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 linuxn00b2004
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good stuff this is!

When I turned 21, this was my first beer (although it was on tap then). Delicious!

It is, of course, a dark beer. Completely opaque in a stein. Forms a nice frothy head.

The smell is spectacular. Dark, malty, slight ester notes, and generally delicious.

The taste is, well, delicious (notice a theme here?). As most others have said, the hop presence is not very strong. Malt and biscuit are the predominant flavors here, as well as a hint of mushrooms. It's also very... toasted. My father says the taste is far too burnt for his liking (although, take into account that all he buys is Icehouse or Busch).

Mouthfeel is quite good. Carbonated well enough.

This is a spectacular beer. This beer is the reason I never got into macro brews. Before I turned 21, my father gave me O'douls and (one) Busch beer, so I should have turned out liking the swill put out by BudMillCoor. However, I did not, and have this beer to thank for that. In a word, delicious.

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Photo of weasbri
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale copper color, good head and lacing.
Mostly malty aroma, toasty, biscuity.
Great balance though in the flavor. More biscuity from the malt, but also a good hoppiness too. A good mouthful gets a solid bite, but small sipping shows off more of the floral nature.
The balance of the beer does it for me, making it a very sessionable beer.

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Photo of IrishJava
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a substantial head. A strange smell... still pleasant but unexpected. Taste was very good, I would definitely consider it a summer beer best enjoyed in the heat. It was not too hoppy or too malty. It's not a beer I would drink more than four of at a time, but relatively light enough to be enjoyed in quantity. Great beer.

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Photo of trep
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crystal clear golden honey body with a white froth of a head similar to seafoam. Looks pretty good from here.

Some musty earthy malt, caramel, and a rich chocolate and hazelnut aroma that reminds me of Nutella...mmm.

Tastes just like it smells. Initially an earthy hop bitterness, then malt sweetness that slowly fades to a creamy oatmeal finish.

Mouthfeel is thin-medium, and it doesn't hurt it at all. Carbonation is spot on though. Super-easy drinking as well. This is my definition of a perfect session beer.

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Photo of BB1313
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy By 4/6/14. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful transparent copper with great clarity; fluffy white head that slowly fades leaving great lacing and retention. The aromas are full of caramel malts. Lots of bread. Hints of toffee and butterscotch. Some corn is in the mix as well. The flavors are crisp and refreshing. Very earthy. Slightly sweet. More caramel. Healthy amount of malts. Hops are very subtle. More corn. More butterscotch. Mouthfeel is awesome. It's medium-bodied but creamy and fluffy with active carbonation. It's extremely smooth and very drinkable.

This is a great example of a traditional amber ale. It might not be adventurous to some, but the craftsmanship takes this one over the top. It's very "food friendly" too.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz brown bottle withn the famous fat tired bike on the label.
Appearance is pretty darn good nice clear amber coloured beer, with a largish off white head that shrinks but still persists.
smell is malty..it actually starts to smell like fresh baked biscuits..pretty good.
mmm i like the taste it has a rather creamy consistancy..but i tatse the chocolate type malts and some slight hoping behind actually very nice.
Very creamy smooth on the tongue for an amber..its pretty cool stuff.
An exceptionally drinkable amber..and its even better on tap..good stuff.

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Photo of Hoosteez
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Has a nice head that dissipates quickly leaves a light froth rather than a lacing really smells alright the taste a little more hoppy than I expected but nice all together a good beer the mouth feel is great though perfect balance of body and carbonation .

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got a 650ml bottle and poured it into a small glass

A- The design on the bottle as well as the beer was excellent. Beer poured a nice dark amber color that reminded me of maple wood. Decent head with many different sized bubbles

S- Smells good with a sweet malt carried by a hint of fruits(mostly grape)

T- Tastes excellent with a balance of fond malts and a hint of fragrant hops and light fruits

M- Feels excellent with a smooth medium body and ample carbonation

D- Drinks good with a refreshing aftertaste

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Photo of stevegraham
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

amazing this is the best beer i have had. i want all my friends to try it i love this and everything about it. amazing this is the best beer i have had. i want all my friends to try it i love this and everything about it. amazing this is the best beer i have had. i want all my friends to try it i love this and everything about it.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and light fruity. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish.

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Photo of ruleof72
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light copper color with thin/slightly creamy head
S- Toasted biscuity smell with hint of citrus/grass hops
T- Definite biscuit taste but also some flower/wheat taste as well
M- Medium bodied nice aftertaste
D- Easy to drink and seems to work well in warm as well as cold environments

Fat Tire is one of my favorites. I've been drinking this since it first came out when we lived in Ft Collins. It has slowly moved East in its distribution and has finally appeared in Chicago but alas we are moving to Atlanta. I hope it is available there sometime soon. The flavor and body just feel right to me. It has a medium body with a slight red tint and a nice slightly creamy head. There is enough hop flavor to cut through and let you know they are there. Easy to drink and equally good on a warm summer day or a cool fall evening.

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Photo of Chickenshack
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I remember about ten years ago when it seemed that this beer got too popular for its own good and you could find it everywhere. I think I drank a few cases one summer when I was first drinking beer- it was one of the first craft beers I developed a taste for and then I got tired of it. I had one for the first time in years at an Indian restaurant that didn't have great selection and was pleasantly surprised. Sure it's nothing earth shattering but in an approachable way its actually remarkably complex. What we have is a Belgian influenced American take on a classic English style: a big biscuity sweet malty body hopped just a little heavier and pinier than an English beer with that weird funky Belgian yeast flavor. And it comes together and makes sense. Not too shabby.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a copper orange color, low foam, minimal lacing.

Smell is bready, malty, biscuity - very pleasant and makes you want to drink this brew.

