Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

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7,125 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,125
Reviews: 1,830
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 153
Gots: 956 | FT: 1
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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 orangesol
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.

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

unconventional amber, pours a nice deep ruby color with an off-white head. smells homey and comforting, warm. notes of butterscotch and dried cherries in the nose give it a slightly sweet aroma. taste is a really nicely balanced malty forefront with a slight belgian yeast distinction coming in, mellow and burnt sugary in the finish. mouthfeel is perfect, fair carbonation and a medium body, this beer is the quintessential colorado session beer. this flagship from new belgium is worth all they hype around it. awesome amber

Photo of Jesse13713
2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Thanks to Chuck's for this. A nice carbonated tangerine orange. Bubbly with life. A thin soap-like head that laces to the glass nicely.

Smell - The morning smells of fresh, light citrus fruits. A bit of orange and lemon. Not too strong of a smell.

Taste - I must admit that I am a little let down by the taste. This is a very average amber ale. No unique or outstanding flavors really shine here. A bit of citrus and lemon with red ale properties. Decent.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - A flat and carbonated mouthfeel. Light-bodied and appears a bit tasteless at times. Not dry, but not succulent either.

Photo of Dmart1223
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The staple beer of Fort Collins.

It pours dark amber with a slight head that dwindles to a dusting. The smell is fresh and malty, but not overpowering or complex. The beer itself tastes much the same way.

It's clean and refreshing, with a biscuity taste that lingers just a bit after you've finished drinking it, and the biscuit becomes more pronounced as it warms.

It's well-balanced and something I'm glad to see outside of Colroado.

Photo of Heavenisbeer
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass.

Had the beer a hundred times, but decided that I might as well review it. Here goes:

A: As amber as its style suggests. Perfect body, with a fluffy, egg-white head that steadily dissipates. Lacing is full-bodied and thorough. Well done.

S: Wet grass, metallic, malty hints. Bread. Nothing spectacular, and I may be imagining things.

T: Soddy and light grass. Some hop crispness, cider essence in the middle, and very light roasted malts on the backend.

M: Fits the style. I like a little more body though overall.

O: It’s a great session amber, evident in its early cult status (now that it can easily be had anywhere, it’s lost much of this). I’ll never turn one down.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a coppery amber color with a 1/4" white head. There is quite a bit of carbonation to watch.

It smells bready with a faint whiff of hops.

It tastes bready. there are a lot of cracker flavors with a bit of hops on the back of the tongue.

It's pretty creamy for a beer with this much carbonation.

This is sessionable, and quaffable, and decently priced. A good beer for the value.

Photo of silentjay
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a slightly amberish copper with an almost two-fingered head that quickly recedes while leaving a bit of lacing.

aroma is of bready malts, caramel and butter. some slight earthy hops and fruity esters present themselves as well.

caramel covered fruits hit first with some nuts, bread, biscuit, and a touch of floral hops.

light-ish medium with an abundance of carbonation and a lingering sweetness.

I can see how its a gateway. though, I don't think I would have ventured further if this was what I was exposed to. too sweet with not enough complexity. one and done with this beer.

Photo of pinotboy007
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Crystal clear amber that's almost Pils-like in its clarity, along with a decent, khaki head that subsides but manages to stick around. Minimal lacing.

S-Scents of Belgian malt with a bit of cinnamon.

T-Biscuit, tea, with a very light hoppiness. Not particularly exciting but not bad, either.

M-Light on its feet; probably good even in warmer weather.

O-The jury is still out, and wile the beer has its qualities it's not really my preference, despite the reasonable ABV.

Photo of Criscoh88
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22fl. Oz. Bottle

Appearance - A light amber color. High visual carbonation. Small head but it sticks around for the ride. Alright lacing.

Smell - A sweet bready malt type scent. Feels kinda empty.

Taste - Like some sort of sweet malt jam spread over a fresh slice of bread. I think this definitely needs to be served at the specified temperature (45°F / 7°C). I did my best to get the proper temperature but I still felt it was too cold. Beer stores make the fridges too cold. Anyways, as the beer warmed a wonderful flavor began in unfold.

Feel - Slightly syrupy and highly carbonated. Not Much more to say.

Overall - The flavor still felt lacking even after achieving proper temperature. Presentation was nothing special and nor was the scent. The Taste holds up the most and even that i felt was a little..uh, boring. I'm not saying this was a horrible beer, I just feel I got nothing from drinking it.

