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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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7,280 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,280
Reviews: 1,871
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 167
Gots: 1,140 | FT: 1
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Photo of bierenutz
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-The color was a clear amber, that much I can say. It took a vigorous pour into a glass to muster a less than finger width thing head that quickly evaporated leaving minimal lacing.
S-Mostly sweet carmel mixed with a sour citrus smell close to cherries. There is faint hop and roasted malt aromas as well.
T-Bready and malty with some bitterness of the hops at the finish.
M-Medium bodied which was surprising given the mild carbonation but it finishes almost flat in texture.
D-I can see how some may like this as their "session" beer, sadly, I'm not one of them. It was just okay, but I was glad to try it after hearing so much about it.

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

Well, it is amber colored. And it has a decent head.

In the nose there is a little honey with some sweet grains. Somewhere there is a barely perceptable, lonely hop.

The taste follows the nose fairly well. Not much going on, but it is pretty easy-going.

In the mouth it feels exactly like a soft drink. I'm still undecided, even after a few days since my notes, if this is a good thing.

Ok, I get it. It's a good introductory beer. They aren't really doing anything wrong. Probably the least offensive beer ever. It's like the Dane Cook of beers, just enough outside of mainstream for you mom to like, too.

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

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Light to medium pale amber colour with half as finger of bubbly white head. Some visible carbonation, not not overly carbonated.

S - Crisp bready malts with a slight hop presence.

T - Predominantly malt palate: bready with biscuit. Some toffee and a very slight hop bite.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation.

D - Excellent amber ale. Could drink many, many of these at once. If only they distributed anywhere near me I would constantly stock this in the fridge.

Photo of Phelps
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap Memorial day weekend.

Looks: honeyed. The liquid shimmers a beautiful clear dark amber with a tiny white head that recedes to a ring as I watch.

Smells: classic. Honey, burnt biscuits, bubble gum, rye. Still unique and good.

Tastes: like biscuits. A properly subdued sweetness balances with a good grainy character and some subtle roastiness. Uncomplicated yet solid.

Feels: aqueous. A watery body, plus some very high carbonation combine to result in a rather average mouthfeel.

Drinks: like sensibility. Fat Tire is probably not the best amber you'll ever find, but it's the most widely available, likely the cheapest, and tastes damn fine with a salmon dinner.

Photo of corby112
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber color with a two finger light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Toasty malt aroma with hints of caramel, toffee and hazelnut. There is also a slight earthy hop character in the nose.

Medium bodied with a subtle dry hop presence up front that provides nice balance to the sweet toasty malt notes. The malt flavor is stronger than I expected with hints of caramel, toffee and hazelnut. The toasted character of this beer was really nice without going over the top and provides a nice comlexity that is often missing in this style.

Photo of Goliath
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a two inch light tan head. There is retention and a nice bit of lacing.

The aroma is fine. There is a swwet caramel aroma with a bit of an agressive hay quality. There is also a faint hop aroma in the background.

The taste is fine. A light hop presence adds a bit of bitterness to the beer. The beer is a bit more malt forward though. There's a nice dose of caramel and again I get a hay like character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little on the flat side. It's kind of dull and lifeless.

Drinkability is fairly high. The ABV is relatively low making it a more sessionable beer. The flavor profile is unique but not overly impressive. I can't see myself draining more than a handful of these without getting bored.

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

Bought at Lee's Discount store in North Las Vegas, it travelled with me for eight days to Utah and Arizona visiting National Parks and the Hoover Dam before being consummed back in Vegas.

Excalibur, Tower 1, room 18-135, overlooking the airport and with views of the Luxor and Mandalay Bay before me. I opened the 22 fl oz bottle, it had been allowed to rest after its journey and had sat on ice in the washbasin for a while before being poured into plastic toothbrush cups.

The body was a clear amber and a small white head of tight bubbles sat on top of each cup, it looked good, even in toothbrush cups.

The aroma was malt, with hints of hops if you sniffed long and hard enough.

