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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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6,636 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,636
Reviews: 1,800
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 141
Gots: 689 | 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 AgentZero
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden color with a tinge of red. Two finger head on it. Some pretty solid lacing.

S - Roasted caramel malts and a surprisng hop profile, although it is all a bit muted.

T - Actually a very tasty beer. Nice malts, not too sweet, and a nice hop bite on it. Nothing spectacular, but a great take on a red and a nice drinking beer.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation.

D - Not hugely drinkable for the amount of alcohol it has, but did the first one easily enough, had to work through the second.

AgentZero, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of Spica66
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Deep gold color, one-finger head, medium carb.

S: Toasty and caramel.

T: Very nicely balanced between hops and toastiness. I really like this beer.

M: Medium body. Carbonation sparkles.

D: Easy to drink.

I always drink this when I am out in Arizona. I like it very much for a mid-afternoon beer. Not too heavy or light. Very balanced.

Spica66, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of BeerandBeer
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had my first taste of this at a Suns game on tap. It sat well in the frosted glass and was nice going in. The surroundings probaly made it taste better to me than it actually was or the bottle version just doesn't taste as good. The bottle is good, but would call it an average beer. It's definately enjoyable and is an easy pick in most resturaunts when just the bud or miller selections are available.

BeerandBeer, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of SAtaMi
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A deep golden color. Small white head.

Smell - Caramel and roasted malts with a nice crusty bread smell.

Taste - Like the smell the caramel shines through. The toasted bread and roasted malt is very balanced with the hops. Leaves a nice sweetness behind.

Mouthfeel - Mid bodied and crisp. Good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - I like it. New Belgium has a winner here. A nicely balanced beer for any time of the year.

SAtaMi, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of Kemmerlin
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: amber red color filtered with a thin 1 finger width off white head and thin lacing on glass.
S: sweet caramel molasses malt aroma with spices and hops blended very well in the nose.
T: a sharp sweetness in the front followed by light mixture
of aromatic and bitter hops a good mix nontheless.
M/D: light bodied and the sweetness really hits the mouth hard. Altogether a good drinkable beer great anytime you really jut want a cold one.

Kemmerlin, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of bierenutz
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-The color was a clear amber, that much I can say. It took a vigorous pour into a glass to muster a less than finger width thing head that quickly evaporated leaving minimal lacing.
S-Mostly sweet carmel mixed with a sour citrus smell close to cherries. There is faint hop and roasted malt aromas as well.
T-Bready and malty with some bitterness of the hops at the finish.
M-Medium bodied which was surprising given the mild carbonation but it finishes almost flat in texture.
D-I can see how some may like this as their "session" beer, sadly, I'm not one of them. It was just okay, but I was glad to try it after hearing so much about it.

bierenutz, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, it is amber colored. And it has a decent head.

In the nose there is a little honey with some sweet grains. Somewhere there is a barely perceptable, lonely hop.

The taste follows the nose fairly well. Not much going on, but it is pretty easy-going.

In the mouth it feels exactly like a soft drink. I'm still undecided, even after a few days since my notes, if this is a good thing.

Ok, I get it. It's a good introductory beer. They aren't really doing anything wrong. Probably the least offensive beer ever. It's like the Dane Cook of beers, just enough outside of mainstream for you mom to like, too.

RomaniIteDomum, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Light to medium pale amber colour with half as finger of bubbly white head. Some visible carbonation, not not overly carbonated.

S - Crisp bready malts with a slight hop presence.

T - Predominantly malt palate: bready with biscuit. Some toffee and a very slight hop bite.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation.

D - Excellent amber ale. Could drink many, many of these at once. If only they distributed anywhere near me I would constantly stock this in the fridge.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of Phelps
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap Memorial day weekend.

Looks: honeyed. The liquid shimmers a beautiful clear dark amber with a tiny white head that recedes to a ring as I watch.

Smells: classic. Honey, burnt biscuits, bubble gum, rye. Still unique and good.

Tastes: like biscuits. A properly subdued sweetness balances with a good grainy character and some subtle roastiness. Uncomplicated yet solid.

