Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 7,128
Reviews: 1,832
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 155
Gots: 963 | FT: 1
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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 Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Special Georgia introduction bottle. Same beer inside. Pours golden with moderate head that settles to a thin cap and leaves some slight lacing behind as it fades. Smells soft and grainy with some slight bitterness. Tastes similar, a bit bland with some grainy sweetness and some light bitterness. Smooth, but the taste drops off fairly quickly. A fairly pedestrian beer. Not bad, just a bit boring and no better than hundreds of others in the style- and worse than some.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 650 ml bottle

Pours a orangish gold in color with a plentiful dense creamy off-white head of about 2 fingers or so. Crystal clear. Tight lacing all the way down the glass. Looks nice.

Aromas are mild, basically malty. If you look for them, you might find some caramels and something earthy. Just a little above average in my mind, but pleasant none the less.

Earthy tones blend with malts on the tongue and make for a deceptively heavier taste than you might expect from the color. The body and mouthfeel are great and help to make this brew very satisfying overall. All of the flavor components are just solid and stay together great as they wash over the tongue.

Overall, this was enjoyable. This is definitely on the heavier earthy side of the amber ales but it is definitely worth a shot. I would certainly go after one of these again!

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I didn't know if I'd ever drink this - it's something I imagined I would always pass over. But I got one for free, so of course I drank it.

Pours a kind of dark copper color, very clear, with a nice dense off-white head that sits around for a while. There's some decent lacing, nothing amazing, but this one looks nice. The smell is sort of subdued, but there's a crackery, kind of toasted bread type smell in there. A tiny bit of sweetness, some light esters, and some kind of chalky, grassy hops in the background. The taste comes across mostly with the toasted bread taste - not burnt you know, but lightly toasted. It's kind of sticky, and I can actually notice the presence of esters here. That sort of subtracts from the flavor that's present. The hops don't come across with a lot of flavor, but really come with a little bit of a feeling - not bitter, but just like a kind of hoppy mouthfeel or something. The malt can get kind of powdery and overbearing at times, almost making it taste dry when it's really kind of sweet. There's a kind of funny yeasty taste, too, but overall, it's fairly pleasant, and though there's nothing to wow you in here, it's not bad at all. The mouthfeel is kind of off though. The carbonation is nice, but somewhere between the huge amount of biscuit malt, the funny feeling from the hops, and the esters mixed in here, the feeling of the beer gets to be kind of off-putting. But overall, you can drink it fairly easily. The price is pretty good for a 22oz bottle, but I wouldn't say I would go after this again, but it was nice to visit once.

Photo of u2carew
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A) Transparent. Bronze in color. Pours with a nice head then settles quickly. The lacing is thin and uneven.
S) Noticeable hop aroma. Earthy. Light malty sweetness.
T) Nutty notes. Residual hop bit lingers in the finish and aftertaste.
M) Smooth with some very mellow crispness. Feels fairly light bodied with a medium body taste.
D) I'd expect a little more weight in the body and taste under the label "amber ale".

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

A - Pours a wonderful amber color and a good head forms and remains for some time. There is some attractive lacing on the glass as well.

S - Some hints of caramel and hops seems to come through in this one.

T - Tastes of toasted biscuits and small notes of dried fruit. Has a bit of a medium body to it and this beer is great for breaking newbie's into the world of craft beer.

M - Decent mouthfeel, not too thin and yet providing enough body to add to the experience.

Photo of Gyle41386
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a South Carolina commemorative bomber into a 24 oz mug. Though exactly the same in design, this bomber is way cooler than the Georgia commemorative ones I saw in Augusta not long ago.

Pours an orange-amber color. Nearly two fingers of foam retain well and leave some decent lacing behind.

Sweet malty nose. Not a very powerful nose, slightly above average for an amber. Some very mild earthy hops.

Sweet grainy malt flavor. The hops seem to disappear outside of a very light, brief bitterness, that gives way to a slight sourness. Not great, but far from bad. I can see why so many consider this to be a great gateway craft beer.

Body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation seems right on par. Not bad. Not much depth or complexity, but it fits a niche.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to the threewisemen for the trade.

12oz can, says "can conditioned". underside of the can has a best by date of 12 jun 2009. tasted in early may 2009.

pale honey amber w brownish copper tones. clear. 1-finger, nearly pure-white head, slowly fades to thin layer. great lacing.

aroma: yeasty apple esters and trademark toasty malt and caramel, with mild hop note that is lightly citrusy and leafy, almost like fresh orange juice. hint of belgian character.

taste: very toasty malt, with more grassy/herbal hop character, and mild to near-moderate bitterness. slightly watery, but quite flavorful for 5.2% ABV. resins linger, as yeast, esters and phenols peek through in the finish and aftertaste, plus again more of that trademark, toasty, toffeeish malt character which made NB famous.

light to medium body, with light resins in the finish. crisp, tingly, moderate carbonation.

ah, ok, now i see why so many non-beergeeks rave about it. VERY easy drinking, and that caramelized, toasty malt really is what sets it apart from other flagship beers by the other near-mainstream craft breweries such as sam adams or sierra nevada.

