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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

6,773 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 6,773
Reviews: 1,809
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 142
Gots: 764 | 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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4/5  rDev +11.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Couldn't turn down a fresh 12 oz can for a buck, curious to see how it compares to the pint I had on draft a few months back.

Appearance: A golden amber body with slight haze from the can conditioning. The dense white head holds well, clining to the walls of the glass. Solid.

Smell: Biscuits and light fruitiness. There's a bit of mustiness as well, something that always puts me off with this beer. Honey and pineapple come out as it warms.

Taste & mouthfeel: Rich with toasted malt flavor but well-attenuated. Crisp and dry, lightly estery. Apricot frutiness appears briefly in the finish, which is ultimately on the dry side and tinged with hop bitterness.

A pretty enjoyable session beer, better from the can than from the keg.

largadeer, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

It has taken me way too long to review this old Purdue-days favorite. It pours a clear pale copper topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises mandarin oranges, ruby red grapefruit, lemon zest, coriander, and a stiff toffee backbone. The taste brings the toffee to the fore, subduing the fruity notes in the process. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a nice amber, nothing close to special, but eminently drinkable and more than enjoyable enough.

TMoney2591, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

SocalKicks, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, distinctively collared bottle, another ubiquitous American craft brew, unseen as yet in Canadian liquor stores. My friend in Chicago always had a fridge full of this stuff when I would go visit, a few years ago.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, frothy, and lightly foamy off-white head, which leaves a decent paint job of sudsy, streaky lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of mildly toasty, biscuity, and bready pale malt, a touch of dry nutty caramel, and fruity, floral, and slightly piney hops. The taste is more staunchly bready malt, one fading in its interesting biscuity and roasted nature, with a wet ashy essence that strangely rises to the roof of my mouth, and some agreeably balancing earthy, herbal hops.

The carbonation is moderate, manifesting in but a trilling frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and perhaps a tad dusty in its otherwise well-rendered smoothness. It finishes off-dry, sure, but tempered just enough by the lingering earthy, weedy, and musty hops.

A good and venerable American session ale, I would imagine, if the toasted biscuit character didn't quite challenge the palate on each re-up, and thus become unwelcome after a few rounds. As training beer for those moving out of their particular version of BMC hell, you could do a lot worse, and I see why I enjoyed those cold ones from the fridge in aforementioned Chi-town, after all that not-so-cheap Budweiser at Lollapalooza in Grant Park, and watered-down (wait, what?) Schlitz at Wrigley Field.

biboergosum, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled or on tap it pours a dark amber color, slight head. There is a malty smell with some biscuity notes. Good caramel malty flavor with a touch of hop bitterness. It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer. It is so drinkable. It's not hard to have several at one sitting.

zeff80, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium's flagship ale delivers a clear amber body beneath a billowing head of white froth that holds well and leaves beautiful Brussels-lace about the glass. The nose welcomes you with toasty and sweet malt, and that's exactly what you'll find in the flavor. It's malty... toasty, biscuity, and ever so slightly caramelish; laced with gently spicy and delicately floral hops; and backed by a firm bitterness that grounds it before it fades in a short lingering finish. It's an enjoyable, well-rounded, and drinkable ale that makes a great introductory beer for your friends who are used to American adjunct lagers and the golden "pilsners" from Canada, Mexico, and Europe; and it pairs well with a wide variety of foods such as grilled chicken, pasta primavera, soft-flavored semi-hard cheese (Fontina, Muenster, etc.), and French toast and eggs.

NeroFiddled, May 15, 2005
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

unconventional amber, pours a nice deep ruby color with an off-white head. smells homey and comforting, warm. notes of butterscotch and dried cherries in the nose give it a slightly sweet aroma. taste is a really nicely balanced malty forefront with a slight belgian yeast distinction coming in, mellow and burnt sugary in the finish. mouthfeel is perfect, fair carbonation and a medium body, this beer is the quintessential colorado session beer. this flagship from new belgium is worth all they hype around it. awesome amber

StonedTrippin, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off bottle with a packaged on date on the neck.

Appearance: Bright copper hued brew with a thick one fingered stickage of lace for the glass to deal with.

Smell: Hard biscuity malt with suggestions of bing cherries & a faint floral scent of roses.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Moderate body with a clean smoothness. Nice undertow of biscuity malt from start to finish. Light flash of hops to tame the malt a bit, some fruitiness becomes lively with hints of pear. Finishes semi-dry with a long lingering toasted flavor.

Drinkability & Notes: This beer is now of cult status in the US, such an uncomplicated amber ale … so easy to knock back a few, whether at a pub with friends or after a hard days work.

Jason, Jul 29, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

nickfl, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has been described as the beer that pays the bills at New Belgium, and when driving through the Denver / Fort Collins area this beer was everywhere. Appearance: Golden amber with a velvet like smooth cream colored head leaves nice collar of lacing and forms rings with each sip. Aroma: Well balanced between the biscuit malt and caramel sweetness with a dose of finishing hops that biscuit malt character is excellent. Taste: Crisp malt biscuit with caramel malts, light bready sweetness with a cleansing hop that comes through very lightly this is a wonderful session brew and could ver well take off and be one of the best crossover brews ever. Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied smooth carbonation decent texture. Drinkability: Excellent could buy a case of this baby and never feel bad about it.

WVbeergeek, Dec 16, 2003
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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, NV on 8/15/07, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is strong with toasted malts and spice along with caramel and hops.

