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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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6,573 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,573
Reviews: 1,794
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 138
Gots: 671 | 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 saintwarrick
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New into the state and hoping I'll see what all the buzz is about. Pours a perfectly clear light amber (as you would expect) with a sudsy white head that is a nice size for the style and leaves a nice lace down the glass. Aroma is very biscuity but not a lot else there. Taste follows that, pretty dry at first, bready and plenty of malt there. Not very sweet, reminds me of some of the dryer Octoberfests in that regard. Some dried fruit in the background, but mostly this is just dry, easy-drinking malty brew. No hops to speak of, though this beer is not sweet or cloying in the least.

A solid brew and a fine amber ale but nothing to write home about.

saintwarrick, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of slatetupelo
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a translucent amber color, much lighter than I expected. Leaves a good one inch white head with alright lacing. Just from the looks of this beer it looks like something you would call and Amber Light.

S - I dunno really, nothing special though.

T - Very little bitterness, some malts and just a little sweetness. This beer doesn't taste bad by no means but no flavor really stands out. I almost want to call it bland.

D - I could drink many of these with no problem if there were no better choice in a bar. I don't see myself stocking up on this beer any time soon though with there being better ambers out there.

slatetupelo, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of TeeCee
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Quick review: Very sessionable beer with more flavor than I'd remembered, but not as much as I'd like.

I picked this up as part of New Belgium's Folly Pack 12 pack. I poured it into an American style pint glass hard enough to produce ~2" of head. The body has that tea look I've been noticing lately: totally transparent orangey amber. The head dissipated over the course of a few minutes, leaving sticky traces on the walls of the glass, reducing ~1/8" of foam. Very slight, continuous nucleation.

Malty on the nose. I can't smell any hops discernibly.

The taste is smooth and malty with some hop trailing as I finish the sip. Some hop flavor, but no overwhelming bitterness to speak of. A nice balance.

Not quite as thick in the mouth as I expected. Not quite a light beer, and thicker than a BMC lager. Maybe it is just as thick in the mouth as it should be.

I could drink several of these. They go down easy. I might be turning to something else to get more flavor, but then those something elses would not be very sessionable.

TeeCee, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of woodjm
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 oz bottle at a Piggly Wiggly in Mt. Pleasant, SC this past week. Has a light, amber color with white head that lasts almost the entire drink leaving some really nice lacing. Not a whole lot to the smell - sort of a sweet, malty aroma. Taste is very light; sweet up front and a touch of bitter-dryness at the end. I must say the beer was pretty well balanced, even though it was a little light for my taste. No question, the drinkability is there.

woodjm, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of southernbelle09
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New to SC this week, I finally got out to purchase a bomber. This one pours a clear, amber color with bright white head and very good lacing. Has a subtle sweet aroma, but that's about it. Taste is similar...very light and semi-sweet with a somewhat dry finish. Seems like it is missing something. I think this beer would be much better if it had a bit more malt for sweetness. No doubt, this is a very easy drink and tasted quite fresh. I can't believe its abv is as high as it is. With all the hype, I'd have to say I was expecting more out of this beer. This is the only beer I've had by NB, but I look forward to trying the rest.

southernbelle09, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of cameraready
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden amber color. Lots of light tan head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: Has nice malt smell and hops with hints of pine.

T: Mild bitterness with minor aftertaste.

MF: Smooth, dry, slight carbonation and medium body.

Overall very drinkable and refreshing. Good beer for after a hard day of work.