The taste was malt with less hops than I remember the draught version giving me, or was I mistaken?

Lovely beer, pity about the vessel used to drink it. My draught one was taken on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, on the patio of El Tovar Hotel, nice.

Photo of NCBeerman1
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Back in my younger days I like many would drink beer for effect , as well as taste . Price played a huge part in that back then too , being on a budget so I would a lot of times opt for the Michelob Light or Natural Light . Now days , in my 40's , I go for taste first ( still don't mind the effect ) but now days with all the new taxes levied against our beloved suds , I can't always opt for a higher priced beer. I do like to venture out a couple times a month and try something new ( to me ) especially if someone recommended it , and a radio DJ here in the Charlotte area recommended FAT TIRE to me on the air.I finally found some , and I have to say I am glad he did . I really like it . It is NOT the best , but really nice and smooth going down.

Photo of hdog09
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

True amber color throughout the body of the beer. Light smell from the malts not to overpowering but smells nice. Great taste all I could ask for in an amber ale, carbonation and use of malts are accurate. Very good beer, know wonder why it's New Belgium's flagship beer.

Photo of branimal9
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bomber shared with Ronzonie at his Haus - 5/20/2010.

Light, coppery golden brown. Meaty, nutty and bready aroma. Taste has hints of hazelnut and caramel. A little yeasty. Medium-bodied and easy drinking. It's a good, not great amber ale. Worth trying and enjoying, but certainly not deserving of all the hype and lust attached to it.

Photo of srandycarter
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - thru the white cup caramel near white head leaves slow. Foamy cling.

S light malt light hops. Nice but nthing stand out.

T same for taste as smell. Ok.

M light body good carb. Balance fine ... Not hard to do with this light mix.

D lawn mowing beer.

Photo of mytireisfat
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a 22oz bomber poured into a regular pint beer glass

A: A great Amber copper color, 2 finger head, good carbonation.

S: Sweet hoppy flavor.

T: Maybe tastes a bit flat(in a good way i guess), but quite unique taste!

M: Carbonated well, lots of bubbles on the tongue.

D: Can't drink a whole lot, would rather switch it up during the night, but tastes great. a very unique flavor. and also one that friends back in iowa are getting into. which they only drink bud light. so very great! i will buy again, and also have drank a lot of!

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

A: Light amber with a decent amount of white head.

S: Subdued hops and faint toasted caramel malts.

T: Strong hops at the outset which leads into a biscuity, toasted rice type taste. Hops are still present but muted in the aftertaste, and mostly the toasted rice shines through.

M/D: Light, juicy, muted carbonation. A relaxing and drinkable brew. Good refresher from the meatball sub I was having.

Photo of Kwak
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it poured nice from the bottle with a fluffy white head

into a stem beer glass

the hed was thick and stayed with us for almost the whole beer

nice hoppy smell not to overbearing with a little sweetness

little malty flavor in the end

very drinkable had two cant wait to have the other four

Photo of beerguy04
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-oranga, amber color with a little white head
s- slight carmel and hop aroma
t and m- biscuity and carmel with a hoppy aftertaste
d- one of the better american ambers and im happy about its increased avaliability this one is also a good social beer due to its not real strong

Photo of wesclaypool
4.52/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a New Belgium goblet paired up with a Chipotle burrito.

a - Clear, dark orange with a half inch of head.

s - Pretty strong hops aroma with a bit of caramel.

t - Sweet, malty taste with the hops coming through at the very end.

m - Light body with a good amount of carbonation.

d - Very drinkable. Its easy to see why this one is so popular.

Photo of kneeland
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I love ambers and this one doesn't disappoint. Great color, wonderful taste, but not much on the head side. I had never even heard of Fat Tire until last summer, and since then it has blown up. Almost every bar has it on tap now, so it must be a fan favorite. It's definitely one of mine.

Photo of stewart124
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light copper in color with a centimeter of fluffy white head.

Biscuit and caramel hit the nose first with a nice earthy/citrusy note in the bacground.

