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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Reviews: 2,001 | Ratings: 8,469
Photo of mithrascruor
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a light amber color; a bit straw-like in hue. Nice thick creamy slightly off-white head that lingers for quite a while.

Smell: Has a somewhat warm aroma of yeasty malts and some florals. I think a bit of fruit smell is present too, but the yeast is quite pungent (a bit too much so).

Taste: Very much like the smell, with a strong yeast flavor. But it does have a bit of hops as well to counter it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and a tad bit chewy. Very smooth and with a light tingly feel.

Drinkability: Definitely a drinkable beer that goes down fine and that is easilly managed (alcohol and taste-wise).

Certainly doesn't live up to the hype I've heard over the years. Not a bad beer, but it's like they're trying too hard to make a "special" amber ale. I'm obviously not too keen on it, but I'd consider having it again with friends or at a bar. But those who enjoy beers with a very yeasty malt flavor may enjoy this.

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

Just what the doctor ordered after another long day at work, on to the beer:

Poured into a chalice, it features a dark red body and a puffy two-finger head. Bread/biscuit notes and hop aroma play a big part of this ales flavor. It drinks fairly well, but be careful if you're drinking a bomber of this, as this does have an underlying kick.

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Photo of nairb80
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard from many people how great this beer is. So when I finally made it to the West Coast I had to find it. While in Cali I came across it and I was very pleased with it.

After the first sip I was hooked! Its a great beer to sip slowly. I am kind of picky when it comes to beer but this one will be one that I will have again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.89/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of BeerandBlues2: Poured a medium amber color ale with a nice foamy head with some pretty good retention and lacing. Aroma of medium caramel malt with some light floral hops. Taste of light caramel malt with a light hoppy finish is missing in character and fall behind some of the other wonderful offering from this brewery.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Thin white head on a clear amber body.
S- A blend of hops a toasted caramel malts. Hard to pinpoint what kind of hops are in this. Kind of grassy and a few other off smells I can't pinpoint.
T- A lightly toasted caramel malt comes on to the tongue first. Light hop bitterness on the tongue. There is just a weird tang to this and I am not sure what it is. It just seems out of place. Not sure if it's the kind of hop or the way the malts are toasted.
M- Medium body with low carbonation.
D- It is alright. Nothing special but is a easy drinking beer.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy drinking Fat Tire, unfortunately i live in Illinois and for some crazy reason i have to drive to Missouri to buy it, but it is worth the drive. Has a great unique taste to it. I have a hard time putting my finger on distinct flavors or smells i just know it tastes great, very malty and almost no hop presence except for a pleasant aftertaste. if you get a chance to try it out, i suggest you do.

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Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh On-tap at Pizza Plant. Light amber colour. A bit of yeast, creamy medium mouthfeel. Average bitterness, balanced with malting, a tad roast. A better than average beer all the way around, nothing special to standout and nothing to complain about.

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Photo of taez555
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

This beer poured a crystal clear orange/amber tan body with a pillowy white head.

Nose has a distinct macro adjust type smell with waves of fresh crystal and biscuit malts.

Taste is very simple. Light to a very mild medium body and very crisp backbone. Waves of biscuit with a nice caramel backdrop. A nice mellow hop presence. Malt is accompanied by some nice juicy fruit flavor. Not a lot of sharp citrus, just some soft apple, pear and peach touches. Biscuit and fruit really dominate this brew. Ends with a mild lingering fruitiness.

This is really a fantastic gateway beer for macro drinkers to craft beer. It doesn’t have that overly hoppy flavor like Sam Adams, but the malt base and fruit flavors are huge and make this very drinkable and distinct. Would make a nice session beer.

