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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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6,981 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,981
Reviews: 1,820
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 150
Gots: 871 | 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 TheMiser
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber, under a finger of head. Didn't get much lacing.

S: Biscuits.

T: Toasted bread, biscuit, a little caramel. A bit watery with not much hop presence in finish. It's only the biscuit flavor that lingers afterward.

M and D: Smooth and drinkable. Medium carbonation.

I had tried this awhile back, didn't care for it, and came back to give it another chance. Overall, I didn't think it had much going on. Decent, but not something I'll return to.

TheMiser, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of KingPuuChuu
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 12oz pub glass.

It's amber, not too red, but not too brown.

Head appears creamy, has a hoppiness scent. First sip is biting, very thirst quenching. Hops and roasted barley hit the palate. Let your pint warm up though. When it's fresh out of the fridge, there's a little bit of a bitterness that gets softer after a few minutes.

As for mouthfeel, it's a crisp feeling, with a creamyness that washes over the palate & tongue. The carbonation is perfect, it's not too little nor too much.

This is a pretty great beer in small quantities. I prefer tap(and can) over bottle.

KingPuuChuu, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of G2Brew
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, poured into pilsner glass.

A: Nice Amber color, not entirely clear, but not quite cloudy. Off-white to tan head, but not much of it. Leaves a little lacing.

S: I sniffed, and detected something unexpected, something I couldn't immediately identify. Sniffed again. Yep, I knew that smell, but still couldn't place it. On a long, open mouth inhale, it hit me - strawberry jam on bisquits. OK, maybe nobody else got this impression, but once I pegged that aroma, it stuck in my head every time I lifted the glass (and I happen to love that smell - not the cheapo manufactured strawberry crap or the grocery store berries that are picked green - this is the smell of jam made from home-grown, fully ripe berries.) After I got past that first impression, I identified sweet malt, bisquit, ripe fruit and a little citrus.

T: Rewarding taste. Reinforced my strawberries on biscuits impression, but this is all beer, no fruit beverage here. Nice balance of hops to malt, but with a little lingering sweetness on the tongue.

M: Medium body, slight tingly sensation from the carbonation, fairly dry. Good back-of-the-mouth effect.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. I enjoyed this a lot, and will come back to it. I'd like to try it on tap. I could keep this in the fridge for enjoying with friends when I run short on home brew.

G2Brew, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of vapodge
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into Ommegang chalice

A - brilliant amber, nice frothy head that subsides a tad but leaves great lacing

S - my malt smells like biscuits! grab 'em!

T - tastes like 'em too! mild and toasted bread

M - little bit dry with medium carbonation

D - could be a great party beer -- it's got flavor, but it's not so overpowering that you couldn't knock back several; very smooth; worthy of the hype -- not the best beer, but it is an awesomely excellent beer

vapodge, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark golden color, with small a small head. There is a bit of a sweet smell to it. The taste is a bit of the lighter side, almost watery, a bit sweet, and has a bit of an alchool taste too. Could use some more carbonation, and a stronger taste would be appricated. Overall it was a decent beer, wouldnt mind having it again, but there are much better red ales out there.

vette2006c5r, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of alli4051
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an oddly shaped 12oz brown bottle into a pint.

Pours a dull copper with a slightly tanned head. Head is light, frothy, recedes quickly but never disappears entirely. Nose is biscuity malt, which this seems to be renowned for, with an earthy quality to it. Taste is again (pleasantly) murky biscuit malt with a very, very, faint fruity quality. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, not really a major infraction. This is something of a icon here in Colorado; therefore, at any major event here there's a good chance this will be available to save you from the usual macros you'd be forced to endure. While there may be better local brews this has served me well at more than a few concerts and sporting events, so drinkability is a definite high note.

alli4051, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of midwestbrewers
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Same as many other American red's. Nice golden color with a thin head. Not a lot of lacing but decent.

S: Very nice and malty. A strange mix of hop and malt make for a tempting smell.

T: Very good since I'm not an amber ale fan. Nice and malty, but with enough bitterness and character to keep me satisfied. Some bread notes also present.

