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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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7,102 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,102
Reviews: 1,824
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 152
Gots: 934 | 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 Daduck99
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of pizzatown
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of bditty187
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tawny-gold hue, ultra translucent, small off-white head, peaks at a half finger before fading slowly, a few rings of lace. Lovely, delicate nose… nutty, fruity with a whisper of spice and malt. The invitation is soft yet you gladly take a sip. Tasty palate, nutty, crisp malty influence, nicely spicy, some fruitiness. Again the palate is soft but pleasant with just enough of a malty aftertaste to be reminded to drink it again. The body is medium-light, moderate carbonation, fair mouthfeel. Damn drinkable. This is the world’s greatest crossover beer and one hell of a session beer for any BA. The beer is not the second coming, ignore the “hype” and enjoy Fat Tire for what it is… a great Amber Ale.

Photo of Beejay
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Nice medium Amber, some yeast floating in it, which I believe is intentional in the canned version of this beer. Nice white head on top that dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Malty, toasty biscuity.

T: Malty, slightly dry, with a wonderful nutty/ biscuit flavor. Delicious, but I think it does loose something in the can.. I have had this on tap, in a bottle, Bomber, and at the brewer, and I think the can is the weak link.. Still good, just not as good.

M: Highly carbonated, smooth, and crisp.

D: Definitely. Light, crisp and a solid amber. This beer fits many tastes, and though it gets heat on this site, I still think it is a great beer, and a gateway beer into the craft world. There was a reason we got a keg for our graduation party.. Fat tire, you aren't the best, but you will always have a place in my heart..

Photo of Dodo2step
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks skeeordye 22 oz bomber poured into a weizen glass

A- a beautiful frothy 3 finger foam head rises almost over my weizen glass. a bright burnt orange color with highlites of amber.

S- sweet biscuity malt smell right off the nose. a nice lil hint of floral hop kicks off the back end to make it all come together nicely.

T- alcohol hits me tongue first. Then comes a bisucity/hoppy type of compound that is followed by sweet malts. Very interesting and unique. Further along through my beer the floral notes come out more.

M- heavy and hopped with alcohol. A sweet floral coating but not as smooth as i would think.

D- very good sessionable beer and would be great for an outside day. Goes down with somewhat of ease but can be fulfiling.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 8/27/10

Appearance: Clear with a bright amber color and a white head that quickly turns to thin white lacing

Smell: Light, sweet biscuits, subtle floral hops, an overall scent of sweetness

Taste: Mostly tastes like sweet, dry biscuits - some caramel malts, doesn't exactly taste like a typical amber as it is a bit lighter - some spicy flavors and there are some hops, but mostly the taste is dominated by the sweet malts - not complicated, and great for what it is

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with nice carbonation, feels like it could be a bit smoother

Overall: Probably not worth the hype, but it is noteworthy because of its absurd level of drinkability

Maybe this beer gets a lot of hate because the hype might imply that it is more complicated than it is. It's a simple yet well-balanced amber. It's an easy drinking beer that I honestly wish I could keep in my fridge year-round.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looking at my review from this beer on tap, it is much better from the bottle.

It has great head, easy to create and thick. Nice retention.
Smell is inticing. Very biscuity.
Taste is balanced. Malts are very smooth and easy on the palate.
Clings to the mouth decently.
Easily a sessionable beer. An amber ale to relax with.

You have to give fat tire a try. At $13 dollars a 12 pack it's a great great pickup.

This is sort of a no frills amber ale. It's a kick back brew. I take it for what it is. I rate it that way as well.

Photo of Reneejane
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer this past weekend at a bar on tap. I was pretty impressed that they had a beer like this on tap at a Cheesecake factory though. The pour was good, it had a nice malty flavor. Very refreshing hop aroma. The hops had a bit of a bite, but I couldn't readily identify them: perhaps it was a mixture of hops. I could drink these all night long (well maybe not all night... because it had a decent amount of alcohol to it ;) Our server told us that it is manufactured by Coors.

Photo of dontpanic5
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours amber with a small white head. Some okay lacings. Not much of a smell to this beer, just some doughy malts. I really enjoy this taste, it's surprisingly toasty and malty for an amber ale. Certainly something different. It's light bodied and has low carbonation, it can pass for a session beer. I'm glad this beer came to the east coast lately, it's tasty and it's nice to have it as an option at a lot of restaurants that have no other craft beers on tap.

