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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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6,773 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,773
Reviews: 1,809
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 142
Gots: 764 | 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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Photo of TYE
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden amber with a white medium dense foam head about 1-1.5 fingers tall that dissipates quickly to a light covering with little to no lace. Bottle has freshness date on label.
S - Aroma of brown sugar or molasses with a side of toasted almond or toast. Smells almost smokey. Very inviting.
T - Same tastes as in aroma. Very heavy on the roasted or toast flavor with a slight sweetness of brown sugar or molasses on the backside.
M - Medium carbonation, and close to medium body, but not quite. A little watery when swallowed, but not bad. Not much hop bite and finishes with a light aftertaste of burnt toast then fades.
D - Pretty good beer. I can see why it's popular. Easy to drink and tasty. Not too strong or super interesting, but just an all around good balance and flavor. Good session beer.

TYE, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of zdk9
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours out a beautiful clear light gold, with a finger of bright white head, and just a few fingers of lace reaching up to the top of the glass.

S- The smell is the weakest component of this beer- mainly because it's just weak. There's a light toasty huskiness to it with perhaps the slightest citrus, but I could def use more in the scent department.

T- A great balance of malty sweetness, with some tones of honey adding to the light malt- slightly toasty, and slightly husky- and then good earthy hops, which remind me of freshly turned dirt, in a good way.

D- A solid tasting beer, with a balanced taste that really impresses me. Recomended.

zdk9, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of GeoffW
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 750ml bottle. Thin, lingering layer of head. Foam sticks to the glass. Very clear in appearance.

Smell was malty and slightly sweet.

Taste overall was somewhat bland for me. A little hoppy with a bit of malt and maybe some sweet coming through.

Mouthfeel was decent. Not much to the aftertaste on this one, nor was the alcohol very apparent.

Drinkability was decent.

Overall, a fairly good beer but nothing special. Maybe the amber style isn't particularly for me but oh well.

GeoffW, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of charlzm
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On draft at Molly Malone's Los Angeles, 1/13/08.

Middling amber color with thin skin of foam for a head.

Sweet malt smells.

Mouthfeel unremarkable.

Flavor is sweet and malty: a good start. Unfortunately, the "crisp hopiness" described by the brewer didn't appear, leaving instead a somewhat cloying taste. Not bad, but a touch more hops in the finish would have cut through the sweetness much better.

Widely available and easy to drink, so it's a possibility in most bars and restaurants. And it's so much better than a BMC product...

charlzm, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of Applesauce1
2.2/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had a tall glass of this at Applebee's near the Denver Airport while on my ski trip to Breckenridge.

Appearance: amber with a nice 1" head off the tap
Smell: some cereal malts??? this didn't seem too impressive
Taste: kinda tastes like a killian's...this did not seem like an amber ale....more like "better" macro lager like a killian's or yuengling...no hops presence
Mouthfeel: ehhh, pretty light body
Drinkability: I didn't feel like another one.

Applesauce1, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

BBD of 3 may 08

Finally broke down & decided to review this. Git this in the folly 12 mixer. This is the one craft beer you can get here at places when they serve no other, so it does have soft spot in my heart as the ultimate plan B:

Pours an effervescent honey/amber with 1+ finger of cream colored head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Biscuitty malt

T: Sweet biscuitty malt with a bit of citric hops & some buttery notes up front. A bit of flinty dryness as this warms, plus a bit of toasted malt & a touch of lemony hops. Finishes with a slight dryness, a tinge of sulphury notes & more butter

MF: Light/medium bodied & slightly over carbonated, plus okay balance, but skews a bit sweet (not malty) to me

Drinks alright, this is better on draft, but just a slightly better than average amber

russpowell, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of trackstar1043
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium copper-reddish hue that pours with a mountain of off-white head that lasted and left a very sticky lace behind.

S - Roasted coca beans prevalent in the aroma, with a decent amount of malts that give it a deep aroma, light on the hops, almost sweet smell.

T - Malty at first then a flooding of roasted coca beans that linger on your tounge after it goes down, again pretty sweet taste.

M - The flavors and medium carbonation mix nicely to make for a great drink.

D - Very nice as an after dinner beer just because the strong coca bean makes it close to a dessert.

trackstar1043, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a pumpkin beer orange color, an inch of eggshell foam. Huge pock marks as it recedes to a watery, thin but complete cover. Patchy lacing, a thick collar around the edge.

Aroma - toasty , caramel notes, slightly sweet. Fades after setup but still decent.

Taste - moderate toast/caramel, a touch watery. An evenly balanced hop side after the swallow. Finishes clean, just a hint of leftover bitterness.

Mouthfeel - crisp, even-bodied, good levels for the style.

Drinkability - easily sessionable, a good amber for any season. Cheers to my sis-in-law for bringing this one across the miles. Thanks Cathy!

brewdlyhooked13, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of katan
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, dated feb 2008

A - Pours a dark golden brown color. Very clear - no haze. Has a moderate amount of carbonation that dissipates quickly. Obviously an amber ale.

