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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
82
good

7,111 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 7,111
Reviews: 1,825
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 152
Gots: 945 | 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 kds10011
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: Trace of apple, general fruitiness. Not strong-smelling.
Nose: Simple zestiness from hops and carbonation.
Taste: Zest, light malty syrupiness, clean, a bit sweet, substantial mouthfeel but not heavy.
Aftertaste: Sourdough hard pretzel, salty, residue in mouth prompts another sip. It warms me a bit.

A dependable standard of mine while living in Lacey, WA. Not extravagant, but it doesn't let you down when you want a decent beer. Around here, the price isn't bad: about $7.50 for a sixer. Wish it could be more available on the east coast.

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One finger head of off white tight foam, which fizzled down in two minutes leaving a good ring of clinging lace. Color is a 11 on the SRM beer color chart, with a goodly amount of bubble action. I detect fragrances of raspberries, currant, chocolate, and malt. Flavors I taste are chocolate, citrus, malt, clover and a hint of mint. Good full body in my mouth with a presents of carbonation zing. Satisfying, well balanced flavor, good price, nice bottle label art work. Good beer for sharing.

Photo of ericj551
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fat tire ours a light orange with a dinky head that doesn't linger. The aroma is faint, bready malt, slightly grainy. The flavor is crisp with more toasted bread malt flavor. It's malt forward without being too sweet. The hops are light, almost no hop flavor, and just enough bitterness to be balanced. Overall this is a decent stepping stone beer, but it's not one I see myself going back to.

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

I have been looking forward to this beer for quite some time. This is another one I got in a trade with brian44556. I'm still not sure why they don't sell to Pennsylvania yet, but hopefully some day.

The beer pours a crystal clear light copper color with one finger creamy white head. The aroma is simple yet pleasing. Lightly toasted grains are the first thing that come to mind and following that there is sweet malt and hints of fruit. The flavor shows off those lightly toasted malts from the aroma with an earthy bready character. There is a sweetness I can't really place, but solid earthy hops round out the flavor. The body is light with decent carbonation.

Overall this is a very solid beer. It's not ground breaking or anything along those lines, but it is a solid amber ale. On the side of the bottle there was mention that this was originally thought up on a biking trip, and I can see that. The flavor is very earthy and solid and would fit along those lines well.

Photo of wmtxbb
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Amber with a light amount of lacing. Nothing too impressive

Smell: Bread, sort of like peanut butter and jelly bread. Nice sweet malt smell.

Taste: has a light body and subtle taste thats complex. bagels and sesame seeds. Nice zing from the alcohol. The hops are present throughout the tasting but especially present at the end. Hops are not citrus like but spicy. Light amber profile. This beer is missing some of the malt presence that I'd expect from an amber beer. I think New Belgium did this to give a lighter crisper tasting beer. After a second taste I think it almost tastes a little like dog food. Now that I've thought that I really can't get this dog food flavor out of my mind every time I drink the beer.

Drinkability: High if you're looking for a decent session beer. Not my kind of beer though. I'd prefer something a little more in terms of malt, hops, and flavor. This is a beer you might have with dinner to cleanse the palate.

Photo of livewire78
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice coppery amber. Lacing isn't too bad and the head is decently fluffy.

Smells of a bread machine in the kneading process. Nice and malty with a dark whole wheat aroma. A small bit of hops are there as well.

Taste is of the same. Like a whole wheat bagel mixed with some hops in a glass. Some describe it as biscuity, I say bagely.

Not too bad in the mouth. No peppery feeling at all. A little full initially then it fades to being a teeny bit watery at the end.

Here it is, the ultimate "gateway" beer. Noobs will enjoy it and I' m convinced that if snobs didn't know it was Fat Tire, they'd enjoy it too.

Photo of FrozenJoe
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This is a beautiful looking beer. Unique bottle. It pours a copper / amber color. Tall thick head. Nice lacing. This is what beer should look like.

Smell: Light malty aroma, described on the label and by many reviewers as biscuit-like. I see where they're coming from, but don't totally agree. What I smell is a watery maltiness. It does not smell like the rich buttery aroma I would expect from biscuits. There is a slight graininess to the aroma. Is this an all-malted barley brew? Very light hops fruitiness.

Taste: Malts dominate. Slight graininess. Very light hops. Some bitterness but no fruity hops complexity. Where is the hops character to this beer? Expected more. Watery. The brewers seem to be aiming for balance. In a way they achieve it, but this is by no means an awe-inspiring beer. Better than a macro, but not a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Nice. Thick. Well carbonated. Good mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Good. Easy to drink. Goes down smooth. Easy to throw back several of these. A nice alternative to a macro for a bbq setting.

