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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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6,594 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,594
Reviews: 1,796
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 139
Gots: 676 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000)
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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium's flagship beer. I've had this countless time, just getting around to a review.

Not just a typical amber, for NB has a tendacy to almost belgianize it with their propietary yeast.

Biscuity malt presence, with some honey/caramel sweetness. Good medium body with a light fruity and sweet floral/nectar hop presence.

A superb session beer in every respect. The perfect fall-back, and in my opinion it's better in bottles than on tap, maybe something to do with conditioning?

SurlyDuff, May 27, 2008
Photo of fourplayed
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this from the bottle and on tap...I like both.

Clear, nice medium red-amber color. 1 finger head.

Smells of spices, hops, mild fruity sweetness.

Taste is good. nice blend of Hops, spice with nice mild amount of fruit sweetness. An interesting blend.

Good amount of carbonation, not too heavy, goes down nicely.

Drinks very well. Again an interesting blend of flavors. Hops, spices, fruit...can't compare it's taste to other beers I've tried.

Overall a good brew. I can drink this "one after another". Not too heavy. I find myself ordering it on tap quite often while out for the evening. Worth trying, worth buying!

fourplayed, Oct 11, 2010
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.

NODAK, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of pweis909
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber.

Bright translucent amber-orange with a head. Not highly hopped, this beer features toasty malts. The toasty notes were subtly apparent by smell, but more apparent in the taste. It is not sweetly malty, however, and actually has a crisp, dry finish that makes it highy drinkable. It's a well-balanced beer with crowd-pleasing appeal.

pweis909, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of punky796
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a light amber-red, about a finger of medium-thick head. Head disappears in short time but leaves very nice lacing.

S - Bread/biscuit comes through first, with possibly honey and some hops. Malts dominate, though.

T - Bread/biscuit again, malts, honey or caramel, can't tell which.

M - Well-balanced, not just a heavy blanket of malt or just a tongue-stab of hops. Bright finish.

O - Solid, well-balanced ale. Would have it again.

punky796, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of cameraready
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden amber color. Lots of light tan head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: Has nice malt smell and hops with hints of pine.

T: Mild bitterness with minor aftertaste.

MF: Smooth, dry, slight carbonation and medium body.

Overall very drinkable and refreshing. Good beer for after a hard day of work.

Notes: Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. Drank 5-30-09 from bottle dated 14Aug09.

cameraready, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained from a friend of mine who brought it back from Colo. when he was on a business trip. Thanks John!
Initially a pretty standard pale malt aroma with a pinch of flowery hops. This was followed by a very pleasing bisquit aroma. Head leaves too quickly. Color is a nice orange amber and very clear. Flavor is very much like the aroma with the bisquit quality leaving a very pleasant lingering. Not much complexity beyond that. Good balance of carbonation with a fair amount of fullness from the carbonation. Medium to thinner mouthfeel. Slightly rich.
This is an enjoyable and unique beer. Well crafted and highly drinkable. It's popularity doesn't surprised me, it's unique without being excessive.

garymuchow, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of marksto
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the flagship brew from New Belgium, a very popular ale and I can understand why. It has enough quality to endear beer enthusiasts and is yet approachable enough to appeal to novices or those who dont normally drink craft beer.

It's flavor and aroma are dominated by major biscuity maltiness. Hop rates are not high but balance well to accent the malt. A very drinkable, refreshing ale.

The label features a Fat Tire cruiser bike. A visit to the brewery will find a bunch of these bikes parked outside as employees are awarded them and frequently ride them to work - cool!

marksto, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of Zraly
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a friendly ale. When I use the term "friendly" I am implying that most beer lovers, malt lovers, hop heads and plain ol' enthusiasts can find something enjoyable about this beer. (Or at least I can see how that could be possible).

The appearance is a light-nut brown with a tinge of orange. The head poured light and fluffy.

