Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

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7,120 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,120
Reviews: 1,829
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 153
Gots: 954 | FT: 1
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000)
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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 8/19/2008 (bottle BB10Oct08):

Pours an orangish amber body. Big foamy orangish-white head. Head has good lacing & is lasting. Very malty hoppy aroma, some grapefruit. But lots of Engish-style malts. Some malts in the taste, nuttiness. Some spiciness, maybe a little hoppiness. Some breadiness.

Photo of atsprings
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this for the first time last week, now let's try the draft version. Served in a standard pint glass a crisp orange with a decent off-white head that's fairly slow to diminish and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is slight amber malts and a touch of caramel, but a tad weak. The taste is a nice balance of sweet malts and Earthy hops. The beer is crisp smooth and refreshing. This one is quite tasty on draft as well.

Photo of selecter70
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great constant, decent flavorful beer that relaxes your mouth after trying to constantly impress it with exotic or extreme brews. Copper-brown with decent white head & lace and an aroma of malt with apple. Not hoppy, but still crisp with a decent flavor body of nutty malts, cornbread, and hints of the slightest herbs. Very drinkable & basic companion, much like the cruiser on the label.

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-It has a nice copper color with a nice white head. It has some slight lacing.

S-I mostly note a strong toasted malt smell.

T-Much like the nose, toasted malt. Very biscuity as others have noted. It also has an unsweet tea like flavor.

M-Thin, crisp, and clean with some carbonation.

D-This is a very drinkable beer. It isn't very heavy and at only 5.2% alcohol its definitely a session beer.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. I had this a few years ago on tap in California and at the time I thought it was one of the best beers I had ever had. However, since then my palate has developed and I enjoy beers that are more hoppy than malty. I see myself drinking some more of these in the future I just wish it wasn't quite so biscuity.

Photo of gabe23
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber with large, white, frothy head. Very nice lacing.

S - Sweet, malty aroma. Some earthy hops provide a grassy aroma as well.

T - Malty and sweet without being cloying. The finish has a slight touch of herbal hops flavor, but nothing bitter or biting. Just a tiny bit dry on the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Substantial on the tongue but still refreshing.

D - The smooth flavor and moderate ABV make this one a great drinker. NB just hit the NC market this month, and I'm happy with my first taste from the brewery. Fat Tire isn't anything groundbreaking, but it's a nice alternative to the the hoppier beers that I often drink. I'll definitely be picking up more of this one.

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

A Very light amber color, almost yellow. 1-2 finger head. cloudy. some lacing.

S has a grainy, slightly acidic smell. malty, not very hoppy.

T sweet malty taste. fruity, like apple juice. has a hint of cocoa. not very bitter at all, hardly any noticeable hops. my wife told me it tasted like farts, but i disagree.

M medium bodied, medium carbonation. slightly syrupy.

D meh, nothing special. i was expecting so much more, perhaps that's why i'm so disappointed. don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad, just nothing special. i would give it another try.

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

Appearance is a clear amber gold with a reasonably thick white head that hangs for a bit.

Smells of malts, barley, and something like fresh green wood.

The taste is of fresh grains. The hops come through but uniquely aren't especially bitter. A bit of honey sweetness tops it off.

Mouthfeel is thin and bubbly.

A pretty decent beer. Not a favorite style of mine but could be a good one to come back to anyway.

Photo of farrago
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well-agitated and active two finger head of creamy white, lacing slides down the glass walls in sheets rather than stick. Very light and transparent zinc orange color, just about as much yellow as any deeper red. Mocha, chocolate cake start off the nose, then corn syrup, dried tea leaves, the lack of a strong roast cedes more territory to the grainy and floral hops elements, almost by default, no citrus. Light-bodied and at times the carbonation foams up enough to make it feel dilute. Malted milk balls, caramel, some biscuit or baguette type of doughiness, here you get a suggestion of sweet mixed white citrus and pine. That said, the floral side drops off a lot even as the corn, raw wheat keep going. Even more watery at the finish, no lift nor final kick.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Swellbow for hooking me up with this beer of the west!

A- Body is a crystal clear medium amber hue. Pours with an approximately 2 finger white head. Head eventually fades to a thick collar and traces of lacing are left all the way down the glass.

