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Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

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5,491 Ratings

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Ratings: 5491
Reviews: 1753
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Goliath


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: can

05-27-2010 23:45:14 | More by Goliath
Photo of SamN


3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear and lively. Copper brown color, big, loose foamy head that seems better out of the can.

S- Background of sweeter bread malts, some foreground of fragrant floral hops, but mostly a nutty, maltier aroma.

T- Not super flavorful, a tad biscuity. Bread like malts with crisp citrus twangs. Unfortunately, this taste is rather dry and boring, like a dry biscuit.

M- Pretty lively carbonation, spritzy, Light body, rougher carbonation feel.

D- Not my favorite NB beer of all time. A good introduction to craft beer for those too timid and prone to pants-pissing to try anything with balls. But, this isn't bad, nor it is unoriginal, just a little boring and monotone.

Serving type: can

03-25-2010 19:35:18 | More by SamN
Photo of ZeroSignal


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

A - Pours a cooper-amber color wit a somewhat thin white head.

S - Malty nose with hints of sweetness and grain

T&M - Heavy biscuity flavor, grains, very light sweetness and some hops bitterness that smooths everything out nicely. Very smooth with a slight dryness.

D - Very drinkable; I can see throwing a few of these back no problem. Very happy to have had an opportunity to try a beer not available in my area.

Serving type: can

03-17-2010 00:54:57 | More by ZeroSignal
Photo of vacax


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

Can conditioned vessel poured into a glass. Pours a golden amber with a slight haze, full two inches of cream colored head, retention surprisingly high for something so seemingly fizzy at first. Nice trail of lace left a I drink the glass too. Aroma of biscuit malts and some earthy, straw hoppiness.

Tastes of toasty malts primarily with an earthy hop balance and some nice estery elements. Slight off note perceptible to some degree, but overlooked in everyday drinking. This is a drinkin' beer, not a sippin' beer.

Medium to fuller in body, carbonation is a bit high. Nice clean flavors, very palatable, easily sessionable. Nice amber ale without pretentiousness. I've heard of people being "disappointed" with this beer, but as far as ambers go this is a good one.

Highly recommend trying the cans as the can conditioning really adds to the flavor over the force carbed bottles. Also the best twelve pack of cans on the market to my knowledge.

Serving type: can

03-04-2010 01:24:46 | More by vacax
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another can to add to my collection, similar label as the bottle. I have had this bottled before, but first time from a can, let's see how it compares.
Dark amber color, red hilights, with a solid but small head. Nice aroma of hops come through immediatley, also some malt sweetness present. The taste is also well balanced with solid malt base, accented by more floral hops. The body is on the fuller side for the style, mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Good drinkability, flavorful, easy to drink.

Serving type: can

02-23-2010 17:06:54 | More by BigBry
Photo of TravelingBeerMug


3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very breadsy, nutty smell. Pours a nice golden/light orange color with off-white head. Leaves good lacing on the sides of the glass, like sea monster dragons catapulting out of the sea. The taste is pretty bold and flavorful with hop aftertaste, and a bit sticky. It's good, but a one drinker per night in my opinion, then switch to something else quieter for session drinking. This would probably pair well with dinner, especially something meaty.

Serving type: can

02-19-2010 00:29:52 | More by TravelingBeerMug
Photo of jera1350


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

Thanks to krisandajt for this one. Didn't even realize this came in cans.

Cloudy burnt orange color with a fluffy light tan head.

Orange citrus and caramel are abundant.

Buttery caramel malt that just doesn't appeal to me. I've had this before and there is just something about the malt that seems off. Citrus comes in at the back end of this one and brightens it up.

Nice feel. Medium bodied and mostly smooth. Semi-dry finish.

Very drinkable. Personally, I could only do one or two of these, but I can see how it appeals to many others. A solid beer that is available seemingly everywhere.

