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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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7,360 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,360
Reviews: 1,894
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 171
Gots: 1,227 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Ratings: 7,360 | Reviews: 1,894
Photo of waterintobeer
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored with gold highlights when held up to the light. A one finger head on the pour with some decent lacing. The smell is strong malt with some hop bitterness. The taste is of biscuit, sweet malt with some hop towards the end. Good carbonation. For me, this is the definition of the amber style ale. A great go to beer.

Photo of obrike
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, amber colored brew with a decent head that disappates quickly, leaving a thin white ring for the duration of the drik.

Smells a bit like a buttered biscuit...quite malty...slight whiff of sour fruit...

Taste matches the smell, the sourness brings it down just a bit for me.

Smooth, light to mod carbonation. Easy to drink though.

This is a decent summer beer...I like it with salty snacks actually a lot more than just on it's own.

Photo of b3shine
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle is better than the can (as is usually the case). One of the better ambers I've come across. Not quite worthy of the cult-like following it has, but a great example of its type. The fact that I can't have it unless I'm on vacation probably enhances its desirability.

Photo of kirok1999
3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Short review because there isn't really much to say.
Pours a clear amber, slight wispy head, not not much in the way of lacing of the glass.
Smells weak, slight grassy notes mixed with some mild malts
Taste is much like the smell, bits of malt with very little sweetness, mild grass and hay, not much in the way of hops stand out. They're there but subdued.
Feels a little thin and fizzy and finishes with a lingering bitterness in the back of the throat.
Nice hot summer day beer with a low ABV. Has it's place and time...it's just not right now.

Photo of Outchillen
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in a trade, 12oz bottle
A:pours a nice reddish orange, white head
S:has a very unusual smell, malts and molasses, almost nutty, not much hop aroma
T/M:The taste is different than the smell, very smooth and balanced, slightly sweet, with no harsh aftertaste

Overall i wish it was easier to get this beer, Its a good change, and i love New Belgium, Bring back Springboard Ale

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
2.67/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: The beer pours as transparent rusted honey. The head is uneven with patches of bubbles. This is way too carbonated and in my opinion the appearance doesn't hold up well in the amber category.

Smell: The ale smells like warm biscuits smothered in butter. There are hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. I am thinking of excess and lack of subtlety when I taste this beer. I feel the brewers were exuberant about making something original in taste but forgot to take quality into consideration.

Taste: My immediate impression is of soggy graham crackers sprinkled with nutmeg and ginger. It leaves a peanut butter aftertaste in my mouth There is no balance in this beer. The spice flavors are overpowering and artificial tasting, while the hop languish in the mix. Fat Tire is extremely dilute. I don't want to drink any overly carbonated craft brews again. I have had good New Belgium beers before.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is watery, bland, and forgetful.

Overall: I like some New Belgium beers, but I find it hard to understand why Fat Tire is so popular. I don't understand the hype.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 8/27/10

Appearance: Clear with a bright amber color and a white head that quickly turns to thin white lacing

Smell: Light, sweet biscuits, subtle floral hops, an overall scent of sweetness

Taste: Mostly tastes like sweet, dry biscuits - some caramel malts, doesn't exactly taste like a typical amber as it is a bit lighter - some spicy flavors and there are some hops, but mostly the taste is dominated by the sweet malts - not complicated, and great for what it is

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with nice carbonation, feels like it could be a bit smoother

Overall: Probably not worth the hype, but it is noteworthy because of its absurd level of drinkability

Maybe this beer gets a lot of hate because the hype might imply that it is more complicated than it is. It's a simple yet well-balanced amber. It's an easy drinking beer that I honestly wish I could keep in my fridge year-round.

Photo of chiccabeer
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap. Poured with a good amount a head. It has a nice amber clear look to it. It has a great taste with a lot of flavor. It is a great American ale with a lot of different layers. It has a bit of sweetness and nut flavor to it. It is a great beer to have with dinner. Cheers.

Photo of Fatheranderson
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the price, it's an excellent beer. I really don't have any complaints.

Appearance: Dark reddish orange. Looks like I'd expect from a fine amber ale.

