Fat Tire Amber Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale
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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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Added by kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Photo of 31Sam13
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Used to be one of my absolute favorites to celebrate a a hard day of back-country skiing/ snowboarding ( did I say hard...fun as hell, I meant...hard work, as I hike to earn my turns). Anyway, I believe that I hadn't had it for about five years and it just wasn't what i remember. Good but not great.

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Photo of ccozzi
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of Allurex
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of oso
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Gaddabble
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Photo of magictacosinus
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date is "April 22, 2012."

Pours an amber, slightly cloudy color with a generous portion of carbonation. Contains a very weak head, but a little ring ends up settling the top. Not too remarkable, but pretty decent and inviting enough.

This one is filled with lots of season types of aromas often found in winter warmers: pumpkin spice, slightly toasted biscuits, caramel malts, brown sugar… Overall, not bad! Usually can't stand "seasonal" beers but this one contains a good balance of hoppiness and malty feel (although far maltier) to make it out to be a crowd pleaser.

While definitely a malty cascade as it smells, there's a load of underlying hops that make it interesting and balanced. The biscuit flavor is ridiculously obvious here, and it would be no surprise if New Belgium Brewing Co. were attempting to make a different take on British bitters with the notable inclusion of extra spices and seasonal hops. While the flavor is pleasant, it gets far maltier as it warms up and little less enjoyable for me. The feel is slightly gelatinous when cold, but becomes progressively watery with any warming. There is no overpowering flavor of alcohol present, which definitely might have made this thing too sweet. Strangely, I'm curious how something this malty feels too thin in body.

This is an undeniable cult classic, which, just like SN Pale Ale and Anchor Steam, has found wide national distribution yet an obvious niche following of die-hard fans in the craft brewing world. Fat Tire was never my favorite due to the high maltiness and thinned body, but it is still a well made beer. It has all the right things going for it to be a well-received beer everywhere, and I take up the chance to drink one when offered. It may not be a personal favorite of mine, but it's earned my respect with its consistent recipe in the long run. Being one of the big success stories of craft beer, I recommend any fans of amber ales to try it!

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Photo of RMelyon
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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

A- Pours a light copper hue with a 2 finger foamy head that sticks around a little bit. Pretty good lacing.

S- Weaker than expected, but some caramel malts and citrusy hops ring through. Maybe a hint of a pine scent.

T- Nothing terribly complex, but solid. Starts with a mainly malty profile with a hint of caramel. Hops come in, mainly cascade if I'm not mistaken. Finishes off with a biscuity/bready taste that leaves the palate clean and crisp.

M- Somewhat creamy in your mouth. Not terrifically heavy or light. A decent amount of carbonation, but not too much.

Overall, this is a sessionable beer and one that doesn't break the bank. Being in college, heck, I might be persuaded to drink this at a party instead of trying to get drunk off of macros.

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Photo of carolinabeerguy
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.15/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of u2carew
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A) Transparent. Bronze in color. Pours with a nice head then settles quickly. The lacing is thin and uneven.
S) Noticeable hop aroma. Earthy. Light malty sweetness.
T) Nutty notes. Residual hop bit lingers in the finish and aftertaste.
M) Smooth with some very mellow crispness. Feels fairly light bodied with a medium body taste.
D) I'd expect a little more weight in the body and taste under the label "amber ale".

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wafers
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear orange-copper body with 1/4 inch, loose, white head. There's usually a little more head as I remember; let's blame this glass on the pour. Head dies pretty quickly to a creamy halo, but leaves a trail of lacing in it's wake. Decent lacing all the way down.

Smell: Toasted biscuit, caramel, and sweet citric hops. Citrus and hops seem more pronounced in this version than others. Overall, very sweet, malty, toasty, and nicely balanced by the citric hops.

Taste: Lots of caramel, citrus, and sweetness lays on top of a toasty, biscuity, backdrop. Very malty. Lots of sweetness with clean hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, well-carbonated, pretty sugary, and clean. Quite smooth.

Drinkability: I've had Fat Tire many times from many different sources. It's always tasted the same to me. This bottle, however, had something else going on (either that, or my palate is out of whack). Much sweeter than normal, and a bit hoppier to boot. This is a decent amber, but nothing special IMO.

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Photo of wertschy
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of aforbes10
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

tastes change, and so do beers. its been a while since i've had this so i'll review it again. bought a bottle on the Texas/Arkansas border because they've changed their cap recently and i wanted it for my collection. pours brownish and clear with a big, pond scum colored head. malty, slightly wheaty odor. smells nice and not skunky at all (i was expecting skunky, dont know why). taste is much more pleasing than i remember. slightly sweet, very malty and biscuity. in fact, probably more biscuity than any other beer i've tried. very smooth, very drinkable....very tasty all around.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.84/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of AleHunter805
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Danmullens1
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 8,879 ratings