Fat Tire Amber Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Photo of maxpower
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color, light foamy head, some sheets of lace in the glass. Flowery fruity, light malty aroma, starts sweet fruity flavors, dry finish. Light body with a watery mouthfeel, a good brew for converting macroswill drinkers.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Provided in person by Southernbrew, this brown longneck poured fizzy clear yellowish amber. The head was less than ¼ inch thick, although there was a lot of latent carbonation. The smell was a bit unpleasant with some rotting wood mixing with fresh tilled earth. The taste was nutty, grainy, and quite watered down, with some hop bitterness lingering in the background. Mouthfeel was thin, but not maco-ish. The aftertaste was clean, and gassy. This is clearly a beer meant to be a stepping stone from macro-swill, although IMHO Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is much better suiter for that mission.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A clear, shiny copper penny beer, with a big, rocky off-white head that turns to seafoam as it settles leaving patchy lace.

This heavily malted aroma showcases caramel with floral notes. Spruce, orange and honey are in the background.

A well balanced, earthy beer with black tea flavors. There is light sourness, particularly notable in the lingering finish.

Dry, medium bodied, with a watery texture.

A Sam Adams perfect pint glass eases this unassuming beer. After putting expectations aside, Fat Tire squarely falls into the staple beer category.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle pours an amber colored fluid. The one finger head quickly fades to a sheen leaving no lace. Smells like Hunts snack pack chocolate pudding. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Taste is of lightly toasted malt with a mild chocolate flavor. Has a very mild hop tang to finish. Not bad.

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Photo of PhiloPsych
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fat Tire is a nice looking light-medium amber. It pours a big, bubbly head. It has good taste up front, but finishes a bit weak. The moutfeel is a little watery. It's not a bad beer, though. It looks nice and is quite drinkable. At 5.2% it would make a pretty good session beer--not strong, but not too weak, either.

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Photo of phartzog
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Fat Tire, Fat Tire, they have Fat Tire! That's all I've heard the last several months, so I figured it must be great. I tried it. . . Good. Not great. The hype was way more exciting than the beer. My first taste was from a bottle the second was on tap (I bought the bottle warm at the grocery store and wanted to give FT a second chance).

Negatives: It looked like any other amber ale, maybe a bit redder, and had a very regular mouth feel with some stickiness left over after the beer was swallowed. In terms of drinkability, I was very quickly "flavor-stuffed" and didn't want more than one or two pints.

Positives: It smelled good. I thought I'd want to drink an entire barrel. The flavor was good, but didn't wow me- a little like tree bark, almost like New Belgium was trying too hard to create something "special". A pint or two was all I wanted before I switched beers.

I would drink it over the mass produced versions of American Ales/Reds, but would try another micro AA before going back to Fat Tire.

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Photo of TheMadJack
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Gave the beer a firm pour. It settled in about 20 seconds to a dull white, fluffy head, which itself settled after a minute or two. Good strong lacing on the glass. The beer is quite clear and to the orange side of amber, with the occasional bubble.

S: Nose has the expected biscuit base with a fair bit of clover honey and a smattering of secondary aromas. Lemon peel and a hint of green olives come to mind. As it warms some nuttiness, like peanut butter, comes forward.

T: Crackery malts, somewhere between a wheat thin and a water cracker, dominate. Light, pilsnery hop bitterness arrives second, and the finish has a faint green-tea aspect.

M: Decent weight lends to the bready character of the beer. Finish is lingering and a little sticky.

D: This is a good beer but not a great beer. The emphasis on malt is a nice change of pace in a hop-obsessed culture. Don't have this beer with a sandwich, it's too much bread in your meal. Instead, try it with some cold cuts, some cold sliced vegetables, and some chunks of sharp cheese. Too heavy to be a session beer but a good one to keep on hand throughout an afternoon. A great "autumn" beer.

