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Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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5,482 Ratings
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82
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Ratings: 5482
Reviews: 1753
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15%


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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LarryKemp

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This amber beer poured clear with a fair, short lasting head. Its aroma was very subtle. I was in a smokey steak place bar so tha ambient odors may have overridden the beer's aroma. The beer malt predominated the taste. I did not detect hops. The mouthfeel was light. The beer went well with the chicken fried steak. It complemented my meal as opposed to upstaging it. The beer tasted well enough that I enjoyed it over conversation while waiting to be seated and after the meal.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2003 19:02:51 | More by LarryKemp
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TXHops

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

-2 kinds of Munich Malt
-Caramel Malt
-Magnum, Goldings, Willamette hops
-16 IBU's
-5.2% ABV
-12.2 Plato

I can remember trying Fat Tire in Santa Fe back in about '96, when I was just starting to get interested in beer. I thought it was unremarkable then, though all the members of my family all thought it was pretty good. That was before Fat Tire became the next Sam Adams Boston Lager. Now it's even available in most restaurants in Dallas, sitting on tap next to Bud Light, Coors Light and Miller light.

As always, Fat Tire pours a textbook amber, with a head that appears to be scared of the air, it dissipates so fast. A beautiful waft of aromatic Munich malts rush from the glass and offer the beer's best characteristic--a heady, malty, fresh bread smell. The taste is quite unique, in my opinion. No other beers taste quite like Fat Tire. There's a slight touch of diacetyl in the body, giving the sense of slipperiness and creaminess to the flavor. Add that to the medium-bodied, malty flavor, and the complete lack of hop aroma and flavor and voila--you have the fastest growing micro beer in America!

Not great, but nowhere near as bad as the press it gets from hardcore beer drinkers. Some hops would be nice, but they're not required. The lack of them allows a bit of sourness to develop late, after the finish. IMO, this is one of the best crossover beers available and one I frequently drink in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2003 18:09:58 | More by TXHops
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crystal clear light copper appearance. Thin and lusciuos beige head. Lacing is very nice. Clean and biscuity malt tones on the nose. Interesting flavor profile. The aspect that stands out the most to me is a unique mellow dry quality. Almost alt-like. I wonder if this is cold conditioned at all. Typical amber qualities are present, but not to a big enough extent. Not enough maltiness or hoppiness. It's more biscuity and toasty. Not bad by any means, but seems a little watered down. Medium body at best. More light medium-light in body. Decent brew. Glad I tried. But won't track it down any more.

Thanks to Senior and Jerry for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2003 19:46:38 | More by Bighuge
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Morris729

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden orange color with a thin white head that quickly fades into a thin lace. Strong malt and grain notes dominate the nose with a bit of fruit. Sweet malts come through up front in the taste along with some biscuity flavors. Almost too sweet. A mild hop bitterness in the finish helps to balance the sweetness somewhat. A good step up from the macros.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2003 13:05:28 | More by Morris729
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Bruiser81

Kansas

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First tried this one on tap but reviewed it from a bottle. Poured a very clear amber color. The head lingered for most the beer and it left foamy sheets on the glass. The smell is light and almost fruity. The taste is a bit bitter but not bad. The colder it gets the better. I go with this beer because it is easy to drink and you don't get full. This beer is good for those wanting to try something other than the mass produced low quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2003 16:49:06 | More by Bruiser81
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Gusler

Arizona

3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent golden amber color with a mediocre sized head that is frothy texture and bright white in color with the lace a fine concealing sheet. Malt dominates the nose; crisp and clean, lightly sweet and so is the start. Top is middling in feel. Finish is bitingly acidic; the hops pleasant enough to spark my interest, dry as a bone aftertaste. The first New Belgium beer I sampled, and a decent everyday beer, which isn’t all bad in my books.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2003 12:42:21 | More by Gusler
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maxpower

Missouri

3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color, light foamy head, some sheets of lace in the glass. Flowery fruity, light malty aroma, starts sweet fruity flavors, dry finish. Light body with a watery mouthfeel, a good brew for converting macroswill drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2002 13:54:57 | More by maxpower
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Zraly

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a friendly ale. When I use the term "friendly" I am implying that most beer lovers, malt lovers, hop heads and plain ol' enthusiasts can find something enjoyable about this beer. (Or at least I can see how that could be possible).

