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

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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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Photo of Dubblebock
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fat Tire is a beer that has suffered a little from it's own success. I hear a lot of people dissin' it for no other reason that it has an image as a popular and readily available microbrew. Maybe it's a little TOO popular, maybe it's a little TOO readily available, and maybe folks now think that's it's outgrown it's roots. I dunno. What I do know is that Fat Tire is a perfectly good beer, one that I gladly pick up from time to time when I'm in the mood for a good, solid session ale.

Fat Tire pours a nice, deep amber color. The fair sized head will stick around for a minute or two. Good carbonation. The beer has a malty, slightly fruity nose.

Very smooth and drinkable. The malts tend to dominate the palate, but the hops make themselves known on the back of the tongue. Slight fruit tastes are mingled in the body. Bready and balanced, a well-made beer.

A good mouthfeel and easy drinkability keep the score for this beer pretty high. This is a great beer for any season, and it's one to pair with light chicken dishes or even seafood or Mexican. Fat Tire is a good gateway beer for those who want to expand beyond the Bud-Miller-Coors world.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Amber with a small white head which clung to the glass.
Smell: Malty, with notes of grains (wheat, barley?) somewhat like fresh baked bread. Very enviting.
Taste: Lots of different flavors (as a novice hard to pick one dominant flavor out). Not overly intimidating which is good, as this beer is usually on of the first that the macro drinker would try if trying something different. Noticeable hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, easy going down.
Drinkability: Very good intorduction beer for macro drinkers. If I have friends who normally won't drink a micro (BMC folks) I think it would be easy to hook them on this beer. Easy to have more than one.

One of the most popular micro brews sold in Lincoln. Its easy to tell why. This is an easy to drink micro beer that is beyond the typical macro, yet it would be a good introduction to get the macro drinker into drinkin micros and specialty beers.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has been described as the beer that pays the bills at New Belgium, and when driving through the Denver / Fort Collins area this beer was everywhere. Appearance: Golden amber with a velvet like smooth cream colored head leaves nice collar of lacing and forms rings with each sip. Aroma: Well balanced between the biscuit malt and caramel sweetness with a dose of finishing hops that biscuit malt character is excellent. Taste: Crisp malt biscuit with caramel malts, light bready sweetness with a cleansing hop that comes through very lightly this is a wonderful session brew and could ver well take off and be one of the best crossover brews ever. Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied smooth carbonation decent texture. Drinkability: Excellent could buy a case of this baby and never feel bad about it.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this amber ale on tap and gave it a full point all the way around, compared to the ale in the bottle. On tap, Fat Tire was dark golden in color with loads of lace. The taste of light roasted malts and soft hops filled the mouth with pleasant fruit. There is no comparision between bottle and tap. On tap is a must try!

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

Reviewing the brew is a bit tough, because it is a rather sentimental favorite of mine from a geology field course. Nevertheless i will try to be objective.

The appearance is that of the average american amber, reddish orange with a nice fluffy and almost rolling slightly off-white head. The smell is dominated by light roasted malt, but there is just a touch of hops that touch your nose, and a bit of grain as well. The taste is very much the same, nice malt character with a touch of hops to balance. Nice level of carbonation and medium body make this a pleasant drink for both taste buds and entire mouth. Very nice and tasty for an amber.

This is certainly not the greatest beer in the world, but it is very enjoyable, and it is most likely the best amber i've had.

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

12oz brown glass bottle with a blurb about the brewery and the beer on the side. This brew pours a nice dark amber colour with a nice white head of foam. The retention and lacing are lacking, but I don't often look for these 2 qualities in an amber ale. The aromas are simplistic bready/biscuity malts and light floral hops. The taste is very much malty with a bit of hops on the backend. The mouthfeel is a bit light, yet still creamy and smooth. The drinkability is excellent as well. This is what I wish my local yuengling lager tasted like. One of the best amber ales out there, but it sill falls short of the excellent Treogs hopback amber, IMO.

Cheers to Bditty for hooking up these New Belgium brews. I'll drink some more and try to dull the pain of my horrible tooth-nerve pain that will need to be root-canaled next week! OUCH!

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Photo of DESTRO
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a orangish/amber with a small white head. smells lightly fruity with citrus hops rising up. taste wise...big biscuity flavor, toasted malt paired with a really nice citrus hop rush ending on a dry lightly fruity note all delivered on a crisp and a somewhat dry, grainy mouthfeel. very tasty, refreshing and nothing to really not like. a great session beer and affordable to boot. one of my most frequent purchases because it always fits the bill.

