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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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6,124 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,124
Reviews: 1,781
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 122
Gots: 473 | 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 jar2574


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

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass. Nice, off-white head. Light amber colored beer. Lacing is slightly above average as the beers is downed.

Smells of sweet fruit and maybe a touch of pine. Malts as well.

The taste is mellow and slightly sweet, as if there were a touch of honey in the beer. Very quaffable though. More malty than hoppy. Nice on a hot summer day. It could get a little sticky and sweet after a few rounds, for some.

I've had bunches of these lately because it's the best thing on tap at my local dive bar. This beer does not wow you, but it does what it sets out to accomplish -- provide quality at an affordable price. I think the taste is unique as well, which sets it apart from other beers geared toward mass consumption. Very good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 00:01:57 | More by jar2574
Photo of franksnbeans


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

Pours a dark golden amber with minimal head and lace. Smells of citrus, fig and roasted malt. Tastes refreshing with mild fruit, mild sweet malt and a touch of hops. Finishes crisp. Light in the mouth with great carbonation. Great beer to develope the pallate for a true craft beer and this drinks like an ice cold water on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 09:31:57 | More by franksnbeans
Photo of tgbljb


4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured amedium amber color with moderate slightly off-white puffy head.
Smell is significant for caramel with some light hop backtones.
Taste also presents with some strong caramel notes with only a very mild hop influence,
Finish is more of the sweet caramel malt, and is very refreshing.
A very easy-to-drink beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 00:12:15 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Overlord


2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A decent brew, but certainly not one of my favorites.

A slight amount of hops, a fruit after-taste, and the beer was neither oversweet nor overly bitter. Mellow, good tasting, and pretty drinkable.

If there was one aspect I really didn't care for, it was the mouthfeel. Just felt weird, almost slimy...if that makes any sense. I don't know if the carbonation was off, or what, but this was not a pleasant beer to "chew on".

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 17:56:33 | More by Overlord
Photo of pmcadamis


3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this on-tap at a tiny little place called Van's Tavern that was attached to our hotel in St. Louis.

A - Clear amber brew with a massive three finger head of rocky white foam and lots of nice lace sticks to the glass. Quite the looker.

S - Musky and earthy malts with some vinegar notes. Sweet and dusky with some funky characteristics...it smells OK, but I had to really stick my nose in and basically snort beer up my schnoz to detect any aroma at all. More assertive on tap.

T - Sweet and malty right off the bat with some big fruity fruitcake flavors. Some nice citrus hop flavors are there too. The rich carrot cake or fruitcake malts remind me of a watered down oktoberfest brew. The label says that the brewer's focus here was balance, and I'd say that they achieved that pretty well. It is malt-forward, but there are enough citrusy pale ale like hops to keep it in check.

M - Medium bodied and slightly oily on the palate with low levels of carbonation. The finish is neutral, sweet, and pretty clean.

D - A great session brew, but you get the feel that it's really made for the masses. Its a tasty but uncomplicated brew that goes down easy enough and compliments food well, it just lacks any sort of "wow" factor. This one seems much fresher and quenching on tap than in the bottle. I had four of these that night at Van's, and for me that is a major session.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2007 18:16:32 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

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

At the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco...but I really could have had it anywhere!

Coppery-red pour with about 3/4 inch of head subsides quickly and leaves just a bit of lace. Medium carbonation. Aroma is heavy on the malt, lots of biscuit and cracker with a light floral sweetness and a bit of noble hop earthiness. Pretty clean.

Taste is pretty sweet with a bit, forward malt presence with toasted biscuit and caramel dominating with a bit of a grainy finish. There's a suggestion of hops in a light floral note, but nothing obtrusive. Creamy in the mouth with a medium-light body. Downright chuggable but a bit boring, nonetheless, it's a good session ale and I can see why it's popular with the crossover crowd.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 23:24:19 | More by trevorwideman
Photo of umustdrink


2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Still orangey amber color. White head fades to an eighth inch. Average lacing, just above the head.

S - Very faint smell, some caramely malts with very faint hops.

