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

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Photo of toler13
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Kroger in Madison, MS as a part of a New Belgium can sampler that included Citradelic IPA, Ranger IPA, Trippel Belgian Style Ale, and Fat Tire.

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a semi-transparent amber color with a finger of head that dissipates to a thin coating. Decent Lacing.
S: A Swirl in the glass brings out the rich, bready, malty aroma. Biscuity. Munich malts.
T: RICH. Bready, biscuity, with just the right amount of sweetness. Great malt flavors. The nose follows through in the taste. The gold standard for amber ales.
F: Carbonation just right. Good body, without being overpowering. Alcohol aroma/taste nonexistent. Sessionable.

A great offering from New Belgium. A quaffable wonder that should pass through the lips of all craft beer drinkers. The true standard of American Amber Ales, this beer would be on the craft beer Mt. Rushmore. If you don't like this, you don't like beer. Period.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance, pours a clear burnt orange color, looks very thin and watery, white colored head, some lacing, decent amount of carbonation. Aroma is of sweet caramel, biscuits, hay, aromas are subtle, nothing really pops in this beer. Taste is of caramel, bread, hint of hop bitterness at the end, very easy drinking and not much to consider. Mouthfeel is light bodied. Overall this is a decent beer, subtle aromas and flavors, light bodied, I can see why some people might like this, it's easy drinking but there are better amber ales out there.

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Photo of EricLiverpool
4.73/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I'm a big fan of New Belgium, and Fat Tire is probably their best beer. This is the only Amber Ale I drink. Great biscuity taste with a light mouthfeel.

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

Appearance: Pours dark golden amber color.

Overall: This is a good balanced beer. It has a good mixture of toasty, biscuit-like malt flavors which lead into a hoppy fresh finish. Nice middle of the road beer. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Luis_Fuentes94
4.67/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Goes good with a sandwhich!!!
Look- not bad
Smell- normal
Taste- its good but a lil bit stronh
Feel- not bad maybe a lil tipsy but thats because one is happy lol

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a ruddy burnt amber color with a decent transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a one finger white foamy head that dissipated evenly and at a nice pace. Thin stringy lacing.
The smell had a semi-sweet caramel maltiness with some light toast, toffee and nuts to blend nicely. Light earthy bitterness.
The taste was somewhat sweet, and bitterness seemed tamer. Fruity aftertaste, sly quick dry finish.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied. Carbonation felt fine. Sweetness sticks to my tongue in a nice manner.
Overall, to me, when I lived in Alaska, it was easy to find on tap everywhere. Now I have one and think ya know, its a good Amber ale, kinda wish there was more love for the style these days, so what if its not a hop bomb, its not supposed to be, its an Amber ale, just enjoy it for what it is.

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Photo of stevoj
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Average ale, amber in color, with some nice hop notes, not much else here. Was expecting a bit more from this, with its reputation, something seems to be missing, or just watered down.

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Photo of AngryDutchman
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been seeing this at the distributor for a long time and always found an excuse to pick something else up, but wanted to try something other than a stout or IPA.

Purchased a 12-pack of cans and sat on the back porch with my lady and a younger male friend. In the glass it was a pleasant amber color as advertised. Nose quality very good, and from the first sip the impression was that hit everything right in the sweet spot, so to speak. Flavor, carbonation, aftertaste were all quite desirable and easily left us all wanting another. A great session beer, paired well with food and lent one a great appreciation of the chirps and peeps of all the little creatures enjoying their final warm evening of the year. Will definitely buy again, and anxious to try other offerings from New Belgium.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a 50% opaque amber, this means it is also 50% clear, ;). Lots and lots of carbonation. There is a two finger white fluffy head which sinks down to a 3mm head which remains on the top until the end.

The smell is wheaty, yeasty, full of sweet malts and candy, bubble gum, apples and creamy. There is a lot going on here.

