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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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1,903 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,903
Hads: 7,975
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 30.28%
Wants: 203
Gots: 1,867 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale | 5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Reviews: 1,903 | Hads: 7,975
Photo of ArchimedesSox
2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear amber color, thick white head, good lacing

S: Almost nothing, slight maltyness

T: Malty sweetness, caramel notes, brown sugar

M: Light to medium, good carbonation

O: Decent beer, light enough to be session-able but still has a decent amount of taste to it.

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Photo of Kelby777
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried Fat Tire earlier today, and I am finally sober enough to write a review for it.

Poured delicately into a dimpled beer stein. The temperature of the beer was in the mid 30's. I have also tried Fat Tire at a slightly warmer temperature - at around 45 degrees.

Appearance - Very beautiful appearance. The color is a shade of amber and resembles light maple syrup. White frothy head (when poured at a warmer temperature) with a nice lacing around the glass. Appears to be of high carbonation.

Smell - Wonderful and distinct smell. Grassy hops is definitely the dominant aroma here.

Taste - Has a hop bite to it, but it doesn't linger on the tongue for a while like other ales do. It has a bitter taste from the hops, but the average beer drinker would be able to handle it. I personally don't dig the bitter hop taste, but it won't prevent me from drinking it.

Mouth feel - It has a nice carbonated mouth feel, however, it could be thicker. I found it has a thinner mouth feel than a typical macro beer.

Overall - This makes a great session beer. It is not one I would drink everyday but if I were offered it, I would not decline it. It's good to get away from the macro beers now and again. Cheers!

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. Bottle
"Enjoy By" Date of May 24th, 2015
Reviewed on March 17th, 2015
Served in a New Belgium Globe

Poured a dark copper body with a nice amber glow. Not much of a head but it left a nice amount of lacing throughout.

Lots of biscuit. Toasted grains. Pleasant undertones of dark fruit.

Doughy malts hit the tongue first. Biscuit. Toast. Sweet bread. Hops were short-lived but palpable, breaking through the dense malts with lighter notes of pear and apple. Semi-dry finish. Medium/light bodied. Moderate carbonation.

I'm pretty sure this was my "gateway beer" into the world of craft beer. It is accessible, consistent, and tasty.

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Photo of do_ob
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a very clear, crisp golden color with a 1 finger white head. Quickly fizzed down into a spotty lacing. Notes of citrus, flowers, and orange peel on the nose. Overall, not much of a smell. Light/medium weight to the body. A quick, but very mild hop bite initially then..nothing. This beer doesn't really taste like anything to me. Dry finish with a bit of a malty aftertaste.

This is a pleasant beer I suppose, but it's lacking the flavor to make it stand out among the run of the mill ales. It would make a great session beer, and at 5.2% a 6 pack could probably have you feeling good. Just not my taste, though.

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Photo of NerveStorm
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice head and amber color. The finish is somewhat weak and lacking any complexity to the flavor. Overall it is a good "quench your thirst" beer or "goes with pizza" beer, but nothing exceptional. That said it beats the mass marketed brands hands down and is an easy pour for a hot day.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can. Poured clear amber color. Head was mild. Soft nose is quite grainy. Sweet grain and caramel with a subdued but distinct yeasty scent, too. The flavor is just like the nose. A bit bready or toasty, definite caramel and a a good dose of grains. Generically fruity but not the most dominant feature. Minimal hop flavor. Finishes light and watery with a grainy aftertaste. Well carbonation. Not much of a fan of the overall flavor and I find the finish to be a bit off. Surprised it's taken me this long to finally try this brew. It isn't distributed here but I would have expected to try it by now.

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Photo of gopens44
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Another one of these beers that I've had and remember why I don't get it too often any longer. It's just kind of there. It is a beer I enjoy paring with Mexican food though. q

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this one before, ratings and review based on latest serving. Big ol' 22oz at a divey "sports" bar in my hometown. Fat Tire is usually my go to when the other alternatives are either macros or Blue Moon (No offense to Blue Moon, just had it way too much years ago).
Beautiful amber color, smells a bit fruity, nice refreshing taste with a little bite on the end that's barely noticeable but a good contrast to the sweetness up front. There's a reason this one is usually the one craft choice at a lit of dives around here; good quality but not big flavored enough to scare your BMC crowd away.
I didn't get the hype when it first showed up here a couple years ago; it's good but not great.
Bottom line: solid and sessionable.

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Photo of Jasonm2
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is your typical amber ale, softer on the palate and not too bitter in taste. An average brown beer, Fat Tire will give you a gentle kick but leave your palate crisp, just like a good ale should. Goes great with a casual meal, and doesn't leave you screwed over the next day. Definitely a daily pint, this amber ale makes one experience the flavors of the beer without a wicked hangover, and it won't dehydrate like a super-hoppy brew. If you find this around, and enjoy a good American brew at lunch, I would surely recommend it!

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Photo of Csikic93
4.76/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love fat tire. It is my go to beer and always will be. It was the first real beer I ever drank. It goes well with pizza and even cheese. You can drink it all day. It tastes much better poured than out of the bottle or can. I cannot get enough of this beer.

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Photo of 31Sam13
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Used to be one of my absolute favorites to celebrate a a hard day of back-country skiing/ snowboarding ( did I say hard...fun as hell, I meant...hard work, as I hike to earn my turns). Anyway, I believe that I hadn't had it for about five years and it just wasn't what i remember. Good but not great.

