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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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6,185 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,185
Reviews: 1,781
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 123
Gots: 509 | 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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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dull brown with a finger-width head that lasts about a minute. A little bit of lacing.

Smells very malty with something slightly metallic that is a bit off-putting.

Just like the smell, the flavor is very malt-driven, slightly earthy like a lot of other beers from New Belgium. Pretty standard for an amber ale, though I wish it had more discernible hops.

Fairly light bodied for the style, but I think that makes it go better with a lot of foods (especially pizza!). Right amount of carbonation at first, but it tends to dissipate quickly leaving you wanting more. Leaves something of an oily feeling on the palate, not really good or bad, but noteworthy.

Very good beer to drink with dinner but I can't picture myself ordering it by itself all that often. Growing up in Colorado, this beer was always in the fridge. Is it possible that nostalgia increases its drinkability?

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 21:00:47 | More by AndrewOToole
Photo of Anthony1


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

on tap everywhere now

it poured a clear, amber color with a nice think off white head. the head disappated pretty quick, little lacing. The smell was kindda like dough. The taste was similar with a bit of hops and perhaps a slight caramel or toffee taste. Both the smell and the taste seemed simple, with no individual notes, but both were good. It was a medium/light body that flowed very well

just not the same pazaz from a tap. Georgia has immediately become saturated in fat tire, with every bar and resturant advertising the same signs. Not worth the hype, but worth a taste

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2009 18:49:38 | More by Anthony1
Photo of Eldalonde


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a wonderful amber color and a good head forms and remains for some time. There is some attractive lacing on the glass as well.

S - Some hints of caramel and hops seems to come through in this one.

T - Tastes of toasted biscuits and small notes of dried fruit. Has a bit of a medium body to it and this beer is great for breaking newbie's into the world of craft beer.

M - Decent mouthfeel, not too thin and yet providing enough body to add to the experience.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2009 15:23:20 | More by Eldalonde
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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Virginia Commemorative

A: Golden brown pour with hints of red throughout. Nicely sized white head. The beer laces nicely down the side of the glass.

S: Predominantly malty, the hops are definitely noticeable. Floral, but faint.

T: The taste comes and goes without you really realizing it. Some light hops and malts combine and are followed by a caramel malt finish. Really doesn't abide by typical Amber Ale taste guidelines, but I can see why this is considered a gateway beer. Very drinkable, yet has some characteristics of the better, bigger beers on the other side.

MF: Light, carbonated well, crisp finish.

O: While this beer isn't anything to write home about, I'm glad it's in the area. Extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 12:02:55 | More by russwbeck
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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a really nice vivid red amber with a finger cloud/head with lacing. smell of toasted biscuits, malts, earthy hops with hints of fruits. light to medium mouthfeel with heavy carbonation.

taste of rich malts, toasted bread or biscuits and hints of fruits. i like the dry feeling after each sip. very fun to drink, not because of it's cool label however because it keeps my palate busy. a lot going on maybe it's the carbonation?

fun and easy to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 01:24:06 | More by sillyswa
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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fat Tire is a super accessible beer and my introduction into the world of craft beers a few years ago. It's got a special place in my heart. I picked up a six pack and I figured I'd give one a review.

Appearance: A deep but clear amber coloring with a distinct redness towards the top. The head is one finger and just tan enough to say otherwise. Mild carbonation. Attractive and simple

Smell: Malt stands first with a roasty character in the rear. There's a tart hop somewhere but it comes and goes.

Taste: Malty, a lightness makes it super drinkable. Hopiness is almost completely covered.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing. The carbonation cuts all weight the beer has.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 23:56:10 | More by mtlasley
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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle with the special "Chicago Inaugural" label.

Appearance: Very clear golden copper colored beer. Whisps of off-white head with quickly dissipating retention.

Aroma: Smells heavily of copper flavored caramel. There may be a faint lingering of fruit mixed in. Virtually no notes of hops here.

Taste: Fat Tire seems fairly easy to drink, but it doesn't offer much challenge to the palate. The finish leaves the tongue with a slight sweetness. The hopping level here is just enough to leave a faint memory of bitterness.

