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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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7,286 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,286
Reviews: 1,871
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 168
Gots: 1,144 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Photo of SimpleBeerLover
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A good, reddish amber color.

Smell: Lots and lots of hops and malt right away, with some caramely smell coming out of the bottle as soon as I opened it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very crisp, actually to the beer's detriment since the crispness interferes with the initial flavor, but once its in your mouth, it has a very nice flavor. Very heavy on the hops.

Drinkability: I could put these away all night.

Photo of robwestcott
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured to a clear plastic solo bar cup in a college bar - which 20 years ago I'd have had less problem with I suppose...

foamy 1/2 finger head. malty, well balanced, imperceptible hops, first time on tap after many bottles. can't say I noticed much difference.

easy to drink, easy on the taste buds. best when cold.

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

A: Slightly amber hued, bright, clear, golden copper. Good size white head. Keeps a cap most of the way, and a ring all of the way down. Nice lacing.

S: Biscuity! Some general malty sweetness, some toastyness, a faint fruity note, and a non-descript hint of hops.

T: Biscuity, toasty malt. Start to finish. Some malty sweetness, but not much in the way of hints or notes of other stuff except a little bit of grainy husk at the end. Nope. Just lots of well rounded toasty biscuit. The fruit note takes on a pear character with a very slight hint of yeast. The hops are stronger than in the nose but still in the background. They seem more English than anything else - grassy/earthy and faintly medicinal.

M: Crisp CO2 on medium body. Not remarkable in any way, but quite spot on.

D: One of the uber "gateway" brews. Supremely drinkable for newb and nerd alike.

Photo of weasbri
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale copper color, good head and lacing.
Mostly malty aroma, toasty, biscuity.
Great balance though in the flavor. More biscuity from the malt, but also a good hoppiness too. A good mouthful gets a solid bite, but small sipping shows off more of the floral nature.
The balance of the beer does it for me, making it a very sessionable beer.

Photo of wchesak
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass

A - orangey tan color, half a fingers of bubbly off white colored head, leaves some decent strands of lace

S - caramel, light floral hops

T - more caramel, some bready malt, some lemony bitter hops

M - Thin medium bodied if that makes sense, carbonation is good and keeps the head sitting on top

D - gf picked this up for me, along with some other New Belgium's in NC since its not distributed to VA; finally just getting around to drinking this, too many other beers to try before this one; not bad, but not great, its pretty hot out so it fit the weather alright, if NB comes to VA ill stick with their Lips of Faith series

Photo of IrishJava
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a substantial head. A strange smell... still pleasant but unexpected. Taste was very good, I would definitely consider it a summer beer best enjoyed in the heat. It was not too hoppy or too malty. It's not a beer I would drink more than four of at a time, but relatively light enough to be enjoyed in quantity. Great beer.

Photo of kdawg105
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer not realizing that it was part of a six pack that I had bought of the ranger. The appearance was very nice though not as much lace as I had hoped for. The smell was good but not what I expected. The taste was not the best when I comes to amber ales but hey it my be up your alley. The mouthfeel was good with a clean finish. I don't know if I would say that it has a good drinkability just because it took me quite a while to finish the first one. It is definetly not a beer I would drink 12 of.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a decent amount of head. Laces okay.

Smells like peaches and caramel with a whiff of a freshly opened pack of cigarettes.

The taste is nice, but very light. It satisfies just enough so as not to warrant complaint, but by no means is this a going to knock anyone's socks off. A mildly sweet and toasty, almost creamy malt center is washed away by a moderate amount of floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

A decent beer and a good drinker, it would certainly make for a good gateway beer, and one I could session easily. But at the same time, let's just say I'm not especially broken up about the fact that I can't get this in Ontario, Canada.

Photo of klkatz
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

given to me a by friend in Atlanta. He says it's his new favorite. The brew has just made its way east from Colorado.

the color is lighter than you'd expect after smelling it. It's very clear, golden like apple juice. 1/2 inch thick white head.

the smell is malty and nutty.

tastes like a nutbrown ale... advertised as an amber ale. this beer is very nutty.

takes a few sips to get used to the nuttiness, but the drinkability is there after the adjustment.

Photo of Minkybut
2.64/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a dark gold sorta color. The beer poured a off white head that was really nice. The smell was terrible like rotten fruit or something. The taste was watery with a bunch of clashing horrible flavors banging each other. I will never buy this beer again

Photo of zoso493
2.76/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, so here is the infamous Fat Tire, the beer that the non-craft drinker will open while proudly proclaiming that they are drinking "good beer." Let's see how accurate that assessment is. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a straight-sided pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a rather odd-looking orange-amber color that is quite atypical for an American amber ale. There's very little haze to it, and atop the beer is a very thin one-finger head that dissipates quikcly, leaving some trace lacing as it subsides.

