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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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6,097 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,097
Reviews: 1,781
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 122
Gots: 462 | 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 dexterk1


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very well known and easy to find beer. The popular from this brewery. Pours with a pretty thick head that lingers a bit. The color is light amber.
Odor is a little light overall. Some floral and maybe a bit of breadyness.
Taste has malt with only a little hops. Some fruityness as well.
Mouth feel is light and carbonated. Pretty easy to drink.
Good solid beer, but many better offerings from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 22:58:50 | More by dexterk1
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark amber-red color with great clarity, small creamy white head with short retention and lacing

S- slightly sweet caramel malt with dry floral hop and a touch of citrus, lightly buiscity malt at the end

T- slightly toasted grainy malt with a touch of caramel sweetness, floral and citrus bite on the end, dry finish

M- medium body with medium-high carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- a solid amber ale, always a good choice over BMC, but not something I'd put on the top of my list

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2013 01:36:38 | More by Treyliff
Photo of nosbocaj


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber color with a small white head and a decent amount of lace.
S: Smells of caramel, bready yeast, and malts.
T: Very malty and bready taste. Leaves a distinct aftertaste. Very unique for an Amber.
M: Medium/Light bodied beer with a high amount of carbonation.
D: Fairly high. It's not the best tasting Amber, but I'd definitely take one in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 06:24:24 | More by nosbocaj
Photo of witster18


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bomber...newly avail in tenn... this is a fresh bottle..

pours amber... .5" head....leaves quick...nose is biscut caramel malt. Easy drinker... this is like a yuengling amber only done rt. nice balance and smooth.

really not complex....love the taste and drinkability.... head and mouthfeel could be a little tighter but I ain't complaining.

nice label.

finish is kinda like an iced french vanilla coffee.... always a good choice...perhaps a tad overpriced....but this came a long way and it's fresh which is more than what most brews can say here in Chattanooga.

I could roll through these....

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 01:53:55 | More by witster18
Photo of josiahschlender


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The 12oz bottle says it expires August of 2007, poured into a pint glass.

Color is a burnt orange, not much red and very clear. Smallish head dissipated pretty quick.

The beer smells mostly of the roasted grains. I agree with the consensus, bready, slightly sweet, just a tiny bit of herbal hops is discernible.

I noticed a slight citrus taste at the front of my mouth in addition to the sweet, bready malt that doesn't change as I swallow and experience the aftertaste. It's very straightforward without much complexity. Just a tiny bit of hops tasted at the end.

Mouthfeel is clean to me, creamy and refreshing. Nothing unpleasant, but still not leaving any striking memories.

I remember thinking Fat Tire was more memorable than this. My tastes have matured some, and I'm realizing it's just a refreshing, straightforward, accessible quaff that's easy to put down.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2007 09:40:41 | More by josiahschlender
Photo of atigerlife


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish/orange color with a medium creamy white head. Head dissipates quickly leaving a collar of foam. Lots of carbonation seen rising.

Aroma of sweet fruit and malt.

Taste is of sweet malts, some spiceyness and light hops.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and lightly cleansing. Not much going on. Was expecting more with the carbonation level.

Overall, it is farely drinkable but not one I would go out of my way to have again. Lacks depth and character.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 00:02:59 | More by atigerlife
Photo of Chiefy770


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium Brewing Company glass. I must say that the company had me with their exceptional beers, however the free glasses they sent me for commenting on a Facebook post really had me in love with them. (What can I say... I'm a sucker for free stuff)

Anyway the beer...

A: A very, very light brown color. When held near light it appears as a nice, light mahogany glow. A fluffy, thick head dissipates to a flat foam on top. Bubbles constantly circulate the glass though.

S: The slightest hint of apples is present. The hops are the standout scent. All of the fragrances are wrapped in a caramelized aroma.

T: This tastes very much like the scent. A grainy/biscuit taste is present. There is not an overpowering characteristic to this beer. Everything is balanced.

M: Light mouthfeel. Creamy aftertaste. Little bite.

Overall: This is a very fine beer. Yes it is not a beer for a budget but this is something people should try at least once. New Belgium offers beers that are much better than this in my opinion. As far as American Ambers go, Fat tire is above average.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 05:13:12 | More by Chiefy770
Photo of Loki

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Brassy color with a very thin head.

Smell: One of the most unique smells I've ever encounted. Pleasant and not at the same time. Smells of bread and biscuity yeast, but at the same time like a clean, wet dog. Odd.

Taste: Dry malt, butter, burnt toffee, yeast

Mouthfeel: very dry finish.

Drinkability: good, I don't see all the hype, but good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2004 00:46:23 | More by Loki
Photo of eberkman


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a crepe restaurant on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Calif.

