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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

6,186 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 6,186
Reviews: 1,781
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 123
Gots: 509 | 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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donaldchapman

Colorado

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - clear amber color, with a frothy white head.

S - Pretty neutral aromas, bready with slight hops

T - Bready flavors dominate, with a slight hop bitterness.

M - Crisp, medium body with appropriate carbonation.

This beer is very well made, the flavors are all pretty neutral and bland compared to New Belgium's other beers. I think the can does improve this beer as compared to the bottle.

Serving type: can

07-14-2008 15:58:47 | More by donaldchapman
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giblet

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked this one up while visiting misery or missouri. poured a decent amba color into my glass with decent head and carbonation. the carbonation slowed and the head dissapated. decent smell of lightly roasted malts. tasted good but expected a bit more hop finish. some lacing down the glass. i would like a bit more hop finish and this would really shine.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

p.s. had this on tap a day after the bottle. same.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 10:50:03 | More by giblet
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.7/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

New Belgium just dropped here in Tn and this is one of the 3 available brews thus far. I've really enjoyed the other 2 so I'm looking forward to this one as well.

This pours out a rich deep amber color with a huge fluffy head and plentiful carbonation. Shelves of lacing down the glass throughout.. Awesome!

Beautiful aroma of warm fresh baked bread, rich and malty backed with the faintest of hops. Smells very inviting..

Oh, man I'm in love here. Rich, malty deliciousness that reminds me of a loaf of warm fresh buttered loaf of bread. The richness of the malt tastes wonderful going down.

Ok, I've found a new favorite session brew in this. It pretty much everything I look for in a session brew...delicious, not too heavy, and goes well with anything.

Hooray New Belgium! Thank you for making it to TN!!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 22:11:32 | More by Tilley4
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wdempster

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first experience with this brewer and I must say I am quite impressed. Nice hops taste and mouth-feel with some complex flavors (chocolate?) and some caramel after notes. Fairly low on carbonation as evidenced by the thin head, but, tasty nevertheless. I am a fan of belgian ales, and while this really doesn't qualify (brewer's name non-withstanding), I find it to be highly drinkable in the same manner. Still on my first bottle, so this may not be sustainable, but, so far, a very enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 00:29:42 | More by wdempster
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ClavisAurea

New York

4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't know how many times I have had this beer. It is my drink of choice at the BBQ.

Consumed in a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep golden, almost auburn hue
Smell: Bread-like, low hop, almost sweet
Taste/Mouthfeel: classic biscuit beer flavor, not too sweet, high drinkability, taste like fresh baked bread with hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 00:28:18 | More by ClavisAurea
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barleysandwich

British Columbia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the most unique beers I have ever had. I was impressed, it has a real biscuit or toast flavour to it.

I bought a 6 pack when I was on holiday in California, I really enjoyed it and only wish I could buy it here in Canada.

Having said how much I enjoyed this beer, I don't think I could drink more than two at any time. It does have a real rich flavour and was quite filling.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 23:51:22 | More by barleysandwich
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Spidey13

Kentucky

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

Fat Tire pours a crystal clear amber/brown with an off-white head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The smell has lots of caramel with underlying spicy/grassy hops. I also detected a hint of sulfur in there, that I wasn't too thrilled about.

The taste starts with light sweet malt followed by a bit of spiciness from the hops. Not much bitterness. Some nice breadiness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-thing with medium-high carbonation.

This is a pretty good drinker, though nothing that will blow your socks off.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 11:04:48 | More by Spidey13
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BucBasil

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a clear medium orange color. Head is off-white, 2 and a half fingers thick, and has good retention.

Smell: Toasted and biscuit malts up front with a caramel sweetness, along with a balancing floral hop.

Taste: Very bready and biscuity. Toast comes through strongly as well. Slight brown sugar sweetness. Hops make an appearance in the finish playing a balancing role, then biscuit flavor ties things up.

Notes: Very mild and very drinkable. A solid crossover brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 01:06:31 | More by BucBasil
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KBomb

Minnesota

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

Fat Tire shines a beautiful red-copper with one finger of head on top. The smells of sweet biscuit, faint hops, and tiny bit of citrus and spice. The taste is about what you can imagine: rich balanced flavors of American Amber Ale. There are no flavors out of the ordinary save for a hint of apple or pear at the very end of a sip. Moderately high carbonation brightens the flavors quite a bit. Not too heavy.

