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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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BA SCORE
82
good

6,992 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 6,992
Reviews: 1,820
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 152
Gots: 882 | 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 JK4Stout
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Now here is a beer I have been dieing to try. I have heard only good things. I was not dissapointed. It pours a deep amber color that makes one know there will be a fine maltiness to the brew. The smell is not the best for a beer of this quality and gives off a note of roasted malt that overcomes all the other aromas. Not even entirely sure where it comes from.
The taste though, is what got me hooked. I never expected this beer to be as big as it was. There is a lot of slepndid malt to this brew, and if you are a fan of the "big boy" beers, you'll really enjoy this one.

JK4Stout, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of sonnens4
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper, golden amber color, decent sized white head with lacing around the cup

Smell: Hops, malty, almost a good yeasty smell, roasted nutty hints

Taste: malt flavors, nutty, earthy

Mouthfeel: Clean, well balanced, not too heavy of carbonation

Overall: Delicious! Full flavored, all around great qualities, doesn't lack in any area of in any significance

sonnens4, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of SugarMagnolia13
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fat Tire pours a dark, deep, crystal clear amber-red. A large off-white head slowly decreases over the course of the beer leaving a wonderful, sticky lace.

Smell: A strong caramel, woody malt undertone that was accompanied by a faint fruitiness

Taste: Similar to the smell. Caramel malt and nuttiness are the main notes on this brew. I expected a bit of a hop bitterness at the end but instead I was greeted by a nice, spicy sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Way too thin for the taste of this beer. Reminded me of rusty tap water at times and put me off of this beer. By and far Fat Tire's weakest point.

Drinkability: Would be very easy to drink these if not for the thin mouthfeel. After two or so I am put off by the thinness.

SugarMagnolia13, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of soulgrowl
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A warm bengal orange, clear as day. Foamy light beige head with meager retention but great lacing.

Smell: Buttery and rich, reminiscent of Brazil nuts, pine nuts, and creamed corn. Caramel malts, toasted wheat, and light, citric hops round out the aroma.

Taste: Everything from the aroma is here, and then some. More hoppy than the nose let on. Strong nutty taste. A bit more malty than I generally prefer for the style, but still very well-balanced with a pleasantly dry, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Big, soft bubbles create a thick, creamy froth in your mouth. A bit sticky. Great for the style.

Drinkability: I think I could drink this every day. A great sit-back-and-relax beer. The flavor and aroma are so nice, they really help take your mind off everything else. Like meditation in a bottle.

soulgrowl, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to the threewisemen for the trade.

12oz can, says "can conditioned". underside of the can has a best by date of 12 jun 2009. tasted in early may 2009.

pale honey amber w brownish copper tones. clear. 1-finger, nearly pure-white head, slowly fades to thin layer. great lacing.

aroma: yeasty apple esters and trademark toasty malt and caramel, with mild hop note that is lightly citrusy and leafy, almost like fresh orange juice. hint of belgian character.

taste: very toasty malt, with more grassy/herbal hop character, and mild to near-moderate bitterness. slightly watery, but quite flavorful for 5.2% ABV. resins linger, as yeast, esters and phenols peek through in the finish and aftertaste, plus again more of that trademark, toasty, toffeeish malt character which made NB famous.

light to medium body, with light resins in the finish. crisp, tingly, moderate carbonation.

ah, ok, now i see why so many non-beergeeks rave about it. VERY easy drinking, and that caramelized, toasty malt really is what sets it apart from other flagship beers by the other near-mainstream craft breweries such as sam adams or sierra nevada.

NOTE: ok, yeah, so now i'm reading todd alstrom's review, and it helped me narrow down a description for the malt flavor - it's BISCUITY. lightly sweet, cookie-like, english-style biscuits.

tai4ji2x, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of ruleof72
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light copper color with thin/slightly creamy head
S- Toasted biscuity smell with hint of citrus/grass hops
T- Definite biscuit taste but also some flower/wheat taste as well
M- Medium bodied nice aftertaste
D- Easy to drink and seems to work well in warm as well as cold environments

Fat Tire is one of my favorites. I've been drinking this since it first came out when we lived in Ft Collins. It has slowly moved East in its distribution and has finally appeared in Chicago but alas we are moving to Atlanta. I hope it is available there sometime soon. The flavor and body just feel right to me. It has a medium body with a slight red tint and a nice slightly creamy head. There is enough hop flavor to cut through and let you know they are there. Easy to drink and equally good on a warm summer day or a cool fall evening.

ruleof72, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of counselor
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a deep garnet orange with a stiff white head. This beer smell awesome!!! Cinimmon, apple, spice, wheat bread, oak, vanilla, tobacco ... MMM good. As I drink it, the problem is, what flavors match up with these aromas? The beer has a great London/English fruity estery taste with christmas ale type flavors of nutmeg and cinimmon. I bet this would be a great mulled beer.

I wish I had more than one of these to review beacuse its a really complex ale that I would like to clone. A very drinkable ale with a great nutty spicey fruity finish. Thanks to Mccaaina for this beer.

counselor, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of Celtics17
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was my entry into craft beer years ago. This was my favorite beer for awhile. Although I've had better since. This beer has a solid taste,smell, and it's a solid medium body. The taste that always pops out is caramel, with some oak tasting notes. Some Toffee notes as well.

Appearance light cooper appearance. Some people call this beer watered down. I think it can be at times, it all depends which batch you get. New Belgium has some average beers out there, but their staple is always solid.

Celtics17, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of flaminghomer
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The strong aroma on this prepares you for hop and malt overload. Luckily it's all for nothing and while the taste is well balanced, it is not too much. It is flavorfull, but does taste slightly watered down. Good looking frothy head that lasts a little while and leaves some lacing on the way down. I enjoyed this beer but probably will not buy again. Cheers.

flaminghomer, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of lolki
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Rich, clean reddish color, slight head. A refreshing looking beer.

