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Fat Tire Amber Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale
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3.6/5
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8,781 Ratings
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:
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Added by kbub6f on 10-07-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,240
Reviews:
2,058
Ratings:
8,781
pDev:
14.72%
Bros Score:
3.6
 
 
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz, Best Before Date 12/13/13 (I think that is what it said)
Riedel tulip

*Can't believe I never reviewed this*

A: Pours a fairly clear reddish brown (amber) color. I got a nice two finger fluffy off white/tannish head on this. Nice carbonation. Leaves some lacing bits.

S: Get that nuttiness that you usually pull from a amber and brown ales. Some earthy hops are behind it. Definitely those sweet biscuit like malts that this beer is known for.

T: Taste follows the nose. Sweet bready malts dominate this brew. Definitely getting that nuttiness that you pulled from the nose. The hops are meshed in nicely. Easy light bitterness to match the sweetness. Finish is slightly dry. Lingering flavors from the malts.

M: Medium bodied. Good carbonation.

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God knows why Fat Tire is considered a worthy craft beer. New Belgium have cleverly marketed it as an icon of the micro-brewery phenomenon, but it has to be the one of the least memorable, blandest and unremarkable beers I ever experienced. I suspect that its unthreatening character is precisely why it is often the default "craft beer" in many taverns - the typical person ordering it is the State Farm agent who has an office in the strip mall and his date Tiffany, who drinks it from the bottle.

But give New Belgium credit - they've got a winning product here! One dimensional, boring, and not-too anything (e.g. not-too hoppy, not-too-bitter, not-too-malty).

Fat Tire may be a cash cow, but seekers after a rewarding drinking experience should look elsewhere.

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This was my entry into craft beer years ago. This was my favorite beer for awhile. Although I've had better since. This beer has a solid taste,smell, and it's a solid medium body. The taste that always pops out is caramel, with some oak tasting notes. Some Toffee notes as well.

Appearance light cooper appearance. Some people call this beer watered down. I think it can be at times, it all depends which batch you get. New Belgium has some average beers out there, but their staple is always solid.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 8,781 ratings
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