Smell: I'm hyperventilating trying to find something to smell in this beer, but I'm coming up almost empty. There is the faintest scent of toasted malt with just a hint of orange peel complementing the malts. I can pick out no hops in the smell, which is ominously suspect for and amber ale.

Taste: The taste is equally as bland as the smell would indicate. There is some very, very, very light toasted malt followed by a slight hop bitterness to finish, but that's about it. I'm very unimpressed.

Mouthfeel: Fat Tire is beyond thin in the mouthfeel department. The beer just disappears into your stomach as soon as it enters your mouth. This does make it pretty drinkable and fairly refreshing, though.

Drinkability: This is a nicely drinkable beer, as it goes down very easily and is pretty light on the flavoring.

Overall, this is a very mediocre beer, in my opinion. I can say that after having tried it, it is unequivocally not what I would call a "good beer" but is a beer worth trying. I've never been impressed with New Belgium, and Fat Tire has only served to further solidify my opinion about them. I don't have any empirical evidence to support this statement, but I would venture to say that is the most purchased craft beer in the United States. After having tried it, I can't for the life of me understand why.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this one pours a clear goden amber color with some white head with halfway decent retention. leaves a nice lace as well.

the aroma definately leans more to the malty side. toasted malts, biscuity, bready, somewhat buttery. some faint hop aromas way in the background.

i enjoy the taste a lot more than the aroma would suggest, but definatly not living up to all the hype in my opinion. again with toasty, biscuity, buttery, bready malts taking over the palate. some slight hop flavors and bitterness.

a crisp refreshing mouthfeel, a little high on the carb. medium to light body. a very sessionable beer, very easy drinking and easy to enjoy a bunch of these. this is mostly all i drank while on vacation in vegas. i cant get this anywhere in western new york so i brought a couple back as it was everywhere in vegas

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good dark amber and brown color, decent white head, minimal lacing, absent any aroma.

Taste, heavy malt, little hops. A woody taste, a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg perhaps. A degree of sweetness and biscuit like feel. Mouthfeel gets thin downward, but enjoyable. Drinkable easily.

This beer is the trendy target for extreme beer/hopheads that drink little else or people with beer geek superiority complexes, but there's nothing wrong with it, its a session beer. Think outside the beer trend box.

Photo of SamN
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear and lively. Copper brown color, big, loose foamy head that seems better out of the can.

S- Background of sweeter bread malts, some foreground of fragrant floral hops, but mostly a nutty, maltier aroma.

T- Not super flavorful, a tad biscuity. Bread like malts with crisp citrus twangs. Unfortunately, this taste is rather dry and boring, like a dry biscuit.

M- Pretty lively carbonation, spritzy, Light body, rougher carbonation feel.

D- Not my favorite NB beer of all time. A good introduction to craft beer for those too timid and prone to pants-pissing to try anything with balls. But, this isn't bad, nor it is unoriginal, just a little boring and monotone.

Photo of rarbring
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It really is a clear amber brew, with an off-white head, leaving little lacing.

The smell is mostly sweet and malty, some hops. A perfumic impression.

Some sweetness, lots of malt giving a biscuit experience, some hoppy bitterness balancing it quite well.

Medium carbonation, small aggressive bubbles, a dry finish.

A good well-balanced craft beer.

Photo of ZeroSignal
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cooper-amber color wit a somewhat thin white head.

S - Malty nose with hints of sweetness and grain

T&M - Heavy biscuity flavor, grains, very light sweetness and some hops bitterness that smooths everything out nicely. Very smooth with a slight dryness.

D - Very drinkable; I can see throwing a few of these back no problem. Very happy to have had an opportunity to try a beer not available in my area.

Photo of dopehousex3
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had Fat Tire at a bar and in my opinion its ok but nothing special about. It had a nice look smelled nice and did go down really smooth but there was nothing to make me want to keep drinking Fat Tire amber ale again or go out to buy a 6 pack. I guess ill only drink it again if some one else buys lol.

Photo of whiplash3825
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange-copper with a medium-sized head that doesn't stick around very long. Some lacing left on the glass as you drink it.

Floral scents were the first in the nose, followed by lightly toasted malt.

Bready slightly-sweet malts noticed first in the taste; solid hops in the background, though more muted than the malts which seems appropriate. Hops flavor seems to be intensifying as the beer warms some. Some graininess and alcohol burn in the finish.

Nice mouthfeel, though slightly thin for my taste. Nicely carbonated.

Great drinkability! Thinner mouthfeel may actually help in that regard. Flavors are improving the more I drink... a winner in my book.

