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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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6,366 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,366
Reviews: 1,783
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 126
Gots: 583 | 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 kopper65


1.48/5  rDev -58.8%

I've tried to like this beer on many occasions, but I just can't. It was actually hard for me to finish my last one, and I'm not one to like the idea of struggling to finish ANY beer. It's just way too malty and soapy for my tastes. A shame, too, because I happen to like a lot of other New Belgium styles.

11-29-2011 17:49:36 | More by kopper65
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1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

01-27-2012 01:57:59 | More by Jordanbryan10
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North Dakota

1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

07-02-2014 03:41:07 | More by thelargeone
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1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

08-18-2014 20:59:02 | More by adahm16
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1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

02-17-2013 00:07:55 | More by Kuongming
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North Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

07-28-2013 23:30:55 | More by mwbrady12
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1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

08-26-2013 02:27:20 | More by IrishFrenchman
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North Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

02-18-2012 00:40:23 | More by Gery285
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1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

01-06-2012 14:56:31 | More by JFrankParnell
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1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

07-17-2013 03:35:56 | More by storko22
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1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

01-01-2012 00:37:17 | More by KimenTshom
Photo of jasonpeckins32


1.68/5  rDev -53.2%

I tried this one on-tap at the Hard Rock Cafe in San Diego while on vacation. We were bar hopping and I think this was the third place I went to that suggested I try this particular beer after I asked what good craft beers they had available. So I finally decided I'd give it a whirl. To be honest, I dont have a clue what those southern californians were thinking because I was terribly unimpressed by this beer.

It had an auburn tint, transparent, with very little carbonation at all. I usually dont like quaffing flat beers and this was no exception. Not a lot of flavor, a bit bready. I'd almost just assume have a busch light if you could believe that. So for 5 bucks a pint, this wasnt one of my best purchases.

10-16-2007 03:36:58 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of nightcrawler


1.7/5  rDev -52.6%

Lots of people praise this beer and I had to go to a couple of stores to find a bottle. I really wish I hadn't been able to find it.

The smell is something horrid. Like the inside of a warm rubber or something. The taste was like a stale cracker or bread crust. Maybe it would go better with some kind of food, but by itself, it was not refreshing.

Sat on my stomach like a heavy brick.

09-24-2007 01:40:35 | More by nightcrawler
Photo of PaulAndrew


1.73/5  rDev -51.8%

I had this on a freezing winter night this past year. I heard rave reviews of it and saw countless people buying pitchers at my local wing joint and decided to give it a try. It was slightly black in appearance and tasted like gasoline. I don't feel that I received a good batch or something else was wrong with it because it didn't look the same as when i had seen it in the past. I'd be willing to give it another go if it was offered to me.

03-09-2014 08:57:39 | More by PaulAndrew
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1.75/5  rDev -51.3%

06-23-2014 03:31:57 | More by Dayman766
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1.75/5  rDev -51.3%

07-19-2014 19:34:09 | More by baconfromwalmart
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1.75/5  rDev -51.3%

07-24-2012 23:40:29 | More by Jemenhiser
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1.75/5  rDev -51.3%

11-04-2012 21:33:42 | More by Steven21805
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1.75/5  rDev -51.3%

04-08-2013 16:16:07 | More by thegerm87
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1.75/5  rDev -51.3%

08-13-2012 01:26:24 | More by GarbageMan
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1.78/5  rDev -50.4%

This beer is slightly bitter and has very little flavor otherwise. I expected more from this beer, given how much I’ve heard about it and how often I see it around. If you don’t want your beer to interfere with tasting your food, this would be the one for you.
There’s nothing offensive about it. It was really quite disappointingly neutral. An amber ale is supposed to have more flavor I think.

01-24-2013 01:34:47 | More by kristenspaintings
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1.8/5  rDev -49.9%

I have never enjoyed Fat Tire from a bottle so I tried it recently off a tap. It still does nothing for me. It is just not a good beverage. It smells a little off and funky. It tastes very flat and almost spoiled and leaves a very nasty after taste. I struggled to get a pint down. As the "flagship" beer of an excellent brewery this beer should be avoided; sample the other treats New Belgium has to offer.

04-26-2011 01:55:04 | More by mikechance
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1.83/5  rDev -49%

Before we start, I will say that this beer is much better on tap. But we're reveiwing the bottle here. Pours a pale amber with a decent head. Try not to smell this beer if you can avoid it. Smells like a compost pile. The flavor is just off. Skunky and unpleasant. In the mouth it feels like beer, but you don't really want it in your mouth because it taste so off. Not really drinkable at all. New Belgium makes much better beer than this.

04-10-2005 18:04:02 | More by mrgrandefromage
Photo of jeremyd365


1.9/5  rDev -47.1%

This is cheap beer. It tastes like it was massed produced with cheap ingredients and was pretty disappointing for a $5.99 bomber. I'm glad I split it with someone so I only had to drink half. It had decent mouth feel and appearance, but the rest was rather disappointing.

10-15-2012 23:35:24 | More by jeremyd365
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

1.93/5  rDev -46.2%

A - A huge frothy white head sits on top of a clear copper brew. The hed dissipates in minutes leaving thin rings of lacing at every sip.

S - THIS is the fat tire which I have heard countless rave over? It smells of very stale grain with a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg underneath. A touch of dry hay keeps it hopped. Seriously, this smells pretty awful.

T - The taste, though not great is not nearly as unpleasant as the smell. The flavor has a dry light grain, not a hint of sweetness, with an intense carbonated water aftertaste accompanied by some hay and a bit of a cinnamon presence. Not good, but drinkable at least.

M - Thin, extremely highly carbonated - it actually tickles my throat, neither drying nor particularly thirst quenching.

D - Well, I can hold my nose on the sips, so it is just a little unpleasant. Last time I listen to the masses. I'm really sad to have bought a whole six pack of this. I will not have this one again (after the other five bottles) - at least it is nice to look at . . .

09-25-2007 05:21:07 | More by mrasskicktastic
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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