Notes: Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. Drank 5-30-09 from bottle dated 14Aug09.

cameraready, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of alovesupreme
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Expiration date is in 2 weeks, may have been a bad bottle.
A light amber beer with a foamy head.
A strange aroma dominates this beer, (seafood,steak?) The expiration date is in two weeks so maybe this beer has passed its prime. A pleasant malt character,slight cherry aroma as well as a subtle citrus twang fill in the rest of the beer.
Taste seems a little off but I have never had this beer so I dont know how it should have been. Citrus character as well as a nice malt body make up this beer. Not that much going on.
A good mouthfeel that does exactly as it should and is quite pleasant.
If it were not for the bogus smell and slightly off taste this would be a very pleasant beer.

alovesupreme, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of czfreeman
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fat Tire came to SC earlier this week and now it's time to review.
Pours a light-amber burnished copper tone. Light tan head provide a decent amount of foamy goodness. Light lacing is left.
Light biscuity hoppiness upfront, a malty light bodied palate of aroma. Some carmalized sugar is suggested, a light touch of yeastiness adds a floral note. A sour-cherry tart smell comes through, suggesting a slight oakiness. Wheras most beers in the American Red genre is extremly hopped,i.e Rogue brutal, Big Hoppy Monster, this one defineatley has a Belgian Flair, even if it is somewhat subdued
Taste is sweet/sour maltiness, light carbonation provides a creamy backdrop for tart malts, light floral hoppiness, and a light finish.This beer is very light bodied, no real overpowering notes of anything jumping out. There is no explosion of flavor, nothing very stand out about it. Its good, easy drinking, but nothing really worth the hype surrounding it.

czfreeman, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of grayburn
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an easy entry into craft beer, certainly nothing to write home about, but very well balanced.

A nice light copper color into the glass with a decent head and some lacing.

The smell is minimal, even as the beer warms, some sweetness and a little bit of hoppiness are barely detectable.

The taste is mostly caramel malt with some light hop bitterness and some mint and citrus notes, not strongly flavored at all.

The mouthfeel is crisp, the body is on the lighter side, this leads into a very easy drinking beer. Not my bag, but an excellent gateway.

grayburn, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of Misfit138
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into my pint glass

A- Medium orange in color with a generous head. Rather light for an amber

S- Mostly caramel malts

T- Rather simple taste, mostly caramel malts. No bitterness at all, it says it has hops but I didn't notice any.

M- Pretty light, mild carbonation

D- This is a smooth beer, but rather bland. The drinkability could be high in the right situation. Seems like a beer that is destined for mass consumption and likely a gateway beer.

Misfit138, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of naterock
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a cloudy pale brown color, looks almost like dishwater with a little bit of head retention.

Smells of toasty malt and a little bit of a nutty aroma. just a hint of hops but I smelled the hops better while it was still in the can.

Tastes quite good, nutty with a moderate malt backbone, just a subtle hop that you can't hardly taste until you burp it up.

Mouth is a bit oily and moderately carbonated. Drinks easy straight out of the can or from a glass. I think this is a better beer when you don't have to smell or see it so the can is a good thing. Good, refreshing and a great canned selection for lake time or swimming areas.

naterock, May 29, 2009
Photo of PhillyStyle
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best buy 28 august 2009

1 pint 6 oz bottle

Poured an amber color with a thick white head that was not well retained, except for a thin blotchy cap. Light carbonation could be seen rising to the top.

Aroma was light and grainy with a bready malt backbone. No hops to mention. Not much to it really.

The taste pretty well followed the nose, light, grainy/bready. Pretty simple and too light.

The beer felt light in body but was smooth. Drinkability was above average mainly because of the light flavor and nothing too strong that would be off-putting. Overall, not bad, but I will probably reach for others first, but I would be willing to give it a shot on tap.

PhillyStyle, May 28, 2009
Photo of Kadonny
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a fresh bottle gotten via trade with gramatton. Thanks! Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: A medium reddish brown with a one finger white head. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Sweet bready biscuity malts with a slight hop nose.

T: Start is sweeter with a bready biscuity malty flavor that jumps out. A bit of sweeter fruits with some citrus and herbal hops. A bit of a funky aftertaste, maybe metallic like. Not real complex here.

M: Light and dry, a bit thin.

D: Fairly high, but lack of complexity kind of gets boring a bit.

Overall a decent drinkable beer, but far from stellar. Still, glad I tried it after hearing sooo much about it.

Kadonny, May 26, 2009
Photo of jkrich
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can with freshness date stamped on bottom of can.

