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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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BA SCORE
81
good

6,438 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 6,438
Reviews: 1,785
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 133
Gots: 616 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000)
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dugly2ugly

Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.4%

02-12-2012 01:06:45 | More by dugly2ugly
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ngandhi

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

The amber ale is the hallmark of local beer. Malty enough to show the character of your region, but mild enough to demand immediate consumption before it goes dull. And, that said, Fat Tire might be just fine for Fort Collins, but it's a waste of shelf space in Chicago.

The arrogant allocation and labeling (try finding the "Chicago" bottling anywhere downstate) only emphasize how big of a sham this beer is. It doesn't belong here and now amount of packaging will change that.

Because this is not our red ale. Compared to the classic Bell's amber (which has sadly left Illinois) or New Holland's smoky Red Tulip, this is a boring affair--one more worthy to be chugged from the bottle than poured into a glass.

It's bready, lacks hops, and can't decide if it wants to taste like chocolate chips or Cherrios.

The beer's fine, but it aggravates me. Maybe because New Belgium's selection is so profoundly varied and complex. This is the cash cow--the brewery's throwaway beer--and I'm a chump for buying it.

Relax, relaxx.
ng

05-11-2007 02:12:26 | More by ngandhi
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lilnicky068

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

06-08-2013 03:21:58 | More by lilnicky068
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ssgunbond

Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

08-29-2013 10:17:28 | More by ssgunbond
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banger7

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

08-09-2013 11:48:58 | More by banger7
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scratch69

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%

I poured a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Clear copper color with a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Caramel malt and biscuit aroma with a hint of yeast.

Taste- Very similar to the nose but with a more pronounced caramel malt sweetness. It has just enough fruity hop flavor to balance it out.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall- Many years ago this beer and Samuel Adams are what got me into trying different craft beers. I decided to try it again and it was like revisiting an old friend that I haven't seen for years. Very good beer that I need to drink more often.

05-24-2014 14:27:28 | More by scratch69
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AlexM

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-26-2011 07:06:17 | More by AlexM
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meehandennis

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

08-01-2013 01:13:44 | More by meehandennis
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Iowacraft

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

02-19-2012 17:04:51 | More by Iowacraft
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Mack

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.4%

05-04-2014 13:41:08 | More by Mack
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Chris77McGrath

Ohio

4/5  rDev +11.4%

04-30-2013 17:34:30 | More by Chris77McGrath
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Tap sample. Amber in colour with fairly high carbonation. Fine floral aromas mix with a bit of toasted malt. The flavor is quite bready, with notes of caramel malts, toffee, and a bit of light fruit. Light bodied. Not a bad little beer. It's quite drinkable but not really that complex or interesting either.

06-30-2006 19:00:17 | More by fisherman34
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -15.6%

22 oz bomber received in a trade with b0ldfacelies.

Reddish-amber body, thick white head, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Nose is sweet, malty and slightly dusty smelling, (sounds weird, I know).

Flavor is sweet malt. Husky and slightly astringent. There's that grainy/dusty thing again. It's kind of an anti-quencher. No hops or tartness to speak of. Bready and quite bland. It's not bad, but not really my favorite type of brew.

Mouthfeel is medium with slight astringency.

Drinkability is low to me. The dryness/dustyness kills my desire for more. One bomber will be more than enough.

11-30-2006 23:30:28 | More by ghostwalker
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mattboyer182

Indiana

3/5  rDev -16.4%

02-13-2014 23:21:48 | More by mattboyer182
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tjsmith910

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +15%

I literally only tried this beer because of the label. Man was I surprised. The smoothness and the color were incredible. I enjoyed it in the bottle but I loved it in a pint glass poured from the bottle. The taste was extremely smooth and not bitter at all. Not thick nor over powering by any means. The taste also lingered and felt like it became more enjoyable long after the gulp until the next sip. This beer definitely it one I will search for in future endeavors.

07-08-2011 21:25:09 | More by tjsmith910
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rondufresne

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

03-09-2012 02:55:50 | More by rondufresne
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MammothTarantula

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -16.4%

01-21-2012 20:39:33 | More by MammothTarantula
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KillaB

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

01-29-2013 06:19:31 | More by KillaB
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

03-15-2009 02:00:28 | More by thegodfather2701
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csurowiec

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

01-19-2014 17:27:03 | More by csurowiec
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Pillowburn

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

02-11-2012 17:11:26 | More by Pillowburn
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-24-2013 02:30:19 | More by Larrydoherty
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cherche

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-20-2014 06:02:58 | More by cherche
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fivetime

Idaho

4/5  rDev +11.4%

01-21-2013 19:46:37 | More by fivetime
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Caskaway

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

05-24-2014 21:40:44 | More by Caskaway
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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