Photo of Arnie2709
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a true amber color. 1 inch of offwhite head that dissipates quickly.
Smell is biscuity and malty. sweet
Taste is slight bitterness melded around a complex bread and caramel malt profile.
Mouthfeel is medium and lingers slightly afterward. reasonably clean finish but leaves you ready for another mouthful.

Photo of tmitch75
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful copper color with thick foamy head which drops to a thin layer but leaves lots of lacing.

Smells malty with very little hop presence. Taste is the same with just enough hops to keep the malt from getting overpowering.

Nice creamy mouthfeel makes this a very drinkable beer... the ABV might not cooperate, but I could drink 12 of these right now!

Photo of biercircus
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has some sentimental value to me because it was my first New Belgium brew. New Belgium introduced me to the wonderful world of Belgian beer culture as well as the rapidly-expanding American microbrewing industry. Cheers to the NB. Anyway. This beer, while not their best, is a reliable one. I had my most recent one in a New Belgian snifter.

A- nice amber opacity. Some extra bubbles which linger on the edges of the glass, although not a big head.

S- malty hoppiness, molasses, maple syrup, chocolate, cough medicine.

T- very flavorful, lots of chocolaty maltiness, hoppy finish, but very smooth taste, not a hint of bitterness, but also not a sweet beer.

M- carbonated, almost nitro, silky, nice amount of faint hops lingering on the palate.

D- Very easy to drink, refreshing, goes down nice.

Thank goodness they finally started distributing to Southern California.

Photo of misterscooter
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First, a warning: this beer does not smell good. It isn't skunky or repulsive, but it isn't a friendly smelling beer. But that is OK. In fact, it has character and lets you know this is no ordinary beer.

A nice golden brown color, I was surpised that it was poured out of the tap without much head. Maybe that is the bartender, though, and not the beer. The first taste is complex and you realize why it doesn't smell so great. The layers of flavor don't allow one smell to come out so it is a mix of peppers, citrus, wood, sky, dirt, etc. It definitely isn't a beer for everyone but that is fine. You'll notice that people seem to like it or hate it and if it is on tap, those who like it usually get that sometime in the evening. It isn't a favorite but I like having it available because it definitely hits a spot that other beers can't.

Photo of cnally
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

yeah, yeah...the talk of the town recently as it seems to be the most coveted beer recently introduced to the east side of the Mississippi River.

A fantastic looking beer. A radiant golden orange color with a fluffy, menacing lacy white head. really grand looking stuff.

really grainy aroma. wheat and corn, with a very slight malt aroma. toasted marshmallows a bit, due to its sweet smell. but mellow and not outstanding.

initial hop flavor, but ever so slight. this moves to a impact of grain and yeast, balanced well. the toasted malt they advertise is barely noticible until the aftertaste, which fills your mouth with a vengence.

Creamy, filling feel with a touch of stickiness.

Here is the thing. I have been drinking this beer out of a can since its introduction here in Indiana and merely called it okay. After pouring it out, aerating the drink and being practically moved to tears by its appearance, I have an entirely different viewpoint of the beer. It turned from good to great. No exaggeration. So, don't be lazy, people...pour this beer out into a glass and be amazed at the difference.

Photo of putnam
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, clear, polished bronze liquid.

Not knowing what "style" this was, I did my best to guess based on the nose. The label said Amber Ale and the aromas conformed to this claim. But there was a subtle, sweet spiciness that reminded me of a Dubbel. Not assertive, but there nontheless. These elements rested upon a clean, bright, sunny maltiness.

The flavors were clear and delivered textbook Amber-like features. Dry, caramel, mild bitterness. Supple. The real charm of the bear is its whistle-clean profile. Subtle in an English Amber way. The substance shows on the lengthy, balanced finish. Highly drinkable. A banger.

Photo of vapodge
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into Ommegang chalice

A - brilliant amber, nice frothy head that subsides a tad but leaves great lacing

S - my malt smells like biscuits! grab 'em!

T - tastes like 'em too! mild and toasted bread

M - little bit dry with medium carbonation

D - could be a great party beer -- it's got flavor, but it's not so overpowering that you couldn't knock back several; very smooth; worthy of the hype -- not the best beer, but it is an awesomely excellent beer

Photo of kshizzle101
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber into pint glass

A - clear amber in color, 2 inch white head, strong retention. good lacing

S - bready/biscuit malts, slight bit of caramel, kick of hops

T - caramel and biscuit is big, but the hops balance it out nicely. well balanced but not overly complex

M - med bodied, a little dryness to it, not a bad thing though,

Overall - above average amber, well balanced, gets the job done, very drinkable.

