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Fat Tire Amber Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale
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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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Added by kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Ratings: 8,757 |  Reviews: 2,056
Photo of CVC
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Came in a 12 oz. bottle; served in a pint glass. Pours a light copper/brown color with a minimal white head. Leaves a good amount of lace. Faint smells nuts, spices, biscuits all mixed together. Tastes very biscuit-y and malty, like the bottle says. An average mouthfeel, somewhat heavy, but also thin (?).

This beer has a really good biscuit taste. I just wish that taste was stronger because it tastes like it's mixed with malt liquor or something. Still, this beer has a great smell and appearance. It would pair-up perfectly with a hot plate of biscuits and gravy. Mmm.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What a unique and great flagship beer to be had. I don't want to spend this review going into the categories of the beer, such as flavor and appearance, because let's face it, everyone knows how it is.

But let's consider that every successful brewery usually has a flagship beer that really makes a name for themselves. This beer, although ordinary in many ways, is also quite extraordinary.

There is a signature yeast strain that they use that creates a very unique flavor profile. It goes really well with the caramel flavor and biscuit overtones this beer has to offer.

It's just a great session ale, and that is why I gave it its highest scores for drinkability.

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Photo of Reneejane
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer this past weekend at a bar on tap. I was pretty impressed that they had a beer like this on tap at a Cheesecake factory though. The pour was good, it had a nice malty flavor. Very refreshing hop aroma. The hops had a bit of a bite, but I couldn't readily identify them: perhaps it was a mixture of hops. I could drink these all night long (well maybe not all night... because it had a decent amount of alcohol to it ;) Our server told us that it is manufactured by Coors.

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Photo of ghurux86
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

i've been wanting to try this one for a while but just finally got around to it. this one pours a clear orangish amber color with a small head. the head mostly vanishes really quick but the little that stays around the edges does leave a little lacing.
the smell is probably the best thing about this one. smells of malt and some toasted nut.
the taste is not bad, it's better than average. mostly malt with a little of that toast at first but the rear is brought up with a hint of hops. the hops are noticeable but not overly bitter.
the mouthfeel is average, seems a little thin to me and the carbonation is a little higher than i prefer, it's not bad but just a little much. you can really notice this on the tip of your tongue.
although i think this beer is only a little better than average over all, i could probably drink it all night, i would definitely take this over many other beers, but the opposite of that is true as well.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.65/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a golden amber with a thin white head. The head dissapears quickly. It smells biscuity with a little hint of spice. Maybe ginger. Also smells a little flowery. It tastes sweet with a great ballence of hops and malt. Maybe just a little more hoppy than malty. Very smoothe. Very, very good. This beer is a well rounded beer that can be enjoyed any time. You can easily drink a few of these beers at one time due to the somewhat low alcohol content. Only 5.2% I can not get this beer where I live, but only a few hour drive away, I can, so I usually stock up. I usually like dark, malty beers, but this is definately an exception. Definately worth a try.

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Photo of RyanS107
4.88/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The bottle, the name, the taste...all make this beer the best in the US. In Ohio here, I cannot get it. When I travel to a state that does serve this, it is the only beer I drink. Get it when you can. I cannot wait for it to be sold nationwide. Any ideas on when that will happen?

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Photo of rajendra82
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Provided in person by Southernbrew, this brown longneck poured fizzy clear yellowish amber. The head was less than ¼ inch thick, although there was a lot of latent carbonation. The smell was a bit unpleasant with some rotting wood mixing with fresh tilled earth. The taste was nutty, grainy, and quite watered down, with some hop bitterness lingering in the background. Mouthfeel was thin, but not maco-ish. The aftertaste was clean, and gassy. This is clearly a beer meant to be a stepping stone from macro-swill, although IMHO Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is much better suiter for that mission.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is a light, clear orange in color with a colossal head that was full and showed great retention. It looked like a beautiful white cloud hovering over an orange sky.

Smell – The light, pleasant grain is complimented with some soft, citrus hopping. The two go well together.

Taste – This is a pretty darn good American Amber Ale. The grain is unoffensive and actually quite nice. The hops are subdued in line with the malt flavors. There’s a caramel flavor throughout that mixes well with the citrus notes.

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied and lightly carbonated. It finishes with a lingering bitterness that gives this ale a well-rounded mouthfeel.

Comments – This beer is so common in every supermarket and quickie mart that I knew it just had to be bad, but it was really pretty darn good.

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Photo of KoG
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had this on tap and remember it tasting different.

Filled my glass with a clear orange(Que?) liquid that produced a meager head, but left it all as lacing.

