Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

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Reviews: 1,855
Hads: 7,614
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 186
Gots: 1,503 | FT: 2
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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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%

Serving Style : 12 oz bottle/poured into 8 oz glass for appearance

Appearance (3) : Copper colored and slightly opaque. Has a foamy white lace that disappears quickly.

Smell (2) : Bitter bean, dark wheat. Rye. Damp cellar. Pretty gross.

Taste (3.25) : Full flavored rush of black bean and red wheat. Dull rubbery bitterness accompanies the flavors. Light cilantro notes with hits of fresh room-temperature celery. The rubber bitterness then turns to copper bitterness with a backlap of tomato and rye; and it hits hard but leaves quick as to not be totally distasteful. The body and flavor are decent, although wildly all over the place.

Mouthfeel (2) : The mouthfeel on the other hand is not something I'm fond of. I don't like the sticky finish on this one or the rubbery mouthfeel. My sample had harsh and generous carbonation that pricks your mouth and leaves a bitter and dry aftertaste.

Overall (2.78) : I've had far better Ambers than this. The damp musty smell and prickly mouthfeel bring down the scores quite a lot. Taste is above average but barely - and it's all over the place. If my future self asks me if I would buy this again, I'd say apprehensively yes, but it will never be a staple in my beer cave. The flavor is too weird and everything else is just out of balance. (1,293 characters)

Photo of leantom
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Been itching to try this. Here goes:

A: Clear brown with a small head. Head disappears and leaves no lacing. Bland. 2/5

S: Toasty caramel malt with some American hops. Both smells are rather muted, however. Not bad, almost an imitated of Yuengling (which is a lager, fyi), but neither the malt nor the hops are particularly robust. Just OK. 3/5

T: Again, just OK. Lightly kilned caramel malt imparts a toasty and sweet taste. Hops are apparent, but they aren't robust enough and I barely taste them. Like a watered-down Yuengling (although this beer is an ale). 3/5

M: Smooth and crisp, but nothing special. 3/5

O: Not that good. Taste is rather bland. I'd rather have an amber lager, like a Dos Equis or a Yuengling. 2.75/3 (751 characters)

Photo of jburris64
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

A good go to Amber when I travel and normal big box domestics won't cut it.

Hardy biscuit malt with suggestions of cherry & a faint floral scent.

Moderate body with a clean smoothness. Nice undertow of biscuity malt from start to finish. Light flash of hops to tame the malt a bit, some fruitiness becomes lively with hints of pear. (335 characters)

Photo of JLSIV
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered this on tap, came in a pint glass with very little head, lacing was good, this was probably due to the bartender more than the brew itself

Aroma was the least impressive thing about this beer, just some basic hoppiness with a quick and fading burst of biscuit

I tasted malt and then a mid range burst of the hops. Very mild and smooth.

Mouthfeel was full and smooth, very drinkable, almost a session beer to me.

Overall, I like it, but prefer the Ranger from this brewery. (485 characters)

Photo of mthomp081
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Amber, some lacing, white crisp head

S - sweet, some malt, if Yuengling had a set of hangers

T - alcohol, citrus, hops, malt, really nicely balanced hops and malt

M - medium bodied, crisp

O - quite tasty, mild malts and hops, very balanced, not real strong but has a nice alcohol taste that is very warming (314 characters)

Photo of PvtSnowball
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from one of the local grocery stores.

A: A clear ruby with moderate head and retention.

S: Malty and sweet smelling.

T: Same as the smell but more complexity. A tiny bit of fruit.

M: Surprisingly rich and smooth. Below average carbonation.

O: A decent brew but not the best of the style. Solid. (310 characters)

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks fantastic. It is a perfect coppery-reddish amber I look for in an amber ale. Soft white foamy head dissipates soon after. Smells like a great amber as well, somewhat modest with a sweeter scent. Not too much of a punch in the flavor however I find the mellow quality desirable. THere is a bit of an alcholic taste at first then dies down to a numbing sensation. Mouthfeel is incredible. Full thickness of the amber brew lingers in my mouth.
Had this beer had a better flavor, I would raise the overall score. As is, this beer rates a 4.25-4.5...Since it was room temp when I reviewed I will give it a 4.5.
Impressive ale here that I will enjoy again and again. (666 characters)

Photo of cb500rider
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I first had this from the bottle and though it was a decent beer, it was nothing to recommend to a friend. Then I went to my local Irish Pub, with the intent of having a couple Guinness with lunch, and found they had this on tap. I ordered one.

