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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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7,203 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,203
Reviews: 1,853
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 162
Gots: 1,053 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Photo of cudmud
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This is the best aspect of this beer. It has a wonderful, deep amber color. Plus, this beer has a thick, bright white head of one finger in thickness. The beer had good head retention and lacing. In all, this is a pretty beer.

Smell: The malts take center stage with this brew. It has a nice biscuit-like aroma. You can also smell the deep aroma of hops. The hops and malts to a good job of complimenting each other.

Taste: In short, this tastes like beer. The flavors are very delute.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: It's cool and wet.

This beer is a disapointment. The appearance had me thinking this would be a spectacular beer. However, the good atributes stop with the looks.

Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice bright orange color to the beer in my glass, has a nice finger size head to it. Smells of grain hops and citrus. The taste is even better than i thought it would be after all the talk about the beer. One of the better amber ale's i have had. Mouth feel is a bit watery for the taste and quality of beer. I could have had a few of these, unfortunately only one was to be had at this time.

Photo of wolfpack87
4.65/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very tasty amber ale. Has the typical red look to it once poured in the glass. To me, the smell is a bit deceiving but still not a bad smell at all. Taste is excellent, far better than any other amber ale I've drank. Drinkability is also excellent, goes great by itself or with a meal if you so choose.

Photo of batty
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

transcribed from a review written by hand on 17Dec09 - on draft at the Cantina Mexican Grill in the Denver airport.

Golden copper in color, yellow at the edges with slightly off-white head, fades quick but leaves a slim cap on top, good lacing.

smells kinda like water. seriously. on top of that, a hint of caramel and biscuity malts if you strain yourself enough

tastes mostly like bud light with a touch of color. the worst part is, this could be a great beer - nice caramel and biscuity malts, touch of earthy hop.. but all that is so hard to find it tastes straight up watered down. starting to eat, the next sip has virtually no taste whatsoever.

mouthfeel is quite good.. I'd like a bit more body, but that's just my preference...

I understand why this is found so commonly next to the budlight tap now.. well brewed and good style, well balanced among the components, but need MORE of all the components. in the same ratio would be perfect. VERY lacking and watered down. I prefer beers with flavor.

Photo of roddwolff
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once served in my "Bayern Mug":

A: Bright orange color, the foamy head looks like a snowflake with a finger thick, excellent lacing and a bike in the logo;

S: Perfumed with ground hops, some malt like toffee, and also tangerine, strawberry and bubble gum;

T: Malt, toffee, bubble gum and biscuits, the finish is slightly spicy with citrus hops;

M: Very refreshing, smooth, medium body and low carbonation;

D: Unusual beer, i feel sad for finished it very quickly.

Photo of likethetaste
4.72/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on draft in Greensboro, NC. When Oh When will this beer make it north to Virginia. It is great on draft and in bottle form!!

Poured a beautiful amber color with short lived head.
Taste is complex with hints of liquorish and even chocolate which is surprising for an Amber. Just a wonderful beer that is very easy to drink.

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

Appearance: beautiful red amber color, good head retention, a little lacing but not much

Smell: lots of toasty malt, with a little caramel

Taste: very similar to the smell. Lots of crackery, biscuity malt. Almost a little bit of a stale bread flavor at times, but overall nice.

Mouthfeel: smooth, good carbonation. The body is a little on the lighter side.

Decent brew. Maybe would have liked sweeter maltiness or more hop balance, something to improve the dry crackery-ness

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

Had this a while back out in Las Vegas... needless to say I couldn't tell you a thing about it.

A- Poured into a sam adams perfect pint glass... a nice off white part fizzy part foamy head that disappears leaving some spider webbed lacing clinging to the glass. Beer is a crisp amber color with decent activity

S- Has a bitter hoppy aroma with a doughy/nutty backbone

T- Not sure it's worth all the hype it gets, but pretty good. Has a little sweetness in the beginning mixed with some hops that linger through the entire experience. Finishes with that lingering hoppiness and a nutty backbone

M- A watery mouthfeel... light bodied with medium carbonation

D- Very drinkable... that is easy to drink. I don't think I would go out of my way to get it


Photo of Brettster
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was served in a New Belgium chalice. It is a very nice amber color with a thick white foamy head. Smells a little spicy and sweet. It has good balanced flavor with hints of fruit. Overall this is a very drinkable amber and now easy to find. I do like to keep a few of these around.

Photo of grmarcil
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I finally got around to drinking a Fat Tire after hearing the hype for quite a while. Bought a 22 oz bomber, poured into a regular glass.

Pretty-looking beer: nice amber color with a fairly rich white head, which leaves a good bit of lacing. Unfortunately, I found appearance to be the highlight of the beer.

