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
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

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Added by kbub6f on 10-07-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,092
Reviews:
2,079
Ratings:
8,893
pDev:
14.72%
Bros Score:
3.6
 
 
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 8,893 |  Reviews: 2,079
Photo of j0hnc2468
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Nice looking 12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A: Pale clear golden amber with a steady stream of tiny bubbles of carbonation and a light fluffy white head that fades to a nice ring with webs of sticky lacing.
S: Malty, biscuity aroma, a slightly sour fruit smell and light presence of hops in the finish.
T: A slightly sweeter version of the smell. Nice smooth medium body with light carbonation. Strong malt/caramel biscuit backbone and light hop taste in the finish. Nothing remarkable in the flavor, but overall a very good, extremely drinkable amber. My mind drifts to comparing this to Magic Hat #9 as far as "cult" status goes and this is so much better and more enjoyable.

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Photo of KenProCo
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

This poured a very bright copper hue. It smelled like biscuity malt with a hint of something floral. I wasent to concerned with the smell as it was the taste I most enjoyed. It was very medium bodied (but in a good way) very clean and very smooth going down. Very malty and toasty especially the lingering aftertaste. Its a great Ale my friends and I enjoy and I definatly reccommend it.

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Photo of ALC82
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluesyasian
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of richardjay
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Waveoff
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mentor I finally get the opportunity to try this one! Pours from the cool ringed bottle a crystal golden amber color with a small sprase white head that quickly recedes. Aromas of are big on freshly baked bread with ribbons of caramel. Subtle herbal/citric hoppiness lingers in the background. Biscuity. Laid back nose.

First sip brings a big caramelly, biscuity bready maltiness that rushes across the palate with some light fruit tones peeking out as well. Mellow, clean herbal, slightly citirc hops follow on the way down. Toasty flavors abound and set this one apart. This might not be anything earth shattering...but it's a solid amber ale.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied with a light silkiness as it rolls across the palate. It works well for the style. As for drinkability...I could easily session this beer and see why it is so popular. A great crossover beer that's easy to approach. It's too bad I can't get New Belgium brews in IL yet.

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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 socon67
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours copper with decent lacing and clarity. Some foam retention. Some bubbles of carbonation.

S - This is what fresh bread in a beer smells like. Bakery fresh bread smell, along with berries.

T - Flavors of bread, english malt, and sweet beries.

M - A perfect drinker. Smooth, light bodied, and while complex it is gentle enough to go great with appetizers.

O - This is a craft cult classic I have not tried until now. It is a beer that is hard not to like, even though it doesn't have a "wow" factor.

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

On tap.

Amber color, one finger thick head. Not much reetntion and no lacing.

Nose is biscuity with roasted malts. Taste is plesant and enjoyable - very biscuity, roasted malts, caramel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Quite drinkable.

Oddly enough, I think I enjoyed this beer more out of the bottle than I did on tap.

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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 dd43
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wasn't sure what to expect with this beer, ambers being one of the styles I'm less enamored with. It was surprisingly refreshing, the mouthfeel was simultaneously crisp but also had a malt creaminess that I enjoyed. Really pleasant and drinkable caramel/bready malt base to this beer, probably it's best feature. Minimal hop notes, very low bitterness. Crushable and sessionable for sure.

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Photo of Srqdavid
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

After a couple shot's I drank this beer and honestly it was pretty good, had a nice crisp taste definitely worth a try.

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

No alcohol in the smell and aroma of biscuits. Light red amber color. Tastes fresh crisp and clean. A very drinkable beer that I could easily put 4 or 5 down in one sitting. Will drink again for sure, and would go to this if I see it available on tap somewhere with a small selection.

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Photo of Jack74
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

the color is a nice copper but whatever minimal head immediately there was immediately dissipated. it smells of sweet malts and citrusy fruits as well as just a hint of hops. the taste is where this beer really starts to shine. it has nice toasted maltiness as the predominant flavor and then finishes with just a hint of hoppy bitter. it is nice and creamy and lightly carbonated and overall is a really good beer that is well balanced and highly drinkable.

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Photo of jfri1260
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LukeB
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StJamesGate
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at Newsroom, Minneapolis.

Pale amber-tan with cratered white head.
Caramel spread on wheat toast with faint citrus.
Peanuts, wheat thins, a twist of lemon and fading toastiness to end.
Faint C-hop orange rind finish and clean tingly linger.
Light, crisp, slightest cling.

OK, it’s watery, there’s really no hops and it’s Crystal 20 at a push. There’s still just enough flavor to shock a BMC drinker. I wouldn’t stick with it myself, but I see where it makes sense.

Definition of a gateway beer.

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Photo of BlunderfulGuy
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of griffey123
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - crystal-clear copper with very few carbonation bubbles rising toward the thick finger of off-white foam

S - fresh biscuits, assorted grain, flowers

T - bready malt with a fruity sweetness; light presence of hops; moderately dry finish

M - medium-bodied, highish carbonation, moderately smooth, moderately creamy

O - a decent ale for general occasions

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 8,893 ratings