Fat Tire Amber Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 10-07-2000

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,015
Ratings:
8,533
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
14.72%
 
 
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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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Photo of ElGordo
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a bright amber color, topped by a smallish creamy white head that quickly subsides, leaving some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet pale malt with a hint of adjunct, some sweet notes of biscuit and toffee, and just a hint of fruity hops.
Palate is malt-forward, with a touch of fruity hops of front. Notes of biscuit and mild fruit (a hint of apple) come through mid-palate. Finish is dry and has a slightly chalky quality to it. Body is slightly fizzy, but not overly so. This is decent, but I really don't understand its mass popularity.

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Photo of AleMan66
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I poured this from a beer bottle into a clear beer glass. It's a copper color with a white head. I think the taste is a bit weak, not robust at all. Drinkable but not special.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this in Reno on tap while my wife bowled in the nationals. Served in a pint glass. Light bronze color with good lacing. Hoppy taste with a good malt base. Heavier than expected, almost robust. I'm not a big fan of amber ales but this one is a pleasure to drink, altough it wouldn't be my first choice with other ales or stouts available.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fat Tire is wildly popular around our college campus. I know a lot of people who swear by it. I've had a few other New Belgium brews, like 1554 and their Ranger IPA. I wasn't too impressed; however, this is their flagship beer, so I'm more than willing to have my mind changed. Let's see:

A: Pours a dull, hazy orange/amber. A thin, off-white head expands rapidly from the pour and leaves a large amount of bubbly, expansive lacing. Looks a bit thin.

S: There's a distinct sweetness in the nose, almost like apple cider or bananas. An earthy yeast aroma finishes it off. Smells a bit sour at times.

T: At first, all you taste is the wheat - present, but pretty thin. The yeast is fruity and phenolic, but again, thin. It's a blend of flavors that could have been done better, and has.

M: Good drinkability, although it really just reminds of a BMC after a while.

O: The beer has good intentions - that's easy to tell. In my opinion, though, New Belgium didn't execute. It makes sense why this beer is so popular at Purdue; everyone's tired of drinking Keystone!

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Photo of nerow
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark amber with a one finger creamy head which fades rapidly.

S-Grassy, perhaps a bit of citrus. Nothing special.

T-Slightly nutty at first followed by a toasty biscut-like flavor. A bit of citrus lingers at the end. I'm not going to say that it's overtly boring, but nothing in the flavor draws me in. Overall, there is nothing offensive about this beer's flavor, it's just average.

M-Moderate carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

D-Good drinkability, but nothing about this beer compells me to have another. Perhaps that would be different during the summertime.

Out of the "Hipster College Student Beers" this is the best I've tasted. This beer is certainly better than the BMC crap most people drink, but it didn't live up the hype for me.

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Photo of packetknife
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

'ESPNZone' in the 'New York - New York' in Vegas. Light crystaline amber in color, no discernable head, foam rings held at each swallowing interval all the way down the giant mug. Smelled slightly of apricot on the nose, sweet. Mildly hoppy, sweet malts, very clean and smooth. Very drinkable even in the huge mugs we had. Server brutally chilled so that may contribute to the drinkability and dryness.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medium gold color, small head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. A nicely malty medium bodied amber ale. Smooth taste with a touch of hoppyness. Good balance. Nice flavor. Mouthfeel is full. Great taste. Simple flavor, very nice. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty, no bitterness.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. I like bottles that are different from the normal smooth bottle.

A - Light amber color, with creamy white head.

S - Sweet maltiness, and a floral aroma

T - Sweet malts and a hint of hop bitterness. There comes that floral hint again. Toasted grains to finish.

M - Thin and watery. Good carbonation.

D - Drinkable to say the least.

I've had this many many time. I finally decided to put my thoughts on paper because of one strange day when Fat Tire would not leave me alone. I had one after a stressful day in mid afternoon. Went out to eat at Applebee's and there in the window greeting me was the Fat Tire neon sign. Had one with dinner. Then on the way home an empty Fat Tire bottle on the sidewalk! So of course I naturally had another waiting for me in the fridge. Fat Tire was calling to me!

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Photo of yankeej13
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It may have been all the people that made a really big deal about Fat Tire, by the time I had it I really was not impressed at all. Don't get me wrong its not bad its just everyone made it seem to be so much more.

A- A slightly red goldish color. Small amount of foam build. Mild Carbonation.

S- A very mellow smell, mild amount of malts, has a more sweet smell.

T- A good balance between hops to malts. Still on the light side with a nice sweet hint to it.

M- Great drinkability, pretty light and mellow with a nice kick from the hop and malt balance.

A good beer just was hoping to get a little more out of it.. Cheers though!

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours transparent golden orange body with a bubbly white head.

A nutty, toasted bready malt smell fills your nostrils.

Although it is quite malty there is a hint of hop character. More of the same from the aroma with the nut(kind of pecan like) and toasted bready malt.

Light-medium bodied that is crisp and slightly refreshing.

A sessionable beer but one I’m not going to put back more than 12 oz of.

