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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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6,968 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,968
Reviews: 1,820
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 150
Gots: 858 | 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 lechroy
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh 6-er. I've been drinking this beer for 10 years and I've gone through loving it and hating it. I think its certainly unique and I respect it as a very tasty brew.
A- nice clean beer with a wonderful amber color. Head is sparkling white.
S- um, this is my one qualm - smells a bit like a bad heineken. Just not enticing and slightly sharp and sour.
T- really love the belgian overtones here combined with the caramel notes. Pretty darn unique flavor that spans a couple of styles. I find it difficult to call this an amber ale. Finishes well dryer than an amber/red and than I seem to remember it from years past.
M- tasty and well carbonated.
O- Great job. Good for one 12 oz beer, but not much more. Wish we could work on the aroma a bit.

lechroy, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, grains, biscuits

Taste & Mouth - There is a lot of carbonation and the most noticeable flavours are malts, caramel, and a cookie sweetness. There are also some notes of cherries and a some light hops. The beer finishes with a malty sweet aftertaste with a touch of hops.

Overall - An above average beer that would work very well for a session. It's not the most exciting beer, but it has enough flavour to keep me interested.

spinrsx, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber color from a 12 oz bottle with a one-finger head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Aroma was more on the malty side with hints of hops coming through. Tasted more along the lines of an ESB. Slight bitterness from the hops coming towards the end.
This would make for a nice sessions beer. Nothing too fancy, but a reasonable drink nevertheless. Worth a try.

CaptDavyJones, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of rawfish
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can to NB globe.

Tawny amber colored body with a rocky 3 finger parchment shaded head. Retention falls a little short but leaves some netted lacing all over the glass.

Bready caramel malts, with a touch on honey. Earthy hops balance this out. Some weird aroma like raw pumpkin and a little metallic, a little out of sorts.

Biscuit flavor mirrors the aroma along with some raw grain, honey and mint underlaying. Hops are earthy and do just enough to push back the bready malts to a reasonable level. That unique bready aftertaste is very present but the drink is still crisp.

Average body and carbonation, balance is obviously swayed a little bit towards the malty end but always crisp and satisfying.

Fat tire has that bready/biscuit taste that seems prevalent in a few of NBs main brews but there is a considerable amount of variation based on tap and bottle age. This is the first time I smelt the off aromas, perhaps due to canning. Always a balanced refreshing brew.

rawfish, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a NB globe.

A - Pours a clear amber with a thick, bone-white head of creamy foam that dissipates slowly, leaving some streaky lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Crisp, caramel malt with a slight buttered toast aroma and a bit of earthy hops in the finish. Smells sweet.
T - Grainy caramel malt, again fairly sweet and buttery, balanced nicely by the slightly bitter, earthy hop finish. Not too complex, but very crisp and refreshing.
M - Very smooth, with a medium-light body and fairly sharp carbonation.
O - An excellent hot-day beer, very sessionable and enjoyable.

jsanford, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of ne0m00re
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Live review of a 12 oz bottle.
A: Pale clear amber, it poured with a big cream head with lacing that slowly died.
S: Whole wheat bread, underripe bananas, slight coconut, leafy hops... OK.
T: Exactly what you'd expect from the smell, but with a metallic bitterness in the hops, a general "milk" creamy quality throughout, and a heftier wheat character. It's OK.
M: Thicker and milky with a frothy crisp finish.
O: This is all right. It would rarely be my first choice.

ne0m00re, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of DCon
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed Fat Tire in a Can @ Molly's in Soulard (Downtown) St. Louis, MO and poured into a Pint Glass.
Has 19 JUN 2011 written on the Bottom of Can.

Appearance- Clear Orange in color, Frothy, 4 fingers of Head leaves netting type of lace.

Smell- There is an Amber smell with a great ton of floral hop notes and yeast.

Taste- A mild hop taste up front and then a grainy flavor. There is a light amount of bitterness and fruit as well.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied, medium casrbonation and crisp, smooth like always! Can always count on a Fat Tire to be the same.

Overall- Always refreshing! Always know what it will taste, feel, and drink like. The only other time I've seen Fat Tire in cans was when I used to float on the Comal River in San Antonio, TX. Glad I was able to find this and enjoy! Good beer overall!

DCon, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of GossageBrewery
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This American Amber Ale poured a nice Amber color, very clear, very well carbonated. It produced a nice creamy white head. It resulted in above average amount of lacing. The aroma is malty, biscuitey and has a slight hop aroma. The taste of this beer is a nice balance of toasted malt, biscuit, and hop bitterness. Did I mention Sweet. Yes, It's sweet. I have had scores of American Amber Ale's and this by far is the best. Obviously, this is a classic craft beer. It's just as good as a session beer today as it ever was.