T: The taste is very malty with flavors of caramel and spice. There’s a pretty good hops presence that provides a nice balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, it’s a beer worth drinking for an entire evening if you want an easy-drinking beer with some substance.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 19, 2007
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3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with 1 1/2 fingers of foamy eggshell white head. Thin creamy retention that flares up into a rigid 1/2 finger that throws some massive frothy lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet with bread and caramel, with a good bit of citric tang and light floral hops in the back of the nose.

The taste is toasted malts and caramel sweetness mixed in with a pervasive fruity citric character. Light bittering hops pull up the back with some needed balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly relaxed and creamy carbonation and a generally all around refreshing feel about it.

While nowhere near the full blown cult status that this beer seems to have garnered over the years, if your looking at this as a moderately flavored and easy drinking Amber Ale, then for the most part it succeeds. Plus it gets an extra point for the portability in cans now as well.

Kegatron, May 12, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

RblWthACoz, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a goblet.
A - A deep copper w/ golden highlights and a huge 2 finger tan head that settles slowly leaving a coating of lace.

S - Nutty, toasted aromas with a faint lactic yeastiness in the nose. Very grainy and biscuit-like in aroma.

M - Nutty, biscuit-like graininess on top of a medium full feel. Subtle carbonation allows for a sweet malty finish.

T - A real roasted nut flavor w/ other toasted and grainy tastes. A bit of rye seems to join the bready melange.

D - An easy beer to drink after a warm summer walk in the sun(which is exactly when I tasted mine) It is a pretty mainstream taste and has an image and branding that is easy to recognize. I don't care for the dry powdery element as much, but it its still a very drinkable ale. I could see myself being able to session a few of these.

Slatetank, Jul 05, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

BBD of 3 may 08

Finally broke down & decided to review this. Git this in the folly 12 mixer. This is the one craft beer you can get here at places when they serve no other, so it does have soft spot in my heart as the ultimate plan B:

Pours an effervescent honey/amber with 1+ finger of cream colored head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Biscuitty malt

T: Sweet biscuitty malt with a bit of citric hops & some buttery notes up front. A bit of flinty dryness as this warms, plus a bit of toasted malt & a touch of lemony hops. Finishes with a slight dryness, a tinge of sulphury notes & more butter

MF: Light/medium bodied & slightly over carbonated, plus okay balance, but skews a bit sweet (not malty) to me

Drinks alright, this is better on draft, but just a slightly better than average amber

russpowell, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fat Tire has a bit of a hype around it, especially in regions, like mine, that do not receive this Colorado amber. What could be the reason, I wonder, why do so many rhapsodize so dreamily about it? Is it the equal or better of world classics from Europe, or does it stand out against America's legendary micros? I was determined to find out...
Fine, bubbly, but brief, head, over a bright amber color. Nice fruity touches in the aroma, and the more I "drink in" the nose, the more I seem to find...tropical fruits, mango, banana?, peach, apricot, a hint of gentle spices, and a whiff of flowers, even. Nice grainy, gritty texture, but overall, very smooth palate. Hops seem to be lying low, and malt does it's part, without taking the spotlight. Slight sourness in the finish, later absorbed by tasty sweetness. Well-balanced, and enjoyable. I can imagine a pleasant session with these.
So why the cult status? I have a few theories. 1. Funny name. 2. There's a bike on the label. 3. It's an easily consumed, delicious ale that accompanies fond memories of seeing jam bands in Colorado, and the perfect thing to stock in the cooler at the post-show drum jam. Enjoy, all you hippies, enjoy!!!

feloniousmonk, Feb 12, 2003
Photo of drabmuh
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer is amber and clear with moderate carbonation and a big white head of large bubbles that collapses leaving some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and mildly spicy.

Beer is surprisingly thin, grainy on the mid and late palates. It's thin on the front of the mouth and has a grainy aftertaste. It's not very pleasing overall. Just one of those beer that eventually you have to get around to trying, now I have.

drabmuh, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First had: bottle at ?

A pretty good, readily available beer. Pours a clear amber with a nice finger of white head. Bready aroma, mixed with roasted nuts. Roasted malts in the taste, nutty, bready, moving on to floral hops with a slight bit of citrus in there. Medium mouthfeel, finishes dry, and overall quite easily drinkable. It's the Yuengling of the the West.

Rifugium, May 22, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I guess we should be grateful that New Belgium has a big hit to support their more interesting beers. Mellow tang but dirty aftertaste. Muddy taste but has a touch of sprightly hops. Seduces with some roasted malt flavors but tails off into dishwater. Best feature is the nose of caramel and flowers. An average example of a style that has few standouts. This is not one of them. A well made but tedious beer.

mactrail, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It is light, but there are traces of pale and light crystal malts. The taste is decent as well. It has a light and grainy pale malt flavor with a bit of crystal malts as well. It goes down smooth and finishes dry and slightly malty. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine amber ale. I wish it has a more complex aroma and flavor, but it drinks well regardless.

WesWes, Sep 07, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

mendvicdog, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark amber color with about an inch of white head that has little retention. Moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of fading hops and sweet malts. A little weak and a bit of an odd smell from the malts.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, as well as sweet malts again. Also tastes of bready malts. Not sure what it is, but the malt taste does not taste that great to me.

m - Light body with a good amount of carbonation.

d - Overall the smell and flavor of this beer did not appeal to me too much. It wasn't bad, but an odd bready/sweet malt combo that I wasn't the biggest fan of. At 5.2% if you liked the taste you could definitely drink a few of these given the light body, but I won't be looking to get more of this anytime soon.

mdfb79, Feb 25, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

beernads, Sep 12, 2013
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 6,773 ratings.