Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

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7,131 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,131
Reviews: 1,834
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 155
Gots: 969 | FT: 1
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000)
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Photo of BarrelO
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pour 24. Served in a pilsner glass.

A: Light brown body. Tiny head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Biscuits and noble hops.

T: Insanely biscuity. Also a fair amount of clean bitterness.

M: Light-bodied with decent carbonation.

D: A fine session beer. Not too challenging.

Photo of Arnie2709
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a true amber color. 1 inch of offwhite head that dissipates quickly.
Smell is biscuity and malty. sweet
Taste is slight bitterness melded around a complex bread and caramel malt profile.
Mouthfeel is medium and lingers slightly afterward. reasonably clean finish but leaves you ready for another mouthful.

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

Appearance: Standard amber hue, perfectly expected for the style. Decent head sticks around for a spell, then gives way to a generous ring of lacing.

Smell: Malt and hops duking it out, but at a distance.

Taste: Toasty and quite malty, though I'm tasting the hops in this beer more than I ever have before. In the end, balance is the key characteristic.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: Easily sessioned, as I have done many a time.

Notes: Fat Tire was a gateway into the craft beer world for me. As such, it will always have a warm spot in my heart. Upon revisiting it after a long absence, I find it once again to be more than a decent brew. I'd say the draft version is superior to bottle, although you can't go wrong either way.

Photo of devilben02
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had tried Fat Tire a number of years ago on a trip to Texas and I enjoyed it, but didn't think it was anything remarkable. Once it started being distributed in NC, it seemed to be hyped as the next great craft beer, and many restaurants were advertising that they carried this special new beer. Not buying the hype, it took my a while to try it again around here. From this tasting, I continue to believe that this is a solid, enjoyable, everyday session beer, but I still don't believe that Fat Tire is terrifically special.

A vigorous pour creates a big, billowy head on top of a light orange-amber colored ale. The aroma is crisp and a bit sweet but is not too complex. The flavor is also skewed toward the sweet side, with the caramel taste of the malts being a dominant part of the flavor. This sweetness is balanced, however, with a bit of lemon hop astringency. Medium bodied, but still quite crisp and refreshing, making this an enjoyable and easy-drinking amber.

Photo of Jishguy
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Everyone drinks this where I'm from. It's possibly the most popular beer in the area. Figured I'd give it a whirl.

A- Lighter amber color with a two finger head. Nice retention

S- Subtle notes of caramel and dark chocolate. Mostly malty.

T- At first sip, the taste is identical to the smell. Biscuty malt with dark chocolate. Aftertaste is where the hops and subtle citrus come in.

M- Wonderful, arguably the best attribute of this beer.

D- Not as good as I would have hoped. A tad bit high on the carbonation.

Overall, I'd recommend this to just about anyone. Not quite as malty as a porter or stout, but not quite as hoppy as an IPA or something equivalent.

Photo of ProudGreen89
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A-a nice deep golden amber with a thick foamy head that fades to a decent thick cap and leaves neat little rings as it dissappears.

S-pretty medicore, sweet malts, biscuity, piney hops in the background.

T-Malts up front with a nice biscuity flavor and a mildly bitter hop finish.

M-eh, nothing special. Its light bodied, a little dry but still refreshing. It didnt offer anything exciting or new but it didnt offend either.

D-An easy session beer, its light, doesnt fill you up like other american ambers. I didnt really feel this ale offered any complexity, but perhaps a good beer for a new drinker whos looking to get into craft beers.

Overall a tasty beer, nice and refreshing but still has a nice richness to it, enough so that i may get this beer again.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pub glass. Freshness date of August 28, 2009 puts this one a little past its prime.

Pours a clear amber hue with a fat head of off-white foam that fades slowly to a thick cap, leaving behind a nice display of thick rings as it disappears.

Aroma consists of some bready, biscuity malt notes and some underlying earthy, herbaceous hop notes.

The palate mimics the aroma in most aspects: Up front is a very mildly sweet, bready malt character, moving into a bitty, grainy persona toward the middle as it melds with mildly bitter herbal/earthy hops reminiscent of fresh earth, carrying on into a finish that is a nice melding of the characteristics: a bit malty-sweet, a bit earthy, and quite dry.

Nothing spectacular here. An easy quaffer and perhaps a bit of a nice craft intro for the macro drinker; nothing complex, nothing inoffensive. A nice looker, and a bit of an easy session ale.

Photo of homebrew311
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a brilliant bright golden with a orange hue, pillowy white head forms and sticks around

S: Not a whole lot going on, faint notes of biscuit malts, breadiness, everything is very subtle

T: very mild flavor, after taste is biscuit malts, but like the nose, everything is very subtle and mellow. This makes for an easy drinker and certainly doesn't taste bad, but there just isn't a whole lot going on.

