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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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7,359 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,359
Reviews: 1,894
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 172
Gots: 1,222 | 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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Ratings: 7,359 | Reviews: 1,894
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.

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

Good Ale to keep in my hotel room when I travel from NY to Arizona.

Pours a bright orange amber, with not much of a head but very fine lacing.

Taste is coppery and almost biscuity - like an Imperial, mouthfeel is creamy - very nice. Spicy yeasty aftertaste, ot obverbearing, very pleasant.

Good beer to have with cheese and crackers.

definitely a staple when I'm in AZ

Photo of ThaBobfather
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a light ring of whitish head.
Smell is hopped with a spiced quality.
Taste is very smokey, a great start to this amber, it follows with some interested spice note.
Finish is wet with little flavor-although that smoked taste stay with me.
Drinks solidly, not sure I'd like a six-pack of this but an interesting flavor profile.

Photo of dvb
1.98/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Color is amber, but not far off from that of a "fizzy yellow" American lager. Nice 1" white head which quickly settled to just a thin layer. Nice lacing.

S - Not much to smell here.

T - Reminds me of Leinenkugel's amber, but perhaps a little more bready. More like a watered-down Sam Adams Boston Lager. I can drink Sam's, but this is tough.

M - Thin and solvent-like. Somewhat astringent. Average carbonation.

D - I have only two bottles of this stuff left and I am tempted to give them away. I just don't care for this stuff.

Maybe I'm just not a fan of the style, but this recipe needs work.

Photo of jera1350
3.77/5  rDev +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.

Photo of tykees88
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No alcohol in the smell and aroma of biscuits. Light red amber color. Tastes fresh crisp and clean. A very drinkable beer that I could easily put 4 or 5 down in one sitting. Will drink again for sure, and would go to this if I see it available on tap somewhere with a small selection.

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

Now that its heyday and faddishness is past, I can still say it's a decent, all around brew. They got lucky with the fad. Lucky them. Poured with a fine foamy off white head and some lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is fairly mild, malty and a little hoppy; a little bread/crackers in there.
Flavor's very similar. Body is decent and ditto carbonation. Finish is mild and easy. Session beer for sure.

Photo of bnes09
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transparent orange color with lots of visible bubbles rising to the surface. Thick frothy head with good retention and sticky lacing.

Smell is clean and reminiscent of biscuits topped with butter and honey.

Taste is smooth with lots of bready malt flavor. Hop oils are barely detectable but still there. Hints at some chocolate flavor half way though the drink which adds an interesting touch. Flavors seem to fight for dominance here and really aren't blended that well.

Light to medium-bodied brew with a high amount of carbonation. Finishes clean without any aftertaste at all.

Smooth flavor makes it quite drinkable. When I first tried this beer about a year ago I wasn't a fan. It's funny how tastes change because now I don't think its that bad. Has some interesting flavors which are different but could be blended a little better. A decent refreshing brew, somewhat overpriced though.

Photo of theopholis
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance- The body is anorange-amber color that effervesces for a while. The head is fluffy and white and leaves a decent lacing.

Smell- Bisquets. Lots and lots of bisquet smell. Yummy. A fair amount of toastiness comes through also.

Taste- Starts out with a dry, sweet and toasty malt up front. Some bittering hops in the middle (not a lot), and finishes with a very nice toastiness.

Mouthfeel- medium body. Carbonation accentuates the toastiness and hop flavors. finishes off-dry.

Drinkability- Doesn't really fit any style. That's New Belgium's shtick. Just make good beer and to hell with the style guidelines. Having said that, I reccomend at least trying this stuff. It's a great beer to give to people who are starting to tire of American macro-lagers and yearn for something different.

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into New Belgium snifter...

A: orange-amber brew with a fluffy white head. leaves chunks and spots of lacing. the etching in the bottom of the glass keeps the bubbles coming and leaves a silky layer of foam on top.

S: grassy, slightly fruity, hop aromas blended with "toasty" and sweet malt

T: sweet and toasty malt up front, with a grassy hop flavor. finishes toasty and grainy, with a malt sweetness, and a noticeable hop bitterness.

M: medium body, slightly oily, with a carbonation to accentuates the grainy and hop flavors. finishes off-dry.

Overall, interesting enough aromas and flavors. Mouthfeel is a little off and taste is kinda grainy. However, this is an excellent beer for a session or one to take along to party.

Photo of acelin
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Fat tire pours a deep burgundy amber that resembles a young brandy. Minimal head with a little lacing.

As with most ber ales. The hops hit the nose most strongly followed by a whiff of sweet honey malt. The beer tastes much the same, with the exception of an increase in the portion of malt you actually detect in the taste. Pretty well balanced- neither hops nor the malt are overpowering. Pretty damn drinkable.

Photo of jrallen34
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a very clear amber with not much head or lacing.

The aroma is a little rye and skunk.

The taste is bland and has a rye taste that is not appealing.

The feel is ok, but bad drinkability.

Overall, nothing special. Before I knew anything this was a go to beer. Now that I know lots, I can not drink this beer at all.

Photo of endincolorado
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with a huge white head that settles gradually and leaves lots of lace.

Sweet caramel malt with subtle hop bitterness to balance.

Pleasantly balanced, focused flavors of crisp caramel malt and a clean hop crispness.

Medium body. Creamy and satisfying with appropriate carbonation

Perfectly balanced. Focused flavors. Quite drinkable.

