Fat Tire Amber Ale | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
82
good
8,620 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 10-07-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
8,620
Reviews:
2,036
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
14.72%
 
 
Wants:
238
Gots:
2,477
For Trade:
1
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Photo of dexterk1
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very well known and easy to find beer. The popular from this brewery. Pours with a pretty thick head that lingers a bit. The color is light amber.
Odor is a little light overall. Some floral and maybe a bit of breadyness.
Taste has malt with only a little hops. Some fruityness as well.
Mouth feel is light and carbonated. Pretty easy to drink.
Good solid beer, but many better offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of JackedUp19
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of chuck_vindaloo
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of JoshSRNA
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kohailiam
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of zrab11
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of MumboJumbo
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of JRBecks
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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

An American classic..a gateway to craft..first bottle of this in nearly twenty years. Pours clear and amber with a fluffy off white head; retention and lacing are both solid. Mostly malt forward in both taste and aroma, mildly sweet caramel leads the charge. Some floral and vaguely piney hops...I'm sure this one struck me as way hoppier years ago but now it seems pretty balanced, leaning more to that bready caramel malt.

Body and carbonation are both medium..some creaminess in the mouthfeel. Clean and refreshing, fairly dry and crisp. This isn't the most exciting beer for me anymore but its certainly tasty and drinkable and would still be a nice gateway brew for a BMC drinker.

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Photo of fenix1300
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of matzah
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Jsan
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of jrohrbacher
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of DexterP236
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of cisteve
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of PGVG
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of
2/5  rDev -44.4%

You had this beer. Write a review.

Photo of UfosBigRigsnBBQ
5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of Bockrules
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a perfectly transparent light amber with only a few bubbles rising to the dense, two-finger, slightly off-white head. Head stays intact all the way to the bottom of the glass. Leaves behind a few large splotches of lacing.

S - A little bit of fresh earthy hops on a biscuity malt background.

T - Toasted biscuit with a little bit of fruitiness upfront. The body is very well balanced with light and fresh green apple and apricot notes balancing the biscuity malt. Smooth, toasted biscuit and fruit finish.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation that is slightly chewy. Backs up the flavor profile quite nicely.

I received this in exchange for doing an oil change on a friends car and I was surprised to discover I had not reviewed it. I was even more surprised by how well I liked it. The light, earthy fruit notes complimented the toasted biscuit flavors of the malt well and helped the beer come off tasting fresh. Very drinkable, I would buy this as a nice session beer.

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Photo of hainesly
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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

I had heard a lot of buzz about this beer and was excited to finally find it. Turns out it was really plain. I feel like the buzz must have been some sort of craft cachet amongst not-really-craft drinkers who liked the name and label artwork. I'd place this right about at Yuengling level, which is to say better than macros but about halfway to the level of interesting crafts. Nothing offensive about it but nothing memorable either. The definition of average. Fine for sessioning.

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Photo of BigAlofOrion
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of HairyToeKnuckles
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.6 out of 5 based on 8,620 ratings.
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