MF: light body, carbonation seems appropriate for style

D: This beer excels in the drinkability category. It is light and refreshing and a good option for a hot summer day. I wish the flavors were a little more pronounced, but of course that may take away from this beers appeal.

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber into glass pint.

$3.99 / ea.

S: Corn, bread, and a wonderful floral hop aroma. Not great, but pretty darn good for a borderline macrobrew.

A: Bright amber body with a big rocky head that leaves generous lacing.

T: Way better than a Bud! Bready, with subtle hops. Simple, but good.

M: Light to medium body, with light to medium carbonation. Very smooth, and finishes dry.

D: Great session beer. Good taste, good price, and your friends won't think you are a snob!

O: Good beer and widely available. For the money you can't ask for much more.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with etched "New Belgium" around the neck. Pours clear and orange in hue with a small bubbly head that leaves some lacing down the pint glass.

Aroma of very bready malt and a hint of clean grains.

A well balanced brew. Leafy hop bitters greet the palate with a lemon rind notion. Caramel malt is there with some pleasant nutty flavors. I must say I am really enjoying this beer. Pleasant flavors that work well together.

Smooth and crisp. It cannot be said any better.

As drinkable as the working day is long. A solid stand by beer that I wish was distributed in this area. Awesome session beer, unfortunately my session was limited to one.

Photo of jsh420
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours clear amber with no head

smell - not much here - carmel malts was about all i could pick out - i think the bar had the kegs too cold

taste was better then the smell - slightly toasted malts and sweet carmel malts along with what i think was an afterthought tiny bit of hops

mouthfeel was not good - the beer was flat

drinkability is ok - its a beer most non craft bars have

Photo of TexIndy
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting around to reviewing this one. First had it back in 1997 and helped start my craft beer journey. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best before 12/25/09 on front label. Was a clear amber color with good carbonation and some lacing. It had an average sized beige head that settled into a foam and collar.

The aroma was biscuity and toasted malt with some floral hops but this is mainly a malt show. Never really enjoyed the aroma on this one and can't really pin it down. There is something in the aroma and taste that I find odd but not sure what. The taste follows the aroma and is biscuity with an odd aftertaste. Ambers are a middle of the road style for me but even then I usually don't find this aftertaste in the others. Mouthfeel is medium and crisp with good carb levels.

Overall, this is a good beer that I want to enjoy since it's from one of my favorite breweries and is readily available on tap but that odd aftertaste keeps it from being a big player. Even so, I get it on tap quite often as it's best choice. Recommend. Rotation: avail here bottle and tap. Won't be a bottle purchase but will do on-tap if best choice.

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

Appearance - Amber

Smell - Malty aroma

Taste - Malty with toasted semi-dry flavor

Mouth Feel - Crisp, light, enjoyable

Drinkability - Toasted malt flavor with very little hop bite. Extremely enjoyable beer where the focus is away from hop bitterness - put your feet up and enjoy!

Photo of Kpowers
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.
A. Thick amber color that has a nice two finger head Nice lacing throughout the entire pint oozing down the side of the glass. The sticky malt presence is very noticeable along the side of the glass
S. Very bread malt presence.
T - Very mild with toasted grains, and caramel. Very clean, dry, and slightly malty finish. Very little aftertaste.
M - Toasted malt and brown sugar very little carbonation.
D: Drinkable session beer

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

From bottle straight to glass. Before we get into our review, presentation was not very appealing as logo and label kinda gave me second thoughts in buying six pack... anyways...

Appearance: Very appealing as it poured medium amber color with thin head dissipating rather fast...

Smell/Taste: As I stuck my nose to get the full aroma of brew as head formed, a slight resemblance of fresh seven grain wheat bread came to mind. Grainy tones in the beginning with mild hops and a hint of caramel at the end...

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Carefully balanced flavors from beginning, to end give it a great complement to my palate. As if I were eating fresh wheat bread. A great session beer to be enjoyed with some buddies during a football game and some of my favorite pizza...

Photo of taigor
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this both on tap and from 12oz. bottle and I do have to admit that bottled one was slightly better.

A - Nice amber color with a thick head that quickly dissipates.

S - Very malty with a very light hop presence.

T - Very mild with fresh toasty grains, hint of caramel and fruits.

M - Nicely carbonated, medium bodied with a nice finish.

D - Very good with all flavors balancing well.

Photo of Mavajo
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

Amber color, one finger thick head. Not much reetntion and no lacing.

Nose is biscuity with roasted malts. Taste is plesant and enjoyable - very biscuity, roasted malts, caramel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Quite drinkable.