Plenty of body and biscuity character with just the right amount hop spice. Light caramel notes with some slight hints of vanilla. This overall character and body really come off just like liquid bread but it drinks so well. The hops are subdued by the malt bill but add a nice subtle citrus and earthy note.

I am a huge fan of the drinkability of this American amber. It is obviously on the malty end of the spectrum but it stands alone among American ambers and has gathered a huge following.

Photo of Shumista
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

No internet access where we are staying in the Palm Springs area so we came into town to find a coffee shop and get on the internet. Very surprised to find 6 taps at the coffee shop including fat tire, ranger IPA, and stella. Anyways I decided that a beer sounded much better than an iced coffee, so hear I sit with internet access and my beer while my girlfriend checks her email...what to do?

A- Clear amber orange, small white head.
S- Biscuity malt, light hoppiness.
T- Lightly sweet, biscuity malt followed by a slight hop bitterness.
M- Crisply carbonated, pretty refreshing when cold on a hot day in the valley.

A lot of people respond with "oh you mean like fat tire?" when I say I like craft beer. Well no, that's not exactly what I mean, nonetheless very drinkable and pretty tasty on a hot day. I could drink these all afternoon and be pretty happy. Also, much better than an iced coffee...where are the rotating taps Starbucks? This is a pretty good idea.

Photo of SimpleBeerLover
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A good, reddish amber color.

Smell: Lots and lots of hops and malt right away, with some caramely smell coming out of the bottle as soon as I opened it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very crisp, actually to the beer's detriment since the crispness interferes with the initial flavor, but once its in your mouth, it has a very nice flavor. Very heavy on the hops.

Drinkability: I could put these away all night.

Photo of robwestcott
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured to a clear plastic solo bar cup in a college bar - which 20 years ago I'd have had less problem with I suppose...

foamy 1/2 finger head. malty, well balanced, imperceptible hops, first time on tap after many bottles. can't say I noticed much difference.

easy to drink, easy on the taste buds. best when cold.

Photo of SickGnar
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly amber hued, bright, clear, golden copper. Good size white head. Keeps a cap most of the way, and a ring all of the way down. Nice lacing.

S: Biscuity! Some general malty sweetness, some toastyness, a faint fruity note, and a non-descript hint of hops.

T: Biscuity, toasty malt. Start to finish. Some malty sweetness, but not much in the way of hints or notes of other stuff except a little bit of grainy husk at the end. Nope. Just lots of well rounded toasty biscuit. The fruit note takes on a pear character with a very slight hint of yeast. The hops are stronger than in the nose but still in the background. They seem more English than anything else - grassy/earthy and faintly medicinal.

M: Crisp CO2 on medium body. Not remarkable in any way, but quite spot on.

D: One of the uber "gateway" brews. Supremely drinkable for newb and nerd alike.

Photo of weasbri
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale copper color, good head and lacing.
Mostly malty aroma, toasty, biscuity.
Great balance though in the flavor. More biscuity from the malt, but also a good hoppiness too. A good mouthful gets a solid bite, but small sipping shows off more of the floral nature.
The balance of the beer does it for me, making it a very sessionable beer.

Photo of wchesak
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass

A - orangey tan color, half a fingers of bubbly off white colored head, leaves some decent strands of lace

S - caramel, light floral hops

T - more caramel, some bready malt, some lemony bitter hops

M - Thin medium bodied if that makes sense, carbonation is good and keeps the head sitting on top

D - gf picked this up for me, along with some other New Belgium's in NC since its not distributed to VA; finally just getting around to drinking this, too many other beers to try before this one; not bad, but not great, its pretty hot out so it fit the weather alright, if NB comes to VA ill stick with their Lips of Faith series

Photo of IrishJava
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a substantial head. A strange smell... still pleasant but unexpected. Taste was very good, I would definitely consider it a summer beer best enjoyed in the heat. It was not too hoppy or too malty. It's not a beer I would drink more than four of at a time, but relatively light enough to be enjoyed in quantity. Great beer.

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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