NOTE: ok, yeah, so now i'm reading todd alstrom's review, and it helped me narrow down a description for the malt flavor - it's BISCUITY. lightly sweet, cookie-like, english-style biscuits.

Photo of Damian
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at the Sonterra Grill, Colorado Springs, CO
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a crystal clear, deep, dark, crimson-amber color with a one-finger, super tight and creamy, bright white head that left a thick latticework of lacing all down the glass. The head eventually faded to a frothy cap, which lasted until the beer was finished.

The aroma was super mild. Somewhat powdery initially and a touch malty. As the beer opened up, some bready malts were detectable.

The taste was full flavored for the style. Lots of toasty malts came through up front, along with a distinct nuttiness. Fruity in the center. Some earthy hops were noticeable in the clean finish.

The beer was medium bodied. Somewhat creamy with a fine, livelier than average carbonation.

Drinkability was impressive. This is a flavorful and interesting brew that goes down so easily. Fat Tire Amber Ale is the ultimate session beer.

Photo of Vidav
4.83/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep red/orange mix. Small head of around 1/2 inch. The smell is strongly of wheat or grasses. Tastes of biscuits and malt. Nice strong flavor. Overall this is a really nice brew. Something I could drink a lot of and always enjoy it. I know a lot of people put this one down but I think there is a lot going on here that makes it one of the top beers around.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew pours a crisp, clear burnt orange color and has a nice tan head that laces well. That's it. That's all the inspiration I get from the appearance of this beer. Sure it looks nice but so did a coors light once in my life. Maybe the bottle just looked at me the wrong way. Stupid bicycle.

The scent is grounded in malt-ville. There is a toasted and sweet malt nose but I feel it could be bolder.

I'll give this a 3.5 because it's better then some others that I've tried but not by much. The malt taste seems stale and over worked. I know this is the workhorse beer for the label and thus probably made in giant batches which could explain the lack of character. Personally I dig the other offerings from New Belgium.

The mouthfeel is smooth starting and gives way to carbonated bitterness. Light body and a sizzle of bubbles after each sip. A decent beer but only a few steps above average.

Photo of ajmoody76
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

started getting the cans a little while back. i am glad to see them. they go in pockets and backpacks well. twelve ounce can pours clear light amber color. one finger tan head. some lacing. looks good.

toasty and biscuit malts. some fruit hops in there as well.

caramel malty sweet. citrus fruit hops also. dry bitter fruit aftertaste. fits within style.

mid body. good carbonation. i like this better than the bottle. seems to have a little more depth. i will continue to buy this beer.

Photo of JamesS
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Sonka's Irish Pub, Terre Haute, IN.

Poured a nice crystal-copper color with some very nice head and decent lacing. Sweet malty scent, with a touch of fruit in the nose. Great taste, a nice malty beer with enough hops, slight though they are, to keep it from being unbalanced; has a great sugar candy flavor in the finish that really makes it excellent. Goes down very smooth, quite a nice beer.

Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bomber to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a completely clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Some hops present, but not much else.

T: As with the smell, there are hops up front, but a thin, watery finish. This is a one-note beer in the taste department. Not offensively bad, just very thin.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slightly syrupy finish. Light-bodied.

D: Not an undrinkable beer, but it hardly lives up to the hype.

Photo of jpro
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured it from a bomber - crystal clear light amber / caramel, with a thin eggshell colored head that doesn't really stick around. Aroma has touches of burnt caramel, grainy, its very bready; overall, kind of like nutella-light (if there is such a thing) on toast. Taste is of bread, malt sweetness, with hints of nuttiness; there's a light hop finish. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and a little thin. Its pretty drinkable, as in it could be consumed like water - although, personally I'd go for something else. Not as much character as I was hoping for -

Photo of benteach
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a modest head, good lacing. Head did not last long though, only a faint ring throughout the drink.

Yellow, orangish color, good carbonation.

A good, balanced beer. Malt is distinct, slight caramel flavor, finishes with a superb hop taste. Just the right kind for an American Amber. Smooth mouthfeel, very rich but, again, bery balanced.

Photo of ifnkovhg
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I can understand why some might not like this beer. It's not complex at all. But neither is chocolate ice cream. This is nice, bready, malty comfort beer.

It pours dark orange with an off-white head that doesn't last. There's some lacing.

