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 plumberman63
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Nice red/brown color pours with average head.
Smell average not strong just sutal beer aroma
Taste mild malt with a very slight bitter bite at end. Very drinkable for me.
A very average smooth texture going down.
I would drink this again, but wouldn't be a first choice.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color, tending to red-brown. Minimal light head, though carbonation seems adequate. Nose is somewhat leafy and mushroomy, also some toast in there, but overall fairly mild. Flavor seemed a bit plain, with somber malts, perhaps a toasty flavor dominant, then hops emerging for a moment before fading. Flavor broadened some after the beer warmed a little above fridge temperature. Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly firm, a bit creamy on the backside. In general, I was surprised that not too much was going on with this beer - considering its reputation, I guess.

Brown bottle, best-by date on label 12JUN16. Despite being well within the safe date I wondered if this was getting a bit old.

UPDATE: Had another of these on 15 July '16, this from the "friends' pack, and with a best-by date of "02OCT16" I'm revising my grade up slightly, from 3.5/3,75/3.5/3/75/3.5 to change appearance to 3.75 as well.

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

The colour is amber (30 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is compact and warm white; it sinks slowly leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is smooth with nutty sweetness, hints of pine wood and some raspberry jam.

The taste is balanced and smooth with notes of hazelnuts, toasted bread and some passing citric fruits. Medium body. The aftertaste got growing candy sweetness, light fresh bitterness rustic rye bread and some alcohol. Hints of unripe fruits in the aftertaste.

The carbonation is strong and lager-like, the many mid-sized bubbles long-lasting. The liquid is semi-smooth.

Balanced with some nutty flavours, not that far from a Vienna lager.

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

This is one of the few craft brews that you'll be able to get a case of for cheap. It hangs on the same level of stuff like Guinness Extra Stout and Hoegaarden as an easily drinkable, and like the aforementioned, works well as the "background music" of beer.

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Photo of Sandalwood
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2016, Pours an amber to dark orange color with a large white frothy head. The beer is clear, with a lot of carbonation, and a soapy lacing. The odor for me is malty, bread like, slightly spicy, slightly herbal, a little citrus orange or lemon. The taste for me is bread like, spices, dry, slight lemon, malty. Not much bitterness at all.

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Photo of IguanaJoe
4.59/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had never tried one in my 11 years as brew store owner and was one of the most requested clone brew recipes most of those years. Looks great in the glass. Nice deep amber, great head retention. Nutty, great balance and finish. No need for a glass though, this drinks great from the bottle. Leaves you wanting another. This ale has replaced a. Couple of my favorite Euro lagers. A great crowd pleasing ale.

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Photo of Squire123
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep Topaz Amber, white cap with good lacing.

Aroma: Caramel malt, toffee, some hop spice.

Taste: Rich malt entry, caramel, toffee, much like the nose. Just a dusting of hops.Finish is clean, crisp, and no bitterness, just rich malt.

Texture: Toothsome, as if you could chew it. It's really not that heavy but conveys that sensation.

Overall: Crowd pleaser of the amber sort. Family and friends admire it much. On paper this beer has some of the stuff I like most and the execution brings those elements together rather well. Wouldn't change a thing.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

DATE: April 10, 2016... OCCASION: recovering from a sleepless cub scout night at Liberty Science Center with The Force Awakens... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint.. APPEARANCE: brilliant rush of active effervescence busies a bright copy body... head is thick, cambered like fresh snowfall, and off-white, creamy... AROMA: thick, toasted bread malts that hold this sense hostage... a soft, flowery bouquet celebrates aromatic hops, while slight spiciness--pepper and vanilla--gives dimension to the experience... PALATE: medium-bodied, welcoming and sessionable... bears a crunch at the teeth and a lingering patience in its leaving... a dry creaminess pervades... TASTE: .a lot happening in this one: biscuit, toasted malts, chestnuts, and some toffee make a back-end treat, while the light hops provide an aromatic, garden fragrance that softens its impact... then, pepper, vanilla, orange zest and ginger root... OVERALL: a worthwhile standalone, or a session ale at 5.2% that is decidedly American... the balance is tough to argue with, even though the malts are front and center...

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Photo of mjneal84
4.99/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my absolute favorite beer, has been for about 8 years or so. The complexity and flavor is amazing. To me, its like a toastier, not as spicy version of Samuel Adams Boston Lager, bit heavier mouth feel too.

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Photo of portwood
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smell: Malty, bready, sweet grains, caramel. Taste: Creamy, smooth, sweet, & biscuity. Finish: Lightly roasted nuts, caramel, med dry, toasted bread. (enjoy by 03 Jul 16)

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of my favorite 12pks to pick up for a good time and great taste. This is probably the first "real beer" my lady finally tipped back and really liked. This is one of the first beers that also opened me up to the "micro brew" style o beers and took me away from the macros. Always will have a soft spot in my heart and is absolute great beer to drink. Enjoy...

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Photo of adamhdg
4.31/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time drinking this delicious brew. Pours an inviting copper red with a 1 inch head that persisted a brief but respectable time. Smells of sweet grains. Taste deliciously simple with a mildly sweet yet hoppy balance. I could drink this all day. Slight effervescence that makes the finish pleasant and clean. Definite do over.

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Photo of weakascheese
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Little disappointed here. I've been on a kick of anything amber, red, rye, etc., and with a recommendation from the guy at the store, I just had to try it. Had it ice cold with some Korean BBQ and thought it was alright. A perfectly average beer. Just had it at about room temp (a little lower), at which I enjoy most beer, and was not happy at all. Biscuit-like malt: sure. Hoppy freshness? No. The aftertaste was something nutty but not in a very pleasing way. Body was pretty light and way too much carbonation. All in all it tasted watered down. Perhaps I was simply expecting something I would love and didn't get exactly what I wanted, but I'm staying away from this beer going forward.

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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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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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