Fat Tire And Friends Fat Pale Ale
New Belgium Brewing Company

Fat Tire And Friends Fat Pale AleFat Tire And Friends Fat Pale Ale
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Style:
Belgian Pale Ale
ABV:
6%
Score:
83
Avg:
3.68 | pDev: 9.24%
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
290
From:
New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
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Reviews by qchic:
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3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wiffler27
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours amber with a solid head, nice enough.

smell is mild and sweet. slight hops but earthy sweetness.

taste is sweet with some nice bitterness. goes down smooth enough, finishes bitter and sweet. nothing over the top but not a drain pour.

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scott2269
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of elNopalero
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a warm amber, almost like Fat Tire. I get more malt than hops on the aroma, that standard fat tire caramel character. Same as I sip--it's laden with a caramel malt base that contrasts the orange and pine hop notes. Perhaps a clearer definition or a toned down malt would have brought this together more for me.

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Photo of djrn2
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of whatname
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fisherbray
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of herman77
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Briken
4.54/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of StoutHunter
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of New Belgium's and Rhinegeist in their Fat Tire And Friends variety pack at The Lager Mill. I never had anything from Rhinegeist before and I'm interested to see how this version of Fat Tire turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's typical for the series and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a very clear amber color that took on more of an amber orange color when held to the light with almost two fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a light citrus rind, light green hop and generic hop aromas. Up next comes some more sweetness that leads into the malts which impart those nice fat tire aspects with some bready, toasted malt, caramel, brown bread, bread crust, sweet malt and biscuit malt like aromas coming through. This beer has a good aroma, it's nicely balanced and the fat tire base is pretty noticeable.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up this time and they impart all those same malty aspects that I got in the aroma from the fat tire base. Up next comes a little more sweetness that goes into the hops which show up just as much as they did in the aroma, but this time the fruit and citrus rind aspects show up a little more, On the finish there's a pretty light amount of bitterness with a malty and slightly hoppy aftertaste. This is a pretty nice beer, it was well balance, but it need to some more bitterness to be more Pale Ale like.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, a little creamy, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of the style, after having the last beer I had in this series I expected the pale ale aspects to really shine through in this one, but that wasn't the case and instead it turned out to be pretty balanced with the fat tire base showing up the most and the pale aspects showing up in the background. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple, but I might get bored with it after that. What I like the most about this beer is that the fat tire base was pretty noticeable in this one and not overpowered. What I like the least about this beer is that it didn't have hardly any bitterness, it needed the pale ale bitterness instead of the lack of bitterness that's in Fat Tire. I might buy this beer on it's own and I wouldn't turn one down. It's not a must try, but if you want a little extra hoppy flavors in fate tire then this is worth trying. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and so far this one tastes the closest to the original. It's not a favorite New Belgium beer and it's above average for the style. Nice job guys, this was a pretty solid Collaboration, keep it up.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gtermi
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wvsabbath
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Howlader
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bundy462
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 10/9/2016. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of apricot, orange zest, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light caramel, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of apricot, orange zest, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light caramel, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/pine bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, orange zest, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal alcohol warming as expected of 6%. Overall this is a very good Belgian pale ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Still maintains nice balance of malt/yeast flavors as expected for the style, just is a bit more hoppy. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fat Tire And Friends Fat Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 290 ratings