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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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7,348 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,348
Reviews: 1,893
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 172
Gots: 1,205 | FT: 2
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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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Ratings: 7,348 | Reviews: 1,893
Photo of Shrews629
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear, amber/orange/copper color. Slight off white head that had pretty good retention and lacing. Yellow highlights around the edges.

Smell - Sweet caramel malt in the nose. Picking up a decent bready, biscuit aroma. Some sweet fruitiness of some kind. Not sure what.

Taste - Sweet caramel comes through at first with the taste. The bread and biscuit follows nicely. Again, getting some type of fruitiness. Peach or something. Really sweet!!!

Mouthfeel - Medium to thin mouthfeel. Mostly dry. Smooth. A little bit left on the palate.

Drinkability - This beer is pretty good with a meal. It might be a bit too sweet for some to drink all night. I could have another however.

Photo of ScorpyX
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring from the growler, it has a light amber color with a very small head. As this is the third or fourth pour, the head is gone in minutes.

S: Bready smell with a bit of malt.

T: Like the smell, a bread-like taste dominates. Some toasted malt accompanies, though nothing overwhelming.

M: Pretty crisp. Light bodied for an amber ale. Carbonation is high.

D: Very drinkable. Goes down easy.

I don't get this one in the growler that often at New Belgium, but when I'm in the mood for it, it works.

Photo of Chadpaq
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber. Hadn't had this in a while; figured it was perfect for LeBron's return to Cleveland.

Golden, honeycomb color. Two-fingered head that seems to be dissipating fairly quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

Almost no hops to speak of. Malty undertones. Fairly plain, all things considered.

I think this beer is pretty overrated. I hate to say that, and I really do like almost all of New Belgium's offerings. This style of beer just isn't for me.

Whatever. I'll drink up and watch LeBron.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

It has taken me way too long to review this old Purdue-days favorite. It pours a clear pale copper topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises mandarin oranges, ruby red grapefruit, lemon zest, coriander, and a stiff toffee backbone. The taste brings the toffee to the fore, subduing the fruity notes in the process. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a nice amber, nothing close to special, but eminently drinkable and more than enjoyable enough.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.2/5  rDev -66.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a orange copper color with a thick yellow white head and very little lacing. Smells of malt, a little hops, and a little vanilla and citrus in there. Tastes mostly of sweet malts, rotten eggs, or something that has spoiled. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Drinkability is poor.

Photo of punkrkr27
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper-orange pour with a frothy 2 finger white head. Musty, nutty, bready malt aroma with hints of nutmeg, ripe fruit, and slight pine. Dominating biscuit malt flavor, toasty, little bit of pepper and spice. Very subtle dry pine finish with a grainy an musty quality.

Photo of TheSteiny
2.33/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Good, clear orange/amber color poured out of a bottle into a pint glass. Head starts out around one finger white foam. Quickly degrades into foamy film.

S- Smells sweet, yet hoppy.

T- Slightly sweet, slightly hoppy taste. Reminds me of a more flavorful PBR, but not much else, to be honest.

M- Very light beer. Carbonation is higher, as many lighter ales tend to be. Feels a little watery for my tastes.

D- Not the worst beer I've ever had. For a "craft" beer, I expected more flavor and less of a watery feel. Past that, it's decent, and if you can find it cheap, pick it up. If your choice is this or bud of some sort on tap, go with this.

Photo of depechemode1983
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear light amber color, with an off-white head. Good Retention. Not too much lacing going on. There's a few patches here and there.

Smell - Lots of earthy smells going on but is balanced out fine by the hops. This beer has an earthy quality to it. Im picking up fresh bread, some grapefruit and a pine finish. Very pleasing, smells clean.

Taste - The bread is just as strong in the taste as in the smell. The malts give it a grainy taste which is followed by citric hops finish and after taste. Fairly simple tastes in this beer.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, nice carbonation that tickles the palate. It has a very clean mouthfeel.

This beer is highly drinkable. I could session this one with no problems, and love it. This is a good fall back beer. It is widely available and seems to be a good alternative when there's nothing else but BMC.

Photo of Samp01
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a draught pitcher with mikeg67 at the Shell Fish in Port Lavaca TX. Pours a nice clear amber with a nice white head. Aroma of malty caramel, light fruitiness, and some dough and bread. Taste is caramel malt, bready, and some very light hops. Palate is light body, good carbonation. Finish is sweet malt, doughy, very light bitterness, with a slight nutty ending. Seems a bit light bodied for an amber but overall a descent brew,, easy drinking, makes a for a good session beer

Photo of mbrown26
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice copper color. Clear. Decent head that dissipates quickly, but the lacing is nice.

S: Caramel notes and roasted malts.

T: A nice clean tasting beer without being hoppy. Had a great red ale profile and flavor.

M: Moderate amount of carbonation.

D: Easy to drink.

Will buy plenty of this and may become a mainstay in the household.

Photo of herman77
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear copper with a small white head. Okay lacing.

S: Very bready and biscuity. Some sweetness to it to. Its like a piece of toast with honey.

T: Light toasted malt. A touch of toffee sweetness and a bit of floral hops. Pretty light overall, nothing to flavorful.

M: Light to medium body. High carbonation. Feels macro like.

D: Pretty easy drinking, non offensive, light and mild. I grow tired of it fast though.

I remember a few years back when this first came to MN it was all the rage. Now, to me its pretty average at best. How taste change!

Photo of albertjr21
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Into a pint glass this settled a clear amber color under a thin head.

S: Sweet and light citrus notes with a caramel candied sugar nose.

M/T: An upfront sweet and crisp but restrained bitterness makes way to a more robust malt center with notes of burnt sugar and caramel before a malt dominated finish. A mild hop presence throughout complements this brew's malt backbone just enough to sustain a nice balance.

D: As proclaimed by the label, "Fat Tire Amber Ale's appeal is in its feat of balance." I'd have to agree...

Photo of kds10011
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
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
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
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
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
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
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
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
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
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
2.6/5  rDev -27.6%
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
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
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
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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