to me is something you'd drink with food when you're not too concerned about how good a beer you have, but want something better than the mass market beers. However, if I was wanting something above average or special, this beer would not fit the bill. I've had 2 Below Ale by New Belgium, and I'd consider it much superior to Fat Tire. Based on my expectations from that one, this one was a bit disappointing.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2008 02:50:10 | More by Vixie
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baseballrock

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - a dark amber color, with about a 1 inch head, that left quite a bit of lacing till the last drink.

S - nothing special slight caramel.

T - taste is balanced, with some notes of sweet honey.

M - mouthfeel was fairly light.

D - a drinkable beer other than being a little pricey on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2008 19:25:52 | More by baseballrock
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Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beautiful amber color with sparkling carbonation and an off white billowy head.

Smell: Fruity esters dominate with a slight malt backbone.

Taste: The crystal/biscuit flavors meld well with the earthy hop flavors. tastes grainy to me.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with some astringency in the end. No puckering though

Drinkablity: Good drinkability. Has great balance and finishes clean. More aroma hops could benefit this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 05:11:36 | More by Squelch
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larsee01

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A--Poured from 12 oz bottle to pint glass. Reddish-orange and clear with a noticeable amount of bubbles ascending. Small, realtively light-colored head

S--Pleasant toasty, malty scent.

T--Welcoming biscuity taste, as advertised. Simple but not boring. Mellow maltiness with a barely detectable hop finish for balance.

M--Moderate carbonation, but it isn't trying to cover anything up. Kind of a dry mouthfeel--but in a good, clean way.

D--Hell yeah! An approachable session beer for just about anybody. I can see why this is so popular.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 05:03:25 | More by larsee01
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Yegg

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright,coppery, sparkling very inviting.

S - A hint of spice, a just out of the oven biscuity aroma. Again inviting.

T - A simple moderate clean biscuity taste. Ever so slightly sweet caramel presence. A very pleasent toasted finish.

F - Full bodied, smooth and pleasing.

D - This is a very good, enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 12:53:10 | More by Yegg
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littleshamrocks

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a best before date printed on the label. Served in a mug.

Pours a light copper with a huge, foamy, off-white head. It has a sparkling clarity and abundant carbonation. The head is mostly lasting and leaves behind an impressive amount of lacing. The aromas are well balanced, first noticing caramel/toasted malt and then some floral and citrus hop scents along side. Flavor is much as advertised by smell, the biscuity malts, with a very noticeable caramel presence, and some herbal and slightly citrus hops. There is an added touch of spice that rounds out the flavors. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-full bodied with a bit of a course texture and some prickly carbonation. Finish is mostly clean.

Overall, I find this beer to be a solid, easy drinking brew that would be good for times when you just want to throw back a few. It has a pretty good balance to the ingredients, with the malts taking a definite lead. It seems to be nicely fit to the style. It is a good, but certainly not great beer that I probably wouldn't seek out, but I would gladly drink another.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 21:44:14 | More by littleshamrocks
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large bottle purchased at BevMo in sunny La Jolla, CA

Once poured into glass, a nice amber color with mediumish tan head

Smell is zesty with hops and spice, nice blend, very warm and inviting.

Taste is a bit filling with bread, hops, and honey on the palate.

MF is nice, sweet, slightly bitter, and very pleasant.

Drinkability is very solid, great beer that I had heard a lot about prior to actually drinking it, should have had one much sooner.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 02:14:53 | More by mltobin
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willjschmidt

California

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured form a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours an amber hue with a thick white head.

S: Biscuity malts with some floral accents.

T: A big malty and bready beer. It's toasty with quite a bit of grain. A good hop taste in the end balances it out quite well. Lots of grain and lots of toasted bread.

M: Medium bodied.

D: A good cross-over craft brew and a bit of a cult classic. There are certainly lots of better craft beers out there but if this gets someone off of BMC then I'm all for it. Another good choice on-tap since it's widely available on draft in California.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 04:50:39 | More by willjschmidt
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assmasterson

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice deep brown, almost has a reddish hue to it.

S: Kind of has a weird smell to it. Almost a faint dirty apple juice aroma mixed with alcohol.

T: Not exactly the best. When poured, had a very strong overcooked biscuit taste to it with an unpleasant aftertaste. Better straight from the bottle, as a lot of the harsh tones are masked.

M: Not too bad, sort of thin, yet sticky. Definitely feels like a macro brew.

D: Not as good. Goes down pretty easily, but the odd flavors keep me from having more than one. I probably won't be picking up any more of it. No...I know I won't.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 03:09:52 | More by assmasterson
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MrIncognito

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a big bottle into a tulipped pilsner glass.

Clear amber/red color, nice white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell of caramel and dark bread. A little sweet in the nose with a draw of Belgian yeast.

Taste is pretty much the same. Not hugely impressive but still tasty. Not much hops to this one. The dark bread and roasted malts take center stage with the chasing Belgian yeast. Nice taste but lacks some umph.

Feel is smooth and light with moderate carbonation. A bit watery and thin for my taste.

A pretty good beer. I wish there was just a bit more to this. Very sessionable and easy-to-drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 16:41:09 | More by MrIncognito
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice, clear brew, somewhere between bronze and amber in colour. Nice two finger off white head formed on a fairly aggressive pour, with nice retention. Fairly mild and finely carbonated.

Bread, caramel and toast from the malts. Pleasant yeastiness, hints at apple. Somewhat surprised at the subtle hopping, with just a kiss of citrus blossom. Flavours much like the nose, no major surprises here, bready and toasty malts with a hint of caramel and melanoidin. To avoid repetition it tastes much like it smells.

