Fat Tire Amber Ale
New Belgium Brewing Company

Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale
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From:
New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #258
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
82
Ranked #27,192
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 14.72%
Reviews:
2,184
Ratings:
7,193
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sunday at 01:18 AM
Added:
Oct 07, 2000
Wants:
  279
Gots:
  2,946
SCORE
82
Good
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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Ratings by specialkheese:
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Rated by specialkheese from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +38.9%

Feb 18, 2012
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Another classic. Actually quite enjoyable. I went to college in Boulder and don’t fully understand why this became so popular everywhere, but it it helped usher in the craft revolution and is a whole lot better than bud light.
Sunday at 01:18 AM
 
Rated: 4.8 by Scott_45 from Ohio

Saturday at 04:03 PM
 
Rated: 3.25 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2022
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Rated by Lampro from Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Malty with nice mellow hoppy bitterness.
Jul 31, 2022
 
Rated: 3.56 by JoeDKSki

Jul 21, 2022
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Rated by JuanPn from Louisiana

3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
it tastes ok, but there is this odd after taste, that goes with the smell like the pine from an ipa
Jul 10, 2022
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
poured from a 12oz bottle into a willi becher pint glass. pours a light amber with a finger of off-white foam head. toasted malts on the nose with the taste following. it’s got decent mouthfeel. a little bland but it’s readily available and it’s no terrible.
Jul 09, 2022
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Rated by lagrluvr

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
obviously a successful beer, and very crushable. balanced and functional. not exciting, but very solid choice in a pinch
Jul 04, 2022
 
Rated: 3.65 by Sethw400 from South Carolina

Jul 04, 2022
 
Rated: 3.79 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin

Jul 04, 2022
 
Rated: 2.5 by bkwagie

Jun 28, 2022
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Rated by cmb

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Draft. Good drinkable amber ale, not bitter, would drink it again.
Jun 19, 2022
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Reviewed by nickb2000

3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Nice amber color, fairly clear and pulls a alright head, not amazing but its something. Smells alright, nice hit of toasted malt, caramel and floral/citrusy hops. A tad bit of the yeast comes through on the nose. Taste is pretty good. Its very crisp and refreshing. The toasty malt hits you first, then you the hops, but not alot of bitterness. The finish is good, crisp and you dont get any alcohol. Overall great mainstream beer.
Jun 17, 2022
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Rated by rbztek

2.25/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
A very light tasting beer that isn’t bitter. Middle is average, not exceptional. I can’t help but feel a watered down taste at the end
Jun 15, 2022
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Reviewed by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
This review is mostly from memory from last night, couldn’t review it properly but not a big deal as this beer is pretty much just a straightforward, inoffensive amber.

No appreciable head on the pour but it is a gorgeous crystal clear, darker orange-amber colour. Genuinely amber. Very nice. Aromas of grassy but most flora hops, lightly toasty caramel malts. And the taste is identical on the palate. Not much else to say. I didn’t notice any ashy or burnt qualities personally, which for my palate might’ve actually been a nice spin (though burnt malt notes get you a little out of amber territory)

Light bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly prickly on the tongue, very crisp

It’s an average amber, better than any macro, underwhelming by modern craft beer drinker standards
Jun 09, 2022
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Reviewed by LanceBiggums from Canada (AB)

3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours spot-on amber. Amber amber. Tiny bit hazy. The head recedes quickly and leaves spotty lacing for whatever that's worth. Smells quite decent, orchard fruit, maybe apple, not too far off what you'd expect from a British amber ale. There's also a very subtle toasty aroma. Unfortunately it smells better than it tastes. The flavours are understated. More of that orchard fruit, but unfortunately none of that quintessentially British marmalade flavour. There is some gently bittering hops to balance it out. There is also a strange ashy flavour. Other reviewers described this beer as very biscuity, but I don't find that. It tastes somehow slightly burt and, well, ashy. That is subtle but not very pleasant, and the more you focus on it the more it irks. The mouthfeel is all right, no complaints. Overall it's not a bad beer but I'd only consider it one or two steps up from the average American macro swill. At least this has a bit of character.
Jun 04, 2022
 
Rated: 2.35 by kirkgarner

Jun 03, 2022
 
Rated: 3.55 by MartyB8 from Indiana

May 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.94 by Hophazzard from California

May 08, 2022
 
Rated: 3.66 by cold_beer

May 07, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12oz bottle best by April 10th yikes a little old but I'll adjust scores.

