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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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7,348 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,348
Reviews: 1,893
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 172
Gots: 1,206 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Ratings: 7,348 | Reviews: 1,893
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of eye2
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank a lot of these while living in Longmont. Happy to see this in the DFW area.

A: Copperish. Bubbly. Looks great.

S: Malty with lots of great spices. One of the best smelling beers.

T: Again, malty with lots of spices. Complex and great for a "common" brew.

MF: Feels like you're drinking something good. Nice carbonation.

Overall: I'd rate this higher but over drinking this beer is a big mistake. If you can hold it to one or two, it's at least a B+. Drink a six-pack, and it's a different story.

Photo of CarterSeaton
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of meich75
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of cualax23
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a cult like following mainly because of it's limited release and exclusion from certain states that helped to fuel the frenzy. Now that it is on a wide release it has gained even more of a following.

The beer has a smooth, crisp taste and a great finish. Could be a beer for any type of day, from the hot July summer day to the depths of a cold February evening.

Photo of romo028
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of blibby05
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of fergster75
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of kja157
5/5  rDev +39.3%

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

nearly 1/2" head foamy head with proper, moderate lacing. pours a light copper, mild syrup color with gold tint into a full amber body.

smells bready, hoppy, malty, and slightly spicy. apple, almost citrus-y overtones.

tastes lighty, yet might malty. with a juicy aftertaste and linger.

dense yet refreshing on the palette. wet, smooth finish.

meant for those who drink and bicycle, haven't tried the latter yet, former seems fun enough, though.

Photo of UnderPressure
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium copper color. Pretty clear. Nice lacing.

Crisp, malty aroma. Nothing crazy, but good.

Pretty malty and grainy. Crisp for an ale. A pretty nice non-threatening flavor.

Medium bodied and smooth mouthfeel. Pretty appealing.

Overall, this is a great "transition" beer. Something craft beer lovers can still appreciate, but with enough mass-market appeal to be widespread and easy to find.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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

Nice clear amber color, though a bit light. Perfect 2-finger head with really good retention. Nose is bready and biscuity with some floral hop notes. Mildly sweet malty flavor of biscuits and honey. The hops don't really come through except to balance the malt. Good, firm mouthfeel for this style. Light semi-dry finish.

A classic session beer. If it was hoppier, it might get higher marks from me. As it is, it is very refreshing and nice tasting, but it's not really complex or challenging enough to be a great beer. Still, very drinkable.

Interesting side note - I have a buddy who lives in North Carolina and travels out to Colorado occasionally. He had this beer numerous times on tap while traveling and always raved about it. When they started selling it in North Carolina, he was really excited. After buying it a couple times, he was disappointed. He swears that the Fat Tire he enjoyed while in Colorado is very different than the bottled version he buys at home. I should mention that he brews his own beer (and has for about 20 years) and knows difference when he tastes it.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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5/5  rDev +39.3%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of IlPostino
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Kevin79
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ejw127
2/5  rDev -44.3%

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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