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 aalappatel
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance - Poured a very light amber colored liquor. About 1 fingers worth of frothy head. Disappeared very quickly. Lacing was excellent.

Smell - Most of aroma was yeasty and malty. The hopes were not very present in the nose.

Taste - Taste was dominated by yeasty flavors.

Mouthfeel - This beer had an excellent mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - I think this beer was very drinkable. Definitely a session beer. I had about 3 of these from bottles.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty amber beer, often passed over by 'beer geeks' as a 'gateway' beer. So a revisit of all the times I've had it at Joe's party, or pulled out of an ice tub at Lisa's house, etc...is necessary.

Nice grassy hop nose that's really mild but inviting. Very mild but tasty beer, easy to drink down and leaves a sweet aftertaste that makes the grassy nose of the next sip and ever better balance.

It is true it's a gateway beer, easy to drink but with a stronger flavor than most widely available macros. You can find it on tap just as easily if not more so out her in Portland, and it's a good beer to help spread the appreciation of different beers to a new convert. Can't beat a buck for a bottle of this beer either.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bm0095 for the bottle, had been wanting to try this for a while.

Pours a c;ear. clean amber with a sall white head that quickly faded leaving some soft white clingy lace. There was no real smell to this, maybe the slightest bready smell, but really nothing at all. The taste was about the same, bland. Again slight hints of bready, but no real strong flavor or body, almost thought it was a macro. I was really not impressed with this, as New Belgium has a pretty good rep, maybe I just need to try one of their bigger beers.

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Photo of rmcnealy
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After trying New Belgium's Fat Tire Ambler Ale at several bars, generally with meals, I found it available at a Chicago grocery chain.

Poured a rich dark copper color with a nice vibrant head. Small bubbles were consistently small and dissappeared shortly. As advertised it has scents of "biscuit-like malt flavors" that are quite pleasant. Fat Tire is rather smooth. I prefer this beer with meals. Their web site suggests having this beer with grilled foods, and my experiences have been with pub burgers which this beer compliments greatly.

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Photo of turbine2475
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a bar manager in North Texas and have brought in copius amounts of american microbrews as guest beers on my taps to determine what might be the best sellers in a farm town flooded with patrons who have only been exposed to what me and my friend lovingly refer to as "horsepiss beers" (you know the ones), but I've found that transfering my customers to this delightful amber has been quite easy. My patrons love the tosted malts and the smoothness of the ale, but I've found out something that all the naysayers of this fine brew might like to try. I've given several of these brews out in pints until my distributor brought me some fine crystal brandywine glasses and before my eyes those who had once disliked the brew suddenly had a change of heart. I found that the plesent aroma that fat tire exudes is very important to the drinkability of the beer. This beer is made to please several senses at once and all go to the enjoyment of this beer.

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Photo of ccrida
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz. bottle, it is a bright copper brew with fairly thick off-white head that subsided quickly but left very nice lace. The aroma is biscuity malt that is fairly one dimensional, with a taste that closely follows suit. Beyond the toasty biscuit flavor is a slight hop bitterness,a bit of astringency and a hint of alcohol as well. The mouthfeel is a little thin, pushing this closer to blandness, but leading to a high level of drinkability as an easy going session ale. Not bad, but I'm not sure why it garners such a popular reputation, although I tend to prefer more robust tasting beers...

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a light amber color; a bit straw-like in hue. Nice thick creamy slightly off-white head that lingers for quite a while.

Smell: Has a somewhat warm aroma of yeasty malts and some florals. I think a bit of fruit smell is present too, but the yeast is quite pungent (a bit too much so).

Taste: Very much like the smell, with a strong yeast flavor. But it does have a bit of hops as well to counter it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and a tad bit chewy. Very smooth and with a light tingly feel.

Drinkability: Definitely a drinkable beer that goes down fine and that is easilly managed (alcohol and taste-wise).

