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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
81
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6,819 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 6,819
Reviews: 1,810
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 143
Gots: 784 | 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 John_M
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours the archtypical orange honey amber color with very good head retention and lacing. Nose is subdued, but is pleasant enough. I get almost a sweet grainy aroma with just a hint of citrus from hops. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, with the beer having a light to medium bodied mouthfeel. The beer has a slightly sweet flavor profile, with just enough hops to keep it in balance. Drinkability is high; abv. is at most an afterthought.

While nothing to get excited about, this is a competently brewed beer. Obviously, it's been way over-hyped, but it remains a pleasant, easy drinking ale. Probably a very good ale for those first experiencing the range of flavors one can find in craftbrew. Always a nice fall back beer at the airport...

John_M, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of mtstatebeer
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours a amber/hazy orange with a decent off-white head, fair lacing. Aroma was a light toasted malt, nutty, and biscuits as advertised. Flavor being about the same, toasted, nutty, and a touch of hop spicyness. Well balanced and smooth, good beer.

mtstatebeer, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of Bobo77
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this sold by the bomber at Shop N'Save nestled between a sea of Heineken and Bud Light Clamato Soda.

Poured into my glass a light brown body with a pale white inch thick head.

Aroma was that of warm and inviting caramel overtones with a hint of hops.

The sip gave a sweet roasted nutty flavor. Very mellow character, similar to a Newcastle Nut Brown Ale. Very much towards the malty side of the beer taste spectrum, though hops do make a slightly detectable appearance in the fading aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and mellow. I consider this beer a good sessions beer but it still might be too bitter for Bud Light drinkers (I tried to get my wife to drink some and she took one sip and was like, "no way.")

One of the first non-BMC beers that I ever experienced several years ago. This beer has since ceased to be my favorite of the New Belgium portfolio of beers, nonetheless it still holds a dear place in my heart as one of my own persoanal bridges to better beer (along with Sam Adams.) It is also sort of like an old friend on tap when I go to places such as Applebees that are typically dominated by BMC products (around here at least.)

Bobo77, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of flexabull
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another craft beer in a can. Another option for camping and backpacking. Gotta love that!

Pours a bright and light amber color, with a nice sizable fluffy white head.

Aromas are spicy, yeasty, and very brewed tea like.

Taste is crisp up front, with a spicy biscuit, and bread like flavor. Settles into some creamy malts, brewed tea, and a touch of sweetness. Finish is dry, with a very light mineral hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is good. Full enough feeling for my liking, and good carbonation.

Drinkability is a strong point of this beer, it is very sessionable. I have never quite understood why this beer gets bashed here. Yeah it's not a limited edition, barrel aged with brett beer. It's just a simple, tasty, and easy drinking amber ale. And there is a place for beers like that... like in my backpack this weekend when I head up to the mountains.

flexabull, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of birchstick
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - amber with a nice head
S - sweet, bready malts and gingerbread/cookie dough
T - malts up front with a burnt gingerbread/sweet taste. There is a slightly bitter finish to it, however the biscuity malts dominate.
MF - a bit thin, but smooth
D - this is a good beer. I have had a ton of these before finally reviewing it. Not necessarily a go-to beer, but it is one that seems to always be around and one that I always enjoy.

birchstick, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one I have many times without a review. Last night at a fantasy football draft the commish was proud that he had brought this one in for the guys. To be honest I was as well, since the typical beers offered are BMC.

A: Pours a murky amber brown hue with an average head. Some tinges of spotty lace are noted.

S: Huge malt aromas. Hints tons of biscuit and bread. Hints of caramel and dark fruit.

T: Malt to the max. Very biscuity with hints of caramel malt. Sweet summer fruits and a touch of brown sugar.

M: Medium in body and smooth. I think that may so many love this stuff.

D: I will be honest I drank six, not because I really like it, but it was the best being offered for the night.

tpd975, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of Cheers
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very drinkable beer with a strong biscuit flavor. All around a good beer, but it is missing any unique flavors that some beer drinkers search for and others try to avoid. As a result, this is a safe bet for an all around crowd pleaser at parties where you may encounter multiple tastes.

Cheers, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of tbeck
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear, reddish-copper with a thin white head that remained. Aroma was malts, not overpowering. Taste was malty, a tad bit of sweetness and a bit of hops. No aftertaste but a lot of carbonation. Decent texture, on the thin side. Mellow taste and feel make this an okay beer to drink. I wouldn't mind drinking more of these because it is not very sweet.

tbeck, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of spointon
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a pint glass.

A= This ale poured a clear orange-copper color with a 3/4" tan head. Moderate lacing down the glass.

