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

This beer pours dark amber red color with a light head that retains well. It smells like malted fruit with a sweet grain sent. The taste is malty and sweet with a little bit of an after taste. It has a light crisp feel with a smooth quality that makes it easy to drink. In all I would say this is a very easy to drink amber. For those who are new to the world of good beer this is an easy cross over. It’s a good beer but it is easy to drink for those who are not used to flavors in their beer.

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

The amber ale is the hallmark of local beer. Malty enough to show the character of your region, but mild enough to demand immediate consumption before it goes dull. And, that said, Fat Tire might be just fine for Fort Collins, but it's a waste of shelf space in Chicago.

The arrogant allocation and labeling (try finding the "Chicago" bottling anywhere downstate) only emphasize how big of a sham this beer is. It doesn't belong here and now amount of packaging will change that.

Because this is not our red ale. Compared to the classic Bell's amber (which has sadly left Illinois) or New Holland's smoky Red Tulip, this is a boring affair--one more worthy to be chugged from the bottle than poured into a glass.

It's bready, lacks hops, and can't decide if it wants to taste like chocolate chips or Cherrios.

The beer's fine, but it aggravates me. Maybe because New Belgium's selection is so profoundly varied and complex. This is the cash cow--the brewery's throwaway beer--and I'm a chump for buying it.

Relax, relaxx.

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Photo of larryi86
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear amber color with a one finger white head.

S- Sweet biscuity malts, touch of citrus hopes.

T- Toasted, beardy malts, some hops in the finish. Not bad, but nothing special.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- This isn't a bad beer, just very average. I would not seek this out again, but maybe pick it up to share with someone who looking to start trying craft beer. I was expecting a lot more from this, really feel short compared to the other two beers, La Folie and Clutch, that I had from New Belgium

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I had heard some good things about this one, and I’m not sure why. Light red color, with a lot of carbonation and big fluffy white head in my mug. Smell is okay, with light malt and hints of grass. The taste follows with some funk, dryness, some slight caramel sweet, and a strange dusty stale hop finish. It is a mediocre at best amber ale, with an aftertaste that I’d rather not deal with. I can’t say it’s terrible, but it’s not something I would seek out again.

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

Living in colorado this beer gets way to much hype.

A- Dark copper with good carb.

S- very malty with big biscuit notes in the nose.

T- smooth and easy to drink but a little heavy on the gut IMO. taste has aLOT of odd malt flavour not sure what.

M- slick but heavy on the palate. might be good with a stew or other heavy meal but by it self i dont see myself drinking again.

O- Ok for a local amber but there are so many others with better offers. (Durango brew, Oskar blues or Steamworks)

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

12 oz. bottle with an old fashioned label of a little red antique bike. Around the picture of the bike is a vine of hop buds. This label has a wealth of information. Besides having the Government warning and refund values, it has a lengthy paragraph on how the beer's name came about, flavor notes, ABV%, correct glassware, proper serving temperature, a best before date, and even a batch number. They packed everything you would want to know about this beer onto this little label.

This Amber Ale poured a...well it poured an amber color. What else would it be? There was some orange in there as well, but that didn't subtract from it's solid amber color. It had an average less than 1/2 an inch white head of foam sitting on top of it. This head of foam actually had pretty good retention that left behind a skim of white foam and a streak or two of lace around the glass.

The smell coming from this beer was simple and light with some lightly toasted caramel malts, a speck of juicy fruits, and a small touch of peppery hops at the end. It was an Average Amber aroma. Nothing more.

The taste was also plain and simple, but at least it had some flavor to it. The taste was nice and toasty with toasted caramel malts, a hint of bitter hops, and a slight touch of yeast at the finish. I had a couple of bottles of this and the only thing that changed in the taste was the level of toasted caramel malts and yeast. It was a very consistent beer.

This was clearly a light bodied beer that was high on the carbonation, but had a decent aftertaste of toasted caramel malts and a tiny touch of bitter hops. It was a very easy drinking beer.

In the end, Fat Tire makes a nice choice for a crossover beer. It contained more flavor than a regualr macro, but it didn't have an overwhelming amount of flavor to it. If you're looking for a session/crossover beer for somebody who wants to get into craft beers, then pick up a six pack of this beer.

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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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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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