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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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7,211 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,211
Reviews: 1,856
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 164
Gots: 1,065 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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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.

Photo of ImusBeer
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bottle.

A: Dark Amber with two fingers of head I had to wait for head to die some to complete pour.

S: Faint sweet malty aroma. Very little hops aroma.

T&M: Watery and a bit bland for my tastes with a malt sweetness and flavor. Very drinkable though and an all around enjoyable drink.

I usually prefer a hoppier beer but this was very nice and drinkable. Very good Amber Ale, The bottle was marked "Georgia on my Ride", to commemorate the opening of the Georgia market for New Belgium.

Photo of chumba526
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The first thing that comes to mind, when i think of Fat Tire is its great earthy smell. the smell almost reminds me of stilton blue cheese. the color is normal, but im not really in to judging beers by their appearance, it seems a little closedminded and childish, but whatever. The taste has a nice rich malty taste that is hardy, there is a bit of hops to keep the malts in line though the malts are clearly the star of the show. Flat out a nice session beer for when you do not want anything that complex; just a simple solid non-challanging ale. a perfect beer for smoking a joint, mowing the lawn, a lazy afternoon, a concert. Its nice because Fat tire can be found most places on the west coast, even run down venues. At 11.99 a twelve pack one can not really go wrong with this nice session beer.

Photo of cdizinno
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bottle with before date of 25 Sept. 2009.

A: Bright copper with little head and minimal lacing.

S: Faint floral scent of hops.

T&M: Medium bodied and very smooth. Nice biscuity malt from start to finish. Light flash of hops, some fruitiness, and finishes semi-dry.

Not really the best red ale I've had. However, the bottle I had stated it was an "Amber Ale". So I'll rate it as that and it is a very good ale.

Photo of NODAK
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in a bottle at the hotel bar while waiting to go out and have quite a few more beers. Aroma was malty and somewhat sweet. I sensed a bit of biscuity aroma as well.

Mouthfeel was a bit creamy.

But the taste was quite nice. Crisp upfront with faint piney hops that quickly give way to a biscuity and toasty body. This beer is certainly one of a kind flavor profile wise, I haven't had any quite like it. The finish is pretty clean with only a little malt sweetness lingering.

A very tasty beer, and one that I'd recommend as an entry beer for somebody who only drinks macros. A little adventerous for those who don't drink much craft beer, but tasty for the rest of us.

Photo of hardy008
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this both in the bottle and on tap. It has more of a biscuit flavor from the bottle, and is sweeter on tap. Poured an amber color. Came with virtually no head, but I try not to judge the head for tap beers. Had a caramel aroma and flavor with some sweetness, definitely sweeter than from the bottle. Had a medium mouthfeel and an average amount of carbonation. Very drinkable, and better on tap than from the bottle.

Photo of smibroncos
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured a clear ruby brown, with a one and a half finger lasting light brown head. Generous lacing on the glass.

S. Malt, Cartamel, molasses,coffee

T. Suprisingly more bitter than sweet, caramel and some molasses

M. Medium bodied high carbonation. Was a little fizzy, maybe a new keg?

D. Good ale. I likes the balanced bitter taste with the sweet nose.

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

It was great... I was so excited to find it while I was out here on my trip to the Northwest... Great Malty flavor... actually tasted like the clone I made a few years back... so that was exciting... good stuff... I am glad to have had a chance to have it and hope that it makes it out to the east coast soon!

Photo of mikereaser
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear rust orange amber color with 1/4 inch of foam

S - aroma is of malts, breadiness and some hops

T - malty flavors with some breadiness and a bit of hops round this one out

M/D - light-medium bodied, nice carbonation, very easy to drink. This is the beer that got me into "craft" beer, so i'm very nostalgic about this one.

Photo of tjwarren
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance - slightly hazy amber. Next to no head. Leaves some lacing.

Smell - Biscuity, not overwhelming.

