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 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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Photo of CIBoy10
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Pouring from the growler, it has a light amber color with a very small head. As this is the third or fourth pour, the head is gone in minutes.

S: Bready smell with a bit of malt.

T: Like the smell, a bread-like taste dominates. Some toasted malt accompanies, though nothing overwhelming.

M: Pretty crisp. Light bodied for an amber ale. Carbonation is high.

D: Very drinkable. Goes down easy.

I don't get this one in the growler that often at New Belgium, but when I'm in the mood for it, it works.

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Photo of StoutHobbit
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Being a new beer drinker and only accustomed to such attrocities as Budweiser and Coors Lite, I was ready to embark on an adventure to find out what a real beer was. Many of my long time beer drinking friends and several websites recommended Fat Tire Amber Ale. Boy, was I glad they did. It was an eye-opening experience. I definitely recommend Fat Tire for a beginner beer.

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Photo of JuiceMan818
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Wow!..This stuff surprised me last night!...It had been a few years and I written this beer off. Decided to give it another try and I was very pleased this time around. Last showing it might have been a bit stale. Don't know how long it sat at Kloch's.

This beer wasn't as dark as I thought it was gonna be...pouring into the mug I noticed it was light orange...well I thought this beer was as black as my heart...Now I know it's an Amber Ale...

It tasted of pumperknickel right between toasted and burnt with chocolate undertones...this beer emants a cacao aura that I chased late into the night...

Easygoing...that is the magic...robust but without the strong aftertaste that I was expecting...just the right amount of fizz...

I am gonna keep a sixer in the fridge for when buddies stop by and such...Wifey likes it too...biscuity goodness!

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Photo of mglaser37
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Head: Thin head & cream colored...strong lace on glass

Color: This beer has a rich golden/amber color to the body

Taste: Fat tire seems evenly bitter & sweet…It has a bitter start and a nice malty finish.

Mouth-feel: Strong bubbly start but a light mouthfeel for the most part.

Aroma: It almost has a citrus smell...maybe that of an orange? Not too sure but it smells nice and warm..not too strong.

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

On tap at Casa de JMHart, served into a frosty mug.

Picked up a keg of this for a 4th of July party to satisfy both BAs and non-BAs.

A- Pours a copper brown color, crystal clear, with an almond color head, one finger thick and heavy. Head is firm but fades into a nice lace. Could use a bit more red to the color.

S- Strong caramel malt with a subtle noble hop flavor, but mostly malty caramel, almost overwhelmingly caramel.

T- Caramel malts with hints of prunes. The caramel malts are so strong that they overwhelm any other flavors.

M- Creamy and a little bready. Moderate carbonation. Smooth.

D- Highly drinkable. Not the greatest flavor palate, but it's a good brew, with a gigantic availability, and a good price. I can drink this any time, and more and more I find it available in bars that typically only carry BMC. This, Anchor Steam, and Shiner Bock turned me on to craft brew nearly a decade ago, so I've got to give it high marks for being a great gateway beer.

Haters to the left! Remember your roots!

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

On tap at Traxx, the bar in the Union train station in LA.

A nice clear amber color with a loose, fluffy white head, that is transiently regeneratable throughout the drink. Faint whiffs of pale and crystal malts are apparent, giving off a nice caramel nose. The taste is pretty sharp with the carbonation but has a nice subtle sweetness to it, with a mild ending that isn't too astringent. Mouthfeel is light and sharp initially with the high carbonation but smooths out towards the end, giving it a pretty good drinkability. Won't be the most exciting beer ever, but within the context of an amber ale, it is quite solid.


Had at Philippe's on tap in Los Angeles. Was sweeter than I remember it. Very biscuit and honey-like.

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

This beer isn't available in Ohio so some buddies and I went to some great measures to acquire a case of Fat Tire. I'd heard a lot of great things about it and was eager to sample it. It's a good, solid amber ale, but after about two sips I looked at one of my friends and we were both saying it's kind of bland, where's the flavor. Again it's a good beer, but we were expecting a little more from it after all we'd heard about it.
Copper in color, not a lot of head. Aroma pretty standard malty amber ale type aroma. Good malty, biscuity, but low-key flavor. In true Belgian style, the beer does have a good amount of complexity, but again it's pretty low-keyed. The fruit and spice flavors are evident, but stay in the background. Hops are average for an amber ale. Solid, very drinkable amber.

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

Appearance - Pours a nice amber color with a fairly large size head that seemed to stick around the top of my beer even as I took a few sips.

Smell - Upon first smell, I really noticed the malt sticking out above everything else. After cutting through the malt kick a nice hint of fruit could be noticed with a nice compliment of bread as a back note.