Smell was a bit doughy with a flowery hop essence, not bad buut not astounding.

Taste was not nearly as sweet as I remember. Somewhat yeasty but very clean carrying malt and hop flavor with it. It's allright i guess...

Mouth seemed a little thinner than it should with no real carbonation.

Don't think i'll be getting this in the bottle very often(if ever with so many other New Belgium offerings), much better on tap.

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Photo of Juggernaut
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poored a amber/bronze color with a nice white head. It smelled of toasty malt with a nice biscuity note that it is known for.

The taste was well balanced between the malt and hops that made it very refreshing, and just what you would expect from the aroma. The body was decent, and it had a slite bitterness at the end. Overall it was pretty good.

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

Fat Tire pours a light amber color, and is clear. Strong carbonation. 1/4" head; moderate lacing.

A strong malty aroma, with the trademark biscuit smell dominant. Just a hint of a piney smell as well. Not a terribly complex aroma, but definitely unique.

The taste lines up exactly with what the aroma promises...an initial malty, nearly cracker-like flavor is prevalent. After a little bit, the flavor from the hops kicks in, resulting in a mild bitterness. Fairly light and crisp for a > 5% ABV beer. Finishes with a mild bread and slightly bitter aftertaste.

In this part of the country, Fat Tire is one of a handful of craft beers that can be found in most bars, restaurants, and stores. It is a great crossover beer, and is a good, drinkable beer on its own merits anytime.

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Photo of soulfly967
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My buddy brought this back from Texas for me, since PA sucks. Anyway, back to the beer. It poured a light oange/amber color with a nice white head. You could clearly see the carbonation, and it looked pretty good. The smell was of biscuits and malt. The taste was also of biscuits and malt and a slight sweetness. The beer was rather smooth, and drinkable too. Not bad, not bad at all.

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Photo of brewQ
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, a thin head with nice sheathing action. Color is bronze.

Aroma is nutty, even woody, definitely malty. The taste is even more than meets the eye. I drink this on tap regularly- one of my better regional choices here in KC.

I like the New Belgium offering; haven't hit the Blue Paddle or the Framboise yet but will get around to it.

A good mellow, slightly warming session beer.

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Photo of amicar
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from grocery store.

Pours a nice clear brown with a white head which sticks around for awhile, but leaves no lace on the glass. Not too complex of an aroma with faint hoppiness. The taste is a bready/ biscuity with a little well- balanced sweetness. Not too heavily hopped. Mouthfeel is pretty good and has some substance to it. Goes down easily, but after the swallow- the taste disappears quickly.

Overall, a very nice beer. Definitely not one of the beers I'd bring for tasting night, but a good utility 6-er for day to day consumption. I'd get it again as a beer to bring to a party, to not scare off the MBC crowd, but still introduce them to something decent.

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Photo of benito
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The much lauded amber ale of the Front Range...after living several months in CO and giving Fat Tire try after try, I'm not sure what all the hype is about (IMHO it's not even the best amber ale brewed in Fort Collins!)

Pours a transparent amber, with carbonation clearly present. Head is unexceptional, but once poured the beer does have a certain regal air about it. Good lookin' for sure.

The smell and taste are fairly straightforward, with few flavors emerging in the bouquet and a ho-hum carmel-sweetness. To its credit, the beer is very well balanced and the flavors, consistent. No surprising bite, no swelling carbonation, etc. What that makes for is an emminently drinkable beer and an emminently forgettable one.

I'm sure I'll have my fair share more of Fat Tires in my day--it is on tap EVERYWHERE in CO--but given the choice I'll buy a six-pack of Odell's Levity any day of the year.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought to me by a friend from Texas.

Pours orangeish-aber with a small, soft head.

Aroma is full of biscuity notes, oven fresh. Pleasant malt sweetness blends with a very faint floral hoppiness.

Medium bodied, fairly smooth. Nice roasted malt flavors, and again very biscuity. Becomes slightly sweet then finishes with a dry breadiness.

Nice amber ale, nothing about it really stands out, but I'm sure this is a nice beer for newbies. A BMC drinking friend of mine tried it and liked it.

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Photo of oggg
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured freezing cold at Red Robin.

Actually doesn't taste bad freezing cold.

Pours a brilliantly clear orange. Minimal wisps of white foam. Aroma is pretty much nonexistent, even as the beer warms. Sweet caramel malt with a great nutty taste. Minimal hop bitterness. Hint of hop floral character. no citrus. Neutral finish. Light to medium bodied.

