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

1,853 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,853
Hads: 7,605
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 187
Gots: 1,494 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Reviews: 1,853 | Hads: 7,605
Photo of Bezy901
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

One of my favorite beers! The toasted slightly yeast like flavors really come through. I definitely prefer to have it on tap or poured into a glass rather than from the bottle because it becomes a different beer altogether when it has time to breathe. (251 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Pours a thin head on a clear darker straw body.
The aroma has a little fruit basket going on with a little caramel.
The taste has some biscuit and caramel flavor joined by a mild lemon bitterness. Good balance.
The texture is crisp.
Enjoyable. (243 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%

Appearance - 3.7/5
Pours a deep orange-brown. Essentially no head. That's a little disappointing. Fairly clear, but still some haziness. This could just be some idiosyncratic observation of mine, but the rising carbonation bubbling look bigger than they do in most beers. Overall, an okay look; I would have liked more head.

Smell - 3.75/5
Smells like an Amber should. A deep malty-alcohol smell, with perhaps fruity undertones.

Taste - 3.5/5
Tastes similar to the smell, at least to some extent. A sweet malty-alcohol taste, with some notes of piney hops, fruitiness, perhaps caramel as well. I wasn't expecting the pineyness, and not sure whether I like it. Luckily it's fairly subtle.

Mouthfeel - 4.15/5
The beer is fairly light in body, the carbonation is quite strong, but not too overpowering. I like the slight bite of the carbonation when I drink this beer. The beer is smooth (besides the carbonation bite)

Overall - 3.5/5
This beer was decent overall, but probably wouldn't get again.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20% (1,076 characters)

Photo of JRed
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Pours transparent Amber in body with fluffy white head. Aroma of biscuit, sweet dough, fresh grass. Tastes of sweet malt, grass, biscuit, mild cinnamon, mild bitterness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A nice autumn beer. (228 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fairly neutral brew, very drinkable. More malt than hop character, with a light caramel and slightly fruity specialty malt base accented with floral and muted citrus notes. Light bitterness at the finish to counter the malt sweetness. (234 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; bronzish amber in color; 1 finger light tan head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; nice, long lasting lacing;

S: malt sweetness, toffee, caramel, perhaps some earthy hops;

T: a nice combination of caramel, toffee, and earthy hops; toward the end, the caramel becomes predominant with a little citrus in the back ground; the finish has a mild bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: very nice; easy drinking; (446 characters)

Photo of gbarbee
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of favorite all-around beers. When New Belgium was only available in several states I used to bring back cases from Texas to share in North Carolina with friends and family.

Appearance: Amber
Smell: Biscuits and hops
Taste: Bread and malt
Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp
Drinkability: Great beer and it has always been on o my favorites.

Serving type: bottle (361 characters)

Photo of PacNWDad
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Very sweet profile, with lots of malt. Reddish brown color. Decent amount of head. Some spice. Good but could use a little more hops and a tad sweet. (153 characters)

Photo of Lagerquestrian
4/5  rDev +10.5%

I have been buying this brew since the late 90's. This was one of my first gateway craft beers, as it were. I have turned to Fat Tire when needing a sessionable yet flavorful beer. It's a great Amber Ale. Bitterness is balanced quite well with the sweetness. New Belgium knows what they are doing with this beer. It's a common, accepted beer staple in much of the Western States. It's a good balance and easy drinker, way above average adjunct lagers and other mass produced cereal beers. IMO, this brew has it's rightful place. A good quality brew for the craft beer beginner, or one looking for a quality easy drinker without having to sacrifice quality and taste. My first choice when camping in the Rockies around Monarch Pass in Colorado. A twelve pack of bottles amongst a warm camp fire soothes my soul. (810 characters)

Photo of razorsdescent
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

I don't see why this beer, or even this brewery has the following they do. Not a knock on them, they make some good beer, but not equal to some of the hype I hear blasted. (171 characters)

Photo of xboxhueg
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Toasty grains, watery and sweet. No hop bitterness to speak of, I imagine it would go good with pizza. I would order it over BMC in a restaurant every time, it has it's place. (175 characters)

Photo of bwood06
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear amber in color with a frothy/creamy white head with a hint of orange coloring. Lightly carbonated. Head is somewhat retained throughout the tasting. 3.75/5

S - Caramel and an earthy graininess are the first notes to hit my nose. There is also a slight citrus note in the background. Herbal hops. Slight butteriness. 3.5/5

T - Caramel is the first flavor. Slight butteriness like the nose. Toasted bread finish. Grassy flavor to the hops. Almost no lingering flavor or bitterness. Very light in the bitterness category. 3.75/5

M - very light. finishes wet but disappears quickly. Slight carbonation burn, more than expected. 3.5/5

O - Very drinkable beer. Not overly complicated in it's flavor profile, but is still very enjoyable. Very nicely balanced between sweet and bitter. 3.75/5 (823 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

This is the microbrew that started it all, according to most people. It's probably the first craft beer you tried, and it was great at the time compared to all the other stuff out there. It's still good, but it's been surpassed by a lot of other beers. It's available everywhere, and I'd much rather drink this than a big-company beer, but by now I can do better. It's your basic amber, your gateway beer, and there's nothing wrong with that. (446 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev +10.5%

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Light amber with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Caramel, brown sugar, and toasted biscuit.