I find this to be quite tasty - the malt dominates with very little hop prescence. There's something at the finish I can't quite place, but I know I like it. Smooth, light, refreshing. VERY drinkable, if I could get these in CT more easily, I wouldn't limit myself to 1 per sitting.

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Photo of mytireisfat
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a 22oz bomber poured into a regular pint beer glass

A: A great Amber copper color, 2 finger head, good carbonation.

S: Sweet hoppy flavor.

T: Maybe tastes a bit flat(in a good way i guess), but quite unique taste!

M: Carbonated well, lots of bubbles on the tongue.

D: Can't drink a whole lot, would rather switch it up during the night, but tastes great. a very unique flavor. and also one that friends back in iowa are getting into. which they only drink bud light. so very great! i will buy again, and also have drank a lot of!

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Copper color with a nice fluffy white head good laceing. Sweet butter biscuit, slight bit of hops for the smell. The taste much like the smell biscuits with sweet butter carmal malt, slight hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is kinda thin but no biggie for this amber ale. The one thing I like most about this amber ale is the sweet butter biscuit that it does so well that many other amber ales don't have. it makes it a little more then just caramal malts like most amber ales.

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

Had a pint at Outback Pub in Branson, MO. Dark amber with creamy off white head.

Smells of dried fruit and spices.

Tastes of rich dark caramel without being overly sweet, but it is sweet. No sign of hops, all malts here.

Good presence in the mouth with more body than I anticipated. Pretty smooth.

I could drink quite a few of these. Share this with an inexperienced beer drinker and they'll probably be impressed.

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

A classic, and an old favorite revisited here for review purposes.
Pours an attractive golden, with a big and frothy head.
This flagship New Belgium amber ale boasts of a fine nose that recalls biscuity yeast and a slight fruit undertone.
Taste is malty and bready, like toast with a hint of spice.
Enjoyable and an easy drinker.

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

New Belgium's flagship ale delivers a clear amber body beneath a billowing head of white froth that holds well and leaves beautiful Brussels-lace about the glass. The nose welcomes you with toasty and sweet malt, and that's exactly what you'll find in the flavor. It's malty... toasty, biscuity, and ever so slightly caramelish; laced with gently spicy and delicately floral hops; and backed by a firm bitterness that grounds it before it fades in a short lingering finish. It's an enjoyable, well-rounded, and drinkable ale that makes a great introductory beer for your friends who are used to American adjunct lagers and the golden "pilsners" from Canada, Mexico, and Europe; and it pairs well with a wide variety of foods such as grilled chicken, Cajun-style dirty rice, beef stew, soft-flavored semi-hard cheese (Fontina, Muenster, etc.), and French toast and eggs.

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

Very clear burnished bronze in colour with a big fluffy white head. Lacing in abundance. Looks pretty good.

Biscuits or crackers? Unique malty aroma that manages not to seem sweet. Something a little yeasty, and some herbal aromas. Interesting.

In the taste, the biscuits are lightly toasted and have a little caramel on them. A semi-sweet flavour through most of the mouth. Hops are there, not overdone, but notable, well in balance. Hard to pin down one word to describe the hops.

Smooth, medium body, the carbonation works just right to keep this an easy drinker. Fairly dry, it leads to the next sip quickly.

As far as ambers go, this one really suits my tastes. I can't think of many beers that are more drinkable than this. Big thanks to orrshow for leaving me a bomber of this to try.

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

I had the opportunity to sample this brew at the brewery in CO. It was poured into a 4 ounce glass along with several other samples (different glasses fortunately).

It pours a rich golden brown/amber color. The nose is very distinct, fresh bread, dough, biscuit or crackery could all be used to describe it.

The taste is nice and rich -- not fully Belgian, but delcious nonetheless. This is not a hoppy beer. The beer feels nice on the palate, and is not overly carbonated.

It is very drinkable -- a dozen or so in a sitting would be nice over a long afternoon or evening. It's not really a golf course beer, but I had a couple during a round.

I certainly wish this beer was available East of the Mississippi River.


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

Pours a tasty looking copper color with a perfect two finger white head. Nice and mellow aromas of grain and some mild malt. Taste is the distinctive amber ale with crisp malt and grain, as well as some earthy dough and light tang. Super drinkable and something I wish I could pick up more often.

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Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had this out of a bottle, I wasn't impressed. This was especially true after enjoying it so many times on draft. I must've had a bad bottle because this came equipped to impress.
Appears a glowing amber with a frothy 2 finger white head. Tons of sticky white lacing clings to the glass. Medium streams of carbonation bubbles come rising to the top.
Smell is of sweet biscuity malts and grain.
Taste is of sweet, toasted biscuits backed with a fresh, hoppy bite.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well rounded as the sweetness fades into a crisp, hop finish.

Finger licking good.

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

A- orangish colored, two finger head, lightly carbonated, plenty of sticking.

S- Very malty, floral and citrus notes, doughy/yeasty (bready)

T- The taste carries through but in a smaller dose than the smell. It has a great taste without being overly anything. Just a great all around, tastey beer! Leaves a dry pastey taste on the tongue. Very biscuity aftertaste.

M- Medium body, decnt carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. This beer is very different than what i recall. I could and would have more than just a few of these. Overall a good easy drinking beer.

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

Copper colored ale with a small white head on top, crystal clear, decent lacing, lots of carbonation. Aroma is bready, cracker-like almost, with a hint of herbal, earthy hops. Taste follows suit with the nose. Definite biscuit malt character in this one, slightly sweet in the middle, woody, earthy hops, and a dry finish. Very, very easy to drink, lower end of medium bodied. This is the beer I credit with getting me into craft beers. Still does the trick for me. Nothing special, but tasty indeed.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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