The taste follows the nose with lots of sweet malts and candy taste. Bubble gum follows along with apples. The brew is slightly grainy and creamy at the same time. There is also a slight undertone of roasted malts. The feel is smooth and creamy; it goes down easily with no aftertaste. This is one sweet Amber.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.84/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a clear lager mug:
Pours into a nice dark golden/amber color. Very thick foam head that takes its time to dissipate.
Smells hoppy and ale-like.
Tastes like a moderately hoppy ale, not too strong.
Feels smooth, moderately carbonation, but drinks smooth, crisp if chilled.
Overall, not bad, a bit more hoppy and bitter than my preferred tastes. Good match with the cooler fall air.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at an OBX NC bar. Was hoping for some beer from a local brewery. Did not happen so I thought I would try this. Had two pints and was pleasantly surprised. Malty taste with a slight hop finish. A balanced red ale that can compete with others in this class.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.58/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper, clear with a tainted foam head. Smells like malts, caramel and very little hops. Taste is rich and malty in character, caramel and herbal hops are there. This is an american red with balanced hops, not hoppy like most american ales, very sessionable and well done.

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Photo of DovGibor
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from folly pack can (best by 1-17-16) into stemmed glass. Light amber color with white head. Low head retention.

Nose is all sweet malt; no discernible hops. Mouthfeel is medium, but doesn't add anything to the beer. Sits there without being light and crisp, but also not rich and fulfilling. The flavor is light malt with a tiny touch of hop bitterness, but not much else.

I heard great things about Fat Tire, and perhaps my bar was set too hight. I understand how this stands out from 'macro' beer, and how 30 years ago it was a revelation. Unfortunately I do not believe it is a revelation today. It's not making any big mistakes, but it's also not doing anything to win me over. I believe there are much better amber ales available and while I enjoy other New Belgium offerings, I do not see myself picking this up again.

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Photo of gulli
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this might be my go to beer....never tried many ales...this one light enough but the Carmel notes after it warms up is just right for having "a few"
pored into a pint glass...nice thick head slightly tanned ..about 2 fingers. warms up nice.
finishes ...so so

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With over a thousand reviews I am very surprised I never had this ale before especially with 2,000+ reviews under my belt. Into a pint glass

A - Amber brown color with good clarity and a 1/2 inch of head that sticks around a bit.
S - Toasted and sweet malts, mild piney hops and some biscuit goodness.
T - Good toasted malt, slightly sweet and dry with some piney hops zest. Not bad.
M - Medium bodied somewhat chewy.

Overall its a decent amber ale with a catchy name. Worth picking up!

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Photo of Pantalones
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second and last bottle of this one from the fall Folly pack; best-by date is November 29th, 2015.

Pours a dark gold/amber color; darker once in the glass, almost leaning toward orange especially in the spots the light hits -- there's one spot near the bottom of my glass that's coming across as this really nice bright "sunset orange" type color with the angle the lights in my apartment are hitting it from right now. Quite clear, and with lots of little bubbles rising up from the bottom. Very nice head of foam on top too, white and fluffy with a really nice texture to it. Filled my pint glass up to the rim at first, but now has shrunk to about a third of its initial size, leaving some trails behind around the edges of the glass in a few place. It's a great-looking beer.

Not especially strong smell-wise, you definitely have to get in close to the glass and sniff, but what's there is pretty nice. I'm getting mainly toasty smells from this one right away, maybe a little bit of a caramel-y sweetness mixed in there too. On one of several sniffs I picked up just a hint of piney hop in there, too, but it's pretty clear that this is a beer that leans more toward the malt side. Interestingly, toward the end of the glass the toastiness in the smell fades a bit and a fruity smell comes out more. Hops, or perhaps yeast?

Taste, like the smell, has a lot of toasty and slightly-sweet malt. Much richer and tastier than the smell would indicate, actually -- starts off milder (similar to the smell) and then the malty flavors come in pretty strong, lingering for just a bit after swallowing and then fading away. A bit of lingering toastiness at first, with some sweetness coming in along with it at around the halfway point. Burps are slightly fruity and slightly piney, interestingly -- so yeah, the hops I smelled occasionally are still there, they just can't power their way through the malt enough to be tasted much. Though now that I'm past the halfway point of the glass I'm starting to taste just a bit of hops in there, too. Basically no detectable bitterness until the tiniest hint came in on the very last little sip, though I imagine the hops are busy doing their job to balance things and keep it from seeming super sweet. Overall, it's a pretty simple flavor, but what it does, it does very well -- if you like toasty malt flavors, you will like this beer.

Mouthfeel is also really nice, and works together very well with the taste. Very smooth, soft feel to it; incredibly drinkable (I'm seriously almost having difficulty *not* taking huge gulps -- if I was in a restaurant that had this on tap, I'd order another one when I was done with the first for sure!), but at the same time it's far from feeling too thin or watery -- it definitely feels more substantial than the several pale lagers I've had recently.