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Photo of Act25
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My college roommate’s favorite brewer - they make a great session IPA too.
A: Lasting head over a deep amber body that leaves sheet lacing .
S: Too laid back. Pale malt and grassy hop, with malt dominant. 3.5
T: Even handed pale ale that majors in chewy caramel malt and is balanced by a sweet, grassy, almost sun-baked prairie hop. 4
MF: Fluent, quenching, balanced by medium feel and clean, crisp finish, 4

One the most pleasant pale ales in the world. Satisfying without being over done in any way. Rivals the best.

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Photo of Pukstopper
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pint glass from bottle at a local hotel where I was traveling to. Nice golden Amber color with some lacing and a head that fades quick. Abv isn't to high and not a lot of hops but a nice drinkable ale especially after a long day of traveling.

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Photo of Tiffany88
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not much carbonation and kind of flat. Nice hint of berry smell, small note of honey. Beautiful amber/gold color. The taste is kind of watery with a nice fizzy aftertaste. The mouthful is light. Overall it's decent.

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Photo of mtvolkens
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap poured into pint glass. Nice dark Amber color, mild smell, with a real sweet and light character with a great bold taste. Sweet caramel and a touch of earthy taste on the back end. Not much happiness at all, really smooth beer that you could drink all day. Not super complex but a great go-to ale.

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Photo of Extol
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is pretty good. Nice biscuity breadiness to it. Smell isn't very impressive, but the taste is on point. I could easily drink several of these in a session. Would buy again.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Nice clear brown/amber color with a nice 1.5 inch fluffy white head. Sticks with you, leaves moderate to heavy amounts of lacing on the edges, all the way to the bottom of the glass.

S: Nice malty, mildly sweet, grain smell. Very pleasant, nothing off putting here.

T: Slight sweet, malty, toast flavor. Minimal hop presence, almost undetectable. Has hints of an indescribable flavor that reminds me of a brown ale, which I do not like. Kind of a hint of staleness to it. Not sure if it is normal or a odd bottle, would like to check out again to compare.

M: Light to medium amber. This is a lighter option when looking for a heartier beer. More substance here without being overly heavy or thick.

O: Was pleasant, a nice departure from all the over the tops hops that seem to be the trend these days. Not necessarily a standout, but is worth a taste.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of DanielMB
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I think this is an incredibly underrated beer. Now, in my experience, it does have a somewhat subtle flavor that doesn't always come out. But when it does, it's amazingly toasty and scrumptious, sort of like some sort of pastry. It's hard to describe; it's unique.

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Photo of Markwas
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great "go to" beer. Nothing to brag about in any specific aspect, but fantastic overall. A chunk of medium rare cow and a ice cold fat tire draft should be the adult PB&J.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a clear, filtered golden amber. Forms one finger of head which dissipates down to a film. Very minimal whispy lacing.
S - Lightly sweet caramel, mild hops and an earthy garden aroma to it as well.
T - Little sweetness, little pilsner, little hops and little bitter, very light and mild, well balanced, easy drinking.
O - A nice sessionable drinking beer.
V - Medium.

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Photo of BeardedPastor
4.94/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So far, this is my all time favorite beer. I'm always willing to try new thing, but I've yet to find a beer that I enjoy sitting back with than this one.

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Photo of hophead723
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer is timeless. It's universal. It's unmistakable. It's perfect. Okay it could use more hops but then it wouldn't be Fat Tire. I can only hope you are about to enjoy one as you read this review, because that's what beer is all about.

I've had it on tap a lot and poured this into everything from a coffee mug to a pilsner glass but this time around its a classic British pub glass from the bottle. Just like the beer, you can't go wrong with this approach.

Appearance: This beer pours a gorgeous amber color. The head is a unique and characterful off white with fine bubbles.

Aroma: This beer smells so good! Biscuit, fruity, with a whiff of grassy and herbal hops.

Taste: It's delicious and drinkable malt character sings a chorus in your mouth with each pleasing sip. The malt is gentle and bready while the hops are grassy and mild.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. The carbonation levels are perfect and make this beer a classic.

Overall: Ill say it time and time again, this is beer. Yes its not an IPA and yes I'm a hop head but this beer is perfect and complete. It just plain works and it shall stand the test of time. I wouldn't compare it to any other Amber Ale even though there are many out there. Enjoy it any way you can but the tap brings just that much more magic to the experience. Drink up beer lovers. Drink up.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. ENJOY BY: 15FEB15.

Look: Pours a light copper with a soft white head and bright carbonation.

Smell: Aroma of light bready malts with a touch of grassy Euro hop aroma.

Taste: Nutty brown ale flavor. Caramel malts and grassy hop taste.

Feel: Light and refreshing, not strong or overpowering.

Overall: A light, easy drinker. Not a standout, but pleasant. Fat Tire is a not as hoppy as Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or ubiquitous as Sam Adams Boston Lager, but a gateway into craft beer for many nonetheless.

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Photo of Bezy901
4.5/5  rDev +25%

One of my favorite beers! The toasted slightly yeast like flavors really come through. I definitely prefer to have it on tap or poured into a glass rather than from the bottle because it becomes a different beer altogether when it has time to breathe.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber color, yet fairly transparent. A substantial head with lively carbonation.

The smell is distinctly of malt, with a bit of sourness in the background.

As the smell, the taste is dominated by malt. Yet, there are hints of floral, grass and vanilla. The feel is light and drinkable, just what you need for a biking trip through Belgium.

Overall, this is a delightful beer. Light, drinkable and sufficiently complex. Pretty much the perfect reflection of the brewery as a whole.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,903 ratings.