T/M - Starts out somewhat viscose and a sharp carbonation hit, then an almost chocolatey roasted malt. Hops taste green and bitter but not very prevalent, it seems the roasted malt flavor is balanced by the carbonation. Finish leaves a toasted cereal malty flavor.

D - I like ambers a lot and this is not a terrible beer, but I wouldn't go back to it if I wanted an amber, as there are much better ambers available to me.

The beer store I work at just got in three New Belgium beers (Fat Tire, 1554 and Mothership Wit).

1554 was crap, this one was just okay and I liked Mothership the best.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 02:16:11 | More by umustdrink
Photo of WaveRebel51


3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What else can be said about this classic? It's been a while since I had this, so I decided to pick up a 6-pack a few days ago to get re-acquianted. It is what it is -- an amber ale with a nice, biscuit-like flavor of toasted malts with a small hint of hop bitterness. A delicious, simple beer for all occassions.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 15:45:29 | More by WaveRebel51
Photo of Clockwork420


4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Glass Stein.

Apperance was amazing amber (duh...) color. Nice head.
Actually took a picture of it. Little bubbles. Nice.

Smell was kinda sweet and corny. Not skunky or over powering.
That was all I got.

Taste was semi sweet. Easy to drink.
This quickly became a favorite now.
The taste kinda taste almost earthy. At first I thought it was too carbonated. But now I know it is perfect. Or close to what I imagine is a great one for the price.

Along with that earthy mouthfeel came this number.
This beer speaks for itself...
And so forth with the drinkablilty.

This is simply amazing to me for a 2.39 22oz bottle came this good. Im astonished.

I now have a new favorite.


First beer I drank on tap.
And its better that way.
Belive it.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 06:13:18 | More by Clockwork420
Photo of bluemoonswoon


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

22oz bottle served in one of those old timey coke glasses (hey that's all I had available at the time). No freshness date.

A: The coke glass was pretty well suited to hold the head on this beer and formed a decent two inch off-white head that faded into a cap about halfway through the glass and left decent lacing down the sides of the glass. Pours a dark amber (as to be expected) a bit darker than the American Amber and St. Rogues Red from the Rogue brewery and quite bubbly. Good looking but not great.

S: For some reason I remember this being a bit fruiter, maybe I'm just used to smelling Rouge's amber ales but this one was huge on the malts. Big bread and biscut smell that while very fresh seemed to me unbalanced, just maltss thrown in my face with an underlying hop citrus scent, very minimal though.

T/MF: Tastes much like it smells, big fresh bread and biscut not too sweet and balanced nicely with the hops. The hops are there but not overtly noticable, they appear more in the finish rather than when the beer first hits the tongue. The bottle says it was going for the bready taste and it accomplished that.

D: Pretty damn drinkable but very filling, had to share some of the 22oz bottle and when I was done I felt like I ate an entire meal. Nice late summer early fall beer, there are better ambers out there though.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 16:14:06 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of RixBeer


4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- orangish colored, two finger head, lightly carbonated, plenty of sticking.

S- Very malty, floral and citrus notes, doughy/yeasty (bready)

T- The taste carries through but in a smaller dose than the smell. It has a great taste without being overly anything. Just a great all around, tastey beer! Leaves a dry pastey taste on the tongue. Very biscuity aftertaste.

M- Medium body, decnt carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. This beer is very different than what i recall. I could and would have more than just a few of these. Overall a good easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 03:49:57 | More by RixBeer
Photo of linuxn00b2004


4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good stuff this is!

When I turned 21, this was my first beer (although it was on tap then). Delicious!

It is, of course, a dark beer. Completely opaque in a stein. Forms a nice frothy head.

The smell is spectacular. Dark, malty, slight ester notes, and generally delicious.

The taste is, well, delicious (notice a theme here?). As most others have said, the hop presence is not very strong. Malt and biscuit are the predominant flavors here, as well as a hint of mushrooms. It's also very... toasted. My father says the taste is far too burnt for his liking (although, take into account that all he buys is Icehouse or Busch).

Mouthfeel is quite good. Carbonated well enough.

