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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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 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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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best Amber I've tried, richer and more depth than Ziegenbock. Taste lingers on the pallet, specifically some really nice light fruity hops. A good beer that was available in bottles, in CVS, on Christmas. Cheers.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a crystal clear bright amber color with a huge fluffy white head. It takes forever, but eventually disappears to a thin layer on the top. Excellent webbed lacing. Smell is bready and caramel malts, and the taste is too. Feel is pretty light with good carbonation. Overall a nice and drinkable beer, but as with most all beers, I prefer my ambers hoppy.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Belgium Brewing - Fat Tire Amber Ale. 5.2% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into snifter. Best by Jan 3, 2016.

Look: Beautiful burnt orange opaque body, with huge white three finger head from aggressive pour. Head dissipates into sticky lacing that remains.

Smell: Semi sweet, biscuit and caramel aroma, with some faint hops and fruit. Not very strong aromas.

Feel: Very thin and extremely light body with a small amount of carbonation.

Taste: Up front is mainly a biscuit/cracker taste, with some hints of sweet caramel backing it. It remains the same into the back end and into the aftertaste, with some hop bitterness surfacing near the end.

Overall: My first American Amber/Red Ale style of beer. This is a widely known and popular beer around here, so it was only a matter of time before I had it. Was expecting a bit more on this though, the aroma and taste are relatively light, almost like its watered down. On the plus side, it is extremely smooth and easy to drink since its body is so light.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a burnt orange color with a thin white head. Smells of biscuits and toffee. Tastes sweet and caramely with a slight hop finish. Thin mouthfeel, leaves a decent finish and is really easy to drink.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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