Notes: This is obviously a gateway beer, and hopefully it brings the masses one step closer to becoming full fledged supporters of microbreweries. Drink it if you haven't had it, but unless it's really hot out, you might not find yourself looking for another try. There are a lot of more exciting and flavorful entries in the Amber category.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 23:29:24 | More by beerinator
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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy copper with a big tan frumpy head that lasts. Gives off a pear aroma, yeasty, kinda skunky and reminiscent of the dump or the recycling center (though I suppose "biscuity" is the more generous term). The strongest points of this beer are its appearance and enchanting tingly feel. Tastes of apples and earthy, doughy malts. In many bars this one is as good as it gets and I know that I'll have many Fat Tires to come, though I probably never buy it in a store.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2005 05:36:11 | More by droomyster
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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a lovely deep golden color with a monstrous off-white head that's built to last; coated my mug with a nice lacing that stuck around for a while

S - nose detects a hint of biscuity malts, but that's about it

T - immensely refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness; malts are more prominent than the hops, but the hops do kick in at the finish; a remarkably well-balanced brew that goes down nice and easy

M - on the thin side, but not to worry; the light to medium carbonation smoothed out eventually which allowed a pleasant creaminess to dominate at the finish

D - very good and extremely well-balanced beer that I definitely recommend

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 07:27:41 | More by boudreaux
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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 12oz pub glass.

It's amber, not too red, but not too brown.

Head appears creamy, has a hoppiness scent. First sip is biting, very thirst quenching. Hops and roasted barley hit the palate. Let your pint warm up though. When it's fresh out of the fridge, there's a little bit of a bitterness that gets softer after a few minutes.

As for mouthfeel, it's a crisp feeling, with a creamyness that washes over the palate & tongue. The carbonation is perfect, it's not too little nor too much.

This is a pretty great beer in small quantities. I prefer tap(and can) over bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 00:42:57 | More by KingPuuChuu
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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer is amber and clear with moderate carbonation and a big white head of large bubbles that collapses leaving some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and mildly spicy.

Beer is surprisingly thin, grainy on the mid and late palates. It's thin on the front of the mouth and has a grainy aftertaste. It's not very pleasing overall. Just one of those beer that eventually you have to get around to trying, now I have.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 03:15:07 | More by drabmuh
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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber-gold with a creamy white head. Lots of lacing left after the head drops off. Aroma is yeasty bread. Flavor is very bready, faint caramel in the malt background. I get just a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy with moderate carbonation. A sessionable beer for a lazy afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 20:18:11 | More by davidt
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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color, clear with great head and lacing.

Super-biscuity, with a little yeast character that really is different for this style. Subtle stale hops.

Roasty and sour , very bready.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and over-carbonated for the style.

It's good, but for such a hyped-up beer, I dunno.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 03:58:45 | More by bboven
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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

P: 22oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber with a two finger off white head. Nice lacing that sticks throughout the glass.

S: Grainy biscuit malt and that's about it.

T: Very similar to the smell. Biscuit or bread like malt. Slightly sweet, not a lot of hop bitterness, just enough to keep things in balance. Refreshing, very easy to drink but not all that complex.

M: Moderate body, refreshing carbonation. Easy to drink.

O: A solid beer but I'm not sure it stands out in the crowd. The price is reasonable and I'd recommend at least giving it a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 21:25:13 | More by MikeB20
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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Fat Tire Amber Ale
New Belgium Brewing, Colorado
---from bottle to pint glass---

Bright and clear copper color, two fingers of ivory head, good lacing.

Smells very sweet, grainy, biscuity, good light hoppy smell.

Almost all malt here, grainy and biscuity, small touch of citrusy and tart hops at the end.

Light body, grainy flavor lingers – reminding you that you’re drinking a beer, but nothing more

Nothing inspiring here, easy to drink, a good beer to introduce non craft brew drinkers to. A toasty beer that won’t overwhelm your taste buds…

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 19:51:20 | More by Kevin-Wieken
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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A little less carbonated than my favourite brews (Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada) but still very good. It has a mellow hop aroma and goes down well. It is one of the few beers (BMC swill excluded) that has to be cold for me to drink.

Another good point is that it's available everywhere. Easy to get.

