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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of let8it8grow
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of punky796
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a light amber-red, about a finger of medium-thick head. Head disappears in short time but leaves very nice lacing.

S - Bread/biscuit comes through first, with possibly honey and some hops. Malts dominate, though.

T - Bread/biscuit again, malts, honey or caramel, can't tell which.

M - Well-balanced, not just a heavy blanket of malt or just a tongue-stab of hops. Bright finish.

O - Solid, well-balanced ale. Would have it again.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of jjboesen
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This amber ale is New Belgium's flagship beer and honors bike riding - apparently. The ride begins with a massive marshmellow frothiness that includes shimmery bubbles and lather. The body is a translucent amber color wherein little carbonation or lacing. The head will eventually dissapear alltogether.

What little nose there is reminds one of honey and green apples while the palate detects grass and plum with a final and fleeting hit of hop. There is a little biscuit wrapped in the body along with some wispy strands of maltiness. Nice balance at the end of the ride.

There was much hoop-la surrounding the arrival of Fat Tire in the East, which now makes me scratch my head. Still this is a pleasant, if a somewhat underwhelming beer. That said, I am still glad to have it available here in Maryland - where I live.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Pours an solid amber with a good amount of white head with good retention that drifts to a decent lace. The nose is refreshing, and nice not to get hit with a bag of citrus fruit. The biscuit/bready malt is surprisingly forward. Hops are floral and fruity (and yeast). Taste follows with lots of biscuit/bready sweet Belgium style malt and a bit of caramel. Hops are subdued, but floral and noble in nature. Also fruity yeast character. Mouthfeel is smooth and has good balance. Overall a fine beer, but I prefer SA Lager or Honkers Ale to this.

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1/5  rDev -72.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of bisquit malt with a hint of caramel, light hops. Flavor of biscuit malt and neutral hops. Finishes with light bisquity and caramel malt. Not complex, but pleasant low key amber ale. Medium bodied.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.6 out of 5 based on 8,652 ratings.
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