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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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7,132 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,132
Reviews: 1,834
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 155
Gots: 970 | 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 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.

Photo of Ybsnroh
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hilton Tavern, NN, VA
Color - nice amber with orange. Pleasant. Looks good
Nose - not much, dissappointing as i need an enticing nose. Not served too cold just no nose
Head - modest with some lace, not a main attribute, rather thin actually
Mouth- right for style. Very nice. A little fizzy.
Taste - hard to pin down. Some hops. No real depth. Darn
Finish - carbonation, not much alcohol whiich is fine, no real changes here
Overal - darn, I Expected more. Pleasant. Low abv to drink all night but nothing to write home about. Need to malt this up a notch but having said that I just ordered another. Chin Chin

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

- from the notes, another New Belgium pickup on the East coast.
A -light amber and crystal clear with a short head.
S - nothing too strong, just some maltiness backed by a small amount of hop aroma.
T - fairly sweet and lacking in any real hoppy follow up. Pretty much unremarkable on the palate.
M - thicker than I expected but still smooth although a bit low in the carbonation.
D - one is a bit of a chore.
The other offerings by New Belgium Brewing are better.

Photo of nimrod979
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear lightly hued bronze with a small white head.
Aroma is mostly caramel malts and biscuity, toasted bread notes. Even a little hop character shows through.
Taste is similar with some bready, roasted malts before giving way to a slightly more bitter floral hop finish.
Medium body with the most exceptional creamy mouthfeel.

Pretty good per the style but I've had so many people tell me this was their favorite beer that you couldn't get on the East Coast. Now that it's here I don't see what all the fuss is about. it's a pretty solid, and very drinkable brew. And I will say, on tap, only intensifies the creaminess and smoothness this beer has. I enjoy it much better on draft.

Photo of blakelive784
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into pint glass -

A - Pours a clear golden amber color. A medium thickness head of 2 fingers forms, but dissipates quickly.

S - Faint hints of caramel malts with very subtle notes of citrus hops. Not impressive at all.

T - Same subdued caramel malt notes as on the nose. Small amount of bitterness but no distinct hops notes or esters.

M - Medium bodied, wet, and crisp. Almost ideal for the style, but highly carbonated.

D - Fat Tire probably serves better as an introduction to microbrews. That being said, there are far worse.

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Orange/red-copper-caramel in color. Small head, does not remain for very long. A little carbonation.

Smells pleasant malty, floral and light. Not too much of a scent.

Tastes refreshing and light. Well-balanced, what really stands out is the sweet malts, almost honey in taste. A few hops come through when you down a sip.

Mouthfeel is smooth and easy, a tinge of creaminess and a little on the watery side. Can't taste any of the light carbonation.

This beer is light and easy to drink, I like the sweet malt taste. I would like it more if the body was a little bit heavier, maybe more carbonation would help as well. Overall, a decent, drinkable beer. I'd like to try it on tap instead of from the bottle.

Photo of Cyrano41
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap in a dark, crowded bar during a UFC fight. I'd been wanting to try this one, being a fan of most things Belgium and beery. Served in a pint glass with very little head. I tried repeatedly to get a whiff of the aroma, sticking my nose into the foam all I could get was a hint of something I couldn't place that was roasted. The color was nice deep cooper when held to the light. The taste was pleasant enough, a good balance of hops and malt with a smooth finish. I don't know what my expectations where, but they weren't quite met. I'll try it again, but Fat tire didn't crack my top ten.

Photo of devinoconnor
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been wanting to try this beer for awhile, but surprisingly it's fairly difficult to find on the east coast.

Came across a 22oz bottle and grabbed it. Pours an orange, brown copper color. Little head from the bottle.

Smell is rather nice. Aromataic with some yeast and orange or grapefruit.

Taste was nice. Nice hops for an amber / red ale. Sweet, and well-balanced.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Orange-copper color with a 1/2" head
S: Fairly aromatic, mostly a rising bread smell, but with a hint of citrus.
T: A bit light, but pleasant wheat biscuit and a bit of a caramel aspect on the finish.
M: Also light, but smooth and balanced.
O: As others have said, a very pleasant sessionable beer though not particularly memorable.

Photo of gueuzer
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

App- Bright reddish copper with a decent white head.

Sm- Mmm toasted biscuits and sweet wort. Excellent.

Ta- Toasted white bread with a firm sweet malt backbone. Subtle floral hops.

Ov- Excellent quaffing brew. One of my absolute favorites and possible the most under-rated beer of all time.

