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Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

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5,492 Ratings

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Ratings: 5492
Reviews: 1753
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 5,492 | Reviews: 1,753 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of Jangles


4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this out of my home Kegerator, drawn on tap at 36* into a frosty mug taken straight from my freezer. It had a beautiful copper color and a three-finger head that made its way onto my upper lip, since I could barely wait to drink it. It was absolutely delicious.

This beer for me strikes a nice balance between the everyday lagers and the heavier ales and craft beers that I enjoy. I love the spices and the drinkability. It is a wonderful Autumn/Winter brew for my Kegerator; it is a substantial enough seasonal offering without being too heavy or over the top.

Many dismiss it as pedestrian, mainstream, or just the gateway to craft beers, but I respectfully disagree. I have a two-tower Kegerator, and it has firmly established a position on one side for the Fall season.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2012 21:11:25 | More by Jangles
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fall for Greenville Fest.

Pour is amber with a rather orange tone; clear; A small amount of coarse carbonation was visible.

Caramel malts over citrusy hops.

Sweet up front. Balanced mid-taste through the finish.

A well-crafted brew deserving of its widespread appeal (and sales).

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2012 02:56:24 | More by chinchill
Photo of BMMillsy


3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I had heard some good things about this one, and I’m not sure why. Light red color, with a lot of carbonation and big fluffy white head in my mug. Smell is okay, with light malt and hints of grass. The taste follows with some funk, dryness, some slight caramel sweet, and a strange dusty stale hop finish. It is a mediocre at best amber ale, with an aftertaste that I’d rather not deal with. I can’t say it’s terrible, but it’s not something I would seek out again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2012 20:57:06 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden brown color with a thin off-white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves a thin lacing on the glass.

Aromas begin with strong toasted malts and sweetish honey maltiness. As it warms you get some lighe yeasty spice along with some minimal floral hops.

The tastes begin quite malty with flavors of caramel, honey and toasted biscuits. There’s a pretty good floral hop presence that provides a nice balance with the semi-sweetish malt and light yeasty spice notes that emerge as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is clean, crisp and smooth, almost creamy.

Overall this is a beer I have had many times and this is the first time reviewing it and enjoying it to be honest. All my previous experiences have been from the bottle so many there was a freshness issue, but this is a suprisingly tasty sessionable American/Belgo-Red Ale. Almost like an amped up American Cream Ale. Would get it more often if it was readily accessable to me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2012 20:10:22 | More by claspada
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

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

On tap in a pint glass.

A-Brown in color with a 1 finger head and decent lacing and carbonation.

S- Earthy and malty, slightly sweet. No hops. This beer lacks any distinct aroma for me.

T- A nice malty flavor,toffee or caramel. The slightest citrus flavor for a bit of balance.

M- medium, good body. It holds up.

O- Not a bad American Ale. I may not be able to nail down all the flavors and aromas, but it drank well.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2012 20:50:09 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of Hex


4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow... just let me saw WOW! what a uniquely gorgeous beer!

A - sunset burnt orange in color. 1 finger head with heavy density. Nice and cream. Translusent enough to see the perfect amount of carbonation bubbles floating to the top to help keep the consistancy of the head. And B E A U T I F U L lacings! After it sits the fuzzes makes a ring that DOES NOT go away. After each gulp there are rings indicating where the beer was at in the glass and they stay there untill the end of the beer.

S - earthy notes and undertones. very foresty. very roasted.

T - First reaction is that the beer taste like a bonfire. The aromas that emmit from camp fires or char coals was the taste of this beer. very unique and yummy. A must try, to understand first hand the experience of this burnt fire woody beer. almost like bourbon.

M - perfect mouthfeel to make this an almost dangerous beer. medium bodied, with a very clean finish. Did not sit this beer down very long at all.

Overall this is a great beer. One just to be drinking, one for festivities, one for parying, one for good ole times. The name is very misleading of its quality.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2012 06:24:06 | More by Hex
Photo of TheRealBigC


3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fat Tire is an odd one for me, because I've found it tastes significantly better in the bottle than on tap. The last couple of times I've tried it on tap there's been a pungent, almost sour foreground to the flavor that I've found off-putting. Otherwise, it's a pretty solid beer which I can understand being a popular name in bars around the country.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2012 00:36:00 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of brewskifan55


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Chili's, Atlanta airport

A: weak tea amber with a frothy, off-white one finger head that lingers. Good lacing

S: citrus, malts, floral, yeast

T: malt, chocolate, oranges, toffee, sweet, a smooth finish.

M: Medium with medium carbonation. Frothy and nice.

O: A pleasant drinker. I see why it's so popular.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2012 19:43:45 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of Jsteez


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

On tap in a weizen glass.

A-Dark orange, golden hue, with hints of light brown. White and tan cream head (almost Guiness like)with lacy rings around the edges of the glass. Moderate carbonation.

S-Hints of caramel, toffee, malt,sweet bread and mild hops.