The head was minimal, but the appearance was a nice amber. The taste had a bit of hop but finished sweet. I'd describe the flavor as hoppy bubblegum. Surprisingly, I liked it. It was much better on-tap than from the bottle. I liked it so much I had another and never got to my Guinness (Sorry Grandpa McBride). (557 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing. Poured from a deuce bottle into a glass mug, this brew's got a 2 finger, off white head. Admittedly amber body with decent lacing.

Smells like malt for the most part.

I taste the biscuit malt the label mentions and JUST enough bitterness to balance it out. Nice& smooth.

Moutfeel is nice and clean. More of a lager feel, actually. Nice work.

Overall a solid 3.75 for Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing. This is a lot better than Ranger by these guys. I'll probably pick this up again. (547 characters)

Photo of jjorde1
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What else do you want? It's good beer in the American style. Damn good! It has a stong blended flavor that is well mixed by it's owners in large batches compared to the home brewer but it keeps its home brewed flavor and doesn't let me down. Yes , its an ale but what's not to love when you need a good beer! (308 characters)

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, amber color with 1 finger head that dissipated into a thin broken layer of off-white bubbles that lasted throughout, significant lacing, medium carbonation.

SMELL: roasted caramel, biscuits, very subtle.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, roasted caramel, biscuits, very mild hop profile, this is a malt forward beer, everything understated.

PALATE: creamy, medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good beer but not great, very subtle and inoffensive to almost any beer drinker, a safe beer, you could serve this to guests and no one would complain. (645 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Incredibly popular, New Belgium's banner beer is an ale that's caught in an identity crisis. Its it an American amber ale, an Irish red ale or is it a Belgian pale ale? Where the taste tilts to Irish, there's much more to consider in this fairly complex but understated ale.

Its honey-amber hue is a lead in to its toasted flavor and freshly kilned grain aroma to seep into the initial senses. Faint caramel, peanut and a bready-sweet taste is elegant on just off of caramel with bread crust and biscotti instead.

Its dextrin-rich body is creamy, starchy and smooth- allowing its cream corn center to give a faint butterscotch flavor as its malty grain flavors offer smoothness and a creamy medium weight. Herbal hops are tea-like and mildly citrus; even as cinnamon and clove spiciness tether through the sweet breadiness and indicate a turn to closure.

Spicy in finish, a moderate pepper taste and feel highlights its mild alcohol warmth that outlasts is starchy malt upstart. Semi-dry in finish, only a mild bitterness and tepid spice complement balances the taste in those waning sips.

Friendly and unoffensive, the allure of the ale lies in its non-polarizing taste and its understated complexity. An unfailing choice for the both the uninitiated and the connoisseurs alike. (1,284 characters)

Photo of jcavend1
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a 13 oz tulip.

I immediately notice that there is little to no head retention. Apperance is a light amber color. Smells of toasted biscuity malt. Hops are not recogonizable. A sweet tasting malt forward beer. Not bad, nothing great overall. (270 characters)

Photo of fvnuciforo
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The whole is better than the sum of its parts. There's no one thing about that overwhelms me, but it's the kind of beer that I can drink quite a few of, without destroying my palate. Great for a back yard BBQ, or after mowing the lawn. Not complicated, but a tasty "session" type. (280 characters)

Photo of BeerSnobsUnited
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Good brew but kinda basic.

Appearance: filtered, see through, brown colour. Finger and a half of smooth off white head. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Huge biscuit malt scent, strong caramel backbone, and well blended hops.

Taste: Identical to the aroma. Biscuit malt, caramel, and a bitter hop after taste.

Mouthfeel: Lacklustre. Carbonation bite on the tip of the tongue, medium to light body, with a somewhat dry finish... but not really.

Overall: Pretty standard beer. Not for those with adventure in their hearts, but more for those who want something simple to chill around the house with. (601 characters)

Photo of againes
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I love the biscuity/grainy flavors of this beer. There is a slight hop flavor that finishes the grainy taste. It's such a great session beer even though its a "common" craft beer. It is a good measure for other craft brews to strive for. (237 characters)

Photo of zimm421
2.82/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Appears a beautiful deep amber that is very clear. The head is off-white, fairly thin, but has some lacing left behind.

