Fat Tire Amber Ale | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
82
good
8,614 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:
8,614
Reviews:
2,035
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
14.72%
 
 
Wants:
238
Gots:
2,475
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 8,614 |  Reviews: 2,035
Photo of Timc32
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gatch
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The average score indicates that the beer snob is strong with this one...

I cannot believe I didn’t review this beer during my seven years in Arizona from 2005 to 2012, which involved a lot of Fat Tire consumption, especially in the early days when this specific beer was all the rage. So now that it’s being distributed in Massachusetts, I had to drink it again. Really happy to see it make it all the way to the East Coast, considering it was distributed in only a few states when I first drank it back in the mid-2000's. Update: had it on-tap during the 2017 Boston Marathon weekend and it was even better than I remember. Sweet, sugary, roasted malt without being too bready or cloying. Easy-drinking. Just delicious.

Isn’t the goal of craft breweries to distribute in nearly every state and be as ubiquitous as the major brands?! People are such haters and have such short memories. I guarantee most of these low scores are from people who, just a few years ago, wondered why Bud and Miller were the only beers at their local store. This is a legendary beer and brewer that put craft on the map! People realize that this is an Amber, right?! Hops aren’t supposed to be the main aspect of this beer. Malt is the key player here! Sweet, tasty malt. Remember malt, one of four key ingredients in beer?!

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Photo of LiquidSwords1201
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dface
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of anthony-s
3.04/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nucleosynthesis
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LarryV
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fat Tire is new in these parts so I was anxious to give it a try; I found it a bit underwhelming. Nose is mostly malt as is the flavor profile. There's a touch of hoppiness to keep it honest, but it's not very prevalent, overtones of caramel - at least it's not overly sweet. It kind of reminded me of what a cross between Yuengling and SA Boston Lager might taste like. It's a well made beer, but I just find it kind of boring.

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Photo of Trevor_martin
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of wroywel
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of losdizzel
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fjdelvalle
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of andrewh995
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not anything I would consider great but much better than I expected it to be. Biscuity, caramel, and some hops. I've heard mediocre things about this beer in the past but it proved them wrong.

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Photo of Dools9
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

This is a very smooth, smooth laid back amber ale. Light copper color...mild carbonation.....not a whole lot of hops notes here, but I LIKE IT!! It's a nice break from the hop hop beers. So mellow and drinkable. It went down so fast I was ready for another one. If you don't like this you are a hop snob.

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

Photo of JorgesThemeSwimming
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andyjeigh
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OKbrew89
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigMFDaddy
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Makeitadouble
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is what I would consider the true Average Beer . There are notes of citrus and it has a nice kick and is very unique among ales .

Check out my youtube review here https://youtu.be/GLFJTwK7GGg

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Photo of Monkey-D-Luffy
1.98/5  rDev -45%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

L - Light copper color, good carbonation, no head to be found.

S - Biscuity malt, slight toast.

T - Bready malt, and not much else. Aftertaste is somewhat redeeming with a slight caramel.

F - Light and thin on the mouth feel

O - Going to preface this by saying Ales are my style of choice. This however is seriously underwhelming. I expect much more out of an ale than what this could provide. Entirely undeserving of a 80+ rating here on BA. Lager swillers looking to branch out might enjoy this.

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Photo of liquorpig
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gboley
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mickyge
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Braintrust
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.6 out of 5 based on 8,614 ratings.
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