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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

6,168 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 6,168
Reviews: 1,781
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 122
Gots: 499 | 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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mikehillman

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

01-20-2013 04:00:21 | More by mikehillman
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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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cnally

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

yeah, yeah...the talk of the town recently as it seems to be the most coveted beer recently introduced to the east side of the Mississippi River.

A fantastic looking beer. A radiant golden orange color with a fluffy, menacing lacy white head. really grand looking stuff.

really grainy aroma. wheat and corn, with a very slight malt aroma. toasted marshmallows a bit, due to its sweet smell. but mellow and not outstanding.

initial hop flavor, but ever so slight. this moves to a impact of grain and yeast, balanced well. the toasted malt they advertise is barely noticible until the aftertaste, which fills your mouth with a vengence.

Creamy, filling feel with a touch of stickiness.

Here is the thing. I have been drinking this beer out of a can since its introduction here in Indiana and merely called it okay. After pouring it out, aerating the drink and being practically moved to tears by its appearance, I have an entirely different viewpoint of the beer. It turned from good to great. No exaggeration. So, don't be lazy, people...pour this beer out into a glass and be amazed at the difference.

Serving type: can

05-17-2009 23:51:39 | More by cnally
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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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rudy0908

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

12-14-2012 02:35:27 | More by rudy0908
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claytri

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light amber with a nice bit of red to the tint, also it has a nice rocky white head that soon becomes a very nice lace. The aroma is of sweet berries and floral hops. The taste has a bit of biscuit and jam to it to start, then moves to a nice floral hop finish. The feel is light and slightly wet. Just a nice pleasant session beer that has a nice blend of malt and hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 03:59:22 | More by claytri
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scooter231

New York

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a redder, meatier Skinny Dip. Nose is like peanut butter fudge. Definitely peanuty. Taste is also much like Skinny Dip- bready, biscuity, slightly peanuty, sliiightly fruity- apricots, perhaps. The beers are very similar. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, not as dry. This one is a little less drinkable, as it's a bit heavier, and I think I'd prefer this with a meal. Still, not shabby.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2006 03:50:57 | More by scooter231
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PintOHops

California

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a clear amber with a poor, thin head that reduces quickly. Has about medium carbonation, and leaves some Patchy, soapy lacing. Smells of lightly toasted grains and malts, sweet caramel notes, nutty, very much like chocolate cake. Some slightly earthy notes, and tart grape, but has a major malt profile.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes, ah, like chocolate cake. Lots of flavorful, sweet grainy, malty, molasses, caramel, honey, chocolaty notes flood the palate, there's some lite citrus flavors and subtle hop bitterness in there, but just enough to round it out. Highly malty and very flavorful! Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly silky, small bite of carbonation on the tongue, and lite-medium bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Ive had this wonderful Ale many times before, finally decided to pick up a 6pack to see if it tasted as good as I remembered, and it did! Ive always loved this nearly flawless tasting Ale, my only complaint would be the body, I would appreciate just a little bit more body to it, but otherwise it's perfect to me. I could enjoy 2-3 of these chocolaty desserts on any given day. I absolutely love this beer, and I highly recommend it to everyone. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 00:57:33 | More by PintOHops
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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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gabedivision

New York

3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to a SA. Perfect pint glass

A- pours a rich golden amber with a solid 1 finger head crystal clear with some visible carbonation

S- sweet caramel malts, some butterscotch, some bready notes

M- toasted grains, sweet malts, caramel, butterscotch, slight toffee. There is a sweetness the surrounds this beer, and a grainy slightly bitter finish

M- light bodied, highly carbonated, tingly, clean.

O- not bad, always wanted to try this, and now I did... It's not bad, it's drinkable but has a macro-feel to it a little too clean a little too funky, too artificially sweet. Just a malty sugary ale that's easy to drink, it's okay.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 02:43:05 | More by gabedivision
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sneezye

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -16.4%

01-29-2014 00:10:30 | More by sneezye
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TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

1.18/5  rDev -67.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a orange copper color with a thick yellow white head and very little lacing. Smells of malt, a little hops, and a little vanilla and citrus in there. Tastes mostly of sweet malts, rotten eggs, or something that has spoiled. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Drinkability is poor.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2010 21:11:15 | More by TheKingofWichita
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rogerthegill

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

05-24-2012 06:05:08 | More by rogerthegill
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MightiestBeard

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

02-06-2014 23:59:43 | More by MightiestBeard
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OB1

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

07-22-2013 21:36:54 | More by OB1
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jeffwright

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

02-14-2014 01:23:01 | More by jeffwright
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Caskaway

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

05-24-2014 21:40:44 | More by Caskaway
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cantfindme

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

09-01-2012 20:52:24 | More by cantfindme
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TheSamKuehn

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

06-20-2014 04:13:23 | More by TheSamKuehn
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HoustonTX

Texas

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours out with a bright copper/amber color, small amount of head and decent lacing.

Smell - Is earthy, with a bit of caramel present, and toasty roast smell is strong.

Taste - Very pleasing with a toasty/biscuit tasting malts, caramel and small traces of hops also come through. Aftertaste is toasty.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and easy to go down.

Drinkability - Good, these are quite easy to take down.

Overall, a nice amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 22:49:34 | More by HoustonTX
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DannyDan

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

11-28-2012 04:23:31 | More by DannyDan
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DrIPA

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

11-30-2012 01:44:12 | More by DrIPA
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BeanBone

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear, copper-orange body with a two-finger, off-white head that easily rises above the edge of the glass. Lacing is brilliant and really lasts.

Aroma: Fat Tire has always been a bit thin on the nose. What you can detect is sweet, biscuity malt and a whiff of citrus.

Taste: Lightly-roasted, sweet, biscuity malt is the center-piece of Fat tire. A subdued, earthly hop-bitterness helps to balance the malt. Occasional shades of booze at the finish. The biscuity malt endures in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, somewhat creamy, and medium-bodied. Carbonation is moderate, in keeping with the style.

Drinkability: I know for a fact that one can drink a twelve pack in the course of an evening. I guess that says it all really.

Verdict: Fat tire is a nicely balanced, biscuity Amber Ale. Securely above average, but certainly not the most exciting beer in the New Belgium stable. A terrific "gateway beer," If there's ever been one.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 21:29:28 | More by BeanBone
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domtronzero

California

3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice copper amber with a creamy off-white, long lasting head. Only a little lacing left on the pint glass. Aroma is of tosted malts and biscuity heaviness. A grassy hoppines is also noted. Flavor is somewhat the same: biscuits and toasted malts. Hoppy bitterness is kept to a minimum, but still can be detected in the background. Aftertaste is heavy, and lingers for a while. Mouthfeel is oily and slick, but clean and the carbonation leaves a nice bite on my tongue. Overall, this brew would be great with a spicy gumbo or stew, but I would rather have a big DIPA for an accompaniment instead.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 22:33:31 | More by domtronzero
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Satan70

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -44.3%

02-20-2012 03:22:17 | More by Satan70
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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