Creamy yet finishes dry, slightly wet yet still astringent. Essentially light bodied, with decent malts and some complexity provides for some substance. Subtly hopped, a pleasant surprise, yet there is enough there to provide for some balance in this malt forward brew.

A tasty and very drinkable brew. Its quality and craftmanship reveal themselves in this interesting, tasty, approachable and sessionable brew. This would make for an excellent crossover brew, and I suspect that this is the main reason for its popularity. I'll be bringing this to more than one summer family gathering.

Note that this tasting was done with the beer slightly warmer than the recommended 7C, and was likely done with a 10-12C brew due to my impatience and suspicion that drinking it slightly warmer would reveal any deficiencies, none of which were noted.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 01:28:30 | More by demcorhip
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davidt

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber-gold with a creamy white head. Lots of lacing left after the head drops off. Aroma is yeasty bread. Flavor is very bready, faint caramel in the malt background. I get just a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy with moderate carbonation. A sessionable beer for a lazy afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 20:18:11 | More by davidt
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mnstorm99

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange amber pour with a decent white head that sticks around pretty well.
Faint aromas of sweet malts and PNW hops.
Taste is a nice amber, malty sweetness with a touch of roasted and toasted malts.
Mouthfeel is well carbonated, but I found it a little thin.
I have been critical of the hype this beer gets, but this is a solid beer and with it's availability we almost always have some around.

My wife calls it her new "Miller Lite", now that she won't drink Miller anymore.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 13:25:36 | More by mnstorm99
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Greggy

Minnesota

2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured into my chalice glass, I got a nice 1.5 finger head, that receded rather quickly into a thin lace. The lacing on the glass wasn't ovely impressive but it remained in suspension. The beer had a light copper color and nice clarity.

Smell: Not a ton going on in the nose department but I did pick up some light caramel, a distinct breadiness/biscuit, an uber light hopiness and some malt. I was expecting more, to be honest.

Taste: A very light bready or biscuit tast lingers on the palette but isn't identified, by me, in the initial sip. There wasn't much I could pick out of the taste as it seemed rather 2 dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Smooth feel and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: In Minnesota, these are only available in 22oz bomber bottles. So drinkability for me means, 22 oz at a time. It is ok and beasts out any macro you throw against it, but I could easily think of many other brews to drink intead of it.

Notes: I found this to be quite over-rated and I was quite shocked. This is pretty popular stuff in Minnesota but I think it may be because of the demand giving it some real hype that, in my opinion, it didn't live up to.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 01:22:39 | More by Greggy
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is copper with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers, white and leaves some lace.

The smell is light citrus hops and some malt, some lemon and orange peal.

The taste is ok, a lot of citrus comes out over the malt, the toasted malt is good yet get out shown by the fruity notes.

The mouthfeel is good, just lighter then medium body and ok carbonation.

The drinkability is good, refreshing and drinkable, but not a brew I would go out of my way for. MK

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 00:02:02 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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athensbeermaster

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A light red amber color with a small tan head that dissapates quickly. The nose brings a fruity, yeasty quality that ends in a fresh grain fade. Light body with just enough malt and a zesty mild hop sting. The finish ends with a fresh baked bread taste with a hint of honey. This american session ale can convert even a bud drinker. Very easy to drink several in a row.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 03:24:20 | More by athensbeermaster
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daledeee

Iowa

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a medium brown color. The head is very nice and stays around, thus the good appearance rating.

The nose is less appealing to me. It is some sort of a grassy malty odor. The beer smells fresh just not appealing to me.

The taste is equally balanced between malt and hops. Good carbonated bite. The drawback is that this is kind of watery. This also affects the mouthfeel. Overall pretty enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 03:19:45 | More by daledeee
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abedenbaugh

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since they dont distribute to SC I was lucky to be able to taste a few of these beers while I was out in Colardo skiing.

A:There is a clear filtered amber color. It is very carbonated and has a nice white head.
S:There is a nice malty sweetness to the beer. Also there is a mild fresh hop aroma.
T:There is a very nutty flavor to the beer. The flavor is pairs very well with the rest of the beer. There is some complexity from the hops. On the mid-palate there is some sweetness. Also I noticed some mild fruitness.
MF:Light body.
D:Very easy to drink. There is a light mouth feel so it is easy to drink a few. Also the flavor is not too aggressive, which makes for easy drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 02:13:20 | More by abedenbaugh
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Gmann

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Based off my notes from my LA trip. Pours a clear copper color with an average head that dissipated into a nice cap. The smell is rather disappointing; some light toasted malt. The taste is of toasted malt, roasted peanuts, and a light floral hop in the end. The feel is light but not watery and finishes well balanced. A solid amber brew with some nice toasted/roasted flavors. Good drinkability but I'm not exactly sure what all the hype is over this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2008 04:45:13 | More by Gmann
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JToad

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this a few times this week in Vegas, so I decided id review it.

It pours a copper color, with a nice head.

Smells of biscuit, very malty.

Lightly hopped, but done well. Tastes of biscuits and malt, with a tad bit of spice to it.

Good mouthfeel, not overly thin or too thick.

Drinkability is great on this, I could easily make this a session beer if it were available in Indiana.

Well my wife fell in love with Fat Tire, and my bosses wife who is a Coors Light drinker tried it and really liked it. Its nothing amazing, but a very solid offering that is a easy crossover.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2008 21:06:20 | More by JToad
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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