Poured a very nice, clear, new penny copper color with a nice 1/4 inch white head that receded slowly leaving some pretty lace. I thought it would be darker and perhaps a little cloudy; the can states "can conditioned."

Not a great deal to discern here. some malt aromas as well as some faint hop aroma.

Taste is largely malty with some caramel flavor. Not much complexity but it is refreshing. I don't taste any of the distinct biscuit like flavors found in Belgian style ales. There is a faint metallic taste.

Moderately carbonated and medium bodied - it leaves a pleasantly sweet after taste. It very soft and non-agressive on the palatte.

The refreshing flavor and low ABV allows one to enjoy several in one session. I have heard about this beer for many years and the hype surrounding it is bound to disappoint. However, this is a good ale and I would recommend it, but I have enjoyed better amber style ales.

jkrich, May 23, 2009
Photo of thain709
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear amber body...white fluffy head...left decent lacing

S - Not too much on the nose...some malt

T - The malts are present on the palate...malty right from the beginning...caramel and a few toasted nuts and grains are mixed in...no detection of hops

M - Light bodied...smooth

D - This was an okay beer for me...but I could easily have a few of these...especially on a spring/summer night

thain709, May 23, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light gold with a huge frothy white head on her. This is an amber? Weird. Great retention. Moderate lacing. Smells very bready and sweet. Some honey-kissed biscuits is what I thought of. Slighty buttery as well.

Mouthfeel was a little thin due to low carbonation. But no big. Flavor is very mellow and unoffensive. I can see why this would be a good "cross over" beer for the macro crowd. This packs some buttery malt, warm breadiness, and finishes sweet enough to kiss. Not bad. I'd get this again.

Onenote81, May 21, 2009
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark golden brown, extremely clear with an average thickness white head and average lacing.

S - Faint aroma, but quite sweet with scent of different combination of malts.

T - This beer didn't have as strong as a flavor as I had thought, given the hype around New Belgium. It had a medium sweet flavor of light malts and spices. Not much hop profile in any part of the beer.

M/D - It has a very light body with little carbonation. But it does finish very clean and smooth.

A little disappointed in this beer since it was my first offering from New Belgium, but I haven't given up on them yet!

VaTechHopHead, May 21, 2009
Photo of stoutfiend27
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased from my local BP station for $2.49 plus tax poured into my foot hills 10oz glass for first sample.. hoo rahh

a-dull amber color with a 1 finger head that lasted a short while..slight lacing..at least the color was right

s-bready and musty not much else..the nose was kinda boring..

t-malty and bready and musty much like the smell..run of the mill

m-thin and not quite what i was expecting...slightly over carbonated imo

d-if i wanted to i could drink this all night but the whole package kinda makes it a one and done for me...

overall a decent amber but i still dont see what all the hype was about when it came to NC...ive had better ambers locally...

stoutfiend27, May 20, 2009
Photo of goatxpower
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So, I was first obsessed by, then burnt out on this beer, and I've poo-pooed it for years now. But, I thought I'd give the little guy another chance, so I picked up a bottle of it tonight

A- Nice amber red. thin, fast dispersing head. Crystal clear.

S- Real toasty, Molasses, German dark bread.

T- Nice maltyness, flavors of toast and biscuits. Slightly nutty. Barely perceivable hops. Saltines?

M- Light, but has some lingering body. The taste of biscuits stays on the tongue long after the sip is done.

D- I'd like to nominate Fat Tire as the new standard for American session beers. This goes down incredibly easy, and packs a lot of flavor. It's not a flavor that I'm always in the mood for, but neither is Pliny the Elder or Mikheller. Doesn't deserve all the "meh" that it often gets from beer snobs (notice I said "snob" and not "geek").

goatxpower, May 20, 2009
Photo of Yesac
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear orange/amber small layer of foamy head.

S- skunky biscuit malt.

T- Holy malt bomb! But I like it. Toasty toasty toasty and a subtle bitter ending. This is like an Oktoberfest beer.

M- Medium bodied. Smooth and creamy.

