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 ScaryEd
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a healthy finger of off-white head. The head has solid retention, leaving a fair amount of lacing before settling into a thin film that rests gently atop the beer. Looks absolutely gorgeous under the light.

The aroma is very doughy and yeasty, with subtle notes of caramel.

The taste has lots of sweet caramel up front, with some biscuits not far behind. The finish is very clean with the faintest hint of hops.

The feel is medium bodied with pretty good carbonation. Incredibly smooth and drinkable.

Overall, am I missing something here? This beer is really good. It's extremely drinkable and well-priced. It isn't the most complex beer by any stretch but it's tasty and well made. Glad to finally have this in NH.

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Photo of mromagna
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I used to love this ale when I was out with friends. Decided to bring it home and really appreciate it. Great Look, copper color, nice smell. Some carmel taste. But pours flat to me, under carbonated to my taste. Left me feeling like it was underwhelming. Was hoping to make it a regular purchase, but can't do it.

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Photo of Holderness
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L -- Clear amber with a nice two-finger white head produced by a moderate pour. Good retention and lacing.
S -- Muted caramelized malts and a lager-like hop sweetness.
T -- Caramel malts upfront, followed by cinnamon and squash
F -- Nice carbonation
O -- Reminds me a lot of Smuttynose pumpkin ale, but with a little less spiciness

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Photo of Gatch
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer snob is strong with this one...

I cannot believe I didn’t review this beer during my seven years in Arizona from 2005 to 2012, which involved a lot of Fat Tire consumption, especially in the early days when this specific beer was all the rage. So now that it’s being distributed in Massachusetts, I had to drink it again. Really happy to see it make it all the way to the East Coast, considering it was distributed in only a few states when I first drank it back in the mid-2000s. Isn’t this the goal of small breweries...to distribute in nearly every state and be as ubiquitous as the major brands?! People are such haters and have such short memories. I guarantee most of these low scores are from people who, just a few years ago, wondered why Bud and Miller were the only beers at their local store. This is a legendary beer and brewer that put craft on the map! People realize that this is an Amber, right?! Hops aren’t supposed to be the main aspect of this beer. Malt is the key player here! Remember malt, one of four key ingredients in beer?!

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Photo of LarryV
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fat Tire is new in these parts so I was anxious to give it a try; I found it a bit underwhelming. Nose is mostly malt as is the flavor profile. There's a touch of hoppiness to keep it honest, but it's not very prevalent, overtones of caramel - at least it's not overly sweet. It kind of reminded me of what a cross between Yuengling and SA Boston Lager might taste like. It's a well made beer, but I just find it kind of boring.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not anything I would consider great but much better than I expected it to be. Biscuity, caramel, and some hops. I've heard mediocre things about this beer in the past but it proved them wrong.

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Photo of Hackattack
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very smooth, smooth laid back amber ale. Light copper color...mild carbonation.....not a whole lot of hops notes here, but I LIKE IT!! It's a nice break from the hop hop beers. So mellow and drinkable. It went down so fast I was ready for another one. If you don't like this you are a hop snob.

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Photo of Makeitadouble
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is what I would consider the true Average Beer . There are notes of citrus and it has a nice kick and is very unique among ales .

Check out my youtube review here https://youtu.be/GLFJTwK7GGg

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Photo of Monkey-D-Luffy
1.98/5  rDev -45%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

L - Light copper color, good carbonation, no head to be found.

S - Biscuity malt, slight toast.

T - Bready malt, and not much else. Aftertaste is somewhat redeeming with a slight caramel.

F - Light and thin on the mouth feel

O - Going to preface this by saying Ales are my style of choice. This however is seriously underwhelming. I expect much more out of an ale than what this could provide. Entirely undeserving of a 80+ rating here on BA. Lager swillers looking to branch out might enjoy this.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.62/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from SS, to Pint glass.

AROMA: malt, some hops.
LOOK: A nice coppery color.
TASTE: Good flavor, but a stale aftertaste. Flavor is there, but a bit askew for the style.
FEEL:Nice carbonation.


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Photo of Hoosteez
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Has a nice head that dissipates quickly leaves a light froth rather than a lacing really smells alright the taste a little more hoppy than I expected but nice all together a good beer the mouth feel is great though perfect balance of body and carbonation .

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Photo of Buck89
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. A clear amber-orange color with a frothy off-white head that settled quickly, leaving a few tracks. Toast and biscuit on the nose, with a slight vegetal note and faint floral scents. As expected, the first sip brought a big biscuity and bready malty flavor. The bitterness appeared on the back end, accompanied by floral notes that played well with the malt. Easy-drinking and medium-bodied. A great drink if you're in the mood for biscuit, and interesting if you slow down and sip.

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Photo of omahawk
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is all about the malt profile. Very bready malt, slight funky / tart cracker flavor ( if that's a thing?) Hops are present, but take a back seat to the malt. Solid drinkable beer.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
2.56/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Okay,I already wrote a lengthy review for this,beer and for one reason or another it was taken down.So I'm going to keep it short and sweet.I DID NOT like this beer,I WOULD NOT recommend this beer,and I do not know who recommend it to me,or why they would recommend it to me.But it was terrible.THE END.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Lager like look, maybe a bit more amber. Beery malt scent, maybe some hops somewhere back there. Enjoying off of tap at the Sands Bethlehem before Clutch ! Taste follows with some caramel maltiness not much else going on. Solid "normal" beer.