Certainly doesn't live up to the hype I've heard over the years. Not a bad beer, but it's like they're trying too hard to make a "special" amber ale. I'm obviously not too keen on it, but I'd consider having it again with friends or at a bar. But those who enjoy beers with a very yeasty malt flavor may enjoy this.

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

Just what the doctor ordered after another long day at work, on to the beer:

Poured into a chalice, it features a dark red body and a puffy two-finger head. Bread/biscuit notes and hop aroma play a big part of this ales flavor. It drinks fairly well, but be careful if you're drinking a bomber of this, as this does have an underlying kick.

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Photo of nairb80
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard from many people how great this beer is. So when I finally made it to the West Coast I had to find it. While in Cali I came across it and I was very pleased with it.

After the first sip I was hooked! Its a great beer to sip slowly. I am kind of picky when it comes to beer but this one will be one that I will have again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.89/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of BeerandBlues2: Poured a medium amber color ale with a nice foamy head with some pretty good retention and lacing. Aroma of medium caramel malt with some light floral hops. Taste of light caramel malt with a light hoppy finish is missing in character and fall behind some of the other wonderful offering from this brewery.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Thin white head on a clear amber body.
S- A blend of hops a toasted caramel malts. Hard to pinpoint what kind of hops are in this. Kind of grassy and a few other off smells I can't pinpoint.
T- A lightly toasted caramel malt comes on to the tongue first. Light hop bitterness on the tongue. There is just a weird tang to this and I am not sure what it is. It just seems out of place. Not sure if it's the kind of hop or the way the malts are toasted.
M- Medium body with low carbonation.
D- It is alright. Nothing special but is a easy drinking beer.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy drinking Fat Tire, unfortunately i live in Illinois and for some crazy reason i have to drive to Missouri to buy it, but it is worth the drive. Has a great unique taste to it. I have a hard time putting my finger on distinct flavors or smells i just know it tastes great, very malty and almost no hop presence except for a pleasant aftertaste. if you get a chance to try it out, i suggest you do.

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Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh On-tap at Pizza Plant. Light amber colour. A bit of yeast, creamy medium mouthfeel. Average bitterness, balanced with malting, a tad roast. A better than average beer all the way around, nothing special to standout and nothing to complain about.

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Photo of taez555
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

This beer poured a crystal clear orange/amber tan body with a pillowy white head.

Nose has a distinct macro adjust type smell with waves of fresh crystal and biscuit malts.

Taste is very simple. Light to a very mild medium body and very crisp backbone. Waves of biscuit with a nice caramel backdrop. A nice mellow hop presence. Malt is accompanied by some nice juicy fruit flavor. Not a lot of sharp citrus, just some soft apple, pear and peach touches. Biscuit and fruit really dominate this brew. Ends with a mild lingering fruitiness.

This is really a fantastic gateway beer for macro drinkers to craft beer. It doesn’t have that overly hoppy flavor like Sam Adams, but the malt base and fruit flavors are huge and make this very drinkable and distinct. Would make a nice session beer.

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Photo of Skidud313
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was my first exposure to locally distributed beers. Seems a bit lighter than most ambers, a fair amount of yeast is present. Very bready. Fairly bright tasting with a distinct flavor and relatively nominal smell. but theres much more to beer out here, as big a deal as it is. Still shining bright in the declining red beer market though. Easy drinking and easy to find.

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

It pours a decent burgundy color with a small head with some decent lacing. A little yeasty, but a nice taste. It is a great session brew. It needs a little more malt in it, but it doesn't lack character. Reminds me of a belgian pale ale. I'd like to revisit this one.

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

Had a bunch of these while I was in Arizona for the BCS National Championship - Go Gators!

Appearance: Amber color, clear, decent head and lacing.

Smell: Distinctly biscuity with slight hops aroma in the background.