S- Faint sweet caramel malt comes to the nose first followed by an impression of herbal/grassy hops.

T- The flavor upfront is very mild and offers herbal and grassy hop flavors along with a faint sweet malt backbone. The finish is even more faint than the beginning and doesn't really taste like anything but water. After the finish a mild impression of grassy hop bitterness emerges.

M- Medium tingly carbonation and a body that is a bit thin and watery.

D- My overall impression of this beer is that its pretty boring. Nothing offensive-but nothing exciting. I can see why it is so popular with being a good transition beer from BMC to craft beers. Easy to drink and nothing offensive about it.

Photo of daliandragon
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up today at the Whole Foods here in Cary and subsequently saw it at each of the three grocery stores on my weekly shopping run. As announced on its label, New Belgium has officially arrived in the Old North State. I had always wondered about that since Fat Tire was absolutely ubiquitous every time I made a sortie west of the Mississippi but I never saw it on the East Coast. Wonder no longer my children.

Pours a very light copper color with a decent but temporary head and an aroma worthy of its namesake: malty with caramel but very yeasty and featuring notes of spice and honey.

My first impression is the abundance of carbonation and yeast to the detriment of the overall taste. There is light floral hopping to temper the caramel and toasted bread tones from the malt. The flavors do grow on you with each sip but although definitely unique, this isn't something I'm going to seek out regularly, no matter how common it becomes round these parts.

Photo of wedge
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Commemorative "Taking Flight in North Carolina" bomber...oooh. Best Before: 26JUN09.

Pours a brilliantly clear orange-amber with a thin but sticky white head. Sweet, nutty, almost bicuity pale malt aroma. Spicy, earthy hops and hints of peaches and faint citrus. The flavor is similar with a more pronounced floral/herbal quality. Light toasted grain, apricots, and perhaps some melon. Light easy drinkin' body.

Nothing to get excited about.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22-Ounce bomber bottle with the infamous bicycle an additional red sash on the label that reads, "Commemorative" and "Taking Flight in North Carolina". Well, isn't that nifty.... Now let's see what the deal is with this much buzzed-about beer from this much buzzed-about brewer....

In a large tulip glass, Fat Tire Amber Ale is sparkling-clear and golden-amber in color with a cap of grainy white foam. A few steady streamers of active carbonation feed the soft-bubbled head, and webby lacing is left at the sip-marks inside the glass.

The smell is toasted-biscuity and florally sweet with a clean honey note and a twist of lemon.

The taste is rich and malty with a touch of caramel sweetness and a rich toasty backbone reminiscent of my grandmother's inimitable flour biscuits, toasted dark and sprinkled with sugary, sticky malt syrup. Hops are present in the finish as a tingle of spice, and bring a bit of dusty dryness to balance the drink.

Fat Tire is light-medium in body, well-carbonated, and superbly drinkable, and definitely makes me want to try more brews from New Belgium. Welcome to North Carolina, NB! Cheers!

Photo of tdawgydog
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2nd brew on my West Coast trip... Purchased a 22oz bomber from Whole Foods, which has an amazingly good selection for a grocery store.

The beer pours a nice light copper color, small head with decent lace retenion. I must note that I am drinking it out of a plastic cup in a hotel room because that's all I have;-)

There is plenty of hoppyness present but it's not over powering. There is a slight hint of biscuit that makes a pleasing addition to the pallette. Overall a very good beer that I would definitely drink again.

Photo of casemw
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this one on tap in Denver, CO.

A-Clear amber color with a sizeable head, yet no lacing to speak of.

S-Not much to the smell, sweet with not much hop presence

T-A nice tasting amber ale for the most part. Again pretty sweet with no hops to speak of.

M-A crisp, refresing beer.

D-An amber ale I could definitly sit down and drink several of. Can't get this one in SC, but look forward to the day I can.

Photo of beer2day
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper gold with appreciable head and moderate lacing.

Straw nose with some grassier notes. Nothing too remarkable here.

Almost all malt in the taste. A little thin, and a little sweet, but slight burnt flavor on the finish. No hops really noted.

Drinkable, but not one I'd likely choose again.

Photo of ROBORB
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a New Belgium chalice from a 22 oz bomber. The pour is a dark hazy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma consists of wheat, spices and malt. The taste isn't very spectacular but it is very easy to drink. While it was nice to try I wouldn't seek this out again.