Photo of Pwnzilla
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not the first time having this beer but it has been a while. Apperance is amber to golden in color. Malt smell with a little hops. Taste is very light and crisp, not a whole lot of mouthfeel. Overall its not a bad session beer. I wont go out searching for this but I wouldnt turn one down.

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Pours a very light honey color with a slight amber hue, pours mostly clear with few carbonation bubbles, pours with a finger and a half of large bubbly off-white head that linger beautifully and leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass
S: slightly sweet like fake maple syrup, slight underlying hop notes and a slight malt character
T: begins with a slight malty character then hits in the middle with a slight deep sweetness, leaves the palate with a nice silkiness and an aftertaste of gentle malts
M: medium carbonation tingle, moves into a bit of smoothness in the middle and leaves a bit of silkiness on the palate
O: a nice brew, just a bout right for the style, nothing incredible but a nice brew and drinks well. pretty much just a straight line amber brew

Photo of DaveBlack
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I know a lot of people who think very highly of this beer, to the point that I would even call it a cult classic. I've had it before and wasn't overly impressed, but now I have the chance to do an actual review, so here it goes:

A: Light amber/copper color with a big 2 finger frothy, slightly off-white head.

S: The smell id very heavy on lightly toasted malts, grains and not much else. Maybe a hint of some floral hops.

T: Not a whole lot of flavor, actually. Toasted grains, kind of an earthy flavor, a slight hop bitterness. Like the aroma, it's simple, not very strong, but well balanced.

M: Medium-light body and ditto for the carbonation.

O: I'm a little torn on this beer. On the one hand it's not very flavorful, it's not very exciting, it's not all that good. On the other, however, it is good BECAUSE it's not very flavorful or exciting. It's an easy beer to drink. I think I could easily put back a six pack without realizing it. Good session beer.

Photo of beer272
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

Labeled as an amber, appearance more golden than amber.

*Appearance - nice, lacing, stabilized foam around rim. Yes the carbonation was pronounced when opened. Then the foam faded as others mentioned.

*Smell - slight malt sweet smell

*Taste - where the beer fell down. Has body. Very balanced between malt and hops. It looks like they hit hit the biscuit taste they wanted. I could not pick out the hop type, Cascade?

*Mouthfeel - ok

* Overall - I would not buy this beer again. I bought in Elkton, MD primary for the 22 oz bottles. Drank this Oct. 2011, ~60°F, expiration labeled Jan 1, 2012 (01 Jan12). Rats, have ~8 more bottles. Getting rid of this beer by putting it in the 'frig then drinking quickly.


Update: I gave a bottle to a friend. He said it tasted like water, with no smell. The Busch lite he drinks is better. He gave the beer a 2 out of 10 only since it had alcohol. We both noted the color was more golden than amber.

My rDev (2.25-3.63)2.25 = 66.7%

Photo of LtCracker20
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a crystal clear copper body with a nice 2-finger white head that shows some nice retention.

S- Sweet malts, biscuity grain,a little husky. A slight floral aroma as well.

T- Not too much flavor going on here. Sweetness from the malts, grainy and biscuity. A slight buttery taste as well.

MF- Light bodied, and the flavors don't really stick around too long either.

O- Not a bad beer. I'm glad I got a chance to try this, but that will be all for me. I'd drink it it offered, but won't search it out.

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

862nd Review on BA
Bottle to New Belgium Globe
12 oz bottle

Best by: 11/27/11

Bought a sixer of Ranger and low and behold two Fat tires were in the box. Logically, lets review the damn thing.

App- A medium colored orange with some dark orange highlights and a little bit of fading yellow towards the bottom. One finger slight off white head. A nice little sheen of cling.

Smell- A little bit of sweet apple skins with a lot of malt behind it and a slight bitter note from some hops.

Taste- The taste follows the nose with more malts and some deep citrus and a slight hop balance. A touch dry flavored with a chocolate powder flavor.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. A bit thick and slick. Retains some of the cocoa powder after flavor.

Drink- This used to be the go to craft beer for me years ago, but amazing how things change. These flavors just dont mesh well anymore.

Photo of bump8628
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this at the the Texas state fair for pretty close to the same price as the BMC and Shiner. Several of these were employed in celebrating the Sooners' 55-17 ass kicking over Texas. Raw biscuit malt upfront with toast and bread crust rounding out the malt side. Hops go earthy first and then fade to a woody bitterness on the finish. Touch of caramel and grain husk on the finish. Straightforward, drinkable, with the unique over-the-top freshly crushed malt and biscuit quality that sets it apart in the style. Nice amber, but never understood how it developed cult status.