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber to pint glass with a best before date of Jan 22, 2010, exactly 1 day after I drank it. (Review from a backlog of notes.)

A: Average size off white foamy head. (Much bigger on my second pour.) Good lacing, good retention, very clear orange body. Multiple streamers of carbonation all along the glass. Very attractive.

S: Strong biscuity malt character. Bready, doughy. Sweet malts. Caramel notes. Grainy. Heavy toasted toffee aromas and flavors. Hops are in the background, (probably due to the bottle's age) but who says all amber ales need to be hop forward? The aroma was pretty solid nonetheless. maybe drinking this beer at the end of the 'best before' date was a happy mistake.

T: Taste follows nose. Hints of peanuts and marcona almonds. Slightly lacking in complexity, depth of flavor and any kind of intensity for that matter. Well balanced, I guess, in that sense. Much more malty than hoppy.

M: Finishes dry with a short flavor duration. Medium-light body mouthfeel, a little too thin on the tongue for my preference. Well carbonated.

D: The Fat Tire is an easy drinker and it would definitely pair well with many types of food. Pretty good, but certainly not wowing.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, best by 8/28/09; sampled 7/14/09. It pours a filtered amber hue, with medium carbonation and two fingers of fluffy white head. Mildly toasty aroma is nice, but a bit one-note. Bready and biscuity flavor, with crystal malts, some melanoidin notes, a light sweetness and some tannin astringency. The hops are leafy and mildly bitter, and the body is medium and dry. Pleasant and easy-to-drink - nice to see a malt-centered amber ale in the American arena of hopheads.

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

12oz bottle with date

App: Medium amber with a small but thick head.

Smell: Strong scent of caramel and an earthy-woody note: almost a touch of cinnamon. Slight licorice. No detectable hop aroma, but that's not saying it's not there.

Taste: A solid taste. Firm malt backbone. Slight cereal grain reminiscent of oats. Ends with a light herbal hop flavor and some husk.

Medium body with light carbonation

What this beer lacks in complexity, it makes up for in unbeatable drinkability.

Photo of vacax
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can conditioned vessel poured into a glass. Pours a golden amber with a slight haze, full two inches of cream colored head, retention surprisingly high for something so seemingly fizzy at first. Nice trail of lace left a I drink the glass too. Aroma of biscuit malts and some earthy, straw hoppiness.

Tastes of toasty malts primarily with an earthy hop balance and some nice estery elements. Slight off note perceptible to some degree, but overlooked in everyday drinking. This is a drinkin' beer, not a sippin' beer.

Medium to fuller in body, carbonation is a bit high. Nice clean flavors, very palatable, easily sessionable. Nice amber ale without pretentiousness. I've heard of people being "disappointed" with this beer, but as far as ambers go this is a good one.

Highly recommend trying the cans as the can conditioning really adds to the flavor over the force carbed bottles. Also the best twelve pack of cans on the market to my knowledge.

Photo of mdfb79
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark amber color with about an inch of white head that has little retention. Moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of fading hops and sweet malts. A little weak and a bit of an odd smell from the malts.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, as well as sweet malts again. Also tastes of bready malts. Not sure what it is, but the malt taste does not taste that great to me.

m - Light body with a good amount of carbonation.

d - Overall the smell and flavor of this beer did not appeal to me too much. It wasn't bad, but an odd bready/sweet malt combo that I wasn't the biggest fan of. At 5.2% if you liked the taste you could definitely drink a few of these given the light body, but I won't be looking to get more of this anytime soon.

Photo of AndrewOToole
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dull brown with a finger-width head that lasts about a minute. A little bit of lacing.

Smells very malty with something slightly metallic that is a bit off-putting.

Just like the smell, the flavor is very malt-driven, slightly earthy like a lot of other beers from New Belgium. Pretty standard for an amber ale, though I wish it had more discernible hops.

Fairly light bodied for the style, but I think that makes it go better with a lot of foods (especially pizza!). Right amount of carbonation at first, but it tends to dissipate quickly leaving you wanting more. Leaves something of an oily feeling on the palate, not really good or bad, but noteworthy.

Very good beer to drink with dinner but I can't picture myself ordering it by itself all that often. Growing up in Colorado, this beer was always in the fridge. Is it possible that nostalgia increases its drinkability?

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

Another can to add to my collection, similar label as the bottle. I have had this bottled before, but first time from a can, let's see how it compares.
Dark amber color, red hilights, with a solid but small head. Nice aroma of hops come through immediatley, also some malt sweetness present. The taste is also well balanced with solid malt base, accented by more floral hops. The body is on the fuller side for the style, mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Good drinkability, flavorful, easy to drink.

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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