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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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6,591 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,591
Reviews: 1,795
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 139
Gots: 674 | 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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2/5  rDev -44.3%

Satan70, Feb 20, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

eerbayman, Nov 15, 2011
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

Mycatfinneas, May 28, 2014
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

Jaysmittyland, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of spacholl
2.03/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

poured with small head that disipated immediatly. no lacing. the color is correct as an amber light to medium.

smells of boiling wort. like wet catfood. the malted barley really stands out.

tastes of malted barley. little to no hops except towards the end. were is the hoppy freshness they talk about on the lable?

light to medium carbonation seemed proper.

I can drink one but just not to my pallet. can't get passed the wet pet food sense of taste and smell. I'm sorry maybe I got a bad batch.

spacholl, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of rye726
2.05/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Nice amber color with a tan foamy head.

Nose is all over the place and lacks any sort of balance.

Taste is very similar to smell. So many off flavors, It should be called Trash Tire.

Light body and carbonation.

rye726, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of drugsbunny
2.05/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"Not impressed" seems to cover it. I had this on tap out West, but I drank it after I had been drinking some glorious Sierra Nevada, fresh as I ever get it in New York. So this hop-less amber was a big disappointment. Nice red color though, but I wasn't taking pictures of this beer. If you drink Fat Tire, make sure you don't do so after drinking some wonderful hoppy beer. Otherwise all you get is a cloying sweet taste that was too much for me to even finish it. Skip this amber for many other worthy examples.

drugsbunny, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of Crosling
2.08/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

After tasting this stuff for the first time in 2 or 3 years, it really did remind me of Devil’s Advocate. Fat tire isn’t quite as terrible as the DA, but it’s still pretty disgusting. Medium gold in color. Bland, tough and husky aroma with hints of biscuits and caramel in the nose. I really don’t understand how people can say Fat Tire is balanced. It tastes of grain husk. Did it get significantly less hoppy over the years?

Crosling, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of nathi
2.1/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is available everywhere here, and is often the only micro. And when it is....I drink bud. I really hate this beer. The aroma is funky. Not like rich malt, and although it used to, now has no hops or interesting esters to balance the funky aroma that I suppose is toasty, but for some reason comes off kinda vomit like to me. The taste starts off decent but ends with this lingering, cloying sweetness that just dosnt have the richness to be pleasent. Just flat, boring, and unpleasant to me. Like drinking unfermented wort. It needs something there to balance it. Just seems to sit on the tongue.

At least it is pretty.

But, if New Belgium can continue to sell tons of this stuff and be able to keep brewing the intense stuff like their trippel, la folie, mars, etc (not to mention the upcomming collaboration with a certain belgian brewery of some fame), more power to them.

Love the brewery....hate the beer.

nathi, Oct 24, 2002
Photo of scottfrie
2.1/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle in SA perfect pint.

A: Pours a light amber with hints of yellow-orange with a big foamy off-white head that slowly receded into a thin film that left impressive rings of lace down the glass.
S: Not picking up much, but is there isn't bad. Light notes of caramel malt, faint grassy hops, and a touch of grain.
T: Flavor is a sweet metallic coppery blast of syrupy malt and sour hops. Aftertaste is off putting. This is synthetic tasting.
M: Carbonation is very low and the mouthfeel is medium and slick. Body is syrupy.
D: Looks good, smells okay, but man no matter how many times I try this beer it still has that same nasty taste. NB other offering are usually fairly decent albeit not earth shattering, but I don't see how their staple beer has such a following.

scottfrie, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of Olivia55555
2.13/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The golden amber color of this beer is really appealing and beautiful. The carbonation is low and the mouthfeel is really light and a bit watery. This beer is kind of a bitter/sweet combo, but more on the bitter side. It has a clean aroma with a little spice from the yeast.

Olivia55555, Jan 20, 2012
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2.15/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

Quite frankly, I don't know what all the fuss is about.
Very bland beer, totally pedestrian. Flavors are difficult to ascertain with no hop feel - not that it should be a lot but there should be some kick to an amber and it's just not there.
A step up from your adjunct lagers but not by much.
I like amber ales but not this one.

NWer, Sep 10, 2010
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2.15/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

One word...OVERRATED!!!

In a few years, the hype will be over. This is by far not the best New Belgium has to offer. Everthing about this beer is average or below. Taste...what taste. There is hardly any. Don't get me wrong, this beer is very drinkable...if you like plain water. However, I found this beer to have little if at all any taste to it. Boring is what I call it. Now, some of their other beers, I like. This one, yeah....not so much. Come on people, get some taste buds. Expand your beer drinking vocabulary. Popular...yes, high priced...yes, worth the money...heck no!

Cool label though. Enough said.

schellsbeer, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of JLeege
2.2/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- Pours a clear amber with a bubbly white head, decent retention, a little lacing.

Smell- Bready malts. Sweaty socks, not very appealing.

Taste- Bready and biscuit malts. A bit earthy and hint of fruit. The doughy malt flavors pretty much over ride everything else. Simple and plain.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation. The best part of the beer.

Overall- I really don't understand the fascination with this beer, it is ok and plain at best. The breadyness of this gets very tiring, quickly. Meh, not for me.

JLeege, Dec 28, 2010
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2.2/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had a tall glass of this at Applebee's near the Denver Airport while on my ski trip to Breckenridge.

Appearance: amber with a nice 1" head off the tap
Smell: some cereal malts??? this didn't seem too impressive
Taste: kinda tastes like a killian's...this did not seem like an amber ale....more like "better" macro lager like a killian's or yuengling...no hops presence
Mouthfeel: ehhh, pretty light body
Drinkability: I didn't feel like another one.

Applesauce1, Mar 03, 2008
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2.23/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

i have seen this beer every where , most bars , resturaunts what have you most places have it .
the art looks neat , ....
i tried it at $3 for 22 oz
and it just doesn't cut it for me , tastes like a light almost not much body or feel and well im just unimpressed ,
id rather buy colt 45 for half the price , .... i mean the flavor is lacking for a $3 beer

it just did not impress me , id rather drink coors or miller ....
if i want a good beer id buy magic hat #9

vulgora, Jun 25, 2013
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2.23/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours on the yellow side of amber, maybe just a tad darker than yellow. Small head, with average lacing. Freshness date on the bottle.

S - Smells a bit like a malt liquor to me. I get some corn in there, some other grains, but no floral hop nose at all. Faint sweetness, but again nothing defined enough to identify.

T - Not much taste really, I get what I smelled. Corn, some kind of sweetness, perhaps from syrup, but not to great. No hops detected at all, the malt is subpar.

M - Medium bodied and way undercarbonated. Mouthfeel is not pleasant at all.

D - I'm afraid I would rather go without. It's possible I got a bad bottle, but the drink before date has been maintained. I will try it again with hopes for a better outcome.

surfer4life, Apr 25, 2009
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

Bill2809, Feb 27, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

mctizzz, Feb 20, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

RobDB, Dec 23, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

GapingMcNulty, Jul 29, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

Atomicskis5, Apr 11, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

Bighorn, Jun 30, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

DrMindbender, Jul 18, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

gnikola, Jan 17, 2013
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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