Taste - Easy going start, light but tasty, easy going hop finish, very enjoyable. This is not a big time ale or big time hoppy beer but it is almost perfect for what it is. A beer. Doesn't try or pretend to be anything else. I would almost say this is Miller Lite done perfectly except that would be sacriledge.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation with medium nouthfeel. Again something that will not wear you out. Light but not watery.

Drinkability - Outstanding. Could always go for another. Price is middle of the road or I would have given a 5 here.

Photo of carsonplunkett
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off let me say that this is my first beer review on this site.

A: Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Pours a bright amber color with about an inch or so of off-white brownish head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S: I love the smell of Fat Tire. Smells of toasted hops, biscuits and light hints of chocolate.

T: Several people told me that this beer was overrated; I can't say that I agree. Tastes of toasted hops and biscuits. A bit malty, and has a very faint alcohol bite in the finish.

M: Not too heavy and not too light.

D: Pretty drinkable, but because of the price I can't say I'd recommend it as a session beer.

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

A: Pours a light copper color with vibrant carbonation and an impressive three-finger head. Decent lacing.

S: Malt, hops and biscuit. A whiff of pineapple as it warms.

T: Toasty malt flavors with biscuit overtones and a hint of pineapple. Finishes moderately hoppy. Well balanced.

M: Thin bodied, smooth and well carbonated.

D: Easy drinking for sure, but rather thin bodied and not exactly full flavored. Um...and why is this ale so entirely overhyped? Just wondering.

Photo of donmonkey1
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: Pours a copper color with a large head that recedes fairly quickly. Good lacing and carbonation.

Smell: Sweet and malty, not much in the way of hops.

Taste: Watered down malt with a mild coppery taste.

Drinkability: Easy to drink because it's not particularly strong, but it's not much better than average.

Photo of drunkboxer1
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More like obese tire am I right? Pours amber with a white head that fades into a thin lace. Smells toasty, bready and with hints of caramel and piney American hops. Tastes bready. Lots of biscuit malt. Toasted flavors dominate the palate. It's fairly sweet. Hop bitterness is there but I feel like this is a little unbalanced towards the sweet end of things. Medium amounts of carbonation. Drinks easy enough.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New into the state and hoping I'll see what all the buzz is about. Pours a perfectly clear light amber (as you would expect) with a sudsy white head that is a nice size for the style and leaves a nice lace down the glass. Aroma is very biscuity but not a lot else there. Taste follows that, pretty dry at first, bready and plenty of malt there. Not very sweet, reminds me of some of the dryer Octoberfests in that regard. Some dried fruit in the background, but mostly this is just dry, easy-drinking malty brew. No hops to speak of, though this beer is not sweet or cloying in the least.

A solid brew and a fine amber ale but nothing to write home about.

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

A - Pours a translucent amber color, much lighter than I expected. Leaves a good one inch white head with alright lacing. Just from the looks of this beer it looks like something you would call and Amber Light.

S - I dunno really, nothing special though.

T - Very little bitterness, some malts and just a little sweetness. This beer doesn't taste bad by no means but no flavor really stands out. I almost want to call it bland.

D - I could drink many of these with no problem if there were no better choice in a bar. I don't see myself stocking up on this beer any time soon though with there being better ambers out there.

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

Quick review: Very sessionable beer with more flavor than I'd remembered, but not as much as I'd like.

I picked this up as part of New Belgium's Folly Pack 12 pack. I poured it into an American style pint glass hard enough to produce ~2" of head. The body has that tea look I've been noticing lately: totally transparent orangey amber. The head dissipated over the course of a few minutes, leaving sticky traces on the walls of the glass, reducing ~1/8" of foam. Very slight, continuous nucleation.

Malty on the nose. I can't smell any hops discernibly.

The taste is smooth and malty with some hop trailing as I finish the sip. Some hop flavor, but no overwhelming bitterness to speak of. A nice balance.

Not quite as thick in the mouth as I expected. Not quite a light beer, and thicker than a BMC lager. Maybe it is just as thick in the mouth as it should be.