GossageBrewery, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of waterintobeer
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored with gold highlights when held up to the light. A one finger head on the pour with some decent lacing. The smell is strong malt with some hop bitterness. The taste is of biscuit, sweet malt with some hop towards the end. Good carbonation. For me, this is the definition of the amber style ale. A great go to beer.

waterintobeer, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of obrike
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, amber colored brew with a decent head that disappates quickly, leaving a thin white ring for the duration of the drik.

Smells a bit like a buttered biscuit...quite malty...slight whiff of sour fruit...

Taste matches the smell, the sourness brings it down just a bit for me.

Smooth, light to mod carbonation. Easy to drink though.

This is a decent summer beer...I like it with salty snacks actually a lot more than just on it's own.

obrike, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of b3shine
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle is better than the can (as is usually the case). One of the better ambers I've come across. Not quite worthy of the cult-like following it has, but a great example of its type. The fact that I can't have it unless I'm on vacation probably enhances its desirability.

b3shine, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of kirok1999
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Short review because there isn't really much to say.
Pours a clear amber, slight wispy head, not not much in the way of lacing of the glass.
Smells weak, slight grassy notes mixed with some mild malts
Taste is much like the smell, bits of malt with very little sweetness, mild grass and hay, not much in the way of hops stand out. They're there but subdued.
Feels a little thin and fizzy and finishes with a lingering bitterness in the back of the throat.
Nice hot summer day beer with a low ABV. Has it's place and time...it's just not right now.

kirok1999, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of Outchillen
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in a trade, 12oz bottle
A:pours a nice reddish orange, white head
S:has a very unusual smell, malts and molasses, almost nutty, not much hop aroma
T/M:The taste is different than the smell, very smooth and balanced, slightly sweet, with no harsh aftertaste

Overall i wish it was easier to get this beer, Its a good change, and i love New Belgium, Bring back Springboard Ale

Outchillen, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: The beer pours as transparent rusted honey. The head is uneven with patches of bubbles. This is way too carbonated and in my opinion the appearance doesn't hold up well in the amber category.

Smell: The ale smells like warm biscuits smothered in butter. There are hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. I am thinking of excess and lack of subtlety when I taste this beer. I feel the brewers were exuberant about making something original in taste but forgot to take quality into consideration.

Taste: My immediate impression is of soggy graham crackers sprinkled with nutmeg and ginger. It leaves a peanut butter aftertaste in my mouth There is no balance in this beer. The spice flavors are overpowering and artificial tasting, while the hop languish in the mix. Fat Tire is extremely dilute. I don't want to drink any overly carbonated craft brews again. I have had good New Belgium beers before.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is watery, bland, and forgetful.

Overall: I like some New Belgium beers, but I find it hard to understand why Fat Tire is so popular. I don't understand the hype.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of angrybabboon
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 8/27/10

Appearance: Clear with a bright amber color and a white head that quickly turns to thin white lacing

Smell: Light, sweet biscuits, subtle floral hops, an overall scent of sweetness

Taste: Mostly tastes like sweet, dry biscuits - some caramel malts, doesn't exactly taste like a typical amber as it is a bit lighter - some spicy flavors and there are some hops, but mostly the taste is dominated by the sweet malts - not complicated, and great for what it is

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with nice carbonation, feels like it could be a bit smoother

Overall: Probably not worth the hype, but it is noteworthy because of its absurd level of drinkability

Maybe this beer gets a lot of hate because the hype might imply that it is more complicated than it is. It's a simple yet well-balanced amber. It's an easy drinking beer that I honestly wish I could keep in my fridge year-round.

angrybabboon, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of chiccabeer
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap. Poured with a good amount a head. It has a nice amber clear look to it. It has a great taste with a lot of flavor. It is a great American ale with a lot of different layers. It has a bit of sweetness and nut flavor to it. It is a great beer to have with dinner. Cheers.

chiccabeer, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of Fatheranderson
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the price, it's an excellent beer. I really don't have any complaints.

Appearance: Dark reddish orange. Looks like I'd expect from a fine amber ale.

Smell: Eh... the smell is kind of hard to detect at first. It smells like warm buttered biscuits... kind of... not a whole lot going for it in the nose section.

Taste: After the smell, I wasn't expecting much, but fortunately, I was completely wrong. This beer is very malt forward with just a hint of hops circling in the background. Just enough to give it that flavor without overpowering the malty earthy sweetness that makes this beer so good.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick, not too thin. Nothing ultra impressive here, but definitely a good mouthfeel.

Overall: I'd recommend this for a session beer. It's relatively cheap, has good flavor and goes down smooth. I'd drink it any day.

