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

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Reviews: 1,996 | Ratings: 8,419
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 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 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 RobertDBrase
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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Photo of nicholas2121
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fat Tire brewed by New Belgium Brewing, with an ABV of 5.20% This brew pours out a deep amber color almost brown with a small white head. This brew has the look of most Ales on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. The smell of Fat Tire is grins, malts , and hops. I like the roasted grins in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste it bold with flavors. You pick up roasted grins and malts at first. Them a nice hops smoothness at the end. There is a lot going on in this brew. Fat tire has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. I like how smooth this brew is. The mouthfeel of fat tire is Bold smooth clean and refreshing. I can't get over how smooth this brew is. Overall I'm giving Fat Tire, a 4 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. New Belgium Brewing, did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really like amber ales, and this is one of the classics. Pours a beautiful caramel color with a fluffy white head. The smell is a little biscuity and nutty. The taste is similar, very malty (like liquefied bread) with a hint of sweetness and hint of hops. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. I offer this to everyone I know who says they don't like beer because it's "too bitter,"a lot of people are genuinely surprised that not all beer is the same and that this kind of range of flavors is possible. I've had it with all kinds of foods and it complements them all well.

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Photo of mkh012
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Surprised I've never had this one before tonight. Pours a burnt orange/amber as expected. The smell is subtle. Roasted nuts, sweet malts, a hint of hops, and the taste largely follows. Well-balanced, malt-forward, easy to drink. Not the most complex beer by any means but pretty good if you like malts. This tastes like a slightly sweeter Oktoberfest style beer. Good if you prefer less hoppy ambers.

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Photo of goForkYerself
4.85/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

After drinking a few hoppy beers, this was seemed odd on the first gulp, but as I savored the smooth biscuit flavor, it quickly felt like a nearly perfect malt beer. A background of nut butter and light fruit accent the biscuit base. Well done.

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

Surprised it took me so long to finally have one of these, I guess non-CT distribution will do that! Pours just as expected, bright amber, clearly transluscent, with a bubbly head that fades to a ring and doesn't leave lacing. Smell is okay, some sweeter malts and hints of fruit and grain. Taste is missing something, it starts bready and has a nice caramel sweetness with some notes of raisin, but there aren't really any hops and the finish lingers too much. Overall just as you would expect, good for the middle of the road drinkers looking to switch from macro stuff, but not offering anything for the experienced drinker.

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Photo of Cheesy_McDuck
4.64/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my first great beers. A full stine of this beer with some wings, is a thing of beauty. The color is a beautiful caramel, and the taste is full, rich, and incredibly nutty, just delicious!

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ruddy copper look with medium carbonation and head. Citrus, caramel, nutty flavors. Mild and somewhat malty/bready with a smooth, crisp, and mildly bitter finish.

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Photo of SDak
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fat tire was my gateway beer to craft. It was the one that blasted on to the scene and made everyone in town recognize that craft beer is a thing. We used to have to hoof it across the state and only in 22s. Nice to have in cans now for the golf course and always a safety blanket when a place has a very limited selection this one will be on.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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