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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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6,436 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,436
Reviews: 1,785
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 133
Gots: 613 | 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 donkeyrunner


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

I've been dying to try this as it seems everyone can get it but nor'easters.

Pours a crystal clear light honey color. HUGE white, foamy head with good retention. Left several lace rings. Flowery scent.

Tastes light and fruity. Biscuity malt, and subtle pear and white grape juice flavors. I was expecting something intense but this is very mild and pleasing. Even the carbonation is gentle. Good simple beer.

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01-01-2009 21:25:00 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of connecticutpoet


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

This was a clear, amber brew that arrived with not much head. Not sure if they poured it that way or not.

Aroma was mainly malty and not sweet. Not too many layers to it.

Taste was of bitter hops over a medium malt body. Again, not too layered, but not bad.

Mouthfeel was pretty normal for a beer of this style. Drinkability... well, it was about average. Nothing tremendous. Better than the macros they had on tap, that's for sure.

06-22-2005 02:54:36 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of youngblood


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours a bright amber. Light glinting from the glass bends fire colors onto my hand. Fluffy finger height head fades quickly.
This smells a bit musty, lots of yeasty bicuit going on here. There's some slight fruitiness underneath.
Taste is very very biscuity. I find it pretty one dimensional. The taste didn't become any more complex as it warmed which disappointed me.
Has a very smooth mouthfeel, quite satisfying.
Good drinkability due to low abv and smoothness.

05-05-2009 14:49:42 | More by youngblood
Photo of vdread


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

my lovely girlfriend picked up a bomber of Fat Tire for me.

Fat Tire Amber Ale pours nice clear orange color with a light tan rocky head that leaves moderate lacing and kept its collar throughout

smells of sweet caramel, not much else.

taste is sweet, slightly fruity, with caramel and doughy tastes in the malt. a light, floral hop note rounds out the end. ends with a slightly toasty malt note.

mouthfeel light, overly carbonated.

easily drinkable and quite refreshing, but not a challenge to the palate. light on any boldness in flavor, this is a very subtle amber ale for the masses. one of my favorite 'crossover' beers, though.

07-22-2009 01:32:52 | More by vdread
Photo of VaTechHopHead

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

A - Poured a dark golden brown, extremely clear with an average thickness white head and average lacing.

S - Faint aroma, but quite sweet with scent of different combination of malts.

T - This beer didn't have as strong as a flavor as I had thought, given the hype around New Belgium. It had a medium sweet flavor of light malts and spices. Not much hop profile in any part of the beer.

M/D - It has a very light body with little carbonation. But it does finish very clean and smooth.

A little disappointed in this beer since it was my first offering from New Belgium, but I haven't given up on them yet!

05-21-2009 15:53:54 | More by VaTechHopHead
Photo of dhd1491


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

Medium brown/amber/red appearance. Killians-like. Little complex flavors detectable; watery with some toasted barley & light maltiness. Goes down easy cold, refreshing. Nothing offensive about it but wouldn't buy to have around the house.

Poured at the Cheesecake Factory, Anaheim. Washed down a quesadilla adequately.

04-05-2008 16:05:37 | More by dhd1491
Photo of FosterJM


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

862nd Review on BA
Bottle to New Belgium Globe
12 oz bottle

Best by: 11/27/11

Bought a sixer of Ranger and low and behold two Fat tires were in the box. Logically, lets review the damn thing.

App- A medium colored orange with some dark orange highlights and a little bit of fading yellow towards the bottom. One finger slight off white head. A nice little sheen of cling.

Smell- A little bit of sweet apple skins with a lot of malt behind it and a slight bitter note from some hops.

Taste- The taste follows the nose with more malts and some deep citrus and a slight hop balance. A touch dry flavored with a chocolate powder flavor.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. A bit thick and slick. Retains some of the cocoa powder after flavor.

Drink- This used to be the go to craft beer for me years ago, but amazing how things change. These flavors just dont mesh well anymore.

10-12-2011 03:46:09 | More by FosterJM
Photo of Mikecap

Rhode Island

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

A craft beer classic, ashamed to admit I just finally tried it.

Appearance: Pours a medium amber with a thin white head that fades quickly, not too much lacing on my glass.

Smell: Malty sweetness with hints of caramel, some earthy notes, and hint of citrus.

Taste: Malt forward for sure, I get the caramel and some pine, and a bit of oak. A hint of citrus fruit comes through as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a solid creamy texture and good carbonation. A good easy drinking beer.

Overall: This is a good beer, not one I want to drink all the time but great for what it is.

08-29-2013 01:24:31 | More by Mikecap
Photo of BEERchitect


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

Incredibly popular, New Belgium's banner beer is an ale that's caught in an identity crisis. Its it an American amber ale, an Irish red ale or is it a Belgian pale ale? Where the taste tilts to Irish, there's much more to consider in this fairly complex but understated ale.

Its honey-amber hue is a lead in to its toasted flavor and freshly kilned grain aroma to seep into the initial senses. Faint caramel, peanut and a bready-sweet taste is elegant on just off of caramel with bread crust and biscotti instead.

