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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Reviews: 2,028 | Ratings: 8,580
Photo of Guppy314
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From a bottle, pours clear light amber color with a small off-white head. Mid aroma. Malty flavors with some bready caramel and some nuttiness. Decent carbonation with medium mouth-feel. Sure, it's drinkable … and hay … it's moderately priced.

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

look: clear well...amber. Nice fat off white head.
smell: Light weight caramel. Unexpectedly nice i gotta say.
taste: A kind of mediocre mix of the nose and nondescript hops. Not bad at all. easy and pleasant drinking, just not anything beyond ok.

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The look and smell of this widely available brew are pretty nice. Clear copper with a slim head. Caramel and biscuity notes are present in the smell which gives you fair warning of the maltiness of the taste. Very bready taste and its not bad. What gets me is that the finish isnt clean and tends to leave almost a film on my tongue and roof of my mouth. Still wont turn one down at a party.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Despite their size New Belgium brew some solid craft brews including this old good Amber Ale. I've been drinking it for decades.

L: Amber clear hue with an one inch white head.

A: The moderate aroma is toasted malts and some citrus.

T: Malt, citrus, not a lot of bitterness and taste. If you are looking for a lot of flavor this may not be the right beer, but if you just want to quench your thirst in the heat then it is the right beer.

F: It's light, crisp, and easy drinking in the heat.

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Photo of Riff
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a large bottle into a tumbler glass. Poured an amber color with a thick, off-white foamy head. Bready malt aroma to it. Taste is up front bread, rolls to toasted malts and caramel. Flavor does linger for a while after drinking. Feel is light to medium body with no carbonation to it. Overall a solid beer, easily drinkable and meant for all around use. Flavor is probably strong enough to pair with red meats, may overpower poultry save for game meats or bbq. Certainly something I wouldn't have any issue with throwing in the cooler for a bbq.

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Photo of dannycohen62
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber color with a thin white head. Fruity, bready aroma with just a hint of grape must. Malt-forward, bready and nutty with some caramel and fruit in the background. Little to no hop bitterness. Crisp and very drinkable. An early craft beer for me that still holds up, I would reach for it again.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fat tire is one of those beers you can never go wrong with, always smooth and refreshing and good for any occasion. It still tastes good even when it's warm too!

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.34/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just an outstanding beer. It is so refreshing and smooth. It isn't trying to be some over the top powerhouse of a beer. It is malty, low bitterness (IBU), and sessionable with a modest 5.20% ABV. I had this beer sitting in my den and before drinking it I didn't have great expectations because I just figured I wouldn't like this beer style very much. I was pleasantly wrong! I'll be coming back to this beer. I haven't drank Bud Light, Coors, Miller, etc in years. I'd drink this any day over those. This reminds me of a much evolved and better version of light thirst quencher beers.

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

A clear reddish gold beer with a white head and lots of lacing left behind. There is a nice caramel aroma with some yeast and toasted malts. The flavor is pleasant with a good toasted malt, fruit and caramel taste. This isn't the greatest beer ever brewed but it is tasty and accessible. I like it.

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Photo of DaverCS
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a filtered Amber color. 1 finger of head.

Aroma is of toasted malts, barley, some citrus. A bit vague.

Taste is light and citrusy with a moderate malt backbone. Nothing complex... Very simple but easy to drink. A bit of oatmeal.

Overall, the beers okay but not special. I see this pairing well with Indian curry. It gets a 78/100.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep orange with a medium-sized off-white head. Head retention is poor, with some lacing strands left behind. Musky and bright malt aroma. Flavor profile is light, with notes of musky, bread malt, and dark fruit. Mouth feel is carbonated, fizzy, a little watery. It's all tied together with a medium-thin consistency. Overall, it's an alright brew. It is easy to drink and pleasing, but not something to seek out.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber colored with excellent clarity. There's a quarter inch of off white resting on top. Light lacing. Aroma is of marzipan to lightly bready malt with a hint of honey. The taste is much lighter than the nose. That marzipan note is there but is very gentle with a light amount of amber malt. The mouth is light with a trace of a mineral texture.