This is a good beer for being a consistent good character, not for any particular innovation of flavor. Caramel malts that are well balanced produce a very drinkable beer that rarely dissapoints, even if it doesn't particularly excite. It is not hard to drink more than a few of these. Detractors have taken to "poo-pooing" this brew-- you gotta know going into this thing that it aint no DIPA or Imperial whatever. It is what it wants to be, a quality amber ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2008 02:03:46 | More by KBomb
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Rootdog316

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber body. Medium sweet caramel aroma. Taste is malty, medium sweet and light caramel. Mild malty finish. While fairly flavorful, this beer is definitely designed not to offend. A nice beer, nothing particularly special, but one I can imagine drinking all night long. Mild bitter aroma succumbs to mild maltiness when you taste it. Amber hue, medium head.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2008 21:18:21 | More by Rootdog316
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a can on my last trip south to Ft Collins.

The pour is a clear gold with a 3 finger head of foam. Good retention and some good lacing.

The smell has notes of sweet malt, some biscuit, and somwe nuttiness. Also a faint nose of citrus.

The taste follows the nose and the samples I've had in bottles except I think there's more of the nutty character here and that's what I like about drinking it on tap at the brewery when I visit. Still not as good as there but, it's tasty and pretty drinkable and if the cans show up in Casper some day, I'll buy some.

Serving type: can

07-03-2008 23:31:20 | More by Bitterbill
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

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

This pours a beautiful dark brownish amber with a thick, cream-colored, fairly persistent head. Aroma is not strong but is richly malty and a little spicy. Malt dominates the strong flavor, which has hints of cloves and cinnamon. Texture is smooth, making this a very enjoyable ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2008 00:23:51 | More by Cyberkedi
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Gehrig

Illinois

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

I grabbed this at the sterling Sun Singer with lunch today. A full finger of white foam tops a brown body with golden highlights. Good lacing on the pint glass. Modest chocolate and caramel malts, all lightly toasted. Somewhat floral hopped tasted with rather bitter malt, like a peppery butterscotch, I like the combination and the more bitter taste was a pleasant surprise. Creamy with moderate hop texture is quite good also. Very drinkable and enjoyable on a warm day on the patio, definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 23:03:08 | More by Gehrig
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hoppyserpent

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer many times from the bottle locally but I am reviewing it as it was poured from supposedly fresh kegs at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in CO. The beer is a dark amber color with a sweet taste. It did not impress me as anything special. It's average, at best, in the micro-brew category. Perfectly fine as a drink to quench your thirst and to get drunk but do not expect anything special.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2008 05:48:38 | More by hoppyserpent
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Rayek

Colorado

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

A: Slightly hazy copper colored beer. White head is small and doesn't retain particularly well. Small carbonation bubbles. Left only small spots of lace.

S: Fruity and malty. Caramel sweetness plus hints of apple and lemon.

T: Toasted and caramel malts up front. Hops add a well balanced bitterness and nice lemon tartness. Finishes fairly clean with residual lemon and biscuit flavors.

M: Medium body with just the right amount of fizz. A little slick on the tongue.

D: Good session brew. Not particularly daring. A safe bet for someone who is ready to wander outside the realm of mainstream beers.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2008 04:44:43 | More by Rayek
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gfreed

Massachusetts

2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had three of these while in south-central Nebraska as a way to avoid drinking A-B products. Most restaurants carry this as a micro-brew alternative, but I found it rather uninteresting. It has a nice copper color, but the head was flat, as was the aroma. There was a bit of initial bite from the carbonation and some hoppy attributes, but overall I'd rate it an escape hatch rather than something to seek out. If you're looking for a decent American amber ale, hunt down Otter Creek Copper or Lagunitas Censored.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 01:29:26 | More by gfreed
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Kyle987

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dull orangish-tan body, with an average head that stuck around the edges until the end. Decent lacing.

Smell was very fresh, and, as another reviewer said, subtle. A little bit of hops, a little bit of malt.

Taste was very pleasant, but not remarkable in any particular way; a good balance of malt and hops.

I really enjoyed the mouthfeel; a solid fullness, but not heavy, and when you swallow it down it leaves you strangely both satisfied and wanting more.

Nothing here is really incredible, but everything comes together to make a very good, extremely drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 01:25:44 | More by Kyle987
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Chugmonkey

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had this gem on tap and in bottles. Hint of caramel, hint of nutty biscuit, slight fruity sensation from the unique yeast. But all of these are barely detectable and combine for a uniquely crafted beer. On tap it is super mega drinkable, and it just disapears in my glass. It is a really light amber, not a big hoppy red if that is what you are after.