T-A little sweet and dry at first. The aftertaste left a sweetish malty taste that lingered on my palate.

M-A little wet. Mild carbonation, combined with malty sweetness, made this ale a perfect combo with grilled jalapeno shrimp, topped with grilled zucchini and tomatoes.

Overall- This a good brew. It's not the type of beer to have one after another. It's a great complement to good food. It's a New Belgium go-to brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 02:12:23 | More by Jsteez
Photo of TSJ4000


3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The reasons why we drink beers we don't love is because they are the best choice at the given location. Fat Tire was the best choice recently and I'll honestly say there is nothing wrong with it. It's a little carbonated for me and it's a little boring for me. I'm always burpy after drinking it. There is so much better from New Belgium but it's Fat Tire that we are always stuck with.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2012 21:46:51 | More by TSJ4000
Photo of rangerred


3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in a pint glass.

Arrived with a one finger off-white head and a clear, medium copper body.

Aroma contained some light caramel and nuts along with a floral hop aroma. It wasn't very strong, though, and I thought there was a slight metallic note.

Flavor was quite nutty and biscuity with floral hops quickly following. A little sweet with a mild bitterness and sticky finish. Mouthfeel could have been a little bit fuller.

Overall a pretty average beer but a step above macro lagers. A great gateway beer into the craft brewing world.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 22:45:00 | More by rangerred
Photo of beerman1

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

Pours an amber color with a medium sized white color head and decent lacing. Aroma of caramel, passion fruit, nuts, roasted malts. Taste is sweet caramel, nutty and a bit grainy. Not much hops in the taste. Moderate carbonation and medium bodied. Overall drinkability is good if you don't mind the sweet and nutty flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2012 18:00:30 | More by beerman1
Photo of bambam2517


3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have had a lot of this beer over the years, started drinking it in the Navy in the late 90s and on into the early 2000s. I have moved on to more interesting brews now, but occasionally find myself in a place where this is the best to be had, and in those cases times ain't bad. (Finding yourself in a PBR or High Life dilemma, now there's a REAL situation!) This brewery sprung up a cpl miles from where I grew up, so for a long time this was my "taste of home". I'll be as objective as that allows.

A - Rich mahogany brown body. Weak carbonation, lace ring dissipates to almost nothing and no trace left behind down the glass.

S - Nutty, earthy smell. Roasted grains. It smells better off the tap than the bottle for sure. Very slight grassy hop presence.

T - Mellow roasted grain, no sweet maltiness however. A little dankness comes out at the end. Decent, fairly unassuming.

M - Pretty wet and watery, bit of a funky aftertaste. I went through a phase when that aftertaste was disgusting to me, not so offputting now.

O - It was a good intro beer for me, but US brewing has moved so far beyond this. Afraid I have too, just ok now...

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2012 07:29:44 | More by bambam2517
Photo of jojoluvsbeer

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

Pours a deep reddish orange color with a medium sized off white head and decent lacing. Aroma is rather subdued and mostly of caramel malts and some faint hops. Taste is biscuit and caramel sweetness with some floral hops. Mouthfeel is medium and easy drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2012 23:25:42 | More by jojoluvsbeer
Photo of Adam5150

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber color with a good sized white head that diminishes quickly into a ring. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is biscuit and caramel malts. Taste is similar with biscuit and caramel malts along with a slightly grainy finish. Finishes with a mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to light with good drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2012 23:15:46 | More by Adam5150
Photo of blindpiglet

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

Pours clear amber color with a small off-white head that quickly disappears. Some lacing is left behind. Aroma is biscuity malts with some hints of fruit. Sweet bready/biscuit flavor along with some hops to balance it out. Medium in body. Good session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2012 19:07:36 | More by blindpiglet
Photo of calicaliente

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

Pours a clear orange-brown with a large, frothy, light tan head that lasted a good while. Fair lacing. Smell heavy caramel malt and light perfume hops. Can also detect a light alcohol/soy sauce odor and actually something very solvent like. Medium bodied with a creamy texture, soft carbonation, and a bitter finish. A long toasted cereal flavor that is lightly sweet and moderately bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2012 15:51:57 | More by calicaliente
Photo of paulginva


3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a TAP into a pint glass, produced a 1" creamy white head that dissipated slowly leaving good head lacing. Carbonation was lively in a clear amber body.

AROMA: Moderate malts and light hops.

TASTE: Well balanced moderate malts and light lemony hops.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer had a light to medium body (somewhere in between) with a light to medium texture, moderate carbonation and good body lacing that dissipated slowly. The initial flavor was moderately sweet with a lightly bitter finish that lasted for a moderate length of time.

DRINKABILITY: This was a good session beer. Repeatable, providing good value for the price and easy to drink, it would be a good beer for a hot summer day. It's not very complex but is well-balanced and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 12:39:20 | More by paulginva
Photo of RoamingGnome


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap while out for some wings. Arrived at my table in a New Belgium tulip style glass.