The nose is all sweetness, with loads of caramel. That's it. One-dimensional. The taste is bland. Again, no complexity here just caramel and breadiness. A slight touch of bitterness on the back-end which attempts to balance it out, but fails.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of stickiness on the back side. Carbonation levels are too low, and I think bumping them up a touch could improve this quite a bit. Overall, a good entry-level brew, and a great way to bring people into craft beer, but not something I ever reach for any more. Had to grab it now just to mark it off the list... (773 characters)

Photo of GeorgeMenton722
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Overall Fat Tire brews a good amber ale. There isn't anything exceptional about this beer, but there isn't anything you can really complain about either. The flavor has the depth that you expect with a craft beer without anything extra. Almost like a good burger, it features the classic taste that you expect without anything extra that may set it apart. (355 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at Newsroom, Minneapolis.

Pale amber-tan with cratered white head.
Caramel spread on wheat toast with faint citrus.
Peanuts, wheat thins, a twist of lemon and fading toastiness to end.
Faint C-hop orange rind finish and clean tingly linger.
Light, crisp, slightest cling.

OK, it’s watery, there’s really no hops and it’s Crystal 20 at a push. There’s still just enough flavor to shock a BMC drinker. I wouldn’t stick with it myself, but I see where it makes sense.

Definition of a gateway beer. (522 characters)

Photo of scratch69
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Clear copper color with a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Caramel malt and biscuit aroma with a hint of yeast.

Taste- Very similar to the nose but with a more pronounced caramel malt sweetness. It has just enough fruity hop flavor to balance it out.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall- Many years ago this beer and Samuel Adams are what got me into trying different craft beers. I decided to try it again and it was like revisiting an old friend that I haven't seen for years. Very good beer that I need to drink more often. (617 characters)

Photo of BeerExplorer
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had to travel out of state, specifically to get this beer. It has a slightly hoppy taste, but it is very drinkable. This has been one of my favorite beers for a long time and making the journey across state lines is deffinately worth it. And the beer is constantly cold from the brewery to your mouth (it is one of the stipulations for the brewery i believe) (360 characters)

Photo of brysonbreakey
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my go-to brew. I always pick one up when I get a variety pack from the grocery store just in case the others are no good. Fat tire is always reliable.

It's well balanced, has a great body/mouthfeel and I love the toasty malty qualities. It pairs well with most meals, however I think it's especially great with anything Italian. I've had it with homemade pizza and with lasagna and both were prime.

Definitely a solid beer that I will be drinking for a good while. A staple for my refrigerator. (504 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from a six-pack poured into a shaker pint glass. The first New Belgium beer to hit Alberta (along with Ranger IPA) and not a surprising choice at all considering that this is basically a craft beer legend in terms of broadening the mainstream drinker's horizons and helping to set the stage for the wonderful scenario we enjoy today (i.e, the widespread availability of beer that contains flavor). A coppery red-bronze brew with a moderate amount of whitish head and an aroma centered on biscuity, nutty malts, the overall impression is one of flavorful but not cloying biscuit and pecan nut flavors, supplemented by a little red apple skin and faint strawberry creme and pine flavors ... This latter element must be the hops making their presence known just enough to cut some of the sweetness. Others taste some Belgian influence here. I do not, although I suppose there is a rather more assertive yeast flavor than would be typical for a red ale and a middling rummy candi sugar vibe somewhere in the mix. All in all, its relatively safe, a great showcase for biscuit malt flavors, sweet but not overly so, there's a pleasingly moderate degree of carbonation, and the whole thing is tied together like a room featuring the Dude's rug. (1,244 characters)

Photo of raznug
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fat tire pours a copper color and is topped with ½” of white head that leaves the beer rather quickly.
Smell: The aroma of this beer is all malt with a little yeast in the background to add a little something.
Taste: The taste of fat tire is a lot like the aroma except that I don’t get any yeast or bread taste like there was in the aroma.
Mouthfeel: This beer is a medium bodied amber that is easy to drink and a great representation of what this style should be. (483 characters)

Photo of MBbeerking14
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fat Tire is a beer from New Belgium Brewery:

Pours an amber red, and produces a good sized head of foam. The smell is that of toffee, biscuits, and caramel. The taste is malty, bready, and reminds me a lot of a simply drinking a biscuit. The finish is semi-dry.

Drinkability: This is a solid beer which would pair well with a variety of foods. New Belgium made their name with Fat Tire, and it is certainly worthy of being a flag ship. I could drink more than one of these beers in a sitting. (494 characters)

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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