Fat Tire Amber Ale
New Belgium Brewing Company

Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale
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Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #632
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
82
Ranked #44,362
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 14.68%
Reviews:
2,157
Ratings:
9,272
From:
New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
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Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale
Notes: Fat Tire Amber is the easy-drinking Amber Ale born in Colorado from New Belgium Brewing Company, a certified B-Corp. 
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BillAfromSoCal from California

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of May 2021, reviewed on 2/28/21 from a tall tulip glass. This is a nice looking beer. Perfectly clear amber/orange color with 2 fingers of tight white foam and a continuous stream of fine carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass until it is emptied. Some light lacing. Remnants of head continue to cover the surface of the beer until it is gone. Not a lot smell coming off the top - some malt/dark bread with flavor following nose, plus maybe just a hint of stone fruit and some caramel but mainly "malty goodness". Light to moderate carbonation in the mouth.

Mar 01, 2021
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wl2bill from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I get the Old fashioned referance, my favorite mixed drink. From Wisconsin don't cha know. I have had one from a local brewery that is even better but I seriously enjoyed the whole did pack.

Jan 30, 2021
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BNSlums from Washington

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: An amber-brown pour with a bright white, 2 finger head. SRM 18. Rather transparent with lowly visible carbonation beyond the fluffy head.

S: Caramelized sweet malt and hints of corn. Maple Syrup background, like sweet dark cornbread. Hints of fermented yellow apple.

T: Malt forward that develops tangier over time. It begins as baked brown sugar, than gives way to a bit of hops, washed away by barley and caramel. A fruity zing at the end of apple/cherry.

F: Light and easy drinking. Medium carbonated and a ,medium-light body. Fan-friendly and not satiating.

Right away, I thought the taste of corn would turn me away, but I ended up quite impressed. The balance of sweet malt pulled away from the tang of fruit and slight hop presence, creating a subdued party in my mouth. Well-rounded and unassuming.

Jan 17, 2021
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jamesmay420 from California

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a classic! Poured from a fresh bottle into a classic pint glass.

Appearance: It pours a gorgeous, deep amber color of perfect clarity with a finger thick sail-white head. It shows moderate carbonation that feeds the head, leaving solid lacing down the glass.

Aroma: A delightful aroma of grains, apple, fennel, toast, biscuit, earthy hops, and mild grassiness.

Taste/Feel: The smooth, medium body follows the nose with grains, apple, fennel, toast, biscuit, and earthy hops to balance the malty flavor profile. Very drinkable with a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This timeless beer is refreshing and full of character. It is a go-to for any time of day, and pairs well with a wide array of foods. I enjoy it with soft cheese like brie, or an apple and fennel roasted pork chop with pureed parsnips.

Jan 11, 2021
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

2.67/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Revisiting Fat Tire; an amber ale, with a nice semi-creamy head, and a smell of brown sugar and malt. Like many other red ales, unless we're talking Nugget Nectar, you don't get an overwhelming scent of anything more than sweet malt. Appearance-wise it reminds me of Yuengling but a bit more golden and light. Head takes minutes to proof.

The mouthfeel is a medium-bodied flavor with mild carbonation alongside the aforementioned sweet malt character that is easy to finish. The sweetness lingers on throughout this one and is a bit sorghum like. I am midway through and have tried to allow the beer to warm up, it is watery and sweet with a bit of forgettable flavor. This happened to me in the beginning of the year when I tried this beer again. Allowing the beer to warm up I get a very basic malt structure, the sweetness is still very much there, but it reminds me more of a märzen than an 'ale'. Not too sure how ale is 5.2 abv. For a mass-produced Coors brand it is average at best. Not too sure if something changed but I remembered this beer being like a brown sugar beer and today it is just sweet waterish malt.

Dec 27, 2020
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Shiredave from New York

3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Good looking glass - bright, clear golden leaning towards amber color with a low and persistent head of foam that left some pocked trails.
Aroma is German lager-like with floral and herbal notes supported by faint sweetness.
Flavor is Amber-lite - a great intro beer for noobies who maybe don't like hops.
There is a nice light grainy character that makes it kinda interesting but it lacks body or malt complexity.
The mild hop rate is just enough to lend some balance to the watery caramel malt sweet.
There is more going on here as it warms a bit, hinting at what this could be if not thinned out for mass appeal.
Finish is sudden, slightly dry with a soft caramel sweetness that is not unremarkable.
This is better than expected and I've had a lot worse.

Nov 30, 2020
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CindyFromOmaha from Nebraska

4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber ales are my favorites and this is a really great one. I live in Nebraska and it is widely available. This is the beer I always have in my fridge, it is my "go to" beer. I will try other beers (of Course!) but this is my everyday beer. Very drinkable!

Oct 08, 2020
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Easki from Texas

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just finished a cold six pack out the fridge set to coldest temp, best by date of 10/25/20 so im a good few weeks ahead here at 9/29/20, really nice pour into my frosty beer mug: beautiful color, nice smooth taste, really good beer. Not too bitter, would have liked stronger carbonation, but it was good.

Sep 30, 2020
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barneyrubble from Colorado

3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pouring from bottle into tulip glass created a beige foamy head that quickly settled to 1F with no lace. Color is copper at about 80% transparency.

Nose i faint malt and perhaps a faint fruit note and not much else.

On the palate I was surprised at the creamy dryness of the malt and subtle hop presentation. The malt does not have the sweet notes I was expecting and the hops are just green and non descript. I suspect the hops are just doing their job to balance out the fullness of the malt.

