Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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3.38/5 rDev -5.8%
Poured from a 22oz.bottle. Leaves about one finger of foamy head that recedes into a scant surface skim. Does leaves a nice lacing. Is a clear coppery red hue.
Aroma - odor is a very sour dough, bready malt. It's very fungal (like wild mushrooms ) and reminds me of the odor of moist and rotting grass clippings from the lawnmower sitting in an open lawn-and-leaf bag. It's hard to tell what to expect from the aroma - it seems really sour -like it could be bad, or maybe its actually good, like cheese that smells bad, but tastes good. Also, hint, just barely, of grassy and herbally hops.
Taste - well... it is kind of as promised as by aroma. It is grassy, doughy, bready, sour malty. Slight, very slight, taste of hops ( I may have even imagined it, it was so slight. ). Aftertaste of weakly brewed tea, with some lemon (see, there's the hops afterall ). This is not unlike Irish Red Ale, which I do like quite a bit. It has its own unique taste though, being dominated by this sour, wild fungal, grassy, doughy thing, but I like it. And the tea-like aftertaste helps resolve it into a recognizeably red ale ( Irish, or otherwise ). The thing I like about red ales is that they are not really sweet at all, rather they are somewhat tannic, and I find that to be refreshing ( like I find tea to be refreshing ), and this one is fact, even somewhat sour, and of course, mildly tannic.
Mouthfeel - Less than full, not quite thin, but tending towards that. In spite of lack of assertive hop flavor, there is a very nice hop oil mouth slickness from this ale. This doesn't leave you dry, but there is a sort of tannic feeling ( i.e. tea-like, first in the aftertaste, and now the mouthfeel ). Low carbonation.
Drinkabilty - this goes down very easy. I could put away two of these 22 oz.'ers in no time flat, and possibly a third (especially since the abv is like 5.3 % ). But, much as I like the taste of this, it is on the balance, fairly meek,and I would tire of this, and would want something bigger and bolder to go on with through the rest of the night (or sitting, or session, or whatever ).
04-28-2006 21:23:53 | More by ultralarry2006
3.78/5 rDev +5.3%
A nice, clear brew, somewhere between bronze and amber in colour. Nice two finger off white head formed on a fairly aggressive pour, with nice retention. Fairly mild and finely carbonated.
Bread, caramel and toast from the malts. Pleasant yeastiness, hints at apple. Somewhat surprised at the subtle hopping, with just a kiss of citrus blossom. Flavours much like the nose, no major surprises here, bready and toasty malts with a hint of caramel and melanoidin. To avoid repetition it tastes much like it smells.
Creamy yet finishes dry, slightly wet yet still astringent. Essentially light bodied, with decent malts and some complexity provides for some substance. Subtly hopped, a pleasant surprise, yet there is enough there to provide for some balance in this malt forward brew.
A tasty and very drinkable brew. Its quality and craftmanship reveal themselves in this interesting, tasty, approachable and sessionable brew. This would make for an excellent crossover brew, and I suspect that this is the main reason for its popularity. I'll be bringing this to more than one summer family gathering.
Note that this tasting was done with the beer slightly warmer than the recommended 7C, and was likely done with a 10-12C brew due to my impatience and suspicion that drinking it slightly warmer would reveal any deficiencies, none of which were noted.
01-30-2008 01:28:30 | More by demcorhip
3.23/5 rDev -10%
On tap at Pour 24. Served in a pilsner glass.
A: Light brown body. Tiny head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.
S: Biscuits and noble hops.
T: Insanely biscuity. Also a fair amount of clean bitterness.
M: Light-bodied with decent carbonation.
D: A fine session beer. Not too challenging.
11-26-2009 22:13:44 | More by BarrelO
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
Poured from a South Carolina commemorative bomber into a 24 oz mug. Though exactly the same in design, this bomber is way cooler than the Georgia commemorative ones I saw in Augusta not long ago.
Pours an orange-amber color. Nearly two fingers of foam retain well and leave some decent lacing behind.
Sweet malty nose. Not a very powerful nose, slightly above average for an amber. Some very mild earthy hops.
Sweet grainy malt flavor. The hops seem to disappear outside of a very light, brief bitterness, that gives way to a slight sourness. Not great, but far from bad. I can see why so many consider this to be a great gateway craft beer.
Body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation seems right on par. Not bad. Not much depth or complexity, but it fits a niche.
07-13-2009 03:50:08 | More by Gyle41386
3.73/5 rDev +3.9%
12oz brown bottle
Fat Tire Amber Ale was a clear amber color with an off-white head. The head had good retention and left some lacing behind. The aroma was sweet crystal malt and a little toasty. The taste was malty and sweet upfront with a more balanced finish. The body was medium with medium carbonation. Drinkability was good. Overall it's a good beer and would make a good session beer.
10-21-2006 20:28:20 | More by afinepilsner
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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