On the whole, I found this beer lacking. The smell is a mild, semi-sweet grain with a little bit of hops. The taste is similar, just a little sweeter, with more wateriness and less hops. I couldn't get over how watery this beer tasted and felt.

Looking up, Fat Tire is very drinkable. Easy as anything you'll find without going macro-lite.

To conclude, maybe this is a case of a good but not great beer failing to live up to the big hype, and I'm just disappointed. Maybe I'm rating it a little low because of that, but it has a lot of strikes against it: watery, bland, and definitely not a bargain.

Photo of nerow
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark amber with a one finger creamy head which fades rapidly.

S-Grassy, perhaps a bit of citrus. Nothing special.

T-Slightly nutty at first followed by a toasty biscut-like flavor. A bit of citrus lingers at the end. I'm not going to say that it's overtly boring, but nothing in the flavor draws me in. Overall, there is nothing offensive about this beer's flavor, it's just average.

M-Moderate carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

D-Good drinkability, but nothing about this beer compells me to have another. Perhaps that would be different during the summertime.

Out of the "Hipster College Student Beers" this is the best I've tasted. This beer is certainly better than the BMC crap most people drink, but it didn't live up the hype for me.

Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 40 degrees.

Pours a classic amber in the glass with a white froth, good retention, and above average lacing. Aromas of caramel malts, subtle roasted nuts, hints of chocolate, some baking spices, orange peel, light grapefruit, & a light bealgian-like yeastiness follow through on the palate with added flavors of roasted nuts. There really isn't much in terms of hop bitterness....well balanced. The mouthfeel is a little lean, but that adds to it's drinkability...very sessionable. Overall, a solid beer. Recommended.

Photo of Miketwolf21
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a generous head that gives off herbal and hoppy aromas, with slight malt undertones. This gives way to a very balanced flavor profile. Rather dry, with a subtle but still sharp hoppiness. It does indeed have a biscuit like flavor that can be appreciated in the after taste. What this beer does well is that there are no offensive or overpowering flavors. You could argue that it is on the bland side because of that. It's a very easy drinking beer, but one that you can still savor and sip. This is a beer that anyone could enjoy. At $15 for a 12 pack, this beer really is an accessible craft beer.

Photo of muskabeatz
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Light amber, copper in color. Two finger, creamy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind a bit of lacing.

S- Grassy, grainy aroma with slight hints of floral and hops.

T- Smooth taste with a bit of hop bitterness that gives way to a large biscuity malt flavor. Leaves you with a toasty, sort of buttery finish.

M- A bit thin, but has a nice creamy feel to it. Moderate carbonation.

D- Medium-light body makes this beer easy to drink. However, I would be more inclined to drink this if I were a bigger fan of the taste

Photo of bbkd3b
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Always on-tap at Shakespeare's Pizza in Columbia, MO, and after 10PM, pints only cost $2!

A: Amber ale this is. The reddish undertone gives it nice, warm appearance. Only downside is the fast-disappearing head leaving a somewhat flat-looking beer.

S: Surprisingly hoppy in smell. Very mild sweetness underneath, but not too dominant.

T: Sweet tasting beer. Carmel was the predominant flavor in my experiences on-tap. Small balance from something not-so-sweet that I can't quite figure out....

M: Somewhat thick and syrupy, but the consistency works pretty well with the flavor.

D: VERY drinkable (and affordable). Finishing a glass is a pleasure, not a challenge. Normally, I'll have 2.

Really good, standard beer from those Fort Collins folk.

Photo of Duxx
4.88/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

A: Awesome amber color with a whitish beige head. I really like the color of this beer. I just wish it had a little better head. When I pour this beer I only get about 1/4" of head that fades quickly but leaves good lacing on the glass. If it just had a little more head it would be a 5.0.

S: Very mild and sweet. No noticeable hop aroma. Kind of a sweet wet grain smell. It's not at all offensive but just hard to accurately describe. Seems everyone else calls this beer's aroma biscuit like. Well that aint what my mama's biscuits smelled like but...good aroma anyway.

T: This is where this beer really shines. Very mild malt flavor. No hops bite at all. Either very low hops or really well balanced by the maltiness. Very unique flavor profile, almost like toasted 7 grain bread? I've never tasted a beer like it. I'm generally a big fan of big hops but I really like this beer.

M: Great mouthfeel. Just like Goldilocks, not too thin, not to thick. Very creamy almost like a nitrogen tap.

D: Very easy to down several of these. No harsh aftertaste. Even my non-beer drinking friends will drink this beer. All in all, this is no doubt my favorite go-to beer when I don't feel like a strongly hopped beer.

Photo of PhillipJFry
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper Red Coloring topped off by a persistent foam ring that tends to stay for most of the beer.

S- Light floral hopping

T- The word here is balance. Nothing exceptional, but inoffensive to any palate. Everyone enoys this beer.