This is a spectacular beer. This beer is the reason I never got into macro brews. Before I turned 21, my father gave me O'douls and (one) Busch beer, so I should have turned out liking the swill put out by BudMillCoor. However, I did not, and have this beer to thank for that. In a word, delicious.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 03:06:01 | More by linuxn00b2004
Photo of shadow1961


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

New Belgium's Fat Tire pours a nice stiff head over a clear
amber brew. Carbonation is listless and the nose is fruity
yeast esters and barley malt. The flavor is sweetish toasty,
nutty barley malt up front, with a bit of an herbal hop finish.
The mouthfeel is dry and crisp. It's not a bad beer at all, but
the catchet surrounding this particular beer is puzzling con-
sidering the rest of New Belgium's lineup. People really need
to drink more. Anyway- it's pretty solid stuff, and I love the fact
they put an old coaster brake bike like the one I had when I was
a kid on the label.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 07:38:07 | More by shadow1961
Photo of kenito799

New York

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20oz pint poured at the Red Lion, Vail.

After a long hot hike this was just what I needed. Medium amber color with a small head that recedes to a ring, but leaves lots of nice lacing. Not much aroma to speak of, maybe a little malt, but thi swas also served very cold. Mouthfeel crisp. Flavor has a nice mild dry toasty effect that is quite refreshing and very drinkable. Good session beer, no complaints at all.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2007 22:33:54 | More by kenito799
Photo of swat93


4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber with a nice head in the glass. Malt nose and taste -- nutty/chocolate nicely balanced with hoppy floral/citrus note. Not too sweet, not too bitter. Nice beer. On the first part of the bottle, I felt like I got malty chocolatey nutty notes in the glass more than hoppy cloral citrus notes, then, later, I felt like I got more hoppy notes.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 19:04:37 | More by swat93
Photo of MrMcGibblets


3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a great gateway beer, as i have known many macro drinkers who can enjoy this one. as for myself, before i got turned onto some other beers like alpha king, etc., i used to really dig this beer. it seems that amber/red ales are a great place to start turning away from macro swill.
this is a deep clear amber with an off white head and lacing. caramel malts, doughy notes in the nose along with earthy/musty, sour fruit, and vegetal aromas. taste doesn't quit live up to the complexity of the nose, it's a bit thin after having tried this several times. fairly light in malt sweetness, body, and hop bitterness. which is fine, just not spectacular. i'm not one to dog this beer as it serves as a valuable tool in opening the minds of the masses.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2007 03:02:48 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of eberkman


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

On tap at a crepe restaurant on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Calif.

Poured a copper-gold with a thin white head. Smelled of caramel malts with subtle fruits and spices. Taste was in line with the smell -- smooth maltiness, not a lot of hops in the finish. Mouthfeel was a bit more watery than I expected but not terrible. Fairly sessionable, but also fairly forgettable -- perhaps a little overrated. Seems very much in line with just about every other beer of this style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2007 16:45:35 | More by eberkman
Photo of Slatetank


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

Poured cold into a goblet.
A - A deep copper w/ golden highlights and a huge 2 finger tan head that settles slowly leaving a coating of lace.

S - Nutty, toasted aromas with a faint lactic yeastiness in the nose. Very grainy and biscuit-like in aroma.

M - Nutty, biscuit-like graininess on top of a medium full feel. Subtle carbonation allows for a sweet malty finish.

T - A real roasted nut flavor w/ other toasted and grainy tastes. A bit of rye seems to join the bready melange.

D - An easy beer to drink after a warm summer walk in the sun(which is exactly when I tasted mine) It is a pretty mainstream taste and has an image and branding that is easy to recognize. I don't care for the dry powdery element as much, but it its still a very drinkable ale. I could see myself being able to session a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 02:36:47 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Halcyondays


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

22 oz. bomber, poured into my Ommegang goblet

A: Amber, orange color, with 1.5 finger white head, great retention, leaving the classic Belgian lace.

S: Biscuity malts, no real hops evident, but a delightful anise, peppery spice present.

T: Good flavor, delicate malts and great spicy esters.

M: Medium-bodied, very nice.

