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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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1,890 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,890
Hads: 7,851
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 30%
Wants: 196
Gots: 1,729 | 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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Reviews: 1,890 | Hads: 7,851
Photo of goodbyeohio
2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light orange, looks lagery. smell is mild roasted malts and taste is nothing impressive at all. almost like a sam adams clone. mild hop notes add something but a metallic aftertaste takes it right away. if 'refreshing' is the best thing i can say about a beer, you know that means trouble. not terrible, but a truly mediocre microbrew. if i had access to it, it might be a lawnmower beer.. but having to have it shipped puts it in the disappointment column.

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Photo of mgdeth
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pale amber in color, good head, good lace. Pretty clear.

Smell - Bready and nutty, and maybe estery. Hops do not present themselves.

Taste - Bready and busciuty, with some fruity esters thrown in. The hop bitterness is not very pronounced, which lets the beer's malt characteristics shine through.

Mouthfeel - Texture is sort of oily or butter-like without having any off flavors. Body is good.

Drinkability - This beer is easy to drink, and quite pleasureable at that.

Comments - I used to think this beer was just so-so. It grows on you.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light orange in color with a rapidly dissolving pure white head, that leaves a streaky ring of lacing. The nose is largely toasted bread, malts and light floral hops. A massively large and full flavored slapping of biscuity malts, creamy and slightly carbonated. Biscuity and toasty sum up this amber ale. Flavorings of freshly baked bread, minimal hop bitterness, though it’s there. Pretty easy to drink, not too shabby.

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Photo of droomyster
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy copper with a big tan frumpy head that lasts. Gives off a pear aroma, yeasty, kinda skunky and reminiscent of the dump or the recycling center (though I suppose "biscuity" is the more generous term). The strongest points of this beer are its appearance and enchanting tingly feel. Tastes of apples and earthy, doughy malts. In many bars this one is as good as it gets and I know that I'll have many Fat Tires to come, though I probably never buy it in a store.

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Photo of mschofield
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber, topped with a one finger off-white head, left webs of lacing.
A bit spicy nose, toast and biscuit.
Toasty, a bit of a spicy floral note, bread, with caramel.
Light bodied.
This was one of the beers I was looking forward to on my trip to Denver, I had heard a lot about it, but sadly it was just a little better than average to me.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the beer that did it for me. This was the first non-macro I ever had the privelage of trying at the tender age of ~17. Even though it was the beer that sowed the seeds of my advocacy, I tended to pass it up in favor of shitty beer for several years to follow, except for on special occasions since I didn't know any better at the time (beer is beer before you are old enough to buy it yourself). Eventually the Fat Tire faded into near obscurity after eventually developing an infatuation for wheat beers such as Boulevard or Blue Moon. Recently though, my new roommate this semester noticed that I seem to almost never buy the same beer twice asked me if I had drank Fat Tire, which he drinks like friggin' juice when he has the opportunity to have it (since you can't get it here in Iowa). Now it seems that every time I go back home (just across the river from Nebraska) I have to pick up some of this just on principle, just so I can enjoy a good beverage with my otherwise macro loving roomies.

Alright, now that the reminiscing and all that sentimental bullshit is over with, let's talk about the beer. It pours to a pale amber with a thin film-like white head. Now that my beer horizons have extended this is not really all that impressive looking. It used to seem very unique when I first had something other than a fizzy yellow beer. The smell is VERY biscuity. Not really anything else worth noting in the smell since the biscuit malts are so powerful.

The taste is also dominated by biscuit malts, but there is also a hint of fruitiness in the background. I can't help but agree with my roommates that this tastes more like juice than beer, but it doesn't have enough depth of character for me. Nonetheless, it is a very intriguing beer for a brewery to have as a flagship. I will continue to drink this when it is available to me, but my main priority is to drink the other beers offered by New Belgium that I haven't already had, such as the Tripel, 1554, and seasonals. Hopefully we will get New Belgium in Iowa soon, as I heard we are supposed to have it soon (at least Fat Tire and other more easily accessable brews like Sunshine wheat).

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Photo of allengarvin
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light amber color, nice head & lacing. Nose is a nutty malt aroma. Predominant taste is rich, slightly caramel malt, nutty (toasted pecans?), biscuity and faintly roasted. Hop bitterness balances out well. Finishes malty but dry. Moderate carbonation and body.

A superb session beer, with no obvious faults. We're fortunate in the southwest to have this beer on draft nearly everywhere. No longer do we have to settle for a Sam Adams or Shiner bock. Highly drinkable beer. My only caveat is that it ages poorly, and at a few months old quickly declines in quality.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring from a bottle into a goblet, it pours a nice honey-amber color with 2 fingers thick of foamy head (looks like insides of a biscuit). The head dissipates to nice cling and some edge lacing within 1-2 minutes. Smell is of biscuits, celery, and earthy hops. To tell you the truth, the smell reminds me of beef & vegetable stew w/ biscuits. Kinda odd to me! However, when taking a sip, I notice what I smelled is exactly what I taste. The grainy malts and the biscuits and vegetables comes out right away. I never knew beer could taste like dinner...hell, i thought it was dinner! Anyways, feel is mainly light, tingly carbonation on the sip that follows through til the swallow. Slight alcohol on the finish, but nothing exciting. Definitely a beer you should try, but I can only take the taste so much. However, very interesting to say the least!

