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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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7,297 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,297
Reviews: 1,875
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 168
Gots: 1,157 | 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 Stinkypuss
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with etched "New Belgium" around the neck. Pours clear and orange in hue with a small bubbly head that leaves some lacing down the pint glass.

Aroma of very bready malt and a hint of clean grains.

A well balanced brew. Leafy hop bitters greet the palate with a lemon rind notion. Caramel malt is there with some pleasant nutty flavors. I must say I am really enjoying this beer. Pleasant flavors that work well together.

Smooth and crisp. It cannot be said any better.

As drinkable as the working day is long. A solid stand by beer that I wish was distributed in this area. Awesome session beer, unfortunately my session was limited to one.

Photo of jsh420
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours clear amber with no head

smell - not much here - carmel malts was about all i could pick out - i think the bar had the kegs too cold

taste was better then the smell - slightly toasted malts and sweet carmel malts along with what i think was an afterthought tiny bit of hops

mouthfeel was not good - the beer was flat

drinkability is ok - its a beer most non craft bars have

Photo of TexIndy
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting around to reviewing this one. First had it back in 1997 and helped start my craft beer journey. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best before 12/25/09 on front label. Was a clear amber color with good carbonation and some lacing. It had an average sized beige head that settled into a foam and collar.

The aroma was biscuity and toasted malt with some floral hops but this is mainly a malt show. Never really enjoyed the aroma on this one and can't really pin it down. There is something in the aroma and taste that I find odd but not sure what. The taste follows the aroma and is biscuity with an odd aftertaste. Ambers are a middle of the road style for me but even then I usually don't find this aftertaste in the others. Mouthfeel is medium and crisp with good carb levels.

Overall, this is a good beer that I want to enjoy since it's from one of my favorite breweries and is readily available on tap but that odd aftertaste keeps it from being a big player. Even so, I get it on tap quite often as it's best choice. Recommend. Rotation: avail here bottle and tap. Won't be a bottle purchase but will do on-tap if best choice.

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

Appearance - Amber

Smell - Malty aroma

Taste - Malty with toasted semi-dry flavor

Mouth Feel - Crisp, light, enjoyable

Drinkability - Toasted malt flavor with very little hop bite. Extremely enjoyable beer where the focus is away from hop bitterness - put your feet up and enjoy!

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.
A. Thick amber color that has a nice two finger head Nice lacing throughout the entire pint oozing down the side of the glass. The sticky malt presence is very noticeable along the side of the glass
S. Very bread malt presence.
T - Very mild with toasted grains, and caramel. Very clean, dry, and slightly malty finish. Very little aftertaste.
M - Toasted malt and brown sugar very little carbonation.
D: Drinkable session beer

Photo of Bajasith
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From bottle straight to glass. Before we get into our review, presentation was not very appealing as logo and label kinda gave me second thoughts in buying six pack... anyways...

Appearance: Very appealing as it poured medium amber color with thin head dissipating rather fast...

Smell/Taste: As I stuck my nose to get the full aroma of brew as head formed, a slight resemblance of fresh seven grain wheat bread came to mind. Grainy tones in the beginning with mild hops and a hint of caramel at the end...

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Carefully balanced flavors from beginning, to end give it a great complement to my palate. As if I were eating fresh wheat bread. A great session beer to be enjoyed with some buddies during a football game and some of my favorite pizza...

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

I had this both on tap and from 12oz. bottle and I do have to admit that bottled one was slightly better.

A - Nice amber color with a thick head that quickly dissipates.

S - Very malty with a very light hop presence.

T - Very mild with fresh toasty grains, hint of caramel and fruits.

M - Nicely carbonated, medium bodied with a nice finish.

D - Very good with all flavors balancing well.

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

On tap.

Amber color, one finger thick head. Not much reetntion and no lacing.

Nose is biscuity with roasted malts. Taste is plesant and enjoyable - very biscuity, roasted malts, caramel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Quite drinkable.

Oddly enough, I think I enjoyed this beer more out of the bottle than I did on tap.

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

A - served on tap in a pint glass. Translucent brown-red, no head by the time it was served to me, but decent lacing.

S - caramel malts, a bit of floral hops

t - crisp toasty malts, slightly bitter. Quintessential amber ale flavor, well made, nothing fancy.

M - light body, some fizz

d - very drinkable, nice newb friendly intro to the style

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally...I got a chance to buy the "Yuengling of the West" as I've always called this when I was on the road this past summer. I had it on tap once but I collect the sleeves of the six-packs that I drink and sure enough, this was one my "to get" list. While this isn't going to win any awards, it was one of the last beers I had this summer and yes, I still miss it now here in Jersey!

Nice pour to this - a "bright brown" hue to it with a decent amount of head and some lacing lingering after each sip. The taste was pretty light on the mouthfeel but not light in taste. It was pretty balanced, a slight floral taste with some roasted notes behind it. This went down pretty easily and I don't recall having these in my car for very long as I traveled. If you're looking for a hoppy American Amber, keep searching. This doesn't much of a bitter taste to it, but it doesn't detract from the beer at all.