Poured a copper-gold with a thin white head. Smelled of caramel malts with subtle fruits and spices. Taste was in line with the smell -- smooth maltiness, not a lot of hops in the finish. Mouthfeel was a bit more watery than I expected but not terrible. Fairly sessionable, but also fairly forgettable -- perhaps a little overrated. Seems very much in line with just about every other beer of this style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2007 16:45:35 | More by eberkman
Photo of donmonkey1


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: Pours a copper color with a large head that recedes fairly quickly. Good lacing and carbonation.

Smell: Sweet and malty, not much in the way of hops.

Taste: Watered down malt with a mild coppery taste.

Drinkability: Easy to drink because it's not particularly strong, but it's not much better than average.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 22:20:16 | More by donmonkey1
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into ommegang tulip. This was a special treat from one of my fav beer spots as a toss in when I picked up a few rarities and got to talking with the staff about beer. As I was putting my final selections on the counter the owner (?) went to grab one of these from his private stash...SOLID!!!!

A - Golden copper color with frothy white head and nice steady carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. Sticky lacing.

S - Citrus dominated by an interesting malty smell. Can't put my finger on it, very unique...very bready/biscuity. Toffee, caramel, malty hops.

T - Malty and biscuity. Unique flavor that follows the nose. Very earthy and different. Not my favorite, but the unique taste was a step in the right direction from your average brew.

M - Smooth and malty...very malty. Did I mention it is malty?

D - Easy to drink, but the unique flavor isn't really my cup of tea. I'm glad I got to try it, but I couldn't see myself drinking a lot of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 03:01:10 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of Domingo


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

One of my session beers of choice, especially when it's available in any bar or restaurant in the state. Here in Colorado it's also the ultimate fallback beer as you can find it literally anywhere beer is sold.
Color is a rich reddish brown. I'd describe it as the color as finished cherry wood, but still opaque enough to see cleanly through.
The smell is of roasted malts, but with a sweetness at the end.
Taste is very clean and reminds me of roasted malts, but shockingly with a tiny hint of strawberry thrown in. I've never heard anyone mention that (other than myself) but once I mention it, it seems like everyone notices it! There's also a hint of a graham cracker flavor. Not a strong hop presense, but there's a hint in the finish.
It's one of those brews that I can keep drinking one after another. ABV is just right, too.
It's not perfect, but for the price and availabilty it's a great everyday beer to have on hand. It's also a wonderful gateway beer for those who've only been exposed to BMC.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2005 00:04:51 | More by Domingo
Photo of ProudGreen89


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A-a nice deep golden amber with a thick foamy head that fades to a decent thick cap and leaves neat little rings as it dissappears.

S-pretty medicore, sweet malts, biscuity, piney hops in the background.

T-Malts up front with a nice biscuity flavor and a mildly bitter hop finish.

M-eh, nothing special. Its light bodied, a little dry but still refreshing. It didnt offer anything exciting or new but it didnt offend either.

D-An easy session beer, its light, doesnt fill you up like other american ambers. I didnt really feel this ale offered any complexity, but perhaps a good beer for a new drinker whos looking to get into craft beers.

Overall a tasty beer, nice and refreshing but still has a nice richness to it, enough so that i may get this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 05:59:53 | More by ProudGreen89
Photo of TripelJ


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint glass with almost no head.

Amber Ales tend to be unique, and this one follows suit in that respect. First the head, minimal to nothing which put the guard up. Smells a little funky, like someone cooking chicken and dumplings, but definitely an odd smell. The taste provides the "equillibrium" the bottle brags about with a definite mild biscuit flavor with a nice malty sweetness. I do not detect too many hops here, but probably enough just to balance it all out. Worth a try if you are looking for something different or are into amber ales.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2003 06:58:24 | More by TripelJ
Photo of kevanb


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Case was at work for a party. 12 oz bottle.

A: Amber color, fairly clean, a tad murky with some bubbles rising to the top. Big thick foamy off white head, stick to the glass pretty well.

S: Grain. Lots of bread and malt aromas, cereal grains are probably the most dominant notes.

T: Really malty. strong biscuit and grain flavors. Finish is filled with some darker fruits, raisins or plums, but it's pretty one dimensional on the grain.

M: A bit of a saving grace. It's got a really nice firm body, smooth finish, very drinkable and approachable.

O: Overall its fine, easily available and fairly priced. It's pretty unremarkable as a beer, but sometimes that works well, especially at an office party.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 21:25:21 | More by kevanb
Photo of ADZA


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first sampling from this brewery and looking forward to it and on pouring im quite suprised at how light looking it is for an Amber/red ale its a very light golden bronze hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a one finger head that recedes to just a big rim of lacing,the aromas are maple syrup firstly followed by a background of honey coated caramel,the mouthfeel is only average and is definately light bodied with nice carbonation on mouthfeel and the first taste i get is toasty roasted malts nicely balanced by a dash of citrus and mango mid taste and rounded out with a tinge of sticky maple syrup and followed by a sour boiled candy bittersweetness,and overall for my first sample from this brewery i was definately hoping for more and there are alot better American AA/RA's here in Perth to try before this one,but as they say dont knock it till you try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 04:01:09 | More by ADZA
Photo of michaelc916


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A -- Amber brown color with a thick head.

