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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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7,209 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,209
Reviews: 1,855
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 164
Gots: 1,063 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best before 8/18/13.

Appearance: Light copper with great clarity and lots of visible spastic carbonation. Frothy off-white head.

Aroma: Nice malted barley and light earthy hops.

Taste: I haven't had Fat Tire since getting into serious craft beer. I'm surprised by how light it is. Underneath the slightly watery exterior there is some semi-sweet amber malt flavor. A nutty/toasty character that is pleasing to the palate. There is a fair amount of bitterness on the back end (20 IBU?) but no real hop flavor. A decent amount of flavor packed into 5.2% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Between light and medium in body with a lot of carbonation. Good drinkability and sessionable.

FInal Thoughts: Definitely got better further into the drinking experience. Almost like a Pale Ale/Amber hybrid. Would I drink it again? Yep.

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3.84/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Have had this plenty of times. Just getting around to reviewing it now

A- I used to think this was a dark beer, pours an average copper color with a light tan head that falls back quickly

S- Some malts and roasty notes. I don't know how to describe it, there is a specific "fat tire" scent here that I haven't experienced in any other beer

T- Nice amber malts but not much else. Rather 1 dimensional, but not awful

M- Pretty smooth which i like alot

O- Solid beer. Nothing crazy but can't go wrong here

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of GreenWBush
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fat Tire. How did this phenomenon happen? My friends categorically turn up their noses when I crack my "expensive" beer. Still, these same BMC devotees would have paid me a ridiculous amount of money to bring this stuff back to Indiana in bulk. How the people at New Belgium bridged the eternal gap from piss-water to respectable amber ale appreciators is beyond me. More power to them.

Speaking to the bartenders at New Belgium's brewery, it was more than clear that Fat Tire pays the bills but is by no means the brewery's heart and soul. Still, the beer is head and shoulders above most crap out there.

Copper. Slight, clingy head. Biscuit bomb on the nose, with hints of gummy plasticene malt character.

The mouthfeel is a tad clunky and heavyhanded. The package is pulled in with a slight, light bitterness. I could drink this, but no more than one or two.

My ambivilance towards this beer is cancelled out by my philosophical advocacy of the brewery and the continued experimentation this beer funds.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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4.46/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Perfectly clear, amber color with a bright, printer-paper white head that sticks to the glass in nice lacing patterns.

S: Toasted bread and a touch of sweet caramel. Earth-like and Floral hops in the background, and an overall impression of freshly milled caramel malt.

T: Not complex, but delivers on all fronts. It starts with a nice caramel flavor that carries the beer through tasting. The mid-palate has a touch of floral hops, and it finishes with burt caramel.

M: Moderately carbonated and medium bodied, the beer foams somewhat on the palate while consuming.

D: Great drinkability, this is an excellent go-to beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked this one up while visiting misery or missouri. poured a decent amba color into my glass with decent head and carbonation. the carbonation slowed and the head dissapated. decent smell of lightly roasted malts. tasted good but expected a bit more hop finish. some lacing down the glass. i would like a bit more hop finish and this would really shine.

suckem up and movem out.


p.s. had this on tap a day after the bottle. same.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color, clear with great head and lacing.

Super-biscuity, with a little yeast character that really is different for this style. Subtle stale hops.

Roasty and sour , very bready.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and over-carbonated for the style.

It's good, but for such a hyped-up beer, I dunno.

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4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fat Tire is a well-established name here in California, tho its accessibility is next-to-naught outside of the Western US.
We pour it on-tap at my workplace, and it always gives a nice, creamy head. The color is a clear amber, with red overtones. Not much scent other than that of malt, but admittedly I usually taste this before I sniff.
The selling point of this beer is the roasting & toasting of the malts New Beligium adds to their signature brew. I personally can't get enough toasted malt in my beer, which is what keeps me coming back for more. There is some hop presence, enough to please purists, but not overpowering enough to keep this from being a great "session beer". The carbonation also sticks with it enough through the end of a pint to keep the first sip as enjoyable as the last.
All the NB products I have tried have been great, but keep coming back to the Fat Tire due to its exceptional drinkability & malt flavor...making this my go-to beer in bars & restaurants which don't go out of their way to please beer geeks like myself.

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 7,209 ratings.