For an amber it is amazing. It has a great smell and flavor. Usually most American ambers are too sweet and malty with no hop backbone for me. Fat Tire steps up and adds a slight twist to it all with a not necessary bitter flavor but very balanced one. VERY drinkable!! Great beer New Belgium Brewing!!!

midwestbrewers, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #400. Usually drunk out of a 12oz bottle or on tap in available bars throughout the country. One of my first craft beers back in my college years. From notes -- Appearanace: Russet amber that glimmers in the glass. Lots of bubbles that rise to a thin off-white head. Aroma: Toast and homemade popcorn. Taste: Toasty, malty, firm biscuit presence leads into a mild warm hop statement, and finishes with a bitter snap. Lovely! Palate: Goes down smooth, jovially, agreeably, and maltily. Overall: A great, well-balanced brew with a malt-foot forward. Easy, extroverted, not too complex but not at all boring! It's categorized as an "American Amber/Red Ale" but to me it has shades of a good ESB (with less bitterness).

CuriousMonk, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of FollowedMyFolly
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very drinkable beer. So far my favorite American Red Ale. The color is amazing and i will someday make it a color on my walls. I visited the brewery in November of 2010. New Belgium Brewery really cares about the beer and it is a happy employee owned company. Very fun.

FollowedMyFolly, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of LukeD23
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light amber to off copper color with little to no head. brilliantly clear

I love the aroma on this beer and always have. Fresh biscuits and toasted cracker with minimal earthy back tones

Flavor is crisp and malty. Starts with a subtle fruity notes then rolls into an intensely buscuit flavor and finishes with a nice dry bitterness and easy and light apricot/pear.

Mouthfeel is medium to thin and light. Good for the style

I could drink this thing non stop, love this beer and its simplicity. Yum..

LukeD23, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Served a clear ambor color with a small head and some lacing.

S: Mild aroma of malty sweetness and a touch of spicy citrus mixed in.

T: Has a mild sweet malt flavor with some biscuit and bit of spice. Fairly dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth with a nice balance.

D: Very drinkable. One of my go to beers when I find it available on tap.

soju6, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of davidvaz
1.15/5  rDev -68%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Drank it straight out of the bottle.

This beer smells like someone stale beer in a plastic cup from the party the night before.

Tastes like someone dropped a greasy wrench in the water then brewed the beer. I dread belching and having to taste it again.

Mouthfeel low carbonation, very little aftertaste; flat finish.

Drinkability: I can barely finish one. Even though it is 3 months before the exp. date, it seems flat and on the verge of getting skunky.

I bought the variety pack to try the various Fat Tire Ales and I am very disappointed with the amber ale.

davidvaz, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of mdunman
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber with a good head and some linger

S: Malt, some slight hops and spices

T: Starts with malt and spices then finishes with a slight hoppiness.

M: Medium body with good amount of carbonation

I think there was more hoppiness to this beer than the last one I had on tap. Overall still a good beer.

mdunman, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of dataskatt
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a mug. Pours a beautiful medium amber with an inch & a half head. Nice sticky white lacing. Smells biscuity and malty. The taste is medium bodied, with biscuit, malt, and a hint of nuttiness. Mouthfeel is very nice...medium bodied. Very drinkable...not too weak, not too strong. A nicely balanced, highly drinkable beer. Nothing overly special, but I would definitely buy if craving an amber.

dataskatt, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of rjochman
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/copper color with an inch+ of white head. Leaves nice lacing on the glass throughout the drink. Sweet malty smell that is very clean and crisp. Taste is really clean and smooth. Mouthfeel is medmium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very easy to drink. Really enjoyed this beer.

rjochman, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of hartsoet
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very nice medium brown with a 1 inch head. Smell: Very pleasing smell not to overwhelming. Taste: Excellent taste for a highly fast producing beer. Mouth-feel: Pleasing taste inside your mouth,on the first & last of the last taste of my glass. Drink ability : I believe this could find a whey to become a regular beer in my house.

hartsoet, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of aepb1
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A gift from vapodge! Great guy that one!

A- Translucent copper body with a generous sticky white head

S- Bready malts and a bit of fruit hiding in there too

T- Bready malts carry through to the end, I get a bit of hops in the middle/end for a decent balance

M- Medium body, clean and crisp with good carbonation

D- Nice malty beer and a good finish. Quite easy to drink this one.

aepb1, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of nezelrac
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

so very happy to be able to taste this stuff again!