S= Lots of malty sweetness in the nose, with strong roasty aromas and hints of fruit.

T= Lots of huge toasty, biscuity malt dominates the front end of this beer. In the middle I got faint hints of ripe orchard fruit and very mild hops. The finish was back to toasted malts.

MF= Medium bodied, with a relatively low carbonation feel.

D= The flagship brew of New Belgium, so naturally it is a simple one with appeal to the masses. Even so, a very drinkable ale that pairs very well with summer cook-out foods.

spointon, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a copper color with a nice white head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Pretty weak here I could only pick up bready malts and maybe a tiny bit of fruit.

T- Overall pretty sweet. Caramel malts, bready and a touch of hops. Balanced well but not a whole lot going on.

M- Light to medium in body easy on the carbonation.

D- Easy to drink just not a whole lot going on here.

nrbw23, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of bilyboy65
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a BBD of 10/17/08, into a standard pilsner glass.

A: A light amber color with a fairly frothy white head. The head has staying power and made it through the entire glass. Left some nice lacing on the glass as well. Not a lot of film on the glass from the beer after a few swirls.

S: Smell is hoppy, with a mild sweet malty undertone. Kinda like maple syrup.

T: It is a balanced flavor. Not too hoppy and not too sweet. Nothing too intriguing either.

M: Mild carbonation tickles the tongue while the light/medium body of the beer flows.

D: Easily swallowed, but after a few it may get boring.

bilyboy65, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of meatmallet
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Copper color with a thick white head. Lots of lacing around my pilsner glass.

Smell: Smell is very sweet. Has a caramel aroma as well as malt and some biscuit aromas.

Taste: Taste is sweet up front with a bitter malt finish. A little dry.

Mouthfeel and drinkability: I love this beer and it has been a staple for me lately.

meatmallet, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of drxandy
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in trade thanks to Ben4881!!
12oz to standard pint, pours a golden amber brown, white head fades

smells nicely malty, very light hops, smooth, biscuity

tastes of nice roasty malts, almost porter-y, chocolate, slightly bready, hops are barely there but add a nice bitter finish, great flavor, a nice amber!

mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated, easy to drink and sessionable

drxandy, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bomber from some shabby local liquor store. Best by 15Feb08. Today is 10Aug08. Guess I shoulda looked before I leapt. Won't trust those bastards again.

Anyway I noticed as I poured that it was 6 months outta date, or if you prefer, and in this case I do, this particular bottle had been aged 6 months. How considerate.

So after the pour, I thought it was quite beautiful. Nice translucent copper shade of caramel. Thick white frothy head. Very tempting.

Smelled some kind of unidentified grain, wish I had the words, but it was pleasing.

Tasted like it smells. I like it. Very easy to drink, has a pleasing flavor. Maybe I'm just a mook who don't know better, but I swear I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. And hey, it's all about me anyway.

PatronWizard, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of mbrandon2w
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz
Pours great-looking copper color. nice two finger head, fades, but leaves nice lace
Smell is buttery, toffee-ish, a little caramel and bread. Fairly complex and very nice
Taste is of grainy sweetness, with the bread flavors coming through. Touch of caramel sweetness at the end is cut nicely with some hops bitterness.
Mouthfeel is really nice, smooth and lightly creamy. Touch watery on the finish though.
Could drink this quite often, if I could get it.

mbrandon2w, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of dgriffis
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a medium body, nice balance of hops to malt... the finish is roasty sweet. As you drink it down and it loses its chill it gets better, so cellar temp is optimum serve temp for this beer. very solid beer out of the bottle, but better on tap. I've got two hundred fifty characters to tell you that this beer is one you need to try if it is available to you, if its not you need to find it.

dgriffis, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of beerindulger
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance is a darker amber color kind of like an old brass door knob with a nice head that lingers for a short while.
Smell is good kind of a bread or biscuity aroma with some lite fruit or honey mixed in.
Taste very drinkable with a little bite wich is gone almost as soon as you notice it and replaced with a smooth finish.
Mouthfeel bread like I guess that's from the malt not much hoppiness. Smooth in the mouth not much carbonation.
Drinkability Very drinkable but not anything to write home about fills you up fast also.

beerindulger, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Crystal clear brownish-orange in color. Thick bubbly head with good retention and lacing.

S - Biscuity aroma with a somewhat faint smell of earthy hops. Something in the nose is a little off as well, almost smells like burnt grain.

T - Toasted malt taste; biscuity. Very light hop presence; earthy and spicy hops. The balance just does not line up and has a somewhat off flavor.

