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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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6,162 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,162
Reviews: 1,781
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 122
Gots: 494 | 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 brdc


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

Large bottle, in a pub in Chicago.
It is a nice looking beer, amber, with an average white head that shows a reasonable retention.
It is light to medium bodied, with a smell that is faint, but mostly malty.
Taste is average "amber", well malted, minimally hopped and very.
This is a good brew, but quite inferior to the on-tap, fresher version I had in Colorado. Go for the tap if you can.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 00:27:46 | More by brdc
Photo of Tballz420


3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep gold/orange color; medium sized, cream-colored head leaves some thick lace. Not a strong smell, mostly caramel malts. Mainly biscuity malt, some caramel tones. Some bitterness, but mostly floral tones on the hops. Very full mouthfeel. Nothing spectacular, but not a bad beer nonetheless. Worth a try if you're into ambers.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 03:45:07 | More by Tballz420
Photo of FightingEntropy


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

Presentation: bottle with Return to the Twin Cities label from France 44.

A: Barely amber and mostly gold ale with a bubbly off white head with large and small bubbles.

S: Clean nose with light spice and little malt. Good but not fantastic.

T: Very smooth malty taste with little else.

M: light--not watery--much.

D: Very. Goes down easy with little to stand in the way.

Overall: Not a bad beer--perfectly fine. Not sure what all the hub-bub is about with trying to get it everyone. Much better than any macro--clean, light, no off flavors--solid light malt with just a touch of hops. Good for what it is, but not my choice.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 01:54:57 | More by FightingEntropy
Photo of domtronzero


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

Pours a nice copper amber with a creamy off-white, long lasting head. Only a little lacing left on the pint glass. Aroma is of tosted malts and biscuity heaviness. A grassy hoppines is also noted. Flavor is somewhat the same: biscuits and toasted malts. Hoppy bitterness is kept to a minimum, but still can be detected in the background. Aftertaste is heavy, and lingers for a while. Mouthfeel is oily and slick, but clean and the carbonation leaves a nice bite on my tongue. Overall, this brew would be great with a spicy gumbo or stew, but I would rather have a big DIPA for an accompaniment instead.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 22:33:31 | More by domtronzero
Photo of Mickelswit


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

I was pleasantly surprised to find fresh 22 oz. bombers of this at the general store in Grand Canyon Village. This was a fantastic accompaniment to food cooked over a campfire after a long day of hiking.

Appearance: a deep ruby color white a white, lacy head.

Smell: sweet, syrupy, little bitterness. Inviting, though not complex.

Taste: Here's where I started to be impressed. It was along the lines of a favorite of mine, Great Lakes Eliot Ness. Instead of a clean lager yeast, though, this one was all Belgian. A strong supporting note of apricot fruitiness backed up the deep maltiness of the brew. The two flavors played off of each other nicely.

Mouthfeel and drinkability were managed nicely. The brew was not too syrupy or fizzy. This would have been a nice session beer if I had managed to buy more than one bomber. Maybe I'll be west of the Mississippi soon and sample this nice beer again.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 06:13:57 | More by Mickelswit
Photo of dnichols


3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a cooled tulip.

A: Pours bright amber with a light orange-tinted head of about 2 fingers. The suds are very uneven and leave a slight lacing on the glass.

S: Smells of lightly toasted malts and hints of fruit. After an initial aroma dominated by malts; the hops come through with the aroma of wet cut clover.

T: This is a fairly clean beer. The body is moderate, as is the carbonation. It is nicely malty upfront, with some bitterness from the hops to balance out the flavor. The aftertaste leaves a slight bitterness that coats the mouth.

M: Decent mouthfeel. A bit thin but the hops and carbonation clear the palate sufficiently for the following sips..

D: This is a solid amber ale; very drinkable. It has good flavor and there is nothing overpowering but there is also nothing that gives this beer distinction or discrimination compared to its American cousins.

Comment: A solid beer that is predictable, balanced and refreshing. A good beer for a softball game or while sitting in the hot tub on a warm summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 04:33:54 | More by dnichols
Photo of mpyle


3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Will preface by saying I was judging this one with a Belgian Pale Ale in mind.

App - pours a huge creamy head. White colored with good retention. Very pale amber color and good clarity.

Aroma - pepper, bisuity/bready malt character

Flav - Biscuity malt flavor dominates early. Crisp hop bitterness balances the malt leading to good balance. Some earthy hop flavor?

Med body and med-high carbonation. No astringency or alcohol warming

O'all drinkability - A nicely balanced beer with Belgian malt character. Not very assertive, but highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 03:21:59 | More by mpyle
Photo of marcellaproust


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A yummy beer, but not for what it is touted for. Yes, people, I am in shithole Lincoln, NE. I'm working on it . . . but NB Fat Tire is one of the few microbrews 1) available and 2) on sale. Othewise, stick with Bud Select or Michelob Ultra or the sorry "local" Empyrean (caveat: yes, the Empy's ESB is good). Anyhow, false advertising on the part of NB, for the much proclaimed "balanced" Fat Tire is actually quite malty and hardly, scarcely hoppy. It's a yummy malty bonanza, one you'd love to have with an acidic, teeth-cleaning dinner such as sashimi or grilled fish and lemon. But there's no hop profile to talk of . . . I'd say this beer is closer to the maibock, maltorama beer profile than it is an amber. Great . . . if that's what you're looking for. If you are looking for balance, or a spring and summer drinking sprint, or a mouth-awakener, then this is not the beer for you. As for the NB wheat, well, that's just not worthy of my radar. Thin and . . . thin and . . . insipid.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 02:59:45 | More by marcellaproust
Photo of inbeertruth


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

On tap at Texas Land & Cattle in Austin, TX, served in a pint mug.

Appearance: The beer is just as it should be: light amber in color with tones of gold. Ample white head, but fades quickly with residuals.

Smell: Toasty, honey, caramel, hint of hops.

Taste: Notes of sweetness, maltiness, cocoa tones with a sweet muscat aftertaste.

Mouth: Smooth and crisp, medium body, normal carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a bad amber. Goes well with steaks and spicy foods. Very easy to kick back and still keep you satisfied.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2007 15:55:53 | More by inbeertruth
Photo of KodyBrannon


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

This beer is a very heavy smelling beer with a slight hint of caramel. The taste is overall fresh, and crisp. It is very light in the mouth and has a slight carbonation to it to make it feel bubbely in you mouth. A nice beer to drink anytime. Pretty much available anywhere, and available anytime.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 14:18:12 | More by KodyBrannon
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

On-tap at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, NV on 8/15/07, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is strong with toasted malts and spice along with caramel and hops.

T: The taste is very malty with flavors of caramel and spice. There’s a pretty good hops presence that provides a nice balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, it’s a beer worth drinking for an entire evening if you want an easy-drinking beer with some substance.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2007 03:10:45 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of genog


3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a trappist Westvleteren looking bottle with the Fat Tire bottle art. Certainly an homage to their inspiration at New Belgium. The beer pours a dark gold color with a slim light white head that does not remain too long. Smell is of roasted malt and slight belgian yeast. Taste is light on dried fruits, and a slim cocoa scent/smell in the taste. Carbonation seems on par with most belgians making this a nice refreshing drink as it is light too.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 16:46:49 | More by genog
Photo of John1985


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

Ale poured a deep amber with a half inch head. Taste had a tangy malt flavor that just seemed a bit off, not really unpleasant but strange. Hops balanced with an adequate bitterness. Overall this is a decent beer but since I'm visiting the great Northwest, I didn't see any reason to dwell too long with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2007 08:51:57 | More by John1985
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
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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