Fat Tire Amber Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale
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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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3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer was served from a bottle at the Sundeck on Aspen Mountain in Aspen, CO. It arrived in a pint glass, glowing a golden pumpkin orange. It held a two finger head of copper-brushed foam, resembling the body of bubble bath. This showed nice retention, leaving a quarter of an inch of thick foamy lacing. Carbonation appeared light, but solidly present, with no haze or sediment noted. The aroma gave toasted pale and amber malts, light metallic adjuncts, sweeter raw barley, and big grassy hops that were more crispy drying than juicy With warmth came peanut nuttiness, vegetal sprouts, toasted graham cracks, and overripe bananas. Our first impression was that the flavoring was very toasty and biscuity, as advertised, but the adjuncts definitely shone through. As we sipped, the flavor opened with bittered pale malts and ambers, as did the nose, with metallic bite off the bat. Mixing in were white flour adjuncts, and milder grassy and herbal hops. The middle peaked with a deepening of earthiness, with dried tree bark, green stick hoppiness, and a continuation of those pale malts. The finish came with light vanilla and milky creaminess, effectively breaking up that standard, even graininess. The aftertaste breathed of toasted pale malts, buttery sweetness, mineral, baker’s yeast, light adjuncts, coppery metallics, and big mustiness. The body was lighter, and the carbonation was medium to high. The mouth was coated with wet, watery foaminess, with eventual light dryness once it finally dissipated. Each sip gave nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth. The abv was fine, and the beer drank decently.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the bitterness through the flavoring, due to both the grain and the hops. Neither really acted to steal the show, but both helped to box out those comparatively unpleasant adjuncts. The nose, comparatively, was weak, but did improve with warmth. This beer is a classic for the style, but its basic nature leaves you searching for a bit more.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours clear amber with a thick, off-white head. There are abundant tiny bubbles rising in the beer. The beer smells like toffee and bread crust. It also smells a little nutty. The taste follows the nose. It's a mild flavored beer with slight toffee and nice bread crust flavor. There's a touch of nuttiness as well. The body is light with moderate carbonation. There's a light aftertaste and this beer is highly drinkable. This is a very good beer.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 Louisiana Commemorative bottle.
Clear amber color with a cream colored foamy head that fades to a thin layer.
Amber nose of candy caramel with sweet floral notes. All well balanced.
Crisp taste of malts that seem roasted that wasnt as prevalent in the smell at all, followed by caramel.
Well carbonated and crisp. Good mouthfeel.
I love ambers and this is a good one. Very drinkable and especially great for spring.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 8,821 ratings
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