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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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6,369 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,369
Reviews: 1,783
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 126
Gots: 584 | 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 Magpie14


3.03/5  rDev -15.6%

A: glowing amber color, very light-clear golden. Lace and head, not to much to talk about

S: dominant toasted malt nose, caramel and cherry sweetness

T: toasted grains and biscuits malts. Sweetness makes me think of lightly toasted coconut paired with caramel. Big and burly toasted amber overall with no hops, or a dash of them, as my tongue tells me

M: carbonation jabs away at smoothness, toasty finish and lighter body are nice

D: to tip a few would be no problem, but it lacks in overall complexity, but thumbs up for a huge toasted malt flavor if that is your thing.
When I lived in Michigan, New Belgium was rare and had sort a elusive stature. Now that I can get it, its average so far...I have yet to drink other brews, but this amber is average

12-04-2008 08:00:13 | More by Magpie14
Photo of seanbhudson


3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear amber color with a small white head that dissipates quickly. There is a little bit of lacing.
Biscuity malts and caramel.
Lightly toasted malts with a light caramel sweetness that is balanced light grassy hops.
Light to medium body with a relatively dry texture. Light fizzy carbonation.
Very drinkable. Enough flavor to make interesting but not heavy at all. However, there is also nothing particularly interesting about the beer.

12-04-2008 02:57:13 | More by seanbhudson
Photo of BeanBone


4.3/5  rDev +19.8%

Appearance: Clear, copper-orange body with a two-finger, off-white head that easily rises above the edge of the glass. Lacing is brilliant and really lasts.

Aroma: Fat Tire has always been a bit thin on the nose. What you can detect is sweet, biscuity malt and a whiff of citrus.

Taste: Lightly-roasted, sweet, biscuity malt is the center-piece of Fat tire. A subdued, earthly hop-bitterness helps to balance the malt. Occasional shades of booze at the finish. The biscuity malt endures in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, somewhat creamy, and medium-bodied. Carbonation is moderate, in keeping with the style.

Drinkability: I know for a fact that one can drink a twelve pack in the course of an evening. I guess that says it all really.

Verdict: Fat tire is a nicely balanced, biscuity Amber Ale. Securely above average, but certainly not the most exciting beer in the New Belgium stable. A terrific "gateway beer," If there's ever been one.

12-03-2008 21:29:28 | More by BeanBone
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

This is the NB flagship beer available EVERYWHERE in the Southwest. Out of a bottle it poured out a light amber color leaning towards the orange side. The head was one finger thick, retained fairly well and left nice streaks of lacing. The aroma was mostly toasted and caramel malt with some spicy hops underneath that. The flavors were similar, malt dominated, slightly earthy with a good balance of floral hops. The finish was just a little sour however. The body was medium, the carbonation right on and the mouthfeel average. Nothing outstanding but a great session beer and very approachable.

12-01-2008 22:11:18 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of eagles22


4.38/5  rDev +22%

Appearance is hazey orange red with a 1 finger white head

Smell: lot of toasted malt and hops

Taste: little hint of chocolate and toasted malts also hints of hop very smooth not bitter at all

Mouthfeel: not thin at all leaves you wanting more

Drinkability: i can drink this beer all night...great for session

11-30-2008 09:30:00 | More by eagles22
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly hazed yellow/copper color with a fluffy beige head that left lots of lacing on the glass.

S - nutty, malty aroma.

T - hazel nut and light cocoa flavors with a light bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - goes down easy, a few could be had.

11-26-2008 00:37:07 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of stcules


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Light amber, one finger of a beige head, lively carboantion.
A lightly toasted malt in the smell, with an herbal hop note.
Malty taste, with a fresh and plesant hop.
The carbonation helps the drinkability. Plesant and drinkable.
A quite hopped aftetaste, with light spicy notes.
Even some roasted hazelnut in the smell.

11-24-2008 19:23:40 | More by stcules
Photo of humanawho


3.78/5  rDev +5.3%

A - light amber color with a fair white head and good lacing

S - nice malty-earthy aroma, a little dirt, and sweetness comes through

T - light earthyness and a little black pepper flavor

M - good mouhtfeel strong carbanation but a little thin

D - very high drinkablity smooth and light

11-23-2008 00:22:28 | More by humanawho
Photo of imagineiii


3.28/5  rDev -8.6%

Thanks to yamar for this brew. ive heard alot about it, and it cant quite possibly live up to its hype ("the best beer in the world" according to more than one person)

A: Poored into my imperial pint glass. 2 solid fingers of fluffy off white head. Beer doesnt show much carbonation tho.

S: biscuit malt, caramel. simple but balanced.

T: Tastes like bread. Wheres the carbonation? Boring, but session-able. Hops are very understated.

M: Without carbonation, its syrupy.

D: Without carbonation, hops, and alot of flavor, this beer is the epitomy of drinkable. I can understand where the hype comes from on that front...