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Photo of zshaft
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

so ive heard a lot about this beer and brewery and thought id give it a go. the go was not all that good. watery malty muted and just at best a average amber. ive had much better and will stick with the better.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

on draft in a shaker pint glass

clear, dark amber in color, white head. sweet caramel aroma. taste is also sweet, not really any hop balance. thin to medium bodied.

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Photo of choyhosoi
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good beer to try when you feel like you want something different. This has a nice dark amber color to it with a caramel scent there is also a nice foam but mind you there is not bitterness here. You could probably get a 6 and call it a night depending on your tolerance.

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Photo of buffettfan
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is not the worlds greatest beer by an stretch. However, this is a solid beer to me. Its not exciting, but is easy to find just about anywhere out here. A lot of times it the only decent beer on tap or bottles in my area. Again, not award winning, but always there if you need a decent beer.

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Photo of Juggernaut
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poored a amber/bronze color with a nice white head. It smelled of toasty malt with a nice biscuity note that it is known for.

The taste was well balanced between the malt and hops that made it very refreshing, and just what you would expect from the aroma. The body was decent, and it had a slite bitterness at the end. Overall it was pretty good.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a brilliant clear amber with an off-white moundy head that takes it's time going down. Provides beautiful sheets of lacing.

S - Roasted husky grain, pale malt, toast,

T - Doughy bread, sweet pale malt, hints of grain, green pears, subtle spice after the middle. A small amount of bitterness at the end.

M - Moderate carbonation. Light a crisp.

Flavors are a bit watered down. Toasted grain seemed to be the dominate flavor. It's not outstanding but I could drink a few of these. I wish there was a little more flavor.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good dark amber and brown color, decent white head, minimal lacing, absent any aroma.

Taste, heavy malt, little hops. A woody taste, a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg perhaps. A degree of sweetness and biscuit like feel. Mouthfeel gets thin downward, but enjoyable. Drinkable easily.

This beer is the trendy target for extreme beer/hopheads that drink little else or people with beer geek superiority complexes, but there's nothing wrong with it, its a session beer. Think outside the beer trend box.

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Photo of turamarth
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my new New Belgium tulip glass w/ nucleation etching.

Appearance: Clear amber color, with a decent white foamy head that has really good lacing. The effect the nucleation point give is neat, a column of bubbles.

Nose: Some interesting hop smells at a first sniff. Not much malt in the nose.

Taste: Very malty with a very prominent biscuity flavor. There is some hoppy birghtness, not a lot though. Nothing too complex.

Mouthfeel: medium thin bodied. Has a fairly mild carbonation.

Drink: This is a pretty sessionable beer. I not entirely sold on it, but i can see how a lot of BCM people can be turned on by it.

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to myself for sending me a bottle from my trip to Phoenix!

Very light amber color, clear with a modest off-white head. Foam recedes quickly, leaving a bit of lacing on the sides.

Aroma is faint. I let it warm for a few minutes...after about 10 minutes, still faint. Some general fruitiness, and a bit of chocolate.

Mellow flavors all around. Chocolate is present from the nose, and there is a general fruitiness that I still can't put my finger on. Hopped well, although I can't say for sure what hops were used.

Mouthfeel is about the best thing about this beer. It's smooth and velvety. Finish is semi dry. A good beer to session maybe, or to enjoy with a meal, as it will remain unobtrusive.

An decent beer, and nothing exactly wrong with it, just sort of let down. A good lesson for me in not believing hype from now on.

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Photo of scottoale
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fat Tire, fat bomber with a best before: 05MAY06, pours a rather nice amber rich liquid with a bubbley off-white, finger and a half of head. Good carbonation, mild lacing.

First smell is a bit off, smells a bit sour and has a sweaty sock aroma, not very appealing.

A bit reluctant to taste it because of the smell...hmmm, tastes ok. Another sip, ok, tastes better yet with a roasty malt twang. Fairly yummy malt flavor with a mellow, smooth finish. Hard to describe as the hops don't stand out and seems a bit watery to me.