On the pour a white 2 finger head forms that quickly recedes back down to a 2mm head. Color is about as spot onto amber as you can get and there's a decently lively carbonation. No haze. Light lacing.

Smell is a bit old, but beyond the light skunkiness it reminds me of what I can only describe as belgian light beer. All I can really detect is the old hops and yeast not a lot of malt character here.

Taste is quite similar to the nose. There is some sweetness coming from the malt but it is mostly covered by the yeast character which is quite bright and belgian tasting, but not as strong as traditional belgian beer. Some malt aftertaste as would be expected from an amber. Not a bad flavor but slightly boring.

Feel is a bit light for the style. Definitely can see that it was competing with macros back in the day it's slightly heavier than a lager but it clears the palate fast and has a slight drying effect.

Overall this beer is better than I remember it but the flavors are quite subtle. Apart from the aged hops there's nothing off or offensive about this and it's very easy to drink but only a step or two up from traditional American macros. In Colorado this almost feels like a local macro. I wouldn't seek it out but I'd choose it over a few beers for sure
Apr 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.25 by boszormeny from Canada (ON)

Apr 23, 2022
 
Rated: 3.98 by 60sFolks from Texas

Apr 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.2 by Karren from New Jersey

Apr 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.08 by not2quick from Missouri

Apr 12, 2022
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Rated by Patriots3232

3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
It's just not New Belgiums best imo, and it's not the greatest amber ale I've endulged into at the same range. I'd state an average at best.
Mar 30, 2022
 
Rated: 3.94 by thehermgod

Mar 25, 2022
 
Rated: 3.21 by cabsandking from Ohio

Mar 25, 2022
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Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: Nearly clear reddish amber with a creamy looking head that retains well and eventually settles, leaving good lacing behind
Aroma: Freshly baked bread, light toffee notes, wafts of dough, caramel, lightly toasted grains, and some malt sweetness
Taste: Caramel-dipped bread and tons of it starts things off as some doughy notes and toffee filter in behind. These components continue to develop and deepen along with some toasted grains and closes how it started
Mouthfeel: Full, pretty smooth, medium-high carbonation, and a soft and smooth finish
Overall: I dig it. A classic in its own right and a tasty and well-made Amber ale to boot. Probably not too exciting for some but it’s a great no-nonsense, easy-drinking, malty beer that is nice to have readily available pretty much anywhere and inexpensive to enjoy
Mar 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.06 by Ale714

Mar 21, 2022
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Rated by GABronco

4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Great tasting beer. Smooth, malty, good carbonation, and really nice flavor.
Mar 13, 2022
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Reviewed by Perioddicals from Texas

3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
L - Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Glass at roughly 50 - 55 degrees. One and a half finger light tan head on an aggressive pour. Clear amber-brown color. Some lacing that fades.

S - Sweet malt up front. Creamy/buttery scent. Some light bread as well.

T - Taste follows scent with sweet buttery caramel malts. Light Biscuit. No bitterness, all straightforward flavor. A bit of toastiness as it warms up.

F - Good buttery medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

O - This is a good straightforward beer. The flavors are a basic caramel/biscuit malt, and there is no bitterness. This is a very pleasing beer that I would always choose ahead of the American mass market beers. In fact, I would classify this as one of my standard beers. Definitely in my regular rotation and would recommend to everyone.
Mar 11, 2022
 
Rated: 3.25 by Bum4ever from California

Mar 02, 2022
 
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Reviewed by lomtatz

3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Color is a dark amber that is translucent. Pour was nice with a small head that dissipated really quickly, leaving little bits of disconnected lace on the glass. I noticed the aroma instantly while pouring with the phenolic aroma characteristic of a Belgian style ale. Taste is very crisp, and notably well balanced in terms of sweetness, bitterness, and yeasty flavors. For a bBelgian style ale, it is somewhat muted, but in a way I think works very well for an easily drinkable rendition of this style. Overall, a very solid beer, I think the only reason I haven't rated it higher is because the style in general is not one of my favorites.
Feb 20, 2022
 
Rated: 3.25 by MillyLite from Michigan

Feb 10, 2022
 
Rated: 3.61 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Feb 10, 2022
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