Photo of iSip
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New Belgium Fat Tire Ale: I was at a charity event and my choices were Fat Tire, Corona, Coors Light and Bud.  It did make me realize the Fat Tire is served everywhere, and therefore is no craft brew.  Well, congratulations to New Belgium!  You have made it big.  I think the clever name is a key part of the success of this beer, now let's try the goods!  The body is a deep amber with a good off white head and big malty aroma.  It looks like a craft brew for sure.  The flavor is mostly malt up front, and carries a lot of spice - I get nutmeg and cinnamon, throughout.  Here comes the "flavorings" debate.  OK, I do add lemon to my wheat beers, a big no-no for most of you.  But here I am on the other side of the fence, the spicy flavors are not my cup of tea.  To finish, the ubiquitous Fat Tire is a good beer, and probably begins the craft brew journey for many...

Photo of draheim
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (best by 1/22/2012) consumed from the bottle during a work meeting. Thus I can't determine the color but I'm assuming it's amber and it's definitely clear, not hazy.

Aroma is sweet biscuity malt and floral hops.

Taste is sweet malt balanced by the flowery, fruity but also bitter hops.

Overall a very easy drinkable beer but nothing extraordinary.

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

Appearance - reddish copper and clear with moderate carbonation, fizzy 1 finger head.

Smell - some spice and breadiness and malts

Taste - smooth and full bodied, mild hop pressence and some spice as well. Somewhat dry finish. Its drinkable.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and nice for a 5.2% ale.

Overall - A mediocre beer. Easy to drink. More marketing hype than a top quality beer however.

Photo of KAP1356
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium is new here on the east coast. Visitng my girlfriend in D.C., we picked up a bottle at a Harris Teeter. They must have been all new since there were about 20 cases sitting out on a display. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass...

A - Pours a very clear orange-amber color. A nice, very white head forms about 1.5 fingers thick and slowly recedes.

S - Nothing special here. Standard bready malts, grain, and earthy hops I would expect from an amber ale.

T - Toasted, bready malt flavors with some caramel coming through. Hops are more faint on the taste than in the nose. They're there, just not as prominant as I thought they would be.

M - Medium bodied. Crisp with a big level of carbonation. More than I thought for the style.

O - Overall, not bad. But I think this beer has a bit of hype that I don't really understand. I could drink several more of these, but I think there are better interpretations of the style out there.

Photo of dankster
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Living in colorado this beer gets way to much hype.

A- Dark copper with good carb.

S- very malty with big biscuit notes in the nose.

T- smooth and easy to drink but a little heavy on the gut IMO. taste has aLOT of odd malt flavour not sure what.

M- slick but heavy on the palate. might be good with a stew or other heavy meal but by it self i dont see myself drinking again.

O- Ok for a local amber but there are so many others with better offers. (Durango brew, Oskar blues or Steamworks)

Photo of Illtryit
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden - orange with off white head 2 fingers deep that leave awesome lacing.

Smells grainy, mellow, and somewhere in there is fruit too

Taste has a surprising, almost chocolate flavor. Very mellow hops round it out. Very impressive.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, complex, nicely carbonated.

Overall, I am really impressed with Fat Tire (and New Belgium in general). I had thought of this beer as a 'mass produced' craft beer and was sure I'd be disappointed due to lack of complexity. I was wrong. New Belgium really has a full line of great beers and Fat Tire is one of their best.

Photo of lwillitz
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - crystal-clear copper with very few carbonation bubbles rising toward the thick finger of off-white foam

S - fresh biscuits, assorted grain, flowers

T - bready malt with a fruity sweetness; light presence of hops; moderately dry finish

M - medium-bodied, highish carbonation, moderately smooth, moderately creamy

O - a decent ale for general occasions

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

Sampled from a bottled - best by December 11, 2011. Orangish red in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a brief, frosty white foam that reduced to thick, soapy cap. Fresh, toasty, bready, grain and grass-like aromas with light floral hop notes. On the lighter end of medium bodied with tangy, assertive carbonation. Toasted and bready malt flavor up front with a touch of caramel sweetness in the middle until the tangy carbonation introduces floral hop bitterness through to the finish. Finishes semi-dry and clean with a lightly bitter aftertaste.
look 4.0
aroma 3.5
feel 3.o
overall 3.5

Photo of Malt
4.63/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This ale is one of my favorites because its readily avalible anywere and at a decent price. Although this batch has hardly any carbonation. Great copper color. Head pours thick but guickly fades. Smells a little like honey and malt. Tastes like sweet honey and has a biscut note to it. Overall this is definatly an ale to be consumed by a group.

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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