Sure, this is above 5.00% ABV but if you're looking for a good session beer, this is it! I'll take this over a "Lager", as it's Eastern Counterpart is known in the Keystone State, but not with any type of food. Rather, it's a good beer for unwinding with at the end of the day or for a party where there aren't a lot of die-hard craft beer enthusiasts there. In other words, if I was getting into microbrews, this would be one of the beers I'd start out with. It's that easygoing and yes, I do miss it!

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

Had on-tap at Buffalo Wild Wings on 290 and Spring Cypress, Houston, TX

Served in a 23oz pilsner glass.

Appearance: Light amber color with a medium white head that leaves quickly, leaving a thick foam floating and around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, buttery malt with floral hops.

Taste: Starts off sweet and slightly toasty, finishing with a stronger buttered toast flavor and herbal hop notes. Slight hints of apples in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a crisp, slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Solid all-round, flavorful, sessionable, and overall damn drinkable.

Photo of RobeyStreet
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, I finally got around to trying Fat Tire. I think I may have tried it a few years ago and was not impressed and thus never had it again. However, last weekend someone ordered me one so I was reintroduced to it.

For me, it was just average. It has a very roasted nutty flavor and it sits heavy in the stomach. Nice maybe with a meal or just by itself, but not if you're out drinking and plan on having more than one. I just don't know what all the fuss is about because I know a lot of people who quite like Fat Tire, but perhaps it's just not for me. Not much "wow" factor... I didn't find anything particularly unique or memorable about this brew.

Photo of feelmefoam
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz poured into a shaped pint glass.

Pours a nice light brown color with a finger of white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Nice sticky lacing down the glass.

The aroma is really nice. First a bit of caramel malt followed closely by some rich, nutty smell as well.

The flavor is very nutty up front with some caramel malts trailing. Following this is a slight citrus hoppiness, but nothing out of the ordinary, just allows the beer to be a bit more balanced. As the beer warms, the nuttiness mellows out, which is good for me.

The beer is smooth with a medium body that is pretty smooth going down. Not too much in the way of carbonation, either.

This is a good beer, I couldn't drink too many of them just because it would be too much nuttiness in one sitting. It's a solid brew though.

Photo of Kraken
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 8/4/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard water glass. Firm pour evokes a 3/4 inch head consisting of fine white bubbles. No lace. Color is a clear golden copper.

Nose- Mild hop profile balanced with a touch of caramel malt.

Pallate- A very nice, balanced amber ale. Plenty of nutty slightly chewy caramels, coupled with a crisp refreshing, slightly lemon citric hop bite. Hops are not over powering, but rather a faintly tart and bitter compliment. Wonderfully executed.

Mouthfeel- Active, faintly tart.

Drinkability- Great, magnificent session beer.

Photo of michaelc916
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A -- Amber brown color with a thick head.

S -- Toasty malt and a very light hop presence.

T -- Very, very balanced with neither malt nor hops winning.

M -- Clean finish that isn't very sweet, just nicely toasted.

D -- A good beer that I feel is somewhat overrated.

Photo of curasowa
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brought back a 12'er of cans from a road trip to the mid-west. Best before date of 19Nov09. Poured a darker, yellow color with a solid 2 fingers of head that faded slowly with chunky lacing. Smells slightly of bittering hops, but mostly dominated by a grassy, almost cabbage-y aroma. The first taste is somewhat underwhelming - pretty thin and flat. Not a lot of flavor from the malt and then a slow, lingering bitter finish. Despite all that, it goes down OK.

Photo of hoplover82
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark golden color, not realy red at all, barely an amber hue. Has a nice medium creamy white head that has no retention but with ok lacing.

S-The aroma is kinda "musky" perse. But I think it's just esthers from the yeast.I don't think it's really a bad aroma, it's just odd, maybe off. I don't know. It has a slightly sweet aroma with a faint floral, maybe some citrusy hops. Not bad...

T- The flavor is even better that the aroma with a nice nutty flavor up from with a slight bitterness to keep it from being boring. An earthy hop flavor lingers nicely.

M-It's creamy medium body coats the mouth well with an average finish. Medium carbonation.

D-I possibly might be inclined to session this beer. It could be done with ease. Definatley not a bad beer.

Photo of smallbatchbrewer
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Medium amber beer poured into a pint from tap. Decent head that is very frothy

S- Malty, nothing special at all, maybe a little papery

T- Full body but no outstanding qualities to report on, does finish a bit smokey

D- Despite what it lacks, I could actually drink a few of these. Where this beer lacks flavor it does a pretty nice job in making up for it with its richness. Can't give it a score for integrity but I might be willing to overlook that (to a reasonable extent) because of how easily this went down. Was a great accompaniment to my fish & chips

Photo of lolki
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Rich, clean reddish color, slight head. A refreshing looking beer.

S - Carmel with a hint of wildflowers; overripe honeysuckle from a distance.