Its dextrin-rich body is creamy, starchy and smooth- allowing its cream corn center to give a faint butterscotch flavor as its malty grain flavors offer smoothness and a creamy medium weight. Herbal hops are tea-like and mildly citrus; even as cinnamon and clove spiciness tether through the sweet breadiness and indicate a turn to closure.

Spicy in finish, a moderate pepper taste and feel highlights its mild alcohol warmth that outlasts is starchy malt upstart. Semi-dry in finish, only a mild bitterness and tepid spice complement balances the taste in those waning sips.

Friendly and unoffensive, the allure of the ale lies in its non-polarizing taste and its understated complexity. An unfailing choice for the both the uninitiated and the connoisseurs alike.

06-19-2014 06:28:22 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of orangesol


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

Bomber poured into a plastic cup while at h2O. Drinking beers at the car show.

A - Pours nice amber orange with a dense two finger tall off white head leaving small rings of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of sweet caramel malts, toffee, dulled hops, and some fresh baked buttered biscuits...Based on the nose this one is a little past its prime.

T - Starts off with a big dose of sweet caramel malt slowly giving way to a mix of even more toffee sweetness, dulled out hops and some light buttery notes. There is plenty of biscuity taste and feel in this one. The finish is a mix of sweetness and chewiness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, slightly chewy, feel that lingers on the pallet for some time.

O - I can see why people love this beer but I still greatly prefer Troegs Hopback to this, just for the sheer fact that I know it will be fresher than any Fat Tire I could get my hands on.

11-08-2011 16:45:26 | More by orangesol
Photo of Wheelinb


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

This is a pretty typical amber ale. It is well known and I am sure anyone on this site has had at least one. It is one of the more accessibility craft beers and not overly complex. The smell is good but the taste does not live up to its promise. This is a good beer to introduce your non craft drinking friends to.

03-31-2009 21:31:07 | More by Wheelinb
Photo of beertaster13


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

The appearance of this beer is a light amber with a quickly disapearing white head. The smell is of a roasted malt with a hint of hops, some caramel notes as well. The taste is pretty good, roasted malt with not enough malts in the kick. Feels full but flat in the mouth, a drinkable beer but too expensive for just an average beer. You can get way better for about the same price or less. Just a little above average, as far as ale's go.

02-25-2004 06:23:47 | More by beertaster13
Photo of lstokes


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

This was orange with a light tan head, and the smell is sickly sweet malts with maybe a bit of citrus.

I similarly found the taste too sweet for my palate--it's like a malt bomb or something, with biscuity and caramel sweetness and then just a hint of floral hops around the edges, finishing sweet and not that clean. Isn't so much focus on the malts off-style for an American Amber? I also felt the mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side and under-carbonated, and am a little bit confused as to why this has become a cult beer. I will be drinking it again, as it's a step up from anything else at my new local bar, but still, I'm a bit disappointed overall.

09-27-2010 12:30:30 | More by lstokes
Photo of tewaris


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

Extreme clarity is a flaw in this beer's looks, otherwise it ain't bad. Good creamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma is not impressive, let's just put it that way.

Taste is actually not bad... I wish they made it a little fatter, and it'd be a proper brown ale like Bender. Even so I quite like the balance between sweetness, speciality malt character and the finishing bitterness.

Mouthfeel is rather watery, but nothing unforgivable. Overall it's an above average beer. Gets some shit for being too common or whatever but better than many small batch crap for sure.

07-06-2012 09:24:45 | More by tewaris
Photo of Jimmys


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

22 oz bottle labeled 2011 Virginia Commemorative - This Beer Is For Lovers

A: a bright clear copper with an off-white, but bright head. good retention and OK lacing.

S: earthy, slightly piney hop aroma combines with a french toast-like maltiness.

T: a good bit of roasted flavor works with a toasted caramel. marshmallow. overall i find the flavors very mild. finish is a bit dry.

M: carbonation is a bit on the creamy side of carbonation on a medium body.

D: overall, i enjoyed the nose and appearance, but found the palate to be a little watery. i liked the roast aspect, but after that it was a little dull. still glad it is now at my grocery store and an easy find in VA.

09-08-2011 00:41:50 | More by Jimmys
Photo of LarryKemp


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

This amber beer poured clear with a fair, short lasting head. Its aroma was very subtle. I was in a smokey steak place bar so tha ambient odors may have overridden the beer's aroma. The beer malt predominated the taste. I did not detect hops. The mouthfeel was light. The beer went well with the chicken fried steak. It complemented my meal as opposed to upstaging it. The beer tasted well enough that I enjoyed it over conversation while waiting to be seated and after the meal.

02-08-2003 19:02:51 | More by LarryKemp
Photo of obrike


3.36/5  rDev -6.4%

Clear, amber colored brew with a decent head that disappates quickly, leaving a thin white ring for the duration of the drik.

Smells a bit like a buttered biscuit...quite malty...slight whiff of sour fruit...

Taste matches the smell, the sourness brings it down just a bit for me.

Smooth, light to mod carbonation. Easy to drink though.

This is a decent summer beer...I like it with salty snacks actually a lot more than just on it's own.

