Fat Tire And Friends Fat Wild Ale
New Belgium Brewing Company

Fat Tire And Friends Fat Wild AleFat Tire And Friends Fat Wild Ale
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Wild Ale
3.76 | pDev: 10.64%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Fat Tire And Friends Fat Wild AleFat Tire And Friends Fat Wild Ale
Notes: Thanks to Boulder’s finest for this unabashedly tropic take on Fat Tire. Avery took a healthy dose of Brettanomyces Bruxellensis Drie to create a Fat Tire spin with a sturdy malt backbone, fruity hop aroma and a tropical pineapple layer. Heed the call of the wild Fat Tire.
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly clear copper-amber with a centimeter and a half khaki head. Head retention is great, with good lacing left behind. Fruity, tropical notes in the aroma, balanced out with wild brett, and yeast notes. The flavor profile is considerably more tropical fruit (pineapple, mango) and orange citrus than the aroma. Wild brett and yeast notes stick out at the back. Mouth feel is velvety and filling. Really nice and pleasing texture. It has a medium-thick consistency as well. Overall, a very fun brew. The tropical fruit notes in the flavor profile are quite nice. It's a fun brew to drink for sure.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

Jul 12, 2016
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TheSixthRing from California

3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours clear and a brilliant ruby amber with an off-white, two-finger width head. Good retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds across the surface. Good lacing, consisting of broken webs and spotting.

Smell - The aroma is quite reminiscent of banana nut bread with a hint of yeast funk.

Taste - Follows the nose in its banana nut bread character, with mellow banana complimenting the biscuity, nutty Fat Tire malt character. A hint of citrus and pineapple zing creep in mid-taste. Slightly bitter finish with a trace of banana.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick texture with an easy finish.

Overall - Pretty good beer. Not quite as tropical or as much pineapple as expected from the description on the bottle.

Jun 12, 2016
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Brief first impressions from a bottle:

Hoppier than expected, with a malt backbone redolent of bread crust, amber malts, and caramel. Possibly toffee too. Overly sweet for a beer billed as a wild ale. I don't get much brettanomyces bruxellensis character at all. Hop profile is indeed tropical as billed on the label, but is that really a good thing in a wild ale? I'd contend not - and I find the pineapple fruit flavour off-putting.

Seems like a beer that's trying to cash in on the wild ale craze without actually committing to the time and care needed to craft one well. More marketing than quality, but drinkable.

Low C (2.83) / AVERAGE

08/24/16 2nd impression from another bottle:

Tart and imbalanced, with an artificial cherry-like sweetness. Odd ill-fitting tropical fruit notes (including off-putting warmly alcohol-redolent pineapple).

Not what one hopes for in a wild ale put out by the likes of New Belgium and Avery. Definitely worse than plain ole Fat Tire.


Aug 16, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The very pretty beer pours a brilliant copper to cherry amber (SRM 17) with moderately fast rising bubbles under a 1" cream colored foam cap that is moderately persistent. the aromas rising from the glass include tropical fruit, citrus, lemon, mild funk, bruised and over ripe fruit. The palate is fruity and lightly tart leading to a slightly astringent finish quickly followed by a lingering juicy hop bitterness. A tropical fruit cocktail of flavors fill the mouth seasoned by a restrained tartness and funk with a moderate hop bitterness. Nothing is overbearing or overstated with an interesting and very refreshing four way balance between malt, tart, funk and bitter. Fat Wild Ale captures the creamy rich Brettanomyces texture.

Sep 04, 2016
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gregu2 from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 20, 2016
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akolb from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 10, 2017
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a custom wide top glass: color is amber, very effervescent and carbonated, head is tan with fine to medium bubbles and light glass lacing.

Smell is all Fat Tire like malt balance at first then subtle dry earthy yeast notes from the brett.

Taste is as close to original Fat Tire as I have tasted so far in the mix pack, at least at the first taste, then the malt strength is subdued by the yeast's fermentation qualities - dryness, light bread, light funk - very subtle but noticeable.