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Photo of winomark
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a nice meduim copper with a nice off-white head and vigorous bubbles.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malt, with slight hop tones.

Taste: Malty palate, with a good hoppy bitterness in the finish to give good balance.

Mouthfeel: Dry and refreshing. Wonderful balance of malt and hops.

Drinkability: A solid beer, but becoming one the I go back to less and less. Just not exciting enough for me.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Off white greyish head with a mahagony amber body, fairly clear and clean.

S: Sweet breads, a little fruity.

T: Biscuity, sweet malt profile, toasted grains. Bit of caramel and red apple. Not a lot of hops to speak of just a touch of bittering hops.

M: Medium to light body with a smooth carbonation.

D: Well, its much better on tap than it is the bottle. Not sure where the reputation of this beer came from, but it certainly isn't worth. So be it.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Started drinking this beer years ago. Poured a deep red color with a very small white head, no carbonation really. Nose was off, malty a little, not much hops and even grainy I thought. Lightly hopped, nice malt and it went down easily. Overall a decent Amber.

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Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in an Pint glass]

The pour was a sparkling clear light copper with an average (1-2 finger) foamy white head that diminished in a few minutes and had OK lacing.

The aroma was of a biscuit malt, a mild herbal hop and a doughy yeast with mild hint of citrus, caramel and was a little nutty.

The taste was lightly malty with a hint of caramel in the beginning and took on a very light bitter and crisp flavor with a small citrus note at the end. The flavor faded rather quickly after the swallow leaving almost nothing behind.

Mouthfeel was just a bit above light in body and creamy yet watery in texture with a prickly carbonation.

Overall a decent tasting brew, nothing overly special but quite drinkable none the less. Would make a great session beer.

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Photo of PatYoda
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great appearance. Bright copper with a long lasting white head and good lacing. Smell is faint, but decent. Toasted grain and a little yeast in there. Taste is very subdued and watery even, but also not bad. What is there has ok flavor I guess. The toasted bread is very evident, but pretty much everything else seems to be missing. There is a bit of an earthy mineral taste also, maybe from the water, maybe from hops. The finish is nonexistant. Surprisingly, the mouthfeel is very nice. Medium bodied for an amber ale, and very creamy on the palate. Not my favorite, but certainly not bad.

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Photo of Ybsnroh
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hilton Tavern, NN, VA
Color - nice amber with orange. Pleasant. Looks good
Nose - not much, dissappointing as i need an enticing nose. Not served too cold just no nose
Head - modest with some lace, not a main attribute, rather thin actually
Mouth- right for style. Very nice. A little fizzy.
Taste - hard to pin down. Some hops. No real depth. Darn
Finish - carbonation, not much alcohol whiich is fine, no real changes here
Overal - darn, I Expected more. Pleasant. Low abv to drink all night but nothing to write home about. Need to malt this up a notch but having said that I just ordered another. Chin Chin

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Photo of biggred1
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper with a pillow of rocky tan suds resting on top. Almost no smell, faint roasted malt and caramel. Tastes of light grainy malt, caramel and honey. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Drinkable but pedestrian. A nice beer but, I don't get the hype over it, there are a lot better beers out there.

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Photo of jwc215
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to russpowell for this one!

Best before 06Sep08:

Pours light amber with a thin off-white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of soft biscuity dough with light citrus. Mild.

The taste is biscuity. A slight bitterness balances a soft, almost toasty mild maltiness in the sweetish, pretty clean, finish.

Light-bodied and somewhat creamy.

Inoffensive, mild, biscuity. Not much to this one. Pretty mediocre overall. Not bad, but I can think of plenty other amber ales with more character.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fat Tire. How did this phenomenon happen? My friends categorically turn up their noses when I crack my "expensive" beer. Still, these same BMC devotees would have paid me a ridiculous amount of money to bring this stuff back to Indiana in bulk. How the people at New Belgium bridged the eternal gap from piss-water to respectable amber ale appreciators is beyond me. More power to them.

Speaking to the bartenders at New Belgium's brewery, it was more than clear that Fat Tire pays the bills but is by no means the brewery's heart and soul. Still, the beer is head and shoulders above most crap out there.

Copper. Slight, clingy head. Biscuit bomb on the nose, with hints of gummy plasticene malt character.

The mouthfeel is a tad clunky and heavyhanded. The package is pulled in with a slight, light bitterness. I could drink this, but no more than one or two.

My ambivilance towards this beer is cancelled out by my philosophical advocacy of the brewery and the continued experimentation this beer funds.

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Photo of iLovehops23
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a nice deep golden color with a off-white head that's built to last; coated my mug with a nice lacing that stuck around for a while

S - nose detects a hint of biscuity malts, but that's about it

T - immensely refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness; malts are more prominent than the hops, but the hops do kick in at the finish; a remarkably well-balanced brew that goes down nice and easy

M - on the thin side, but not to worry; the light to medium carbonation smoothed out eventually which allowed a pleasant creaminess to dominate at the finish

D - very good and extremely well-balanced beer, worth a shot.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.6 out of 5 based on 8,533 ratings.
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