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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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6,824 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,824
Reviews: 1,809
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 143
Gots: 785 | 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 erosier
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice copper/amber color with a tall and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of biscuit-y malts, then some caramel notes and a touch of vanilla at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, more toasted biscuit-y malts, a small amount of caramel and vanilla thrown in at the end.
M: Creamy, perfect amount of carbonation, lighter bodied than it looks.
D: Very drinkable, it's a milder beer but it is quite sessionable.

erosier, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fat Tire Amber Ale | 355 ml. | 5.2% ABV | 2010

Brewer: New Belgium Brewing Inc.
Style: American Amber / Red Ale
Glass: Flute

Bright copper with a fantastically foamy, cream-colored head. Good retention, excellent lacing spattered against the side of the glass.

Musty, with a hard biscuity malt and subdued floral notes.

It's characterized by mild bready, biscuity malts that leave a cigar-smoke oaky haze in the back of my throat. A flash of hops leaves a juicy bitterness on the tip of the tongue mid-sip. Finishes dry and toasty.

Medium-bodied with an even feel. Moderate carbonation.

Very accessible, but not quite as complex. The oaky cigar smoke feel is it's most distinguishing feature.

Price = $5 at The Plow and Angel

BeerNemesis, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of hu5om
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- amber, bronze fairly transparent. poured 2 nice fingers of cream head though retention was subpar. some light lacing
bottle into my New Belgium goblet, I think the glass is the best thing they make.

s- a bit light, caramel and spice, some vanilla

t- caramel throughout with a spiciness that lingers after for a moment. pretty well balanced overall

m- fairly smooth, neither thick nor thin. nothing special here

d- if you can't get a real micro...why not? not thier best (lips of faith anything, 1554, etc.)

but a good gateway "micro." They seem like a good bunch at New Belgium, make some sick goblets, and use a lot of green energy.
To sell this much beer, though, you can't take many risks.

hu5om, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of unclejimbay
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6 pack courtesy of UD at Saturday family Grad party, 6/26/10.

Given all the hype I was unsure how this one would stand up. I really enjoyed the taste, a unique twist on an amber, sort of toasty/biscuity with a hint of medium dark fruity-ness. Reminds me of some Belgian Dubbel Ales, without to much character from the yeast.

Enjoyable? Why yes, I do believe so.
Unique? Why yes I would agree.
Rites of Passage for all beer lovers? Not necessarily...
Worth a try? Why yes of course.
Hype worthy? Sure possibly so depending where you live. I like NB, and I think this is a nice flagship offering, especially since it is so widely accessible, just not in my area.

I need to revisit this review? Why yes, yes I do. I need to try this brew again when I have less distractions going on and give some solid feedback on Appearance, Smell and Mouthfeel.

Future detailed review pending, but this one is a start for future reference...

unclejimbay, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of velosuds
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by date August 22, 2010. Bottle dating is one of this beer's finest attributes. Too bad, it is not a better beer. Its popularity is surprising.

A-Light amber hue, too light for style. Pour produced about a 1 1/2 finger heard that left only scant lacing.

S-Almost like cheap macro beer. Very faint pale and caramel malts, but virtually nothing in the nose from hops that I could discern.

T-Nondescript like everything else about this beer. It tasted much more like an APA. Probably contributes to its popularity. A light tasting beer that is better than anything from BMC.

M-A bit harsh from too much carbonation.

D-Pass. There are many, thankfully, better beers in this and other styles available for a similar price.

Good marketing doth not a great beer make. I wanted to like this, but it really is mediocre.

velosuds, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a nice amber color, which you would expect for an amber ale. The head is fluffy and off-white in color.

S: A very creamy, caramelly aroma. Quite sweet and biscuity without too much in the way of hops. The caramel note borders on being buttery, but isn't quite there.

T: Essentially the same qualities that are present in the nose manifest themselves here in the flavor. A solid biscuit and toasted malt base with a pleasant caramel sweetness and creaminess.

M: The body is medium with moderate carbonation.

D: While this isn't my favorite beer, I do not quite understand the "hate" toward it. It's certainly an easy drinking beer and one that is a good "beginner" craft offering.

womencantsail, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of DioS
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a smooth rather inactive but persistent decent looking foam. Smell is not strong, slightly fruity and like lightly roasted malt. The taste is quite unique, like cookie. I suppose this would be one of my first strongly biscuity beers. I was reminded of the Givenchy Pi cologne with its ability to evoke this warm, appetizing cookie flavor where there's no cookie in sight. I find this beer quite easy drinking, but the unique flavor makes it an option only when I specifically want something like this.