Kind of odd that I like this one so much, I usually demand more character from a brew. I think I just really appreciate the delicate balance of it.

I have had excellent success homebrewing this one. Beer mail me for a recipe.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2008 14:57:50 | More by Chugmonkey
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IPAcraig

Tennessee

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

I have never had the opportunity to try this beer; perhaps one of the few BAs who have never had it, until now. Poured from a 22oz commemorative "Now Voluntarily available in Tennessee" bottle.

A good looking transparent amber body with a one finger head that fizzled and left little lacing.

Faint semi-sweet biscuity aroma. Good but nothing special.

Has a slight grassy hop bitterness finish to compliment the same light sweetness that was apparent in the nose.

The body is fairly large for this beer, but within the style. Very nice.

A nice beer indeed. Easy drinker with some good flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 18:24:55 | More by IPAcraig
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witster18

Tennessee

3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bomber...newly avail in tenn... this is a fresh bottle..

pours amber... .5" head....leaves quick...nose is biscut caramel malt. Easy drinker... this is like a yuengling amber only done rt. nice balance and smooth.

really not complex....love the taste and drinkability.... head and mouthfeel could be a little tighter but I ain't complaining.

nice label.

finish is kinda like an iced french vanilla coffee.... always a good choice...perhaps a tad overpriced....but this came a long way and it's fresh which is more than what most brews can say here in Chattanooga.

I could roll through these....

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 01:53:55 | More by witster18
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Teke0611

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on Fat Tire in the can. It proclaims "can conditioned" on the package and supposedly it's better this way than in the bottle. Well, my impression of normal FT is that it is a decent beer with a 'bloody nose' aftertaste.

On to the can.. On opening, it sounded just like a SKA Brewing ESB or a Dales Pale. Nothing spectacular. Smells just like it should, be it on tap from the brewery or in the bottle. I think the taste might be a little better, as I didn't get as much of the aftertaste, but I admit that's probably the can doing its job of snuffing out my sniffer. This is amazingly drinkable this way - I could see myself doing a dozen of these on the golf course!

Serving type: can

06-19-2008 23:17:17 | More by Teke0611
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Contagion

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When poured into a glass it forms about a quarter inch white head with large bubbles. The head fades fast leaving a film on the top of the beer and some lacing on the side of the glass. There is a deep clear amber color to it. Light passes through easily with no problems.

I had difficulty making out the full scent of the beer initially. The scent was not weak, just very subtle. There was a pleasant combination of malts with a citrus accent. The taste was very mild. It had a light malt flavor with a mild hop backbone. There was just a hint of bitterness that enhanced the flavor. There is almost no aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied beer with a light carbonation to it. It's very easy to drink and leaves almost no coating in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 01:00:44 | More by Contagion
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punkindrublic50

New York

4.75/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lets put it this way: before leaving Denver I managed to pack 28 New Belgium beers into my luggage to bring back to Jersey (no casualties), mostly Fat Tire. Compared to many of the exotics from Belgium and other American microbreweries Fat Tire really isnt that impressive, but it is a clean crisp refreshing ale that you can drink all day any day and never get sick of. The flavor isnt overpowering, just a light sweet combination of malt, spices and hops. One of my biggest torments in life is that NB isnt sold in New Jersey, and isnt likely to be any time soon. Those of you in the midwest - I dont think you appreciate how good of a daily drinker you have on hand.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 21:35:06 | More by punkindrublic50
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sammy44

Alabama

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap at Outback Pub (not affiliated with the restaurant chain) in Branson, MO. Ok, I really had 3.

Appearance was good, reminded me of Newcastle Brown in the way it looked and in its smoothness but much more flavor, body, and aroma. So I guess that would make this a better version of a popular brown ale.

I would definitely recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2008 20:00:53 | More by sammy44
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hwwty4

Missouri

2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. This beer pours a light amber red with a bit of a brownish tinge when removed from the light. Here is my biggest problem with this beer. It smells and tastes like sour milk. Not bad milk, just slightly soured milk and I get it from every pint/bottle of Fat Tire that I drink. I don't know if it's my odd senses or if there is some soured Lactose put in the wort. I find it so dominating that the soured milk smell overwhelms everything else. The taste is much the same, but its not as dominating. There are also roasted grains, and a bit of sweet chocolate that comes through in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit fuller than I expected for the style, which I found enjoyable. While there are a couple beers that I really enjoy from New Belgium, this is not one of them.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 17:51:33 | More by hwwty4
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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