The main flavor is a toasty-malt tone. I smell, as well as taste, a little bit o' fruit upfront. The hops finish rather unassumingly...leaving this beer tasting rather herbally fresh.

There is nothing outstanding or over-the-top about this beer, but that is what makes it highly drinkable. It's neither here nor there...it just is. The Tao of Ale.

Grab a few friends and sling a few back...you'll have a good time.

Zraly, Dec 06, 2002
Photo of pezoids
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a thin to almost no head. Bright and glowing orange-amber color with a decent amount of carbonation in the body. The aroma is cloying with honey and molasses in the forefront and sweet grapefruit in the back. The taste is malty, fruity and lemony that leans towards the sweet side, although a floral honey bitterness is detected. Overall - solid body with a complimentary bitterness. Always happy to have New Belgium's flagship brew. A Classic.

pezoids, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of archaeofreak
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a standard bottle into a glass. Excellent hoppy aroma and flavor profile. Pours smoothly with a deep reddish brown color, with excellent head retention and superior lacing on the glass. Strong mouth-feel and nice bite. Hops might be over-whelming to some. Overall, quite enjoyable as a six pack, but more than 6 might be too much hops.

archaeofreak, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of I3eck
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle -> Wine Glass

A: Crystal clear orange/amber color, nice 1/2" beige/blonde head which dissipates quickly, minimal/spotty lacing.
S: Toast, toasted malts, chocolate, caramel, crème brulee.
T: Malty, chocolaty/mocha, slightly hopped, floral.
M: Light to medium body, light CO2, nice slightly bitter hop finish.
O: I've had this beer many times before and felt it was time to do an official review - as I am new to this and this is now #8 for me. This is a good go-to for me. Great drinkability for any season or occasion and is a pretty solid beer. In the past I have paired it with a sidekick of orange cognac and the two play off each other quite well - it is a great chocolate/orange combo.

I3eck, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of CountJustinian
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hard to tell drinking out of a bottle... While not ideal, obviously, it seemed like a better option than the available plastic cups.

Smell: Mild hints of peppery malt, not especially noteworthy. Made me want to continue, but more out of curiosity than from anything it offered up.

Taste: Maltier than the smell suggested, and thankfully so. Early, bready, malt flavor, with a distinct earthy undercurrent.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with better than average carbonation. Starts strong and finishes stronger, a little thin in between. Clean malt aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. Any complexity it has gets lost after the first one or two, but no reason not to continue. It's a shame New Belgium doesn't distribute this to Northeast U.S.

CountJustinian, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of Jdmpolk
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sadly where I'm from we can't get New Belgium, so I always try to pick up a six pack when I can/

A- Moderate head that dissipates quickly. Moderate lacing with three or four lines on the pint glass I poured it into. Color resembles that of peach tea exhibiting a reddish pink hue.

S- Primarily rich malt initial smell with a very slight hint of hops appearing at the end.

T- Nice dry biscuit taste makes itself known immediately. Like in the smell a slight hint of hops bring up the rear, and make themselves most know in the aftertaste.

M- Clean feeling, but the flavors of malt cling to the inside of the mouth after it's gone.

D- Very light and easy to drink.

Jdmpolk, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of meatmallet
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Copper color with a thick white head. Lots of lacing around my pilsner glass.

Smell: Smell is very sweet. Has a caramel aroma as well as malt and some biscuit aromas.

Taste: Taste is sweet up front with a bitter malt finish. A little dry.

Mouthfeel and drinkability: I love this beer and it has been a staple for me lately.

meatmallet, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of haver
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank a lot of Fat Tire in 1994 when I was living in boulder, Colorado. This Beer is hard to come by in Ohio, so when I have a friend going to Chicago I ask for a favor. This Beer is very drinkable, and the smell of cherry scones always come to mind. Hop heads will be disappointed because the malt is up front. This is a great intro Beer for people who want to delve into craft beer. Smooth, refreshing, very good!

haver, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of Splus
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%

Splus, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Since I was in Asheville, and I'd tried in on tap, and I have to go a ways outside of Toledo to get this (which is weird), I decided to try it from the bottle while I'm here. This is a copy-and-paste of my earlier on-tap review with the necessary revisions.

