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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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Ratings: 7,355
Reviews: 1,894
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 172
Gots: 1,217 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Ratings: 7,355 | Reviews: 1,894
Photo of JMad
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on draft at Red Hot and Blue...
Poured into a mini pitcher, the color was copper-amber, nice white head that left good lacing.
Smells of caramel malt, buttered toast and a hint of apricot.
Tastes bready and buttery, sweet malt.
Feels light-medium and is very soft and smooth.
I could have a nice session with this brew.

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

Pours a amber gold color with cap of fluffy white head, good retention and lacing. Scent is sweet from the start with carmel and brown sugar notes, even some cotton candy, a earthy english hop presences with hints of pine and citrus. Starts of sweet with light toffee notes and again a hint of cotton candy, nice hop profile with earthy and floral hops on top of pine and citrus. Medium bodied, highly carbonated, sweet aftertaste. A decent beer with some carbonation issues and a sweetness that borders on too much at times.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Amber with a decent head and fair lacing. Mostly clear.

Smells slightly grainy with some malt and sweet notes.

Tastes OK. More like an ESB to me... there's that something of a taste I can't quite put my finger on, but it's overly pungent. Caramel malts are very dominating. A little bit of sweet.

Feels pretty good, medium bodied and well carbonated.

There are far better and more drinkable beers from this brewer. I doubt I'll buy this one again.

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

New Belgium's flagship brew is the best American Amber on the market today (at these of those that are somewhat mass marketed). This beer mixes a great craft flavor with a drinkability not often seen with beers of this complex flavor. Much better on tap than in the bottle, but either way is still an enjoyable experience.

Photo of sogrady
2.86/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I moved out to Colorado a little less than ten years ago, Fat Tire was all the rage. I'm not sure if it was because New Belgium was early to market or because New Belgium, but either way it's not The Beer out west anymore, it's just one among many. Albeit a popular one.

The color is the most impressive thing about the beer, as it's a deep ruby color with admirable clarity. Unfortunately, the taste doesn't live up to the presentation, as the beer is to my taste overly malty with an aftertaste of slightly charred wood.

To be fair, ambers are not generally my favorite beer, but even making allowances for that fact, it's relatively pedestrian in my view.

Not awful, and certainly drinkable, but undistinguished in a landscape that is far more competitive than when the line launched .

Photo of culver501
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I don't think I like this beer much but it should be interesting to actually evaluate it systematically like this. My perception is that this thing is overrated

A-really nice light copper color, off white head, not much carbonation, head dissipates pretty quick

S-sweet, malty, a little apple fruitiness

T-really sweet, malty, definitely a rich sweetness like a caramel or toffee, but just overpowering for my taste, it's not just the overbalance of maltiness but I feel like the flavor is kind of one dimensional, this is one beer that I actually feel like is on draft in an overabundance and right now I'm thinking I do prefer the bottle variety,

M-good mouthfeel and the overall lingering effect on the palate are good, it feels more balanced until i take another sip

D-this is a tough one because I regularly encounter this on tap everywhere and I have to lean towards the negative, there are many circumstances where I give this another try and then have to settle on something else

Photo of RickS95
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber as you'd guess with little head. The head doesn't last long, but there is immediate lacing. The beer is light enough that you can see right through it.

Doesn't have a lot of smell. There are some biscuity notes and kind of a peppery-flowery smell, but that's about it.

The flavors are subtle, but enjoyable. I couldn't identify anything in particular, but there was a malty sweetness before the peppery bite took over.

There's some complexity. It's medium-bodied so there's some feeling to it. Like I mentioned, there's sweetness early before giving way to a bittering finish, but all along it's somewhat spicy.

This beer has a lot of different things going on and that makes for an interesting drink. It's got moderate alcohol, a crispness with the carbonation, and is neither light nor heavy, making for a nicely drinkable brew.

Photo of NWer
2.18/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

Quite frankly, I don't know what all the fuss is about.
Very bland beer, totally pedestrian. Flavors are difficult to ascertain with no hop feel - not that it should be a lot but there should be some kick to an amber and it's just not there.
A step up from your adjunct lagers but not by much.
I like amber ales but not this one.

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

A - Amber, orange color with an average sized, creamy, foamy, white head. Decent retention with a thin, creamy layer of lace.

S - Toasted malt with some caramel hints dominate the nose. A touch of grass and herbal hops are also present. Some grain and sweet aromas as well.