Overall: nice nutty session ale that is not bitter. Could be a good newbie beer. Not really your classic amber (high malt and hops and red color)

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Photo of Dmann
2.58/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was quite unimpressed by this beer concitering it has gotten so muc hype over the years. It poured a nice amber color with a nice head that faded quickly and left little to no lace down the glass. The smell is nothing special, some sour citrus and stale bread scents float off of this brew. The taste was not to good either and was plagued by an overly-woody, oak like flavor that was not all that pleasing. This is not a beer I will be revisiting.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, Fat Tire. A beer of disputable repute. I have fond memories from a stay in Santa Fe in 1999 -- at the time I loved the beer, thought it one of the best I'd had up to that point. But afterwards I went back to the east coast for a few years, where New Belgium doesn't distribute, and my affection for the beer may have grown as a result of its absence. Now I live in Oregon, and the beer is readily available at every Safeway and 7-11. Fat Tire is back in my life once again.... It's a disappointment. I am hoping the beer has changed over the years, because it's kind of distressing to learn my memory is so unreliable. But Fat Tire is not a BAD beer, and although it cannot live up to its regional hype, it will satisfy many. It isn't a hoppy beer by any means, and is quite smooth, even lager-like. Drinkability is very high. The aroma is not inviting, a bit like sour fruit, but it is pretty mild and can be overlooked. Those who love this beer tend to drink it out of the bottle anyway. The flavor is similarly mild, almost bland, with a subtle caramel roastiness and a strong flavor of peanuts. It's a decent beer, nothing great, but it seems to generate a huge amount of devotion. Judge for yourself.

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

This amber ale is definitely amber in color. Clear body and an unexpected cream ale-like cream head. A thick drifting collar remains behind for the duration of the session. Nose has lots of body and far more expressive while the head is up--so sniff quick! Toasted low wheat and some booze in the background, somehow.

Taste, too has alot of the toasted wheat germ that was in the smell, which continues into the aftertaste and bitters out into roasted and burnt wheat with the hops. Minerals in the after as well. Pretty heavy body feel to this brew in the mouth, but the strong enough carbonation seems to lighten it somewhat.

Nice amber, but surely not one of the best out there.

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Photo of klk
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap in Phoenix, AZ. The pour was a clear amber color without any cloudiness. The head was not large with little lacing.
There was very little aroma to sample with this one -- a little malty, but not strong at all. It has a easy-drinking taste that does not over-power the tastebuds.
Taste was decent but nothing to write home about.
Mouthfeel was overall decent, but I would only be able to drink two at most.
Overall drinkability was okay, it was the best thing on tap at the bar. If it's this versus the standard macrobrewery choices, I would go for it again. Otherwise a taster is all that is recommended.

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Photo of bronxlord
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This lil' beer got me into trouble on a trip to St. Louis. The best way I can describe this beer is a Western version of Sam Adams, but better. It has a stronger toasty flavor and is SO easy to drink. It has rich flavor, but does not really feel too heavy while drinking it. I am looking to find it on the East Coast though!

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

Pours an Ultra clear amber brew, flat head.

Smell is fruity with lots of sweetness and biscuit smell. Clear dark roasted malt scent here.

Taste is sweet and malty with that biscuit flavor popping up again. Nice yeast flavor. Caramel roasted flavor to this is complex and hard to pin down, want to call it butterscotch but it is more than that. Nice nutty flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice brew to drink not a best of class but a welcome example of the style.

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Photo of mrpicklerelish
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a nice amber color with a fairly large size head that seemed to stick around the top of my beer even as I took a few sips.

Smell - Upon first smell, I really noticed the malt sticking out above everything else. After cutting through the malt kick a nice hint of fruit could be noticed with a nice compliment of bread as a back note.

Taste - A slight fruit taste after the large malt kick. A small amount of hops could be noted but nothing to overpowering. A very balanced tasting beer.

Mouthfeel - Feels very crisp on the tongue with what seems like a very nice compliment of carbonation. Not too much, not to little, just right.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink and very balanced. Could easily be described as a session beer not only because of the ABV but also because of how easy it is on the palate.

Comments - The flavors are really balance in this beer. It by no means tries to break any flavor barriers, which makes it an easy candidate as an introduction beer into the world a craft beer.

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Photo of clvand0
2.69/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've heard good and bad things about this beer, so I'm interested. Pours an amber color with a small white head that quickly dies off. The aroma was stanktastic. Actually it just stank. Smells like socks. Some malts there, but mostly socks. The flavor was sock-like too, not that I know what socks taste like, but it's what they should taste like. Tastes bready, but extremely thin. Uninteresting. What's all the fuss about? This beer is below par.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 8,757 ratings
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