Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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3.78/5 rDev +5.3%
I've had this beer while in Chicago a few times, but never reviewed it. While in Denver this past weekend, I finally got a chance to try it again...
This beer poured a nice amber/copper color and was extremely clear. There was next to nothing of a head, with very minimal, if any lacing. The smell was not entirely impressive, but not bad either - there just wasn't anything that jumped out. The flavor is a strong malt that is essentially the backbone of this beer, with a well supported hops to it. Reminded me more of an Oktoberfest though. It had a good, full body that somehow didn't leave me feeling full. The strong point of this beer is certainly its drinkability. This is definitely a beer that I could sit with for a session.
02-02-2009 15:20:19 | More by Jayli
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
Couldn't turn down a fresh 12 oz can for a buck, curious to see how it compares to the pint I had on draft a few months back.
Appearance: A golden amber body with slight haze from the can conditioning. The dense white head holds well, clining to the walls of the glass. Solid.
Smell: Biscuits and light fruitiness. There's a bit of mustiness as well, something that always puts me off with this beer. Honey and pineapple come out as it warms.
Taste & mouthfeel: Rich with toasted malt flavor but well-attenuated. Crisp and dry, lightly estery. Apricot frutiness appears briefly in the finish, which is ultimately on the dry side and tinged with hop bitterness.
A pretty enjoyable session beer, better from the can than from the keg.
01-31-2009 21:25:43 | More by largadeer
4.4/5 rDev +22.6%
My personal favorite...finally widely available in Iowa.
Appearance - beautiful, crystal clear, light brown/amber color with nice, dense head and plenty of staying power. i wish my dog was this color.
Smell - fresh, bit o' hops and a nice amount of spice...very inviting.
Taste - just the right sweetness and hoppiness, caramel and toasty malt.
Mouthfeel - just the right amount of body...you can feel it on the tongue, but its not chewy or too thin; carbonation was excellent.
Drinkability - can't think of a time that it wouldn't be good...
Serving type - bottle, a little colder than recommended.
01-29-2009 02:34:53 | More by tkerugger
4.05/5 rDev +12.8%
Thanks to angelmonster for the opportunity.
Pours a golden/red hue with active and beautiful carbonation. The head didn't stick around too long but I blame this partially on my partial spillage when opening this bad boy.
Smells pretty hoppy. Floral, biscuit, spicy even. Complex, but not what I'd say something that makes me salivate at the thought of drinking.
Tastes like crackers, probably the biscuit taste that everyone mentions. A very crisp finish and light hop bitterness. Not very complex, but enjoyable and fitting of the style.
Mouth is thin and carbonation is high. Anything else would make this beer undrinkable.
I don't know how anyone could say this isn't drinkable, this in fact is damn near a textbook session beer. Shame I can't readily get it here.
01-28-2009 00:02:43 | More by sonicdescent
3.48/5 rDev -3.1%
12 oz. single picked up at Riverside Wine and Spirits in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Best Before: 24APR09.
Appearance: Pours a clear, bright amber body with a large, frothy, white head. Fine, thin lacing throughout.
Smell: Aroma smelling of biscuits and uncooked dough with a tiny note of fruit and spicy, floral hop scents.
Taste: Biscuity malts with a light sweetness. Lightly nutty initially, but as it warms, it develops into more of a grain flavor. Very light hint of pear fruitiness. Floral, spicy hop character with a light bitterness. Finishes dry and crisp.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Simple but highly drinkable and refreshing. It leaves me wondering exactly why the public latched onto this with a fervency and cult following.
01-26-2009 02:02:21 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.75/5 rDev +4.5%
For the longest time this was my "session beer". Before I discovered microbrews and imports, this was the beer I drank when I was required by protocol or when I simply wanted a beer for some reason. As a result, I tend to judge everything else by a "fat tire standard". I try not to, but it's hard to break old habits. In any case, now that I have other REALLY good beers to drink, I tend to think of fat tire as distinctly average. It's not bad, and I'll certainly drink it when it's the best available. There are a couple of clubs in the area that serve fat tire on tap, and they just don't have anything better. In that case, it's a nice beer to drink for the evening. Appearance, smell, taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability are all average. Certainly it beats any of the macros, and at times, if I've not had any other beers for a few days, I can honestly say I enjoy the flavor. Nice balance of hops, and very drinkable for an evening.
01-26-2009 00:30:38 | More by showell
3.45/5 rDev -3.9%
Got a free 12 pack of cans, can't argue with that. Its been a while since i've had one of these.
Pours a light amber color. Nice white head with decent lacing.
Smells of sweet malt and floral and citrus hops.
Sweet malt flavors balance with a fresh hoppiness, citrus, yeast-bread like flavors.
Medium mouthfeel, lots of carbonation dry finish.
A decent drinker. A slightly funky aftertaste. I'll agree that this one is a sort of gateway beer.
