Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Belgian Style AleFat Tire Belgian Style Ale
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Fat Tire Belgian Style AleFat Tire Belgian Style 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:
After a trip to Europe, New Belgium’s co-founder returned to Colorado from Belgium with a handful of ingredients and an idea. Two years later, Fat Tire – named in honor of his inspired bike ride across the Belgian countryside – pedaled its way into the hearts of beer drinkers. Now considered an iconic centerpiece of the craft beer movement, Fat Tire represents the American spirit of craft brewing ingenuity and an irresistible imagination that reminds us all to rediscover our playful side.

Fat Tire’s unique flavor profile originates from the late 1930s, when local Belgian breweries aimed to satisfy the tastes of visiting British soldiers. English floral hops, subtle malt sweetness and spicy, fruity notes from Belgian yeast made for a balanced yet magical combination. These same characteristics are at the heart of Fat Tire. Classified as an Ameri-Belgo style ale by the revered Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup competitions, Fat Tire blends a fine malt presence, fresh herbal hop balance and a touch of fruity yeast to offer drinkers everywhere a timeless craft beer experience with a rare blend of balance and complexity.

Added by kbub6f on 10-07-2000

BEER STATS
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#36,107
Reviews:
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Ratings:
9,040
pDev:
14.72%
 
 
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Photo of Ericb74
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Shenk87
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

I have drinking this craft beer classic for a very long time, so imagine my surprise when I realized I never reviewed it! Long over due:

Pours out a clear Amber with golden highlights. A soft and subtle white foam forms high, settles down fast but leaves plenty of coverage and a bit of sticky lace.

The nose had aroma's reminiscent of an English pale ale and Belgian Amber. Exactly how the description states, sweet and toasty style malt, buttery, honey scented with some subtle spice from the yeast. The hops are very subtle in the nose but give off some pine and cedar style effects.

A medium body, crispy and then long and slick malty feel gives this a bit of extra hefty, but deep down it's pretty crispy.

A combo of slightly spicy Belgian-inspired yeast with the honey-soaked bready effect of the malt makes for a very unique amber ale. A little, Belgian, a little English in all the ingredients and American in overall style. Malt and spicy yeast with a subtle hop taste of pine and grasses rounds out the flavor spectrum.

Overall, it's a classic. Unique and fun. Not mind blowingly complex but a nice choice if your in a pinch.

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Photo of Jjl329
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cuyahoga
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of ElGallo
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Amateur
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Boba_Booey
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jroof1
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrewTheBrew
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Pale pineapple juice look, unfiltered, thick, white head with good retention.
Mild, spiced, coriander, toasted malt aromas.
Juicy and light, lightly fruity. Tangerine, mango. Some yeast spiciness, again, in moderation. Light carbonation makes this go down easy, light body. Soft and slightly oily feel.

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Photo of dschwartz13
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjarev210
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dr441
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Ashleylsmalling
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vidblain
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't often drink amber ales any more - Fat Tired used to be something of a grilling beer for me. It pairs really well with fried chicken, burgers, or steaks. I also used to bring it when I went fishing - I'd be particularly happy if I could find the variety packs as I always enjoyed 1554.

It's still a solid beer, but I've fallen sort of out of love with it.

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

Photo of Lewis1625
2.59/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of icemanls4
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Johndoe16
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Great beer alot of flavor.

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Photo of Honditar
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 9,040 ratings