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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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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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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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