A - pale orange-amber with 1 finger of fluffy white head; good persistence and some nice lacing

S - nice malty nose; caramel and biscuit notes with a yeast element as well; very clean; hops are bright and crisp; lightly grassy

T - clean, layered malt; caramel, biscuit, and yeast again; tastes slightly German; a little toasty; biscuit malt through the middle

M - mid-weight and nearly creamy-textured from the CO2; good delineation

D - highly drinkable; very delicious; one of my favorite beers

nezelrac, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of thedoubler55
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- See through amber color, with very minimal head and slight lacing around the glass

S- Smell of fresh baked bread and some citrus notes

T- Taste like bread almost, nothing to spectacular, but not bad tasting at all

M- Watery with slight carbonation

D- Very drinkable, great beer for the beach or a hot summers day. Refreshing

thedoubler55, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle care of Pete, thanks man and thanks to Mike for bring it home from Texas. The presentation is a brown format bottle that is "westvleterenesque" in the way it has a small raised collar around the neck of the glass. Best before dating of February.

Poured into a pub glass, this brew appears a clear golden copper color that is quite clear except for the tiny particulate floating around in suspension. It displays just shy of 2 fingers worth of slightly yellowish stained head that is creamy. It recedes back to a thin layering across the top and leaves a webbing of patchy lace about the glass.

The aroma includes a scent of fresh grains upfront that has a lightly toasted quality. The hops come across with a light fruity scent that is almost like orange-rind. Further inspection reveals a light sulfur note towards the back end of the nose. Diacetyl comes forward and is evident as this brew warms up.

The taste further encompasses all the aspects included in the nose. A fresh grainy taste is upfront with a flavor of toasted malt that imparts a touch of sweetness which brings out a slight fruity character that is lightly orange-like. The aftertaste has a touch of sulfur and buttery notes of diacetyl that linger in the mouth with a light yeastiness and bready grain.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is well rounded and a fine example of the style. The alcohol is well hidden and it is quite drinkable. The good aspects of this brew far outweigh the negative, there is a reason these guys have been around for 20 years now.

stakem, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A classic, and an old favorite revisited here for review purposes.
Pours an attractive golden, with a big and frothy head.
This flagship New Belgium amber ale boasts of a fine nose that recalls biscuity yeast and a slight fruit undertone.
Taste is malty and bready, like toast with a hint of spice.
Enjoyable and an easy drinker.

secondtooth, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of jbartlett89
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a nice golden color with a thick creamy head the leave tons of nice lacing. smells sweet and malty.taste is really good semi sweet nice hoppy slight malt with lots of carbonation. nice huge bubbly mouthfeel and very very drinkable at anytime...

jbartlett89, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of treehugginslug
4.95/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Good, but really, who cares about color.

S - So good, this is the perfect mix of sweet caramel malt and hops.

T - Balanced and effervescent, the taste is almost like there are herbal elements to the beer.

M - Perfect amount of carbonation.

D - I could drink a six pack so easily.

Whould I buy it again: Absolutely
Would I recommend it to a friend: Absolutely
Would I drink it if I was offered at a party: Absolutely
Would my wife drink it: Yes
Overall: This is my favorite beer, hands down. It has the perfect balance of malt and hops. Very effervescent and so drinkable.

treehugginslug, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of boudreaux
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a lovely deep golden color with a monstrous off-white head that's built to last; coated my mug with a nice lacing that stuck around for a while

S - nose detects a hint of biscuity malts, but that's about it

T - immensely refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness; malts are more prominent than the hops, but the hops do kick in at the finish; a remarkably well-balanced brew that goes down nice and easy

M - on the thin side, but not to worry; the light to medium carbonation smoothed out eventually which allowed a pleasant creaminess to dominate at the finish

D - very good and extremely well-balanced beer that I definitely recommend

boudreaux, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of morimech
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first time I had this beer I was underwhelmed. It was one of my first reviews. Now after a few years and close to a 1000 reviews under my belt. I felt it was time to revisit this beer. This time I got the beer in cans. Amber color with just the slightest bit of haze. One inch of solid head forms and has good retention before settling to a thin cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Still not a fan of the aroma or flavor. But it has nice qualities. Definately on the malty side of the beer spectrum. Has a bready and slightly musty quality. Not much for hop aroma or flavor. It is a lighter beer with low ABV, so the body has enough heft and has a nice texture. Not ever going to be in my regular rotation, but it does drink nice and there is no problem downing a few in a sitting.

morimech, Jan 15, 2011
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 6,981 ratings.