The color is a deep, clear copper. Unlike the tap, the head was sturdy and fairly thick, leaving patchy lacing behind.
The smell is pleasant and, while not extremely strong, pretty fragrant. There's a nice hops and malts balance with grains and a hint of fruits with a sweetness underlying.
The flavor is a mix of floral, biscuity, sweet and gently bitter. It's very easy to drink and I think it bridges the gap nicely between the weak, weakly flavorful beers and the palate-pounding monsters.
There's a light carbonation and the body is on the light side of medium.
This one's very sessionable and an all-around solid amber.

Brenden, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of beerluvr
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a quick light ivory head settling over clear amber liquid. Noticable toasty, lightly smoky nose. Snappy hops tasted right out of the gate with a biscuity and malty undertone. Faint caramel sweetness follows through into the balanced finish. Great session brew.

beerluvr, Jan 30, 2005
Photo of bbkd3b
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

bbkd3b, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of Cyrion
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonick pint, I was surprised at how unlike an amber ale it seems. A clear, medium gold appearance instead of the red I was expecting? And what's this, no carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom at all! Still, it presented a nice frothy head with complex lacing, which I found delightful.

Aroma was sweet and biscuit-like. I detected a slight orange hop tang, but nothing more than a hint.

Taste was a rich, sweet malt. It brought to mind oatmeal cookies. That bakery taste was unmistakeable. A slight cocoa flavor was also present- I shall be interested in learning the malts used. A slight hop flavor was noticed at the edges of the tongue, but remained hidden for the duration of the quaff.

Mouthfeel was of medium body and only slightly chewy. Went well with the bakery flavors presented by the malt.

Overall, a delicious first foray for me into the New Belgium lineup. The flavors were uncomplicated, which may disappoint those looking for far more character than I was seeking. I'm still not sure I'd call this an amber/red ale, but I found it delightful.

Cyrion, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of JNewbs
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really dig this beer. I've not had many sessionable beers that were this quality. The appearance was good and as expected. A bit of a head with decent retention. The color is a clear amber. The smell is nothing outstanding - dominated by breadiness and malt. The taste is exceptional for such a light tasting beer. Lots of biscuit, malt flavor that finishes clean and crisp. An easy beer to knock back a 6 pack of on a hot day. I would definitely give it my recommendation. I wish we got it in Ohio.

JNewbs, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of toolbrew
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer many times and even driven across several states to get it.

Pours a light amber color with a thick white foamy head. Lots of carbonation.

Sweet malty smell with some citrus aroma.

Nice malty taste with hints of apple. The malt taste tends to linger afterwards.

My tongue is mostly affected by the brew. Not much stimulation on the roof or back of the mouth.

Great session beer.

toolbrew, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of ifixufly
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is amber in color with light estery aroma that poured a light head that resided into a loose knit lace on the edges.
First drink came across sweet but with every subsequent taste a very tasty, biscuity flavor and smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable and would recommend to anyone that likes amber ales.

ifixufly, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper color with a small and dense off-white head, lots of sticky lace, fairly well carbonated.

Aroma: Malty aroma with distinct biscuit notes.

Taste: Tasting yields malts, followed by the flavor of fresh home-baked bread and a little hop bitterness at the finish. A mildly sour note runs throughout, it plays off well against the biscuit malt notes. For those who like hops to be understated, as do I, with more emphasis on the malt, this beer is sure to please.

Mouth feel: Smooth, with slight carbonation. I have had this beer many times, it has always seemed a little thin, this is the only real shortcoming of Fat Tire, although a minor one.

Drinkability/notes: An absolutely wonderful beer, rather unique, I cannot recall any other beer that could be called similar.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pop off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Jun 28, 2002
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 6,594 ratings.