S - Carmel with a hint of wildflowers; overripe honeysuckle from a distance.

T - A little woodsy and wild. Sweet at the front of the tongue with strong malt flavor overshadowing all at the back. Little aftertaste other than a slight molasses taste.

M - Crisp at the start, but a little thick going down -- heavy malt and bread taste almost makes it like eating good pancakes with maple syrup. Perhaps too thick for some, but a good feeling if you like that sort of thing.

D - I could drink this for awhile, it is flavorful enough to not get boring but refreshing enough to not weigh down the mouth.

lolki, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of coasterfreak75
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour is a light strawberry red with a hint of yellow showing through. Small one finger head that quickly dissapated and left little or no lace on the glass.

The smell is heavy in biscuity malt with a light floral undertone.

The drink is heavy in sweet malt up front, the malt seems to sweeten throughout the mouth with just a hint of hops at the finish. Clean finish with little or no aftertaste.

All and all a very refreshing and drinkable beer. This one will be in my fridge from now on, glad it finally came to North Carolina.

coasterfreak75, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of cjohnson
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper-orange with a slightly tan two-finger head.

Smells very yeasty and sweet. Reminds me of toast for some reason. Maybe a little bit of some dark fruits.

The taste is very sweet initially, but has a bit of hop bitterness in the back. Kind of yeasty, but not too much. Overall I'd describe the taste as pleasant, but altogether nothing very exciting going on.

I'm a little bit disappointed in the mouthfeel. If this were a bit more carbonated it'd be very nice, but it just feels flat and plain. Still pretty drinkable.

cjohnson, May 19, 2009
Photo of nrpellegrini
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

How could a brown ale be so good?
This was one of the top things I looked forward to doing/ trying on my trip from Baltimore to Las Vegas. The smoothest most flavorful brown ale out there. A lot of flavor but not enough to knock your mouth out. The constant head gives it a great aroma through the entire drink. Just the right amount of malt and hop flavors.

nrpellegrini, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of bskrtz
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A) Slightly cloudy, small head that quickly disolves to lace. Bright orange when held to the sun

S) Sour mash with citrus fruits

T) The low alcohol content offers a smooth, falvorful summer thirst quencher especially when served COLD

M) Thicker than a pilsner or lager. They got the carbonation just right. A dense and smooth ale

D) It's 4:00 pm and the lifts just closed. The sun is still up. Drinkability? Only in pints and better yet when you are buying

bskrtz, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a medium amber with three fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing.

The smell has a nice toffee flavor that was ever so quick to roll into a spicy hop flavor. Some nice malt flavor brings in a nice even sweet fruit flavor with a touch of bitterness in the background.

The taste was also a bit toffee with some nice biscuit flavor. There a bit of a buttery flavor that has some nice tones to it.

The feel of this beer is pretty smooth. It has a light body and it pretty refreshing and went well with the dinner I was having.

Duhast500, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of Bagman007
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass.

A- Deep reddish coloring with some head.

S- Definitely a malty smell. You can smell some hops, but definitely more malty than hoppy.

T- A very crisp taste with a great mixture of malts and hops. Goes down very smoothly.

M- Smooth, tingly feel. Very smooth beer. Doesn't really have a bitter aftertaste.

D- Extremely drinkable beer. Goes down like candy.

Bagman007, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of BeerManDan
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this amber ale on tap and gave it a full point all the way around, compared to the ale in the bottle. On tap, Fat Tire was dark golden in color with loads of lace. The taste of light roasted malts and soft hops filled the mouth with pleasant fruit. There is no comparision between bottle and tap. On tap is a must try!

BeerManDan, Dec 15, 2003
Photo of UberWasser
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Fat Tire pours a crisp, clear medium amber color with a nice thick head that starts out frothy like a cappucino and ends up, just before dissipating all together, looking like the craggy foam on an angry sea shore. The foam seems stick and laces the side of the glass nicely. Attractive.

The smell is quite nice, dominated by grainy bread like notes with some spicy hop presence to balance.

The taste follows suit, with a slight sweet-bread flavor starting on the tongue, developing into a more grainy bread crust flavor partway through, and finishing with a spicy and slightly fruit hop kick just at the end. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel has always suffered in the bottle for this beer, in my opinon. The nice head that it gets on a medium pour seems to sap the beer of all of its carbation...it was quite flat to me, as usual. My dad agrees and tends to refer to it as "Flat Tire".

That mouthfeel sort of cuts into the drinkability for me, leaving my mouth feeling somewhat bored. Good looks, good smells and good flavors, just doesn't feel right.

UberWasser, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of stevegraham
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

amazing this is the best beer i have had. i want all my friends to try it i love this and everything about it. amazing this is the best beer i have had. i want all my friends to try it i love this and everything about it. amazing this is the best beer i have had. i want all my friends to try it i love this and everything about it.

stevegraham, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%

OhioLimoncello, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of WMbeer
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%

WMbeer, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of BrewUSA
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%

BrewUSA, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of brysonbreakey
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my go-to brew. I always pick one up when I get a variety pack from the grocery store just in case the others are no good. Fat tire is always reliable.

It's well balanced, has a great body/mouthfeel and I love the toasty malty qualities. It pairs well with most meals, however I think it's especially great with anything Italian. I've had it with homemade pizza and with lasagna and both were prime.

Definitely a solid beer that I will be drinking for a good while. A staple for my refrigerator.

brysonbreakey, May 11, 2014
Photo of Thebelair577
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%

Thebelair577, Oct 27, 2014
Photo of hbrodgers
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%

hbrodgers, Sep 08, 2014
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 6,992 ratings.