Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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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.
05-11-2007 02:12:26 | More by ngandhi
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
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
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
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
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
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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