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 Rifugium
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First had: bottle at ?

A pretty good, readily available beer. Pours a clear amber with a nice finger of white head. Bready aroma, mixed with roasted nuts. Roasted malts in the taste, nutty, bready, moving on to floral hops with a slight bit of citrus in there. Medium mouthfeel, finishes dry, and overall quite easily drinkable. It's the Yuengling of the the West.

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

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with 1 1/2 fingers of foamy eggshell white head. Thin creamy retention that flares up into a rigid 1/2 finger that throws some massive frothy lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet with bread and caramel, with a good bit of citric tang and light floral hops in the back of the nose.

The taste is toasted malts and caramel sweetness mixed in with a pervasive fruity citric character. Light bittering hops pull up the back with some needed balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly relaxed and creamy carbonation and a generally all around refreshing feel about it.

While nowhere near the full blown cult status that this beer seems to have garnered over the years, if your looking at this as a moderately flavored and easy drinking Amber Ale, then for the most part it succeeds. Plus it gets an extra point for the portability in cans now as well.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey golden in color; clear with an awesome head that leaves a beautiful sticky lace.

Biscuit malt aromas--very clean smell with a slight touch of hop. The flavoring also features biscuit malt and possibly some crystal malt. The hop is subtle but very much present. A very full but balanced flavor.

The carbonation is on the high side, but this counteracts the full body. Lingering bitter hops lasts long after the swallow. This is a very nice ale that would go well with a large variety of foods.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looking back at my notes on this one I have to admit I feel the same today as I did then. It is the perfect party beer, appealing to both the palate of a beginning and advanced beer drinker. It features a wonderful breadiness that dares to hint toward a lager while keeping in the amber style. Way better on tap than in bottle.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

BBD of 3 may 08

Finally broke down & decided to review this. Git this in the folly 12 mixer. This is the one craft beer you can get here at places when they serve no other, so it does have soft spot in my heart as the ultimate plan B:

Pours an effervescent honey/amber with 1+ finger of cream colored head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Biscuitty malt

T: Sweet biscuitty malt with a bit of citric hops & some buttery notes up front. A bit of flinty dryness as this warms, plus a bit of toasted malt & a touch of lemony hops. Finishes with a slight dryness, a tinge of sulphury notes & more butter

MF: Light/medium bodied & slightly over carbonated, plus okay balance, but skews a bit sweet (not malty) to me

Drinks alright, this is better on draft, but just a slightly better than average amber

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Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of woodychandler
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I thought that by coming to Denver, I would have no problem finding this beer in a CAN. It turned out to be my quest for the great white whale. It existed, but just out of my grasp. I finally scored a sixer and have some for CAN-only trades.

I had just done a warm-up with Breckenridge Amber, but this is the gold-standard for an Amber beer. Let's see.

My bartender's pour created a finger-and-a-half of tawny head with good retention. The color was a really bright orangish-amber, translaing to NE-quality clarity. The nose was biscuity malty and I am so glad that someone explained that phrase to me. Again, this was the standard bearer for the style. Mouthfeel was medium and although the CAN mentioned "Toasty malt flavors in tandem [(har)] with hoppy freshness", I simply got the malt. This was eminently drinkable, especially in the amber style. The finish was smooth and slightly dry. I do not miss the sugary sweetness of some CANned beers which I have reviewed.

Shore/Beach: If you CAN find it, hell, yeah! It was an elusive beer in my estimation, but once I found it, I was glad that I had. Ten Fidy is NOT coming wih me to the Jersey shore!

Clearly, my CANQuest (tm) is above, but I am currently in the midst of winnowing down the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody & as such, I am revisiting it in bottle form. Today is F, 07 April 2017.

From the bottle: "It's time to celebrate the beer that was conceived on a bike 25 years ago in Belgium. Fat Tire's perfect balance of bisquity [sic] malt flavor and hoppy freshness has always cruised with Belgian imagination and inspires us onward. Kickstand up! The future needs good beer."