Serving type: can

02-11-2010 21:16:15 | More by jera1350
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a pumpkin orange with a faint beige capping that was 1 finger high, frumpy and displayed an average retention rate. The lacing was fairly good leaving a thin spongey coating on the glass. There was a faint misty haze to the drink with micro particles lying suspended within that still allowed a good deal of visibility through the glass. Visible carbontion was light, composed of micro-bubbles that rose at a steady rate.

S: On the nose was a mixture of fresh caramel with pear slices. Not a lot of hoppiness was detected with a preference towards fruitiness. On the closing fade were glimpses of semi-dry oranges and applesauce.

T: As with the nose, the flavor was fruity and sweet with distinguishable notes of green melons, apples, pears with a light sprinkling of cinnamon. There was a bit of spiciness, perhaps touches of nutmeg finishing things out. The malting was bready with some honey notes and sweet moments of caramel coated oranges all rounding out with a fading soft alcohol touch combined with faint flowery citrus tones.

M: The mouthful was medium bodied, with a buttery avocado consistency. The carbonation was soft while a light residual maltiness lines the tongue upon the swallow.

D: Decent drinkability though may be a bit sweet for an all day drinker. Sweet and fruity but mannered enough to down a few. Six pack worthy and conveniently packed in fashionable cans.

Serving type: can

01-18-2010 17:48:10 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of curasowa

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brought back a 12'er of cans from a road trip to the mid-west. Best before date of 19Nov09. Poured a darker, yellow color with a solid 2 fingers of head that faded slowly with chunky lacing. Smells slightly of bittering hops, but mostly dominated by a grassy, almost cabbage-y aroma. The first taste is somewhat underwhelming - pretty thin and flat. Not a lot of flavor from the malt and then a slow, lingering bitter finish. Despite all that, it goes down OK.

Serving type: can

10-05-2009 23:32:01 | More by curasowa
Photo of mdwalsh


4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this 12 pack of cans for a canoe trip -no glass- and set one aside for reviewing.

A: It pours a good two finger just off white head with a mix of bubble sizes that tend towards larger. The beer is a darkish copper golden though plenty of light comes through. It's pretty clear with a good amount of active carbonation. Still, just a little too light methinks.

S: Hmm, actually some hops, a mix but tending towards piney. Not to say it's hoppy, but you can smell the hops. Mostly malt, I'm getting a lot of biscuity, bready malts. Nothing dark.

T: Again, a very acceptable amount of hops for an amber, very nice job there. I'm getting a little off taste though, and I hate to say it, I really have no problem with beer in cans, but I taste a little metal. There is still that malty biscuity flavor, but it's milder than in the nose. All in all, it's a pretty mild flavor and no wonder why it's so popular.

M: Light and airy, a great hot weather beer, it has just the right amount of carbonation.

D: I couldn't think of a more drinkable beer, really. Lowish alcohol, solid flavor, and here I use drinkable as it applies to the population, I can't imagine many people not liking this beer.

Serving type: can

09-14-2009 20:26:25 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of BottleOfPills

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well I came across this beer at my better half's twenty year High School Reunion. One of her "clasmates" - afterall do you call them classmates after twenty years?? brought this in as an auction item to help raise money for the next reunion.

I bid $16 and ended up giving $20 for the Twelve Pack of cans.

Afterall being a Mountain Biker who could resist Fat Tire Amber Ale?

Appearance - kind of dark amber gold.. probably hence the "amber ale" title. DOH in my best Homer Simpson Voice.. I give it a 4.0 which is good.

Smell - hmmm.. its a crisp smell, if that makes any sense. Clean also... most of the Hoppy beers I drink do not impress me, but this.. hmmm I give it a 4.5.

Taste - Exceptional... currently in WV, Yuengling is all the rage.. this blows Yuengling out of the water - and at 5.2%. With the recent passage of the State's Craft Beer Law, I hope I find some places that start aqcuiring this beer.