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Photo of beerluvr
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a quick light ivory head settling over clear amber liquid. Noticable toasty, lightly smoky nose. Snappy hops tasted right out of the gate with a biscuity and malty undertone. Faint caramel sweetness follows through into the balanced finish. Great session brew.

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Photo of karst
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always heard that the glass determines a lot of the appearance. Poured 1/2 of 12 oz brown (non-twist off) bottle into a Pils glass and 1.2 into a goblet. The goblet had little head with no retention, only a ring of foam and almost no lace. The Pils glass really showed off the appearance! fine foam arose to more than 4 fingers and coalesced into a course head of large bubbles. The pils retained 1 cm. head after 5 minutes. Lace clinged to the entire glass to the origional pour line after the glass was empty. Got you thinking about appearance ratings? No Difference in the bright amber - copper/gold clear color.

Initially, I was not fond of this taste: bisquit malt and "undesirable tannin grain flavor -Todd" the hops seem a little week providing only a "quicky" aftertaste that fades too soon. Served beer at 50 F. and tasted slowly until 62 F. the light to almost medium mouth feel improved with temp the malt and bread came out - maybe I just got used to the husky tannin grain.

I would say this is a very drinkable "session beer". Been thinking of what snacks to have with the rest of the supply for the superbowl XXXIX.

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Photo of CVC
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Came in a 12 oz. bottle; served in a pint glass. Pours a light copper/brown color with a minimal white head. Leaves a good amount of lace. Faint smells nuts, spices, biscuits all mixed together. Tastes very biscuit-y and malty, like the bottle says. An average mouthfeel, somewhat heavy, but also thin (?).

This beer has a really good biscuit taste. I just wish that taste was stronger because it tastes like it's mixed with malt liquor or something. Still, this beer has a great smell and appearance. It would pair-up perfectly with a hot plate of biscuits and gravy. Mmm.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What a unique and great flagship beer to be had. I don't want to spend this review going into the categories of the beer, such as flavor and appearance, because let's face it, everyone knows how it is.

But let's consider that every successful brewery usually has a flagship beer that really makes a name for themselves. This beer, although ordinary in many ways, is also quite extraordinary.

There is a signature yeast strain that they use that creates a very unique flavor profile. It goes really well with the caramel flavor and biscuit overtones this beer has to offer.

It's just a great session ale, and that is why I gave it its highest scores for drinkability.

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Photo of Reneejane
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer this past weekend at a bar on tap. I was pretty impressed that they had a beer like this on tap at a Cheesecake factory though. The pour was good, it had a nice malty flavor. Very refreshing hop aroma. The hops had a bit of a bite, but I couldn't readily identify them: perhaps it was a mixture of hops. I could drink these all night long (well maybe not all night... because it had a decent amount of alcohol to it ;) Our server told us that it is manufactured by Coors.

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Photo of ghurux86
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

i've been wanting to try this one for a while but just finally got around to it. this one pours a clear orangish amber color with a small head. the head mostly vanishes really quick but the little that stays around the edges does leave a little lacing.
the smell is probably the best thing about this one. smells of malt and some toasted nut.
the taste is not bad, it's better than average. mostly malt with a little of that toast at first but the rear is brought up with a hint of hops. the hops are noticeable but not overly bitter.
the mouthfeel is average, seems a little thin to me and the carbonation is a little higher than i prefer, it's not bad but just a little much. you can really notice this on the tip of your tongue.
although i think this beer is only a little better than average over all, i could probably drink it all night, i would definitely take this over many other beers, but the opposite of that is true as well.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.65/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a golden amber with a thin white head. The head dissapears quickly. It smells biscuity with a little hint of spice. Maybe ginger. Also smells a little flowery. It tastes sweet with a great ballence of hops and malt. Maybe just a little more hoppy than malty. Very smoothe. Very, very good. This beer is a well rounded beer that can be enjoyed any time. You can easily drink a few of these beers at one time due to the somewhat low alcohol content. Only 5.2% I can not get this beer where I live, but only a few hour drive away, I can, so I usually stock up. I usually like dark, malty beers, but this is definately an exception. Definately worth a try.

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Photo of RyanS107
4.88/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The bottle, the name, the taste...all make this beer the best in the US. In Ohio here, I cannot get it. When I travel to a state that does serve this, it is the only beer I drink. Get it when you can. I cannot wait for it to be sold nationwide. Any ideas on when that will happen?