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Photo of Premo88
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic
(enjoy by Sept 4, 2016)

L: clear gold, orange, topped with 1 1/4-inch head of offwhite/beige foam that's sticky at the top; keeps a well-defined collar of beige foam and about 50% of a skin; clarity is stunning

S: dusty fruit, like a super light dusty abbey ale, very sweet with lots of light malt aroma; orange peel; the malt is bready and sweet enough to come off like donuts

T: lightly toasted malt, sweet, peach/apricot fruity, little hop flavor, no bitterness; over time, an earthy/medicinal flavor shows up midswallow; toasted corn, sweet enough to taste like toasted creamed corn

F: light but solid, plenty of carbonation, a bit prickly but still easy to drink

O: like a California common without the hop bite, it's fruity sweet and malty with little to no bitterness; lots of flavor and so easy to drink; I slept on this beer for years and years but no more -- it's tasty, simple but very good with an nice mix of grain and malt flavors, and the medicinal buildup is negligible; I'll be drinking plenty of this in the future

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Photo of jasadewi
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, light amber color with a small head and a small amount of pretty, light lacings.
S: Smells of bread malts. Interesting sweet smell of sweet honey and malts.
T: Some crackerish and bread malts. I mostly taste notes of honey and caramel. There are some light citrus orange notes as well.
M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Sweet malt finish.
O: This is a great smelling and fine tasting honey and caramel based Amber Ale. I would recommend this one, especially since it's so easy to get.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First pour you have a nice amber color and great foamy head. Smells like malt and little citrus in there. Taste is full, almost like a malty feel in mouth, very smooth going down. Has some carbonation in there, but not too much. This is a fantastic beer cold and out of tap, my local bar always has on tap and its just refreshing. Price is very good and always available, great every day beer.

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Photo of laketang
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. pour from a bottle, clear amber in color with very little head
slight citrus with some dried cherries and ripe melon,looking for toast, found none
dry , malty and mild
thin, pleasing bitterness, no carbonation to speak of
I revisited this beer, and had a better experience twice now.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.25] Nice amber honey colored beer. The beer forms 1 full finger of thick white head. The head clings to the glass and leaves nice arcs of lacing. The bottle lists the ABV (5.2%) and there is a born on date of (04/12/16)

S: [3.25] It seems impossible but I am getting coffee. Then I get corn and some grassiness.

T: [3.25] Very mild flavor. Corn flakes, sweet bread/crackers, honey. Mild grassiness.

M: [3.25] Lower carbonation and below medium body. Nothing lingering on the finish.

O: [3.50] This is an Amber Ale but to me it has all of the telltale signs of a lager. The corn forward flavor seems very lager-esque. The beer is trivially easy to drink. I could put away several of these without much effort. Not the greatest beer ever but it would be a great dock beer.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is clear and amber with a active bubbles and a creamy just off white head that lasted and fell clinging. Biscuity with a crisp hop. Soft and earthy with subtle fruitiness. The malt expands softly to the palate with a freshness to the hop in the middle. Nuts. Sweetly nutty. Earthy dry finish with a resounding hop bitterness. It did drink a bit thinly for the style but I enjoyed the hop presence and the light bubbly finish.

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Photo of shabbtastic
2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Always wanted to try New Belgium as its new to our area and boy was I disappointed. It starts out looking good in the glass but it's a downhill from there and rather steeply I might add. Smells of wet dog fur - very musty and dank. The taste up front is solid and gets your hopes up only to disappoint with a stinging dry bland follow. If this is a benchmark from New Belgium my enthusiasm for another one of their offerings has fizzled just like their Amber Ale did half way through my pint. Just an average beer in a cool bottle and hyped beyond deserving.

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Photo of rockinrickster
4.55/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I forgot how much I like this. I've been on an IPA binge lately and needed a little rehab LOL. This is a very good beer. But then again I like everything from New Belgium I've tried.

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Photo of Evanpom1
2.13/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer is very disappointing. It looks nice, smells nice, starts out nice, but it finishes with a strong lack of any flavor. Very bland and unappealing.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

One of those beers I've always wanted to try but could never find.

Look: Pours an orange hue with a one finger, beige head. Laces the glass okay.

Smell: Loads of sweet caramel malt, a touch of slightly bitter grassy hops and a hint of roasted nuts.

Taste: Rich, yet smooth and restrained flavors of caramel and cornbread upfront. A very nice, dry, grassy, European noble hop note on the end to round it all off. The beer goes down easy and as you become accustomed to the taste, hints of toffee, molasses and toasted nuts emerge.

Feel: Light and supple. Low carbonation. Silky and thin. A little too watery.

Overall: I was expecting a more robust flavor from this but it did not disappoint. This is a very enjoyable, easy drinking amber ale.

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Photo of ClassicBlur04
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was my staple beer when I lived in AZ. It's the beer that started me on beer. Malty and smooth, it's perfect after mountain biking. So glad it's now available in PA.

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Photo of FBarber
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice amber color with a thin off white head. Smell is malty, bready and slightly floral hop notes. taste follows the nose with a nice simple malty flavor and some mild hop bitterness. Feel is light, pretty crisp and drinkable. Overall a nice simple amber ale. Nothing special, but solid and accessible.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's a popular beer, but not my style. I've been trying red ales for the past 6 or 8 months, but this one is not especially hoppy. Poured into a pint glass from the familiar bottle. Nice bottle art.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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