Mouthfeel - I'm not sure I understand this quality. But holding it in my mouth, it feels crisp. Not like a cold Domestic, but not creamy like a Guinness. I can feel the carbonation. I like it. Good

Drinkability - I'm going with Exceptional, because I'm having a hard time saving two of these for my friends. This is excellent beer. I'm going to have to find more. (note I did save two for my pals)

Serving type: can

08-05-2009 01:42:04 | More by BottleOfPills
Photo of woodychandler


4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I thought that by coming to Denver, I would have no problem finding this beer in a CAN. It turned out to be my quest for the great white whale. It existed, but just out of my grasp. I finally scored a sixer and have some for CAN-only trades.

I had just done a warm-up with Breckenridge Amber, but this is the gold-standard for an Amber beer. Let's see.

My bartender's pour created a finger-and-a-half of tawny head with good retention. The color was a really bright orangish-amber, translaing to NE-quality clarity. The nose was biscuity malty and I am so glad that someone explained that phrase to me. Again, this was the standard bearer for the style. Mouthfeel was medium and although the CAN mentioned "Toasty malt flavors in tandem [(har)] with hoppy freshness", I simply got the malt. This was eminently drinkable, especially in the amber style. The finish was smooth and slightly dry. I do not miss the sugary sweetness of some CANned beers which I have reviewed.

Shore/Beach: If you CAN find it, hell, yeah! It was an elusive beer in my estimation, but once I found it, I was glad that I had. Ten Fidy is NOT coming wih me to the Jersey shore!

Serving type: can

08-03-2009 22:07:34 | More by woodychandler
Photo of argock


3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Typical burnt amber with creamy 2-finger light tan head. Good retention and some lacing stretches up and down the glass.

S: Aroma is light caramel malts, herbal hops, and mildly metallic.

T: Flavor is on par with when I have had this above-average brew before. Plenty of caramel malt complexity with herbal and lightly floral hops note. No metal in the flavor thankfully.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy, but I always wish this beer had more body. Aftertaste is caramel malts with a light mineral note.

D: A nice package for those out on the trail or in a boat fishing or floating down the river. Fat Tire is a good not great beer -- cans of Dale's Pale Ale knock this one down the order a bit.

Serving type: can

08-02-2009 13:58:36 | More by argock
Photo of OttoPeeWee


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

Good beer. The colder the better with this one (even though the label says different). It has a nice unique toasty taste. It has a good balance of flavors. Amber in color and a bit sticky, but light enough to were you can defiantly kick back a few of these with no problem.

Serving type: can

07-25-2009 15:00:06 | More by OttoPeeWee
Photo of tai4ji2x


4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to the threewisemen for the trade.

12oz can, says "can conditioned". underside of the can has a best by date of 12 jun 2009. tasted in early may 2009.

pale honey amber w brownish copper tones. clear. 1-finger, nearly pure-white head, slowly fades to thin layer. great lacing.

aroma: yeasty apple esters and trademark toasty malt and caramel, with mild hop note that is lightly citrusy and leafy, almost like fresh orange juice. hint of belgian character.

taste: very toasty malt, with more grassy/herbal hop character, and mild to near-moderate bitterness. slightly watery, but quite flavorful for 5.2% ABV. resins linger, as yeast, esters and phenols peek through in the finish and aftertaste, plus again more of that trademark, toasty, toffeeish malt character which made NB famous.

light to medium body, with light resins in the finish. crisp, tingly, moderate carbonation.

ah, ok, now i see why so many non-beergeeks rave about it. VERY easy drinking, and that caramelized, toasty malt really is what sets it apart from other flagship beers by the other near-mainstream craft breweries such as sam adams or sierra nevada.

NOTE: ok, yeah, so now i'm reading todd alstrom's review, and it helped me narrow down a description for the malt flavor - it's BISCUITY. lightly sweet, cookie-like, english-style biscuits.

