Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

7,548 Ratings
THE BROS
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good

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Ratings: 7,548
Reviews: 1,943
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 184
Gots: 1,445 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 7,548 | Reviews: 1,943
Photo of Cade420
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft is the best followed by bottles then cand

Photo of collinsofa
4.31/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Feel was just a little too thin but other than that this beer is very easy to drink and delicious

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.7/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very awesome tasting beer with tons of hype behind it. Kind of got new belgium on the map.

Photo of Fernans
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not what I was hoping for. Kinda of boring, like most ambers. For all the hype from friends about it, it was disappointing.

Photo of ArchimedesSox
2.99/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear amber color, thick white head, good lacing

S: Almost nothing, slight maltyness

T: Malty sweetness, caramel notes, brown sugar

M: Light to medium, good carbonation

O: Decent beer, light enough to be session-able but still has a decent amount of taste to it.

Photo of Kelby777
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried Fat Tire earlier today, and I am finally sober enough to write a review for it.

Poured delicately into a dimpled beer stein. The temperature of the beer was in the mid 30's. I have also tried Fat Tire at a slightly warmer temperature - at around 45 degrees.

Appearance - Very beautiful appearance. The color is a shade of amber and resembles light maple syrup. White frothy head (when poured at a warmer temperature) with a nice lacing around the glass. Appears to be of high carbonation.

Smell - Wonderful and distinct smell. Grassy hops is definitely the dominant aroma here.

Taste - Has a hop bite to it, but it doesn't linger on the tongue for a while like other ales do. It has a bitter taste from the hops, but the average beer drinker would be able to handle it. I personally don't dig the bitter hop taste, but it won't prevent me from drinking it.

Mouth feel - It has a nice carbonated mouth feel, however, it could be thicker. I found it has a thinner mouth feel than a typical macro beer.

Overall - This makes a great session beer. It is not one I would drink everyday but if I were offered it, I would not decline it. It's good to get away from the macro beers now and again. Cheers!

Photo of Chiefy770
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. Bottle
"Enjoy By" Date of May 24th, 2015
Reviewed on March 17th, 2015
Served in a New Belgium Globe

Eyes
Poured a dark copper body with a nice amber glow. Not much of a head but it left a nice amount of lacing throughout.

Nose
Lots of biscuit. Toasted grains. Pleasant undertones of dark fruit.

Mouth
Doughy malts hit the tongue first. Biscuit. Toast. Sweet bread. Hops were short-lived but palpable, breaking through the dense malts with lighter notes of pear and apple. Semi-dry finish. Medium/light bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall
I'm pretty sure this was my "gateway beer" into the world of craft beer. It is accessible, consistent, and tasty.

Photo of do_ob
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Pours very a very clear, crisp golden color with a 1 finger white head. Quickly fizzed down into a spotty lacing. Notes of citrus, flowers, and orange peel on the nose. Overall, not much of a smell. Light/medium weight to the body. A quick, but very mild hop bite initially then..nothing. This beer doesn't really taste like anything to me. Dry finish with a bit of a malty aftertaste.

This is a pleasant beer I suppose, but it's lacking the flavor to make it stand out among the run of the mill ales. It would make a great session beer, and at 5.2% a 6 pack could probably have you feeling good. Just not my taste, though.

Photo of NerveStorm
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice head and amber color. The finish is somewhat weak and lacking any complexity to the flavor. Overall it is a good "quench your thirst" beer or "goes with pizza" beer, but nothing exceptional. That said it beats the mass marketed brands hands down and is an easy pour for a hot day.

Photo of craigsp
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very easy drinking beer,something you can have anytime or with a meal

Photo of WckdVbz
2.49/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Their flagship happens to be my least favorite offering from New Belgium.

Photo of bronxbommers
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great beer, goes well with food or by itself.

Photo of Lanypany88
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good beer, will buy again.

Photo of Carpentiere
2.32/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Very metallic tasting. I won't try this again.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can. Poured clear amber color. Head was mild. Soft nose is quite grainy. Sweet grain and caramel with a subdued but distinct yeasty scent, too. The flavor is just like the nose. A bit bready or toasty, definite caramel and a a good dose of grains. Generically fruity but not the most dominant feature. Minimal hop flavor. Finishes light and watery with a grainy aftertaste. Well carbonation. Not much of a fan of the overall flavor and I find the finish to be a bit off. Surprised it's taken me this long to finally try this brew. It isn't distributed here but I would have expected to try it by now.

Photo of gopens44
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Another one of these beers that I've had and remember why I don't get it too often any longer. It's just kind of there. It is a beer I enjoy paring with Mexican food though. q

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this one before, ratings and review based on latest serving. Big ol' 22oz at a divey "sports" bar in my hometown. Fat Tire is usually my go to when the other alternatives are either macros or Blue Moon (No offense to Blue Moon, just had it way too much years ago).
Beautiful amber color, smells a bit fruity, nice refreshing taste with a little bite on the end that's barely noticeable but a good contrast to the sweetness up front. There's a reason this one is usually the one craft choice at a lit of dives around here; good quality but not big flavored enough to scare your BMC crowd away.
I didn't get the hype when it first showed up here a couple years ago; it's good but not great.
Bottom line: solid and sessionable.

Photo of Jasonm2
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is your typical amber ale, softer on the palate and not too bitter in taste. An average brown beer, Fat Tire will give you a gentle kick but leave your palate crisp, just like a good ale should. Goes great with a casual meal, and doesn't leave you screwed over the next day. Definitely a daily pint, this amber ale makes one experience the flavors of the beer without a wicked hangover, and it won't dehydrate like a super-hoppy brew. If you find this around, and enjoy a good American brew at lunch, I would surely recommend it!

Photo of chuckwalsh
4.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my go to regular beer

Photo of Csikic93
4.76/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love fat tire. It is my go to beer and always will be. It was the first real beer I ever drank. It goes well with pizza and even cheese. You can drink it all day. It tastes much better poured than out of the bottle or can. I cannot get enough of this beer.

Photo of eddiefontaine13
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smooth and refreshing mildly fruit flavor, lite and crisp, could be an everyday drinker for me, hint of sweetness, very good overall

Photo of Kmcmillen
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A good, go to for those who like amber ales (like I do!)

Photo of Hopped_head
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This beer is extremely "eh"

Photo of jooler
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Really toasty and malty. I get hints of chocolate but it's good

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

It is a nice light and smooth Ale, Great for summer.

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 7,548 ratings.