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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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BA SCORE
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6,794 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 6,794
Reviews: 1,809
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 142
Gots: 776 | 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 thekanna
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light amber with a decent amount of white head.

S: Subdued hops and faint toasted caramel malts.

T: Strong hops at the outset which leads into a biscuity, toasted rice type taste. Hops are still present but muted in the aftertaste, and mostly the toasted rice shines through.

M/D: Light, juicy, muted carbonation. A relaxing and drinkable brew. Good refresher from the meatball sub I was having.

thekanna, May 20, 2010
Photo of Kwak
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it poured nice from the bottle with a fluffy white head

into a stem beer glass

the hed was thick and stayed with us for almost the whole beer

nice hoppy smell not to overbearing with a little sweetness

little malty flavor in the end

very drinkable had two cant wait to have the other four

Kwak, May 20, 2010
Photo of beerguy04
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-oranga, amber color with a little white head
s- slight carmel and hop aroma
t and m- biscuity and carmel with a hoppy aftertaste
d- one of the better american ambers and im happy about its increased avaliability this one is also a good social beer due to its not real strong

beerguy04, May 11, 2010
Photo of wesclaypool
4.53/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a New Belgium goblet paired up with a Chipotle burrito.

a - Clear, dark orange with a half inch of head.

s - Pretty strong hops aroma with a bit of caramel.

t - Sweet, malty taste with the hops coming through at the very end.

m - Light body with a good amount of carbonation.

d - Very drinkable. Its easy to see why this one is so popular.

wesclaypool, May 11, 2010
Photo of kneeland
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I love ambers and this one doesn't disappoint. Great color, wonderful taste, but not much on the head side. I had never even heard of Fat Tire until last summer, and since then it has blown up. Almost every bar has it on tap now, so it must be a fan favorite. It's definitely one of mine.

kneeland, May 09, 2010
Photo of stewart124
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light copper in color with a centimeter of fluffy white head.

Biscuit and caramel hit the nose first with a nice earthy/citrusy note in the bacground.

Plenty of body and biscuity character with just the right amount hop spice. Light caramel notes with some slight hints of vanilla. This overall character and body really come off just like liquid bread but it drinks so well. The hops are subdued by the malt bill but add a nice subtle citrus and earthy note.

I am a huge fan of the drinkability of this American amber. It is obviously on the malty end of the spectrum but it stands alone among American ambers and has gathered a huge following.

stewart124, May 09, 2010
Photo of Shumista
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

No internet access where we are staying in the Palm Springs area so we came into town to find a coffee shop and get on the internet. Very surprised to find 6 taps at the coffee shop including fat tire, ranger IPA, and stella. Anyways I decided that a beer sounded much better than an iced coffee, so hear I sit with internet access and my beer while my girlfriend checks her email...what to do?

A- Clear amber orange, small white head.
S- Biscuity malt, light hoppiness.
T- Lightly sweet, biscuity malt followed by a slight hop bitterness.
M- Crisply carbonated, pretty refreshing when cold on a hot day in the valley.

A lot of people respond with "oh you mean like fat tire?" when I say I like craft beer. Well no, that's not exactly what I mean, nonetheless very drinkable and pretty tasty on a hot day. I could drink these all afternoon and be pretty happy. Also, much better than an iced coffee...where are the rotating taps Starbucks? This is a pretty good idea.

Shumista, May 08, 2010
Photo of SimpleBeerLover
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A good, reddish amber color.

Smell: Lots and lots of hops and malt right away, with some caramely smell coming out of the bottle as soon as I opened it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very crisp, actually to the beer's detriment since the crispness interferes with the initial flavor, but once its in your mouth, it has a very nice flavor. Very heavy on the hops.

Drinkability: I could put these away all night.

SimpleBeerLover, May 03, 2010
Photo of robwestcott
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured to a clear plastic solo bar cup in a college bar - which 20 years ago I'd have had less problem with I suppose...

foamy 1/2 finger head. malty, well balanced, imperceptible hops, first time on tap after many bottles. can't say I noticed much difference.

easy to drink, easy on the taste buds. best when cold.

robwestcott, May 01, 2010
Photo of SickGnar
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly amber hued, bright, clear, golden copper. Good size white head. Keeps a cap most of the way, and a ring all of the way down. Nice lacing.

