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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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1,889 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,889
Hads: 7,853
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 30%
Wants: 196
Gots: 1,733 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 1,889 | Hads: 7,853
Photo of Extol
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is pretty good. Nice biscuity breadiness to it. Smell isn't very impressive, but the taste is on point. I could easily drink several of these in a session. Would buy again.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Nice clear brown/amber color with a nice 1.5 inch fluffy white head. Sticks with you, leaves moderate to heavy amounts of lacing on the edges, all the way to the bottom of the glass.

S: Nice malty, mildly sweet, grain smell. Very pleasant, nothing off putting here.

T: Slight sweet, malty, toast flavor. Minimal hop presence, almost undetectable. Has hints of an indescribable flavor that reminds me of a brown ale, which I do not like. Kind of a hint of staleness to it. Not sure if it is normal or a odd bottle, would like to check out again to compare.

M: Light to medium amber. This is a lighter option when looking for a heartier beer. More substance here without being overly heavy or thick.

O: Was pleasant, a nice departure from all the over the tops hops that seem to be the trend these days. Not necessarily a standout, but is worth a taste.

Probably won't seek out again, may possibly purchase, depends if I am in the mood for it. Not a wow beer, but pleasant.

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Photo of DanielMB
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I think this is an incredibly underrated beer. Now, in my experience, it does have a somewhat subtle flavor that doesn't always come out. But when it does, it's amazingly toasty and scrumptious, sort of like some sort of pastry. It's hard to describe; it's unique.

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Photo of Markwas
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great "go to" beer. Nothing to brag about in any specific aspect, but fantastic overall. A chunk of medium rare cow and a ice cold fat tire draft should be the adult PB&J.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a clear, filtered golden amber. Forms one finger of head which dissipates down to a film. Very minimal whispy lacing.
S - Lightly sweet caramel, mild hops and an earthy garden aroma to it as well.
T - Little sweetness, little pilsner, little hops and little bitter, very light and mild, well balanced, easy drinking.
O - A nice sessionable drinking beer.
V - Medium.

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Photo of BeardedPastor
4.94/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So far, this is my all time favorite beer. I'm always willing to try new thing, but I've yet to find a beer that I enjoy sitting back with than this one.

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Photo of hophead723
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer is timeless. It's universal. It's unmistakable. It's perfect. Okay it could use more hops but then it wouldn't be Fat Tire. I can only hope you are about to enjoy one as you read this review, because that's what beer is all about.

I've had it on tap a lot and poured this into everything from a coffee mug to a pilsner glass but this time around its a classic British pub glass from the bottle. Just like the beer, you can't go wrong with this approach.

Appearance: This beer pours a gorgeous amber color. The head is a unique and characterful off white with fine bubbles.

Aroma: This beer smells so good! Biscuit, fruity, with a whiff of grassy and herbal hops.

Taste: It's delicious and drinkable malt character sings a chorus in your mouth with each pleasing sip. The malt is gentle and bready while the hops are grassy and mild.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. The carbonation levels are perfect and make this beer a classic.

Overall: Ill say it time and time again, this is beer. Yes its not an IPA and yes I'm a hop head but this beer is perfect and complete. It just plain works and it shall stand the test of time. I wouldn't compare it to any other Amber Ale even though there are many out there. Enjoy it any way you can but the tap brings just that much more magic to the experience. Drink up beer lovers. Drink up.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. ENJOY BY: 15FEB15.

Look: Pours a light copper with a soft white head and bright carbonation.

Smell: Aroma of light bready malts with a touch of grassy Euro hop aroma.

Taste: Nutty brown ale flavor. Caramel malts and grassy hop taste.

Feel: Light and refreshing, not strong or overpowering.

Overall: A light, easy drinker. Not a standout, but pleasant. Fat Tire is a not as hoppy as Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or ubiquitous as Sam Adams Boston Lager, but a gateway into craft beer for many nonetheless.

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Photo of Bezy901
4.5/5  rDev +25%

One of my favorite beers! The toasted slightly yeast like flavors really come through. I definitely prefer to have it on tap or poured into a glass rather than from the bottle because it becomes a different beer altogether when it has time to breathe.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber color, yet fairly transparent. A substantial head with lively carbonation.

The smell is distinctly of malt, with a bit of sourness in the background.

As the smell, the taste is dominated by malt. Yet, there are hints of floral, grass and vanilla. The feel is light and drinkable, just what you need for a biking trip through Belgium.

Overall, this is a delightful beer. Light, drinkable and sufficiently complex. Pretty much the perfect reflection of the brewery as a whole.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Pours a thin head on a clear darker straw body.
The aroma has a little fruit basket going on with a little caramel.
The taste has some biscuit and caramel flavor joined by a mild lemon bitterness. Good balance.
The texture is crisp.

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Photo of mchegash
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.75/5
Pours a deep orange-brown. Essentially no head. That's a little disappointing. Fairly clear, but still some haziness. This could just be some idiosyncratic observation of mine, but the rising carbonation bubbling look bigger than they do in most beers. Overall, an okay look; I would have liked more head.