I could drink several of these. They go down easy. I might be turning to something else to get more flavor, but then those something elses would not be very sessionable.

Photo of woodjm
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 oz bottle at a Piggly Wiggly in Mt. Pleasant, SC this past week. Has a light, amber color with white head that lasts almost the entire drink leaving some really nice lacing. Not a whole lot to the smell - sort of a sweet, malty aroma. Taste is very light; sweet up front and a touch of bitter-dryness at the end. I must say the beer was pretty well balanced, even though it was a little light for my taste. No question, the drinkability is there.

Photo of southernbelle09
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New to SC this week, I finally got out to purchase a bomber. This one pours a clear, amber color with bright white head and very good lacing. Has a subtle sweet aroma, but that's about it. Taste is similar...very light and semi-sweet with a somewhat dry finish. Seems like it is missing something. I think this beer would be much better if it had a bit more malt for sweetness. No doubt, this is a very easy drink and tasted quite fresh. I can't believe its abv is as high as it is. With all the hype, I'd have to say I was expecting more out of this beer. This is the only beer I've had by NB, but I look forward to trying the rest.

Photo of cameraready
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden amber color. Lots of light tan head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: Has nice malt smell and hops with hints of pine.

T: Mild bitterness with minor aftertaste.

MF: Smooth, dry, slight carbonation and medium body.

Overall very drinkable and refreshing. Good beer for after a hard day of work.

Notes: Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. Drank 5-30-09 from bottle dated 14Aug09.

Photo of alovesupreme
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Expiration date is in 2 weeks, may have been a bad bottle.
A light amber beer with a foamy head.
A strange aroma dominates this beer, (seafood,steak?) The expiration date is in two weeks so maybe this beer has passed its prime. A pleasant malt character,slight cherry aroma as well as a subtle citrus twang fill in the rest of the beer.
Taste seems a little off but I have never had this beer so I dont know how it should have been. Citrus character as well as a nice malt body make up this beer. Not that much going on.
A good mouthfeel that does exactly as it should and is quite pleasant.
If it were not for the bogus smell and slightly off taste this would be a very pleasant beer.

Photo of czfreeman
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fat Tire came to SC earlier this week and now it's time to review.
Pours a light-amber burnished copper tone. Light tan head provide a decent amount of foamy goodness. Light lacing is left.
Light biscuity hoppiness upfront, a malty light bodied palate of aroma. Some carmalized sugar is suggested, a light touch of yeastiness adds a floral note. A sour-cherry tart smell comes through, suggesting a slight oakiness. Wheras most beers in the American Red genre is extremly hopped,i.e Rogue brutal, Big Hoppy Monster, this one defineatley has a Belgian Flair, even if it is somewhat subdued
Taste is sweet/sour maltiness, light carbonation provides a creamy backdrop for tart malts, light floral hoppiness, and a light finish.This beer is very light bodied, no real overpowering notes of anything jumping out. There is no explosion of flavor, nothing very stand out about it. Its good, easy drinking, but nothing really worth the hype surrounding it.

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

This is an easy entry into craft beer, certainly nothing to write home about, but very well balanced.

A nice light copper color into the glass with a decent head and some lacing.

The smell is minimal, even as the beer warms, some sweetness and a little bit of hoppiness are barely detectable.

The taste is mostly caramel malt with some light hop bitterness and some mint and citrus notes, not strongly flavored at all.

The mouthfeel is crisp, the body is on the lighter side, this leads into a very easy drinking beer. Not my bag, but an excellent gateway.

Photo of Misfit138
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into my pint glass

A- Medium orange in color with a generous head. Rather light for an amber

S- Mostly caramel malts

T- Rather simple taste, mostly caramel malts. No bitterness at all, it says it has hops but I didn't notice any.

M- Pretty light, mild carbonation

D- This is a smooth beer, but rather bland. The drinkability could be high in the right situation. Seems like a beer that is destined for mass consumption and likely a gateway beer.

Photo of naterock
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 7,211 ratings.