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Fat Tire Amber Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale
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3.6/5
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8,758 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 10-07-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,902
Reviews:
2,056
Ratings:
8,758
pDev:
14.72%
Bros Score:
3.6
 
 
Wants:
244
Gots:
2,590
Trade:
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 8,758 |  Reviews: 2,056
Photo of Ctb6582
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Omniwar
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of awillick
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Avatar113
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of natemiles
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Rabi
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chris1411
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of erk0607
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fat Tire has a bit of a hype around it, especially in regions, like mine, that do not receive this Colorado amber. What could be the reason, I wonder, why do so many rhapsodize so dreamily about it? Is it the equal or better of world classics from Europe, or does it stand out against America's legendary micros? I was determined to find out...
Fine, bubbly, but brief, head, over a bright amber color. Nice fruity touches in the aroma, and the more I "drink in" the nose, the more I seem to find...tropical fruits, mango, banana?, peach, apricot, a hint of gentle spices, and a whiff of flowers, even. Nice grainy, gritty texture, but overall, very smooth palate. Hops seem to be lying low, and malt does it's part, without taking the spotlight. Slight sourness in the finish, later absorbed by tasty sweetness. Well-balanced, and enjoyable. I can imagine a pleasant session with these.
So why the cult status? I have a few theories. 1. Funny name. 2. There's a bike on the label. 3. It's an easily consumed, delicious ale that accompanies fond memories of seeing jam bands in Colorado, and the perfect thing to stock in the cooler at the post-show drum jam. Enjoy, all you hippies, enjoy!!!

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Photo of MrHoonlee
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of nickthegun12
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a good brownish color....with little to no head....and nice lacing....

smells of biscuit malt!....a nutty smell....kinda get some hops in the nose....

taste is a nice bitter...although a little watered down taste...nutty flavor...

dry feel....i would like it to be a little less dry...for the style....

i could drink these all day....low alcohol good taste...but not over powering

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Photo of ernamew
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

The hype on this beer is well-known. . . and mostly it is deserved. On the East coast, my friends had heard of it, but not tried it, so I brought a case out, iced it down, and let the tastings begin.

This is a very good "starter" Belgian Ale. . . not for the Bud Light crowd. . . it requires patience and a somewhat developed palette at first if you're new to it.

The pros: not heavily carbonated, so you don't get a bite that covers the flavor. The flavor is a bit on the sweet side, and that can be a welcome thing compared to some of the thicker Belgians out there.

The cons: more than 2, and it starts getting heavy. . . but not a satisfying kind of "WOW". . . just heavy, like, I can't have any more of that.

I understand this isn't a technical review. . . not how I function. . . but as someone else said, this is a good gateway beer into a new world outside the American mainstream beers, and will start your journey to some very interesting places!

Recommended!

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a hazy light copper with half a finger of off-white head that leaves a sudsy sheet of lace as it recedes.

Smells of spicy bread crust, roasted nuts mild orchard fruit and plain green hops.

Tastes of more nutty toasted bread malt, mild sweet caramel and more mild hoppy bitterness.

Feels mild and frothy. Medium-light bodied with fuzzy carbonation. Finishes off-dry.

Verdict: Recommended. Pretty solid beer.

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

Big thanks to jasonjlewis for this bomber! Sampled it with my big brother along with DFH punkin and Stone's Arogant Bastard.

Orange golden ale pours with a beautiful head that refuses to dissipate quicky (must be a NB thing, the abbey was the same). Big malt biscuity and floral hoppy aroma's, flavor is the similar to aroma. Easy drinker, could gulp this down all afternoon!!!

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

I had at Margaritaville in Myrtle Beach.
A- It has a good foamy head and lace with a gold, clear color.
S- No real scent to it.
T- It is honey sweet and very crisp. The honey, though, definitely jumps out. It is a good summer beer for sitting outside with.

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Photo of 5EKF
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sweett3k
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this WAS MY FIRST TASTE OF A MICRO BREW/HAND CRAFTED BEER. BEING USE TO BUCSH LIGHT AND SUCH THIS BEER WAS WAY TOO MUCH. NOW THAT I AM OLDER THIS BEER IS ALRIGHT. REMINDS ME OF MY FIRST SKI BUNNY. SO IT IS GOOD. VERY LIGHT COLORED ORANGE WITH SOME COPPER. LITLE HEAD. MALTY WITH A SLIGHT SWEETNESS. NOT TO BAD. I'll DRINK THIS ANY TIME I AM ON A ROCKEY MOUNTAIN HIGH.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With over a thousand reviews I am very surprised I never had this ale before especially with 2,000+ reviews under my belt. Into a pint glass

A - Amber brown color with good clarity and a 1/2 inch of head that sticks around a bit.
S - Toasted and sweet malts, mild piney hops and some biscuit goodness.
T - Good toasted malt, slightly sweet and dry with some piney hops zest. Not bad.
M - Medium bodied somewhat chewy.

Overall its a decent amber ale with a catchy name. Worth picking up!

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Photo of CCutch
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of boss302
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fat tire amber ale, 12oz bottle, in Idaho

A Golden clear nice head. 3.5

S Bready toasty dominates, not much hop aroma. 3.5

T Big grainy taste. Reminds me of eating whole malted barley prior to grinding it for the brew.  Biscuity goodness. A little sweetness in the finish. 4

M Light to medium body good carbonation. 4

D Yes, very drinkable. The biscuity flavor does catch up with you after a couple and becomes a little overwhelming. 4

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

On-tap at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, NV on 8/15/07, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is strong with toasted malts and spice along with caramel and hops.

T: The taste is very malty with flavors of caramel and spice. There’s a pretty good hops presence that provides a nice balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, it’s a beer worth drinking for an entire evening if you want an easy-drinking beer with some substance.

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

One finger head of off white tight foam, which fizzled down in two minutes leaving a good ring of clinging lace. Color is a 11 on the SRM beer color chart, with a goodly amount of bubble action. I detect fragrances of raspberries, currant, chocolate, and malt. Flavors I taste are chocolate, citrus, malt, clover and a hint of mint. Good full body in my mouth with a presents of carbonation zing. Satisfying, well balanced flavor, good price, nice bottle label art work. Good beer for sharing.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 8,758 ratings
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