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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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6,098 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,098
Reviews: 1,781
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 122
Gots: 463 | 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 franksnbeans


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

Pours a dark golden amber with minimal head and lace. Smells of citrus, fig and roasted malt. Tastes refreshing with mild fruit, mild sweet malt and a touch of hops. Finishes crisp. Light in the mouth with great carbonation. Great beer to develope the pallate for a true craft beer and this drinks like an ice cold water on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 09:31:57 | More by franksnbeans
Photo of sweett3k


3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 01:06:37 | More by sweett3k
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun


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

I am fortunate enough to be a Colorado Native and can find this delightful beer at almost any restaurant I go to.

The beer pours a lovely orange amber color with a little off white head.

The beer smells delightfully of caramel, toast, a little toffee, and piney hops. It is amazing that the nose indicates just how well balanced the beer itself is.

Fat tire tastes sweet at first and of caramel and toast. Through the middle there is a slight taste of green apples that soon fades into a refreshing hop finish.

This beer is amazingly balanced, complicated, and refreshing. The only place that is lacking is the body is a little watery. However, this is an awesome beer to session and is one of my favorite brews ever.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 23:22:21 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
Photo of boss302


3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fat tire amber ale, 12oz bottle, in Idaho

A Golden clear nice head. 3.5

S Bready toasty dominates, not much hop aroma. 3.5

T Big grainy taste. Reminds me of eating whole malted barley prior to grinding it for the brew.  Biscuity goodness. A little sweetness in the finish. 4

M Light to medium body good carbonation. 4

D Yes, very drinkable. The biscuity flavor does catch up with you after a couple and becomes a little overwhelming. 4

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 02:37:37 | More by boss302
Photo of jneiswender


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

On tap and poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A-nice white head and a yellow-brown body
S-very floral, alpine grass
T-biscut, bread-like taste with a nice hop bite.
D-nice beer overall, very drinkable beer. Could drink this all night. High in alcohol for a session but still...

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2008 23:07:15 | More by jneiswender
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, NV on 8/15/07, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is strong with toasted malts and spice along with caramel and hops.

T: The taste is very malty with flavors of caramel and spice. There’s a pretty good hops presence that provides a nice balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, it’s a beer worth drinking for an entire evening if you want an easy-drinking beer with some substance.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2007 03:10:45 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of beerprovedwright


3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One finger head of off white tight foam, which fizzled down in two minutes leaving a good ring of clinging lace. Color is a 11 on the SRM beer color chart, with a goodly amount of bubble action. I detect fragrances of raspberries, currant, chocolate, and malt. Flavors I taste are chocolate, citrus, malt, clover and a hint of mint. Good full body in my mouth with a presents of carbonation zing. Satisfying, well balanced flavor, good price, nice bottle label art work. Good beer for sharing.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 19:22:53 | More by beerprovedwright
Photo of hustlesworth


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

A-clear burnt orange amber with dense ivory foam. Great retention and a tight matrix of spit bubble lace.

S- mild toasty grains and some plum banana grapefruit.

T- mild and very fresh toasty grains,woodsy, some burnt caramel some chocolate, fruity grapefruit and pine hop, very mellow w a toasty finish.

MF- mid body, prickly mid carbonation, dry and grainy.

D- refreshing m thirst quencher, I could put back a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2009 17:35:51 | More by hustlesworth
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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I had this beer poured into a Belgian snifter-style glass. It was a golden-amber color, as the name suggests. Nice half-inch head which dissipated after about a minute, leaving really light lacing behind.

Smell: There wasn't much going on here other than the very apparent roasted malt and yeast, like a fresh-baked white bread. It got much more aromatic as it warmed up though.

Taste: Quite tasty. The beginning is very malty with the slightest hint of bitterness and yeastiness on the finish. The aftertaste lingers for a LONG time; after you think it's off your tongue, a clear bready flavor pops back up again. As the beer warmed up I thought I was getting a hint of raisins.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, I thought it was the right amount to compliment the flavors. I would say this is on the light side (5.6 ABV) but gets you a nice buzz when drinking from the typical 22 oz. bottle. Starts off feeling almost like a dopplebock because of the initial toasted maltiness, and then feels like a hefeweizen on the finish.

Drinkability: Certainly drinkable. That lingering aftertaste leaves me wanting more. I don't normally drink an entire 22 oz. by myself, but I couldn't leave this one. The alcohol hides itself well; the presence is not in-your-face.

8/10. In summary, liquid bread.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 19:59:20 | More by PappinAce
Photo of abeerlovr


3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: copper, clear amber color, not much of a head, fairly flat.

S: no strong scent, a hint of sweetness, caramel some faint hops.

