Fat Tire Amber Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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82
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8,676 Ratings
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 10-07-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
8,676
Reviews:
2,043
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
14.72%
 
 
Wants:
237
Gots:
2,532
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 8,676 |  Reviews: 2,043
Photo of cnealc
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cbaz
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CobraDC23
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Ben1313
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mnine
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.54/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My Con. Law professor recommended me this. Exceptional beer for easy accessibility and price. Smells fantastically very hoppy and very rich in its aroma. Of course it tastes very good with a hearty myriad of different floral flavors and overall it's a fun beer to experience.

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Photo of hawkssb04
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LivB
1.59/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Holy cow... easy drinking beer? In my opinion, no way.
Initial taste is similar to an extremely watered down steak sauce, AKA rusty water with hints of citrus-like old meat Chinese food that you leave in your car overnight.

I find it mind blowing that this is one of New Belgium's signature beers.

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

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

Photo of Laplander
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a pretty nice amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy/foamy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of hasse67
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mfigueroa713
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bigbellysailor
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. longneck, poured into a frosty mug. A crystal clear, brassy-amber beer topped by a thick, two fingers tall cream colored head.

This is a very natural beer thats good for meals at restaurants or when you just want something with just enough substance while still being very easy to crush in large amounts. Very good beer. I drink it frequently now.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Weird, I used to really like this beer and drank it all the time. Now that I'm into big flavor profiles in craft beer, this was a little underwhelming.
Pour is clear clean amber without much head but with a lot of lacing. Aroma is faint caramel malts and a muted grassy earthy farm scent - I kept thinking about horse farms and cow dung! Not as bad as that makes it sound though. Taste is mostly malty with a burnt coffee overtone coming through, some herbal hops to balance the malt, and a strange sort of rubber taste (the fat tire?) but there was nothing really exciting. There is a bitter aftertaste. The feel was a bit watery with moderate carbonation. Overall I guess somewhat enjoyable and maybe I'm being unfair to it, but for me it fell short.

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Photo of SmokySignals
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st review here, lots to catch up on...The New Belgium Fat Tire, 12 pack of bottles for the box collection! 40F poured into new Innovation Brewing (Sylva, NC) pint glass.
A little bit lighter than I expect for an amber, but nice and clear for an ale. Head dissipated quickly, leaving a perfect coating, but little lacing.

The bright, but warm aroma has a perfect mix of floral, citrus/lemon and mildly clover or honey? And faint malts come in nicely after...followed by a balanced mild hop perk....

Medium-light mouth feel, with medium carbonation... Yum! Fat tire cruises down the middle of the road nice and smooth, and puts a smile on your face. Taste follows the nose, with a little hop "donkey kick into a malt bag" ending, like popping a small wheelie on a fat tire. It finishes nicely balanced, and inviting you to take another ride. Seems to get maltier and more awesome as it warms, and finishes rich and smooth without ever becoming too sweet, though it temps you to think it will. Well done! I see why it is served everywhere.

Tried this at Brixx in Asheville a few years ago, and now that I've had a bunch of craft beers, it's even better than I thought back then.

Since I love some of their others, I will definitely be dropping by their Asheville brewpub for a tour and tasting soon!

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Photo of dubnation
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the can of indeterminate age (found it in the basement), it pours a hazy amber with a modest head. Some yeast in the nose, along with something else. Taste is somewhat mild, but enjoyable.

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Photo of Brad007
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light amber hue with a small head. Sweet and almost nutty in the nose. Light and crisp on the tongue with just the right touch of sweetness. Clean finish. It's not going to WOW you but I'll take this over the Magic Hat equivalent.

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Photo of DaveCash
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of johlac66
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScaryEd
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a healthy finger of off-white head. The head has solid retention, leaving a fair amount of lacing before settling into a thin film that rests gently atop the beer. Looks absolutely gorgeous under the light.

The aroma is very doughy and yeasty, with subtle notes of caramel.

The taste has lots of sweet caramel up front, with some biscuits not far behind. The finish is very clean with the faintest hint of hops.

The feel is medium bodied with pretty good carbonation. Incredibly smooth and drinkable.

Overall, am I missing something here? This beer is really good. It's extremely drinkable and well-priced. It isn't the most complex beer by any stretch but it's tasty and well made. Glad to finally have this in NH.

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Photo of bdebnam
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JBudraux
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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