This beer was exactly what I expected it to be: a drinkable session ale that appeals to the masses. gotta appreciate what this beer does for the craft world tho; otherwise, people would just drink bud light. Im glad this beer is as popular as it is, and ill session with it sometime, but it didnt change my life like i was told it would.

11-23-2008 00:13:13 | More by imagineiii
Photo of Hawthorne


4.33/5  rDev +20.6%

It'd been about eight years since I had my last one of these, so when I was in Albuquerque for a conference I couldn't wait to dive into one. I was reacquainted with this brew via the tap and it was as memory suggested, pleasant and enjoyable; no frills, just malty goodness.
Appearance: from the tap in a frosty mug - yes it was very appealing!
Smell: nice malt
Taste: delightful!
Drinkability: I had several and am a better person for it.

11-22-2008 21:51:28 | More by Hawthorne
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

Rust in color with a thin wispy moderate sized head. Head recedes kind of fast but leaves nice sticky lacing behind.
Smells like homemade biscuits with hints of pear. Oddly this combination works.
Caramel malts with kind of a doughy flavor. Hints of good ole southern sweet tea. A bit of pear in the finish.
Medium bodied with a dry finish.
Pretty average amber with great sessionability.

11-22-2008 03:13:08 | More by wcudwight
Photo of bluejacket74


3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

12 ounce bottle, best before 12/12/2008. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. The aroma is toasted and caramel malt, bread, and a little bit of fruit and grassy/herbal hops. It tastes like toasted malt, biscuit, peppery spice, ginger, nuts and caramel. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's crisp and has average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it goes down easy and it's easy to drink. Not a bad choice as an occasional session beer, either. If New Belgium ever started to distribute their beers to Ohio I'd buy Fat Tire again from time to time.

11-22-2008 00:21:56 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of SFLpunk


3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

Thanks to my girlfriend for bring me back this bomber and a matching pint glass from her recent trip to Fort Collins, CO.

22oz brown bottle, with freshness stamp on label (16JAN09). Poured into a Fat Tire pint glass.

Appearance: Bright amber and really clear. A thick, fluffy white head formed, and faded slowly leaving a little lacing, and a stable coat across the surface.

Nose: Roasted malt (I think of a really mild lapsang souchong), black tea, some fruity-esters. This is what I imagine a traditional British house to smell like around the holidays.

Palate: That roasty/smoked black tea thing is amazing and mingles with flavors of citrus and glazed pear tarts. The carbonation is rather light, and the beer is really balanced between bitterness and fruitiness. The underlying earthiness (tea) is a perfect addition to this amber ale. Way out on the finish, there is a note of nutmeg or clove.

Notes: A really drinkable beer, I see why people ask for it constantly out here on the East Coast (I've worked in Boston, and now in Burlington, VT). It packs a lot of flavor for a beer that seems very filtered and/or racked. I was expecting something more Belgian in style (this is my first experience with a New Belgium brew), but find it to be very British in character. Anyone else get that?

(The only exception to this is my later discovery of a spice note, way out on the finish and as the beer warms. Clove?)

11-21-2008 04:41:52 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of philbe311


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

A - Color is quite unique... Reminicent of a shade of light rust... A hazy mix of gold and brown... Fluffy, slightly off white head is comprised of big bubbles... Standard carbonation and solid head retention...

S - Very mild... Slight hints of malt... Bread crumbs and fried foods... Perhaps some spice and pepper notes...

T - Quick hit of malty caramel sweetness... Turns quickly biscuity in the middle... Finishes with a slight fruit taste and minor hints or herbalness... Minor nutty notes appear as part of the follow through and aftertaste...

M - Medium bodied... Strong carbonation... Lush and smooth... Silky... A little thin...

D - Very easy drinking... Not complex, but simple and solid... A great brew to relax with and friends... Highly sessionable...

11-21-2008 03:29:09 | More by philbe311
Photo of redjameskidd


3.38/5  rDev -5.8%

appearance: It looks good in a glass. Small, off-white head.

smell: Doesn't really smell like much.

taste: Biscuit. I've never tasted a beer that had such an obvious presence of biscuit. It's malty, and then there's this taste like a biscuit from a Cracker Barrel restaurant...a good or bad thing, depending on your point of view, I suppose.

mouthfeel: Very smooth, velvety.

drinkability: If you liked biscuit, you could be tossing these back all night.

11-16-2008 21:32:13 | More by redjameskidd
Photo of bort11


4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Finger's width of head that quickly recedes. Leaves a thin ring around the surface and spots of lacing clings to the glass with each sip. Color is a clear bright coppery amber.

Smell is mildly sweet. Hints of chocolate, tobacco leaf, and hints of ginger. Taste has a lot of chocolate characteristics that finishes with a mild mineral after taste.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a scrubbing carbonation. This is very drinkable. I suppose I have just overlooked Fat Tire just because it is so available. Won't make that mistake again.

