Fat Tire And Friends Fat Wild Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire And Friends Fat Wild AleFat Tire And Friends Fat Wild Ale

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ONovoMexicano on 03-01-2016

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Reviews by TheSixthRing:
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -27%
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.


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Photo of Turbo
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tiernan
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown to amber in color with a fingernail of off white to tan on top. The body is lightly cloudy and there's light lacing. I smell faintly dark malt and a touch of sour Brett, but I really had to dig for the aroma. There's a lot more flavor than the nose would indicate. I'm getting some nice amber malt along with some tart and funky Brett notes, but this is very balanced. The mouth is moderately carbonated, slightly vinous, and dry.

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Photo of briandaube
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RDW
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of informaticsDoc
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, another cog in the Fat Tire and Friends mixed-pack, and a collaboration with fellow Coloradans Avery Brewing.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two zaftig fingers of puffy, foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves some splendid trimmed hedge lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells rather fruity, in a sweet and tart sense (both domestic citrus and some more exotic tropicals), with some biscuity caramel malt, mild earthy and white cheesy funk, and some wet granular woodiness. The taste is biscuity and bready caramel malt, strangely ethereal and musty funk, a muddled pineapple and tropical berry fruitiness, faint generic yeast, a touch of oily bar-top nuts, and more damp and somewhat dank woodiness.

The carbonation is quite understated in its lackadaisical frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a sense of stale wood bringing things down a notch or two. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness dominating, while the funk, malt, and persistent woodiness tag along.

Overall, this is a hell of a lot more approachable than I was expecting (Brett is not my favourite dude) - the biscuity nature of the malt, and the wood-forward funkiness having a lot to do with that. Easy to drink, complex, and beguiling - I never thought that I'd say those things about Fat Tire, but there you go.

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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dertyd
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of secondtooth
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This collaboration with fellow Colorado brewery Avery pours a clean ruddy amber, with a fair head of off-white suds and only slight lacing.

Aroma: Fruity, yeasty, and lacto sour. Hmm.

Taste: Strong and funky, with plenty of sweet fruit flavor and a tangy, tart finish. A pleasant if subtle Brett-packed take on the Fat Tire formula.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

New Belgium Brewing "Fat Tire And Friends Fat Wild Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY: 07MAY17" and sampled on 25JUNE16
$19.99 12/PK mix @ Javie's Beverage, Philadelphia, PA

Appearance: Crystal clear deep copper body. Full head of rocky off-white froth. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Not bold, but clear: tropical fruit, Belgian yeast spiciness with perhaps a bit of clove, caramelish malt, and mineralish & gently leathery/wet straw-like/metallic Brett.

Flavor: As indicated by the aroma. Dark caramel accented malt is the force majeure with tropical fruit hops and Brett character wrapped around and threaded through it. It's slightly sharp with Bret (it's not very aggressive), then fruity and malty/malty and fruity, followed by returning notes of Brett that rise and then linger into the drying finish where they steadily decline amidst pineapple and banana and leafy and earthy hops. That sounds complex, and to a certain extent it is, but the transitions are very smooth and subtle and it doesn't really come across in quite that way as you're just drinking it without focusing on it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level. Smooth. A good complement to the hop/malt/Brett combination.

Overall: It is a touch malty, but at the same time the balance is quite good. Would it have been better if there was more tropical fruitiness or more acidic 'wildness'? Perhaps, but then it wouldn't have been as close to Fat Tire as it is. So, if setting about to give Fat Tire a dressing-up was the goal I think they've done an excellent job here.

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Photo of socon67
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ackbar556
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark brown color with some reddish amber highlights. There is a small of-off white head. The aroma is malt driven. The taste is very malty with a smooth finish. An excellent beer.

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Photo of kyle_goochstink
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnwetterstrand
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of OldSwampy
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber or light chestnut ale with a thick creamy head that leaves lacing on the glass. Lightly spicy malts dominate the nose. Smooth malty ale with notes of tree fruits (dates, apples) and spice. Delicious, very drinkable. Smooth slightly oily mouthfeel with some slickness lingering. A favorite from the "friends" pack.

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Fat Tire And Friends Fat Wild Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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