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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Reviews: 2,007 | Ratings: 8,495
Photo of popopine
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good drinking beer.

Malty and a little sweet.

Punchy flavor upfront that resolves quickly in a nice, crisp, nutty (wait, let me pour another) finish.

I love it--reminds me of a really good vienna lager.

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Photo of Webzombie
1.75/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Had on tap, 3/24/2016. Malty but not really in a good way. I would rather drink a PBR, High Life, Miller Light, or basically anything else. Trying to be fair, not sure if it is the style or just my taste in beer but totally nasty. If I was at home would have been a total drain pour.

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Photo of weaselface89
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks nice with an appropriate amber color. Very clear and a good white head. Malty lagery smell. Tastes buiscuty and caramel. Crisp and smooth on the feel. A good go to if the tap list is sparse.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours clear amber with a nice head. good looking light amber ale.

smell is plain, like an oktoberfest to me. lager-y aroma.

taste is nice, a mellow slight roast to it as well. not bad at all, if anything just plain for a craft amber ale.

overall this has a good taste and is pretty good. i still much prefer Troegs Hopback and Flying Fish Red Fish but this isn't bad. not a bad beer but very plain, very similar to an oktoberfest beer in taste/aroma. obviously a light amber ale and one meant for mass consumption rather than purely craft endeavors; which is fine but the taste is too plain for me.

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Photo of DEdesings57
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really dont understand the low score on this beer.
This is a great tasting beer. Really nice malt flavor coming off this one, and the hops are there just enough to keep things in check and add spiciness/earthiness to the beer. The mouth feel is creamy and smooth and the beer goes down super easy. Its just a damn good beer, nothing fancy, just solid stuff.

PS: Mind you 80% of my beer drinking is from IPAs! Dont let a style define you! Enjoy good beer when you find it and dont worry about its BA score so much!
Cheers!!! this is a winner.

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Photo of Nin10dude64
4.36/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into an English pub glass

pours a medium orange color but settles into a deep, copper amber. A thick head forms, almost 3 fingers in size, collapses slowly leaving some foam

smells of some faint caramel sweetness, low hoppiness, biscuity malt

taste instantly is of biscuit, that subtle caramel aftertaste is present

incredibly smooth and drinkable, some dryness but definitely a thirst quencher

lived up to and beyond its reputation for me, if you love strong and hoppy ales don't let your tastes obscure the refrsehingness and rich taste of this beer if you have it

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Photo of moofthedog
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Biscuity and slightly toasty. Hops don't stand out too much.
Appearance: Clear "amber" ale. Pretty lacing, but nothing exceptional.
Taste: Hops come out a bit more in the taste. Floral, remind me of an english ale. Malt stands out pretty hard as well, I can almost smell what the fermentor smells like here.
Mouth: Awesome. Actually probably one of the best parts of this beer.
Overall: Classic staple beer. Pairs well with savory foods in my opinion.

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Photo of AleMan66
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I poured this from a beer bottle into a clear beer glass. It's a copper color with a white head. I think the taste is a bit weak, not robust at all. Drinkable but not special.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Just a classic, simple, refreshing brew. This is not a complex brew. New Belgium sticks to simplicity and I respect that. This beer pours an coppery orange color with a minimal white head. Not too much of a smell. Smells kind of malty. Taste is subtle. It is sweet and is not too hop or malt forward. The best part of this beer is how balanced and refreshing it is. Easy to find on the shelf anywhere. This would be a great beer to help introduce someone to craft beer

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Photo of ordybill
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky copper color with a small white head. The aroma is roasted nuts and malt with some bread. The taste is heavy on malt with some nuttiness.

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Photo of harrisjohnson
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aboard Southwest flight, served New Belgium Fat Tire. Poured from an ice-cold 12 oz can into an 8-oz plastic cup. Pours with a thin creamy-white head that slowly dissipates, yet remains present after several minutes. Impressive lacing, considering the container's temporary purpose. Color is golden amber, accentuated by diffused light through the plastic cup. Clarity is highlighted from light reflected from wing. Difficult to judge smell due to extemporaneous influences. Feel is smooth, directly related to the ale's look. Taste is well-balanced malts, slight bitterness, sweet aftertaste. Great choice anywhere between sea level and 30K feet.

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Photo of kevINSIGHT
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very drinkable beer. Pours a clear pale copper with a beige head. The aroma is a bit sweet, not overly malty nor hoppy. It drinks very smoothly and does not attack the palate with too much malt, yeast, nor hops. It is not the lighter empty taste of a standard pilsner, nor the bitter hop attack of an IPA. It is simple a good tasting middle-of-the-road beer that is pleasant to drink but not all that memorable. Way better than the mega-beers, don't get me wrong, but not the adventure in flavor one often cruises the craft beer circuit for.

