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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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7,219 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,219
Reviews: 1,859
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 163
Gots: 1,070 | FT: 1
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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 grmarcil
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I finally got around to drinking a Fat Tire after hearing the hype for quite a while. Bought a 22 oz bomber, poured into a regular glass.

Pretty-looking beer: nice amber color with a fairly rich white head, which leaves a good bit of lacing. Unfortunately, I found appearance to be the highlight of the beer.

On the whole, I found this beer lacking. The smell is a mild, semi-sweet grain with a little bit of hops. The taste is similar, just a little sweeter, with more wateriness and less hops. I couldn't get over how watery this beer tasted and felt.

Looking up, Fat Tire is very drinkable. Easy as anything you'll find without going macro-lite.

To conclude, maybe this is a case of a good but not great beer failing to live up to the big hype, and I'm just disappointed. Maybe I'm rating it a little low because of that, but it has a lot of strikes against it: watery, bland, and definitely not a bargain.

Photo of nerow
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark amber with a one finger creamy head which fades rapidly.

S-Grassy, perhaps a bit of citrus. Nothing special.

T-Slightly nutty at first followed by a toasty biscut-like flavor. A bit of citrus lingers at the end. I'm not going to say that it's overtly boring, but nothing in the flavor draws me in. Overall, there is nothing offensive about this beer's flavor, it's just average.

M-Moderate carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

D-Good drinkability, but nothing about this beer compells me to have another. Perhaps that would be different during the summertime.

Out of the "Hipster College Student Beers" this is the best I've tasted. This beer is certainly better than the BMC crap most people drink, but it didn't live up the hype for me.

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

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 40 degrees.

Pours a classic amber in the glass with a white froth, good retention, and above average lacing. Aromas of caramel malts, subtle roasted nuts, hints of chocolate, some baking spices, orange peel, light grapefruit, & a light bealgian-like yeastiness follow through on the palate with added flavors of roasted nuts. There really isn't much in terms of hop bitterness....well balanced. The mouthfeel is a little lean, but that adds to it's drinkability...very sessionable. Overall, a solid beer. Recommended.

Photo of Miketwolf21
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a generous head that gives off herbal and hoppy aromas, with slight malt undertones. This gives way to a very balanced flavor profile. Rather dry, with a subtle but still sharp hoppiness. It does indeed have a biscuit like flavor that can be appreciated in the after taste. What this beer does well is that there are no offensive or overpowering flavors. You could argue that it is on the bland side because of that. It's a very easy drinking beer, but one that you can still savor and sip. This is a beer that anyone could enjoy. At $15 for a 12 pack, this beer really is an accessible craft beer.

Photo of muskabeatz
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Light amber, copper in color. Two finger, creamy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind a bit of lacing.

S- Grassy, grainy aroma with slight hints of floral and hops.

T- Smooth taste with a bit of hop bitterness that gives way to a large biscuity malt flavor. Leaves you with a toasty, sort of buttery finish.

M- A bit thin, but has a nice creamy feel to it. Moderate carbonation.

D- Medium-light body makes this beer easy to drink. However, I would be more inclined to drink this if I were a bigger fan of the taste

Photo of bbkd3b
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Always on-tap at Shakespeare's Pizza in Columbia, MO, and after 10PM, pints only cost $2!

A: Amber ale this is. The reddish undertone gives it nice, warm appearance. Only downside is the fast-disappearing head leaving a somewhat flat-looking beer.

S: Surprisingly hoppy in smell. Very mild sweetness underneath, but not too dominant.

T: Sweet tasting beer. Carmel was the predominant flavor in my experiences on-tap. Small balance from something not-so-sweet that I can't quite figure out....

M: Somewhat thick and syrupy, but the consistency works pretty well with the flavor.

D: VERY drinkable (and affordable). Finishing a glass is a pleasure, not a challenge. Normally, I'll have 2.

Really good, standard beer from those Fort Collins folk.

Photo of Duxx
4.85/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

A: Awesome amber color with a whitish beige head. I really like the color of this beer. I just wish it had a little better head. When I pour this beer I only get about 1/4" of head that fades quickly but leaves good lacing on the glass. If it just had a little more head it would be a 5.0.

S: Very mild and sweet. No noticeable hop aroma. Kind of a sweet wet grain smell. It's not at all offensive but just hard to accurately describe. Seems everyone else calls this beer's aroma biscuit like. Well that aint what my mama's biscuits smelled like but...good aroma anyway.