$5.99-6.99 a 6er.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of Fat Tire when I saw that the store carried a large variety of New Belgium Brewing Co.’s beers available in singles. The bottle had a “best before” date of 01-25-04. The beer poured a clear orange/amber color with lots of carbonation rising to a thin ¼” white head. The head had good retention and left some sticky lace down the sides of the glass.
The smell was fruity-sweet. Light caramel malt and aromatic hops were evident. The taste was less sweet than what the smell might indicate but was still enjoyable. Some grainy malt flavor was picked up initially before toffee and nut flavors played across the palate. The finish was modestly bitter and nicely balanced the maltiness from up front. The feel was light and smooth, despite the rather vigorous action of the carbonation, and dry.
I found Fat Tire to be one of the better ambers I’ve had yet. It has a nice malt flavor that is well matched by the hoppy finish. Definitely an amber ale I’d get again.

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Photo of winomark
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a nice meduim copper with a nice off-white head and vigorous bubbles.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malt, with slight hop tones.

Taste: Malty palate, with a good hoppy bitterness in the finish to give good balance.

Mouthfeel: Dry and refreshing. Wonderful balance of malt and hops.

Drinkability: A solid beer, but becoming one the I go back to less and less. Just not exciting enough for me.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice solid beer. Not the greatest beer in the world, but us beer snobs need to get over that. It is a nice, solid beer which can introduce good beer to the masses. It is extremely well balanced with a nice malty taste and a noticeable hops presence. The balance gives it a very high drinkability.

The hype is there for a reason. This is a good beer which the masses can enjoy. Thanks to the CA contingent of my wife's family for sending this out.

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Photo of UncleFrank
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The New Bulguim beer thats not a belguin beer. Lets see why its so good.
A nice golden amber color with a fluffy head.
The aroma is a mix of citrus and toasty bread.
A silky smooth taste and mouthfeel is the best aspect of this beer. Its like another beer I know on draft only in the bottle. The slight biscut and caramel malt texture is balanced by the hops.
The after taste is balanced with hops and a
Aftertaste leaves a slickness on the cheeks.
the overall beer is really good, but I dont understand the phenomena surrounding it.

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Photo of Nytemare
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear red with a light and fluffy off white head. Smelled of bready malt with a light hops and floral boquet. Tasted bready and sweet up front but turned slightly sour and bitter as the hops came through to balance it nicely at the end. Some spice in there as well. Light and oily. Clinged to every surface of the mouth.
I could easily find myself drinking lots of these, in fact, I have found myself drinking a lot of these. One of my favorite choices for when I'm going to have several friends down at the lake. After a hard day skiing and swimming and fishing, it's great to sit on the deck and enjoy a few of these.

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

Though my review is from the bottle, from my limited experience I think I prefer this beer from tap (maybe because I'm on vacation, and then everything is "sweeter"?).

Reddish hue, while still a bit transparent. Barely foam on top after the first "hit" while leaving small bits of round-the-glass lacing.
Smooth quality to the mouthfeel and the taste is sweetish and somewhat fruity.

Overall a good stand-by US pale ale in the "older"/English style since it's hops are understated.

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Photo of CBFanWish
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would drink this every so often when I was in the Army and had the opportunity to drink some again th other day. So I did. I like this beer. It has The average golden color was the lowest point of Fat Tire. It had a sweet inviting smell to it. I drank is tasting hops, but not as bitter as it could have been, which is good for this particular beer. It was an easy drinking beer and a good beer for playing a game of pool or darts.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Finally Fat Tire is in Reno, i talked to a distributor a few weeks ago and found out this was coming and i reserved a case. This morning the beer truck arrived at my work and i was very happy to see the keg of Fat tire as well as my personal case. I love this beer and i am very happy to have it on tap where i work so that i can have a pint with lunch.
Lacy white head maintains itself quite well atop a very lively carbonation. Clear deep gold with a touch of amber color makes this one of the lighter ambers i have tried. Aroma is of dark toast and a hint of fruity esters. Flavor is a malthead's dream as it is a blend of light carmel balanced with a definte toasty bread flavor and a bit of hops to keep things in line. A hint of chocolate lends itself to the finish which is very clean with no bitterness. Medium bodied that is almost light which adds to the drinkability of this brew, definetly an excellent brew that i am very glad is here in Nevada to enlighten the populace.

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

The beer is a somewhat reddish color. A bit of an off-white head. There was some lacing down the glass. Mild aroma of hops and malts. Medium bodied malt sweetness to taste. Some hints of caramel. Not quite sure of what this is trying to be. Is it an Amber, is it a Belgian? It is somewhere in between. I know this is more of a beer for the masses, but it could be so much better. Nice flavor, a little sweet.

