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Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

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5,481 Ratings

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Ratings: 5481
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 5,481 | Reviews: 1,753 | Show All Ratings:
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3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The body was almost a bronze color with a frothy head and spread out lacing.

Smell: It smells of bread and butter with some caramel and herbal tones.

Taste: A balance of roasted malt and hops that is both floral and toasty.

Mouthfeel: Light with a medium carbonation bite.

Overall: A great beer overall that could be served to a group of people with different beer taste and still be pleasing.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 17:57:03 | More by MTNboy
Photo of Pity

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured copper, lots of lacing. Really nice looking beer.

S- Biscuits and malts, hints of hoppiness.

T- Similar to the smell, very well balanced between the malts and the hops.

M- Lots of carbonation, overall a smooth brew.

Overall this is a classic in the microbrewing industry, and definitely has a cult following. Nothing too special, but great when compared to the Bud's and Miller's of the world.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2012 17:19:16 | More by Pity
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New York

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

On-tap at Vic's On the River, Savannah, GA

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with delicate lacing that consistently covered the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of grainy malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is malty with some hints of sweetness and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer goes down easily and makes for a good pairing with food.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2011 21:00:10 | More by metter98
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South Carolina

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

Medium copper color. Pretty clear. Nice lacing.

Crisp, malty aroma. Nothing crazy, but good.

Pretty malty and grainy. Crisp for an ale. A pretty nice non-threatening flavor.

Medium bodied and smooth mouthfeel. Pretty appealing.

Overall, this is a great "transition" beer. Something craft beer lovers can still appreciate, but with enough mass-market appeal to be widespread and easy to find.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 23:14:14 | More by UnderPressure
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3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One finger creamy white head over an amber body; tons of lacing.

Faintly hoppy nose, some roasty (nutty) malt.

Body is rich, toffee, malt, balance well with some hops that come through on the front. Some very very faint black pepper.

Mouthfeel is nice and rich- smooth and creamy, doesn't steal from the taste.

Overall solid, super-drinkable and quite nice, not off the wall, and versatile as far as food is concerned.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 02:00:05 | More by zaphodchak
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3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A. Copper colored semi hazy, one finger head which dies back in about two minutes, moderate lacing left behind.

S. A fairly standard biscuit malt, the barest hint of fruity esters in the background but otherwise kind of boring and plain.

T. Sweet caramel malt, grainy flavor and feel...standard.

M. Medium bodied.

The perhaps textbook definition beer for the idea of an average and inoffensive beer that can come across as boring, and yet you drink it anyway because it is at least better than a BMC. I can't think of a craft beer more deserving of the straight 3's rating all the way down the line than this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2011 18:17:44 | More by WastingFreetime
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3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Amber with a frothy head.

S: Grain and biscuit, malty, slight hop.

T: Very clean and biscuity, nothing too exciting. A slight bittering hop in the finish. Sort of like a lighter version of a lager.

M: Average, fairly smooth, medium carbonation.

O: A very middle of the road micro. Not great, but certainly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 04:47:32 | More by bundy462
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hilton Tavern, NN, VA
Color - nice amber with orange. Pleasant. Looks good
Nose - not much, dissappointing as i need an enticing nose. Not served too cold just no nose
Head - modest with some lace, not a main attribute, rather thin actually
Mouth- right for style. Very nice. A little fizzy.
Taste - hard to pin down. Some hops. No real depth. Darn
Finish - carbonation, not much alcohol whiich is fine, no real changes here
Overal - darn, I Expected more. Pleasant. Low abv to drink all night but nothing to write home about. Need to malt this up a notch but having said that I just ordered another. Chin Chin

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 00:22:11 | More by Ybsnroh
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3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap in a dark, crowded bar during a UFC fight. I'd been wanting to try this one, being a fan of most things Belgium and beery. Served in a pint glass with very little head. I tried repeatedly to get a whiff of the aroma, sticking my nose into the foam all I could get was a hint of something I couldn't place that was roasted. The color was nice deep cooper when held to the light. The taste was pleasant enough, a good balance of hops and malt with a smooth finish. I don't know what my expectations where, but they weren't quite met. I'll try it again, but Fat tire didn't crack my top ten.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2011 14:41:37 | More by Cyrano41
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Yukon (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- light copper, minimal head, almost no lacing

S- amber malts and nuts

T- similar to aroma, amber ale with a nutty finish.

M- light bodied. Very easy drinkin. Carbonation very low.

O- ok to drink when no other craft beer is available. I ca see why this is a gateway craft beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 20:50:07 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of match1112


3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hadnt had this beer in a long time and forgot what it tasted like. after seeing discussion on this i decided to give it a go. and yes it does taste like the bredding for fried chicken.

a: clear amber with a full finger of white frothy head and sticky lacing.

s: bread and biscuit malts

t: biscuit malts

m: medium body, smooth

o: decent beer, not sure what all the rage is about.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2011 01:02:43 | More by match1112
Photo of gtermi


3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice "regular" looking beer. Nothing too special about it, just looks like a nice tasty beer.

S: I am picking up a mild hoppy smell, with a bit of sweetness.

T: Very settle at first, kind of water, but very smooth. A lingering hop taste at the very end.

M: A slight carbonation, but doesn't make you burp a lot. A slight crisp feel

Overall this is one of my favorite session beers. It's a good price, great taste and very tasty. Not the greatest beer I have ever had, but a very solid beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2011 04:15:56 | More by gtermi
Photo of notchucknorris


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

A: Pours a clear amber color with a thin off white head.

S: A hint of caramel, grain, malt and some yeast.