M/D - Medium bodied and very smooth. An easy drinker but not the best taste.

ckeegan04, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of GrimmReaper
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Red Robin in Orange County,quite surprised,enjoyed this one,bright amber in color,whitish head and nice sticky lacing.Nose is of malts,some caramel and fruits,a tinge of spices.Tastes a mild sweet with the caramel/toffee flavor mild spices and the malts all blending in quite nicely,going down smooth and creamy and a little bitter towards the end with sweet hilites.Well worth trying and i'm looking forward to this one again.

GrimmReaper, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to russpowell for this one!

Best before 06Sep08:

Pours light amber with a thin off-white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of soft biscuity dough with light citrus. Mild.

The taste is biscuity. A slight bitterness balances a soft, almost toasty mild maltiness in the sweetish, pretty clean, finish.

Light-bodied and somewhat creamy.

Inoffensive, mild, biscuity. Not much to this one. Pretty mediocre overall. Not bad, but I can think of plenty other amber ales with more character.

jwc215, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

How could a brown ale be so good?
This was one of the top things I looked forward to doing/ trying on my trip from Baltimore to Las Vegas. The smoothest most flavorful brown ale out there. A lot of flavor but not enough to knock your mouth out. The constant head gives it a great aroma through the entire drink. Just the right amount of malt and hop flavors.

nrpellegrini, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of NatetheGreat
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First time trying Fat Tire, I do really enjoy NB beers:

A: lighter than I expected, an orange-amber translucent hue with nice fluffy white head.

S: weaker aroma, some oily hops and doughy notes

T: very well balanced, spot on Amber Ale. Clean oily hops followed by bready, semi-sweet maltiness. Many have called it "biscuity" and I can see that. Very refreshing.

D: wow, this goes down like water...almost. It's very smooth, moderate carbonation, unnoticable alcohol, and with a pleasant taste, it's just really easy to knock back a few. Good beer, although NB had several stronger offereings. This would be a crowd pleaser even for people not familiar with craft beer.

NatetheGreat, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of diabecktic
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance:
The color is a beautiful dark red/amber. The head formation and retention are moderate, but there is great lacing. It looks pretty appetizing (or whatever the liquid equivalent to that is).

Smell:
The aroma is quite sweet with a hint of bitterness. I'm not quite sure what the sweetness is due to (toffee?/orange?), but it somewhat resembles a freshly baked loaf of bread or roll. Either way, it's not a bad scent (even though I can't quite difinitatvely figure out what it is)

Taste:
This brew is quite sweet and not at all bitter. I know the smell is a bit bitter, but the bitterness is hardly present in the taste. Again, I can't quite figure out what the sweetness is due to, but I think it might be honey/malt.

Mouthfeel:
It feels quite light in the mouth. Bitterness is lacking, as is carbonation, but it still feels good before it goes down.

Drinkability:
This beer goes down incredibly smoothly and has a slightly creamy finish to it. It would be quite easy to chug; however, since it tastes pretty good, I wouldn't suggest doing so, (do whatever you feel, though).

Summary:
I suppose this beer is somewhat "legendary" - or at least worthy of something like a cult following (at least where I'm from). To me it doesn't seem exceedingly special, but it seems like a great beer to throw down if you're tired of the standard fare. Again, I'd advise against doing so since you really should appreciate the flavor and not merely try to get wasted (it's also a bit expensive for solely that).

diabecktic, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of Beefeater57
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: light copper color with a sudsy head, retained through each sip.

S: I get a lot of a fresh biscuit smell, and a nutty smell, like almond or cashew.

T: Very balanced, has a malt sweetness that is heavily characterized by the biscuit malt, and there is just enough hops to balance it out. Hops are noticeable but not overpowering. The toasty nuttiness is there, and I do enjoy the biscuit character. Definitely get the biscuit/nutty taste with this.

M: Not bad, borderline watery but still good. Carbonation levels are perfect.

D: I'm from Colorado, where Fat Tire is almost on kitchen sink tap, so I definitely have a great appreciation for this beer. One of my favorite beers to drink, and a great example of a balanced ale. Great malty sweetness with good hops. Always have them in my fridge, a truly delicious beer.

Beefeater57, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got a 650ml bottle and poured it into a small glass

A- The design on the bottle as well as the beer was excellent. Beer poured a nice dark amber color that reminded me of maple wood. Decent head with many different sized bubbles

S- Smells good with a sweet malt carried by a hint of fruits(mostly grape)

T- Tastes excellent with a balance of fond malts and a hint of fragrant hops and light fruits

M- Feels excellent with a smooth medium body and ample carbonation

D- Drinks good with a refreshing aftertaste

EnojysAnyBeer, Jul 31, 2008
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 6,819 ratings.