Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Belgian Style AleFat Tire Belgian Style Ale
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Fat Tire Belgian Style AleFat Tire Belgian Style 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:
After a trip to Europe, New Belgium’s co-founder returned to Colorado from Belgium with a handful of ingredients and an idea. Two years later, Fat Tire – named in honor of his inspired bike ride across the Belgian countryside – pedaled its way into the hearts of beer drinkers. Now considered an iconic centerpiece of the craft beer movement, Fat Tire represents the American spirit of craft brewing ingenuity and an irresistible imagination that reminds us all to rediscover our playful side.

Fat Tire’s unique flavor profile originates from the late 1930s, when local Belgian breweries aimed to satisfy the tastes of visiting British soldiers. English floral hops, subtle malt sweetness and spicy, fruity notes from Belgian yeast made for a balanced yet magical combination. These same characteristics are at the heart of Fat Tire. Classified as an Ameri-Belgo style ale by the revered Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup competitions, Fat Tire blends a fine malt presence, fresh herbal hop balance and a touch of fruity yeast to offer drinkers everywhere a timeless craft beer experience with a rare blend of balance and complexity.

Added by kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Ratings: 9,041 |  Reviews: 2,099
Photo of BeerAngel
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall I like this brew quite a bit. Pours a clear pale yellow/amber with a 2-finger off-white head that dissipates quickly yet leaves a lace. The smell is that of a nutty malt with some earthy notes as well. Light bodied mouthfeel with a smooth well balanced flavor of a slight grainy, touch of caramel flavor, and finishes with a pecan type flavor on the tail. Highly drinkable. Cheers!

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Photo of BeerBob
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fat Tire brew by New Belgium brewing company pours a dark amber from a 12oz brown bottle. Head forms about two fingers worth of fluffy tan foam that settles down to a thin cap and a well defined ring.

Nose is fragrant floral hops and malt with just a slight whiff of alcohol. Palate is a good amount of sweet malt mixed with a nice floral hops.

Not a supper duper top of the line Ale, Fat Tire Amber Ale is well put together and does not disappoint.

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Photo of beernut7
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an awesome amber beer. I had it on tap at a Denver Mexican restaurant in a mug about the size of my leg. Awesome orange color and foamy white head with a delicate malt aroma, the first taste of this brew is absolute quality. The light sharp hop presence and delicate malt flavor is followed by a crisp clean finish. Awesome.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like Sam Adams Boston Lager, New Belgium's Fat Tire is a great alternative to the macrobrews which seems to be available in almost every grocery store in my area. It's easy to see why. Fat Tire is a great session beer.

The beer is a nice, rich golden-amber color, with a head which tends to start thick and peter off to a thin, patchy top.

The aroma is also rather thin and patchy. Slight nose of alcohol, and you can definitely pick out the malt which will dominate the flavor, but overall there's just not that much to this scent.

Things improve once the beer enters the mouth. The principal flavor is that of toasty malt. As the bottle suggests, it reminds one of biscuit, or perhaps bread crust, though there is certainly a noticeable fruity presence as well. Hops are understated, but just present enough to lend balance to the beer.

Nice body, with just a slight crispness to the finish. It's easy to go through a six-pack of this stuff. I'd love to try it on draught.

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Photo of Jon
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fat Tire poured a nice amber tint with minimal head retention and decent lace. It didn't smell incredible, nor did it smell too bad. The taste was somewhat sweet, with some lingering caramel and toffee flavors. It is very balanced and it's quite easy to put away more than a few of these. Overall, this is a pretty good amber that seems to be rather overrated among the average beer drinkers. Cheers to New Belgium, however, on their excellent bottle labels, which are great marketing tools in themselves.