Fatheranderson, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of pmlondrigan
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is in fact an amber ale, orange amber. Surprisingly fair lacing clings to the glass. There is a light aroma of hops melded with some nutty malt. Faint aroma not much jumps out. The flavor is malt forward with good fruity qualities. Well rounded body, highly drinkable. There isn't much to say about this beer. It's always my 1st when I land in Co, and here I am!

pmlondrigan, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of valdesd1
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber red hue. Rocky off white 1 finger head. Lots of carbonation apparent.

S: Kind of dry in a way. Not really too much going on really besides the basic smell of toasted barley.

T: Really crisp and refreshing. Dry and biscuit-like. It comes off evenly balanced and has a sweet finish.

M: Well carbonated and light-bodied.

D: Really drinkable. It's a beer that is complex enough to keep you interested while not too excessive on the abv.

valdesd1, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of iLovehops23
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a nice deep golden color with a off-white head that's built to last; coated my mug with a nice lacing that stuck around for a while

S - nose detects a hint of biscuity malts, but that's about it

T - immensely refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness; malts are more prominent than the hops, but the hops do kick in at the finish; a remarkably well-balanced brew that goes down nice and easy

M - on the thin side, but not to worry; the light to medium carbonation smoothed out eventually which allowed a pleasant creaminess to dominate at the finish

D - very good and extremely well-balanced beer, worth a shot.

iLovehops23, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of nukem5
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Great copper color with a nice tan cap.

S: Sweet roasty malts with slightly fruity hops.

T: Malts and a warming alchoholic taste.

M: Light bodied and smooth, head is always there with a swirl 0f the glass.

D: Very drinkable and wished so very hard they would sell it .

nukem5, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of drowninginhops
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass.

A: Medium amber in color, 1 finger head that remains and leaves nice lacing.

S: Hops and malts, earthy with a slight citrus hop character.

T: Biscuit malts, crisp hops. Nothing special. This is refreshing in that they are letting the hops and malt make the flavor and not relying on various spices.

M: slightly creamy, good carbonation.

D: A beer to sip on around the campfire on the lake. But could be enjoyed under any circumstance.

drowninginhops, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of steveh
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's all the rage -- like it or hate it. I've enjoyed here and there in the past, but it's never become a "go-to" in any way -- and I've also never reviewed it. Here goes --

22 oz. Bomber bottle, best before May 15, 2011.

American Amber, eh? I've always heard that this was based on Belgian Pale Ale.

A -- Deep golden-amber with a firm, slow-settling, off white head that leaves good lacing.

S -- Aroma has prominent DMS with spicy hops in the finish. There's biscuit malt & some Brett in-between, but very fleeting.

T -- The flavor is a nice balance of mellow caramel malts and mildly spicy hops. That Brett character is present in the background, but far from overpowering. The finish spicy, lightly bitter, hops with the lightest citrus character and an aftertaste of nutty malt.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp with a light medium body.

D -- Drinkability is certainly good and I'll keep this in mind for those bars and restaurants that might not offer much else. As to American Amber or Belgian Pale, the hopping rate and mild Brett sway me more to the Belgian style.

steveh, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of KajII
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in an Pint glass]

The pour was a sparkling clear light copper with an average (1-2 finger) foamy white head that diminished in a few minutes and had OK lacing.

The aroma was of a biscuit malt, a mild herbal hop and a doughy yeast with mild hint of citrus, caramel and was a little nutty.

The taste was lightly malty with a hint of caramel in the beginning and took on a very light bitter and crisp flavor with a small citrus note at the end. The flavor faded rather quickly after the swallow leaving almost nothing behind.

Mouthfeel was just a bit above light in body and creamy yet watery in texture with a prickly carbonation.

Overall a decent tasting brew, nothing overly special but quite drinkable none the less. Would make a great session beer.

KajII, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of SkunkWorks
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this before in a bottle. This time, I'm getting it in the can thanks to CurtisMcArthur. Thanks for the trade and the chance to try this beer!

12 oz can with a best before date of May 2011 stamped on the bottom. Poured into an Irish pint glass.

Look: clear amber body. A very aggressive pour yields about a finger of off white head with decent retention and a little bit of lacing.

Smell: toasted, biscuity malt with some earthy hop aromas. Compared to the bottle I had, not as strong and a bit more centered on the toasted malt than I remember it being.

Taste: follows the nose with toasted malt being in the forefront and a slight taste of earthy hoppiness. There's not a whole lot going on here except the toasted malt, which is a bit too forward for me.

Feel: thin body, crisply carbonated, and a little sweet.

Drink: quite an easy drinking beer. Since there's not much flavor, you don't have to worry about getting a fatigued palate.

Overall, the can isn't as good as the bottle. There seems to be something different about it... the toasted malt flavor is a bit too forward and its a bit too one noted for me. Stick to the bottle is my advice. I don't know if my experience is common but if it is... New Belgium, clean up your canning operation! Cheers!

SkunkWorks, Mar 05, 2011
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 6,968 ratings.