T: This is where this beer really shines. Very mild malt flavor. No hops bite at all. Either very low hops or really well balanced by the maltiness. Very unique flavor profile, almost like toasted 7 grain bread? I've never tasted a beer like it. I'm generally a big fan of big hops but I really like this beer.

M: Great mouthfeel. Just like Goldilocks, not too thin, not to thick. Very creamy almost like a nitrogen tap.

D: Very easy to down several of these. No harsh aftertaste. Even my non-beer drinking friends will drink this beer. All in all, this is no doubt my favorite go-to beer when I don't feel like a strongly hopped beer.

Photo of PhillipJFry
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper Red Coloring topped off by a persistent foam ring that tends to stay for most of the beer.

S- Light floral hopping

T- The word here is balance. Nothing exceptional, but inoffensive to any palate. Everyone enoys this beer.

M- Clean taste with only the hops really sticking around between sips.

D- A very easy yet still delicious drinker.

Photo of glid02
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q in Atlanta.

Pours a clear amber color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of lightly toasted pale malts with hints of earthy and mildly floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The malt flavors have a bit more graininess than the smell intimated but still have a distinct pale malt flavor. Midway through the sip small amounts of earthy hop flavors enter into things and carry through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending. As it warms it becomes mildly buttery as well, though it never becomes overkill.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass and could have another.

Overall this beer is what it is, a gateway beer with a cool name that rolls right off the tongue. Nothing to seek out but certainly not a bad option if no other craft is available.

Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

longneck into big pint glass

A: light amber with a massive, rocky white head. Admittedly, I did pour a little hard, but that's still a lot of foam. And it sticks around too.

S: bready/slightly toasty malt. I'm getting vague notes of citrus rind -- which I assume to be the hops. Spicy note too. Not sure what that is.

T: bottle describes malt flavor as biscuity, and I tend to agree. Very mild hop presence, just enough to balance, but the malt is what really comes through.

M: beer? It's wet, it's carbonated, it doesn't drink like a milkshake and I didn't expect it to. End of story.

D: Balance between hop and malt flavor and lower alcohol content make this ideal as a session beer.

Photo of jmaur345
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I kept seeing this beer around and a few a my friends told me it was a quality brew so when I found a six pack for sale I had to pick it up.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my trusty Chimay goblet, very pretty bottle design with a blurb about the beer on the back.

A- Coppery red color, well developed head that fades to a good sized ring that lasts throughout, excellent lacing when poured hard.

S- Very floral hop aroma, almost rosy.

T- Well balanced between the malt sweetness and the hops, it has kind of a bready taste to it. I was a little bummed out by the taste after the amazing smell, but it's still good, I just expected more.

M- Overall, pretty clean, slight lingering taste from the hops.

D- Good, not stellar, but good. I finished the six pack and would consider buying it again it it was on tap.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a New Belgium goblet. As a PA resident, this smuggled beer was my first foray into New Belgium beers, and it was a wonderful experience.

The first thing I noticed was the color. Calling this beer "amber" doesn't do it justice. It's a rich gold, with pleasing effervescence, and a thin, creamy had that left intricate lacing along the inside of the goblet as it receded.

The smell is not overly assertive, and it's dominated by an inviting, bready aroma, with a strong undercurrent of sweet malts. Overall, the aromas are extremely pleasant, and mesh well with the flavors of the beer.

The taste did not disappoint. The bready yeast flavors and rich maltiness are certainly there, and it's moderately sweet, but never cloying. This is a very well balanced beer, with no one flavor overwhelming the palate. There's also a very subtle hop character, but it only comes through in the aftertaste, adding another note of complexity to this brew.

The body is light and crisp, with a relatively high degree of carbonation, almost cleansing the palate between sips, leading to a beer that is continually pleasant and refreshing.

This beer was heavily hyped for me, but it certainly lived up to it! If Fat Tire was available in Pennsylvania, I would probably drink it every day.

Photo of BrandonWardlaw
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was one of the first beers I ever tried, and it has remained a favorite for me.

A: Golden amber, with a 1.5 finger head that dissipates to a thin layer. Moderate lacing.

S: Caramel, hops, biscuits and a hint of malt.

T: Very biscuity. Starts with a malty-caramel flavor, finishing with biscuits and hops.

M: Nothing outrageous. Light and somewhat carbonated.

D: High. These are easy to throw quite a few of back over the course of a night.

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
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
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
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
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
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
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
4.45/5  rDev +24%
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
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
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
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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