D- Smooth and toasty, makes this one an easy drinker.

Yesac, May 19, 2009
Photo of PintOHops
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a clear amber with a poor, thin head that reduces quickly. Has about medium carbonation, and leaves some Patchy, soapy lacing. Smells of lightly toasted grains and malts, sweet caramel notes, nutty, very much like chocolate cake. Some slightly earthy notes, and tart grape, but has a major malt profile.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes, ah, like chocolate cake. Lots of flavorful, sweet grainy, malty, molasses, caramel, honey, chocolaty notes flood the palate, there's some lite citrus flavors and subtle hop bitterness in there, but just enough to round it out. Highly malty and very flavorful! Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly silky, small bite of carbonation on the tongue, and lite-medium bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Ive had this wonderful Ale many times before, finally decided to pick up a 6pack to see if it tasted as good as I remembered, and it did! Ive always loved this nearly flawless tasting Ale, my only complaint would be the body, I would appreciate just a little bit more body to it, but otherwise it's perfect to me. I could enjoy 2-3 of these chocolaty desserts on any given day. I absolutely love this beer, and I highly recommend it to everyone. Cheers!

PintOHops, May 19, 2009
Photo of cjohnson
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper-orange with a slightly tan two-finger head.

Smells very yeasty and sweet. Reminds me of toast for some reason. Maybe a little bit of some dark fruits.

The taste is very sweet initially, but has a bit of hop bitterness in the back. Kind of yeasty, but not too much. Overall I'd describe the taste as pleasant, but altogether nothing very exciting going on.

I'm a little bit disappointed in the mouthfeel. If this were a bit more carbonated it'd be very nice, but it just feels flat and plain. Still pretty drinkable.

cjohnson, May 19, 2009
Photo of cnally
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

yeah, yeah...the talk of the town recently as it seems to be the most coveted beer recently introduced to the east side of the Mississippi River.

A fantastic looking beer. A radiant golden orange color with a fluffy, menacing lacy white head. really grand looking stuff.

really grainy aroma. wheat and corn, with a very slight malt aroma. toasted marshmallows a bit, due to its sweet smell. but mellow and not outstanding.

initial hop flavor, but ever so slight. this moves to a impact of grain and yeast, balanced well. the toasted malt they advertise is barely noticible until the aftertaste, which fills your mouth with a vengence.

Creamy, filling feel with a touch of stickiness.

Here is the thing. I have been drinking this beer out of a can since its introduction here in Indiana and merely called it okay. After pouring it out, aerating the drink and being practically moved to tears by its appearance, I have an entirely different viewpoint of the beer. It turned from good to great. No exaggeration. So, don't be lazy, people...pour this beer out into a glass and be amazed at the difference.

cnally, May 17, 2009
Photo of Vonerichs
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber w/ two finger off white head, little lacing.

Smells bready and of sweet caramel malt.

It tastes like a toasted biscuit with a mild sweetness. The toasted flavors are robust. There is a mild floral hop finish that's slightly bitter.

Medium body, good amount of carbonation.

It's an easy drinker. Usually when I'm drinking Fat Tire it's because I'm at an establishment that serves mostly macros on tap and this is the alternative. It makes for a good "go to" beer when I'm in a crunch.

Vonerichs, May 17, 2009
Photo of Dodo2step
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks skeeordye 22 oz bomber poured into a weizen glass

A- a beautiful frothy 3 finger foam head rises almost over my weizen glass. a bright burnt orange color with highlites of amber.

S- sweet biscuity malt smell right off the nose. a nice lil hint of floral hop kicks off the back end to make it all come together nicely.

T- alcohol hits me tongue first. Then comes a bisucity/hoppy type of compound that is followed by sweet malts. Very interesting and unique. Further along through my beer the floral notes come out more.

M- heavy and hopped with alcohol. A sweet floral coating but not as smooth as i would think.

D- very good sessionable beer and would be great for an outside day. Goes down with somewhat of ease but can be fulfiling.

Dodo2step, May 17, 2009
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 6,573 ratings.