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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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Added by kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Photo of mckenziac
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber color. Has a large fizzy, head that dissipates down to a large cap which leaves behind some decent lacing.

Smell: Smells sweet and caramelly, with a bit of toastiness to it. Has kind of an apple juice-like smell to it as well.

Taste: Toasty, with a bit of caramel sweetness. Has a nice, balancing hoppiness to it as well. Leaves a pleasant, toasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: An excellent beer and a constant go-to for me.

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Photo of raznug
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fat tire pours a copper color and is topped with ½” of white head that leaves the beer rather quickly.
Smell: The aroma of this beer is all malt with a little yeast in the background to add a little something.
Taste: The taste of fat tire is a lot like the aroma except that I don’t get any yeast or bread taste like there was in the aroma.
Mouthfeel: This beer is a medium bodied amber that is easy to drink and a great representation of what this style should be.

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Photo of mynie
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour. A sparklyn new penny pinkcopper with a nice white head and good lacing.

Smells of caramel, strong and sweet, along with a hint of biscuit. Not much complexity, but it's still quite nice.

Tastes of sweet caramel up front, moving into a middle of honey-soaked bread and caramel, ending on a refreshing mix of sweet fruit and dry hops. Very nice.

This is a great session beer that's earned its reputation as a reliable American classic.

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Photo of Ford
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Berryhill Baja Grill in Webster, Texas

There were only three beers on tap here that I would drink. I hadn't had Fat Tire in a long time, so I went and ahead and ordered one. Great decision!

First let me say, this beer goes great with Mexican food.... really paired well with the Tamales I orderd.. and the black beans... oh and the chips and salsa.

It's malty with a touch of bitterness... amber color....

Every once in a while you just need to revisit a classic.. and Fat Tire has been around for a long time now it seems... one of the first craft beers I ever had in fact... glad I had it again.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a ruddy burnt amber color with a decent transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a one finger white foamy head that dissipated evenly and at a nice pace. Thin stringy lacing.
The smell had a semi-sweet caramel maltiness with some light toast, toffee and nuts to blend nicely. Light earthy bitterness.
The taste was somewhat sweet, and bitterness seemed tamer. Fruity aftertaste, sly quick dry finish.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied. Carbonation felt fine. Sweetness sticks to my tongue in a nice manner.
Overall, to me, when I lived in Alaska, it was easy to find on tap everywhere. Now I have one and think ya know, its a good Amber ale, kinda wish there was more love for the style these days, so what if its not a hop bomb, its not supposed to be, its an Amber ale, just enjoy it for what it is.

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Photo of bditty187
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tawny-gold hue, ultra translucent, small off-white head, peaks at a half finger before fading slowly, a few rings of lace. Lovely, delicate nose… nutty, fruity with a whisper of spice and malt. The invitation is soft yet you gladly take a sip. Tasty palate, nutty, crisp malty influence, nicely spicy, some fruitiness. Again the palate is soft but pleasant with just enough of a malty aftertaste to be reminded to drink it again. The body is medium-light, moderate carbonation, fair mouthfeel. Damn drinkable. This is the world’s greatest crossover beer and one hell of a session beer for any BA. The beer is not the second coming, ignore the “hype” and enjoy Fat Tire for what it is… a great Amber Ale.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks skeeordye 22 oz bomber poured into a weizen glass

A- a beautiful frothy 3 finger foam head rises almost over my weizen glass. a bright burnt orange color with highlites of amber.

S- sweet biscuity malt smell right off the nose. a nice lil hint of floral hop kicks off the back end to make it all come together nicely.

T- alcohol hits me tongue first. Then comes a bisucity/hoppy type of compound that is followed by sweet malts. Very interesting and unique. Further along through my beer the floral notes come out more.

M- heavy and hopped with alcohol. A sweet floral coating but not as smooth as i would think.

D- very good sessionable beer and would be great for an outside day. Goes down with somewhat of ease but can be fulfiling.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 8/27/10

Appearance: Clear with a bright amber color and a white head that quickly turns to thin white lacing

Smell: Light, sweet biscuits, subtle floral hops, an overall scent of sweetness

Taste: Mostly tastes like sweet, dry biscuits - some caramel malts, doesn't exactly taste like a typical amber as it is a bit lighter - some spicy flavors and there are some hops, but mostly the taste is dominated by the sweet malts - not complicated, and great for what it is

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with nice carbonation, feels like it could be a bit smoother

Overall: Probably not worth the hype, but it is noteworthy because of its absurd level of drinkability

Maybe this beer gets a lot of hate because the hype might imply that it is more complicated than it is. It's a simple yet well-balanced amber. It's an easy drinking beer that I honestly wish I could keep in my fridge year-round.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this 12 pack of cans for a canoe trip -no glass- and set one aside for reviewing.

A: It pours a good two finger just off white head with a mix of bubble sizes that tend towards larger. The beer is a darkish copper golden though plenty of light comes through. It's pretty clear with a good amount of active carbonation. Still, just a little too light methinks.