Serving type: can

07-12-2009 10:53:44 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of ajmoody76


4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

started getting the cans a little while back. i am glad to see them. they go in pockets and backpacks well. twelve ounce can pours clear light amber color. one finger tan head. some lacing. looks good.

toasty and biscuit malts. some fruit hops in there as well.

caramel malty sweet. citrus fruit hops also. dry bitter fruit aftertaste. fits within style.

mid body. good carbonation. i like this better than the bottle. seems to have a little more depth. i will continue to buy this beer.

Serving type: can

07-09-2009 03:01:07 | More by ajmoody76
Photo of beerhobo22


4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good hop aromas with hearty malt. Dark amber with good, rocky, head. Tastes of caramel malt balanced with earthy hop bitterness. Finishes clean. Medium body with good carbonation. Really enjoyed the canned version over the bottle. Someone told me that they added add'l yeast to each can, but I can't confirm. As always, a good beer.

Serving type: can

06-28-2009 16:35:23 | More by beerhobo22
Photo of naterock


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a cloudy pale brown color, looks almost like dishwater with a little bit of head retention.

Smells of toasty malt and a little bit of a nutty aroma. just a hint of hops but I smelled the hops better while it was still in the can.

Tastes quite good, nutty with a moderate malt backbone, just a subtle hop that you can't hardly taste until you burp it up.

Mouth is a bit oily and moderately carbonated. Drinks easy straight out of the can or from a glass. I think this is a better beer when you don't have to smell or see it so the can is a good thing. Good, refreshing and a great canned selection for lake time or swimming areas.

Serving type: can

05-29-2009 18:56:21 | More by naterock
Photo of jkrich


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can with freshness date stamped on bottom of can.

Poured a very nice, clear, new penny copper color with a nice 1/4 inch white head that receded slowly leaving some pretty lace. I thought it would be darker and perhaps a little cloudy; the can states "can conditioned."

Not a great deal to discern here. some malt aromas as well as some faint hop aroma.

Taste is largely malty with some caramel flavor. Not much complexity but it is refreshing. I don't taste any of the distinct biscuit like flavors found in Belgian style ales. There is a faint metallic taste.

Moderately carbonated and medium bodied - it leaves a pleasantly sweet after taste. It very soft and non-agressive on the palatte.

The refreshing flavor and low ABV allows one to enjoy several in one session. I have heard about this beer for many years and the hype surrounding it is bound to disappoint. However, this is a good ale and I would recommend it, but I have enjoyed better amber style ales.

Serving type: can

05-23-2009 23:18:30 | More by jkrich
Photo of cnally


4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

yeah, yeah...the talk of the town recently as it seems to be the most coveted beer recently introduced to the east side of the Mississippi River.

A fantastic looking beer. A radiant golden orange color with a fluffy, menacing lacy white head. really grand looking stuff.

really grainy aroma. wheat and corn, with a very slight malt aroma. toasted marshmallows a bit, due to its sweet smell. but mellow and not outstanding.

initial hop flavor, but ever so slight. this moves to a impact of grain and yeast, balanced well. the toasted malt they advertise is barely noticible until the aftertaste, which fills your mouth with a vengence.

Creamy, filling feel with a touch of stickiness.

Here is the thing. I have been drinking this beer out of a can since its introduction here in Indiana and merely called it okay. After pouring it out, aerating the drink and being practically moved to tears by its appearance, I have an entirely different viewpoint of the beer. It turned from good to great. No exaggeration. So, don't be lazy, people...pour this beer out into a glass and be amazed at the difference.

Serving type: can

05-17-2009 23:51:39 | More by cnally
Photo of Kegatron


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

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with 1 1/2 fingers of foamy eggshell white head. Thin creamy retention that flares up into a rigid 1/2 finger that throws some massive frothy lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet with bread and caramel, with a good bit of citric tang and light floral hops in the back of the nose.