Smell: Eh... the smell is kind of hard to detect at first. It smells like warm buttered biscuits... kind of... not a whole lot going for it in the nose section.

Taste: After the smell, I wasn't expecting much, but fortunately, I was completely wrong. This beer is very malt forward with just a hint of hops circling in the background. Just enough to give it that flavor without overpowering the malty earthy sweetness that makes this beer so good.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick, not too thin. Nothing ultra impressive here, but definitely a good mouthfeel.

Overall: I'd recommend this for a session beer. It's relatively cheap, has good flavor and goes down smooth. I'd drink it any day.

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

This is in fact an amber ale, orange amber. Surprisingly fair lacing clings to the glass. There is a light aroma of hops melded with some nutty malt. Faint aroma not much jumps out. The flavor is malt forward with good fruity qualities. Well rounded body, highly drinkable. There isn't much to say about this beer. It's always my 1st when I land in Co, and here I am!

Photo of valdesd1
2.81/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber red hue. Rocky off white 1 finger head. Lots of carbonation apparent.

S: Kind of dry in a way. Not really too much going on really besides the basic smell of toasted barley.

T: Really crisp and refreshing. Dry and biscuit-like. It comes off evenly balanced and has a sweet finish.

M: Well carbonated and light-bodied.

D: Really drinkable. It's a beer that is complex enough to keep you interested while not too excessive on the abv.

Photo of iLovehops23
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a nice deep golden color with a 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, worth a shot.

Photo of nukem5
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Great copper color with a nice tan cap.

S: Sweet roasty malts with slightly fruity hops.

T: Malts and a warming alchoholic taste.

M: Light bodied and smooth, head is always there with a swirl 0f the glass.

D: Very drinkable and wished so very hard they would sell it .

Photo of drowninginhops
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass.

A: Medium amber in color, 1 finger head that remains and leaves nice lacing.

S: Hops and malts, earthy with a slight citrus hop character.

T: Biscuit malts, crisp hops. Nothing special. This is refreshing in that they are letting the hops and malt make the flavor and not relying on various spices.

M: slightly creamy, good carbonation.

D: A beer to sip on around the campfire on the lake. But could be enjoyed under any circumstance.

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

It's all the rage -- like it or hate it. I've enjoyed here and there in the past, but it's never become a "go-to" in any way -- and I've also never reviewed it. Here goes --

22 oz. Bomber bottle, best before May 15, 2011.

American Amber, eh? I've always heard that this was based on Belgian Pale Ale.

A -- Deep golden-amber with a firm, slow-settling, off white head that leaves good lacing.

S -- Aroma has prominent DMS with spicy hops in the finish. There's biscuit malt & some Brett in-between, but very fleeting.

T -- The flavor is a nice balance of mellow caramel malts and mildly spicy hops. That Brett character is present in the background, but far from overpowering. The finish spicy, lightly bitter, hops with the lightest citrus character and an aftertaste of nutty malt.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp with a light medium body.

D -- Drinkability is certainly good and I'll keep this in mind for those bars and restaurants that might not offer much else. As to American Amber or Belgian Pale, the hopping rate and mild Brett sway me more to the Belgian style.

Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in an Pint glass]

The pour was a sparkling clear light copper with an average (1-2 finger) foamy white head that diminished in a few minutes and had OK lacing.

The aroma was of a biscuit malt, a mild herbal hop and a doughy yeast with mild hint of citrus, caramel and was a little nutty.

The taste was lightly malty with a hint of caramel in the beginning and took on a very light bitter and crisp flavor with a small citrus note at the end. The flavor faded rather quickly after the swallow leaving almost nothing behind.

Mouthfeel was just a bit above light in body and creamy yet watery in texture with a prickly carbonation.

Overall a decent tasting brew, nothing overly special but quite drinkable none the less. Would make a great session beer.

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

Had this before in a bottle. This time, I'm getting it in the can thanks to CurtisMcArthur. Thanks for the trade and the chance to try this beer!

12 oz can with a best before date of May 2011 stamped on the bottom. Poured into an Irish pint glass.