M- Clean taste with only the hops really sticking around between sips.

D- A very easy yet still delicious drinker.

Photo of glid02
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q in Atlanta.

Pours a clear amber color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of lightly toasted pale malts with hints of earthy and mildly floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The malt flavors have a bit more graininess than the smell intimated but still have a distinct pale malt flavor. Midway through the sip small amounts of earthy hop flavors enter into things and carry through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending. As it warms it becomes mildly buttery as well, though it never becomes overkill.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass and could have another.

Overall this beer is what it is, a gateway beer with a cool name that rolls right off the tongue. Nothing to seek out but certainly not a bad option if no other craft is available.

Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

longneck into big pint glass

A: light amber with a massive, rocky white head. Admittedly, I did pour a little hard, but that's still a lot of foam. And it sticks around too.

S: bready/slightly toasty malt. I'm getting vague notes of citrus rind -- which I assume to be the hops. Spicy note too. Not sure what that is.

T: bottle describes malt flavor as biscuity, and I tend to agree. Very mild hop presence, just enough to balance, but the malt is what really comes through.

M: beer? It's wet, it's carbonated, it doesn't drink like a milkshake and I didn't expect it to. End of story.

D: Balance between hop and malt flavor and lower alcohol content make this ideal as a session beer.

Photo of jmaur345
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I kept seeing this beer around and a few a my friends told me it was a quality brew so when I found a six pack for sale I had to pick it up.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my trusty Chimay goblet, very pretty bottle design with a blurb about the beer on the back.

A- Coppery red color, well developed head that fades to a good sized ring that lasts throughout, excellent lacing when poured hard.

S- Very floral hop aroma, almost rosy.

T- Well balanced between the malt sweetness and the hops, it has kind of a bready taste to it. I was a little bummed out by the taste after the amazing smell, but it's still good, I just expected more.

M- Overall, pretty clean, slight lingering taste from the hops.

D- Good, not stellar, but good. I finished the six pack and would consider buying it again it it was on tap.

Photo of JalfPsu
4.85/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a New Belgium goblet. As a PA resident, this smuggled beer was my first foray into New Belgium beers, and it was a wonderful experience.

The first thing I noticed was the color. Calling this beer "amber" doesn't do it justice. It's a rich gold, with pleasing effervescence, and a thin, creamy had that left intricate lacing along the inside of the goblet as it receded.

The smell is not overly assertive, and it's dominated by an inviting, bready aroma, with a strong undercurrent of sweet malts. Overall, the aromas are extremely pleasant, and mesh well with the flavors of the beer.

The taste did not disappoint. The bready yeast flavors and rich maltiness are certainly there, and it's moderately sweet, but never cloying. This is a very well balanced beer, with no one flavor overwhelming the palate. There's also a very subtle hop character, but it only comes through in the aftertaste, adding another note of complexity to this brew.

The body is light and crisp, with a relatively high degree of carbonation, almost cleansing the palate between sips, leading to a beer that is continually pleasant and refreshing.

This beer was heavily hyped for me, but it certainly lived up to it! If Fat Tire was available in Pennsylvania, I would probably drink it every day.

Photo of BrandonWardlaw
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was one of the first beers I ever tried, and it has remained a favorite for me.

A: Golden amber, with a 1.5 finger head that dissipates to a thin layer. Moderate lacing.

S: Caramel, hops, biscuits and a hint of malt.

T: Very biscuity. Starts with a malty-caramel flavor, finishing with biscuits and hops.

M: Nothing outrageous. Light and somewhat carbonated.

D: High. These are easy to throw quite a few of back over the course of a night.

Photo of BarrelO
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pour 24. Served in a pilsner glass.

A: Light brown body. Tiny head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Biscuits and noble hops.

T: Insanely biscuity. Also a fair amount of clean bitterness.

M: Light-bodied with decent carbonation.

D: A fine session beer. Not too challenging.

Photo of Arnie2709
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a true amber color. 1 inch of offwhite head that dissipates quickly.
Smell is biscuity and malty. sweet
Taste is slight bitterness melded around a complex bread and caramel malt profile.
Mouthfeel is medium and lingers slightly afterward. reasonably clean finish but leaves you ready for another mouthful.

Photo of Josievan
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Standard amber hue, perfectly expected for the style. Decent head sticks around for a spell, then gives way to a generous ring of lacing.

Smell: Malt and hops duking it out, but at a distance.

Taste: Toasty and quite malty, though I'm tasting the hops in this beer more than I ever have before. In the end, balance is the key characteristic.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: Easily sessioned, as I have done many a time.

Notes: Fat Tire was a gateway into the craft beer world for me. As such, it will always have a warm spot in my heart. Upon revisiting it after a long absence, I find it once again to be more than a decent brew. I'd say the draft version is superior to bottle, although you can't go wrong either way.

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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