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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Added by kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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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

Photo of Techichi
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of dbossman
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber coloring with a small head that dissipates to a thin film; lacing is even and good

S: Burnt malts and a grainy quality are most prevalent; some sweet candy-like undertones; not a ton going on

T: The burnt malt quality hits you up front and really stays with you; there is a wateriness that is bothersome as well

F: Thin and over-carbonated; glides through the mouth too quickly

D: It is quite sessionable but the burnt quality turns me off as I drink

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Photo of williahd
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of mwar
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

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 ramrod666
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of craft_shannie
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Beestin
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of strohme2
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ALLISON01
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of standardcherry
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of gshak
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of aaronh
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly dark amber, topped by a thin white head. Aroma consists of a hint of malt and not much else. Flavor has a hint of malt sweetness and finishes dry. Bitterness is subdued. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly and the beer seems very astringent. Almost leaves a woody aftertaste as well. I've tried this beer 3 times at 3 different locations in the last month, and every time, one is more than enough. Not a bad beer, just not anything memorable either. I'd recommend a Breckenridge Amber instead.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a dimple pint. The color is more golden but slightly amber, with a wispy, ringy white head. The smell is caramel sweetness with a touch of noble hopping. The taste is dominated by caramel, with a sweet honey flavor as well, but well-balanced by a Tettnang/Hallertau hop that provides a presence without being overpowering. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, some could say this is a bit cloying, but I think it's balanced just correctly, and as such this is such a nice session beer that I could easily drink this all day

Thanks to BlueMooner for this bottle. I imagine that people in the western part of the US, with Fat Tire's ubiquity, would be absolutely surprised that Fat Tire is so sought after by people east of the Mississipi where we don't see a drop of it. It's a shame that we don't see it out this way, but I could see myself drinking this one on a hot summer day....a terrific sessioner, and I see just why it's such a hit...one I'd enjoy having again.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon420 for the chance to try this one.

A: Pours a see through amber copperish color with not much head. No retention. Nice lace.
S: Wheaty malt notes with a slight background of caramel sweetness. Floral armoas are detected also.
T/M: Interesting. Very smooth and easily drinkable. Caramel malt notes with a slight floral hop presence. Light body, but there is a slight butteryness to it. Slides through the mouth finishing dry and leaving a wheatyness on the back of the tongue. Not much going on in this one--somethings there, but its just not screaming.
D: Pretty drinkable. I can see this being a good session beer. Unfortunatley it's not a regular east of the Great River.

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Photo of tronester
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a medium off white head. Smells bready and yeasty. Taste is biscuity, but not as biscuity as I remember. Has a sweet presence as well, with a good rounding out of the hop bitterness. Slight hop flavor as well. Slightly thin on the mouthfeel. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of Exeter
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of BrewSTL
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Scott_McCool
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of CreekyJarls
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Tballz420
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep gold/orange color; medium sized, cream-colored head leaves some thick lace. Not a strong smell, mostly caramel malts. Mainly biscuity malt, some caramel tones. Some bitterness, but mostly floral tones on the hops. Very full mouthfeel. Nothing spectacular, but not a bad beer nonetheless. Worth a try if you're into ambers.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.6 out of 5 based on 8,676 ratings.
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