Overall, this is a nice beer, one that I don't think I fully appreciated the first or second time I had it -- but now, nearly a year later, I have to say it's one that I'll probably be buying again and again in the future (though I'm sure a lot of those times will just be the two that come in every one of New Belgium's variety packs, rather than Fat Tire on its own.) It's a pretty simple beer, and not one that's an aroma/flavor explosion like some big IPA or stout, but it's one where all the features of the beer (whether you mean malt, hops, yeast, etc. or taste, feel, etc.) work together so nicely that it's hard not to like it.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Nicola Pizza in Rehoboth Beach, DE.

This one pours a clear medium amber, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like caramel malt, toasted malt, and some slight fruitiness.

I can't believe I'm finally trying this one. It's certainly good, typical toasty/caramelly amber ale flavors, but not the most interesting beer ever. It's drinkable as it's best quality.

This is light bodied, crisp and bready, with a higher level of carbonation.

A classic, very drinkable, but there are certainly better amber ales out there.

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Photo of Bierwolf
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle beer Poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: Pours clear, dark copper to amber in color. A little carbonation with a half finger of off white foam reducing to a bubbly froth.

Aroma: I don't have a real good nose but I was getting a fresh, sweet floral smell with some maltiness.

Taste: Right off the bat it was a malty,fruity taste. Some hop flavor was coming in but it was only a little. To me the flavor is just delicious.

Mouth Feel: Nice medium bodied beer. Smooth and creamy feeling. Finish lingers.

Overall: This has become my "go to" beer. I really enjoy the fresh and smooth taste.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber color. Finish is crisp and refreshing. Light body. Smells of fruit. Decent lacing on the glass. hops are present but not overwhelming. Good amber beer nothing out of the ordinary its one to try.

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Photo of classixIII
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Welcome to Pennsylvania - New Belgium!

Nice clear amber color, thin head dissapeared fairly fast and left nothing. Great malt aroma. Very clean crisp feel and taste, definite hop presence. Just another good, drinkable beer, in a field of many good drinkable beers.

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Photo of snowman17
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good American Ale. Just don't understand the fixation with
Hops. Everything today is over powered by them. That's why
I stay with the old school ales.

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

L- Very pale for an Amber Ale! Only the slightest amber highlight in a golden-hued beer. Excellent clarity. Thick white head that is well retained.

S- Malt-forward aroma with some fruity esters (plum). Minimal hop presence.

T- Clean and balanced. Some caramel malt and restrained American hop.

F- Moderate body and creamy, but dries out in the finish.

O- Easy drinking, but ultimately not a lot going on here. It's a classic because it's inoffensive, but not particularly interesting.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

On draft for the Pennsylvania kick-off

A - dark amber with a clear hue. Good amount of head for a lighter beer.

S - Rich maltiness like pie crust or pecans. No intrusion, very pleasant

T - Caramel all over the place. Rich malts that coats the whole mouth with a clean and crisp finish. Wow!

F - light, sessionable feel but definitely not a pilsner or lager. It does have a body to it.

O - Welcome to PA! This stuff has been all the rave and it's finally here. Very good brew and what took you so long?! Thanks for coming out East and look forward to trying out the new brews. This beer is probably the top amber ale out there so give it a try!

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Photo of BikingDutchman
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber/dark golden color with a thin white head. Very clear.
S - Toasty and biscuity malts are prominent with earthy and floral hops close behind.
T - Taste follows the nose pretty closely. Victory (biscuit) malt is the strongest flavor. There is also a light caramel/sweet malt flavor that is just behind the toasty and biscuity flavors. Hops are well balanced, with a earthy/floral flavor and clean bitterness that balances the sweeter malt flavors.
M - Slightly sweet with enough carbonation that keeps it from becoming cloying.
O - A little on the sweet side for me, and the biscuit notes get a little bit annoying after a while. A good beer, and certainly one that reminds me of my first beers that I ever had, but not one that I reach for very often any more.

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Photo of yungbrew
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ok so this is becoming a hipster beer quite quickly. It's pretty solid, I enjoy it; however there's nothing that makes it stand out really. It's a safe call if you're looking for an easy drinker among people who like different kinds of beer, but there are plenty of better beers.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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