Mouthfeel is a bit of a conundrum. At first it feels a bit watery and then it gets quite sticky on the finish. Yup cloying to me on the back of the mouth. Carbonation is light medium and very fine.

I was inspired to try this classic after having an Alaskan Amber which I liked a lot. I wanted to discover more about crystal malt. I expected a bit more malt flavor and perhaps a touch of sweetness. A decent beer that gets a just okay from me.

Sep 26, 2020
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a nice amber color with an off white head. The color isn't too strong and it is very clear. The smell is muted malt with a toasty twist to it. There are some hop notes, mostly grassy, and some alcohol notes as well. Taste wise, there is a hint of ester up front and it ends boldly with amber malt. As the malt flavor rises, the hops become somewhat noticeable. The mouthfeel isn't anything too special. Its not bad but not the strong point of the beer. Overall, a classic.

Aug 30, 2020
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BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly hazy, decent cream colored head
S - Gently male forward aroma, smelling something of caramel malt moving into fruit centered aromas of green apples. Finish is quiet pine scented hops.
T - More bread flavored malt forward profile. Malt builds into a well rounded center where I get hints of green apple again, bitter finish.
O - Overall, not a bad amber ale as things go.

Aug 25, 2020
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ewpass from Canada (PE)

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brewed under license in Canada by Steam Whistle Brewing since April 2019. Slightly hazy amber with a modest head. Sweet caramel malt nose. Very mild malt flavours, solid but low-key. Good crispness and drinkability.

Aug 16, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fat Tire is a good Am Amber Ale. The aroma is nice and it pours well. The taste is a bit sweet/malty and that is a good thing. Overall, I enjoyed the beer and would recommend it to others.

Aug 15, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice transparent amber color, as expected, accompanied by a two finger white head. Smells heavy of malts, honey & molasses. The taste pretty follows the nose, this beer finishes perfectly with a slightly bitter hoppy aftertaste. Medium-Bodied & goes down smooth. Pretty classic Amber ale, can't go wrong.

Aug 07, 2020
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought this can of beer at loblaws july 3rd 20 brew date on can poured a nice 2 finger head the beer tasted good a little sweet but not bitter .
my can was brewed by Steamwhistle Brewing Etobicoke Ontario
I would buy this beer again.
cheers.

Aug 05, 2020
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A stony malt aroma didn't impress my senses. However, the taste of a fruity maltiness actually drew me in. It's a beautiful Amber color and goes down quite smoothly. Enjoyed at Pies and Pints on our first date out with the BMW! Wooooooo!

Jun 14, 2020
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KSE-BRIGUY from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Definitely one of my favorite beers all round and a pretty common house beer in my home. If you're looking for a solid Amber with excellent drinkability, then in my opinion this is a good one. Good price on it also I think

May 15, 2020
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: 2/10/20
Palate Contaminants: ice cream

Nice, clear amber color. I almost expect to see a mosquito from 10 million years ago in it. Plenty of slightly off-white head, very fine. Little to moderate lacing.

Nice and sweet malt. Plenty of citrus and honey, although sugar maybe covers up some of the complexity. Slightly bitter hops that have some light tobacco.

The taste isn't nearly as sweet as the nose. (And I remember tons of sweetness in this one from years ago.) This bottle comes across more like a moderate English bitter. Any flavor from a plant is enhanced (tobacco, hops, and brown tea). There's plenty of weight for what's actually in there, though.

Nice weight, although a swish around the mouth draws a bit of prickly carbonation. Aftertaste is the tea.

Not bad, but not at all what I remember from the tap fifteen years ago.

May 02, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: IT pours clear amber with an off white head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It medium low levels of caramel and pine.

Taste: The caramel is a bit stronger in the flavors with some pine and a bit of floral.

Feel: It has a medium body with a moderately bitter aftertaste.

Overall: It is a pleasant drinking amber ale.

Apr 26, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears clear amber with a nice foamy head that dropped quickly.
Smells bready, floral and lightly fruity.
Taste follows the nose.
Mouth feel is medium for the style with good carbonation.
Overall a nice example from New Belgium that I am sure I would order again.

Apr 16, 2020
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kookajamo from Delaware

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No lengthy review of this one from me, but I will say it's a solid American Amber. I don't know why this is also classified as a red because it doesn't meet those characteristics to me, but good nonetheless. For the price it's great, but in the grand scheme of things it needs a more fully rounded and pronounced flavor for me to rate it any higher.

Mar 25, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-Clear amber bottle pour with a thin, tan foam cap and a faint sweet-malt aroma. The flavor includes caramel, biscuit malt and and some woody hop bitterness. I have enjoyed many of these over many years. It is consistently flavorful.

Mar 21, 2020
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DrOfGolf from Florida

3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into clear beer stein.
Presents a nice clear copper color with a small off-white head. The smell and the taste are both malty with just a hint of hops. Good carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. All in all, a nice and decent beer.

Mar 16, 2020
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ThreatLevel5 from New Jersey

3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: beautiful color
Smell: faint aroma, not much smell
Taste: very nice
Feel: just the right carbonation
Overall: very good beer, I will definitely buy a six pack after trying a single.

Feb 29, 2020
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aclarke3 from New Jersey

3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. I am a big fan of Amber ales and this one fits the bill for a hot day at the beach. The color is inviting and easy to drink, however underwhelming flavor for those who like more character in an ale.

Feb 27, 2020
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing Company
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