Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Belgian Style AleFat Tire Belgian Style Ale
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Fat Tire Belgian Style AleFat Tire Belgian Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
After a trip to Europe, New Belgium’s co-founder returned to Colorado from Belgium with a handful of ingredients and an idea. Two years later, Fat Tire – named in honor of his inspired bike ride across the Belgian countryside – pedaled its way into the hearts of beer drinkers. Now considered an iconic centerpiece of the craft beer movement, Fat Tire represents the American spirit of craft brewing ingenuity and an irresistible imagination that reminds us all to rediscover our playful side.

Fat Tire’s unique flavor profile originates from the late 1930s, when local Belgian breweries aimed to satisfy the tastes of visiting British soldiers. English floral hops, subtle malt sweetness and spicy, fruity notes from Belgian yeast made for a balanced yet magical combination. These same characteristics are at the heart of Fat Tire. Classified as an Ameri-Belgo style ale by the revered Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup competitions, Fat Tire blends a fine malt presence, fresh herbal hop balance and a touch of fruity yeast to offer drinkers everywhere a timeless craft beer experience with a rare blend of balance and complexity.

Added by kbub6f on 10-07-2000

BEER STATS
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Reviews:
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Ratings:
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pDev:
14.72%
 
 
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Photo of dr441
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't often drink amber ales any more - Fat Tired used to be something of a grilling beer for me. It pairs really well with fried chicken, burgers, or steaks. I also used to bring it when I went fishing - I'd be particularly happy if I could find the variety packs as I always enjoyed 1554.

It's still a solid beer, but I've fallen sort of out of love with it.

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3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.59/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Johndoe16
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Great beer alot of flavor.

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3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarManager
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a bottle, producing an amber color with a light head, and decent amount of lacing.

S: Malty aroma with slight spices and a hint of grass.

T: Essentially a biscuit malt with a mild hop flavor, and hints of citrus.

F: Smooth and creamy, with a high carbonation.

O: Nice and easy to drink, not too overpowering on the pallet, with a balanced taste profile.

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3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Greywulfken
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich amber color in a tulip glass, clear as glass, with finger or two of off-white foam... Something of an amalgam between an English bitter and an American amber, only vaguely suggestive of Belgian ales... And that said, I've had much better bitters and ambers and Belgians than this... Herbal and floral, with some light shellac and a bit of muted, deep citrus; smooth and rather flat-feeling... Not particularly bitter, but did have a mild coating feeling to it; and maybe mild-to-moderately sweet... A decent enough drink, but nothing that makes me want another...

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3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid choice.

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3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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2.64/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 9,000 ratings