Look: clear amber body. A very aggressive pour yields about a finger of off white head with decent retention and a little bit of lacing.

Smell: toasted, biscuity malt with some earthy hop aromas. Compared to the bottle I had, not as strong and a bit more centered on the toasted malt than I remember it being.

Taste: follows the nose with toasted malt being in the forefront and a slight taste of earthy hoppiness. There's not a whole lot going on here except the toasted malt, which is a bit too forward for me.

Feel: thin body, crisply carbonated, and a little sweet.

Drink: quite an easy drinking beer. Since there's not much flavor, you don't have to worry about getting a fatigued palate.

Overall, the can isn't as good as the bottle. There seems to be something different about it... the toasted malt flavor is a bit too forward and its a bit too one noted for me. Stick to the bottle is my advice. I don't know if my experience is common but if it is... New Belgium, clean up your canning operation! Cheers!

Photo of livewire05
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

After hearing so much about this beer from my friend, I decided to try it. Decent head on the pour into a pint glass, nice golden color. Taste-wise, nothing stood out to me in particular. That's not to say it was a bad beer - on the contrary I found it quite enjoyable. It was just a well made, simple, no frills ale. Seems like it would make a good session beer, as well as a good stepping stone for those looking to expand into craft beers.

Photo of dizknee24
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this at Yellowstone National Park

A- fine normal amber color. nothing out of the ordinary here people

S- malt and sweet fruit but very light on both in my opinion.

t- i like this taste. malty with a normal clean aftertaste. not unlike many Bigger corporations. but this seems a bit more on the taste scale.

M- normal. not chewy but a bit thinker than most ambers i would say

overall i like this beer. It has been a "gateway" to craft for many of my friends. While its not far off from other ambers, i think this is a very approachable beer to say the least. ohh and old faithful is nice.

Photo of Glibber
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much of a head on the beer. A light amber color with a very malty aroma. Very mellow taste, with very light hop undertones. A decent beer with citrus flavors and smooth going down. Not a great session beer because the malts can fill you up after a few.

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

Poured a nice amber read, as advertised.

Less than an inch of head, non-persistent lacing.

Aroma was only decent - I'm still amateur at this with regard to my beer palette but it felt it could've used more hops.

Overall an enjoyable ale but not something I would seek out.

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

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It is amber colored and clear. I got about an inch of off white head.

S - Toasted caramel malt

T - I get buttery toffee along with some caramel malt.

M - Thin

D - This is a decent beer. It's pretty good for the style.

Photo of BaronRogue
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, Fat Tire. I remember having a taste of this in my college days and absolutely hating it. Now I laugh at how little i know about beer. Freshness dated 13JUN'11

Pours a light clear amber with a small head and non-persistant lace. Little bubbles coming up from the bottom.

Smells slightly hoppy, slightly like a crushed up graham cracker.

Tastes... hm. Well, you know those Bit-O-Honey candies? Tastes like one of those, to me. Slight hop edge and caramel/honey malts. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is nice, mildly thick but still crisp.

Drinkability? Hell, this beer goes down like any beer should. Great in the bottle, even better on tap. What can i say? Its a nice ale.

Photo of wrcraigl
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is my go to. It has a great taste and is easy to get anywhere for the reasonable price. I have had this on draught as well and its even better. If you are an ale fan this is one to try or retry. I would like to try and make my own personal brew similar to this one. I would not mind if they changed the flavor to make it just a bit more hoppy.

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Love NB Labels they r very artistic!!!

Appearance - Pours a fairly clear golden-amber color with about 1/2 finger white heard. The head dissapated rather quickly to a think ring. Left little to now lacing on the glass.

Smell - I gathered a toasty sweet maltiness right off the bat. Subtle hoppy undertones as well.

Taste - Tasted very similar to the smell with sweet toasty malt taste up front with a nice hoppy bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel - A medium bodied offering with a good amount of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.
Drinkability - A nice smooth beer that is very easy to drink. The carbonation gives it a heavier feel than it actually is.

I have had the opportunity to try this beer on mutiple occasions and have yet to be dissapointed. I highly recommend!!!

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 7,360 ratings.