Taste
Caramelized candy sugar, brown sugar, and toasted biscuit. Touches of molasses and earthy hop aromas.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, balanced, and refreshing.

Overall
Expertly balanced and exactly what an Amber Ale should be. (420 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Nose: grain, light biscuit, grassy, citrusy hops.
Pours brilliant medium amber under 2” off white foam cap – lacy.
Palate: biscuit with a touch of caramel and a mild hop finish. The hop flavors are spicy and herbal. Well balanced and very refreshing. The finish is a mild almost earthy hop bitterness and a pleasant lingering biscuit flavor.
Medium body and carbonation. (377 characters)

Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Best by date: 02.02.14.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 01.03.14.

A: See through amber/red. No head with aggressive pour.

S: Malt, raisins, caramel.

T: Caramel is dominant. Toast is there too. Subtle hops.

M: Creamy.

O: I thought that this was an interesting amber the first time that I tried it because it was different than others. (351 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper color with decent head and not much lacing. Aroma is very light and bready. Taste is good, yet light. Get a little toast, a touch of citrus and some hop bitterness. Fast, dry finish which does not linger long. Not a bad brew from a great brewer (256 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Long time since I had this.
Amber copper color with an aired head with short retention.
Nice aroma with honey and mild spices.
Flavor with lots of caramels, hints of toasted malts, a mild tangy citrusy, some spices and floral hops. Mildly dry aftertaste.
Medium body with mild carbonation.
Very balanced and easy to drink amber ale, on the mild side, but still flavorful and not boring. Though it could be a bit less sweet.
Ap.3,25 Ar.3,5 Sab.3,5 Sens.3,5 Cj.3,5 (462 characters)

Photo of Brackh
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Didn't bother to pour this into anything else. A little bit of malt and not much hops. Don't get me wrong I have had lots of these and I like them. Great for what it is.

Wife's Review: "This is one of my favorites. I could drink a lot of these." (246 characters)

Photo of JordanRichart
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%

This is my favorite amber ale to date and one of my favorite beers period. I have tried numerous amber ales and they don't compare. I love the roasted taste of grain and toast at first with the finish of hops. All around great beer. Cheers! Oh and I'm pictured with a Fat Tire van in my profile picture. How cool is that?! (322 characters)

Photo of Milchad
4/5  rDev +10.5%

One of the first beers that helped open my eyes to what all is out there besides the water downed crap that AB and Miller Coors tries to cram down our throats. Very flavorful beer that won't disappoint. (202 characters)

Photo of misternebbie
4.51/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

love everything about this beer , except the fact that is so very hard to get in my area!
rich coopery beer with tons of flavor, malty and spicy, not to be ignore, if you get the chance to drink this beer, point blank, do it! (225 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%

A very simple beer. Pours a light hazel with little head. The smell is mostly malt with almost no hop smell to it. The taste is very mellow and is refreshing but nothing on the palate wowed me by any standard and the mouthfeel was nice. Overall a forgettable beer unless it's a standard for you. (296 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%

Serving Style : 12 oz bottle/poured into 8 oz glass for appearance

Appearance (3) : Copper colored and slightly opaque. Has a foamy white lace that disappears quickly.

Smell (2) : Bitter bean, dark wheat. Rye. Damp cellar. Pretty gross.

Taste (3.25) : Full flavored rush of black bean and red wheat. Dull rubbery bitterness accompanies the flavors. Light cilantro notes with hits of fresh room-temperature celery. The rubber bitterness then turns to copper bitterness with a backlap of tomato and rye; and it hits hard but leaves quick as to not be totally distasteful. The body and flavor are decent, although wildly all over the place.

Mouthfeel (2) : The mouthfeel on the other hand is not something I'm fond of. I don't like the sticky finish on this one or the rubbery mouthfeel. My sample had harsh and generous carbonation that pricks your mouth and leaves a bitter and dry aftertaste.

Overall (2.78) : I've had far better Ambers than this. The damp musty smell and prickly mouthfeel bring down the scores quite a lot. Taste is above average but barely - and it's all over the place. If my future self asks me if I would buy this again, I'd say apprehensively yes, but it will never be a staple in my beer cave. The flavor is too weird and everything else is just out of balance. (1,293 characters)

Photo of leantom
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Been itching to try this. Here goes:

A: Clear brown with a small head. Head disappears and leaves no lacing. Bland. 2/5

S: Toasty caramel malt with some American hops. Both smells are rather muted, however. Not bad, almost an imitated of Yuengling (which is a lager, fyi), but neither the malt nor the hops are particularly robust. Just OK. 3/5

T: Again, just OK. Lightly kilned caramel malt imparts a toasty and sweet taste. Hops are apparent, but they aren't robust enough and I barely taste them. Like a watered-down Yuengling (although this beer is an ale). 3/5

M: Smooth and crisp, but nothing special. 3/5

O: Not that good. Taste is rather bland. I'd rather have an amber lager, like a Dos Equis or a Yuengling. 2.75/3 (751 characters)

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,853 ratings.