01-23-2009 06:03:40 | More by Guzzler78
4/5 rDev +11.4%
Fat Tire Ale poured a golden, clear in appearance with a sweet, bisquity aroma. This biscuity tones that I got from the aroma carried over into the flavor. The mouthfeel of this ale was thick and slightly chewy. I could drink this fine brew all day long.
01-21-2009 23:05:40 | More by introvertedone
3.4/5 rDev -5.3%
I was checking out the inauguration on the TV at a local bar and decided to try this on-tap because the options were not so great.
A: Dark amber. Fluffy white half a finger head. retained a thin head and left some decent lacing. Carbonation was visible.
S: Some bready malt and earthy hops.
T: A bready, biscuity malt. Some caramel sweetness. The hops deliver a crisp finish. The taste was a let-down based on my experience with the bottles. Just seemed to lack spark and was a little watery.
M: Crisp, light body. Medium carbonation that suited it.
D: I had 2, so it was clearly a decent choice among the other beers on hand. I wouldn't go out of my way for it again. I'd rather have a bottle based on my experience.
01-21-2009 04:53:59 | More by sgoodship
4.25/5 rDev +18.4%
A- pretty dull orange color. the head was tiny after an aggressive pour and it quickly dwindled without leaving a trace. but i gotta say i liked the label (that isnt included in my score though)
S- my first smell was really nice. it smells very earthy and woodsy. it has a clear hops aroma that is very pleasing. but i took other sniffs as i sipped and i noticed the smell getting progressively worse. the initially present flowery hop smell was replaced by a mostly metallic character. weird.
T- it tastes just like the bottle boasts. sweet biscuity malt balanced perfectly with a fresh hop taste. the mix is pretty refreshing and good.
M- this gets a 5 because it had a perfect level of carbonation and a really nice mouthfeel. i have to admit, i was worried at first because of the head, or lack there of, but this beer delivered in this category.
D- the drinkability on this beer is high because the fresh feeling you get as you drink it leaves you very refreshed and wanting more-- great session beer.
01-21-2009 03:44:16 | More by ssam
4.08/5 rDev +13.6%
A: Great looking beer with a transcendent golden amber color with a nice thick foamy head with lacing.
S: Nice crisp fresh smell for this amber ale. It has a slight caramel sweetness and smells of hops present as well.
T: Very simple taste but not at the expense of flavor. It features nice caramel tones with toasted malts along with fruity traces. Much more complex taste than anticipated.
M: Feels nice and crisp in the mouth with nice coating.
D: High, I can see myself drinking this alot more in the near future.
Final Thoughts: I have seen this beer all around lately and have been waiting to buy it. I'm glad I bought it. It is a simple beer that tastes good and is very drinkable.
01-18-2009 03:08:59 | More by cagocubs
4.4/5 rDev +22.6%
Fat Tire is my go-to beer when going out on the town to local LA bars and restaurants that don't cater specifically to a beer crowd.
What I like most is the slightly caramel flavor and the light carbonation that gives it a refreshing quality. It's also a great gateway beer to introduce non-beer drinkers to the joys of drinking good beer.
01-15-2009 08:39:51 | More by teknofile
3.83/5 rDev +6.7%
Jan 14, 2009
Pours a clear, medium amber color with slightly off-white head, diminishes to light head after a few minutes. Nice, pleasant aroma - just right for an amber ale. Moderate bitterness, balanced flavor through finish. I enjoy drinking this beer when I want something "in between". Color, aroma, taste, finish is all there for me. Also, at under $7 a 6-pack, it's a very good beer for the money. Cheers!
01-15-2009 03:38:36 | More by OzarkElmo
District of Columbia
3.8/5 rDev +5.8%
Nice looking 12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
A: Pale clear golden amber with a steady stream of tiny bubbles of carbonation and a light fluffy white head that fades to a nice ring with webs of sticky lacing.
S: Malty, biscuity aroma, a slightly sour fruit smell and light presence of hops in the finish.
T: A slightly sweeter version of the smell. Nice smooth medium body with light carbonation. Strong malt/caramel biscuit backbone and light hop taste in the finish. Nothing remarkable in the flavor, but overall a very good, extremely drinkable amber. My mind drifts to comparing this to Magic Hat #9 as far as "cult" status goes and this is so much better and more enjoyable.
01-14-2009 19:58:21 | More by yourefragile
3.73/5 rDev +3.9%
Poured cool from the 12-ouncer into a tall glass this shows a glowing amber color with a fair white foam and decent lacing. The aroma is a pleasant malt and wheat, simple and mellow. The taste is a bit different, tangy with a bite, almost lemon wheat going on. Not as pleasant or sweet as the aroma suggested. There are hints of pumpkin and wheat, it's a bit on the thin side. It mellows as it warms and shows a little more malt sweetness. Decent but not terribly inviting. Medium drinkability.
01-14-2009 05:59:41 | More by Durge
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
A - This pours up a golden honey color, leaning towards amber, with a rocky white head
S - malt and citrus hops in the aroma
T - Faint grainy malt flavor accented with hops. While I'm not an amber fan, this is definitely an amber.
