Fat Tire Amber Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale
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3.6/5
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8,881 Ratings
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

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Added by kbub6f on 10-07-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,738
Reviews:
2,077
Ratings:
8,881
pDev:
14.72%
Bros Score:
3.6
 
 
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248
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an awesome amber beer. I had it on tap at a Denver Mexican restaurant in a mug about the size of my leg. Awesome orange color and foamy white head with a delicate malt aroma, the first taste of this brew is absolute quality. The light sharp hop presence and delicate malt flavor is followed by a crisp clean finish. Awesome.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle purchased from LaBodega, in Riverside, CA for $??? (maybe $2.39) in March 2006 after a long absence from this area.

Poursa light-medium orange-amber with decent carbonation which creates a nice frothy head. A quick aroma of light sweet fruits and bready malts. Nothing complex, just nice and easy. Flavor is much the same way, quite enjoyable, but hard to describe in detail. A kiss of hops at the end keep this from being a complete malt bomb.

Well constructed and quite enjoyable- simple, but sometimes that's just what the doctor ordered.

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3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my girlfriend for bring me back this bomber and a matching pint glass from her recent trip to Fort Collins, CO.

22oz brown bottle, with freshness stamp on label (16JAN09). Poured into a Fat Tire pint glass.

Appearance: Bright amber and really clear. A thick, fluffy white head formed, and faded slowly leaving a little lacing, and a stable coat across the surface.

Nose: Roasted malt (I think of a really mild lapsang souchong), black tea, some fruity-esters. This is what I imagine a traditional British house to smell like around the holidays.

Palate: That roasty/smoked black tea thing is amazing and mingles with flavors of citrus and glazed pear tarts. The carbonation is rather light, and the beer is really balanced between bitterness and fruitiness. The underlying earthiness (tea) is a perfect addition to this amber ale. Way out on the finish, there is a note of nutmeg or clove.

Notes: A really drinkable beer, I see why people ask for it constantly out here on the East Coast (I've worked in Boston, and now in Burlington, VT). It packs a lot of flavor for a beer that seems very filtered and/or racked. I was expecting something more Belgian in style (this is my first experience with a New Belgium brew), but find it to be very British in character. Anyone else get that?

(The only exception to this is my later discovery of a spice note, way out on the finish and as the beer warms. Clove?)

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Decent beer, especially for the summer. Easy drinker with some flavor.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 8,881 ratings