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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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7,206 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,206
Reviews: 1,854
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 162
Gots: 1,055 | 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 VaTechHopHead
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark golden brown, extremely clear with an average thickness white head and average lacing.

S - Faint aroma, but quite sweet with scent of different combination of malts.

T - This beer didn't have as strong as a flavor as I had thought, given the hype around New Belgium. It had a medium sweet flavor of light malts and spices. Not much hop profile in any part of the beer.

M/D - It has a very light body with little carbonation. But it does finish very clean and smooth.

A little disappointed in this beer since it was my first offering from New Belgium, but I haven't given up on them yet!

Photo of stoutfiend27
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased from my local BP station for $2.49 plus tax poured into my foot hills 10oz glass for first sample.. hoo rahh

a-dull amber color with a 1 finger head that lasted a short while..slight lacing..at least the color was right

s-bready and musty not much else..the nose was kinda boring..

t-malty and bready and musty much like the smell..run of the mill

m-thin and not quite what i was expecting...slightly over carbonated imo

d-if i wanted to i could drink this all night but the whole package kinda makes it a one and done for me...

overall a decent amber but i still dont see what all the hype was about when it came to NC...ive had better ambers locally...

Photo of goatxpower
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So, I was first obsessed by, then burnt out on this beer, and I've poo-pooed it for years now. But, I thought I'd give the little guy another chance, so I picked up a bottle of it tonight

A- Nice amber red. thin, fast dispersing head. Crystal clear.

S- Real toasty, Molasses, German dark bread.

T- Nice maltyness, flavors of toast and biscuits. Slightly nutty. Barely perceivable hops. Saltines?

M- Light, but has some lingering body. The taste of biscuits stays on the tongue long after the sip is done.

D- I'd like to nominate Fat Tire as the new standard for American session beers. This goes down incredibly easy, and packs a lot of flavor. It's not a flavor that I'm always in the mood for, but neither is Pliny the Elder or Mikheller. Doesn't deserve all the "meh" that it often gets from beer snobs (notice I said "snob" and not "geek").

Photo of Yesac
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear orange/amber small layer of foamy head.

S- skunky biscuit malt.

T- Holy malt bomb! But I like it. Toasty toasty toasty and a subtle bitter ending. This is like an Oktoberfest beer.

M- Medium bodied. Smooth and creamy.

D- Smooth and toasty, makes this one an easy drinker.

Photo of PintOHops
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a clear amber with a poor, thin head that reduces quickly. Has about medium carbonation, and leaves some Patchy, soapy lacing. Smells of lightly toasted grains and malts, sweet caramel notes, nutty, very much like chocolate cake. Some slightly earthy notes, and tart grape, but has a major malt profile.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes, ah, like chocolate cake. Lots of flavorful, sweet grainy, malty, molasses, caramel, honey, chocolaty notes flood the palate, there's some lite citrus flavors and subtle hop bitterness in there, but just enough to round it out. Highly malty and very flavorful! Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly silky, small bite of carbonation on the tongue, and lite-medium bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Ive had this wonderful Ale many times before, finally decided to pick up a 6pack to see if it tasted as good as I remembered, and it did! Ive always loved this nearly flawless tasting Ale, my only complaint would be the body, I would appreciate just a little bit more body to it, but otherwise it's perfect to me. I could enjoy 2-3 of these chocolaty desserts on any given day. I absolutely love this beer, and I highly recommend it to everyone. Cheers!

Photo of cjohnson
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper-orange with a slightly tan two-finger head.

Smells very yeasty and sweet. Reminds me of toast for some reason. Maybe a little bit of some dark fruits.

The taste is very sweet initially, but has a bit of hop bitterness in the back. Kind of yeasty, but not too much. Overall I'd describe the taste as pleasant, but altogether nothing very exciting going on.

I'm a little bit disappointed in the mouthfeel. If this were a bit more carbonated it'd be very nice, but it just feels flat and plain. Still pretty drinkable.

Photo of cnally
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

yeah, yeah...the talk of the town recently as it seems to be the most coveted beer recently introduced to the east side of the Mississippi River.