The smell is very inviting: malty and biscuity, as others have noted. There's some sweetness in there, as well. Toffee, maybe? No hops as far as I can tell.

The taste is right in line with the smell. Malty, chewy, biscuity. I can't detect any hops at all. The carbonation lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good -- semi-full. Lighter than a lot of ambers out there (I'm looking at you, Full Sail). Carbonation is where it should be. It's noticeable, but doesn't distract.

Drinkability is high. Despite its dark color, this is a good summertime session beer.

This beer strikes me as the little brother of (e.g.) Boont Amber Ale, which has the hops and complexity that this beer lacks. If you're a hophead, this beer probably isn't for you. But I like my malt and I like this beer.

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

A) Slightly cloudy, small head that quickly disolves to lace. Bright orange when held to the sun

S) Sour mash with citrus fruits

T) The low alcohol content offers a smooth, falvorful summer thirst quencher especially when served COLD

M) Thicker than a pilsner or lager. They got the carbonation just right. A dense and smooth ale

D) It's 4:00 pm and the lifts just closed. The sun is still up. Drinkability? Only in pints and better yet when you are buying

Photo of beerhobo22
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good hop aromas with hearty malt. Dark amber with good, rocky, head. Tastes of caramel malt balanced with earthy hop bitterness. Finishes clean. Medium body with good carbonation. Really enjoyed the canned version over the bottle. Someone told me that they added add'l yeast to each can, but I can't confirm. As always, a good beer.

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

22 oz brown bottle.

A: Dark Amber with two fingers of head I had to wait for head to die some to complete pour.

S: Faint sweet malty aroma. Very little hops aroma.

T&M: Watery and a bit bland for my tastes with a malt sweetness and flavor. Very drinkable though and an all around enjoyable drink.

I usually prefer a hoppier beer but this was very nice and drinkable. Very good Amber Ale, The bottle was marked "Georgia on my Ride", to commemorate the opening of the Georgia market for New Belgium.

Photo of chumba526
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The first thing that comes to mind, when i think of Fat Tire is its great earthy smell. the smell almost reminds me of stilton blue cheese. the color is normal, but im not really in to judging beers by their appearance, it seems a little closedminded and childish, but whatever. The taste has a nice rich malty taste that is hardy, there is a bit of hops to keep the malts in line though the malts are clearly the star of the show. Flat out a nice session beer for when you do not want anything that complex; just a simple solid non-challanging ale. a perfect beer for smoking a joint, mowing the lawn, a lazy afternoon, a concert. Its nice because Fat tire can be found most places on the west coast, even run down venues. At 11.99 a twelve pack one can not really go wrong with this nice session beer.

Photo of cdizinno
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bottle with before date of 25 Sept. 2009.

A: Bright copper with little head and minimal lacing.

S: Faint floral scent of hops.

T&M: Medium bodied and very smooth. Nice biscuity malt from start to finish. Light flash of hops, some fruitiness, and finishes semi-dry.

Not really the best red ale I've had. However, the bottle I had stated it was an "Amber Ale". So I'll rate it as that and it is a very good ale.

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

Had this in a bottle at the hotel bar while waiting to go out and have quite a few more beers. Aroma was malty and somewhat sweet. I sensed a bit of biscuity aroma as well.

Mouthfeel was a bit creamy.

But the taste was quite nice. Crisp upfront with faint piney hops that quickly give way to a biscuity and toasty body. This beer is certainly one of a kind flavor profile wise, I haven't had any quite like it. The finish is pretty clean with only a little malt sweetness lingering.

A very tasty beer, and one that I'd recommend as an entry beer for somebody who only drinks macros. A little adventerous for those who don't drink much craft beer, but tasty for the rest of us.

Photo of hardy008
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this both in the bottle and on tap. It has more of a biscuit flavor from the bottle, and is sweeter on tap. Poured an amber color. Came with virtually no head, but I try not to judge the head for tap beers. Had a caramel aroma and flavor with some sweetness, definitely sweeter than from the bottle. Had a medium mouthfeel and an average amount of carbonation. Very drinkable, and better on tap than from the bottle.

Photo of smibroncos
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured a clear ruby brown, with a one and a half finger lasting light brown head. Generous lacing on the glass.

S. Malt, Cartamel, molasses,coffee

T. Suprisingly more bitter than sweet, caramel and some molasses

M. Medium bodied high carbonation. Was a little fizzy, maybe a new keg?

D. Good ale. I likes the balanced bitter taste with the sweet nose.

Photo of GweedoeBRew
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It was great... I was so excited to find it while I was out here on my trip to the Northwest... Great Malty flavor... actually tasted like the clone I made a few years back... so that was exciting... good stuff... I am glad to have had a chance to have it and hope that it makes it out to the east coast soon!

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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