S: Hmm, actually some hops, a mix but tending towards piney. Not to say it's hoppy, but you can smell the hops. Mostly malt, I'm getting a lot of biscuity, bready malts. Nothing dark.

T: Again, a very acceptable amount of hops for an amber, very nice job there. I'm getting a little off taste though, and I hate to say it, I really have no problem with beer in cans, but I taste a little metal. There is still that malty biscuity flavor, but it's milder than in the nose. All in all, it's a pretty mild flavor and no wonder why it's so popular.

M: Light and airy, a great hot weather beer, it has just the right amount of carbonation.

D: I couldn't think of a more drinkable beer, really. Lowish alcohol, solid flavor, and here I use drinkable as it applies to the population, I can't imagine many people not liking this beer.

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Photo of putnam
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, clear, polished bronze liquid.

Not knowing what "style" this was, I did my best to guess based on the nose. The label said Amber Ale and the aromas conformed to this claim. But there was a subtle, sweet spiciness that reminded me of a Dubbel. Not assertive, but there nontheless. These elements rested upon a clean, bright, sunny maltiness.

The flavors were clear and delivered textbook Amber-like features. Dry, caramel, mild bitterness. Supple. The real charm of the bear is its whistle-clean profile. Subtle in an English Amber way. The substance shows on the lengthy, balanced finish. Highly drinkable. A banger.

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Photo of vapodge
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into Ommegang chalice

A - brilliant amber, nice frothy head that subsides a tad but leaves great lacing

S - my malt smells like biscuits! grab 'em!

T - tastes like 'em too! mild and toasted bread

M - little bit dry with medium carbonation

D - could be a great party beer -- it's got flavor, but it's not so overpowering that you couldn't knock back several; very smooth; worthy of the hype -- not the best beer, but it is an awesomely excellent beer

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Photo of PonchoEquihua
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served for a 22 oz 650 ml... 1 pint

good carbonation with a lot of bubbles two fingers of good foammy head.Smell of bread, malts and citrus hint hoppy... sweet. in the mouthfeel the exact apropiate flavors balanced , sweet and malts work perfectly...

didnt like the aftertaste, perhaps a little metalic in your tounge....

very good drinkability...

good beer!

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Photo of Vancer
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From the ring on the bottle neck, to the festive label picture, this one pleases a person! A clear (maybe too clear), light amber orange pour produced a small white head. Rich, malty aroma for an amber ale. But the taste, yum, very well balanced (slightly more malty) quaff that has a great toasty, biscuity finish. Somewhat thin, but an excellent summer session brew, or just for 1 or 2 for the deck. “New Belgium Brewing Company is wind powered & employee owned”. Beautiful.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There's a very small, tan-white, fizzy, filmy head. The beer is clear amber, ever so slightly reddish-copper. Some nice nuts and sugar in the nose. A nutty start leads to a choco-malty, light, milky, malty middle. The finish is nutty, grapesy with a nice, light bitterness. It's a good, fresh, light amber. Some decent malt and decent hops. It ranks highly for me among the "macrocrafts".

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Photo of patobandito
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the first beers I had after I started drinking beer. Because of this, it will always be one of my favorites, even though I have found better beers after it.

The beer pours a very lovely deep gold-brown color, with a slight haze, almost like a wheat beer. There is a slight head that doesnt last long and very little lace. The smell reminds me of fresh baked biscuits. The taste is bready with a hint of some some sort of citrus. Overall it is a very drinkable beer from a great brewery. Of everything I have had from New Belgium, I've yet to be disappointed.

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Photo of psinderson
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6 oz taster poured from large brown bottle.

Appearance: Clear amber with a nice, thick off-white head.

Smell: Malty aroma, mostly caramel, hits up front with a mild roasted grain background.

Taste: This beer definitely sways to the malty side. Caramel and bready mostly. Very little hops detectable. It finishes with a pleasant roasty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with excellent carbonation. Nothing offensive to report.

Drinkability: This is a rather simple brew that is easy to drink. Sometimes, simple is good.

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Photo of drxandy
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in trade thanks to Ben4881!!
12oz to standard pint, pours a golden amber brown, white head fades

smells nicely malty, very light hops, smooth, biscuity

tastes of nice roasty malts, almost porter-y, chocolate, slightly bready, hops are barely there but add a nice bitter finish, great flavor, a nice amber!

mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated, easy to drink and sessionable

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Photo of tjsmith910
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I literally only tried this beer because of the label. Man was I surprised. The smoothness and the color were incredible. I enjoyed it in the bottle but I loved it in a pint glass poured from the bottle. The taste was extremely smooth and not bitter at all. Not thick nor over powering by any means. The taste also lingered and felt like it became more enjoyable long after the gulp until the next sip. This beer definitely it one I will search for in future endeavors.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I’m not gunna lie. I first tried this beer when I was like 12 and it was something I sampled several times throughout my teenage years. I drank it only seldom in my adult life, but wanted to drink it again while I generate my review for it in order to ensure the most accurate review. It gives this beer a nostalgic component that might increase its overall score by a half point or so. So keep that in mind.