A fantastic looking beer. A radiant golden orange color with a fluffy, menacing lacy white head. really grand looking stuff.

really grainy aroma. wheat and corn, with a very slight malt aroma. toasted marshmallows a bit, due to its sweet smell. but mellow and not outstanding.

initial hop flavor, but ever so slight. this moves to a impact of grain and yeast, balanced well. the toasted malt they advertise is barely noticible until the aftertaste, which fills your mouth with a vengence.

Creamy, filling feel with a touch of stickiness.

Here is the thing. I have been drinking this beer out of a can since its introduction here in Indiana and merely called it okay. After pouring it out, aerating the drink and being practically moved to tears by its appearance, I have an entirely different viewpoint of the beer. It turned from good to great. No exaggeration. So, don't be lazy, people...pour this beer out into a glass and be amazed at the difference.

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

Dark amber w/ two finger off white head, little lacing.

Smells bready and of sweet caramel malt.

It tastes like a toasted biscuit with a mild sweetness. The toasted flavors are robust. There is a mild floral hop finish that's slightly bitter.

Medium body, good amount of carbonation.

It's an easy drinker. Usually when I'm drinking Fat Tire it's because I'm at an establishment that serves mostly macros on tap and this is the alternative. It makes for a good "go to" beer when I'm in a crunch.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks skeeordye 22 oz bomber poured into a weizen glass

A- a beautiful frothy 3 finger foam head rises almost over my weizen glass. a bright burnt orange color with highlites of amber.

S- sweet biscuity malt smell right off the nose. a nice lil hint of floral hop kicks off the back end to make it all come together nicely.

T- alcohol hits me tongue first. Then comes a bisucity/hoppy type of compound that is followed by sweet malts. Very interesting and unique. Further along through my beer the floral notes come out more.

M- heavy and hopped with alcohol. A sweet floral coating but not as smooth as i would think.

D- very good sessionable beer and would be great for an outside day. Goes down with somewhat of ease but can be fulfiling.

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

A - amber, brilliant clarity, foamy white head persists, leaves a bit of lace behind

S - clean, biscuit and crackery malt, touch of sweetness and floral hop

T - more bready goodness, toasty, breadcrust, gentle sweetness, mild floral hop flavour, clean finish with more toast and gently lingering bitterness

M - med light body, carbonation keeps things moving and refreshes, smooth and crisp, no alcohol

D - perfectly balanced, a superb session ale

Wow, this beer is very deserving of its success. I don't get the bashing, but then I think Boston Lager and SNPA are superb offerings as well, and I'm from Canada where none of these beer suffer from "over exposure."

Really though, this just might be the quintessential "American session ale." It's clean, with a great malt base, and just enough hops to balance, which add a touch of complexity. The mouthfeel rides that fine line between enough body to round out the flavours, but light enough to keep things moving. Sure, there are more "interesting" beers out there, and I tend not to session anything really, but if I were to do so, I would not hesitate to reach for a 6-pack of Fat Tire. I've tasted many other malty American Ambers, and this is by far the best. Very well executed!

Photo of kbuff13
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into a pint glass. Good looking amber color with a nice head and good lacing. The smell was slightly floral with strong malty goodness. It had a great malt taste with a mild sweetness and a slight hoppy end. Good body to the beer. All and all I thought it was a well done beer.

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

Poured into tulip from 220z bottle - looks good fine lacing color is amber brown. Smell is probably best thing about this beer malty with a kick of freshness that shoots up my nose. Tastes toasty and a little earthy which surprises me in an amber ale. Nice hop finish cleans up. Mouthfeel okay - lighter with decent carb. Very drinkable at 5.2.

Photo of cktison
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A welcome addition to the Atlanta market, we've been waiting for New Belgium. Poured 22 oz bomber into pint glass.

A: To me, this is just a gorgeous beer. Amber gold glow, nice off-white head with minimal lacing as consumed.

S: Biscuit and sweetness from malts and some hoppy goodness. Slightly floral.

T: Biscuits and carmelly malts up front with some nice hop bitterness. Very toasted.

M: Nice carbonation, smooth, very easy drinking and flavorful.

This is a welcome session beer to the Georgia market.