T: smooth malty caramel flavor, not bitter a bit sweet but not over the top sweet, well balanced.

M: crisp, easy to drink, smooth

Overall: I enjoy this beer and am always bummed when I run out as it is not distributed in our area and I have to wait until I go or I know someone going to Georgia. It is an easy drinking beer that is not overwhelming or filling, pairs well with many foods. It is one of the sweeter beers I enjoy on a regular basis though the sweetness it not overly done.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 17:47:41 | More by abeerlovr
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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a nice amber color, which you would expect for an amber ale. The head is fluffy and off-white in color.

S: A very creamy, caramelly aroma. Quite sweet and biscuity without too much in the way of hops. The caramel note borders on being buttery, but isn't quite there.

T: Essentially the same qualities that are present in the nose manifest themselves here in the flavor. A solid biscuit and toasted malt base with a pleasant caramel sweetness and creaminess.

M: The body is medium with moderate carbonation.

D: While this isn't my favorite beer, I do not quite understand the "hate" toward it. It's certainly an easy drinking beer and one that is a good "beginner" craft offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 20:26:07 | More by womencantsail
Photo of mzwolinski


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

Like Sam Adams Boston Lager, New Belgium's Fat Tire is a great alternative to the macrobrews which seems to be available in almost every grocery store in my area. It's easy to see why. Fat Tire is a great session beer.

The beer is a nice, rich golden-amber color, with a head which tends to start thick and peter off to a thin, patchy top.

The aroma is also rather thin and patchy. Slight nose of alcohol, and you can definitely pick out the malt which will dominate the flavor, but overall there's just not that much to this scent.

Things improve once the beer enters the mouth. The principal flavor is that of toasty malt. As the bottle suggests, it reminds one of biscuit, or perhaps bread crust, though there is certainly a noticeable fruity presence as well. Hops are understated, but just present enough to lend balance to the beer.

Nice body, with just a slight crispness to the finish. It's easy to go through a six-pack of this stuff. I'd love to try it on draught.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2002 22:01:12 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of mnstorm99


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

Clear orange amber pour with a decent white head that sticks around pretty well.
Faint aromas of sweet malts and PNW hops.
Taste is a nice amber, malty sweetness with a touch of roasted and toasted malts.
Mouthfeel is well carbonated, but I found it a little thin.
I have been critical of the hype this beer gets, but this is a solid beer and with it's availability we almost always have some around.

My wife calls it her new "Miller Lite", now that she won't drink Miller anymore.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 13:25:36 | More by mnstorm99
Photo of ecoboy

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard in the SW the way Shipyard Export is in Maine, which is a description that won't help anybody.

Put it this way: I visited three hotels in the state of Arizona, and beyond the usual suspects, this was the only ale offered at all three. This is a beer that should be concerned with continuity and consistancy. Having had it in several instances, I did think that the New Belgium people had done a good job with that. The sampling I had first was served too cold, but it is the one I reviewed.

Using Anderson Valley as my baseline for ambers, (I cannot think of one I've had in ME) Fat Tire was lighter in both color and malt flavor presence. It had more hope bite than I would have expected from an "amber" style. I had readied myself for a caramel flavor and had to accept a lingering malt sweetness in the finish.

Maybe I should use Fat Tire as my amber baseline: nothing too special, but nothing out of place. Seemed like a bridge between brown and pale without asserting itself in either direction too much.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2003 09:46:58 | More by ecoboy
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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled or on tap it pours a dark amber color, slight head. There is a malty smell with some biscuity notes. Good caramel malty flavor with a touch of hop bitterness. It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer. It is so drinkable. It's not hard to have several at one sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2006 17:22:22 | More by zeff80
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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

recieved in a trade with briarscratch, thanks brad!

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger creamy, bubbly head, clear smokey brown coloring, lots of legs, beautiful lacing, loads of head clinging to the glass.

s- clean, minimal hops, biscuity, flowery, slightly nutty.

t- smooth malts, biscuity, bready, mildly roasted malt, minimal hop presence.

m- slightly prickly in the mouth, light body.

d- great drinkability, it was a solid beer, just was expecting a bit more after all the hype with this one, but it was still pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 02:03:22 | More by thecarster1
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Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear orange/brown, big off white head forms, some nice lace and good retention. Smell is sweet and malty, grains, citrus/floral hops. Taste is grainy, the malt is really forward, some caramel, and citrus and floral hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation, real smooth though. Not a great beer, but solid for the price and easy drinking, could readily session with this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 03:40:01 | More by Viggo
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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JVD for this one
Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a good two fingers worth of head on top of a clear amber body
Aromas of bread malts and a light hop floral
The taste of sweet malt with a slight hop finish fills your mouth. Good carbonation and crisp on the tongue
Had to try this one after watching the beer movie
An interesting take on an amber ale would drink it again if I could. A good solid brew