M - Thin with medium low carbonation
D - Not a bad amber. Easy to drink.
01-12-2009 23:13:43 | More by hiikeeba
3.7/5 rDev +3.1%
This is an ok beer. It has a nice, amber color with minimal to moderate head. The aroma is mainly toasty/bready with a hint of caramel. It is a fairly light tasting beer. The overwelmingly noticeable flavor is toast with a little caramel flavor. It feels light on the tongue with moderate carbonation.
The light flavors make this a very drinkable beer. I could easily put lots of this away on a hot day yet still enjoy the fact that I'm drinking a beer that I can savor (to some degree.)
Don't let the fact that this beer is way overhyped deter you from trying it.
01-12-2009 22:53:21 | More by joerodiii
3.7/5 rDev +3.1%
Poured from a 22oz bomber with a freshness date in a an American pint glass. Purchased at BevMo in Glendale, AZ.
A - Pours a nice head. Amber color with medium carbonation. Little bit of lace, but probably would have been more if I'd used my usual dishwasher free glass.
S - Sweet malty smell. Not much detection of hops.
TM&D - Medium bodied with biscuity malty flavor. Very easy drinking session beer. Light on the hops.
Due to the good distribution and drinkability I keep a sixer around for guests and when I just want a cold one.
01-11-2009 15:40:37 | More by JollyToper
4.22/5 rDev +17.5%
Nice one finger white head, clear amber in color. Lively in carbonation with nice head retention and great lacing
First smell is of some piny hops. Also some sweet malts and very faint alcohol aroma
First taste is of sweet roasted malt with some toffee or caramel. Very faint hop taste with a tiny bit of bitterness smoke at end.
Nice balance of carbonation. Light , smooth, and sweet going down.
Fat tire was one of the first craft beers i tried and still one of my favorites. Highly drinkable session beer. Great flavors from one of my favorite breweries, highly recommend everyone to give it a try
01-10-2009 04:12:33 | More by angelmonster
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
Light, great flavor that's not too strong or overpowering in either direction; malt or hops. The malts are toasty and chocolatey. Kind of reminds me of a schwartz or or something. The hops are pretty light, just the
right amount of bitterness to balance this one out. There's a bit of fruitiness coming through somewhere...I can't put my finger on it exactly but it reminds me of peach or apricot, just a hint.
(after reading some other reviews i agree with the cherry comments as well)
Really good session beer.
01-09-2009 13:57:42 | More by toweringpoo
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
The aroma is both hoppy and malty. The appearance is light amber with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma with both caramel and biscuits. The palate is smooth. Overall this is a well balanced beer. Simple but it tastes good and works well with just about any food.
01-09-2009 08:54:53 | More by nick76
4.03/5 rDev +12.3%
Appearance- Pale Amber with a fluffy three finger head. Nice lace in glass
Smell- Hint of chocolate cherry and biscuit.
Taste- Medium sweetness with predominant flavors of chocolate cherry, biscuit maltiness. Hops are less apparrent among the malty qualities. Flavors are far less balanced in bottles than on draft.
Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied, very light amber for an amber ale
Drinkability- Bottles are quite drinkable. A good session beer. This beer is significantly better on draft.
01-03-2009 09:15:45 | More by olmatty
3.28/5 rDev -8.6%
a: This was very pale and almost golden. Not what I expected from an amber ale.
s: Some mild bread or crackers, not much else.
t: Fairly bland, but absolutely flawless. Mild sweet bread and a tiny hop tingle. Nothing off here, which is amazing for a beer that is so mildly flavored.
m: Gently foamy carbonation.
d: A west coast Yuengling. Not bad, but not a stand out. This is a rare beer that is exactly what it wants to be. I feel like maybe I underscored this one.
01-02-2009 15:26:26 | More by DIM
3.35/5 rDev -6.7%
I've been dying to try this as it seems everyone can get it but nor'easters.
Pours a crystal clear light honey color. HUGE white, foamy head with good retention. Left several lace rings. Flowery scent.
Tastes light and fruity. Biscuity malt, and subtle pear and white grape juice flavors. I was expecting something intense but this is very mild and pleasing. Even the carbonation is gentle. Good simple beer.
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01-01-2009 21:25:00 | More by donkeyrunner
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
A: A nice looking amber color with an off white head that disappeared within what seemed like only seconds leaving a small amount around the edge of the glass.
S: Caramel is the most prominent scent that stands out in this otherwise rather bland smelling amber.
T: As the smell indicated the most recognizable taste was that of caramel and a bread-like taste. As one reviewer said this is on the lower end of the medium bodied scale.
M: The beer stays carbonated and crisp throughout the entire drink and is smooth as it is consistent.
D: The beer's lightness does make for a very drinkable beer, one that could be drank easily for quite a period of time.
12-31-2008 07:55:54 | More by AdmiralDiaz
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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