I Pop!ped the cap & despite it being a fresh bottle, I have begun to embrace a gentle pour followed by an in-glass swirl. In this instance, I raised two fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head that hung around briefly and slowly fell away to wisps, leaving a lot of lacing in their wake. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was sweetish with a honey-biscuity scent. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very malty, definitely biscuity as advertised. The hoppiness was barely noticeable, more grassy than anything else. Finish was semi-sweet, malt-driven & just a nice, pleasant drink.

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

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. single picked up at Riverside Wine and Spirits in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Best Before: 24APR09.

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright amber body with a large, frothy, white head. Fine, thin lacing throughout.

Smell: Aroma smelling of biscuits and uncooked dough with a tiny note of fruit and spicy, floral hop scents.

Taste: Biscuity malts with a light sweetness. Lightly nutty initially, but as it warms, it develops into more of a grain flavor. Very light hint of pear fruitiness. Floral, spicy hop character with a light bitterness. Finishes dry and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Simple but highly drinkable and refreshing. It leaves me wondering exactly why the public latched onto this with a fervency and cult following.

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

Pours an solid amber with a good amount of white head with good retention that drifts to a decent lace. The nose is refreshing, and nice not to get hit with a bag of citrus fruit. The biscuit/bready malt is surprisingly forward. Hops are floral and fruity (and yeast). Taste follows with lots of biscuit/bready sweet Belgium style malt and a bit of caramel. Hops are subdued, but floral and noble in nature. Also fruity yeast character. Mouthfeel is smooth and has good balance. Overall a fine beer, but I prefer SA Lager or Honkers Ale to this.

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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

A: Pours a clear amber color with a small white head on top, not much retention. Reduces to a white cap on top. Nice sheets of lacing all around the glass.

S: Upfront there is some caramel and grainy malt. A little bit of biscuit and some light grassy/citrus kicks in midway through.

T: Very similar to the nose, hints of grass, but mostly biscuit and grainy malt upfront with some caramel on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Nothing wrong with this beer at all, easy drinking.

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Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaphog
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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

Clear, rich, orange-influenced amber. The head is light tan with a hint of pastel orange and is mildly sticky. It resembles soft meringue as it falls, leaving adequate lace in its wake. The nose is good, not great. It's primarily pale malty with a smidgen of spicy-earthy hops.

Interesting flavor, but I can't quite put my finger on what makes it so. I appreciate lightly toasted malt with an underlying sourness and a component of herbal-earthy hops. Where did spicy go? I think it's the sourness and the hop flavor that strike me as different. The finish is both mildly bitter and lingeringly sour and the mouthfeel is average for the style.

I'm not all that impressed with Fat Tire. The flavor doesn't really push my buttons and no other characteristic elevates it much past above average. It's clearly a well-made beer, but isn't one that I'll drink again. So what's all the fuss about again?

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Photo of mdfb79
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark amber color with about an inch of white head that has little retention. Moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of fading hops and sweet malts. A little weak and a bit of an odd smell from the malts.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, as well as sweet malts again. Also tastes of bready malts. Not sure what it is, but the malt taste does not taste that great to me.

m - Light body with a good amount of carbonation.

d - Overall the smell and flavor of this beer did not appeal to me too much. It wasn't bad, but an odd bready/sweet malt combo that I wasn't the biggest fan of. At 5.2% if you liked the taste you could definitely drink a few of these given the light body, but I won't be looking to get more of this anytime soon.

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off bottle with a packaged on date on the neck.

Appearance: Bright copper hued brew with a thick one fingered stickage of lace for the glass to deal with.

Smell: Hard biscuity malt with suggestions of bing cherries & a faint floral scent of roses.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Moderate body with a clean smoothness. Nice undertow of biscuity malt from start to finish. Light flash of hops to tame the malt a bit, some fruitiness becomes lively with hints of pear. Finishes semi-dry with a long lingering toasted flavor.

Drinkability & Notes: This beer is now of cult status in the US, such an uncomplicated amber ale … so easy to knock back a few, whether at a pub with friends or after a hard days work.

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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