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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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6,774 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,774
Reviews: 1,809
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 142
Gots: 765 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

jeffwright, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of TheMrFarnham
4/5  rDev +11.4%

TheMrFarnham, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 ).

ultralarry2006, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of SlightlyGrey
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

SlightlyGrey, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of MammothTarantula
3/5  rDev -16.4%

MammothTarantula, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Jacobob10
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Jacobob10, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of demcorhip
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

demcorhip, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of sdaly3
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

sdaly3, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of dumptruck81
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

dumptruck81, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Shafaegalo
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Shafaegalo, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

ItsYourBoyBlue, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of EF4
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

EF4, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3/5  rDev -16.4%

DeadeyeOTDO, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of BarrelO
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

BarrelO, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gyle41386, Jul 13, 2009
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

jmathis, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of PaulyB83
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Best by Oct . 12 2014

A- Medium amber, one finger white head, good clarity.

S- Light English hops, light American hops of citrus and floral, with a tad of earthy spice. Medium malt sweetness.

T- Similar to aroma, light citrus, spicy, floral hops. Medium sweetness. Maybe a touch of banana.

M- Pretty full for a 5.2% beer, it does finish a tad thin.

O- This beer tastes very similar to Bell's Amber to me but with everything a few notches lighter (aroma, taste). It seems like New Belgium filters all their beers which I think kinda gives them all a kinda similar flat note taste. Being in Kalamazoo, I have ample access to Bell's Amber so I really don't find myself choosing this beer that much.

PaulyB83, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of BigRedN
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Amber with a small white head which clung to the glass.
Smell: Malty, with notes of grains (wheat, barley?) somewhat like fresh baked bread. Very enviting.
Taste: Lots of different flavors (as a novice hard to pick one dominant flavor out). Not overly intimidating which is good, as this beer is usually on of the first that the macro drinker would try if trying something different. Noticeable hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, easy going down.
Drinkability: Very good intorduction beer for macro drinkers. If I have friends who normally won't drink a micro (BMC folks) I think it would be easy to hook them on this beer. Easy to have more than one.

One of the most popular micro brews sold in Lincoln. Its easy to tell why. This is an easy to drink micro beer that is beyond the typical macro, yet it would be a good introduction to get the macro drinker into drinkin micros and specialty beers.

BigRedN, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of Goldndomer
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Goldndomer, Feb 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

nyrblue2, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of sitarist
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

sitarist, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of SD-Alefan
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

SD-Alefan, May 31, 2014
Photo of KevChiTown
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

KevChiTown, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of slowdaddy
3/5  rDev -16.4%

slowdaddy, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of cyclonece09
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber with a good 2 inch foamy head that has some good lacing. Has a nice nutty hue. Definitely a dark caramelized malt taste with slight chocolate taste, but not overpowering hops or any flavor. Good carbonation and goes down smooth. A good tasty beer that I am glad has finally reached VA.

cyclonece09, Jan 15, 2012
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 6,774 ratings.