Photo of pburland23
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

I know Fat Tire is somewhat passe as far as craft beers go. But, being from Pennsylvania, I don't see a lot of New Belgium beers in my neck of the woods. So, I was excited to give Fat Tire a try.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Beer pours a clear copper amber with a thin layer of slightly off-white head.

Aroma is biscuity and malty with a hints of roastiness. Taste is very heavy on roasted notes. It's tasty, smooth and very crisp.

Body is middling with an appropriate level of carbonation. I can see why people consider Fat Tire to be such a great gateway to craft beer beer. It's very drinkable and highly sessionable....an enjoyable drink. I'd recommend it to my non-BA friends.

Photo of k7sw
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep amber with a frothy dimpled head
S- Malty bread smell
T- Sour apple, well balanced, sweet a little bit of spicy.
M- Very smooth, first bit seemed a bit flat, probably a poor pour.

I expected a lot coming into this beer and at first sip I was disappointed but it grew on me.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled from bomber in flared ale glass

A: three-finger head; amber color; clear; great lacing
S: very little smell--malty, very light
T: very nice, even taste; toasted barley; nicely balance hopping contributes to hearty flavor; overall semisweet
M: very bouncy, vibrant

A really good ale; the modest ABV belies its intense, nicely balanced flavor

Photo of psuKinger
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a shaker-pint glass.

A: Pours a translucent orange, virtually no "haze", with a thick lively white head on top.

S: My sniffer must be broken? I pick up on... very little. Maybe just a hint of sweetness and an odd "almost spoiled" smell, but everything is VERY faint.

T: Light, thin, and crisp, the "almost spoiled" scent I picked up reminds me a bit of a Pilsner bitterness on the back end, would be interesting to see what kind of hops they are using here. Also, a touch of bisquity malts here as well.

Am having trouble deciding if, when it all comes together, whether it's "pleasant" or not. It's rather "meh". Mediocre.

M: Unremarkable. Finishes a bit dry and leaves a bit of sweatness behind. Carbonation could be a bit more distinguished for my liking.

D/O: An "average" craft beer. I'd have another one at some point in the future, but I'm in no hurry to revisit.

Photo of kawilliams81
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- light copper, minimal head, almost no lacing

S- amber malts and nuts

T- similar to aroma, amber ale with a nutty finish.

M- light bodied. Very easy drinkin. Carbonation very low.

O- ok to drink when no other craft beer is available. I ca see why this is a gateway craft beer.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This pours a nice amber color with a decent white head which leaves behind a little lacing. The smell is of bready malts with a little floral hops. The feel is medium to light. The taste is as expected a little caramel, some biscuit malts with a little hop bite at the end. Overall this is a decent beer, there are far better craft beers but this one is occasionally available in places which only serve the big brand beers and is far better than those.

Photo of gerite
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Nice amber color with a good two finger head and plenty of lacing that seemed to last forever. A crisp clean color and flavor with a slightly carbinated, biscuity malt taste. A very smooth brew that goes down easy and leaves you wanting more. A very good but not a great ale.

Photo of JWU
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, poured into a curved pint glass.

A-Light amber, clear. Puffy head that dissipates fairly quickly, lacing sticks around a little bit. Nice

S- toasted malts, a little bit of flowery hops and a hint of Belgian sweetness of sorts

T- light toasted malts, and nutty. The sweetness is just slightly "Belgiany" to me, but we're not talking like a Dubbel or anything. The malt taste is the very definition of biscuity.

M- light to medium, light carbonation. Not really slick, and not overly drying.

O- I really can see how this is a great "gateway beer" into the world of craft brewing. I'd have this anytime, anywhere.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler. Another gift from Carlos, from Cervezas in South Miami. Bottle dated best before: 18SEP11

A: Pours a burnt amber color with an orange hue with about 1 finger worth of white foamy head. Receeds rather quickly leaving very light, almost no traces of lacing. Some carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass.

S: Nose is mainly malts. Big bready malts, some sweetness as well. Mild floral hops with a great nutty character.

T: Taste is of lightly toasted malts, almost a big nutty flavor. Mild sweetness, but very balanced. Big biscuit-like qualities coming through, I'm enjoying this very much.

M: Medium bodied, great coating of the mouth. The carbonation is a little low, therefore the flavors linger a bit. Overall not bad, but a bit more carbonation would help the flavors more along as well as refresh the palate.

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 7,132 ratings.