S - The smell is dominated with roasted specialty malts. Not much for hops there.

T - Doesn't initially hit me with much flavor. Perhaps a balance of some malt flavors balanced by a light bitterness. But then it changes quickly. Finishes with a sweet chocolate flavor. Seems sweeter than most that I've drank.

M - Smooth mouthfeel - almost creamy. Not overcarbonated.

D - I could drink this rather easily. It agrees with my stomach and has the alcohol of a session beer.

I know that people tend to give Fat Tire a hard time since its almost the proverbial "macro" craft beer. But I have to say it is still quite enjoyable, and for the price, its hard to find better value.

katan, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of mwilbur
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into NBB snifter.
A: Golden amber hue with a perfect 2 finger creamy white head. Nice.
S: Mild hop aroma with grain essence.
T: Nice dry bite initially giving way to sweet hops, toast, and mild citrus note. Not very complex though.
M: First sip has a dry bite, but very smooth with every sip--or gulp--after. A little light on the tongue and taste quickly dissipates.
D: Quite drinkable. Good sessionability. Goes down easy.
This comes from a fan of NBB...but...I believe Fat Tire is a little over-hyped. It's a good beer, but not great. NBB has several better offerings (La Folie, Abbey, etc.). That being said, I do enjoy the fact that it is now available in MN and will definitely revisit it from time to time.

mwilbur, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of trentley87
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a pint of this on-tap at The Local in Minneapolis.

A: Average appearance. Nice amber color. Average head/retention/lacing. Nothing overwhelming.

S: Very mild...some malts are present but not picking up many cues from the aroma of this one.

T: In keeping with the rest of the beer -- remarkably average. Nice malty sweetness with just a little hops kick and maybe a hint of citrus. Kinda yeasty throughout, but especially in the aftertaste.

M: A little on the thin side for my tastes.

D: Better than any macro but I expected more with what I've been hearing about New Belgium. I probably won't be seeking this out again.

trentley87, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of shertz
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this both on tap and in the bottle while on a working trip to the Mid-West. Orange in color, with lots of bubbles and lacing. Smell was fruity, maybe grapefruit. Taste was very balanced between citrus hops and sweet malts. Drinkability was good except I hadn't eaten in 12 hours and drank a few with my meal and felt them pretty quick. I would love to visit this one again and maybe homebrew a clone. Always heard good things about the brewery and this beer. Both are right on. Tasty brew.

shertz, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of Vixie
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice white head, was a nice copper color with a hint of red.

S: Not much smell at all, nothing stood out to me.

T: Starts out malty and sweet, finishes with a note of hops. Taste does not linger long. There is a slight sweetness to it, just a touch of fruit notes before the hops kick in at the finish.

M: Slightly thin, but not too bad. I'd say about average.

D: Not an outstanding brew, but not a horrible one either. This to me is something you'd drink with food when you're not too concerned about how good a beer you have, but want something better than the mass market beers. However, if I was wanting something above average or special, this beer would not fit the bill. I've had 2 Below Ale by New Belgium, and I'd consider it much superior to Fat Tire. Based on my expectations from that one, this one was a bit disappointing.

Vixie, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of baseballrock
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - a dark amber color, with about a 1 inch head, that left quite a bit of lacing till the last drink.

S - nothing special slight caramel.

T - taste is balanced, with some notes of sweet honey.

M - mouthfeel was fairly light.

D - a drinkable beer other than being a little pricey on tap.

baseballrock, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of Squelch
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beautiful amber color with sparkling carbonation and an off white billowy head.

Smell: Fruity esters dominate with a slight malt backbone.

Taste: The crystal/biscuit flavors meld well with the earthy hop flavors. tastes grainy to me.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with some astringency in the end. No puckering though

Drinkablity: Good drinkability. Has great balance and finishes clean. More aroma hops could benefit this beer.

Squelch, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of larsee01
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A--Poured from 12 oz bottle to pint glass. Reddish-orange and clear with a noticeable amount of bubbles ascending. Small, realtively light-colored head

S--Pleasant toasty, malty scent.

T--Welcoming biscuity taste, as advertised. Simple but not boring. Mellow maltiness with a barely detectable hop finish for balance.

M--Moderate carbonation, but it isn't trying to cover anything up. Kind of a dry mouthfeel--but in a good, clean way.

D--Hell yeah! An approachable session beer for just about anybody. I can see why this is so popular.

larsee01, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of Yegg
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright,coppery, sparkling very inviting.

S - A hint of spice, a just out of the oven biscuity aroma. Again inviting.

T - A simple moderate clean biscuity taste. Ever so slightly sweet caramel presence. A very pleasent toasted finish.

F - Full bodied, smooth and pleasing.

D - This is a very good, enjoyable beer.

Yegg, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of littleshamrocks
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a best before date printed on the label. Served in a mug.