D: Very drinkable, is widely available, and a great choice in places that have so-so beer selection, and I've found it goes great with chili. Forgot how much I like this beer, haven't had it in a long time. This stuff went fast. Good price too, $2.79 a bomber, at my local liquor store.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 02:56:06 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of objectivemonkey


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

A commemorative "Return to the Twin Cities" bottle, they're 'happy to be back.' Well, tis good to finally know you!

After a short warming from the fridge, into a pint glass, pours a solid amber color with a nice slightly bubbly, mostly foamy off-white head, sticks around for a few minutes until receding to a thin-ish film. Lacing comes in large swaths of row-and-column strands. The aroma is vaguely fruity, a biscuit malt sweetness to it, kind of eh but pretty solid.

The taste is a bit better. Starts off a bit stand-off-ish, easing into full flavor. The first thing that comes to fruition is the caramel and biscuit malt, and gives way to a mild hop bittering with slightly spicy, slightly floral tones. Now that I'm drinking it through, it definitely improves as it warms. The mouth has a medium body, a good dose of carbonation, a bit of a grainy feel to it, which usually wouldn't float my boat, but doesn't seem out of place here.

I'm not going to lie; ambers aren't nearly my favorite beer, and I've been a bit skeptical of this beer in particular. As it is, its pretty decent, and easy enough beer to drink. And, now that its back in the Twin Cities, it'll be bringing its friends. Now that is good news.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 23:13:46 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of KarlHungus


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

This review is from a bottle given to me by a friend who got it in Missouri. This beer pours a bronze color with amber hues. The head is one finger in height, creamy, and lingers awhile. The aroma is of chocolate, toffee, and biscuits. The taste is of biscuits, with a hint of caramel. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a nice high level of carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer. I don’t think this is the best beer in the world, as is often clammed. I do, however, think it is very sessionable, and I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 01:01:16 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of Gump


2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber bottle
Picked this up the frist day it was available in the Twin Cities. (June 2007)
Pours very clear, light red with lots of head. Mild carbonation.
soft creamy mouthfeel. Not offensive in any way (besides the price)
Faint bready aroma.
Light in hops, finishes clean. Easily drinkable
I had a 5 pack of this a couple years ago and remember thinking it was a great beer. Now I think it's just a "safe" beer. Nothing to make it stand out. Way over priced at $4 a bottle.
Don't believe the hype.
georgekingfish is right, its better from the bottle (sweeter)

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 21:36:41 | More by Gump
Photo of icemonkey908


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

Picked up a few of these on the day of New Belgium's triumphant return to the Twin Cities. I've heard a lot of hype about this beer over the last couple of years and I've read a lot of reports dismissing the hype. Nevertheless, I had to give it a taste myself.

This was a solid Amber Ale. Color was right on. Smell was very rich and malty and the taste was also very biscuity with some hop sharpness at the end. This may not be the greatest beer ever crafted and it may be over hyped but it is a solid beer. Very drinkable and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 21:51:47 | More by icemonkey908
Photo of lehows

New York

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a tasty looking copper color with a perfect two finger white head. Nice and mellow aromas of grain and some mild malt. Taste is the distinctive amber ale with crisp malt and grain, as well as some earthy dough and light tang. Super drinkable and something I wish I could pick up more often.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2007 02:15:07 | More by lehows
Photo of jmalex


4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to my friend Matt for bringing this back from Arizona for me. It's been a long time since I've had this.

APPEARANCE: Pours a crystal clear pale golden amber with a small but hearty white head. Bubbles cascade up the glass constantly refreshing the head giving it decent staying power.

SMELL: The aroma is predominantly of toasty malt. It smells almost like a rustic bread. A nutty sweetness hides a very mild hop aroma. Pretty nice.

TASTE: The smell carries over into the taste. Toasty and nutty with a nice mild sweetness. It's also got a bit of a smoky flavor to it. The finish is clean and crisp.

MOUTHFEEL: A crisp carbonation highlights a medium to medium-light bodied beer.

DRINKABILITY: Really good. I could drink these all night. 5.6% ABV might be a little high to be sessionable, but I'd still count it.

I've had this before, but it still kind of caught me off guard how nice it is. I really wish it were available on the east coast. I'd sure buy more.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 01:36:58 | More by jmalex
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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