Oddly enough, I think I enjoyed this beer more out of the bottle than I did on tap.

Photo of Richardberg
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - served on tap in a pint glass. Translucent brown-red, no head by the time it was served to me, but decent lacing.

S - caramel malts, a bit of floral hops

t - crisp toasty malts, slightly bitter. Quintessential amber ale flavor, well made, nothing fancy.

M - light body, some fizz

d - very drinkable, nice newb friendly intro to the style

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally...I got a chance to buy the "Yuengling of the West" as I've always called this when I was on the road this past summer. I had it on tap once but I collect the sleeves of the six-packs that I drink and sure enough, this was one my "to get" list. While this isn't going to win any awards, it was one of the last beers I had this summer and yes, I still miss it now here in Jersey!

Nice pour to this - a "bright brown" hue to it with a decent amount of head and some lacing lingering after each sip. The taste was pretty light on the mouthfeel but not light in taste. It was pretty balanced, a slight floral taste with some roasted notes behind it. This went down pretty easily and I don't recall having these in my car for very long as I traveled. If you're looking for a hoppy American Amber, keep searching. This doesn't much of a bitter taste to it, but it doesn't detract from the beer at all.

Sure, this is above 5.00% ABV but if you're looking for a good session beer, this is it! I'll take this over a "Lager", as it's Eastern Counterpart is known in the Keystone State, but not with any type of food. Rather, it's a good beer for unwinding with at the end of the day or for a party where there aren't a lot of die-hard craft beer enthusiasts there. In other words, if I was getting into microbrews, this would be one of the beers I'd start out with. It's that easygoing and yes, I do miss it!

Photo of Mosstrooper
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Buffalo Wild Wings on 290 and Spring Cypress, Houston, TX

Served in a 23oz pilsner glass.

Appearance: Light amber color with a medium white head that leaves quickly, leaving a thick foam floating and around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, buttery malt with floral hops.

Taste: Starts off sweet and slightly toasty, finishing with a stronger buttered toast flavor and herbal hop notes. Slight hints of apples in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a crisp, slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Solid all-round, flavorful, sessionable, and overall damn drinkable.

Photo of RobeyStreet
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, I finally got around to trying Fat Tire. I think I may have tried it a few years ago and was not impressed and thus never had it again. However, last weekend someone ordered me one so I was reintroduced to it.

For me, it was just average. It has a very roasted nutty flavor and it sits heavy in the stomach. Nice maybe with a meal or just by itself, but not if you're out drinking and plan on having more than one. I just don't know what all the fuss is about because I know a lot of people who quite like Fat Tire, but perhaps it's just not for me. Not much "wow" factor... I didn't find anything particularly unique or memorable about this brew.

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

12-oz poured into a shaped pint glass.

Pours a nice light brown color with a finger of white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Nice sticky lacing down the glass.

The aroma is really nice. First a bit of caramel malt followed closely by some rich, nutty smell as well.

The flavor is very nutty up front with some caramel malts trailing. Following this is a slight citrus hoppiness, but nothing out of the ordinary, just allows the beer to be a bit more balanced. As the beer warms, the nuttiness mellows out, which is good for me.

The beer is smooth with a medium body that is pretty smooth going down. Not too much in the way of carbonation, either.

This is a good beer, I couldn't drink too many of them just because it would be too much nuttiness in one sitting. It's a solid brew though.

Photo of Kraken
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 8/4/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard water glass. Firm pour evokes a 3/4 inch head consisting of fine white bubbles. No lace. Color is a clear golden copper.

Nose- Mild hop profile balanced with a touch of caramel malt.

Pallate- A very nice, balanced amber ale. Plenty of nutty slightly chewy caramels, coupled with a crisp refreshing, slightly lemon citric hop bite. Hops are not over powering, but rather a faintly tart and bitter compliment. Wonderfully executed.

Mouthfeel- Active, faintly tart.

Drinkability- Great, magnificent session beer.

Photo of michaelc916
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A -- Amber brown color with a thick head.

S -- Toasty malt and a very light hop presence.

T -- Very, very balanced with neither malt nor hops winning.

M -- Clean finish that isn't very sweet, just nicely toasted.

D -- A good beer that I feel is somewhat overrated.

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

Brought back a 12'er of cans from a road trip to the mid-west. Best before date of 19Nov09. Poured a darker, yellow color with a solid 2 fingers of head that faded slowly with chunky lacing. Smells slightly of bittering hops, but mostly dominated by a grassy, almost cabbage-y aroma. The first taste is somewhat underwhelming - pretty thin and flat. Not a lot of flavor from the malt and then a slow, lingering bitter finish. Despite all that, it goes down OK.

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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