The taste is toasted malts and caramel sweetness mixed in with a pervasive fruity citric character. Light bittering hops pull up the back with some needed balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly relaxed and creamy carbonation and a generally all around refreshing feel about it.

While nowhere near the full blown cult status that this beer seems to have garnered over the years, if your looking at this as a moderately flavored and easy drinking Amber Ale, then for the most part it succeeds. Plus it gets an extra point for the portability in cans now as well.

Serving type: can

05-12-2009 01:04:23 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Oxymoron


3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Fat Tire from a can is different than from tap or bottle! Count it! Did a tasting side by side. Pours a slightly hazy copper to amber color. A good fluffy white head with good retention and good lacing for the full tasting.

The nose is a bit cleaner than versus the bottle. The malt comes out with a light bready and biscuit aroma. Some minor caramel as well. There isn't the nutty aroma that I usually associate with Victory malt (and a bottled FT). A very clean yeast and some minor esters. The hops are a bit cleaner as well, and the herbal and floral hops come out a bit more.

The taste is similar in that it is a bit softer. The malt is very clean with a light caramel. Some minor hints of the nuttiness, which Im not a fan of. Some bready notes come out as well. The yeast is a tad more noticeable in the can version as well. Some light rose peddles and bananas. The finishing hops are about equal, a good balance with hops and malt.

The body is a about the same, moderate to light. Very clean and easy drinking. Overall there are still some things that I would like to see, more depth and a bit more hops. But just to compare can versus bottle, the winner = can!

Serving type: can

05-07-2009 19:55:52 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of Beejay


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

A: Nice medium Amber, some yeast floating in it, which I believe is intentional in the canned version of this beer. Nice white head on top that dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Malty, toasty biscuity.

T: Malty, slightly dry, with a wonderful nutty/ biscuit flavor. Delicious, but I think it does loose something in the can.. I have had this on tap, in a bottle, Bomber, and at the brewer, and I think the can is the weak link.. Still good, just not as good.

M: Highly carbonated, smooth, and crisp.

D: Definitely. Light, crisp and a solid amber. This beer fits many tastes, and though it gets heat on this site, I still think it is a great beer, and a gateway beer into the craft world. There was a reason we got a keg for our graduation party.. Fat tire, you aren't the best, but you will always have a place in my heart..

Serving type: can

05-02-2009 04:54:50 | More by Beejay
Photo of BigJim5021


3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium has finally hit Indiana. So, I figured that if the shit was here, I might as well see what the big goddamn fuss is all about. I got the 1554 on Tuesday and was completely unimpressed. Fat Tire has fared a bit better.

Pours more orange than amber from the nice-looking little can. Big ass white head settles into a permanent ring with a good amount of lacing.

The smell is toasted caramel malt. Not the least bit assertive, though.

The flavor is just as mild as the smell. It's got a good toasty flavor to it, but there just isn't enough of that flavor to stick out.

Mouthfeel is too thin, but not terribly so. Carbonation isn't quite what I would call aggressive, but it's at least somewhat assertive.

Drinkablity is above average. I could easily throw a handful of these back in a sitting. This stuff doesn't live up to its cult status. At least it wasn't the letdown that Shiner Bock was. The next time I want an amber ale, I'm grabbing a Bell's.

Serving type: can

04-24-2009 05:07:27 | More by BigJim5021
Photo of Wetpaperbag


2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alright I don't like this beer in the bottle or on tap, but I'm going to give it a try in the can as everyone I've talked to said it is better in the can...we will see.

A- Amber in color with very little head. The head that is there is very white.

S- The smell is caramely with a large grain smell.

T- The beer is malty for sure, not hoppy in the least especially for a red ale. There is a slight bitter taste that leaves a weird taste in your mouth. This is not better in a can to say the least.

M- Feels like beer in the mouth, with a bitter taste.

D- Drinks like beer....a thicker Macro styled beer.

Serving type: can

04-19-2009 00:31:29 | More by Wetpaperbag
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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