Smell - 3.75/5
Smells like an Amber should. A deep malty-alcohol smell, with perhaps fruity undertones.

Taste - 3.5/5
Tastes similar to the smell, at least to some extent. A sweet malty-alcohol taste, with some notes of piney hops, fruitiness, perhaps caramel as well. I wasn't expecting the pineyness, and not sure whether I like it. Luckily it's fairly subtle.

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
The beer is fairly light in body, the carbonation is quite strong, but not too overpowering. I like the slight bite of the carbonation when I drink this beer. The beer is smooth (besides the carbonation bite)

Overall - 3.5/5
This beer was decent overall, but probably wouldn't get again.

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Photo of JRed
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Pours transparent Amber in body with fluffy white head. Aroma of biscuit, sweet dough, fresh grass. Tastes of sweet malt, grass, biscuit, mild cinnamon, mild bitterness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A nice autumn beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fairly neutral brew, very drinkable. More malt than hop character, with a light caramel and slightly fruity specialty malt base accented with floral and muted citrus notes. Light bitterness at the finish to counter the malt sweetness.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; bronzish amber in color; 1 finger light tan head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; nice, long lasting lacing;

S: malt sweetness, toffee, caramel, perhaps some earthy hops;

T: a nice combination of caramel, toffee, and earthy hops; toward the end, the caramel becomes predominant with a little citrus in the back ground; the finish has a mild bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: very nice; easy drinking;

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Photo of gbarbee
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of favorite all-around beers. When New Belgium was only available in several states I used to bring back cases from Texas to share in North Carolina with friends and family.

Appearance: Amber
Smell: Biscuits and hops
Taste: Bread and malt
Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp
Drinkability: Great beer and it has always been on o my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of PacNWDad
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Very sweet profile, with lots of malt. Reddish brown color. Decent amount of head. Some spice. Good but could use a little more hops and a tad sweet.

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Photo of Lagerquestrian
4/5  rDev +11.1%

I have been buying this brew since the late 90's. This was one of my first gateway craft beers, as it were. I have turned to Fat Tire when needing a sessionable yet flavorful beer. It's a great Amber Ale. Bitterness is balanced quite well with the sweetness. New Belgium knows what they are doing with this beer. It's a common, accepted beer staple in much of the Western States. It's a good balance and easy drinker, way above average adjunct lagers and other mass produced cereal beers. IMO, this brew has it's rightful place. A good quality brew for the craft beer beginner, or one looking for a quality easy drinker without having to sacrifice quality and taste. My first choice when camping in the Rockies around Monarch Pass in Colorado. A twelve pack of bottles amongst a warm camp fire soothes my soul.

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Photo of razorsdescent
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

I don't see why this beer, or even this brewery has the following they do. Not a knock on them, they make some good beer, but not equal to some of the hype I hear blasted.

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Photo of xboxhueg
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Toasty grains, watery and sweet. No hop bitterness to speak of, I imagine it would go good with pizza. I would order it over BMC in a restaurant every time, it has it's place.

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Photo of bwood06
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear amber in color with a frothy/creamy white head with a hint of orange coloring. Lightly carbonated. Head is somewhat retained throughout the tasting. 3.75/5

S - Caramel and an earthy graininess are the first notes to hit my nose. There is also a slight citrus note in the background. Herbal hops. Slight butteriness. 3.5/5

T - Caramel is the first flavor. Slight butteriness like the nose. Toasted bread finish. Grassy flavor to the hops. Almost no lingering flavor or bitterness. Very light in the bitterness category. 3.75/5

M - very light. finishes wet but disappears quickly. Slight carbonation burn, more than expected. 3.5/5

O - Very drinkable beer. Not overly complicated in it's flavor profile, but is still very enjoyable. Very nicely balanced between sweet and bitter. 3.75/5

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Photo of dcscientist
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

This is the microbrew that started it all, according to most people. It's probably the first craft beer you tried, and it was great at the time compared to all the other stuff out there. It's still good, but it's been surpassed by a lot of other beers. It's available everywhere, and I'd much rather drink this than a big-company beer, but by now I can do better. It's your basic amber, your gateway beer, and there's nothing wrong with that.

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Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev +11.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Light amber with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Caramel, brown sugar, and toasted biscuit.

Caramelized candy sugar, brown sugar, and toasted biscuit. Touches of molasses and earthy hop aromas.

Medium bodied, smooth, balanced, and refreshing.

Expertly balanced and exactly what an Amber Ale should be.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Nose: grain, light biscuit, grassy, citrusy hops.
Pours brilliant medium amber under 2” off white foam cap – lacy.
Palate: biscuit with a touch of caramel and a mild hop finish. The hop flavors are spicy and herbal. Well balanced and very refreshing. The finish is a mild almost earthy hop bitterness and a pleasant lingering biscuit flavor.
Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Best by date: 02.02.14.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 01.03.14.

A: See through amber/red. No head with aggressive pour.

S: Malt, raisins, caramel.

T: Caramel is dominant. Toast is there too. Subtle hops.

M: Creamy.

O: I thought that this was an interesting amber the first time that I tried it because it was different than others.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,889 ratings.