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

Draft at the Tap Room in Vail, CO. My first experience with the much heralded fat tire came this past weekend. Nice clear copper color, faint white head, carbonation bubbles last and last. Smell was an interesting combination of malty richness, very slight hoppy undertones, and an uncertain earthiness. Taste was crisp and pleasant to start, nice carmel malts, then again a unique earthiness to finish. Tastes coated and lingered on the tongue. I guess I expected a more noticable hop profile, but it still was very good. Lived up to the hype for me. I wish it was available on the East Coast.

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

My parents brought me this six pack back from a trip down south, I have never had anything from New Belgium before so lets give it a go. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- This beer poured a nice light amber color with three fingers worth of thick white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed the rest of the time, there is also some nice lacing.

S- Typical amber aroma with the caramel malts sticking out the most with some grassy hops at the end.

T- Pretty similar to the smell but more bready and biscuity. There's a good balance of earthy hops on the finish that helps level out the tons of breadyness that comes from the malts.

M- Medium bodied and good carbonation.

D- This beer makes a good session amber. The combination of low alcohol and good flavors make this beer pretty drinkable. Three or four of these would hit the spot.

Overall I thought this was a nice amber ale and I am glad I tried it. Too bad I have never seen this at any of the local stores. This beer was a good first impression for New Belgium, I look forward to trying more of their brews.

Edit- I had a couple of really fresh bottles that were just a little better so I adjusted the score and gave the aroma a 4 instead of 3.5, this is a good an unique beer that I always try and get when out of state.

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Photo of Arnie2709
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a true amber color. 1 inch of offwhite head that dissipates quickly.
Smell is biscuity and malty. sweet
Taste is slight bitterness melded around a complex bread and caramel malt profile.
Mouthfeel is medium and lingers slightly afterward. reasonably clean finish but leaves you ready for another mouthful.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful copper color with thick foamy head which drops to a thin layer but leaves lots of lacing.

Smells malty with very little hop presence. Taste is the same with just enough hops to keep the malt from getting overpowering.

Nice creamy mouthfeel makes this a very drinkable beer... the ABV might not cooperate, but I could drink 12 of these right now!

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

This beer has some sentimental value to me because it was my first New Belgium brew. New Belgium introduced me to the wonderful world of Belgian beer culture as well as the rapidly-expanding American microbrewing industry. Cheers to the NB. Anyway. This beer, while not their best, is a reliable one. I had my most recent one in a New Belgian snifter.

A- nice amber opacity. Some extra bubbles which linger on the edges of the glass, although not a big head.

S- malty hoppiness, molasses, maple syrup, chocolate, cough medicine.

T- very flavorful, lots of chocolaty maltiness, hoppy finish, but very smooth taste, not a hint of bitterness, but also not a sweet beer.

M- carbonated, almost nitro, silky, nice amount of faint hops lingering on the palate.

D- Very easy to drink, refreshing, goes down nice.

Thank goodness they finally started distributing to Southern California.

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

Honey golden in color; clear with an awesome head that leaves a beautiful sticky lace.

Biscuit malt aromas--very clean smell with a slight touch of hop. The flavoring also features biscuit malt and possibly some crystal malt. The hop is subtle but very much present. A very full but balanced flavor.

The carbonation is on the high side, but this counteracts the full body. Lingering bitter hops lasts long after the swallow. This is a very nice ale that would go well with a large variety of foods.

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

Poured with a modest head, good lacing. Head did not last long though, only a faint ring throughout the drink.

Yellow, orangish color, good carbonation.

A good, balanced beer. Malt is distinct, slight caramel flavor, finishes with a superb hop taste. Just the right kind for an American Amber. Smooth mouthfeel, very rich but, again, bery balanced.

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

22 oz bottle, poured into a curved pint glass.

A-Light amber, clear. Puffy head that dissipates fairly quickly, lacing sticks around a little bit. Nice

S- toasted malts, a little bit of flowery hops and a hint of Belgian sweetness of sorts

T- light toasted malts, and nutty. The sweetness is just slightly "Belgiany" to me, but we're not talking like a Dubbel or anything. The malt taste is the very definition of biscuity.

M- light to medium, light carbonation. Not really slick, and not overly drying.

O- I really can see how this is a great "gateway beer" into the world of craft brewing. I'd have this anytime, anywhere.

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

Thanks to angelmonster for the opportunity.

Pours a golden/red hue with active and beautiful carbonation. The head didn't stick around too long but I blame this partially on my partial spillage when opening this bad boy.

Smells pretty hoppy. Floral, biscuit, spicy even. Complex, but not what I'd say something that makes me salivate at the thought of drinking.

Tastes like crackers, probably the biscuit taste that everyone mentions. A very crisp finish and light hop bitterness. Not very complex, but enjoyable and fitting of the style.

Mouth is thin and carbonation is high. Anything else would make this beer undrinkable.

I don't know how anyone could say this isn't drinkable, this in fact is damn near a textbook session beer. Shame I can't readily get it here.

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

A: Great looking beer with a transcendent golden amber color with a nice thick foamy head with lacing.

S: Nice crisp fresh smell for this amber ale. It has a slight caramel sweetness and smells of hops present as well.

T: Very simple taste but not at the expense of flavor. It features nice caramel tones with toasted malts along with fruity traces. Much more complex taste than anticipated.

M: Feels nice and crisp in the mouth with nice coating.

D: High, I can see myself drinking this alot more in the near future.

Final Thoughts: I have seen this beer all around lately and have been waiting to buy it. I'm glad I bought it. It is a simple beer that tastes good and is very drinkable.

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Photo of Clockwork420
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Glass Stein.

Apperance was amazing amber (duh...) color. Nice head.
Actually took a picture of it. Little bubbles. Nice.

Smell was kinda sweet and corny. Not skunky or over powering.
That was all I got.

Taste was semi sweet. Easy to drink.
This quickly became a favorite now.
The taste kinda taste almost earthy. At first I thought it was too carbonated. But now I know it is perfect. Or close to what I imagine is a great one for the price.

Along with that earthy mouthfeel came this number.
This beer speaks for itself...
And so forth with the drinkablilty.

This is simply amazing to me for a 2.39 22oz bottle came this good. Im astonished.

I now have a new favorite.


First beer I drank on tap.
And its better that way.
Belive it.

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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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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.6 out of 5 based on 8,498 ratings.
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