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

APPEARANCE: Darker amber with a finger of khaki head that dissipates slowly. Good looking carbonation when rocking the glass. Fair lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Sweet bready malt, caramel, a little nutty, some dried dark fruit like raisin and prune.
TASTE: Just as aroma.
FEEL: Good level of carbonation, medium thin body, a little slick up front and slightly drier on the finish.
OVERALL: Not bad. Not a ton going on, overall, but, would be good while watching a couple of football games. I'll take this over the usual 'football' brews any day of the week, and a 6'er on Sunday.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 Oz brown bottle with a raised ring around the neck. I enjoy almost all labels, but for some reason I just don't like this one. Poured into a Belgian pint glass.

A - light amber in color with a slight hint of haze, but minimal. Tight white head quickly fades to a ring of thin lace leaving a few splotches of stick.

S - bright fruity hops with rose pedals and an excellent suggestion of watermelon? Biscuit malt rounds out a very nice nose.

T - fruity hops and biscuit malt blend very well. Some Belgian sugar and mild cherry.

M - a touch on the light side and usually I want thicker and stickier from this style, but Fat Tire has an unusual quality going on and makes for not only a bright flavorful amber ale, but one that's very refreshing.

O - I had Fat Tire years ago, and while that review was lost in time I once again stumbled across this while out of town for work in the beautiful state of WV. This is a very good ale and one I can add to the list of introduction into the craft beer world. New Belgium have stood the test of time thus far and rightfully so. Their flagship is one of those special ales we sometimes forget about.

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Photo of MusaJames
4.36/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't even know why I tried this beer many years ago as this isn't my favorite style of beer. Having said that this is one of my favorites! Full of flavor and easy drinking.

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Photo of Lagerlivesmatter
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good stuff. Nothing really outstanding here,but also no real faults, just a nice solid Amber Ale. Very easy to drink and unoffensive. Lacking complexity but the style isn't a complex one. Very malty, hops just keep things in check here as one would expect.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I don't think I've ever had a bad amber ale. I also don't think I've ever had an amber ale that blows me away. The style always seems to be pretty good, but not amazing, and Fat Tire is no exception.

Had on draft and yeah, it looks sorta amber, sorta light brown. It smells mild and unassuming. It tastes malty and bready and ever so slightly nutty and spicy. It feels pretty light, you could drink a couple of this without any issue. Overall this is a standard, solid beer. It's what I'd order at a bar if there's nothing better, as was the case for me today.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.6 out of 5 based on 8,562 ratings.
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