The appearance is a light-nut brown with a tinge of orange. The head poured light and fluffy.

The main flavor is a toasty-malt tone. I smell, as well as taste, a little bit o' fruit upfront. The hops finish rather unassumingly...leaving this beer tasting rather herbally fresh.

There is nothing outstanding or over-the-top about this beer, but that is what makes it highly drinkable. It's neither here nor there...it just is. The Tao of Ale.

Grab a few friends and sling a few back...you'll have a good time.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2002 17:44:53 | More by Zraly
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I discovered this beer while living in Arizona. One of my mountain-biking buddies has a cycling shirt with the Fat Tire logo on it. Being the beer lover that I am, I found some at the local Albertson's and really enjoyed it.

The color is nice and clear with aromas matching the label: fruity and malty. Excellent, clean finish. As stated in a prior review, nothing to stop you from having a few at a time.

Unfortunately, they do not distribute on the East Coast. Still one of my favorite beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2002 17:36:30 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer isn't available in Ohio so some buddies and I went to some great measures to acquire a case of Fat Tire. I'd heard a lot of great things about it and was eager to sample it. It's a good, solid amber ale, but after about two sips I looked at one of my friends and we were both saying it's kind of bland, where's the flavor. Again it's a good beer, but we were expecting a little more from it after all we'd heard about it.
Copper in color, not a lot of head. Aroma pretty standard malty amber ale type aroma. Good malty, biscuity, but low-key flavor. In true Belgian style, the beer does have a good amount of complexity, but again it's pretty low-keyed. The fruit and spice flavors are evident, but stay in the background. Hops are average for an amber ale. Solid, very drinkable amber.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2002 19:40:36 | More by PhantomVodoo
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I saved this one for last out of the sampling of New Belgium I got (acquired via trade). This is one instance where I did not save the best for last though. While this was a very good Amber it is definitely not one of their better offerings. Pours a nice amber color with virtually no head which is a noticeable break from NB's other brews. Passable malt aroma. Rather sweet malt flavor with a slight apple finish. I'm glad I finally got my hands on this but it doesn't compare to the Trippel.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2002 08:39:50 | More by Dogbrick
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hyuga

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber brew with golden edges. A small head forms on top, but goes down quickly. Like the bottle suggests, toasty and biscuit-like malt dominates the aroma. It smells like bread! You could say this for many beers, but this one has a particularly strong biscuity aroma that gives me that impression. Slight fruitiness and spice in the aroma as well. Lots of malt in the flavor, toasted, biscuit-like, bready, and grainy. Hops are there, but stay subtly in the background. A bit of spicy dried fruit gives complexity and a Belgian feel to this brew. The carbonation creates a Belgian-like mouthfeel as well. Light to medium body. This beer is overrated by the general public, but it's still pretty good. Great session beer. It's also good for converting macroswillers.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2002 03:50:43 | More by hyuga
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putnam

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2002 15:56:43 | More by putnam
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mjohn27603

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 22 oz bottle marked best by 10Nov02. Marked to be served at 45 F. 1/2 " head with large bubbles that reminded me of cooking pancake batter. First sip reveals big maltiness with caramel flavors. It is not as hoppy as other amber ales. A light and refreshing beer. I'm not able to detect much from the smell. Since I can't get this beer where I live, the allure is a bit brighter. I might become bored with it if were much more available.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2002 20:00:17 | More by mjohn27603
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BeerAngel

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall I like this brew quite a bit. Pours a clear pale yellow/amber with a 2-finger off-white head that dissipates quickly yet leaves a lace. The smell is that of a nutty malt with some earthy notes as well. Light bodied mouthfeel with a smooth well balanced flavor of a slight grainy, touch of caramel flavor, and finishes with a pecan type flavor on the tail. Highly drinkable. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2002 20:24:10 | More by BeerAngel
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BeerBob

Nebraska

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fat Tire brew by New Belgium brewing company pours a dark amber from a 12oz brown bottle. Head forms about two fingers worth of fluffy tan foam that settles down to a thin cap and a well defined ring.

Nose is fragrant floral hops and malt with just a slight whiff of alcohol. Palate is a good amount of sweet malt mixed with a nice floral hops.

