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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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Six Pack
Dan's Liquor
Plover, Wisconsin

Appearance - Pours in a pale redish gold flow. The 1/2 inch head stays for a minute or so before leaving a whispy cloud of white at the surface. The caronation appears to have faded as only a few bubbles rise to the top.

Smell - There is a hoppyness to the scent craeting a bitter aroma. It's a faint scent and needs to be inhaled deeply before really recognising it.

Taste - The taste is subtle until it reaches the back of my throat. It is bitter but the bitterness isn't too strong. It has an enjoyable flavor. It has the hoppyness of an ale while offering a hint of stiffness a red might throw at you.

Mouthfeel - There is really a softness to the feel of this beer. I'm not used to ambers with that kind of soft appeal.

~ All in all I have always enjoyed this beer. Whenever it's available in Central Wisconsin I take advantage. If you've never tried one, add it to your ToDo list.

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Photo of ZachKelly
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

This is a beer I like much more on tap than out of the bottle, like many. Also doesn't travel that well, much better tasting in Colorado than what I get on the East coast.
Nice amber color with an off white foam head that helps give off what little aroma the beer has. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
Nice malty flavors that don't linger and it has a nice bitter aftertaste.

Love the beer, definitely recommend.

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Photo of Griphon
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dougwillhike
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Served in a New Belgium globe from a 12 oz bottle with best by date of 02-06-11.

A: Clear, bright orange color with a white head 1 finger high. Little lacing on the glass and a good amount of carbonation

S: Not a whole lot of aroma here -- I get some bready malts and pine hops smell.

T: Taste is not very complex, but is a nice balance of malts and hops. Overall character is slightly bitter.

M: Clean, with kind of a thin body. Moderately carbonated and a very slight bitter aftertaste.

D: Nothing too exciting here, but a good, easy to drink session beer.

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Photo of BFCarr
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a nice clear honey amber deep gold, very beautiful, and builds a creamy white head, about two fingers high. It hangs around and produces nice lacing.
The smell tells of delicate flowery hops, some mild malt and some sweet notes like honeycomb cereal.
Tasting the beer, I was surprised how mild it was. Delicate bread, cereal and grain flavors up front, being followed by mild flowery hops which bring mild fruit flavors like apple and peach into the palette. The end is a well balanced combo of all the flavors. It is a very mild and light flavored beer, but well balanced and by no means watery or characterless. To me this was a very drinkable beer and I enjoyed it.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bright amber ale with a little head that evaporates quickly. Has a light malty kind of biscuit aroma. A quick short twinge of bitterness to wake up the taste buds. But it is a wasted effort. There is only a slight hint of malt in the finish and it's done. I was expecting a little more flavor. It has a decent drinkability as there is not all lot of flavor to slow you down.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of ATPete
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


i was sick of not being able to chime into "i love/i hate Fat Tire" discussions both on this website and in life. Since NJ is NB deprived i had to make a trade for some, amongst a few other NB goodies...

Pours a beautiful orange brown color, huge attractive white head that is very strong and leaves lots of sticking. Fruity, floral hop esters in the nose. Candy sweet malts, with slight sweet tart notes from the nose invade first followed by an excellent hop balance. Other notes of nuts, melon, grass and semi-spicy yeast. Balanced and very drinkable. I highly recommend this one for a session brew. Hopefully us in NJ will soon have some NB on our shelves.

i can proudly say..."i love Fat Tire"

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3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Quarter keg into a red plastic cup. It looked OK from above, but it was tough judging clarity, etc. Honestly, it was a little on the sweetish, bready, caramel end of the spectrum for my tastes. Little if any hops presence. Mouthfeel was medium - about what you should expect for an amber. Sweet and bready characteristics carry through the finish. It was OK, but I won't go out of my way to find it.

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3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.6 out of 5 based on 8,677 ratings.
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