S: Biscuity! Some general malty sweetness, some toastyness, a faint fruity note, and a non-descript hint of hops.

T: Biscuity, toasty malt. Start to finish. Some malty sweetness, but not much in the way of hints or notes of other stuff except a little bit of grainy husk at the end. Nope. Just lots of well rounded toasty biscuit. The fruit note takes on a pear character with a very slight hint of yeast. The hops are stronger than in the nose but still in the background. They seem more English than anything else - grassy/earthy and faintly medicinal.

M: Crisp CO2 on medium body. Not remarkable in any way, but quite spot on.

D: One of the uber "gateway" brews. Supremely drinkable for newb and nerd alike.

SickGnar, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of weasbri
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale copper color, good head and lacing.
Mostly malty aroma, toasty, biscuity.
Great balance though in the flavor. More biscuity from the malt, but also a good hoppiness too. A good mouthful gets a solid bite, but small sipping shows off more of the floral nature.
The balance of the beer does it for me, making it a very sessionable beer.

weasbri, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of wchesak
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass

A - orangey tan color, half a fingers of bubbly off white colored head, leaves some decent strands of lace

S - caramel, light floral hops

T - more caramel, some bready malt, some lemony bitter hops

M - Thin medium bodied if that makes sense, carbonation is good and keeps the head sitting on top

D - gf picked this up for me, along with some other New Belgium's in NC since its not distributed to VA; finally just getting around to drinking this, too many other beers to try before this one; not bad, but not great, its pretty hot out so it fit the weather alright, if NB comes to VA ill stick with their Lips of Faith series

wchesak, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of IrishJava
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a substantial head. A strange smell... still pleasant but unexpected. Taste was very good, I would definitely consider it a summer beer best enjoyed in the heat. It was not too hoppy or too malty. It's not a beer I would drink more than four of at a time, but relatively light enough to be enjoyed in quantity. Great beer.

IrishJava, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of kdawg105
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer not realizing that it was part of a six pack that I had bought of the ranger. The appearance was very nice though not as much lace as I had hoped for. The smell was good but not what I expected. The taste was not the best when I comes to amber ales but hey it my be up your alley. The mouthfeel was good with a clean finish. I don't know if I would say that it has a good drinkability just because it took me quite a while to finish the first one. It is definetly not a beer I would drink 12 of.

kdawg105, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of MeisterBurger
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a decent amount of head. Laces okay.

Smells like peaches and caramel with a whiff of a freshly opened pack of cigarettes.

The taste is nice, but very light. It satisfies just enough so as not to warrant complaint, but by no means is this a going to knock anyone's socks off. A mildly sweet and toasty, almost creamy malt center is washed away by a moderate amount of floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

A decent beer and a good drinker, it would certainly make for a good gateway beer, and one I could session easily. But at the same time, let's just say I'm not especially broken up about the fact that I can't get this in Ontario, Canada.

MeisterBurger, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of klkatz
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

given to me a by friend in Atlanta. He says it's his new favorite. The brew has just made its way east from Colorado.

the color is lighter than you'd expect after smelling it. It's very clear, golden like apple juice. 1/2 inch thick white head.

the smell is malty and nutty.

tastes like a nutbrown ale... advertised as an amber ale. this beer is very nutty.

takes a few sips to get used to the nuttiness, but the drinkability is there after the adjustment.

klkatz, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of Minkybut
2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a dark gold sorta color. The beer poured a off white head that was really nice. The smell was terrible like rotten fruit or something. The taste was watery with a bunch of clashing horrible flavors banging each other. I will never buy this beer again

Minkybut, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of zoso493
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, so here is the infamous Fat Tire, the beer that the non-craft drinker will open while proudly proclaiming that they are drinking "good beer." Let's see how accurate that assessment is. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a straight-sided pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a rather odd-looking orange-amber color that is quite atypical for an American amber ale. There's very little haze to it, and atop the beer is a very thin one-finger head that dissipates quikcly, leaving some trace lacing as it subsides.

Smell: I'm hyperventilating trying to find something to smell in this beer, but I'm coming up almost empty. There is the faintest scent of toasted malt with just a hint of orange peel complementing the malts. I can pick out no hops in the smell, which is ominously suspect for and amber ale.

Taste: The taste is equally as bland as the smell would indicate. There is some very, very, very light toasted malt followed by a slight hop bitterness to finish, but that's about it. I'm very unimpressed.

