Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

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7,124 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,124
Reviews: 1,830
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 153
Gots: 956 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000)
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Photo of Scotchboy
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a mug.

A: Pours a brilliantly clear golden straw color, lots of yellow hues...there is a surprising amount of creamy off-white head with good retention & lacing.

S: Lightly toasted caramel malt, hints of lemon and grass...light biscuit character.

T: In line with the nose, crisp biscuity malt & a light toasted nutty character, flavors of lemon zest, grass, and just touches of tangy citrus bitterness as a light hop character arrives on finish.

MF: Crisp light mouthfeel, lighter body...a touch dry on the finish.

O: Balanced, but not my favorite...drinkable but forgettable. A little higher malt or hop profile would be just fine for an Amber.

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

I have had this in the past, but recently bought at the closest store to sell it to my house...about 200miles away.
Poured from bottle into tulip. Golden amber color with a 1 1/2 finger foam head.
Malty sweetish aroma..nothing out of the ordinary.
Taste is of malt and caramel. Ive heard it described as "toasty"...I guess I can see that.
Overall its a decent beer. I understand why its so popular, its easy to drink and it doesnt taste like butt, but New Belgian makes way better beer..like Belgo and Ranger for example. I will buy again at some point, I know I will...but I wont take a 200mi drive soley for this brew.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ba Review #82
Served On: 11/11/2011
Glassware: Shaker Pint
Labeled ABV: 5.2%
Date/ Code: 18DEC11

My beer store just started carrying New Belgium bombers. I paid $3.99 – you can’t beat that!

Look: Light copper color - more golden than amber. Had high clarity and good carbonation. Head fizzled down to a thin tan inconsistent coating.

Smell: Aroma was slightly spicy with some brown sugar notes. Clean citrus hops came through.

Taste: A warming spice upfront – like cinnamon. Also an unsweetened earthy brown sugar. The middle was rather bland with a faint hop bitterness noticeable. There was that Belgian yeast funk, but I really had to search for it. The finish was very clean with some hop bitterness carrying over into the aftertaste.

This is an ok Amber. For the price, I certainly cannot complain. I’ll be picking up more of this one.

Photo of joek440
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden orange color. Effervescent with medium light colored head.

S - Caramel malt and hints of citrus hops. Not very strong smell.

T - Lots of malt flavor but not as much citrus hop flavor as I was hoping for. Finishes on a bready yeast flavor. Malt and yeast are the highlights with just a hint of the hops.

M - Light and bubbly, easy to drink.

O - I can see why this is a widely distributed beer. It has a non-offensive flavor but is almost too simple. It is enjoyable and easy to drink. Was hoping for more of a hop flavor in this Amber Ale -- but the Belgian influences are noticeable.

(Reviewed 11/1)

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

A- Pours a light copper hue with a 2 finger foamy head that sticks around a little bit. Pretty good lacing.

S- Weaker than expected, but some caramel malts and citrusy hops ring through. Maybe a hint of a pine scent.

T- Nothing terribly complex, but solid. Starts with a mainly malty profile with a hint of caramel. Hops come in, mainly cascade if I'm not mistaken. Finishes off with a biscuity/bready taste that leaves the palate clean and crisp.

M- Somewhat creamy in your mouth. Not terrifically heavy or light. A decent amount of carbonation, but not too much.

Overall, this is a sessionable beer and one that doesn't break the bank. Being in college, heck, I might be persuaded to drink this at a party instead of trying to get drunk off of macros.

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3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass, no freshness date.

A: Golden light amber color with minimal one finger off-white head that fell quick.

S: Light sweet malt, some grassy floral hops. Biscuity diacetyl.

T: Sweet buttery malt with mild herbal hops. Smooth throughout with the mildest prickling of dry hop flavor coming in and out.

M: Smoooth. Creamy, mild carbonation, easy drinker.

O: I live in NJ, where Fat Tire does not exist. That being said, there is a certain amount of hype surrounding it, as with everything that people are aware of but can't have. Anyway, on a trip to OBX last week, there was the full range of New Belgium, so we picked up a bunch. Now that I've had it, Fat Tire is a let down. Yeah it's decent, but I would not buy this again. There are too many ambers to name that are better than this.

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

Bomber poured into a plastic cup while at h2O. Drinking beers at the car show.

A - Pours nice amber orange with a dense two finger tall off white head leaving small rings of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of sweet caramel malts, toffee, dulled hops, and some fresh baked buttered biscuits...Based on the nose this one is a little past its prime.

T - Starts off with a big dose of sweet caramel malt slowly giving way to a mix of even more toffee sweetness, dulled out hops and some light buttery notes. There is plenty of biscuity taste and feel in this one. The finish is a mix of sweetness and chewiness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, slightly chewy, feel that lingers on the pallet for some time.

O - I can see why people love this beer but I still greatly prefer Troegs Hopback to this, just for the sheer fact that I know it will be fresher than any Fat Tire I could get my hands on.

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 7,124 ratings.