A) This is a very attractive looking red. There was about a full finger of slightly off white head. Decent retention on the head. Not much lacing.

S) This one is primarily malt aroma, slightly sweet, just a little bit of hops, which provides a distant floral/earthy aroma.

T) Roasted malty flavors, bready, caramel sweetness, blend together well with a light amount of hop bitterness, that leads to a very pleasing earthy quality. Decent finish and aftertaste.

M) A fairly light bodied beer, not overly carbonated. I wouldn't call this smooth, but it sits well and is refreshing.

O) Haven't had one of these in awhile, and it's still quite enjoyable. It was kind of like bumping into an old friend from school. At first it's like, wow, good to see you, but eventually you just want get the hell out of there.

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2012 04:26:11 | More by RoamingGnome
Photo of Labeerfinder

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color, lingering thin tan head with nice lacing. Sweet aroma, and initial caramel flavor. Ends with a slite bitterness to make it interesting. Mouthfull is a bit watery, but not bad. Overall a decent amber ale and a well rounded beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 01:54:02 | More by Labeerfinder
Photo of socon67

New York

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours copper with decent lacing and clarity. Some foam retention. Some bubbles of carbonation.

S - This is what fresh bread in a beer smells like. Bakery fresh bread smell, along with berries.

T - Flavors of bread, english malt, and sweet beries.

M - A perfect drinker. Smooth, light bodied, and while complex it is gentle enough to go great with appetizers.

O - This is a craft cult classic I have not tried until now. It is a beer that is hard not to like, even though it doesn't have a "wow" factor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 15:03:18 | More by socon67
Photo of damndirtyape


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass. Served at Kaiser Grille, Pam Springs CA.

Appearance: Clear coppery amber color with a light tan 1/8" head. This died down a bit to a thin skin across the top but plenty of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: When first poured, strong toasted malts and even some hints of chocolate. As it warmed up, the malt smells died back and with a good swirl you could just pick up some of the toasted malt and maybe a hint of some floral hops. Smell definitely muted as the beer warms up.

Taste: Strong toasted malt, caramel, and even some roasted and mild chocolate notes in here as well. Hops are muted and start to show up a bit as the beer warms up, but definitely malt forward. The toasted malts are just right - not just sweetness, but a sweetness with some good character to it. The bitterness to balance out the malt strikes me more as bitterness from the roasted and toasted malts rather than hops, but there is a hint of earthy hops in here. I hesitate to say German-style hops, but I was not getting the typical American hop flavors with this one. Could have been the meal I had it with though (see below).

Mouthfeel: Nothing remarkable in the carbonation department, but definitely thicker than water. A little chewy.

Overall / Drinkability: One is enough, but it's an interesting one is enough. I had this with a whiskey brined porkchop, and it went quite well with this, but I noted after awhile I could really only taste the malt; hops are too blended in to pick out or the meal I had prevented me from really tasting the malt. Definitely above average but I think I was expecting more hop flavors to balance out the malt. Possible they were in there, I just couldn't pick them out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 07:09:16 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of One2Remeber


4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time having on tap. Catinas in Houston, TX

A: Thin creamy white head. Rich orange color in body, transparent. Extremely sticky, lacey film after each sip.

S: Served in a chilled mug really masking true notes. Gummy, toasted bread notes. Warm mellow acidic fruit smell of orange.

T: Explosive notes in accordance of smell. Chewy, bready, gummy. Small traces of slightly burnt caramel malts really add to the complexion.

M: Bubbly bitter up front which makes for explosive flavor at the end even more enjoyable.

O: I finally understand why people go crazy about this beer. Way better on draft. Extremely fresh, crisp, clean and one of the most flavorful ales while perfectly balancing all the ingredients. I will not bother drinking this one in bottle again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 21:10:18 | More by One2Remeber
Photo of Merkur


3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a nice rich, dark red color with a fair amount of tan head.

Beer smells of toasted malt with not much else behind it.

Beer tastes very malty throughout. Starts off with a bit of a crisp, biscuity flavor and finishes in much the same way. Slight hops at the finish. Very pleasant throughout.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin, but not too much carbonation.

Very good session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2012 15:36:04 | More by Merkur
Photo of legalpete19340


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright reddish copper color. Very clear. Thick sea foam head that seem to stick to everything but fell throughout the drink.

S: Malts jump out but are relatively simple: biscuits, grain and some caramel.

T: Even and smooth from start to finish with a moderate malt profile. Starts off with a quick flash of dried fruit then toasted buttermilk biscuit throughout. There is another highlight of caramel sweetness that pushes though in the middle and the finish is crisp with a small bit of earthy/herbal hops.

M: Medium and silky with minor fizz.

O: Solid beer that doesnt offend. Mild malt from start to finish with enough toastiness to keep you interested. Crisp, refreshing, very sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 17:07:31 | More by legalpete19340
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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