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Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

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5,517 Ratings

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Ratings: 5517
Reviews: 1758
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15%

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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000)
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Photo of clvand0


2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've heard good and bad things about this beer, so I'm interested. Pours an amber color with a small white head that quickly dies off. The aroma was stanktastic. Actually it just stank. Smells like socks. Some malts there, but mostly socks. The flavor was sock-like too, not that I know what socks taste like, but it's what they should taste like. Tastes bready, but extremely thin. Uninteresting. What's all the fuss about? This beer is below par.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 13:10:25 | More by clvand0
Photo of kmpitz2


3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one was brought to my tasting last night. The beer poured a golden color with a thin cover of head over the beer. The nose on this was not good. We came up with old socks in grandma's attic as the description. It was just not good smelling beer. The flavor was full of biscuit malt, with a bready taste. The body was fairly thin and drinkabilit was just average. I could have one, but probably not more than that.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 14:38:09 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of WetCoaster


2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear honey amber. Thin white head with marginal retention. Fine, mildly active carbonation. Collar throughout.

Smell: Hmm. A bit of yeast, mildly citrusy/floral, a hint of malt--just a hint, period.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Basically, like drinking a slice of supermarket honey wheat bread. Bit of yeast, slightly nutty, slightly metallic. Finish is slightly... God, who cares, this is pointless. Mouthfeel is EXTREMELY thin and a bit fizzy. Yawn.

Drinkability: So light, you could probably drink one and never realize it. Whether that's good or bad is up to you, I suppose.

I don't know why this beer is so popular. So meek, so weak, and then to add insult to injury, so freakin' expensive--total waste of time, IMHO. Never again.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 07:08:08 | More by WetCoaster
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a frothy white head. Nice and lacy. Smell is fruity and lightly yeasty. Light mown hay aromas.

Tastes fruity and very bready. Some citrusy undertones. Nice crispness in the finish. Really it's all about that bready flavor with the fruitiness from the yeast. A crisp lightly bitter finish. Light and refreshing. Much more substancial than most amber ales. A good session beer and very well done taken for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 18:58:42 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of beerceller99


3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle pours an amber colored fluid. The one finger head quickly fades to a sheen leaving no lace. Smells like Hunts snack pack chocolate pudding. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Taste is of lightly toasted malt with a mild chocolate flavor. Has a very mild hop tang to finish. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2004 20:05:20 | More by beerceller99
Photo of frazbri


3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear gold-amber body topped with an off-white head that starts dense, but falls a little too quickly. Biscuit and fruit in the aroma. Bread flavors with fruitiness and honey sweetness. Round mouthfeel with moderately heavy carbonation and dry finish.

Fat Tire is an easy drinking beer. While it may be overhyped by some of your buddies in the rocky mountain state, it is a tasty beverage. Crack one open at the top of the mountain and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2004 00:41:06 | More by frazbri
Photo of GreenWBush


3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fat Tire. How did this phenomenon happen? My friends categorically turn up their noses when I crack my "expensive" beer. Still, these same BMC devotees would have paid me a ridiculous amount of money to bring this stuff back to Indiana in bulk. How the people at New Belgium bridged the eternal gap from piss-water to respectable amber ale appreciators is beyond me. More power to them.

Speaking to the bartenders at New Belgium's brewery, it was more than clear that Fat Tire pays the bills but is by no means the brewery's heart and soul. Still, the beer is head and shoulders above most crap out there.

Copper. Slight, clingy head. Biscuit bomb on the nose, with hints of gummy plasticene malt character.

The mouthfeel is a tad clunky and heavyhanded. The package is pulled in with a slight, light bitterness. I could drink this, but no more than one or two.

My ambivilance towards this beer is cancelled out by my philosophical advocacy of the brewery and the continued experimentation this beer funds.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2004 21:30:05 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of Excalibur33


3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was introduced to this beer about 5 years ago on a trip to Colorado and have had several opportunities since then to relive the experience. It's an outstanding choice for those who are looking to graduate from American macro-swill but aren't ready for a heavy or overly-bitter flavor.

Others have noted the biscuity flavor, and I agree that it is very apparent. A small-ish head disappears fairly quickly, leaving a small foam ring that follows the beer down the glass. There is a slight maltiness in the flavor, and a somewhat bitter finish.

