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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of KLHBB
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite iconic. When sampling beers at breweries, the staff will describe their beers as "like a Fat Tire." It's absolutely acceptable and delicious and I will often order it when out at restaurants. Because it's there. Anyway, the color is a light copper penny, smells and tastes of buttered toast. Pleasant mouthfeel, light yet creamy, overall a standard of the style.

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Photo of m_hall
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. longneck, poured into a nonic pint. A crystal clear, brassy-amber beer topped by a thick, twofingers tall cream colored head, that falls to a film, leaving fairly copious spotty lacing.

Aroma has notes of bread, toffee, very light fruit notes (banana, apricot) and slight musty hops.

Flavors are dominated right up front by bready, biscuit-y malts, with some slightly toasted notes and grain working through the mid-palate and towards a finish with dry nutty notes and just a touch of herbal hop bitterness.

Mouth feel is medium, slightly creamy, and at a modest 5.2% ABV this one is very sessionable.

Fat Tire is nearly everywhere these days (at least in my area) and it's easy to see why. It's not particularly outstanding at any one thing- the flavor profile is a bit one-dimensional, if we're being honest- but then again it doesn't miss the mark at anything really. That lack of complexity does make for broad appeal, and also makes for a beer that pairs very well with most any foods. This is a very natural beer for meals at restaurants or when you just want something with just enough substance while still being very easy to crush in large amounts. Solid.

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Photo of lwcreasy
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light copper in color. Inch of white head drops quickly to a film on top of the cloudy brew. Carbonation is visible and there is a very light speckling of lace on the sides of the glass.

Moderate intensity malt is the main aroma to start- biscuit, slight toffee and caramel. A whiff of cooked cabbage (tad of DMS?) and veggies whaffing upward. Unfortunately this nearly out-shadows the quite affable smell of stone fruit that more readily appears as the beer is warming. When its nice and open, the strawberry and biscuit are quite pleasant.

Rich biscuity malt is the first note on the tongue. The beer's backbone becomes more of the grainy-sweet type, especially on the last half of each sip. O.k. finish of more grain. Slight herbal quality to the hops that has to do battle with the less pleasant vegetal-grain hybrid that is increasing in intensity. Still quite nice in spite.

Medium body. Solid finish- not too dry or sweet.

Bonus points for being one of the OG craft beers for me. Finish really could've done with a bit more yum, either from the elevation of the stone fruit or perhaps more of that homey biscuit impression. It's only that inkling of DMS worth knocking in this brew. Solid overall.

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Photo of PDGreenB
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Fat Tire is a very smooth Amber ale with an easily sessionable feel. The taste is very mild and malty with a slightly sweet smell. One could easily drink a few of these and not realize how much they have drank. The mouth feel lasts only for a moment and is rather welcome with more crisp notes off the nose.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wet and bready. Don't get a lot of carbonation. Very drinkable but also forgettable. If someone handed me one I would drink it but wouldn't go out of my way to buy it.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells nutty and bready, with a little caramel and copper.

Immediately tastes really satisfying. Nice depth of malt flavors - caramel up front, bready/biscuity middle, and then that signature nuttiness. Finishes dry, despite the medium-full mouthfeel and caramel notes, with lightly floral hops.

Nothing groundbreaking here, just a solid amber ale with a nutty twist and a caramel malt backbone that never gets too sweet.

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Photo of gandres
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle to wine glass
A: amber, small off white foam, clear
A: grains
T: low bitterness, low tartness, abrupt with long bitter aftertaste
MF: medium carbonation
OA: good beer, not to look nor repeat
Drank: 8/13/2016 9:30 PM

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Photo of MetaDragon
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its smoother than the typical amber and has a crisp bite at the start of the sip that has come to personaify American beer. Get it at the cool end of a hot day.

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Photo of D1noB
2.77/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A heavy grain and malty taste, light hop middle, with a hint of caramel. a beer that grows on you the emptier the bottle becomes.

Taste Rating in Words: You look at your fence-line, there are vines growing everywhere, you hate vine, you grab the clippers, as you approach the fence flowers begin to bloom. You aren't happy about the vines but the flowers look pretty nice, the battle will continue in the fall.