Taste - A slight fruit taste after the large malt kick. A small amount of hops could be noted but nothing to overpowering. A very balanced tasting beer.

Mouthfeel - Feels very crisp on the tongue with what seems like a very nice compliment of carbonation. Not too much, not to little, just right.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink and very balanced. Could easily be described as a session beer not only because of the ABV but also because of how easy it is on the palate.

Comments - The flavors are really balance in this beer. It by no means tries to break any flavor barriers, which makes it an easy candidate as an introduction beer into the world a craft beer.

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Photo of kaos
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Paulieblaze
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

The color is a beautiful dark red/amber. The head formation and retention are moderate, but there is great lacing. It looks pretty appetizing (or whatever the liquid equivalent to that is).

The aroma is quite sweet with a hint of bitterness. I'm not quite sure what the sweetness is due to (toffee?/orange?), but it somewhat resembles a freshly baked loaf of bread or roll. Either way, it's not a bad scent (even though I can't quite difinitatvely figure out what it is)

This brew is quite sweet and not at all bitter. I know the smell is a bit bitter, but the bitterness is hardly present in the taste. Again, I can't quite figure out what the sweetness is due to, but I think it might be honey/malt.

It feels quite light in the mouth. Bitterness is lacking, as is carbonation, but it still feels good before it goes down.

This beer goes down incredibly smoothly and has a slightly creamy finish to it. It would be quite easy to chug; however, since it tastes pretty good, I wouldn't suggest doing so, (do whatever you feel, though).

I suppose this beer is somewhat "legendary" - or at least worthy of something like a cult following (at least where I'm from). To me it doesn't seem exceedingly special, but it seems like a great beer to throw down if you're tired of the standard fare. Again, I'd advise against doing so since you really should appreciate the flavor and not merely try to get wasted (it's also a bit expensive for solely that).

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Photo of todfug
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cpn920
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer while in California at the Yard House as well as at Riptide in Mission Viejo. I really enjoyed how smooth and light it was. I am extremely disappointed that it is not available anywhere near I live. It is definitely a beer that I would seesion with.

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

12 oz. bottle, with best before date of February 09, 2014 printed on the label. Props to the local Jewel for selling me outdated beer. Beer review #710 for me, and I am somehow just now getting around to reviewing this staple beer from New Belgium Brewing. It's been quite a while since I've last had this.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice coppery amber orange colored body with some okay clarity, and about a finger and a half of fluffy soapy off-white head. Decent head retention with some good thick scattered lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is pleasant enough, and somewhat unique - bready biscuit malts, toasty nuttiness, a touch of honeyed sweetness, lightly grainy, some peach / strawberry / banana fruitiness, musty yeast presence, & some coiny metallics.

T - Taste follows the nose - brown bread, nuttiness, mild grain, lightly metallic. Hop / yeast derived fruitiness in the vein of strawberry, banana, & pear.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, and clean. Light lingering breadiness / stickiness. Easy drinking, light bodied, & with nice carbonation.

Overall, a nice every day easy drinking amber ale from New Belgium; it's easy to see why this is their flagship beer. Not something I would pick up on a regular basis, but it is about as nice as an every day amber ale offering as they come, and it would go great with some BBQ on a hot summer day.

New Belgium Fat Tire ---4/5.

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

Pours a nice amber color, lingering thin tan head with nice lacing. Sweet aroma, and initial caramel flavor. Ends with a slite bitterness to make it interesting. Mouthfull is a bit watery, but not bad. Overall a decent amber ale and a well rounded beer.

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

Pours a light golden brown color with a thin off-white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves a thin lacing on the glass.

Aromas begin with strong toasted malts and sweetish honey maltiness. As it warms you get some lighe yeasty spice along with some minimal floral hops.

The tastes begin quite malty with flavors of caramel, honey and toasted biscuits. There’s a pretty good floral hop presence that provides a nice balance with the semi-sweetish malt and light yeasty spice notes that emerge as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is clean, crisp and smooth, almost creamy.

Overall this is a beer I have had many times and this is the first time reviewing it and enjoying it to be honest. All my previous experiences have been from the bottle so many there was a freshness issue, but this is a suprisingly tasty sessionable American/Belgo-Red Ale. Almost like an amped up American Cream Ale. Would get it more often if it was readily accessable to me.

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Photo of selecter70
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great constant, decent flavorful beer that relaxes your mouth after trying to constantly impress it with exotic or extreme brews. Copper-brown with decent white head & lace and an aroma of malt with apple. Not hoppy, but still crisp with a decent flavor body of nutty malts, cornbread, and hints of the slightest herbs. Very drinkable & basic companion, much like the cruiser on the label.

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Photo of Hearneator
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 8,860 ratings