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

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with 1 1/2 fingers of foamy eggshell white head. Thin creamy retention that flares up into a rigid 1/2 finger that throws some massive frothy lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet with bread and caramel, with a good bit of citric tang and light floral hops in the back of the nose.

The taste is toasted malts and caramel sweetness mixed in with a pervasive fruity citric character. Light bittering hops pull up the back with some needed balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly relaxed and creamy carbonation and a generally all around refreshing feel about it.

While nowhere near the full blown cult status that this beer seems to have garnered over the years, if your looking at this as a moderately flavored and easy drinking Amber Ale, then for the most part it succeeds. Plus it gets an extra point for the portability in cans now as well.

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

Had this on tap at JP Looney's in Greensboro, NC.

A - Clear amber with no head by the time I got it, just a small collar. Minimal lacing.

S - Lightly toasted malt with mild notes of pine and citrus from the hops.

T - More subdued than I would prefer. The toasted malt provides a decent backbone for the mild hit of pine and somewhat citrus hop flavors.

M - Light to medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. A little more body would do this brew good.

D - Easy to drink, but with a nice bit of flavor. Though I enjoyed my first draught experience with this brew, I do believe that the bottled version is a bit better. Flavor and aroma is much less muted.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Fat Tire from a can is different than from tap or bottle! Count it! Did a tasting side by side. Pours a slightly hazy copper to amber color. A good fluffy white head with good retention and good lacing for the full tasting.

The nose is a bit cleaner than versus the bottle. The malt comes out with a light bready and biscuit aroma. Some minor caramel as well. There isn't the nutty aroma that I usually associate with Victory malt (and a bottled FT). A very clean yeast and some minor esters. The hops are a bit cleaner as well, and the herbal and floral hops come out a bit more.

The taste is similar in that it is a bit softer. The malt is very clean with a light caramel. Some minor hints of the nuttiness, which Im not a fan of. Some bready notes come out as well. The yeast is a tad more noticeable in the can version as well. Some light rose peddles and bananas. The finishing hops are about equal, a good balance with hops and malt.

The body is a about the same, moderate to light. Very clean and easy drinking. Overall there are still some things that I would like to see, more depth and a bit more hops. But just to compare can versus bottle, the winner = can!

Photo of prototypic
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ahhhh. Fat Tire. I hear a lot about this beer and have been anxious to try it for quite a while. Let's get to it.

It pours a light copper or amber color and is very clear. A light vanilla colored head tops it off. It's about a finger and a half deep and was very quick to recede. An ample amount of sticky lace remained on the glass. Not bad, but not great.

The nose is underpowered and very average. It's initially a little sweet and malty. Smells mostly like toasted malt. A fair amount of yeast is noticeable throughout. Hops are very faint and could easily squeak by unnoticed. They smell mostly floral and earthy. Perhaps the light grainy smell on the tail is attributable to them. There's something here to work with, but it comes across as way too anemic.

The flavor's a little better than the nose, but it's only above average. It is sweet and malty initially. Its base consists of a mix of pale, toasted, and caramel malts. The toasted variety is the most distinct flavor. It's yeasty throughout. Hops are floral and grassy. A spicy hop flavor emerges toward the end that gives it a little edge. It's slightly grainy. Alcohol is not noticeable at all. It finishes a little bitter and spicy. It's not bad, but is clearly not nearly as impressive as I've heard.

Fat Tire is nowhere near robust or fat. In fact, it's thin and feels a little watered down. Carbonation is active and crisp. It's nowhere near smooth. Drinkability is above average. There's not enough flavor here to entertain most of us beer geeks for very long. Its abv and feel certainly lend themselves to sessionability, but I doubt many BAs would be happy with this for long.

Well...Fat Tire's okay, but not exactly good beer. Not nearly as good as I've heard. Incidentally, all the talk I hear is not from the craft beer crowd. I now understand why. Fat Tire's probably a good gateway beer into the craft beer world. There's enough here to intrigue the uninitiated. But for those of us who really scrutinize our beer, there's not much here. The nose is weak, the flavor's merely above average, and it's too thin. I don't buy all the hype I've heard about this beer, but I get why "the others" incessantly talk about it. Worth a try, but not much more.

Photo of israel
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- the color of Jurassic amber minus the trapped insects, of course, Nice head, about a thumbs height tall and some exceptional lacing. Beer is crystal clear with some carb bubbles rising to the surface.