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Photo of DerekP
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber-brown appearance with a milk white head. Slim head, but some lacing sticks to the glass. Smells of spiced caramel, nougat, cinnamon bread and prunes. Flavors of buttery caramel malts, peppery hops and minerals. Smooth, medium bodied, and an easy drinking brew.

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Photo of golf_sierra
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear dark amber
Aroma is subtle and not especially noteworthy.
Taste is nutty, malty sweet. Not very hoppy.
Mouth feel is thin and carbonation is moderate to maybe a bit overly carbonated.
Fine amber ale, but not very complex or special.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can with freshness date 12FEB17 into standard pint glass.

L: Light Amber color, finger width head. Light lacing.

S: Fruity hops and biscuity malts, well balanced.

T: Very balanced between hops and malts. Very biscuity on the malt side. Both flavors are very light. Delicious beer.

F: Light-Medium body, easy going on the palate and does not leave poor aftertaste.

O: Not the best looking beer but great tasting and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a hazy light copper with half a finger of off-white head that leaves a sudsy sheet of lace as it recedes.

Smells of spicy bread crust, roasted nuts mild orchard fruit and plain green hops.

Tastes of more nutty toasted bread malt, mild sweet caramel and more mild hoppy bitterness.

Feels mild and frothy. Medium-light bodied with fuzzy carbonation. Finishes off-dry.

Verdict: Recommended. Pretty solid beer.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", Fat Tire is pushing its way into the elevated status of a "classic"... reserved for, let's say, a dozen American craft brews.
There is good reason for this. Much like the daddy of classics (Anchor Steam), Fat Tire is the brewery's cash cow that makes all their innovation possible (including employee ownership.)

Had many times over the years, I just now increased only the overall rating .25 to acknowledge its classic status.
The malty fruitiness seems to be emulated within New Belgium's line and, more importantly, by other brewers; giving it the classic status more than any other quality that Fat Tire offers.
A nice, balanced finish leaves a lasting impression and, presumably, return customers.

MJ's 1999 "Guide" only gives Fat Tire 2.5 of 4 stars and called it "soft, malty, fruity."
I think the softness varies a lot based on carbonation, can, bottle, tap and temperature.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice clear golden Amber with an off white head.

Smells of spicy yeast and malty bread, backed by a slight floral bouquet.

Taste is slightly sour yeast with notes of clove giving way to bready caramel malt. It finishes crisp and dry with a lively carbonation. This is an easy drinking malty Amber that is tasty = a very solid brew.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light and clear copper color, with a large off-white and sudsy head. Aroma is feint, if not nonexistent, but what is there is sweet, biscuity malt. Taste is also low key, sweet, but not overly so. Again, biscuits is the best way to describe this. Mouth feel is light and refreshing, overall I find this pretty bland...but I think that might be the point.

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Photo of Ri0
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy amber color with a 2 finger white head with plenty of lacing on the glass. Aromas of malt, light earthy hops, a bit of nuttiness. Tastes of Caramel malt, biscuits , fruity hops, some earth notes and nuttiness. A fairly light feel with a clean finish.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle to glass mug. Dark amber colour doesn't look much different than other similar style ales but the biscuity nutty malts hit you with the first sniff. Taste is similar with maybe a little fruit taste sneaking through and a slight hops finish. Well balanced and enjoyable. Zum wohl!

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

Fat Tire poured from a 12oz. bottle with an amber color and a rocky slightly off white head.

Smell caught me with a lot of toasted bread notes and a whiff of hops in the background.

Taste was a roasted nuttiness with no real hop presence.

Overall the feel was a bit more on the medium with that roasted nuttiness really punching through.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured from 12oz bottle into standard glass.

looks pretty good, amber color, decent off white head that maintains and produces okay lacing.

smells more on the malty side

Taste is pretty okay. nothing offensive or unpleasant about this beer. good session beer. Mouth is a tad below medium.

Overall, a good go to beer, and at 5.2, very sessionable.

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Photo of Jack98
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in a glass mug.

L: It is in fact a golden amber color, it has a moderately thick head that slowly dissipates.

S: Smells of malt and bread with some fruit and floral notes added in. A slight sweetness is apparent. If they made a scented candle of this stuff I would totally buy it. Light on the hop smell.

T/F: Lots of malt and bread, has a pleasant biscuit like taste as well. It has a light to medium body and is very smooth. It is slightly sweet but at the end a gentle bite of hops smoothes it out. A very easy drinker for sure.

Comments: A very malt focused ale, some drinkers may not like the sweetness and reduced hop taste. But I tell you when you are eating some New year's day ham that biscuit like aftertaste hits the spot.

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Photo of TheDuvvv
4.82/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: Amber color, almost completely clear, virtually no head or lacing

Smell: Sweet, fruity smells with some biscuity notes

Taste: Mild fruity flavors followed by wonderfully strong biscuit flavors

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and and medium to light body

Overall: Extremely drinkable, enjoyable, well-balanced but leaning in a more malty direction

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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