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Photo of bditty187
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tawny-gold hue, ultra translucent, small off-white head, peaks at a half finger before fading slowly, a few rings of lace. Lovely, delicate nose… nutty, fruity with a whisper of spice and malt. The invitation is soft yet you gladly take a sip. Tasty palate, nutty, crisp malty influence, nicely spicy, some fruitiness. Again the palate is soft but pleasant with just enough of a malty aftertaste to be reminded to drink it again. The body is medium-light, moderate carbonation, fair mouthfeel. Damn drinkable. This is the world’s greatest crossover beer and one hell of a session beer for any BA. The beer is not the second coming, ignore the “hype” and enjoy Fat Tire for what it is… a great Amber Ale.

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

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper color with a small and dense off-white head, lots of sticky lace, fairly well carbonated.

Aroma: Malty aroma with distinct biscuit notes.

Taste: Tasting yields malts, followed by the flavor of fresh home-baked bread and a little hop bitterness at the finish. A mildly sour note runs throughout, it plays off well against the biscuit malt notes. For those who like hops to be understated, as do I, with more emphasis on the malt, this beer is sure to please.

Mouth feel: Smooth, with slight carbonation. I have had this beer many times, it has always seemed a little thin, this is the only real shortcoming of Fat Tire, although a minor one.

Drinkability/notes: An absolutely wonderful beer, rather unique, I cannot recall any other beer that could be called similar.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pop off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of usualpulp
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Once again, the new belgium company has made an good beer. While this is not one of their best, it is the most readily available. It pours a dark amber, almost red color, and has a medium light colored head, which fades quite fast. The is a nice floral/fruit scent to the beer. This is also noticed in the first sip. This is a very smooth beer, with a malty sweetness, and is very easy to drink. I find this beer to be alot better than other ones silimar (i.e. Shiner Bock). On a side note, the beer tastes just as good directly from the bottle, which makes this a nice choice to take to parties, or out on the lake. All in all this is a good beer to keep on hand if you just want to kick back with some friends and drink a few beers

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

Had this on draft at a local restuarant. Very easy to drink and fits the style well. Nothing extraordinary, but still a good brew. Had this with a nice steak and mashed potatoes. Worth checking out.

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Photo of Suds
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice, pleasant beer. My bottle produced a full, but short-lived head. Rich, deep-copper color. You have to hunt for an aroma, but the beer produces an enjoyable, mildly malty finish. No characteristics stand out as particularly notable. Still, it’s a worthy tavern-food companion.

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Photo of marc77
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The clear light amber hued brew is topped by a fairly thick head that exhibits good retention. Fat Tire is well carbonated, but the CO2 levels still manage to allow for a smooth mouthfeel and medium body. There's just a touch of yeasty esters in the aroma along with a discernable biscuit malt aroma (bread and butter!) The hop bitterness is quite mild and appropriate considering that Fat Tire isn't heavy maltwise. Hop flavor is almost nonexistant, although I do detect a hint of earthy hop-- perhaps Willamette or Styrian Goldings? In any case this is an innocuous, no frills beer. Well balanced all around-- an excellent session brew. This may actually be better in the bottle than on draft.

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

I enjoyed this one. It places somewhere on the amber spectrum between Killian's Red and Bell's Amber. Nice malty taste with a slight hop presence throughout and on the finish. I can see this being a good session ale as it goes down very easy.

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Photo of ADR
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I drank this repeatedly on tap on a trip to Grand Junction and was consistently under-impressed...definitely not highly hopped and the malt did not break through rather than being quite "bready" and neutral, unlike a Full Sail (as one example) that will establish a flavor profile...color was good but I find this one of Colorado's most over hyped brews.

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Photo of John
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty good for what I find as a typically boring amber ale catagory.

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

This is a good ale. Nicely hop flavor and well balanced.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz slender brown bottle with raised glass around the neck of the breweries name.

Appearance: Deep golden amber with a patchy white lace.

Smell: Mildy fruity with a malty nose of toasted and biscuity aromas.

Taste: Crisp and medium in body, big malty palate with a restrained hop bitterness that seems to only balance the brew. Toasted malt with a bread crust flavour is the theme, good amount of grain in the finish also. Hint of fruit and yeast adds to the complex flavour.

Notes: Very tasty, good focus on the malt. Great American style amber ale ... very drinkable to say the least.

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Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 9,041 ratings