Mouthfeel: Fat Tire is beyond thin in the mouthfeel department. The beer just disappears into your stomach as soon as it enters your mouth. This does make it pretty drinkable and fairly refreshing, though.

Drinkability: This is a nicely drinkable beer, as it goes down very easily and is pretty light on the flavoring.

Overall, this is a very mediocre beer, in my opinion. I can say that after having tried it, it is unequivocally not what I would call a "good beer" but is a beer worth trying. I've never been impressed with New Belgium, and Fat Tire has only served to further solidify my opinion about them. I don't have any empirical evidence to support this statement, but I would venture to say that is the most purchased craft beer in the United States. After having tried it, I can't for the life of me understand why.

zoso493, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this one pours a clear goden amber color with some white head with halfway decent retention. leaves a nice lace as well.

the aroma definately leans more to the malty side. toasted malts, biscuity, bready, somewhat buttery. some faint hop aromas way in the background.

i enjoy the taste a lot more than the aroma would suggest, but definatly not living up to all the hype in my opinion. again with toasty, biscuity, buttery, bready malts taking over the palate. some slight hop flavors and bitterness.

a crisp refreshing mouthfeel, a little high on the carb. medium to light body. a very sessionable beer, very easy drinking and easy to enjoy a bunch of these. this is mostly all i drank while on vacation in vegas. i cant get this anywhere in western new york so i brought a couple back as it was everywhere in vegas

dogfishandi, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good dark amber and brown color, decent white head, minimal lacing, absent any aroma.

Taste, heavy malt, little hops. A woody taste, a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg perhaps. A degree of sweetness and biscuit like feel. Mouthfeel gets thin downward, but enjoyable. Drinkable easily.

This beer is the trendy target for extreme beer/hopheads that drink little else or people with beer geek superiority complexes, but there's nothing wrong with it, its a session beer. Think outside the beer trend box.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of SamN
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear and lively. Copper brown color, big, loose foamy head that seems better out of the can.

S- Background of sweeter bread malts, some foreground of fragrant floral hops, but mostly a nutty, maltier aroma.

T- Not super flavorful, a tad biscuity. Bread like malts with crisp citrus twangs. Unfortunately, this taste is rather dry and boring, like a dry biscuit.

M- Pretty lively carbonation, spritzy, Light body, rougher carbonation feel.

D- Not my favorite NB beer of all time. A good introduction to craft beer for those too timid and prone to pants-pissing to try anything with balls. But, this isn't bad, nor it is unoriginal, just a little boring and monotone.

SamN, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of rarbring
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It really is a clear amber brew, with an off-white head, leaving little lacing.

The smell is mostly sweet and malty, some hops. A perfumic impression.

Some sweetness, lots of malt giving a biscuit experience, some hoppy bitterness balancing it quite well.

Medium carbonation, small aggressive bubbles, a dry finish.

A good well-balanced craft beer.

rarbring, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of ZeroSignal
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cooper-amber color wit a somewhat thin white head.

S - Malty nose with hints of sweetness and grain

T&M - Heavy biscuity flavor, grains, very light sweetness and some hops bitterness that smooths everything out nicely. Very smooth with a slight dryness.

D - Very drinkable; I can see throwing a few of these back no problem. Very happy to have had an opportunity to try a beer not available in my area.

ZeroSignal, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of dopehousex3
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had Fat Tire at a bar and in my opinion its ok but nothing special about. It had a nice look smelled nice and did go down really smooth but there was nothing to make me want to keep drinking Fat Tire amber ale again or go out to buy a 6 pack. I guess ill only drink it again if some one else buys lol.

dopehousex3, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of whiplash3825
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange-copper with a medium-sized head that doesn't stick around very long. Some lacing left on the glass as you drink it.

Floral scents were the first in the nose, followed by lightly toasted malt.

Bready slightly-sweet malts noticed first in the taste; solid hops in the background, though more muted than the malts which seems appropriate. Hops flavor seems to be intensifying as the beer warms some. Some graininess and alcohol burn in the finish.

Nice mouthfeel, though slightly thin for my taste. Nicely carbonated.

Great drinkability! Thinner mouthfeel may actually help in that regard. Flavors are improving the more I drink... a winner in my book.

whiplash3825, Mar 13, 2010
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 6,794 ratings.