Feels: aqueous. A watery body, plus some very high carbonation combine to result in a rather average mouthfeel.

Drinks: like sensibility. Fat Tire is probably not the best amber you'll ever find, but it's the most widely available, likely the cheapest, and tastes damn fine with a salmon dinner.

Phelps, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of corby112
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber color with a two finger light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Toasty malt aroma with hints of caramel, toffee and hazelnut. There is also a slight earthy hop character in the nose.

Medium bodied with a subtle dry hop presence up front that provides nice balance to the sweet toasty malt notes. The malt flavor is stronger than I expected with hints of caramel, toffee and hazelnut. The toasted character of this beer was really nice without going over the top and provides a nice comlexity that is often missing in this style.

corby112, May 29, 2010
Photo of Goliath
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a two inch light tan head. There is retention and a nice bit of lacing.

The aroma is fine. There is a swwet caramel aroma with a bit of an agressive hay quality. There is also a faint hop aroma in the background.

The taste is fine. A light hop presence adds a bit of bitterness to the beer. The beer is a bit more malt forward though. There's a nice dose of caramel and again I get a hay like character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little on the flat side. It's kind of dull and lifeless.

Drinkability is fairly high. The ABV is relatively low making it a more sessionable beer. The flavor profile is unique but not overly impressive. I can't see myself draining more than a handful of these without getting bored.

Goliath, May 28, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Lee's Discount store in North Las Vegas, it travelled with me for eight days to Utah and Arizona visiting National Parks and the Hoover Dam before being consummed back in Vegas.

Excalibur, Tower 1, room 18-135, overlooking the airport and with views of the Luxor and Mandalay Bay before me. I opened the 22 fl oz bottle, it had been allowed to rest after its journey and had sat on ice in the washbasin for a while before being poured into plastic toothbrush cups.

The body was a clear amber and a small white head of tight bubbles sat on top of each cup, it looked good, even in toothbrush cups.

The aroma was malt, with hints of hops if you sniffed long and hard enough.

The taste was malt with less hops than I remember the draught version giving me, or was I mistaken?

Lovely beer, pity about the vessel used to drink it. My draught one was taken on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, on the patio of El Tovar Hotel, nice.

BlackHaddock, May 25, 2010
Photo of NCBeerman1
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Back in my younger days I like many would drink beer for effect , as well as taste . Price played a huge part in that back then too , being on a budget so I would a lot of times opt for the Michelob Light or Natural Light . Now days , in my 40's , I go for taste first ( still don't mind the effect ) but now days with all the new taxes levied against our beloved suds , I can't always opt for a higher priced beer. I do like to venture out a couple times a month and try something new ( to me ) especially if someone recommended it , and a radio DJ here in the Charlotte area recommended FAT TIRE to me on the air.I finally found some , and I have to say I am glad he did . I really like it . It is NOT the best , but really nice and smooth going down.

NCBeerman1, May 25, 2010
Photo of hdog09
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

True amber color throughout the body of the beer. Light smell from the malts not to overpowering but smells nice. Great taste all I could ask for in an amber ale, carbonation and use of malts are accurate. Very good beer, know wonder why it's New Belgium's flagship beer.

hdog09, May 25, 2010
Photo of branimal9
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bomber shared with Ronzonie at his Haus - 5/20/2010.

Light, coppery golden brown. Meaty, nutty and bready aroma. Taste has hints of hazelnut and caramel. A little yeasty. Medium-bodied and easy drinking. It's a good, not great amber ale. Worth trying and enjoying, but certainly not deserving of all the hype and lust attached to it.

branimal9, May 24, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - thru the white cup caramel near white head leaves slow. Foamy cling.

S light malt light hops. Nice but nthing stand out.

T same for taste as smell. Ok.

M light body good carb. Balance fine ... Not hard to do with this light mix.

D lawn mowing beer.

srandycarter, May 23, 2010
Photo of mytireisfat
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a 22oz bomber poured into a regular pint beer glass

A: A great Amber copper color, 2 finger head, good carbonation.

S: Sweet hoppy flavor.