T - Follows the nose with toasted, caramel malt dominating the taste. Some sweet biscuit flavors in the background. Hints of herbal, grassy and earthy hops mid sip. Finishes with a slight mineral taste as well.

M - Lighter side of medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty creamy and smooth.

D - Easy to drink beer that benefits from a smooth and creamy body. Flavors are easy to drink and nice, especially on a hot day, but nothing to write home about.

Notes: About and average beer. Nice body with a creamy feel. Toasted, caramel and sweeter malt are dominate. Touch of hops is nice, but not enough to really spice it up. Overall a nice beer on a hot day or a nice, easy beer to convert someone.

Photo of lespaulrocker
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deeper amber with a tan one inch head.

S: Weakest point of this beer for me, but not awful. Bready, but nothing much to the nose.

T: Malty, bready, some caramel and fruit, just a tinge of hoppiness, clean and creamy finish with minimal hop bitterness.

M: Creamy, light, not too much carbonation, just right.

D: Incredibly drinkable.

This beer is a good one. It's readily available unlike most of the microbrews that I love so it's one that I come back to on a regular basis, and that's not a bad thing.

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

A nice amber tone with a lot of transparency and a half inch cream white head. Smells of hops first hit the nose almost as much as an IPA. A much more malty taste yet still toned by the hops. Almost in the realm of a Belgian double. The feel could be less biting. A very drinkable beer that tastes more than it should. Cheers!

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dirty penny amber with a sturdy,two finger,pearly white crown that departed slowly leaving persistent spatterings of lace with medium carbonation visible.

S-Fried bread(Think churros without the cinnamon),candied nuts and the faint hint of sweet citrus.

T-Much like the nose.Caramel and toasted malt,some baked apple,and more toffee nutiness.

M-Smooth and active.Nice carbonation and silky finish.

D-Approachable and unintimidating beer with good drinkability.

Photo of Dunkle
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This pours a light amber color (as the style name would suggest). Roughly an inch of head.
S: Bready malts in the nose, but not strong at all. Doesn't smell bad, just not enough aroma to go around.
T: The first thing I noticed is the maltiness of this brew. This beer leans on the malty side and could probably use a little more hops to balance it out.
M: Good mouthfeel. Smooth, creamy, and goes down easy. A slighty crisp finish.
D: Easy to drink. A decent session beer.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: A light, coppery amber color with a good deal of carbonation which builds to a two-finger head of creamy, rocky, white foam. Retention is very good and lacing is nice.

S: Good, fruity malt aroma with hints of toasted biscuit and light, grassy, citrusy hops.

T: Clean, crisp and creamy malt flavor up front. Throws flavors of lightly toasted caramel malts and fruity ale notes. Light hopping adds just a bit of dry graininess to the brew and serves more of a balancing purpose. Clean and slightly creamy malt finish with minimal lingering bitterness.

M: Light-medium bodied with a crisp, yet creamy mouthfeel. Not a lot to get in the way, but very good feel overall for a lighter ale.

D: Not the most flavorful ale on the planet, but so well-balanced and simplistic that it would make a great choice for almost any occasion as a brew to sip all day long, and at 5.2% ABV this is easily accomplished, or share with the uninitiated beer drinker.

Photo of Flightoficarus
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type - Bottle

A - Pours a copper/amber color, slighty transparent and carbonated, with a moderate off-white head and lacing.

S - Smell is of bready/biscuity malts, with nutty and fruit-like notes. Not too much in the way of hop presence.

T - Taste is of roasted, biscuity/nutty malts, with some dark-ish fruits. On the maltier side, but has enough hop character to keep things well balanced. Nothing too out of the ordinary here, but it's very well done.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Goes down very smooth though.

D - A great amber ale to session, a couple of these hit the spot perfectly.

Overall - Nothing too crazy or out of the ordinary, but a very good, accessible go-to amber ale. A great blend of flavor and sessionability.

Photo of heissebier
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this recently, served in a pint glass.

Appearance- Perhaps it was the fact that the people I was drinking this with had stellas, but the deep amber color of the beer and nice head really looked fantastic.

Smell- The maltiness takes the day on this one. Smells of rich caramel and bread.

Taste- Follows the smell quite nicely, some fairly big malt flavors. It has a nuttiness to it, as well as a distinctive breadiness to it. It reminded me of a loaf of multi-grain bread. It's a fairly basic, non flashy ale, but it's definitely well done.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and smooth without being "lazy".

Drinkability- A solid session beer, perfect for bars or restaurants with a limited beer selection.