Overall: I have to admit, I'm disappointed with this beer. I expected more. After the beautiful pour and look to this beer it was downhill from there. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad beer. Clearly it's made with a higher standard of quality than a macro. But for the price you can do better. A comparable but higher quality beer, in my opinion, would be Long Hammer.

Photo of MowryJC
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

A - Crystal clear amber color, with a low to moderate head that settles fairly quickly. Leaves light lacing down the glass as it is drunk.

S - Biscuity, with a bit of caramel as it warms up. A touch of earthy hops on the back end.

T - Meh. A flat taste of maltiness that delivers on the biscuit aroma. Not much of a hop balance to it, and a bit cloying.

M - About what I'd expect from the style, the carbonation is pleasant, and the body is fairly balanced.

D - Pretty drinkable if it weren't for the lack of balance. I could throw a few of these back, but the slight cloying character of the beer would wear on me with each serving.

Overall, not too much to write home about. I'd take it over a Budweiser, but not something I'll be seeking out again.

Photo of gonger
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle with freshness date poured into pint glass

A- Very very clear amber color- Nice head, decent lacing

S- Interesting- Smells like unbaked bread and musty moldy slightly over-ripe fruit

T- All malt- Lingering aftertaste

Overall- Disappointing- Where's the hops?

Photo of Andrew644
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- a dark gold or amber with a good head that sticks to the glass.

S- a buiscuity smell from the malts with just a touch of hops lingering on the top.

T- good malt flavor with the main flavor from the malts being a biscuity taste, the hops balanced it nicely but not taking the beer away from the malt. While it was good nothing about it made me think that it was a terrific taste.

M- good carbonation that gave a crispness to the beer.

D- Goes down easy but the flavor just isn't quite at the scale that I want it to be.

Photo of boss302
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fat tire amber ale, 12oz bottle, in Idaho

A Golden clear nice head. 3.5

S Bready toasty dominates, not much hop aroma. 3.5

T Big grainy taste. Reminds me of eating whole malted barley prior to grinding it for the brew.  Biscuity goodness. A little sweetness in the finish. 4

M Light to medium body good carbonation. 4

D Yes, very drinkable. The biscuity flavor does catch up with you after a couple and becomes a little overwhelming. 4

Photo of Bierguy5
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 5.2% abv. Best before 11/21/10. Hazy, light amber to golden color. White, airy head. Fine streams of carbonation. Nice head retention, and lace.

Toasty, biscuit malt. Hints of caramel. Earthy and floral hop nose. Pretty simple, but nice.

A nice biscuit malt, with a faint caramel edge. Just a bit of sweetness. Earthy and floral bitterness, which is soft, but provides great balance. Maybe a hint of spicy hops at the end.

Medium body, very well balanced. Very drinkable. Nothing flashy, just pretty solid in all areas.

Photo of CountJustinian
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hard to tell drinking out of a bottle... While not ideal, obviously, it seemed like a better option than the available plastic cups.

Smell: Mild hints of peppery malt, not especially noteworthy. Made me want to continue, but more out of curiosity than from anything it offered up.

Taste: Maltier than the smell suggested, and thankfully so. Early, bready, malt flavor, with a distinct earthy undercurrent.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with better than average carbonation. Starts strong and finishes stronger, a little thin in between. Clean malt aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. Any complexity it has gets lost after the first one or two, but no reason not to continue. It's a shame New Belgium doesn't distribute this to Northeast U.S.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light amber colour, with a very solid head of pale off-white. Good lacing. Bit clear, but the head is great. I don't know why, but it looks quintessentially "beery" to me. Quite tasty looking.

Bit of toasted grain on the nose, and a touch of yeasty bread dough. Some subtle hops, but not really robust; more like a faint lemony zing. OK though.

Smooth palate with a crisp English Ale maltiness, giving a nutty character. Bit of light bitterness on the finish. Light, but smooth on the feel at least.

A good general drinking beer, and one that's easy to session. Went decently well with Wing Stop wings.

Photo of JayS2629
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium Fat Tire

A- Light clear amber with a quarter inch head that sticks around. Nice carbonation bubbles in constant rising.

S- Toasted bread is the first thought. A bit floral with a slight toffee/caramel hint.

T- A toasty slightly buttered biscuit. Very light and smooth with a bit of caramel. Perhaps a little apple? An earthy aftertaste.

M- Perfect mouthfeel. Light with just the right amount of carbonation. Finishes clean with a slight spicy aftertaste on the breath.

D- Very easy to drink. Great beer to go with any meal. Not filling. Unitimidating and enjoyable.

Photo of Franz4
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- clear golden color, small head that faded relatively quickly. Fine bubbles rise from the etching in the bottom of the glass.

S- clean crisp smell, very subtle malt notes.

T- nicely balanced, starts with fresh biscuits and finishes slightly grainy.