11-15-2008 03:35:11 | More by bort11
Photo of haver


3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

I drank a lot of Fat Tire in 1994 when I was living in boulder, Colorado. This Beer is hard to come by in Ohio, so when I have a friend going to Chicago I ask for a favor. This Beer is very drinkable, and the smell of cherry scones always come to mind. Hop heads will be disappointed because the malt is up front. This is a great intro Beer for people who want to delve into craft beer. Smooth, refreshing, very good!

11-15-2008 01:33:45 | More by haver
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a light off white head. Color is a hazy orange... not amber at all. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell is of hops. This is a very distinct smell, one of which I haven't smelt before. Kind of fruity. There is definitely a caramel taste to this beer, along with the floral hops that are heavily present. For only being a 5.2% beer, the presence of alcohol is way high. I have drank much higher and not tasted the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is great... very, very smooth. Mouthfeel is definitely the best part of this beer. Light bodied.

I have had this on tap and it is by far way better. On tap, the color is actually amber. Overall, I wouldn't buy this if I was looking for an Amber... it just doesn't seem to fit the style very well. However, I do enjoy it, because of all the hops.

11-15-2008 00:18:10 | More by mothman
Photo of roadhouse


3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Appears a hazy orange-amber with a half inch off-white head that sinks to a skim. A bit of lacing left behind.

Aroma is quite fruity reminding me a bit of apple juice. There are some toasty notes along with some caramel as well.

The taste is fruity up front with some caramel sweetness and midway through the toasty flavors creep in as the fruit fades into the finish with a mild hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, crisp and drinkable.

Pretty good stuff though it's not my favorite. Definitely a good starter beer to try and convert macro drinkers.

11-14-2008 05:36:45 | More by roadhouse
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (BB: Jan. 19th 2009) into my shaker glass. Appears a super clear amber color with barely a finger of off-white foam. Smells grassy with a touch of caramel malt. Tastes of biscuity, bready grains, lightly toasted sweet malts, a little nutty with a touch of hoppy bitterness. Pretty tasty. Medium in both body and carbonation. To me, this beer is rather drinkable. A very good "bowling alley beer". After hearing the good and the bad about this beer for many years, I'm glad I finally got around to trying it. I went in not expecting much and was pleasantly surprised.

11-14-2008 03:57:28 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of jneiswender


3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

On tap and poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A-nice white head and a yellow-brown body
S-very floral, alpine grass
T-biscut, bread-like taste with a nice hop bite.
D-nice beer overall, very drinkable beer. Could drink this all night. High in alcohol for a session but still...

11-13-2008 23:07:15 | More by jneiswender
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

A 22 oz. bottle...

From copper to light red depending on light. Brief head but a nice bishop's collar up top. Clear and bright. Frosty & nice.

A bit of a weak aroma but pleasant. Malt heavy (typically amber red) but with a mild flowery hop in the nose.

Heavy, thick malt. A little roasted with German character. The Hops are secondary and mild. It's solid, not mind-blowing. A bit more roasted as it warms up. Hops are of the hallertauer/German variety.

It's a thick, creamy amber. Good to drink on an empty stomach. Goes well with a juicy burger. A solid beer. Could use more hops, but fine overall.

11-02-2008 22:44:12 | More by williamherbert
Photo of SugarMagnolia13


4.13/5  rDev +15%

Appearance: Fat Tire pours a dark, deep, crystal clear amber-red. A large off-white head slowly decreases over the course of the beer leaving a wonderful, sticky lace.

Smell: A strong caramel, woody malt undertone that was accompanied by a faint fruitiness

Taste: Similar to the smell. Caramel malt and nuttiness are the main notes on this brew. I expected a bit of a hop bitterness at the end but instead I was greeted by a nice, spicy sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Way too thin for the taste of this beer. Reminded me of rusty tap water at times and put me off of this beer. By and far Fat Tire's weakest point.

Drinkability: Would be very easy to drink these if not for the thin mouthfeel. After two or so I am put off by the thinness.

11-02-2008 18:33:13 | More by SugarMagnolia13
Photo of jjanega08


3.95/5  rDev +10%

I got this on tap at a bar that I don't think really knows how to serve beer but here goes
A= deep amber color with no head and respectable lacing.
S= malt kind of a sweet smell made my mouth water
T= great malt flavor, sweet with a touch of bitterness at the end. Very distinctive breaks in the initial hit, hold, and swallow
M= great heavy feel perfect combo with the flavor
D= good beer to sit at the bar and sip on for a while. Loved it

11-02-2008 01:56:33 | More by jjanega08
Photo of LordofTime25


3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

Pours a nice clear amber color with a big off-white head that last till your done drinking with good lacing.

You can smell lots of caramel malts with a subtle hop spice aroma.

You can taste the caramel malts as you drink and it finishes with a spicy bitterness too it.

A medium bodied beer with a average carbonation!

A delicious beer!

10-31-2008 22:38:03 | More by LordofTime25
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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