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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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6,575 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,575
Reviews: 1,795
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 138
Gots: 671 | 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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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Bloodbuzz99, Dec 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

DonRemlinger, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of zac16125
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass
Best before: 09Feb14

A: Pours a crystal clear amber with 1.5 fingers width of light tan head. Head dissipates down slowly and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Biscuity and sweet malt, some adjunct additive aromas, no real hop presence appreciated in the nose.

T: Sweet malts, doughy bread, very subtle hop characters.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the heavier side, drinkability is good.

O: Ive had this many times, but first time rating it. Its an ok beer, but nothing special. I think of it as the craft beer for people who dont know craft beer. An acceptable drink, but not something worth making any effort to obtain.

zac16125, Dec 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Mindrenew, Dec 07, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

guttervan, Dec 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

BayouBengal1537, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

anaids, Dec 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

gmerrick, Dec 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

koopa, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Zkscharf, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice amber/dark orange in color with a small white head that dissipated immediately. Smells of sweet caramel from the malt bill with no indication of hops whatsoever. Taste is fairly faint caramel with a little sweet molasses. No hint of hops whatsoever. Taste is actually better than expected. I like it more than I had in the past. Not used to low ABV beers. Mouthfeel is thin as it should be. Overall not al bad beer. Really drinkable session beer which is what I was looking for tonight.

NeedBeerHere, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

rorjets, Dec 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

jwg782, Dec 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

hmart87, Dec 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

TxZemer, Dec 06, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

ssoulf, Dec 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Sekhmet, Dec 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

crunkjuicebomb, Dec 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

jdavidk93, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of clm9
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Little more than a half inch of head, dissipates fairly quickly with an average display of lacing. Textbook amber color.

S: Fruity, slight malt fragrance. Definitely not a particularly strong smell.

T: Very drinkable/sessionable. Taste pretty much matches up with the smell, not particularly strong but also won't offend many.

M: As mentioned above, very drinkable, light feel.

O: As many others have mentioned, I view this as a good introduction into craft beers for the uninitiated. This beer won't scare any off, but in the same vein isn't likely to impress either. I'd never pass one up, but would only purchase it if the venue I was at had a poor selection.

clm9, Dec 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Gemini6, Dec 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

JoninVT, Dec 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Mugenlude, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of Redneckwine
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle right out of the fridge.

Appearance - Crystal clear light amber, one finger of head quickly dissipates into a thin whisp of foam. Looks pretty inviting.

Smell/Taste - Not getting big aromas off of this, but definitely a subtle biscuity, yeasty, bready sweet maltiness. Taste follows the nose in a much bigger way up front and includes a nice but also subtle hit of hops, dry. The follow through continues with a very good balance between biscuit-maltiness and just enough hop bite to balance. I'm noticing and enjoying the flavor more as the beer warms slightly.

Mouthfeel - Lively carbonation, I probably should have poured a bit harder. Light/Medium mouthfeel and finishes nice and dry, makes me want to take another sip. Smooth.

Overall - This is just a quality beer that's chief strength is it's great balance and drinkability. There is nothing mind-blowing, complex, or strong about it, but that's not what this beer is about. Even my girlfriend who prefers bitch beer (no offense, that's what I've always called it, is that allowed here?) can handle a Fat Tire. Little does she know she's being slowly converted...muahahaha!

Redneckwine, Dec 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

pmorris71, Dec 04, 2013
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 6,575 ratings.