Photo of kingothewoods
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color with some copper with a nice thick head. The smell is strong on the sweet malt side of things. The taste is sweet as you can tell from the malt that is used. There is some hops in there too. I really love the mouthfeel on this because it is very smooth. I rate it high on the drinkability charts.

Photo of schellsbeer
2.15/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

One word...OVERRATED!!!

In a few years, the hype will be over. This is by far not the best New Belgium has to offer. Everthing about this beer is average or below. Taste...what taste. There is hardly any. Don't get me wrong, this beer is very drinkable...if you like plain water. However, I found this beer to have little if at all any taste to it. Boring is what I call it. Now, some of their other beers, I like. This one, yeah....not so much. Come on people, get some taste buds. Expand your beer drinking vocabulary. Popular...yes, high priced...yes, worth the money...heck no!

Cool label though. Enough said.

Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is good with a nice malty profile yet coming in perfectly clear with good head retention and lacing.

Smells ok with some good balance but no flavors that really drive me to drink, nothing stands out.

Tastes good, refreshing, more malty than hoppy which is right to style.

Mouth feel is great, light drinking yet still heavy enough to enjoy just one.

Overall a very easy to drink Amber Ale. A good session beer with enough malt to keep you interested but not overwhelming.

Photo of remllof
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing this on the first day New Belgium is avaliable in North Carolina. Pours an off white puffy head. Left a bit of offwhite lacing.The color is a trasparent light copper. The carbination is fairly high. Smell has a slight hoppy scent too it with a bit of maltiness in there, not overly impressed. Taste has a big malt forward base, not really much in for hops exept a touch of like refreshness at the end. The taste almost reminds me of High life with a touch of hops. Mouthfeel is alright, had a bit of consistency and has pretty clean aftertaste. Overall I was a bit disapointent with this one. It wasnt bad but didnt stand out If I want this light high carbinated malty taste Ill get a high life for a quarter of the price. I just hope the rest of new belgiums offerings to NC are better.

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

I think this is the first "can" conditioned beer I've had, at least that I'm aware of. However, it's not much different than the bottled version.

Appearance is better than average and it does leave some lacing. It does look more like an IPA than an amber, however. Taste is a bit dry and there's a heavy earthy component that just doesn't sit well with me. I find it off putting. Body is medium light and than can conditioning resulted in good carbonation.

If you where golfing and your choice is a domestic can or Fat Tire in a can, I would go with Fat Tire.

Photo of skeeordye11
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. This is the first day NB is available in NC. It's a great day!

A- Poured golden amber into the glass with a rising tan-white head that settles back into the liquid after a few sips. Very inviting.

S- Beatiful malty aroma that makes me salivate.

T- Simply delicious. Malt predominates, but it dosen't overpower. Nice subtle hop flavor finish.

M- Rich and creamy. So good.

D- Very drinkable. Every sip leaves you wanting to come back for more. Would be a fantastic beer to look forward coming home to every day.

Photo of lhaqq
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: mm, had this out of a bottle, so not sure how to rate the appearance. I assume it's a hazy orange, if it's like any of the other times I've had it.
S: Malty and some bread. Also noticeable spices that I'd missed other times.
T: Strong biscuit and malts. Fairly creamy throughout and finishes with a bit of the spices.
M: Round, creamy body, not too thick or thin.
D: A generally good beer, but might get bored after more than a couple.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 finger of foamy whit head that faded fairly quickly.
Light amber color. No visible carbonation Lots of sticky lacing

Musty aroma, grainy, light caramel.

Light malt flavor, not a lot of depth, light roasted flavor that lingers. Not really a hop effect but more of a roasted note.

Effervescent carbonation, light mouth feel.

Not very interesting. Drinkable but not exciting.

I've had this a couple of times and this is the first time I chose to think about it. Just not much there. I think it's a perfect gateway craft beer for folks...

Photo of biggred1
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper with a pillow of rocky tan suds resting on top. Almost no smell, faint roasted malt and caramel. Tastes of light grainy malt, caramel and honey. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Drinkable but pedestrian. A nice beer but, I don't get the hype over it, there are a lot better beers out there.

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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