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Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice toasty/spicy nose...pours a lighter orange with a creamy 1/4 inch head on top..rims glass nicely...the body at first is medium and firm but the finish is a bit watery and thin...I like the taste on this....nice toasty maltiness and a spicy subtle hop profile...they mesh very nicely...would seem to make a nice session beer....

My first try of New Belgiam and I'm relatively impressed. I know this is meant to be one of their more dumbed down beers, but actually I think it has some qualities beer gurus will enjoy..Very solid Amber Ale I would buy again..

A big thanks to BDitty187 for this enjoyable new brew...

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Photo of palliko
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have an ambivalent attitude toward Fat Tire: I have found it to be the only choice available on tap (excluding the stainless steel standards) and have found it acceptable. But other times, by comparison with a really good pale ale, marginal. The appearance is copper with a small crest of foam; some lacing; bouquet is mild hops, malt and yeast; the initial sweetness that tempts one to drink more is betrayed by a flat, uninteresting middle. Then just when you are ready to abandon ship, the after finish quiets down to a mellow warmth, and you are not sure if it was good, bad or indifferent. There are better choices out there.

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

Topped by a thin quickly disappearing head. A pretty copper color. Smells nothing much more than beery, but in a good way that reminds me of a dried cracker aroma. Light sweet taste with a cracker-bread bite to it. This is a good example of a beer with biscuity cracker flavor in it. A slight hint of some off putting taste, but this fades quickly. No real hop presence to speak of. This is a fairly bland beer from a brewery that so much good beer has come from. Oh well at least it allows NBB to make other great beers. This I would rate as serviceable when nothing else is available.

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

This is a beer I've always enjoyed every time I've had it, either on-tap or from a bottle. From a very attractive bottle it pours a nice amber with a medium thick off-white foamy head. The head sticks to the glass a bit and includes some rather large bubbles. The aroma is pretty nice, malty with a bit of hops. The taste is quite good, malt flavors really come through, and there is a nice "baked" biscuity type flavor as well. A hint of hops is present as well, especially in the finish. Fairly smooth mouthfeel and a very drinkable beer--a good session beer.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medium gold color, small head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. A nicely malty medium bodied amber ale. Smooth taste with a touch of hoppyness. Good balance. Nice flavor. Mouthfeel is full. Great taste. Simple flavor, very nice. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty, no bitterness.

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

As indicated by my rating, this is a Good beer. Here's an Amber Ale that pours a perfect amber color. The off-white head is pretty thin and the lace trails and fades rapidly. The aroma is malty and lightly fruity. The full malt body is caramel sweet and nearly syrupy. A lightly lime citrus and slightly spicy bitterness provide some balance to the sweet maltiness, but I would have preferred a bit more hop bite. This is a nicely made session ale.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on draught at New Belgium's brewery in Fort Collins, CO.
Appearance: The pour is a clear golden color with a white head
Flavor: It has a slightly sweet flavor with a very nice, malty backend. It's very easy to drink and would make a nice session beer

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Photo of stoutman
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice refreshing Amber Ale. Not a whole lot of character, maltiness, hoppiness etc, but very well balanced and enjoyable. Plus, they sell the big bottles at the Detroit Tigers games for (only) 7.50. WAAAAY better deal than Bud Light at Comerica Park for close to the same price.

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Photo of Hefe
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 8/21/03

This one provided by a friend who picked it up in Cali while on business. I've been hearing about it for while here on the East coast, mostly from chagrined beer shoppers just finding out that the great brew they had out West just can't be had on this here side of the states.

12 oz. brown glass bottle. With drink by 10/14/03 freshness date.

Appearance: nice honey/gold with red tinges.minimal head, basically just some lacing across the top and around the edges.

Aroma: Grapefruit, malt, and honey, with almost a shortbread(?) nuance to it.

Taste: A touch of sweetness initially with great, malty-citrusy flavors. A bit of a toastiness spreads across the palate after a moment or two.

Mouthfeel: Nice richness, fuller than I expected.

Drinkability: More please!

After finally getting to try it, I'd say It lives up to the hype. Well Done!

Tasted again on 8/28/04 Just an addendum or two. I noticed more of a brioche and brown sugar flavor in the background this time around, more than a hint of sweetness is evident. Nothing that makes me want to change my score, except to bump the drinkability a touch.. Easily accesable and pretty darn enjoyable.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 8,904 ratings