T: Maybe tastes a bit flat(in a good way i guess), but quite unique taste!

M: Carbonated well, lots of bubbles on the tongue.

D: Can't drink a whole lot, would rather switch it up during the night, but tastes great. a very unique flavor. and also one that friends back in iowa are getting into. which they only drink bud light. so very great! i will buy again, and also have drank a lot of!

mytireisfat, May 22, 2010
Photo of thekanna
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light amber with a decent amount of white head.

S: Subdued hops and faint toasted caramel malts.

T: Strong hops at the outset which leads into a biscuity, toasted rice type taste. Hops are still present but muted in the aftertaste, and mostly the toasted rice shines through.

M/D: Light, juicy, muted carbonation. A relaxing and drinkable brew. Good refresher from the meatball sub I was having.

thekanna, May 20, 2010
Photo of Kwak
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it poured nice from the bottle with a fluffy white head

into a stem beer glass

the hed was thick and stayed with us for almost the whole beer

nice hoppy smell not to overbearing with a little sweetness

little malty flavor in the end

very drinkable had two cant wait to have the other four

Kwak, May 20, 2010
Photo of beerguy04
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-oranga, amber color with a little white head
s- slight carmel and hop aroma
t and m- biscuity and carmel with a hoppy aftertaste
d- one of the better american ambers and im happy about its increased avaliability this one is also a good social beer due to its not real strong

beerguy04, May 11, 2010
Photo of wesclaypool
4.53/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a New Belgium goblet paired up with a Chipotle burrito.

a - Clear, dark orange with a half inch of head.

s - Pretty strong hops aroma with a bit of caramel.

t - Sweet, malty taste with the hops coming through at the very end.

m - Light body with a good amount of carbonation.

d - Very drinkable. Its easy to see why this one is so popular.

wesclaypool, May 11, 2010
Photo of kneeland
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I love ambers and this one doesn't disappoint. Great color, wonderful taste, but not much on the head side. I had never even heard of Fat Tire until last summer, and since then it has blown up. Almost every bar has it on tap now, so it must be a fan favorite. It's definitely one of mine.

kneeland, May 09, 2010
Photo of stewart124
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light copper in color with a centimeter of fluffy white head.

Biscuit and caramel hit the nose first with a nice earthy/citrusy note in the bacground.

Plenty of body and biscuity character with just the right amount hop spice. Light caramel notes with some slight hints of vanilla. This overall character and body really come off just like liquid bread but it drinks so well. The hops are subdued by the malt bill but add a nice subtle citrus and earthy note.

I am a huge fan of the drinkability of this American amber. It is obviously on the malty end of the spectrum but it stands alone among American ambers and has gathered a huge following.

stewart124, May 09, 2010
Photo of Shumista
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

No internet access where we are staying in the Palm Springs area so we came into town to find a coffee shop and get on the internet. Very surprised to find 6 taps at the coffee shop including fat tire, ranger IPA, and stella. Anyways I decided that a beer sounded much better than an iced coffee, so hear I sit with internet access and my beer while my girlfriend checks her email...what to do?

A- Clear amber orange, small white head.
S- Biscuity malt, light hoppiness.
T- Lightly sweet, biscuity malt followed by a slight hop bitterness.
M- Crisply carbonated, pretty refreshing when cold on a hot day in the valley.

A lot of people respond with "oh you mean like fat tire?" when I say I like craft beer. Well no, that's not exactly what I mean, nonetheless very drinkable and pretty tasty on a hot day. I could drink these all afternoon and be pretty happy. Also, much better than an iced coffee...where are the rotating taps Starbucks? This is a pretty good idea.

Shumista, May 08, 2010
Photo of SimpleBeerLover
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A good, reddish amber color.

Smell: Lots and lots of hops and malt right away, with some caramely smell coming out of the bottle as soon as I opened it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very crisp, actually to the beer's detriment since the crispness interferes with the initial flavor, but once its in your mouth, it has a very nice flavor. Very heavy on the hops.

Drinkability: I could put these away all night.

SimpleBeerLover, May 03, 2010
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 6,636 ratings.