Pours a light copper with a huge, foamy, off-white head. It has a sparkling clarity and abundant carbonation. The head is mostly lasting and leaves behind an impressive amount of lacing. The aromas are well balanced, first noticing caramel/toasted malt and then some floral and citrus hop scents along side. Flavor is much as advertised by smell, the biscuity malts, with a very noticeable caramel presence, and some herbal and slightly citrus hops. There is an added touch of spice that rounds out the flavors. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-full bodied with a bit of a course texture and some prickly carbonation. Finish is mostly clean.

Overall, I find this beer to be a solid, easy drinking brew that would be good for times when you just want to throw back a few. It has a pretty good balance to the ingredients, with the malts taking a definite lead. It seems to be nicely fit to the style. It is a good, but certainly not great beer that I probably wouldn't seek out, but I would gladly drink another.

littleshamrocks, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of mltobin
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large bottle purchased at BevMo in sunny La Jolla, CA

Once poured into glass, a nice amber color with mediumish tan head

Smell is zesty with hops and spice, nice blend, very warm and inviting.

Taste is a bit filling with bread, hops, and honey on the palate.

MF is nice, sweet, slightly bitter, and very pleasant.

Drinkability is very solid, great beer that I had heard a lot about prior to actually drinking it, should have had one much sooner.

mltobin, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of willjschmidt
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured form a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours an amber hue with a thick white head.

S: Biscuity malts with some floral accents.

T: A big malty and bready beer. It's toasty with quite a bit of grain. A good hop taste in the end balances it out quite well. Lots of grain and lots of toasted bread.

M: Medium bodied.

D: A good cross-over craft brew and a bit of a cult classic. There are certainly lots of better craft beers out there but if this gets someone off of BMC then I'm all for it. Another good choice on-tap since it's widely available on draft in California.

willjschmidt, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of assmasterson
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice deep brown, almost has a reddish hue to it.

S: Kind of has a weird smell to it. Almost a faint dirty apple juice aroma mixed with alcohol.

T: Not exactly the best. When poured, had a very strong overcooked biscuit taste to it with an unpleasant aftertaste. Better straight from the bottle, as a lot of the harsh tones are masked.

M: Not too bad, sort of thin, yet sticky. Definitely feels like a macro brew.

D: Not as good. Goes down pretty easily, but the odd flavors keep me from having more than one. I probably won't be picking up any more of it. No...I know I won't.

assmasterson, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of MrIncognito
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a big bottle into a tulipped pilsner glass.

Clear amber/red color, nice white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell of caramel and dark bread. A little sweet in the nose with a draw of Belgian yeast.

Taste is pretty much the same. Not hugely impressive but still tasty. Not much hops to this one. The dark bread and roasted malts take center stage with the chasing Belgian yeast. Nice taste but lacks some umph.

Feel is smooth and light with moderate carbonation. A bit watery and thin for my taste.

A pretty good beer. I wish there was just a bit more to this. Very sessionable and easy-to-drink.

MrIncognito, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of demcorhip
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice, clear brew, somewhere between bronze and amber in colour. Nice two finger off white head formed on a fairly aggressive pour, with nice retention. Fairly mild and finely carbonated.

Bread, caramel and toast from the malts. Pleasant yeastiness, hints at apple. Somewhat surprised at the subtle hopping, with just a kiss of citrus blossom. Flavours much like the nose, no major surprises here, bready and toasty malts with a hint of caramel and melanoidin. To avoid repetition it tastes much like it smells.

Creamy yet finishes dry, slightly wet yet still astringent. Essentially light bodied, with decent malts and some complexity provides for some substance. Subtly hopped, a pleasant surprise, yet there is enough there to provide for some balance in this malt forward brew.

A tasty and very drinkable brew. Its quality and craftmanship reveal themselves in this interesting, tasty, approachable and sessionable brew. This would make for an excellent crossover brew, and I suspect that this is the main reason for its popularity. I'll be bringing this to more than one summer family gathering.

Note that this tasting was done with the beer slightly warmer than the recommended 7C, and was likely done with a 10-12C brew due to my impatience and suspicion that drinking it slightly warmer would reveal any deficiencies, none of which were noted.

demcorhip, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of davidt
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber-gold with a creamy white head. Lots of lacing left after the head drops off. Aroma is yeasty bread. Flavor is very bready, faint caramel in the malt background. I get just a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy with moderate carbonation. A sessionable beer for a lazy afternoon.

davidt, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of mnstorm99
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange amber pour with a decent white head that sticks around pretty well.
Faint aromas of sweet malts and PNW hops.
Taste is a nice amber, malty sweetness with a touch of roasted and toasted malts.
Mouthfeel is well carbonated, but I found it a little thin.
I have been critical of the hype this beer gets, but this is a solid beer and with it's availability we almost always have some around.

My wife calls it her new "Miller Lite", now that she won't drink Miller anymore.

mnstorm99, Jan 29, 2008
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 6,773 ratings.