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

Quarter keg into a red plastic cup. It looked OK from above, but it was tough judging clarity, etc. Honestly, it was a little on the sweetish, bready, caramel end of the spectrum for my tastes. Little if any hops presence. Mouthfeel was medium - about what you should expect for an amber. Sweet and bready characteristics carry through the finish. It was OK, but I won't go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.83/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Flat Tire Amber Ale by New Belgium
Look: it is honestly orange with a slight haze to it. I am not sure why they call it an amber ale.
Smell: Sweet, malty, toffee, biscuit, caramel
Taste: Again, sweet, malty, toffe, biscuit and caramel. It tastes almost exactly like the Erie Brewing Rail Bender Ale. It tastes like an old ale, or Scotch ale to me. It is surprising with the slightly lower abv.
Overall: I can not dislike this beer because to me it tastes like one of my favorite beers which is the Erie Railbender ale, but it has less alcahol in it.

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Photo of Caj1
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear amber. 1.5 fingers of head, recedes at a medium pace. Slight lacing.

S: Bready, a little bit of caramel, slightly hoppy, nothing really attention-grabbing.

T: Unfortunately, same as the smell in my opinion. Doesn't really have much that separates it from other beers. Not bad, just not great either.

F: Clean, crisp and refreshing. Does not overstay its welcome, just a tiny bit sticky but not bad at all. Texture is this beer's finest point.

Overall: If you want a no-frills, middle of the road beer that tastes nice without overwhelming the senses, drink it. I'm not a big fan, but it's okay every now and then. I would not pass it up if I saw it on tap at a place that didn't cater to my particular tastes.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - copper body with white head

Smell - apple skin, caramel

Taste - apple, slight caramel, bready malts, grains

Mouthfeel - medium body, medium carbonation, bready, slightly bitter finish

Overall - decent beer here that doesn't do a lot to separate itself from the pack or to make itself memorable. Glad to have tried it.

Price Point - $1.99/12 oz can

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Photo of 88caprice
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Looks clear as a bell and is the color of orange-tinged apple juice. Thin head and minimal lacing.
Smells sweet, fruity, and malty. Like a mix of ripe pear and toasted grains.
Tastes mildly tangy and malty. Biscuity. Somewhat one dimensional.
Feels medium bodied and a little creamy.

Overall very enjoyable and straight forward.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love em
Drop biscuits especially

If you like biscuits you will like this

Worthy of its reputation.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into Perfect Pint Glass
BB 9/25/16
L- clear bright amber, thick fluffy off-white head, slowly bubbles away
S- caramel malt, floral yeasty aroma with lemon notes
T- this beer is basically all malt almost in a stale sort of way, slight fruitiness with a bit of spice on the finish
F- medium bodied, crisp
O- nice beer, definitely a good beer to "introduce" people to craft beer

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Photo of Parmesan
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Clear amber color that pours with a very small head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S: Lots of biscuity malt with hints of nutty malt. Notes of a honey sweetness,

T: Sweet malt, biscuit, and bready malt, slight hop spiciness at the end. This beer is a little sweet for me at times.

F: Medium body and carbonation . It is a pretty easy drinking beer.

O: A solid beer, not a mind blowing beer but definitely an easy drinking classic.

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Photo of EMH73
2.51/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ordered on tap, it was a nice Amber color with almost no head. First sip was so flat that I thought the keg was bad so I returned it and got it in a bottle. Once again a nice Amber color with almost no head. Smell is sweet malts and some caramel. Taste is grossly disappointing with malt, caramel and nut notes. Minimally carbonated, flat and light bodied. Grossly disappointed, will not have again.

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Photo of zshaft
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

so ive heard a lot about this beer and brewery and thought id give it a go. the go was not all that good. watery malty muted and just at best a average amber. ive had much better and will stick with the better.

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Photo of dsa7783
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza. Pours an amber, copper hue. Minimal head. Faint notes of caramel and malt in the tongue. Sessionable for most although I wasn't a fan. As close to macro from a micro as possible.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a dogfish tulip glass.

Look is an orange Amber with a thin white head.

Aroma is malty molasses.

Taste is lot of that biscuity malt. Dry finish.

Heavy beer, sits thick on the tongue.

Decent sipper.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle brought back from New York City. Pours a cloudy dark amber colour with a white head and lively carbonation. Aromas of malt, raisin and nuts. Tastes of Caramel malt, biscuits , fruits, raisins and nuts with a medium hoppy bitterness in the finish.

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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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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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