The texture is very smooth, making for outstanding drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2004 16:29:59 | More by Excalibur33
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is surely to become an American classic session beer along with Alaska Amber to join the SNPA ranks. It is a nice dark gold colour with fine hoopy nose. What makes this beer for me is the drinkability combined with an attention to flavour and hops. I always want just one more sip with this beer and that my friends is a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2004 03:13:55 | More by canucklehead
Photo of hobbes2112


3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

Fat Tire is a beer that I have kept around as a "sharing" beer. Good one to serve to those that aren't beer people yet.

Pours a solid copper with a small white head that leaves quite a bit of lace.
Aroma is not very strong of anything, but you can certainly pick out sweet and grainy notes. Taste is very mild and smooth with mostly a bready middle and semi-dry finish.

I don't think of this as a stand-out beer in anyway, but it is something most people can enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2004 21:31:43 | More by hobbes2112
Photo of misterscooter


4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First, a warning: this beer does not smell good. It isn't skunky or repulsive, but it isn't a friendly smelling beer. But that is OK. In fact, it has character and lets you know this is no ordinary beer.

A nice golden brown color, I was surpised that it was poured out of the tap without much head. Maybe that is the bartender, though, and not the beer. The first taste is complex and you realize why it doesn't smell so great. The layers of flavor don't allow one smell to come out so it is a mix of peppers, citrus, wood, sky, dirt, etc. It definitely isn't a beer for everyone but that is fine. You'll notice that people seem to like it or hate it and if it is on tap, those who like it usually get that sometime in the evening. It isn't a favorite but I like having it available because it definitely hits a spot that other beers can't.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2004 03:36:41 | More by misterscooter
Photo of redmosquito


3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this a few years ago while in Colorado and I didn't recall much about it, so I was excited to try it again this summer. Nice deep red color, not much head. Yeasty smell, with nice nut and roast aromas, little hops. Nice malty flavor with a good roasted malt finish. Clean finish with enough body to carry the flavor. A good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 16:51:00 | More by redmosquito
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It is light, but there are traces of pale and light crystal malts. The taste is decent as well. It has a light and grainy pale malt flavor with a bit of crystal malts as well. It goes down smooth and finishes dry and slightly malty. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine amber ale. I wish it has a more complex aroma and flavor, but it drinks well regardless.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2004 12:05:37 | More by WesWes
Photo of ColoradoBobs


3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 ounce tall mug, on tap at Texas Roadhouse, Ft. Collins, CO, August 30,2004

Appearance: Nice rusty amber, with a two-finger head that reduced to one finger and remained the whole drink.

Smell: Sharp hops foreground with a biscuit malt presence. A slight hint of gingerand pepper, perhaps. Nice.

Taste: Starts with a crisp sharp hoppiness with a smooth malt undertow, none of the spiceyness of the smell. Pretty average stuff.

Mouthfeel: Clean, round and smooth, more presence than one might anticipate from an amber ale.

Dinrkability: Perhaps a bit too much carbonation to drink several. Nice enough for a couple.

Overall, I think this beer is better on draught than bottled. Drinking it three miles from where it was put in the keg didn't hurt, I'm sure. I know people who rave over this beer. My son and I (who turned 21 today!) both thought it was decent, but nothing to rave about.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2004 05:20:55 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of TastyTaste


3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Written From Notes Compiled 6/04-8/04:
Note: I drove 1 hour and 45 mintutes each way to get New Belgium products.
Well hyped by colorado natives where ever you go, but does this beer stand up to it? Pours a clear rust color, with 2" of white head. Smells intensely of biscuit maltiness. Slight chocolate aroma. Taste is very grainy, again with the biscuits. Hops balnces well. Good, but not "the best beer in the world", as I have heard it called on a few occasions.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2004 19:21:45 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of granger10


3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, I have heard enough about this beer from my Colorado friends, and I was finally able to give it a try. It has a bronzish copper look to it with a large foamy white head. But just from looking at it I could tell the body was going to be weak. It was watery looking. The smell was quite nice with a caramel toastiness. The flavor was all malts, no hops or yeast or anything else. I got a whole lot of toasted biscuit. It was good at first but wore on me quick. Really cloying imo. The biscuit flavor clung to my mouth. The body was really light which enabled me to drink this beer rather quickly. I could see how people who are used to the Bud Light's would get into this. It's light in body with actually some flavor. But it does nothing for me. Still this could possibly be a session beer once I get past the sticky maltiness.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2004 05:12:45 | More by granger10
Photo of GuinnessSmurf


3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent purchase if you are looking for high drinkability - nice for long sessions on the same beer.