Mouthfeel is crisp, a bit carbonated - maybe somewhat expected with the brett addition.

Overall a dryer, lightly funky take on Fat Tire, its good and subtle in the enhanced flavors.

Jul 07, 2016
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours amber with plum hues in it and an off white head. It is fairly clear with good head retention and lacing.

Smell: It has aromas of cherries, pineapple, with some sour aromas as well.

Flavors: There are flavors of sweet cherries, pineapple, sour, toast, and caramel.

Feel: It has a moderate body with a moderately bitter finish.

Overall, it is an interesting mixture of caramel and fruit with a slight sour presentation.

Jul 04, 2016
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Hellpop65 from Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jul 05, 2016
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puck1225 from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap into a pint glass. A beautiful clear ruby red with a thin head but great lacing. It has a sweet fruity and slightly floral smell. The taste is an interesting combination of sweet citrus and sour. Some of the flavors that come through are sour apples, oranges, cinnamon, and cola. A fun beer!

Jun 19, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left minimal lacing on the glass. It smelled of lemon, green apple, hay, yeast and some funkiness. Nice sour taste with a funky kick. Some sweet caramel backbone.

Jul 03, 2016
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IrishChocolate from Texas

4.9/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow it just tastes so good when it touches your lips that you end up
Drinking a sicer, lacy and it fillsmy belly.

Aug 17, 2016
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kwa357 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 28, 2016
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counciloak from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tons of fruit! Nice banana/ bready-ness from the yeast. Tons of tropical fruit coming from the hops. It it a perfect blend of American/Belgium schools in one beer. I can't say that I've had anything quit like it before. The hops definitely took canter stage but the banana flavor plays an awesome second fiddle. I would buy this one by itself.

Jun 13, 2016
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NickMunford from Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 26, 2016
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Samlover55 from New York

3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into PP glass
BB 4/23/17
L- pours a perfect amber-red with thin off-white head, lacing
S- sweet malty aroma, funky notes as well
T- biscuits, followed by complex funky sour fruitiness, finished by what appears to be some bitter hoppy-ness
F- medium bodied, crisp
O- this beer delivers the "wild"ness, while not super acidic, there is quite a bit of funk. also really well balanced, can definitely feel the "layers"

Jul 15, 2016
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morimech from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Reddish amber color with a finger of head that had good retention. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. Some wild funk in the aroma that is Bretty in nature. Mild barnyard. Mildly funky in flavor as well. Surprisingly dry in flavor for a Fat Tire variant. Just wish in had more of the funk. A bit more carbonation compared to the other beers in the pack which I liked especially in a wild ale.

Jun 29, 2016
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Marzen_Fan from Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jul 31, 2016
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Tone from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, mahogany color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus, yeast, hint of spice, slight hop, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of citrus, yeast, hint of spice, slight hop, and sweet malt. Overall, good appearance and feel, decent aroma, body, and blend.

Jul 09, 2016
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erk0607 from Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: coppery brown, some foam head, lacing that hangs around
Smell: sweet, malty, a bit estery, but nothing to writ home about.
Taste: strong bug presence, malt, kinda old tasting (tobacco/leather), earthy, biscuity/bready
Feel: Crisp, light-medium, decent carbonation, dry
Overall: interesting collaboration, probably would not get again but would not turn down one if offered either.

Jul 03, 2016
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rangerred from Tennessee

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Jul 05, 2016
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aug 02, 2016
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n2492004 from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jul 30, 2016
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Jrobb6 from Nebraska

3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 26, 2016
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed, tulip style glass. Dark amber color, and great freshness on the beer. Some Brett and fruit on the nose, with a hint of tropical flavors when tasting. You still get the solid malt from Fat Tire, with a nice bit of bitterness and hint of pineapple.

Jul 10, 2016
Fat Tire And Friends Fat Wild Ale from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 313 ratings