Not a supper duper top of the line Ale, Fat Tire Amber Ale is well put together and does not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2002 18:14:01 | More by BeerBob
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mzwolinski

California

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like Sam Adams Boston Lager, New Belgium's Fat Tire is a great alternative to the macrobrews which seems to be available in almost every grocery store in my area. It's easy to see why. Fat Tire is a great session beer.

The beer is a nice, rich golden-amber color, with a head which tends to start thick and peter off to a thin, patchy top.

The aroma is also rather thin and patchy. Slight nose of alcohol, and you can definitely pick out the malt which will dominate the flavor, but overall there's just not that much to this scent.

Things improve once the beer enters the mouth. The principal flavor is that of toasty malt. As the bottle suggests, it reminds one of biscuit, or perhaps bread crust, though there is certainly a noticeable fruity presence as well. Hops are understated, but just present enough to lend balance to the beer.

Nice body, with just a slight crispness to the finish. It's easy to go through a six-pack of this stuff. I'd love to try it on draught.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2002 22:01:12 | More by mzwolinski
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Jon

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fat Tire poured a nice amber tint with minimal head retention and decent lace. It didn't smell incredible, nor did it smell too bad. The taste was somewhat sweet, with some lingering caramel and toffee flavors. It is very balanced and it's quite easy to put away more than a few of these. Overall, this is a pretty good amber that seems to be rather overrated among the average beer drinkers. Cheers to New Belgium, however, on their excellent bottle labels, which are great marketing tools in themselves.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2002 18:14:14 | More by Jon
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2002 07:59:06 | More by bditty187
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Pegasus

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper color with a small and dense off-white head, lots of sticky lace, fairly well carbonated.

Aroma: Malty aroma with distinct biscuit notes.

Taste: Tasting yields malts, followed by the flavor of fresh home-baked bread and a little hop bitterness at the finish. A mildly sour note runs throughout, it plays off well against the biscuit malt notes. For those who like hops to be understated, as do I, with more emphasis on the malt, this beer is sure to please.

Mouth feel: Smooth, with slight carbonation. I have had this beer many times, it has always seemed a little thin, this is the only real shortcoming of Fat Tire, although a minor one.

Drinkability/notes: An absolutely wonderful beer, rather unique, I cannot recall any other beer that could be called similar.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pop off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2002 18:18:53 | More by Pegasus
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usualpulp

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Once again, the new belgium company has made an good beer. While this is not one of their best, it is the most readily available. It pours a dark amber, almost red color, and has a medium light colored head, which fades quite fast. The is a nice floral/fruit scent to the beer. This is also noticed in the first sip. This is a very smooth beer, with a malty sweetness, and is very easy to drink. I find this beer to be alot better than other ones silimar (i.e. Shiner Bock). On a side note, the beer tastes just as good directly from the bottle, which makes this a nice choice to take to parties, or out on the lake. All in all this is a good beer to keep on hand if you just want to kick back with some friends and drink a few beers

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2002 15:57:32 | More by usualpulp
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jreitman

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft at a local restuarant. Very easy to drink and fits the style well. Nothing extraordinary, but still a good brew. Had this with a nice steak and mashed potatoes. Worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2002 17:31:36 | More by jreitman
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Suds

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice, pleasant beer. My bottle produced a full, but short-lived head. Rich, deep-copper color. You have to hunt for an aroma, but the beer produces an enjoyable, mildly malty finish. No characteristics stand out as particularly notable. Still, it’s a worthy tavern-food companion.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2002 11:41:47 | More by Suds
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marc77

California

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The clear light amber hued brew is topped by a fairly thick head that exhibits good retention. Fat Tire is well carbonated, but the CO2 levels still manage to allow for a smooth mouthfeel and medium body. There's just a touch of yeasty esters in the aroma along with a discernable biscuit malt aroma (bread and butter!) The hop bitterness is quite mild and appropriate considering that Fat Tire isn't heavy maltwise. Hop flavor is almost nonexistant, although I do detect a hint of earthy hop-- perhaps Willamette or Styrian Goldings? In any case this is an innocuous, no frills beer. Well balanced all around-- an excellent session brew. This may actually be better in the bottle than on draft.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2002 19:09:47 | More by marc77
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proc

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this one. It places somewhere on the amber spectrum between Killian's Red and Bell's Amber. Nice malty taste with a slight hop presence throughout and on the finish. I can see this being a good session ale as it goes down very easy.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2002 08:32:29 | More by proc
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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