DioS, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of kwjd
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While on vacation in the US, I was at a restaurant without too much craft selection, so I finally decided to try Fat Tire. It poured a deep amber with a nice head without much lacing. Smells very sweet, similar to caramel. Taste has slight hop bitterness and lots of the caramel. Nice carbonation. A fine beer. Nothing to rave about, but certainly a beer I'd have again in a similar situation.

kwjd, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of movingtrain
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle sampled from a Duvel glass.

Pours a nice amber color, but with very little head. Even with the Duvel glass agitation, not much is happening up top.

The aroma is nice and malty...caramel notes, hazelnut, roasted apple, wet grains, cereal, oats, and hints of honey and vanilla.

Heavy malt notes up front, followed by a creamy sweetness. There is a dry bitter bite up front, as well. Some caramel notes, crusty bread, oats, some spice, and a light hop backbone.

This is a nice, refreshing beer. The taste is average, nothing super outstanding, but no bad notes to speak of. Fat Tire is drinkable with a nice effervescent mouthfeel and summer-sweet aroma. It's nice to see this beer working it's way around the states.

movingtrain, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of bobsy
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of TJ - thanks man! Frankly, I didn't have high expectations of this one and didn't crack it until I needed some beer to go in a stew. I drank it for a while and added the rest to my dish.

Pours a rich amber with strong red highlights and an off-white head that left some slippery lace as it dropped to a thin film. Fairly standard appearance for the style. Strong toasty aroma, with lots of biscuit and a splash of caramel. Light acidity and maybe a hint of citrus. I prefer my ambers to be hopier than this, but as this is supposed to be Belgian-influenced I'm happy to cut it some slack. Flavour-wise this isn't going to make you stop what you're doing and let out a whoop of joy. It's a decent, easy-drinking beer, but it's a little flat and a little plain. If it were a bike ride it would be going down a country lane with endlessly flat farmland on either side. Pleasant, but without any real point of interest. Toasty biscuit dominates, with a touch of brown sugar in the middle, and that nagging acidity turning up in the finish where I hoped the hops would be. The medium-light mouthfeel makes this drinkable, but again does not mark this out as anything special.

Accessible and without any real defects, but also void of any real interest. The sort of beer that would be a gentle intro for non-craft drinkers, and would probably work well up at the cottage. Hard to believe that the same brewery also makes La Folie.

bobsy, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of bluetyger86
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was suggested to me by a friend. Had from bottle.

A:Deep gold color, nice head, medium carb.

S: Toasty and caramel.

T: Very nicely balanced between hops and toastiness.

M: Medium body.

D: Easy to drink.

Not my everyday beer. But I would drink again.

bluetyger86, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of jt31914
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had it on-tap at a local italian place J Benjamin's;

A: Copper-amber color with little to no lacing or head. Typical.

S: Smells of crystal malt and toasted aromas abound.

T: Similar to smell. Toasted biscuitiness with some smoked crystal malt flavors balancing each other out. Little to no hops.

M/D: Quite drinkable and overall very nice. Mouth is a bit dry and acidic for me.

jt31914, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of smanders
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you're in Denver International Airport (New Belgium Taproom), or anywhere in Denver for that matter, try Fattie on tap. It's so smooth.
This ale is mostly malt in the nose but there are some hops mixed in there too. Quite possibly the smoothest ale on the planet. Whether the climate is hot, cold, or mild, the perfect balance of Fattie on tap is heavily drinkable. If you find yourself in a situation where the selection is lacking, in terms of "extreme" beers, choose the Fattie. You'll be glad you did.

smanders, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of webbcreative
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours Deep Amber color with 1 finger white head, and left wonderful lacing - is really quite beautiful in the glass. Would have gotten a 5 from me if I could have gotten a little more head out of it.

Aroma - is kinda of metallic - really have to dig hard to get some bready notes and just a touch of sweetness.

Taste - get some bready character upfront followed by just a bit of crystal malt sweetness but not too much. Not any hop bitterness from this one. Finishes in the sweet side.

Mouthful is on the thin side of medium and nicely carbed.

Overall, this is a great, easy drinkin', beer! One I could consume copious amounts of on a warm day at a bbq, taking in a game or just playing poker. There is nothing too complex or complicated going on with this one, and sometimes thats just what Im looking for. This brew disappears faster from my glass than any other beer I drink. This is my Bud Light! Too bad I have to go to Texas to get it though....

webbcreative, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden color with a tinge of red. Two finger head on it. Some pretty solid lacing.

S - Roasted caramel malts and a surprisng hop profile, although it is all a bit muted.

T - Actually a very tasty beer. Nice malts, not too sweet, and a nice hop bite on it. Nothing spectacular, but a great take on a red and a nice drinking beer.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation.

D - Not hugely drinkable for the amount of alcohol it has, but did the first one easily enough, had to work through the second.

AgentZero, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of Spica66
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Deep gold color, one-finger head, medium carb.

S: Toasty and caramel.

T: Very nicely balanced between hops and toastiness. I really like this beer.