Photo of dbossman
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber coloring with a small head that dissipates to a thin film; lacing is even and good

S: Burnt malts and a grainy quality are most prevalent; some sweet candy-like undertones; not a ton going on

T: The burnt malt quality hits you up front and really stays with you; there is a wateriness that is bothersome as well

F: Thin and over-carbonated; glides through the mouth too quickly

D: It is quite sessionable but the burnt quality turns me off as I drink

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

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a clean orangey-amber color with a bubbly almost white head that disappears pretty quick. Settles down to a small amount of active bubbles on the top and around the edges of the glass. Looks clear and clean.

S - Biscuity malt dominates with some earthy hints and floral notes. Slight fruity sweetness.

T - Biscuit again and clean roasty malts. Very slight bitterness hinted at and some mild hops balance it out. Very clean, dry, and crisp. Pleasant and unique.

M - Clean and light bodied.

D - Drinkability is good. A nice mellow session beer and probably a good gateway to craft drinking.

Notes - Actually enjoyed this more than I expected. Doesn't blow you away by any means, but it is a nice lightly flavored beer that's worth tasting.

Photo of DoppleJock
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured a clean amber with 2-finger head. Some lacing. Pretty standard.

S: Super-biscuitiy malts dominated the nose. Some earthy notes as well. Fairly unique.

T: Tastes like it smells. Probably the first beer I confidently say tastes "biscuity." Definitely taste more roasted malt than hops, but it's not too off-balanced.

M: Medium-bodied.

D: Not bad, but even after having this one a bunch of times I still don't get too excited about it. There are other New Belgium beers I would buy in a heartbeat over Fat Tire.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into ommegang tulip. This was a special treat from one of my fav beer spots as a toss in when I picked up a few rarities and got to talking with the staff about beer. As I was putting my final selections on the counter the owner (?) went to grab one of these from his private stash...SOLID!!!!

A - Golden copper color with frothy white head and nice steady carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. Sticky lacing.

S - Citrus dominated by an interesting malty smell. Can't put my finger on it, very unique...very bready/biscuity. Toffee, caramel, malty hops.

T - Malty and biscuity. Unique flavor that follows the nose. Very earthy and different. Not my favorite, but the unique taste was a step in the right direction from your average brew.

M - Smooth and malty...very malty. Did I mention it is malty?

D - Easy to drink, but the unique flavor isn't really my cup of tea. I'm glad I got to try it, but I couldn't see myself drinking a lot of these.

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

appearance- average look...really nice honey brown color, minimal head that faded quick.

smell- surprisingly faint, sweet, honey, flowers, hops

taste- nice carbonation, mild hoppy bitterness, slightly sweet.

drinkablity- easy to drink I think even a very hot day, a lawnmower for devoted hop heads.

This is a good standby if you are out to eat and the restraunt mainly has american macros. Easy to come by down here. But not first choice if I'm in a bar with a 100 beers.

Photo of tetonka4kzoo
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in pint glass from bottle. Amber colored with one finger head. It has that infamous lacy ring retention sticking to the glass.

Has a malty smell with some light citrus hops.

Fruity taste with some noticeable hops in the background. Sweet with hints of caramel and hoppy.

Lighter bodied beer with fair carbonation. Very drinkable and easy to have more than one or two.

I'm not usually a big fan of ambers but this one is an exception. This beer reminds me of the Rockies and takes me back seeing it everyplace out west. Thanks Rob for the case!

Photo of jhtipton
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this gem at the Navy Club in Seoul Korea. I think it made me a wee bit tipsy but I liked it none-the-less. Poured this nugget into a lager glass and accompanied it with some rye crackers and sharp cheddar. Made a nice little snack time libation. It is a nice copper colour in the glass. It gave me a brief amount of head but then transitioned to a small amount of lacing with steady stream of carbonation. I like the flavor. Not sure if I tasted biscuits as some comment. It has a little caramel malt flavor and some hoppiness. I tend to go for bolder hops but this is a decent "session beer" I could send back two or three with ease.

Photo of jadpsu
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours light copper with an off white head that has terrific decent lacing and very good head retention.
Smell: Heavy biscuit smell, some tasty malts, citric hops and some more distant spicy hops.
Taste is of those same biscuits. Smooth, mostly dry and jus slightly bitter.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy.
Definitely better than average, enjoyed this ale.

Photo of drizzam
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. The brew is a clear orange/light amber color. An aggressive pour yielded a fluffy two finger white head with excellent retention. Nice sticky lacing was left down the inside of the glass.

S - A sour citrus smell emanated from the brew...pineapple maybe? Biscuity malts and subdued floral hops seem to appear as well. Fairly aromatic right after the pour.

T & M - A nice balance of biscuity malt and hops. The hops are just enough to make this a multi-dimensional brew, not enough to be bitter. Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

D - A nicely balanced brew. Low enough in hop bitterness where it can be enjoyed by most, yet enough to be flavorful. At 5.2% ABV, you could easily session this brew. I could see stocking this in my fridge.

Photo of beerthulhu
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.

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

01.11.10 at Fid's.

A: a nice, clear copper

S: sweet and nutty, like pecans

T: not feeling it right now, because of the high carbonation. Can't tell what it tastes like, but it definitely smells better than it tastes

M: too fizzy

D: it's okay; would prefer to have something else

Photo of tjd112
2.24/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at some restaurant in Colorado

Appearance - Ugly amber with very little carbonation

Smell - Piss with bread in it

Taste = Bready but extremely watery

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied

Drinkability - Not very

Overall - Not a great beer, but still better than most adjunct lagers

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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