This beer pours a warm amber color with a bubbly head that dies quickly. The smell is mostly malty - i didn't pick up any of the biscuit everyone talks about.

Flavor is mostly malt and a syrupy sweet hop taste on the top. A nice mild pretzel/alcohol finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 01:38:01 | More by GuinnessSmurf
Photo of baiser


3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a 22 oz bomber brought to me from the States. Poured a bright, amber colour with a small creamy head, left a thin layer of foam.

Smelled biscuity for sure.

Taste was a combination of some good and some bad. Had a nice biscuity maltiness to it. However, was a bit tart as well as a little skunky. The end of each sip was quite bitter, which I liked. Also a little astringent.

Definitely not the best amber ale, but nonetheless,quite enjoyable. Would be more drinkable, but there is a small element of some unpleasant flavour which is hard to describe.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2004 07:51:18 | More by baiser
Photo of packetknife


3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

'ESPNZone' in the 'New York - New York' in Vegas. Light crystaline amber in color, no discernable head, foam rings held at each swallowing interval all the way down the giant mug. Smelled slightly of apricot on the nose, sweet. Mildly hoppy, sweet malts, very clean and smooth. Very drinkable even in the huge mugs we had. Server brutally chilled so that may contribute to the drinkability and dryness.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2004 07:45:34 | More by packetknife
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bright amber ale with a little head that evaporates quickly. Has a light malty kind of biscuit aroma. A quick short twinge of bitterness to wake up the taste buds. But it is a wasted effort. There is only a slight hint of malt in the finish and it's done. I was expecting a little more flavor. It has a decent drinkability as there is not all lot of flavor to slow you down.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2004 23:23:40 | More by ybnorml
Photo of Gagnonsux


3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is deep copper with nice, average-sized head. Smell is mainly of biscuity malt with slight hints of floral smells. Taste is fairly uncomplecated, but still very good and balanced. Malty finish is the strongpoint here. Fat Tire would be a really good session brew and a good beer for converting macro fans towards craft brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2004 22:27:27 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of TagoMago

New York

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. twist-off bottle poured into a shaker.

Appearance: Deep golden-amber in color with a fine white lace.

Smell: Malty, with a very biscuity character. Some fruitiness, too.

Taste: This is a very clean beer. The body is moderate, as is the carbonation. This beer is nicely malty upfront (very biscuit-like), with some bitterness from the hops to balance out the flavor.

Overall: A decent amber ale - nothing to write home about, but decent. This would make for a good session beer. It's flavorful, refreshing, and easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2004 07:10:39 | More by TagoMago
Photo of Jason


3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off bottle with a packaged on date on the neck.

Appearance: Bright copper hued brew with a thick one fingered stickage of lace for the glass to deal with.

Smell: Hard biscuity malt with suggestions of bing cherries & a faint floral scent of roses.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Moderate body with a clean smoothness. Nice undertow of biscuity malt from start to finish. Light flash of hops to tame the malt a bit, some fruitiness becomes lively with hints of pear. Finishes semi-dry with a long lingering toasted flavor.

Drinkability & Notes: This beer is now of cult status in the US, such an uncomplicated amber ale … so easy to knock back a few, whether at a pub with friends or after a hard days work.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2004 01:01:47 | More by Jason
Photo of BrewMaster


3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour with an orange and amber color. Small head that thins to a lacy covering. Flavors of dry raisin, cherry, slight chocolate and hop flavors. It lacks and crisp malty flavor and carries hints of dried fruit all over the palate. Very little aftertaste to be noticed.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2004 00:40:49 | More by BrewMaster
Photo of SheepNutz


2.58/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a nonick pint glass. It pours a medium copper color with three fingers of head that die off to a small collar fairly quickly. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell is fairly grassy with some hops present, and a good dose of maltiness. Fairly balanced, but just a little light. The taste is very grassy, a little flavor of rice, even though I doubt it's used in the brew. Fairly malty, but tasted adjuncty. The mouthfeel is fair, a little light. The drinkability suffers some from the taste, but isn't too bad. I expected more in the taste from New Belgium. I don't know why this has suck the cult following that it has.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2004 00:09:25 | More by SheepNutz
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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