Fat Tire Amber Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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82
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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
Ratings:
8,695
Reviews:
2,045
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
14.72%
 
 
Wants:
240
Gots:
2,548
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh On-tap at Pizza Plant. Light amber colour. A bit of yeast, creamy medium mouthfeel. Average bitterness, balanced with malting, a tad roast. A better than average beer all the way around, nothing special to standout and nothing to complain about.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear crimson color. Thin head with some lacing.

S: lots of sweet caramel malt. Very aromatous.

T: Mostly breads, biscuit and sweet malts. A little plain. Lacks the usual bad amber aftertaste.

M: moderate carbonation and light to medium body.

Overall: very smooth, refreshing and benign beer. Easy to drink but nothing overall special.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a super clear light orange color with a 2 inch off-white head. Smells of biscuit like malts and citrus zest hops. Taste is of water logged biscuits with a muted citrus zest finish. I don't know why this tastes very watery. There is no bitterness on the palate after each sip but there is a slight citrus twang. Mouthfeel is slightly flat which makes for a medium bodied drink. Overall, this is an average amber ale. Fat Tire is probably the most popular New Belgium beer and I wonder if they changed the recipe to suit more mass palates. From what I remember this was way better overall in the past.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

unconventional amber, pours a nice deep ruby color with an off-white head. smells homey and comforting, warm. notes of butterscotch and dried cherries in the nose give it a slightly sweet aroma. taste is a really nicely balanced malty forefront with a slight belgian yeast distinction coming in, mellow and burnt sugary in the finish. mouthfeel is perfect, fair carbonation and a medium body, this beer is the quintessential colorado session beer. this flagship from new belgium is worth all they hype around it. awesome amber

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking amber color, the head was very nice on this beer. Good retention and a good lacing also here. The smell of the beer is malty, some caramel and some additional grains on the nose. The flavor of the beer is toasted, with a subtle caramel sweetness in there. The bitterness is rather mellow and not piney or resin like at all. The mouthfeel of the beer is very smooth, the carbonation is minimal but yet still there enough to tingle a little. Overall I found this to be a really nice beer, I wouldn't mind having it again. It's sessionable in my opinion. Very easy going brew.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been hearing about this beer since I first got into craft beer drinking and finally got a chance to try it as it just got distribution in the area. Bought a bomber for $3.50. Pours a mahogany brown, nice nutty smell to it. Taste is light to medium bodied, pretty typical amber ale for the most part, but has a very noticeable nutty kick to it which adds a pleasant taste. Very drinkable and a great session beer, The bomber went down easy and smooth and could definitely see this as an easy choice for a no frills, above average beer.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Vic's On the River, Savannah, GA

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with delicate lacing that consistently covered the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of grainy malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is malty with some hints of sweetness and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer goes down easily and makes for a good pairing with food.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Incredibly popular, New Belgium's banner beer is an ale that's caught in an identity crisis. Its it an American amber ale, an Irish red ale or is it a Belgian pale ale? Where the taste tilts to Irish, there's much more to consider in this fairly complex but understated ale.

Its honey-amber hue is a lead in to its toasted flavor and freshly kilned grain aroma to seep into the initial senses. Faint caramel, peanut and a bready-sweet taste is elegant on just off of caramel with bread crust and biscotti instead.

Its dextrin-rich body is creamy, starchy and smooth- allowing its cream corn center to give a faint butterscotch flavor as its malty grain flavors offer smoothness and a creamy medium weight. Herbal hops are tea-like and mildly citrus; even as cinnamon and clove spiciness tether through the sweet breadiness and indicate a turn to closure.

Spicy in finish, a moderate pepper taste and feel highlights its mild alcohol warmth that outlasts is starchy malt upstart. Semi-dry in finish, only a mild bitterness and tepid spice complement balances the taste in those waning sips.

Friendly and unoffensive, the allure of the ale lies in its non-polarizing taste and its understated complexity. An unfailing choice for the both the uninitiated and the connoisseurs alike.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, distinctively collared bottle, another ubiquitous American craft brew, unseen as yet in Canadian liquor stores. My friend in Chicago always had a fridge full of this stuff when I would go visit, a few years ago.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, frothy, and lightly foamy off-white head, which leaves a decent paint job of sudsy, streaky lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of mildly toasty, biscuity, and bready pale malt, a touch of dry nutty caramel, and fruity, floral, and slightly piney hops. The taste is more staunchly bready malt, one fading in its interesting biscuity and roasted nature, with a wet ashy essence that strangely rises to the roof of my mouth, and some agreeably balancing earthy, herbal hops.

The carbonation is moderate, manifesting in but a trilling frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and perhaps a tad dusty in its otherwise well-rendered smoothness. It finishes off-dry, sure, but tempered just enough by the lingering earthy, weedy, and musty hops.

A good and venerable American session ale, I would imagine, if the toasted biscuit character didn't quite challenge the palate on each re-up, and thus become unwelcome after a few rounds. As training beer for those moving out of their particular version of BMC hell, you could do a lot worse, and I see why I enjoyed those cold ones from the fridge in aforementioned Chi-town, after all that not-so-cheap Budweiser at Lollapalooza in Grant Park, and watered-down (wait, what?) Schlitz at Wrigley Field.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass. Expectations are average; I'd had it from the bottle before. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a beige floater. Body colour is a semitransparent amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Amber malts, caramel, hints of butterscotch? Some biscuit malt. A mild strength aroma.

T: Amber malts, caramel, and biscuit malt. Clean but simple. Pleasant and balanced. Little yeast comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Suits the flavour decently. A touch too heavy on the palate for the lack of diverse or bold flavour. Good thickness. Overcarbonated.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. A good beer for drinking at a bar on the cheap, but it's lackluster. Overpriced at $6.00. New Belgium makes far better beers.

Low C+

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a modest white head that hangs around for a while and leaves some splashes of lace

Smell: Beguiling aroma of toffee, perhaps a touch of candi sugar and a floral quality

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity taste that, after the swallow, is joined by more caramel malt; a slight balancing effect from the hops but this is primarily a malty beer; odd aftertaste that is slightly tart

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink but I'll put this in the Shiner Bock category as being hyped beyond its quality; nevertheless, I would drink this over Shiner Bock any day

Thanks, oxymoron, for the opportunity

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.89/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of BeerandBlues2: Poured a medium amber color ale with a nice foamy head with some pretty good retention and lacing. Aroma of medium caramel malt with some light floral hops. Taste of light caramel malt with a light hoppy finish is missing in character and fall behind some of the other wonderful offering from this brewery.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled or on tap it pours a dark amber color, slight head. There is a malty smell with some biscuity notes. Good caramel malty flavor with a touch of hop bitterness. It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer. It is so drinkable. It's not hard to have several at one sitting.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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