04-01-2011 00:50:17 | More by obrike
Photo of BeerSox


3.38/5  rDev -5.8%

12oz bottle into a mug. Exp date: Nov 10, 2006

Pours deep yellow, almost orange. Creates an egg-white head with some retention, then settles into a thin cap. A little bit of webbed lacing.

Weak grainy scents are present along with hints of fruit.

The malts create an almost liquid-biscuit flavor. Huskey aftertaste along with a hop-bitter finish that sticks around for a bit.

Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Drysing finish along with a crisp feel.

This is a popular craft beer (almost reaching the "ubiquitous ranks" of Sierra Nevada and Guinness) that gets the job done. Refreshing, yet comes with generous flavor.

08-17-2006 02:29:09 | More by BeerSox
Photo of redjameskidd


3.38/5  rDev -5.8%

appearance: It looks good in a glass. Small, off-white head.

smell: Doesn't really smell like much.

taste: Biscuit. I've never tasted a beer that had such an obvious presence of biscuit. It's malty, and then there's this taste like a biscuit from a Cracker Barrel restaurant...a good or bad thing, depending on your point of view, I suppose.

mouthfeel: Very smooth, velvety.

drinkability: If you liked biscuit, you could be tossing these back all night.

11-16-2008 21:32:13 | More by redjameskidd
Photo of megahurts4


3.38/5  rDev -5.8%

New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale (on draft)

Appearance: Darker-amber, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: Barley, hops, and spices.

Taste: Pumpkin spice, squash, warm malts, hops, very subtle coriander.

Mouthfeel: light and smooth.

Not bad. I believe it is best suited as a session beer. It is slightly watery.

10-09-2010 03:58:53 | More by megahurts4
Photo of Murchmac


3.38/5  rDev -5.8%

I'm always excited to drink this beer and everytime I have it i'm a little let down. This beer has the most consistent taste of any beer i've ever had, you can set your watch to it. If you could brew a beer that tastes the way a freshly mowed lawn smells, this would be it. Very earthy, almost like wading your way through haight ashbury when the hippies havent showered. I know people love this beer, i'll drink it if there's nothing else available, but wouldnt buy it. Try their 1554, it's delicious.

09-11-2007 03:20:41 | More by Murchmac
Photo of LeRose


3.38/5  rDev -5.8%

On tap served in a large snifter...

Kind of a coppery color with a hefty raft of white foam that faded quickly.

The smell has sweet notes, bread/biscuits, a little yeasty, a little caramel.

The flavor is good, but nothing exceptional. Sweet and grainy, bread-like flavors, and a surprising but vague fruity note that was not detected in the smell. Easy drinking - not a huge flavor, but pleasant enough.

Mouthfeel - medium body, slight bitter aftertaste and a little sticky sweetness post-swallow.

Overall, a pretty good beer. It's solid and delivers to expectation. Easy drinking, not complicated.

04-02-2014 01:13:33 | More by LeRose
Photo of velosuds


3.38/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by date August 22, 2010. Bottle dating is one of this beer's finest attributes. Too bad, it is not a better beer. Its popularity is surprising.

A-Light amber hue, too light for style. Pour produced about a 1 1/2 finger heard that left only scant lacing.

S-Almost like cheap macro beer. Very faint pale and caramel malts, but virtually nothing in the nose from hops that I could discern.

T-Nondescript like everything else about this beer. It tasted much more like an APA. Probably contributes to its popularity. A light tasting beer that is better than anything from BMC.

M-A bit harsh from too much carbonation.

D-Pass. There are many, thankfully, better beers in this and other styles available for a similar price.

Good marketing doth not a great beer make. I wanted to like this, but it really is mediocre.

06-25-2010 05:31:16 | More by velosuds
Photo of clarkm04


3.38/5  rDev -5.8%

Appearance- Very light coppery in color. Medium to low carbonation. Very little head retention.

Smell- Definitely smell the biscuit malts. Very one note in the smell.

Taste- Very clean front taste with a distinctive mild bitter after bite in the back taste followed by a very smooth after taste.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and silky mouthfeel. Light and slightly watery but very easy on the palate.

Drinkability- Very high. I could drink two or three of these in a session. A very sessionable beer.

Though I feel this beer is over hyped by the general public, I have a soft spot in my heart for NB beer since I went to college at CSU in Fort Collins and this was a common beer my buddies and I would enjoy in college.

I rarely drink it and am amazed how Fat Tire went from a beer I could only get in CO in the mid-90's to pretty much anywhere now.

07-28-2010 01:29:00 | More by clarkm04
Photo of woodjm

South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%

Picked up a 22 oz bottle at a Piggly Wiggly in Mt. Pleasant, SC this past week. Has a light, amber color with white head that lasts almost the entire drink leaving some really nice lacing. Not a whole lot to the smell - sort of a sweet, malty aroma. Taste is very light; sweet up front and a touch of bitter-dryness at the end. I must say the beer was pretty well balanced, even though it was a little light for my taste. No question, the drinkability is there.

06-07-2009 03:01:35 | More by woodjm
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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