T: Not a bad amber at all, but not the best. Bready malts and grain make up the bulk of the flavor with a tickle of floral hops hidden deep in the taste. A hint of some belgian yeast in there as well.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 23:29:09 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of MrDonQuixote


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

Served at New Belgium Brewery-

A- Nice ambery glow with a nice head

S- perfect mix of hop smell and malt smell

T- Amber taste, perfect mix of malt and hint of hops. Taste sfamiliar, and reminds me of why I love beer

M- Super smooth and super nice

O- One of the first beers that really got me into beer, so will always have a special place in my heart

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 05:04:00 | More by MrDonQuixote
Photo of rel


4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a personal favorite for one reason. That phrase, probably hated, "drinkability."

Its a pale gold/amber beer. Amazing lacing, lasts all the way through.

Nose. Biscuits!

Taste: Biscuits!

This is a very malty beer, hops are somewhat present. Maybe I'm biased due to all of my experiences with the beer, but it's my go to. Consider its not available in Florida, and I fall under cult status.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 01:40:33 | More by rel
Photo of MDDMD


3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- golden amber color with white creamy head slow to dissipate

S-slight bitter and bready aroma, a little hint of sweetness

T-slighly sweet malty flavor with light bitter hoppy overtones

F-medium body, smooth and crisp

O-a nice amber ale. A good everyday beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 01:02:01 | More by MDDMD
Photo of SWMeyer4141


3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a big fan, but it was Fat Tire, Blue Moon or Miller, Coors, Bud...so I took a Fat Tire. Took a few notes on phone, but generally know this beer pretty well.

Appearance-Dark red, almost brown. 1 finger light brown head, not much retention. Some nice lacing

Smell-Malts, lots of it. Some light citrus.

Taste-Light caramel, brown sugar. Pretty sweet, lightly hopped. As a whole nice taste, but nothing to go crazy about.

Mouthfeel-Pretty light, moderate carbonation. I got a 24 ounce glass, and about halfway through I wish I just got a 12.

Overall-Nice gateway beer, but not a session beer in my opinion. I don't see myself purchasing a 6 pack or ordering a 24oz mug any time soon. Definitely better options

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 05:32:35 | More by SWMeyer4141
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3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the brewery, have had it many times--first time reviewing.

This beer has a reason for its following. It is medium bodied and really easy to drink. Great session beer that has some depth to it. The look and smell are great with this beer. Lots of biscuit smell with malts and some tiny hops. The biscuit smell follows into the taste of the beer. Bready, and malty. Beer is a good summer patio beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 21:51:28 | More by
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium color copper with not a lot of thickness. Head is not very thick. Tastes as a simple amber with a little bit of spices. Easy drinkability, could easily drink 6 pack or couple pitchers. Not super complex but if it's on tap worth a try. Best of beer from this brewery in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2011 17:41:45 | More by liveandletdie
Photo of Treebs


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

On tap at Bernies before a Cubs game.

A: Poured a light copper with a thin off-white head. Little rentention. Leaves a thin film.

S: slight malts with a nice crisp fruit.

T: Nice caramel with good malt backbone. Not really much else in terms of flavor profile.

M: Crisp and clean. Light bodied. Not much flavor retention on the palate.

O: Nice flagship beer, pretty ok amber. Wish there was more in terms of the overall profile. A little thin.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2011 23:38:24 | More by Treebs
Photo of Cormier29


3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a local Tavern. Nice dark reddish light brown color. Half a finger of head with good lacing.
Smell is of dark roasted malts with a slight piny aroma from the hops. Good mouthfeel with a smooth malt taste upfront that finishes with the hops at the end and doesn't linger too long. A overall solid brew, that could possibly be a good session brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2011 01:38:13 | More by Cormier29
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1.8/5  rDev -50%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I have never enjoyed Fat Tire from a bottle so I tried it recently off a tap. It still does nothing for me. It is just not a good beverage. It smells a little off and funky. It tastes very flat and almost spoiled and leaves a very nasty after taste. I struggled to get a pint down. As the "flagship" beer of an excellent brewery this beer should be avoided; sample the other treats New Belgium has to offer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 01:55:04 | More by mikechance
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3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap in Lincoln, NE.

A - pours a translucent, rich amber w/ an off white head.

S - quite a bit of malt w/ some hops. Biscuits & bread.

T - strong bread/biscuit flavor w/ hops on the finish, even a bit floral. Pretty dang good. I always enjoy this beer - a very solid go to brew.

M - medium bodied, moderate carbonation. It feels good in the mouth, doesn't stand in the way of the flavor as it should be.

O - when of the first decent beers I had before I really got into craft beer. It's one I always enjoy drinking, and one that I always recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2011 19:49:07 | More by lawlerj
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3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a mug at a major chain steakhouse.

Appearence - Nice light amber color, about an eighth to a quarter inch head that subsided to almost nothing, with minimal lacing as I drank.

Smell - Not the best environment for smell, but it did have a pronounced bread or yeast smell.

Taste - Good malty flavor, light on the hops with minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Very thin, almost no carbonation to speak of, it is possible that the keg or Co2 system was having some issues.

Overall - I would rate it about a 3.5, but will revisit somewhere else to see if the mouthfeel improves somewhere else.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2011 02:18:28 | More by Travix1516
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North Carolina

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

Okay, been meaning to do this for a while. Amber appearance with decent amount of head.

Malty smell and a bit of hops. A very small bit.

The taste follows the nose. Malty and a biscuit taste with a mild hop taste.

Mouthfeel is there with a decent carbonation.

Overall, I wonder why this thing is everywhere and sometimes I wonder if this isn't the equivalent of the Bud and Millers of the macrobrewing world. Bar managers this is an average beer. Great marketing. But, it doesn't need to be everywhere. It's not bad, just not great. Drink and Serve Local!

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 22:43:05 | More by ChristianBlack
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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