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Photo of Skidud313
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was my first exposure to locally distributed beers. Seems a bit lighter than most ambers, a fair amount of yeast is present. Very bready. Fairly bright tasting with a distinct flavor and relatively nominal smell. but theres much more to beer out here, as big a deal as it is. Still shining bright in the declining red beer market though. Easy drinking and easy to find.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a decent burgundy color with a small head with some decent lacing. A little yeasty, but a nice taste. It is a great session brew. It needs a little more malt in it, but it doesn't lack character. Reminds me of a belgian pale ale. I'd like to revisit this one.

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

Had a bunch of these while I was in Arizona for the BCS National Championship - Go Gators!

Appearance: Amber color, clear, decent head and lacing.

Smell: Distinctly biscuity with slight hops aroma in the background.

Taste: Not much of the distinctive Belgian yeast aroma or flavor in this one, which I was naively expecting from a brewery called "New Belgium." Biscuity and grainy, with some hops in the background. Malt takes the lead in this one, and it is sufficiently complex without being too sweet, which helps drinkability a lot.

Mouthfeel: Not too thin, not too syrupy. Good.

Drinkability: Good - something even non craft beer drinkers can appreciate, maybe because it's complex-tasting without being bitter. Solid amber, probably the best I've had so far.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Happy Birthday to me (literaly not figuratively)! Pours an amber/copper color with a large white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the edges of the glass. Aroma is toasted biscuity malt with a bit of underlying hops. The taste is dominated by the toasty biscuity malt flavor with a lingering semi-dry aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium in body and crisp from the carbonation. Overall, this is a fairly uncomplex but solid brew for what it is.

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Photo of stouty1
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a HUGE three finger head. Sparkling bubbles throughout and a ruby red witha golden highlights. Smells of sweet fruit with a cherry finish. Tastes like a cherry wine I picked up at Cherry Republic near Traverse City, MI. Small hint of hops but very minute. Leaves a sweet taste in my mouth no bitterness at all. Mouthfeel is bubbly and disguised by all the fruit. I could drink a couple of these but my dentist would frown on all the cavities!

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Photo of zuggy9
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ale pours a nice amber color with a good whitish head with little retention. The aroma is of hops and a bit more of malt. It has a nice hoppiness to it, a bit strong and earthy and finishes clean. It's decent bodied and rather smooth. I can't drink these all the time!

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at 40 degrees.

A - Pours an amber color, more on the red side. Large - but quickly vanishing - off-white head.

S - Combination of mild hops and sweet malt. Definitely on the sweeter side.

T - A hoppy crispness at first, but it gives way to a sweet malt. Enjoyable flavors that finish with a floral background.

M - Thin body, but it thickened up slightly as it got warmer. Solid, crisp finish.

D - Very enjoyable selection. With the lower ABV, I would definitely keep a six pack on hand for warmer nights.

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Photo of drseamus
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a beautiful amber color with a two finger white head. The head falls unevenly like many belgians. I smell caramel aromas and some light hints of hops. The aroma is fairly strong and it makes me want to drink it immediately. I have no choice but to give in. The initial taste is exceptionally smooth with no flavors dominating over others. It has a nice caramelly buttery taste that is balanced well with hop floral aromas/tastes. The taste is very full bodied and finishes very clean. I would consider the drinkability high for this beer compared to other ambers, of which I am generally not fond.

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Photo of cjhofelt
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer in the glass, copper colored with a nice fluffy head. The head melts slowly and leaves a good ammount of sticky lace on my glass.

Very nice smell, malty and floral with a bit of hops.

Very tasty, too. Sweet and malty up front with a nice hop flavor on the finish.

For such a good beer, it has a very thin and fizzy mouthfeel. I wasn't sure if I should give this a 2.5 or a 3. Maybe my expectations were higher because this is such a well made beer, so I figure it's at least average.

This is a pretty drinkable ale. It has a robust flavor that won't overpower or be overpowered by good food. I like it.