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Photo of rajendra82
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Provided in person by Southernbrew, this brown longneck poured fizzy clear yellowish amber. The head was less than ¼ inch thick, although there was a lot of latent carbonation. The smell was a bit unpleasant with some rotting wood mixing with fresh tilled earth. The taste was nutty, grainy, and quite watered down, with some hop bitterness lingering in the background. Mouthfeel was thin, but not maco-ish. The aftertaste was clean, and gassy. This is clearly a beer meant to be a stepping stone from macro-swill, although IMHO Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is much better suiter for that mission.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is a light, clear orange in color with a colossal head that was full and showed great retention. It looked like a beautiful white cloud hovering over an orange sky.

Smell – The light, pleasant grain is complimented with some soft, citrus hopping. The two go well together.

Taste – This is a pretty darn good American Amber Ale. The grain is unoffensive and actually quite nice. The hops are subdued in line with the malt flavors. There’s a caramel flavor throughout that mixes well with the citrus notes.

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied and lightly carbonated. It finishes with a lingering bitterness that gives this ale a well-rounded mouthfeel.

Comments – This beer is so common in every supermarket and quickie mart that I knew it just had to be bad, but it was really pretty darn good.

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Photo of KoG
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had this on tap and remember it tasting different.

Filled my glass with a clear orange(Que?) liquid that produced a meager head, but left it all as lacing.

Smell was a bit doughy with a flowery hop essence, not bad buut not astounding.

Taste was not nearly as sweet as I remember. Somewhat yeasty but very clean carrying malt and hop flavor with it. It's allright i guess...

Mouth seemed a little thinner than it should with no real carbonation.

Don't think i'll be getting this in the bottle very often(if ever with so many other New Belgium offerings), much better on tap.

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Photo of Juggernaut
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poored a amber/bronze color with a nice white head. It smelled of toasty malt with a nice biscuity note that it is known for.

The taste was well balanced between the malt and hops that made it very refreshing, and just what you would expect from the aroma. The body was decent, and it had a slite bitterness at the end. Overall it was pretty good.

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Photo of swid
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fat Tire pours a light amber color, and is clear. Strong carbonation. 1/4" head; moderate lacing.

A strong malty aroma, with the trademark biscuit smell dominant. Just a hint of a piney smell as well. Not a terribly complex aroma, but definitely unique.

The taste lines up exactly with what the aroma promises...an initial malty, nearly cracker-like flavor is prevalent. After a little bit, the flavor from the hops kicks in, resulting in a mild bitterness. Fairly light and crisp for a > 5% ABV beer. Finishes with a mild bread and slightly bitter aftertaste.

In this part of the country, Fat Tire is one of a handful of craft beers that can be found in most bars, restaurants, and stores. It is a great crossover beer, and is a good, drinkable beer on its own merits anytime.

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Photo of soulfly967
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My buddy brought this back from Texas for me, since PA sucks. Anyway, back to the beer. It poured a light oange/amber color with a nice white head. You could clearly see the carbonation, and it looked pretty good. The smell was of biscuits and malt. The taste was also of biscuits and malt and a slight sweetness. The beer was rather smooth, and drinkable too. Not bad, not bad at all.

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Photo of brewQ
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, a thin head with nice sheathing action. Color is bronze.

Aroma is nutty, even woody, definitely malty. The taste is even more than meets the eye. I drink this on tap regularly- one of my better regional choices here in KC.

I like the New Belgium offering; haven't hit the Blue Paddle or the Framboise yet but will get around to it.

A good mellow, slightly warming session beer.

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Photo of amicar
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from grocery store.

Pours a nice clear brown with a white head which sticks around for awhile, but leaves no lace on the glass. Not too complex of an aroma with faint hoppiness. The taste is a bready/ biscuity with a little well- balanced sweetness. Not too heavily hopped. Mouthfeel is pretty good and has some substance to it. Goes down easily, but after the swallow- the taste disappears quickly.

Overall, a very nice beer. Definitely not one of the beers I'd bring for tasting night, but a good utility 6-er for day to day consumption. I'd get it again as a beer to bring to a party, to not scare off the MBC crowd, but still introduce them to something decent.

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Photo of benito
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The much lauded amber ale of the Front Range...after living several months in CO and giving Fat Tire try after try, I'm not sure what all the hype is about (IMHO it's not even the best amber ale brewed in Fort Collins!)

Pours a transparent amber, with carbonation clearly present. Head is unexceptional, but once poured the beer does have a certain regal air about it. Good lookin' for sure.

The smell and taste are fairly straightforward, with few flavors emerging in the bouquet and a ho-hum carmel-sweetness. To its credit, the beer is very well balanced and the flavors, consistent. No surprising bite, no swelling carbonation, etc. What that makes for is an emminently drinkable beer and an emminently forgettable one.

I'm sure I'll have my fair share more of Fat Tires in my day--it is on tap EVERYWHERE in CO--but given the choice I'll buy a six-pack of Odell's Levity any day of the year.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,890 ratings.