S -- Toasty malt and a very light hop presence.

T -- Very, very balanced with neither malt nor hops winning.

M -- Clean finish that isn't very sweet, just nicely toasted.

D -- A good beer that I feel is somewhat overrated.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 18:35:16 | More by michaelc916
Photo of Bighuge


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crystal clear light copper appearance. Thin and lusciuos beige head. Lacing is very nice. Clean and biscuity malt tones on the nose. Interesting flavor profile. The aspect that stands out the most to me is a unique mellow dry quality. Almost alt-like. I wonder if this is cold conditioned at all. Typical amber qualities are present, but not to a big enough extent. Not enough maltiness or hoppiness. It's more biscuity and toasty. Not bad by any means, but seems a little watered down. Medium body at best. More light medium-light in body. Decent brew. Glad I tried. But won't track it down any more.

Thanks to Senior and Jerry for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2003 19:46:38 | More by Bighuge
Photo of tillmac62

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a nice head and lacing. Slight nose of sweet malt with a hint of spice. Light medium body with normal carbonation. It has a nice laid back balanced flavor of light hop bitterness over a slight biscuit sweetness. Crisp finish with a slight bitter aftertaste that is somewhat astringent. Good, but rather bland.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 21:46:37 | More by tillmac62
Photo of Lothore


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours an amber hue with a nice, 2.5 finger frothy head that sticks around for quite a while.

S- Toffee, toasted bread, spices

T- Bready, light fruits, no hops to speak of.

M- Thin-medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D- Something in fat tire has just never meshed with me. Perhaps it is the spices or toasted character.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 02:17:59 | More by Lothore
Photo of Guzzler78


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a free 12 pack of cans, can't argue with that. Its been a while since i've had one of these.

Pours a light amber color. Nice white head with decent lacing.
Smells of sweet malt and floral and citrus hops.
Sweet malt flavors balance with a fresh hoppiness, citrus, yeast-bread like flavors.
Medium mouthfeel, lots of carbonation dry finish.
A decent drinker. A slightly funky aftertaste. I'll agree that this one is a sort of gateway beer.


Serving type: can

01-23-2009 06:03:40 | More by Guzzler78
Photo of ahq514


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker glass.

Pours a clean, clear, amber color. Appears to have a decent amount of carbonation with lots of little bubbles rising to the surface. Not much of a head, but a solid half finger.

Smells like toasted caramel malt, with some light earthy hop aromas.

First thing that comes through is some sweet caramel malt with a light hop bite that includes some slightly citrus and floral flavors. After this comes what I consider the signature Fat Tire taste, sweet toasty bread like flavors come through and linger around for a few seconds. Maybe some light butterscotch on there too.

Mouthfeel is adequate. A little higher in carbonation. Very drinkable though.

Overall, this is a solid amber ale. A lot of ambers to me are just meh. This is a solid one though, although I can think of many others I would prefer. I could drink this all night. Nice and balanced

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 06:20:37 | More by ahq514
Photo of southernbelle09

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New to SC this week, I finally got out to purchase a bomber. This one pours a clear, amber color with bright white head and very good lacing. Has a subtle sweet aroma, but that's about it. Taste is similar...very light and semi-sweet with a somewhat dry finish. Seems like it is missing something. I think this beer would be much better if it had a bit more malt for sweetness. No doubt, this is a very easy drink and tasted quite fresh. I can't believe its abv is as high as it is. With all the hype, I'd have to say I was expecting more out of this beer. This is the only beer I've had by NB, but I look forward to trying the rest.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 02:45:07 | More by southernbelle09
Photo of GeorgeMenton722


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Overall Fat Tire brews a good amber ale. There isn't anything exceptional about this beer, but there isn't anything you can really complain about either. The flavor has the depth that you expect with a craft beer without anything extra. Almost like a good burger, it features the classic taste that you expect without anything extra that may set it apart.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 13:11:41 | More by GeorgeMenton722
Photo of PvtSnowball


3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from one of the local grocery stores.

A: A clear ruby with moderate head and retention.

S: Malty and sweet smelling.

T: Same as the smell but more complexity. A tiny bit of fruit.

M: Surprisingly rich and smooth. Below average carbonation.

O: A decent brew but not the best of the style. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2014 23:44:57 | More by PvtSnowball
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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