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 23:53:06 | More by joepais
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Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into pint glass 30/7/11

A golden liquid with a fast falling thin film that leaves a partial ring of lace

S some herbal hops with a little caramel

T more herbal earthy hops a little bready with some tea bag

M full for the color well carbonated with a mild aftertaste

O decent amber that would session a 6er of if I could but in in Alberta

Only beer at the Airport beer in San Fran I'd never had, I was craving a beer pretty bad and this was waaay better then the other yellow fizz I saw on the wall

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 00:55:40 | More by wordemupg
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Ontario (Canada)

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

The quaint scene on the label looks like it came from a children's book. I like the bottle with the dimpled neck, looks fancy.

The beer pours coppery gold with a frothy eggshell head that last an average length and leaves half the glass covered in sheets of lace. Grain roughness and toasted malt is evident in the nose. There's almost a bran feel to it. The taste is malt-centric with a biscuity and toasty feel, reminds me of the feel of some Belgian Pale Ales and Triples. The yeast, however, is much more neutral than any Belgian ale. The hops are pleasantly spicy and provide a competent counterbalance to all the malt going on. The finish is malty and slightly hoppy. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a somewhat rough carbonation.

I like this beer, it's very inoffensive and not bold in anyway, but its just interesting enough to keep my attention. This would make a great gateway into craft beer; its not too hoppy and wouldnt turn off even the most pedestrian palate.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 03:46:14 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally got to sample some New Belgium after picking up a Folly Pack in Kansas.

Pours a clear, golden honey color, with a lot of carbonation, white foamy head.

smells of sweet rich malts, and subtle grassy hops. nice.

taste is very good. I get the sweet caramel malts, and dark fruits like a cranberry or something.

Not too light or heavy, medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good but this beer would get pretty filling after a while.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 03:37:07 | More by wolfinthemirror
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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Bright amber color in the body. Packed a decent head with a good amount of lacing, too.

S- bready/biscuity, spices, caramel, honey.

T- The biscuit hints are all over Fat Tire. Spices blend in well with the taste of freshly baked bread. Caramel and a slight, but not bitter, hopy backbone.

M- Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

Good ol' Fat Tire. I have always been a fan of the breadyness in this beer. Very sessionable beer, available year-round. I dont see one reason not to have one in the fridge at all times.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 07:11:18 | More by intensify
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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of Fat Tire to taste and review. I poured this beer in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale amber color and is a clear. A thin off-white head forms on the surface of the beer, and dissipates to a thin ring, which produces minimal lacing on the glass.

The smell is faint a little malty and earthy.

The taste is also fairly malty, with roasted grain flavors.

Mouth feel is light, and very smooth.

This is a very drinkable beer, with appealing aromas and flavors. The flavors are very well balanced. Fat Tire is a nice substitute for American macros, far better flavored and far more full bodied. I wouldn’t mind having several of these in a session. I will certainly drink Fat Tire again.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 02:26:50 | More by RJLarse
Photo of ifnkovhg


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

I can understand why some might not like this beer. It's not complex at all. But neither is chocolate ice cream. This is nice, bready, malty comfort beer.

It pours dark orange with an off-white head that doesn't last. There's some lacing.

The smell is very inviting: malty and biscuity, as others have noted. There's some sweetness in there, as well. Toffee, maybe? No hops as far as I can tell.

The taste is right in line with the smell. Malty, chewy, biscuity. I can't detect any hops at all. The carbonation lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good -- semi-full. Lighter than a lot of ambers out there (I'm looking at you, Full Sail). Carbonation is where it should be. It's noticeable, but doesn't distract.

Drinkability is high. Despite its dark color, this is a good summertime session beer.

This beer strikes me as the little brother of (e.g.) Boont Amber Ale, which has the hops and complexity that this beer lacks. If you're a hophead, this beer probably isn't for you. But I like my malt and I like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 02:51:58 | More by ifnkovhg
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New York

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

Poured from a bomber. This poured a crisp and clear golden orange color with lots of fizzy carb bubbles moving on up to form a HUGE fluffy off white head. Great lacing. The aroma was incredibly bread land biscuit like with lots of malt. The hop aroma was light. The taste is really quite sweet and malty. The doughiness is nice but this is perhaps a tad too sweet. The mouthfeel is slick, smooth and tingly. This is a very nice brew to chill out with. It could be a bit more balanced with a tad more hops. This could be a nice session beer, i just wish it was not quite as sweet. Thanks go to my brother for getting me this.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2006 21:40:54 | More by kbnooshay
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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