Mouthfeel is ok, a very light body and a bit weak in alcohol make it quite drinkable, but IMO, very uneventful. I've had this before and don't remember it tasting quite like this, bad bottle perhaps?

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Photo of kdmorse
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a day goes by that I don't dream of Burt Reynolds donning his cowboy hat and running blocker for a truck full of Fat Tire in "Smoky and the Bandit III." Of course, Sally Field wouldn't do. Maybe Jessica Alba?

On a more serious note...

Auburn brew topped with 2 fingers of white head. As head starts to fade, leaves rocky lacing (impressive for an amber). Not much to smell: some caramel malt, but have to seek it out. Tastes are muted too. Enjoyable and simple, but not much there. Can't pick up too much to comment on. Easy and light in the mouth. Very drinkable. Could go all night, but would prefer to move on to a more interesting beer.

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Photo of hoppyserpent
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer many times from the bottle locally but I am reviewing it as it was poured from supposedly fresh kegs at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in CO. The beer is a dark amber color with a sweet taste. It did not impress me as anything special. It's average, at best, in the micro-brew category. Perfectly fine as a drink to quench your thirst and to get drunk but do not expect anything special.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Comes in with a dark amber and light brown color equalling what makes up the descriptor of auburn. Good 3/4" white head. Aroma was pretty much absent, mild malt impressions at best.

Taste gave a woodsy, malty experience. Dark biscuits, super mild hops. This offers some malt flavors that you don't get with lagers and BMC that often, so it has some good gateway properties to it.

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Photo of twilight
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't get it.

Amber orangey with nice lacing and a nice flat bubbly head that laces atop the brew through out. Aroma is fruity, almost reminiscent of Froot Loops.0

The taste, however, is like hard water with spent grains, kind of like that bready taste I don't really like. Slight thin fruitiness with some roasty grain feeling and an acidic/tannin-like aftertaste that is more reminiscent of grain than hops. I don't get why this beer is so popular. Tastes like a souped up amber ale but with a strange aftertate.

This beer is okay, but it is neither here nor there, and the strange Froot Loops taste is pleasing and not pleasing at the same time. Certainly a good brew, but one that I will probably skip in the future. Unless I'm in Colorado, of course...

A special thanks to co-worker Natalie and her father for providing this for me.

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Photo of gford217
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of mhewes poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, light amber with a big fluffy white head that clings to the glass on the way down leaving good lacing. A tad light for the style but still good looking.

The aroma is dominated by light malts with a strong bready character with only hints of caramel sweetness. More toasted than sweet overall.

The taste follows the aroma pretty close with the light toasted malts and grains dominating with a faint fruity sweetness and a slighty dry toasted finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation and crisp due to the major toasted malt presence.

This is a fair amber that's drinkable but doesn't offer anything original or complex. Still, a good intro craft beer.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Fat Tire which is a local beer it seems like with the distribution in the NW. It poured a clear amber color with sweet big lacing and a solid finger foam head.

The aroma was toasty biscuity smells. The taste was a bready backbone with a hop bitterness on the finish. It was semi crisp but other than that didn't leave much on the mouth feel. Overall a pretty run of the mill beer and it tasted better colder than warm which is usually not the norm.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ive had this a few times, and only once did I think it was good.

Pour was an amber color with a white head.

Smell has some smoothness, but I pick up earthy, medicinal hops. Somewhat grassy as well. Not my cup of tea.

Taste is much the same, except the medicinal hops dominate. Slight biscuit flavor, but its too crisp for my taste. Not bad, and I prefer it to BMC.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh from the tap this beer is a clear, bubbly amber color with a foamy white cap. The aroma is toasty, but faint. It tastes dry and bready, with not alot of sweetness. Bitterness is subtle. It has a clean crisp feel on the palate, and isn't too thin. I always think of Fat Tire as good drink paired with a meal, but not that exciting by itself. There is good balance here, but a little more flavor in general would give this a higher score.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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