T - A little woodsy and wild. Sweet at the front of the tongue with strong malt flavor overshadowing all at the back. Little aftertaste other than a slight molasses taste.

M - Crisp at the start, but a little thick going down -- heavy malt and bread taste almost makes it like eating good pancakes with maple syrup. Perhaps too thick for some, but a good feeling if you like that sort of thing.

D - I could drink this for awhile, it is flavorful enough to not get boring but refreshing enough to not weigh down the mouth.

Photo of thecarster1
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

recieved in a trade with briarscratch, thanks brad!

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger creamy, bubbly head, clear smokey brown coloring, lots of legs, beautiful lacing, loads of head clinging to the glass.

s- clean, minimal hops, biscuity, flowery, slightly nutty.

t- smooth malts, biscuity, bready, mildly roasted malt, minimal hop presence.

m- slightly prickly in the mouth, light body.

d- great drinkability, it was a solid beer, just was expecting a bit more after all the hype with this one, but it was still pretty tasty.

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

Appearance: I had this beer poured into a Belgian snifter-style glass. It was a golden-amber color, as the name suggests. Nice half-inch head which dissipated after about a minute, leaving really light lacing behind.

Smell: There wasn't much going on here other than the very apparent roasted malt and yeast, like a fresh-baked white bread. It got much more aromatic as it warmed up though.

Taste: Quite tasty. The beginning is very malty with the slightest hint of bitterness and yeastiness on the finish. The aftertaste lingers for a LONG time; after you think it's off your tongue, a clear bready flavor pops back up again. As the beer warmed up I thought I was getting a hint of raisins.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, I thought it was the right amount to compliment the flavors. I would say this is on the light side (5.6 ABV) but gets you a nice buzz when drinking from the typical 22 oz. bottle. Starts off feeling almost like a dopplebock because of the initial toasted maltiness, and then feels like a hefeweizen on the finish.

Drinkability: Certainly drinkable. That lingering aftertaste leaves me wanting more. I don't normally drink an entire 22 oz. by myself, but I couldn't leave this one. The alcohol hides itself well; the presence is not in-your-face.

8/10. In summary, liquid bread.

Photo of ghostofpaulman
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:pours an amber- burnt orange color with three fingers of soapy white head and lacing that clings to the glass the whole way through.

S:yeast roll and grains with a slight piny smell at first with pear-like notes coming through later on.very inviting.

T:just like the bottle said a bready yeast roll hits you at first followed by a roasted malt and finishing with slight piny hop bitterness in the after taste

M:Medium body from what i can tell.i'm sure i just don't have the right vocabulary to describe it but it seems....rich.very refreshing though.

D:I can,and have,put away quite a few a these in a sitting good for a cool fall afternoon on the front porch or a hot summer day at the lake.

Photo of bsp77
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from tap into small mug.

Appearance: Clear bright amber-orange with moderate head and some active lacing.

Smell: Sweet biscuit and fruit malts.

Taste: Very malty, with an emphasis on sweet biscuit. Seems to be some slight citrus and spice notes to balance the sweetness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium to light body. Somewhat thin, as just about all New Belgium beers are, but it fits this one better than many others.

Drinkability: While nothing overly impressive, this is always nice to have every once in a while. Good when a light malty beer is desired.

Photo of CBlack85
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at a little bar/restaurant called Wolfies while on a business trip in Indianapolis, IN.

A-A light amber color with about two fingers worth of head that quickly dissapated. very little lacing

S-Sweet earthy aroma

T-Malty, slightly sweet, with a distant hint of hops.

M-Smooth and light. Slightly boring

D-Easy to drink. Light with good carbonation, this would be a good gateway beer to introduce people to the world of craft beers. I definately enjoyed it, even though I usually prefer a bigger beer flavor.

Photo of marvin213
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A little on the light side for an amber ale, it looks more like a lager. The fat, foamy top provides more evidence in that regard. As the creamy head dissipates a full two inches from its cap (more indicative of a stout), a thick layer of lacing leaves a hoppy mark. It looks interesting though confused, and it's out of character for an American Red Ale.

The smell is less interesting, as there's not much to it. A bit of toasted malt, perhaps, and a biscuity vibe. Oddly like the escaping gas of a Hardee's drive-thru window, the effects are less impressive from a beer.

The taste is solid. Definitely biscuity, with a slight malt imbalance--it's more toasty than hoppy. The breakfasty toast taste is more pleasingly Hardees-like than the smell. A bit of caramel-like sweetness adds to the effect. If you have a breakfast stout with Fat Tire, you can have Fat Tire with biscuits-n-gravy.

Mouthfeel is better than most with the sweet malty biscuits. It's the most amber aspect of the whole beverage. There is, however, an old toast-like staleness to the aftertaste--I could do without it like a PB&J without the crust.

Drinkability is good and, at 5.2%, it's among the more flavorful "sessionable" beers. Vacationing in Breckenridge years ago, it was one of the first beers I appreciated as more than alcohol-infused water. It's blown up of late with massive moves into new markets, and I'm glad it's now available everywhere around here.

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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