M- light bodied with fine carbonation very little aftertaste

D- Overall very solid, could drink these all day on a football Saturday

Photo of isualum12
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer for the first time out of the can yesterday....The greatest part was it was course one of a 5 course beer pairing dinner at the front door in boise. Jamie from NB gave us the coolest presentation on how they can their beers and why it is so damn fresh still. It is actually fresher then a bottle even with the oxy in the can.

This beer is simply a great beer but I tend to carry a headache the next day from this beer even if I only drink one.

3rd largest mico in the US.

Photo of Duhast500
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a medium amber with three fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing.

The smell has a nice toffee flavor that was ever so quick to roll into a spicy hop flavor. Some nice malt flavor brings in a nice even sweet fruit flavor with a touch of bitterness in the background.

The taste was also a bit toffee with some nice biscuit flavor. There a bit of a buttery flavor that has some nice tones to it.

The feel of this beer is pretty smooth. It has a light body and it pretty refreshing and went well with the dinner I was having.

Photo of Jdmpolk
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sadly where I'm from we can't get New Belgium, so I always try to pick up a six pack when I can/

A- Moderate head that dissipates quickly. Moderate lacing with three or four lines on the pint glass I poured it into. Color resembles that of peach tea exhibiting a reddish pink hue.

S- Primarily rich malt initial smell with a very slight hint of hops appearing at the end.

T- Nice dry biscuit taste makes itself known immediately. Like in the smell a slight hint of hops bring up the rear, and make themselves most know in the aftertaste.

M- Clean feeling, but the flavors of malt cling to the inside of the mouth after it's gone.

D- Very light and easy to drink.

Photo of jj311
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light Amber in color, with medium to semi-thick lacing. Head showed decent retention.

Bready malt and floral like smell. Some kind of sweet fruitiness.

Taste was somewhat disappointing though. Watered down Biscuity malt with a slight bitterness.

This beer has good drinkability because it's somewhat "light" tasting, and easy to knock back a few.

Overall, it isn't my first choice in Amber Ales, but something worthy of drinking again at some point.

Photo of cbutova
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden amber with a big creamy white cap. Good head retention and a nice cloud stays behind. Tons of creamy thick lace on the whole glass.

S- Not much going on here. Some toasty biscuit bready malt. Slight dark fruit. Some adjunct sweetness.

T- Toasty biscuit malt with some dark fruit. Some corn-like adjunct malt. A bit bready. Some earthy hop flavor.

MF- Light end body with moderate carbonation. Somewhat watery. Tiny bitterness.

DB- A decent, middle-of-the-line beer. Nothing amazing going on but still laid back and smooth, refreshing. Worth trying a beer that so many have raved about.

Photo of Lothore
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours an amber hue with a nice, 2.5 finger frothy head that sticks around for quite a while.

S- Toffee, toasted bread, spices

T- Bready, light fruits, no hops to speak of.

M- Thin-medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D- Something in fat tire has just never meshed with me. Perhaps it is the spices or toasted character.

Photo of fourplayed
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this from the bottle and on tap...I like both.

Clear, nice medium red-amber color. 1 finger head.

Smells of spices, hops, mild fruity sweetness.

Taste is good. nice blend of Hops, spice with nice mild amount of fruit sweetness. An interesting blend.

Good amount of carbonation, not too heavy, goes down nicely.

Drinks very well. Again an interesting blend of flavors. Hops, spices, fruit...can't compare it's taste to other beers I've tried.

Overall a good brew. I can drink this "one after another". Not too heavy. I find myself ordering it on tap quite often while out for the evening. Worth trying, worth buying!

Photo of megahurts4
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale (on draft)

Appearance: Darker-amber, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: Barley, hops, and spices.

Taste: Pumpkin spice, squash, warm malts, hops, very subtle coriander.

Mouthfeel: light and smooth.

Overall:
Not bad. I believe it is best suited as a session beer. It is slightly watery.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on 10/4/10

02 Jan 11 printed on the bottle

Faded amber brown in color & boasting great clarity. 1/2 inch head drops to a collage of wispy foam & bubbles. A good amount of sticky lace remains.

Well balanced aromas of caramel, floral hops, toasted bread & dry biscuit.

Tastes livelier than the simplicity of the nose suggested. Though not awash in bitterness per se, the hop profile is well crafted & very flavorful with a penchant for floral overtones & juiciness. Caramel & toasted malts meet a supportive role.

Medium body with prickly carbonation sufficient to make the most of the IBUs contained herein. Mostly clean finish; some residuals linger briefly.

I have no complaints as far as drinkability. Fat Tire is quite the easy drinker. Of course, it doesn't hurt that it tastes pretty darn good. Now I see what all the fuss has been about.

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 7,111 ratings.