Taste: Not much of the distinctive Belgian yeast aroma or flavor in this one, which I was naively expecting from a brewery called "New Belgium." Biscuity and grainy, with some hops in the background. Malt takes the lead in this one, and it is sufficiently complex without being too sweet, which helps drinkability a lot.

Mouthfeel: Not too thin, not too syrupy. Good.

Drinkability: Good - something even non craft beer drinkers can appreciate, maybe because it's complex-tasting without being bitter. Solid amber, probably the best I've had so far.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Happy Birthday to me (literaly not figuratively)! Pours an amber/copper color with a large white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the edges of the glass. Aroma is toasted biscuity malt with a bit of underlying hops. The taste is dominated by the toasty biscuity malt flavor with a lingering semi-dry aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium in body and crisp from the carbonation. Overall, this is a fairly uncomplex but solid brew for what it is.

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Photo of stouty1
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a HUGE three finger head. Sparkling bubbles throughout and a ruby red witha golden highlights. Smells of sweet fruit with a cherry finish. Tastes like a cherry wine I picked up at Cherry Republic near Traverse City, MI. Small hint of hops but very minute. Leaves a sweet taste in my mouth no bitterness at all. Mouthfeel is bubbly and disguised by all the fruit. I could drink a couple of these but my dentist would frown on all the cavities!

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Photo of zuggy9
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ale pours a nice amber color with a good whitish head with little retention. The aroma is of hops and a bit more of malt. It has a nice hoppiness to it, a bit strong and earthy and finishes clean. It's decent bodied and rather smooth. I can't drink these all the time!

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at 40 degrees.

A - Pours an amber color, more on the red side. Large - but quickly vanishing - off-white head.

S - Combination of mild hops and sweet malt. Definitely on the sweeter side.

T - A hoppy crispness at first, but it gives way to a sweet malt. Enjoyable flavors that finish with a floral background.

M - Thin body, but it thickened up slightly as it got warmer. Solid, crisp finish.

D - Very enjoyable selection. With the lower ABV, I would definitely keep a six pack on hand for warmer nights.

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Photo of drseamus
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a beautiful amber color with a two finger white head. The head falls unevenly like many belgians. I smell caramel aromas and some light hints of hops. The aroma is fairly strong and it makes me want to drink it immediately. I have no choice but to give in. The initial taste is exceptionally smooth with no flavors dominating over others. It has a nice caramelly buttery taste that is balanced well with hop floral aromas/tastes. The taste is very full bodied and finishes very clean. I would consider the drinkability high for this beer compared to other ambers, of which I am generally not fond.

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

Nice looking beer in the glass, copper colored with a nice fluffy head. The head melts slowly and leaves a good ammount of sticky lace on my glass.

Very nice smell, malty and floral with a bit of hops.

Very tasty, too. Sweet and malty up front with a nice hop flavor on the finish.

For such a good beer, it has a very thin and fizzy mouthfeel. I wasn't sure if I should give this a 2.5 or a 3. Maybe my expectations were higher because this is such a well made beer, so I figure it's at least average.

This is a pretty drinkable ale. It has a robust flavor that won't overpower or be overpowered by good food. I like it.

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Photo of mjc410
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker at the Granfalloon in KC, MO. The beer managed to put up some very thin but persistent off-white surface lacing, over a clear tawny/amber body. The nose had just a little caramel and toffee, with a slight bit of graininess and hops, but it was all very weak. The taste was lightly toasty, bready, touched by caramel, with minimal hops. The mouth was medium-thick, with fine but tingly carbonation. Overall, an easy drinker, but with little character. Still, I'd like to have a session with it and see how it fares in that manner.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber to pale amber in color, and clear. Nice large head. No carbonation.

Sweet malt with floral hop aromas interlaced. Nectar sweetness. Light to moderate.

Same nectar malt sweetness with the understated hop florals. Mild bitterness.

Mild oral foamation and carbonation.

Nice and refreshing, fairly light. A classic.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.6 out of 5 based on 8,495 ratings.
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