Photo of JPMONEY88
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fat Tire is the beer that will make you a man, brewed in the rockies, it will make even Sam Elliot's handlebar mustache look even more badass and it will give any man who has lost his manhood back his manhood instantly with interest, the first taste is like an initiation into manhood...

Photo of PonchoEquihua
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served for a 22 oz 650 ml... 1 pint

good carbonation with a lot of bubbles two fingers of good foammy head.Smell of bread, malts and citrus hint hoppy... sweet. in the mouthfeel the exact apropiate flavors balanced , sweet and malts work perfectly...

didnt like the aftertaste, perhaps a little metalic in your tounge....

very good drinkability...

good beer!

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint served on-tap at Philly Cheesesteaks in Corolla, NC.

A: Fat Tire is a coppery amber color, translucent with a steady stream of bubbles emanating from the center. A half a finger of head leaves residual lacing behind in scatter locales.

S: The amber ale has a soothing bready malt aroma, mild yet firm. Nuttiness and soft fruit flavors match the breads.

T: A very plain ale, bready malts, crisp carbonation and a dash of hops provides everything that the ale needs. The bready malts, caramel and pale, have a calming flavor, a relaxed ale to sip on. The carbonation works in contrast, lively and vigorous. Hoppiness, a small kiss of earthiness, is minimal but not a necessity. A nice, neutral ale to pair with a spicy cheesesteak.

M: The mouthfeel, breaded and sweet, is soft, a very approached craft ale.

D: Eminently drinkable, there are few faults that out rule out multiple pints.

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

A - pours a nice golden amber colour, thin finger of head, little retention but leaves some fine lacing.

S - Smell is slightly metallic with a caramel maltiness to it. Very nutty scent also present.

T - Much like the scent, with the nutty caramel malts dominating the flavours. The taste is nice, but could be a little stronger. A bit of a leafy greens flavour lingers on the tongue as well.

M - Light and bubbly. Nothing offensive here.

D - Because the flavours are lighter, this one is easily poundable, and non-offensive. I would've preferred it to be a little heavier, but it's still a tasty offering.

Photo of bagpiper2005
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Light golden-amber color with a small white head that dissipated quickly and left minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: Aromas of caramel malt, fresh baked bread, and a slight piney hop note.

Taste: Very bready/yeasty with underlying hints of caramel malt, toffee, a light fruitiness, and a mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with active carbonation.

Drinkability: Smooth drinking and refreshing.

Final Notes: A nice, satisfying session or fall-back beer. Good for parties.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick amber red with nice tan foam and lacing. Pretty cloudy, but you can see some carbonation as well. An outstanding appearance overall here.

Smell: Strong, creamy caramel malt. A bit of pine as well I guess.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Wonderfully thick and great caramel in the taste. The mouthfeel is outstanding. Very creamy and smooth, but with active carbonation as well. Super tasty and enjoyable.

Drinkability: So easy to drink, a bit on the thick side.

Overall: An excellent beer.

Photo of dwarvenfriend
2.66/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice head with a nice bit of lacing. Soft golden honey color with a bit of murkiness.

S-Has that yeasty, bread bread smell that overwhelms anything else. Slight hops with almost no malt.

T-The New Belgian yeast continues to dominate, the soft malt comes in more for this one, but even then, this beer doesn't scream amber to me.

M-Very pleasant, soft but complex flavors that allow the beer to sit well.

D-Fat Tire is a beer that I believe is brewed to be drinkable while not being overly impressive in flavor.

Photo of tigg924
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1/2 inch head, clear, amber in color

Smell: caramel malt and some bread

Taste: caramel, bread, and small hops towards the end

Mouthfeel: light body, very sweet with a small bitter backbone, medium carbonation

Drinkability: An amber that is a bit on the sweet side. Not complex, but tasty. This one goes down way easy. I could do a six of these.

Photo of uhhhaaron
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

consumed 08-05-2009, 22oz bomber into pint glass.

appearance: pours a medium amber color with a nice fluffy 1.5 finger head. Head slowly went down.

smell: a nice nutty and hoppy aroma with good malt backbone.

taste: right away i noticed the hops, but nothing major like in an IPA. This was followed by a nutty/cinnamon/chocolate finish. Lots of malt character in this one. I was surprised at the somewhat complexity of this brew.

mouthfeel: rich & creamy with just enough carbonation. i'd say a light medium body.

drinkability: very easy to put these down.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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