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Photo of mjc410
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker at the Granfalloon in KC, MO. The beer managed to put up some very thin but persistent off-white surface lacing, over a clear tawny/amber body. The nose had just a little caramel and toffee, with a slight bit of graininess and hops, but it was all very weak. The taste was lightly toasty, bready, touched by caramel, with minimal hops. The mouth was medium-thick, with fine but tingly carbonation. Overall, an easy drinker, but with little character. Still, I'd like to have a session with it and see how it fares in that manner.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber to pale amber in color, and clear. Nice large head. No carbonation.

Sweet malt with floral hop aromas interlaced. Nectar sweetness. Light to moderate.

Same nectar malt sweetness with the understated hop florals. Mild bitterness.

Mild oral foamation and carbonation.

Nice and refreshing, fairly light. A classic.

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

Pours a true amber color. Nice to see that from a beer claiming to be amber ale. Very little head, no more than a cm or so with a gentle pour into a pint glass.

Smells nice and balanced, hops and malt both evident.

I like this beer. It tastes good. Hoppy initially with malts creeping in the aftertaste. I have always thought this beer had a hint of marijuana taste to it, as strange as that sounds, although hops is related to marijuana somehow.

Feels a bit thin, but this is nice for this type of beer and compliments the tastes very well.

I could drink as much of these as available. In fact, I have today off and plan on taking down this sixer by the end of the night. 7 hours to go.

Beer is go(o)d.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's been a couple years since I've had one of these, time for a revisit. It's one of those beers I've taken for granted, as it's so readily available here. Poured a 22 oz. to a standard pint.

A: Pours a perfectly clear copper/amber, with many vigorous carbonation streams at first, then settling into an easier pace. A frothy 1-1/2 finger head.

S: Sweet caramel and toasty malt. Biscuits, too.

T: Caramel and nuttiness, with that same buttered biscuit flavor. Very little bitterness. Just enough hops to keep it clean and decently balanced.

M: Smooth and slightly crisp, with little aftertaste.

D: Very easy to drink...nothing complicated nor terribly special, just a tasty beer, worth having one (or more) of.

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Photo of jameaterblues
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. I drank alot of this while in the Colorado Springs area....not that it is the best but one of the only good decent things that is available in this part of Colorado where you can't find great divide of avery.

A-Clear bubbly amber...lighter than expected....short white head....with nice retention and lace.
S- Caramel malts, and slightly musky hops...very clean smell.
T- Caramel malts...light hops that create a very clean finish.
M- Light to medium bodied....bubbly smooth....good intro to craft beer.
D- Sessionable....maybe too much hype...just does not meet the build up that everyone has given it...I wonder why I don't hear more about 1554.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber received in a trade with b0ldfacelies.

Reddish-amber body, thick white head, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Nose is sweet, malty and slightly dusty smelling, (sounds weird, I know).

Flavor is sweet malt. Husky and slightly astringent. There's that grainy/dusty thing again. It's kind of an anti-quencher. No hops or tartness to speak of. Bready and quite bland. It's not bad, but not really my favorite type of brew.

Mouthfeel is medium with slight astringency.

Drinkability is low to me. The dryness/dustyness kills my desire for more. One bomber will be more than enough.

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

6 oz taster poured from large brown bottle.

Appearance: Clear amber with a nice, thick off-white head.

Smell: Malty aroma, mostly caramel, hits up front with a mild roasted grain background.

Taste: This beer definitely sways to the malty side. Caramel and bready mostly. Very little hops detectable. It finishes with a pleasant roasty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with excellent carbonation. Nothing offensive to report.

Drinkability: This is a rather simple brew that is easy to drink. Sometimes, simple is good.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a good medium aber hue with some darker qualities in the color than expected. Good bubbles and some better lacing than expeceted, along with the light foam retained throughout. The aroma is like Killians, only a peg or two higher. All right taste, but definetly overhyped in the Chicagoland area ever since it became available. Good malt character with a light cleaning effect from the hops. Not lot of hops mind you. Could be a sessionable beer. But I can't drink a "new" beer like this regularly when its so overhyped. A big hang up I know, but I can't help it.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.6 out of 5 based on 8,469 ratings.
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