S- I do pick up on unbaked bread aromas with some faint over-ripe grapes in the background...aroma is better than I just made it sound.

T- I honestly pick up on a lot of all-spice flavors in this beer and a dry biscuit flavor as well. Nothing complex here, just a simple yet tasty beer.

M- Not much complexity in the mouth feel at all. Dry and crisp with a decent amount of carbonation.

D- This is where this beer shines, as this would be my ideal backyard beer. Drinkability makes up for some of the simplistic traits of this beer

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

A- Looks like a good bourbon. Nice carmel look. Decent head that fades somewhat rapidly. Laces moderately.

S- Malty. Molasses, biscuity. Not too strong or complex but nice.

T- Biscuity, way maltier than I remember. Somewhat pretzel-like. Good malt profile, but not too much otherwise. Not too much here, except a lot of different malt flavors. Some lightly toasted almond too.

M- Light-to-medium. Not too much carbonation. Nothing special.

D- Definitely moving through this, but I'd reach for something else given the chance.

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

pours a light orange color with with a nice fluffy head and good lacing the smell is malt, nutmeg, and biscuit, some hops and spice smells..small clove background..the taste is a malt/biscuit forward amber then some hop/spice tastes with a nutmeg flavor..the mouthfeel is good nothing complex here just an easy drinking amber ill recommend this one..good one for the summer season!

Photo of youngblood
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright amber. Light glinting from the glass bends fire colors onto my hand. Fluffy finger height head fades quickly.
This smells a bit musty, lots of yeasty bicuit going on here. There's some slight fruitiness underneath.
Taste is very very biscuity. I find it pretty one dimensional. The taste didn't become any more complex as it warmed which disappointed me.
Has a very smooth mouthfeel, quite satisfying.
Good drinkability due to low abv and smoothness.

Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a one-finger white head w/ lace down the glass on a clear ruby-tinted gold. Some tropical and citric fruit ntes w/ a strong bread/biscuity malt nose. A medium-bodied, dry beer that had some good fruit flavors and was a little bit crips and oily as it went down (some sour notes like wine). Herbal tea-like hop bitterness and a good balance w/ biscuity malts. A quality ale that is easy to drink.

Photo of JimBird
2.62/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Borderline blonde-amber (lighting was a little low, granted) with a fizzy but rapidly dissipating head.

I must say, I was not too impressed with the smell, and it tasted like a watered-down IPA.

It went down alright, a little watery, but overall, it was drinkable.

Photo of Beejay
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Nice medium Amber, some yeast floating in it, which I believe is intentional in the canned version of this beer. Nice white head on top that dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Malty, toasty biscuity.

T: Malty, slightly dry, with a wonderful nutty/ biscuit flavor. Delicious, but I think it does loose something in the can.. I have had this on tap, in a bottle, Bomber, and at the brewer, and I think the can is the weak link.. Still good, just not as good.

M: Highly carbonated, smooth, and crisp.

D: Definitely. Light, crisp and a solid amber. This beer fits many tastes, and though it gets heat on this site, I still think it is a great beer, and a gateway beer into the craft world. There was a reason we got a keg for our graduation party.. Fat tire, you aren't the best, but you will always have a place in my heart..

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear orange-copper body with 1/4 inch, loose, white head. There's usually a little more head as I remember; let's blame this glass on the pour. Head dies pretty quickly to a creamy halo, but leaves a trail of lacing in it's wake. Decent lacing all the way down.

Smell: Toasted biscuit, caramel, and sweet citric hops. Citrus and hops seem more pronounced in this version than others. Overall, very sweet, malty, toasty, and nicely balanced by the citric hops.

Taste: Lots of caramel, citrus, and sweetness lays on top of a toasty, biscuity, backdrop. Very malty. Lots of sweetness with clean hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, well-carbonated, pretty sugary, and clean. Quite smooth.

Drinkability: I've had Fat Tire many times from many different sources. It's always tasted the same to me. This bottle, however, had something else going on (either that, or my palate is out of whack). Much sweeter than normal, and a bit hoppier to boot. This is a decent amber, but nothing special IMO.

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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