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Photo of Alan_Bats
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L- nice amber color and clarity, perhaps a bit darker would be ideal.
S- hoppy up front. Not overly citrusy. Some bready/biscuity notes nicely enter toward the end.
T- the beer does well to put forth hop and malt components. Hops are a little dull up front with fruity and floral notes. Next comes a mild sweetness from the bready malt. Not much of a roasty finish like the beer seems to suggest.
F- could have more body but nice carbonation to present itself.
O- a little hoppy for an amber but malt flavor clearly there. An overall good beer that I know is a good "transition" to craft brews.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

drank from can on golf course in AZ ... perfect for outdoor activities on a wary day. super easy drinking sessionable ale that has some toasted and caramel malt flavors with a crisp hop bite on the finish. feel is appropriate for the style. great substitute for anyone considering a bud light or coors.

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Photo of Fee
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's a reason this is essentially the state beer of Colorado. This is a very good beer. It's an Amber so it's not too hoppy. This beer is always a safe bet. Is it the best New Belgium offers? No, but it is widely available.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is a very common "craft beer" so I thought I'd give it a review. The aroma is malty with little else to speak of. Pours a one finger head that dissipates quickly. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh - possibly too much carbonation. The taste is thin maltiness with a tinge of hops and sweet caramel. I am not a big fan of ambers but I am pretty sure this is not a good example of the style. Overall I gave this a 2.75 which is rather low for a New Belgium - normally I like their beers. It's an okay beer, nothing offensive but nothing impressive - better than drinking Bud.

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Photo of Justin23060
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Nice clear Med. Amber. Very surprised at the lack of head (1/2 centimeter). Diminished head did stick around though with very minimal lacing.

S - Biscuity malt & that signature New Belgium yeast. No real hop smell

T - Very biscuity. Shortish linger with a nice very light malt and mild hop aftertaste. There is a little mild grape skin in there as well as some faint bitter baking cocoa.

F - Medium mouthfeel. Very dry all around. A little drier than I prefer though. Carb is crisp

O - Definitely not New Belgium's best offering. I remember liking this a lot more years ago which surprises me seeing how dry this is. Worth trying for the pronounce biscuit thing but I'm on the fence about recommending.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite iconic. When sampling beers at breweries, the staff will describe their beers as "like a Fat Tire." It's absolutely acceptable and delicious and I will often order it when out at restaurants. Because it's there. Anyway, the color is a light copper penny, smells and tastes of buttered toast. Pleasant mouthfeel, light yet creamy, overall a standard of the style.

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Photo of m_hall
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. longneck, poured into a nonic pint. A crystal clear, brassy-amber beer topped by a thick, twofingers tall cream colored head, that falls to a film, leaving fairly copious spotty lacing.

Aroma has notes of bread, toffee, very light fruit notes (banana, apricot) and slight musty hops.

Flavors are dominated right up front by bready, biscuit-y malts, with some slightly toasted notes and grain working through the mid-palate and towards a finish with dry nutty notes and just a touch of herbal hop bitterness.

Mouth feel is medium, slightly creamy, and at a modest 5.2% ABV this one is very sessionable.

Fat Tire is nearly everywhere these days (at least in my area) and it's easy to see why. It's not particularly outstanding at any one thing- the flavor profile is a bit one-dimensional, if we're being honest- but then again it doesn't miss the mark at anything really. That lack of complexity does make for broad appeal, and also makes for a beer that pairs very well with most any foods. This is a very natural beer for meals at restaurants or when you just want something with just enough substance while still being very easy to crush in large amounts. Solid.

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Photo of lwcreasy
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light copper in color. Inch of white head drops quickly to a film on top of the cloudy brew. Carbonation is visible and there is a very light speckling of lace on the sides of the glass.

Moderate intensity malt is the main aroma to start- biscuit, slight toffee and caramel. A whiff of cooked cabbage (tad of DMS?) and veggies whaffing upward. Unfortunately this nearly out-shadows the quite affable smell of stone fruit that more readily appears as the beer is warming. When its nice and open, the strawberry and biscuit are quite pleasant.

Rich biscuity malt is the first note on the tongue. The beer's backbone becomes more of the grainy-sweet type, especially on the last half of each sip. O.k. finish of more grain. Slight herbal quality to the hops that has to do battle with the less pleasant vegetal-grain hybrid that is increasing in intensity. Still quite nice in spite.

Medium body. Solid finish- not too dry or sweet.

Bonus points for being one of the OG craft beers for me. Finish really could've done with a bit more yum, either from the elevation of the stone fruit or perhaps more of that homey biscuit impression. It's only that inkling of DMS worth knocking in this brew. Solid overall.

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Photo of PDGreenB
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Fat Tire is a very smooth Amber ale with an easily sessionable feel. The taste is very mild and malty with a slightly sweet smell. One could easily drink a few of these and not realize how much they have drank. The mouth feel lasts only for a moment and is rather welcome with more crisp notes off the nose.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wet and bready. Don't get a lot of carbonation. Very drinkable but also forgettable. If someone handed me one I would drink it but wouldn't go out of my way to buy it.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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