M: Medium body. Carbonation sparkles.

D: Easy to drink.

I always drink this when I am out in Arizona. I like it very much for a mid-afternoon beer. Not too heavy or light. Very balanced.

Spica66, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of BeerandBeer
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had my first taste of this at a Suns game on tap. It sat well in the frosted glass and was nice going in. The surroundings probaly made it taste better to me than it actually was or the bottle version just doesn't taste as good. The bottle is good, but would call it an average beer. It's definately enjoyable and is an easy pick in most resturaunts when just the bud or miller selections are available.

BeerandBeer, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of SAtaMi
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A deep golden color. Small white head.

Smell - Caramel and roasted malts with a nice crusty bread smell.

Taste - Like the smell the caramel shines through. The toasted bread and roasted malt is very balanced with the hops. Leaves a nice sweetness behind.

Mouthfeel - Mid bodied and crisp. Good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - I like it. New Belgium has a winner here. A nicely balanced beer for any time of the year.

SAtaMi, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of Kemmerlin
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: amber red color filtered with a thin 1 finger width off white head and thin lacing on glass.
S: sweet caramel molasses malt aroma with spices and hops blended very well in the nose.
T: a sharp sweetness in the front followed by light mixture
of aromatic and bitter hops a good mix nontheless.
M/D: light bodied and the sweetness really hits the mouth hard. Altogether a good drinkable beer great anytime you really jut want a cold one.

Kemmerlin, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of bierenutz
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-The color was a clear amber, that much I can say. It took a vigorous pour into a glass to muster a less than finger width thing head that quickly evaporated leaving minimal lacing.
S-Mostly sweet carmel mixed with a sour citrus smell close to cherries. There is faint hop and roasted malt aromas as well.
T-Bready and malty with some bitterness of the hops at the finish.
M-Medium bodied which was surprising given the mild carbonation but it finishes almost flat in texture.
D-I can see how some may like this as their "session" beer, sadly, I'm not one of them. It was just okay, but I was glad to try it after hearing so much about it.

bierenutz, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, it is amber colored. And it has a decent head.

In the nose there is a little honey with some sweet grains. Somewhere there is a barely perceptable, lonely hop.

The taste follows the nose fairly well. Not much going on, but it is pretty easy-going.

In the mouth it feels exactly like a soft drink. I'm still undecided, even after a few days since my notes, if this is a good thing.

Ok, I get it. It's a good introductory beer. They aren't really doing anything wrong. Probably the least offensive beer ever. It's like the Dane Cook of beers, just enough outside of mainstream for you mom to like, too.

RomaniIteDomum, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Light to medium pale amber colour with half as finger of bubbly white head. Some visible carbonation, not not overly carbonated.

S - Crisp bready malts with a slight hop presence.

T - Predominantly malt palate: bready with biscuit. Some toffee and a very slight hop bite.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation.

D - Excellent amber ale. Could drink many, many of these at once. If only they distributed anywhere near me I would constantly stock this in the fridge.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of Phelps
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap Memorial day weekend.

Looks: honeyed. The liquid shimmers a beautiful clear dark amber with a tiny white head that recedes to a ring as I watch.

Smells: classic. Honey, burnt biscuits, bubble gum, rye. Still unique and good.

Tastes: like biscuits. A properly subdued sweetness balances with a good grainy character and some subtle roastiness. Uncomplicated yet solid.

Feels: aqueous. A watery body, plus some very high carbonation combine to result in a rather average mouthfeel.

Drinks: like sensibility. Fat Tire is probably not the best amber you'll ever find, but it's the most widely available, likely the cheapest, and tastes damn fine with a salmon dinner.

Phelps, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of corby112
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber color with a two finger light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Toasty malt aroma with hints of caramel, toffee and hazelnut. There is also a slight earthy hop character in the nose.

Medium bodied with a subtle dry hop presence up front that provides nice balance to the sweet toasty malt notes. The malt flavor is stronger than I expected with hints of caramel, toffee and hazelnut. The toasted character of this beer was really nice without going over the top and provides a nice comlexity that is often missing in this style.

corby112, May 29, 2010
Photo of Goliath
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a two inch light tan head. There is retention and a nice bit of lacing.

The aroma is fine. There is a swwet caramel aroma with a bit of an agressive hay quality. There is also a faint hop aroma in the background.

The taste is fine. A light hop presence adds a bit of bitterness to the beer. The beer is a bit more malt forward though. There's a nice dose of caramel and again I get a hay like character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little on the flat side. It's kind of dull and lifeless.

Drinkability is fairly high. The ABV is relatively low making it a more sessionable beer. The flavor profile is unique but not overly impressive. I can't see myself draining more than a handful of these without getting bored.

Goliath, May 28, 2010
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 6,824 ratings.