Photo of PonchoEquihua
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served for a 22 oz 650 ml... 1 pint

good carbonation with a lot of bubbles two fingers of good foammy head.Smell of bread, malts and citrus hint hoppy... sweet. in the mouthfeel the exact apropiate flavors balanced , sweet and malts work perfectly...

didnt like the aftertaste, perhaps a little metalic in your tounge....

very good drinkability...

good beer!

Photo of notoriousdav
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a classic Colorado ale, and one that deserves more credit than it gets. In fact, I think it's become fashionable to bash this beer because it's become so iconic. Pours a nice caramel with a creamy egg shell head. Smells of yeasty bread. Taste is well balanced with a nice hint of hops and some sweetness. Very drinkable, hell you could drink it all day and night.

Photo of sonicdescent
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to angelmonster for the opportunity.

Pours a golden/red hue with active and beautiful carbonation. The head didn't stick around too long but I blame this partially on my partial spillage when opening this bad boy.

Smells pretty hoppy. Floral, biscuit, spicy even. Complex, but not what I'd say something that makes me salivate at the thought of drinking.

Tastes like crackers, probably the biscuit taste that everyone mentions. A very crisp finish and light hop bitterness. Not very complex, but enjoyable and fitting of the style.

Mouth is thin and carbonation is high. Anything else would make this beer undrinkable.

I don't know how anyone could say this isn't drinkable, this in fact is damn near a textbook session beer. Shame I can't readily get it here.

Photo of patobandito
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the first beers I had after I started drinking beer. Because of this, it will always be one of my favorites, even though I have found better beers after it.

The beer pours a very lovely deep gold-brown color, with a slight haze, almost like a wheat beer. There is a slight head that doesnt last long and very little lace. The smell reminds me of fresh baked biscuits. The taste is bready with a hint of some some sort of citrus. Overall it is a very drinkable beer from a great brewery. Of everything I have had from New Belgium, I've yet to be disappointed.

Photo of Clockwork420
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Glass Stein.

Apperance was amazing amber (duh...) color. Nice head.
Actually took a picture of it. Little bubbles. Nice.

Smell was kinda sweet and corny. Not skunky or over powering.
That was all I got.

Taste was semi sweet. Easy to drink.
This quickly became a favorite now.
The taste kinda taste almost earthy. At first I thought it was too carbonated. But now I know it is perfect. Or close to what I imagine is a great one for the price.

Along with that earthy mouthfeel came this number.
This beer speaks for itself...
And so forth with the drinkablilty.

This is simply amazing to me for a 2.39 22oz bottle came this good. Im astonished.

I now have a new favorite.


First beer I drank on tap.
And its better that way.
Belive it.

Photo of Mitchster
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank on tap at New Belgium BC. 19 IBU, made with Willamette, Goldings, and Magnum hops, Pale, C-40, Munich, and Victory malts. Clear, light caramel forming a thin white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is fruity, biscuity, toasty, grainy with light must and apples. Taste begins with floral hops, delicate brown toasty malts, and a earthy finishing bitterness. Crisp, extremely brisk mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation and lightly dry finish. The bottled version takes awards for looking nicer, but the draft version has a smoother mouthfeel and more aromatic complexity.

Photo of psinderson
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6 oz taster poured from large brown bottle.

Appearance: Clear amber with a nice, thick off-white head.

Smell: Malty aroma, mostly caramel, hits up front with a mild roasted grain background.

Taste: This beer definitely sways to the malty side. Caramel and bready mostly. Very little hops detectable. It finishes with a pleasant roasty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with excellent carbonation. Nothing offensive to report.

Drinkability: This is a rather simple brew that is easy to drink. Sometimes, simple is good.

Photo of mynie
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour. A sparklyn new penny pinkcopper with a nice white head and good lacing.

Smells of caramel, strong and sweet, along with a hint of biscuit. Not much complexity, but it's still quite nice.

Tastes of sweet caramel up front, moving into a middle of honey-soaked bread and caramel, ending on a refreshing mix of sweet fruit and dry hops. Very nice.

This is a great session beer that's earned its reputation as a reliable American classic.

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 7,102 ratings.