Look-It pours a perfect amber color (and is clear) that the Brewers really nailed. The head is off-white and 2 fingers foamy, but then settles down to a thinner layer.

Smell-The aroma is biscuit, fruity, a pinch of yeast and herbal hops that are almost imperceptible.

Taste-This crisp and drinkable beer brings joy to your body as it fills your mouth with a pleasant smoky breaded malt-forward, but inconspicuous flavor where the hops are mild and herbal.

Mouthfeel-This beer is crisp, smooth, and with mild carbonation. I would say that this brew is well-balanced and subtle. This beer is not loud and obnoxious. It is perfect and it is mild.

Overall-Like I said, this beer has a nostalgic component for personal reasons, but it is such a great go-to beer that I can’t help but give it praise. The components are all humble and quiet, but if you listen then you’ll pick up on a chorus of beauty and flavor that is unlike any other amber ale. And lastly, I must say that in the world of Amber ales, this beer has the most perfect color that the name demands.

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Photo of originalsin
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At my local home brew supply shop yesterday, I ran into a New Belgium Rep. by the name of Dallas. Really nice guy- he shared some samples of Fat Tire with us as well as some merch. I'd never seen Fat Tire in a can before, so I thought that was really cool. I'll be perfectly honest- I've had Fat Tire a couple times previously and I've never really enjoyed it that much...my palate has expanded so much since then, so let's give this another shot.

A: Really nice head on the pour....about half an inch. The retention was ok, and it's laced well thusfar. The pour was a rusty amber...a fat rusted tire haha.

S: A bit estery almost. Maybe some apricot on the nose. It's weird to say but the smell really seems to match the color. A bit rusty--and a lot of malt on the nose. Some caramel as well.

T: It doesn't assault your taste buds from the get go. There's a really long lingering taste of caramel malt, though, and that's what I taste throughout. A malty brew.

M: Medium carbonation and a really smooth beer altogether. Nothing really sticks out and, as i said before, assaults your taste buds. It's got a good mouthfeel.

D: A very drinkable brew which explains fat tires success. It's enjoyable the whole beer through.

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Photo of tigg924
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1/2 inch head, clear, amber in color

Smell: caramel malt and some bread

Taste: caramel, bread, and small hops towards the end

Mouthfeel: light body, very sweet with a small bitter backbone, medium carbonation

Drinkability: An amber that is a bit on the sweet side. Not complex, but tasty. This one goes down way easy. I could do a six of these.

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Photo of ByTor2112
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tom Wood for this one!
Pours a great color, light Amber with some orangey hues coming through with the light.
A nice foamy head forms and lingers with active carbonation, bubbles constantly rising.
Aroma-sweet like apricots with some hay like aromas-very pleasing.
Mouthfeel- sweet malty flavor, medium hops with no bite. A slight chocolate flavor at the end of the finish when the tongue is pressed to the roof of the palate. I know this Amber is their flagship but it is very tasty, satisfying and quaffable. This could be my go-to brew if it were available here.

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A creamy white head over a translucent amber body. Great lace and average retention. Smells of warm biscuits and caramel malts, floral hops. Hints of fruity esters and Belgian yeast. Biscuit and caramel malt flavors with an underlying hop bitterness. Light sweetness. Lean body, smooth in the mouth with a lingering slight bitterness. Very drinkable.

A great session beer. This is definately an American-Beligan hybrid, and therfore in my opinion deserves very high marks within the category of American Amber Ale. Despite its rapidly increasing distribution and what I can only guess must be exponential growth in production, this continues to be a solid brew and a wonderful specimen for beer reeducation. I hope the wider distribution is foretelling a mass shift in American tastes. Thank the gods for New Belgium.

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Photo of larsee01
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A--Poured from 12 oz bottle to pint glass. Reddish-orange and clear with a noticeable amount of bubbles ascending. Small, realtively light-colored head

S--Pleasant toasty, malty scent.

T--Welcoming biscuity taste, as advertised. Simple but not boring. Mellow maltiness with a barely detectable hop finish for balance.

M--Moderate carbonation, but it isn't trying to cover anything up. Kind of a dry mouthfeel--but in a good, clean way.

D--Hell yeah! An approachable session beer for just about anybody. I can see why this is so popular.

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Photo of BCK
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to an imperial pint.

Nice light brownish-red color with a 1/2 inch head with nice lacing.

Nice floral smell with hints of fruit and maybe a bit of caramel.

Tasted a hint of fruit, almost banana-like to me, nothing overbearing or overwhelming. Can taste the malt a bit and once again possible caramel.

Smooth brew, with a little carbonation feel and a bit of warmth when swallowing.

All in all a really great session beer as many others have said, nothing to bold, but not bland, just a really nice Amber Ale.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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