3.5 out of 5!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2004 04:35:27 | More by CrescentFresh
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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear light yellow (not amber...?) with a thin fizzy half a finger of white head, no lacing.
S - Big floury wheat and biscuit malt aroma, a little yeasty.
T - Unique in flavor, has a little of that belgian yeast trait, biscuit dough, has a little burnt caramel flavor too.
M - Just ok, a little watery.
O - This is not really an amber ale at all, I'm not sure where you'd place it, but its lame. Though, everyone's had it, and people act like its a big deal to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 00:17:08 | More by Omnium
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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- golden amber color with white creamy head slow to dissipate

S-slight bitter and bready aroma, a little hint of sweetness

T-slighly sweet malty flavor with light bitter hoppy overtones

F-medium body, smooth and crisp

O-a nice amber ale. A good everyday beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 01:02:01 | More by MDDMD
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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange amber with a small amount of white head. Aroma is mainly biscuit with some caramel and a tartness from the yeast. Flavor is sweet with biscuit and slight honey, some chocolate malt, and the tartness from the yeast prevails towards the end of the flavor profile. I'm guessing noble hops are used, as the finish of flavor is nectar and flowery that goes well with the sweet Belgian malt. Well balanced with a middling mouthfeel and a balanced finish. Easily drinkable with a sweetness is my take away from this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 00:13:25 | More by Philousa
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North Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can supplied by SatlyMalty. Poured into a snifter. Bottom of can says 06 JAN 13.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch cream colored head that retains very well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer coat of surface foam. Slick lacing leaves a solid ring behind on the glass.

S- Sweet aroma with faint hops and biscuity pie crust-like malt. Tinge of alcohol.

T- Pretty standard amber ale profile. Bready, light alcohol, kiss of hops, easy to drink. Struggling to find more character but it's just oh so basic.

M- Pretty thin, almost watery. Medium carbonation with a body that's lacking substance.

O- Can't really see why this was or is regarded so highly (by average beer drinkers) but I guess that's the point: it's easily accessible from a taste standpoint. Can't say that I necessarily had high hopes for it since craft beer drinkers in the know warned me it's not all that, but it's kind of a letdown all the same. C'est la vie.

Serving type: can

04-02-2013 02:10:47 | More by Immortale25
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3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Amber in color. Clear. Visibly effervescent. Forms a very attractive, fluffy white head that has great retention. Moderate lacing. A good looking beer.

S: Aroma is rather malty. Caramel malts with a light mix of earthy and herbal hops.

T: Taste is similar. A strong blend of caramel malts, biscuit, and peanuts. Creamy. Finish is smooth. Very light grassy hops.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body. Slight tartness. Mild bitterness.

O: Okay, so this isn't the greatest beer, but it is a fairly ubiquitous offering that is far better than BMC. Plus, at $3.99 for a bomber, the price is hard to beat.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 22:36:57 | More by Florida9
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3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a 10 oz glass. Forms a wafer thin white head that does not last, but very nice lacing. Crystal clear amber appearance. Aroma is faint--malt, hops, a little sweetness. Flavor is mild--balanced, nicely balanced malt and hops. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, with moderate carbonation. The is a good to very good amber ale, like able, but not outstanding. I read leaddog's review just below mine. He gives a very good and accurate description. I guess I'm just not quite as find of this ale as he is.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 04:19:36 | More by Dsimenson
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3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1 Pint amber bottle

Appearance: A nice amber color with a creamy head that stays there for while.

Smell : Maltiness and some sweetness.

Taste: Normal carbonation ,maltiness in a very good way, some kind of fruit present there.

Drinkability&Mouthfeel: Very easy to drink,does not feels hard on the mouth

....Nice Brew

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 02:59:55 | More by BeerDreadz
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3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Amber with a light amount of lacing. Nothing too impressive

Smell: Bread, sort of like peanut butter and jelly bread. Nice sweet malt smell.

Taste: has a light body and subtle taste thats complex. bagels and sesame seeds. Nice zing from the alcohol. The hops are present throughout the tasting but especially present at the end. Hops are not citrus like but spicy. Light amber profile. This beer is missing some of the malt presence that I'd expect from an amber beer. I think New Belgium did this to give a lighter crisper tasting beer. After a second taste I think it almost tastes a little like dog food. Now that I've thought that I really can't get this dog food flavor out of my mind every time I drink the beer.

Drinkability: High if you're looking for a decent session beer. Not my kind of beer though. I'd prefer something a little more in terms of malt, hops, and flavor. This is a beer you might have with dinner to cleanse the palate.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 03:26:51 | More by wmtxbb
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3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber body. Medium sweet caramel aroma. Taste is malty, medium sweet and light caramel. Mild malty finish. While fairly flavorful, this beer is definitely designed not to offend. A nice beer, nothing particularly special, but one I can imagine drinking all night long. Mild bitter aroma succumbs to mild maltiness when you taste it. Amber hue, medium head.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2008 21:18:21 | More by Rootdog316
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