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 Drew966
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fat Tire Amber Ale pours a light amber color with a thick, fluffy white head. Aroma is biscuity, but not exactly what I was expecting. I kept thinking that I smelled carob. This carob like flavor was also in the taste. Otherwise, the flavor of the beer was dominated by biscuity flavors. Not really what I expect in an amber ale, but decent. Worth a try.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this via trade with Csims. Definitely a treat to have way out here in NH. I've had it a couple of years ago in Texas on tap and this definitely brought back good memories.

A - Wonderful amber color, nice off white head that dissipates quickly.
S - Caramel and toasted malt and biscuit.
T - Not much of a caramel taste, toasted biscuit flavor and nice light malt sweetness with enough hops to keep it balanced but not far into the hops side of a brew. Bitter it is not.
M - almost medium bodied. very crisp and clean going down.
D - From experience, a very drinkable brew that goes great with a variety of foods. Last night's drink was with a steak salad, prior TX sessions were with lot's of great tex-mex barbecue.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber. This poured a crisp and clear golden orange color with lots of fizzy carb bubbles moving on up to form a HUGE fluffy off white head. Great lacing. The aroma was incredibly bread land biscuit like with lots of malt. The hop aroma was light. The taste is really quite sweet and malty. The doughiness is nice but this is perhaps a tad too sweet. The mouthfeel is slick, smooth and tingly. This is a very nice brew to chill out with. It could be a bit more balanced with a tad more hops. This could be a nice session beer, i just wish it was not quite as sweet. Thanks go to my brother for getting me this.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Its crystal clear and a light copper color. It has a nice off white head that laces well.

S - A bready cardboard aroma starts off this beast. It blends witha fruity, spicy caramel, mix. And maybe some corn muffin aroma.... I know but that is the closest thing I can think of.

T - The taste is Malty, toasty, nutty, bready and not too many more words with a "y" on the end. Maybe some of that classic belgian yeast compund that give the yeast aroma.

M - Light, almost thin, and has that sharp carbination feel at first. Leaves the mouth woth nothing afterwards. Doesnt dry out and not real bitter.

D - Very drinkable.

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Photo of grub
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

received this bonus bottle in a recent trade with nlmartin. thanks nate!

pours a pale amber colour with a quarter inch of fairly dense head. the head quickly drops to a thin layer on the surface and a ring of lace around the glass.

aroma is nice. bready and nutty malt. kind of smells like rye bread. just a hint of dried fruit, like dates or prunes.

taste is interesting. bready and biscuity malt. toasty. definite toasted rye bread flavour. no trace of hop flavour or bitterness. kind of peppery spice to it too. it's strange, but i get a distinct flavour of milkbone out of it. i haven't tasted one since i was a kid, but i definitely get that character.

mouthfeel is good. it feels kind of big with moderate carbonation.

drinkability is pretty good, but i'm thrown off by the milkbone character. i'll have to try another one of these sometime to see if it's an odd bottle or not.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a modest white head that hangs around for a while and leaves some splashes of lace

Smell: Beguiling aroma of toffee, perhaps a touch of candi sugar and a floral quality

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity taste that, after the swallow, is joined by more caramel malt; a slight balancing effect from the hops but this is primarily a malty beer; odd aftertaste that is slightly tart

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink but I'll put this in the Shiner Bock category as being hyped beyond its quality; nevertheless, I would drink this over Shiner Bock any day

Thanks, oxymoron, for the opportunity

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Photo of TechMyst
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Container Volume: 650ml

Container type: bottle

Fresh: y

Purchased @: Sullivan's (Harvard)

Cost: ~$2.50

Head: 1/8th "

Lace: decent

Reflected- yellow
Transmitted- deep red tones

Aroma: biscuits and fruit

Mouthfeel: light to med

Palate: adjusts well

Start- crips not sharp
Middle- apple

Comments: It actually does have a rich buttery biscuit taste.

Mowing/Working on car- n
With Friends- y
Sipping- y
Get my buzz on- y

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Photo of cerveza5150
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great session beer...Nice color, not too sweet, and not too strong. I kinda wish the hops flavors and aromas were a little more pronounced, but very good overall. I'll take this any day over any macro-brewed swill. Budweiser be damned, I'll take Fat Tire!!!

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

Thanks to Solomon420 for the chance to try this one.

A: Pours a see through amber copperish color with not much head. No retention. Nice lace.
S: Wheaty malt notes with a slight background of caramel sweetness. Floral armoas are detected also.
T/M: Interesting. Very smooth and easily drinkable. Caramel malt notes with a slight floral hop presence. Light body, but there is a slight butteryness to it. Slides through the mouth finishing dry and leaving a wheatyness on the back of the tongue. Not much going on in this one--somethings there, but its just not screaming.
D: Pretty drinkable. I can see this being a good session beer. Unfortunatley it's not a regular east of the Great River.

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Photo of TheLiterati
1.92/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle says best before 29 Sept 06. It's exactly a month before that date, and I'm now wondering if it's too late, or if I just have a bad bottle.

I've had Fat Tire before, both bottled and on tap, and this is NOT what I remember. Even served some from a different bottle at a tasting I hosted just a few days ago and enjoyed it much more.

The beer is beautifully amber, deep in color with a pleasant effervescence. But when I raised the glass to my nose I was repulsed by the odor of – sorry to be crass – vomit.

After backing away from the glass and letting it sit a spell, I came back to give it another whiff, and the unpleasant smell had given way to something a bit more tolerable, though for the life of me, I can’t put a name to it. Maybe molasses, a little caramel, a bit like a biscuit. But there’s still something skanky lurking under there.

I hate to waste beer, I really do, so before giving up on this one without tasting it, I grabbed some saltines to clear my palate and hoped for the best.

I take a sip and again, I’m baffled. I just don’t remember this beer tasting this way. It’s not awful – it’s just not great. While the mouthfeel is actually nice enough, the taste is just off.

I don’t know what else to say. Drinkable on tap, but the bottles seem to lack consistency in quality.

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Photo of biercircus
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has some sentimental value to me because it was my first New Belgium brew. New Belgium introduced me to the wonderful world of Belgian beer culture as well as the rapidly-expanding American microbrewing industry. Cheers to the NB. Anyway. This beer, while not their best, is a reliable one. I had my most recent one in a New Belgian snifter.

A- nice amber opacity. Some extra bubbles which linger on the edges of the glass, although not a big head.

S- malty hoppiness, molasses, maple syrup, chocolate, cough medicine.

T- very flavorful, lots of chocolaty maltiness, hoppy finish, but very smooth taste, not a hint of bitterness, but also not a sweet beer.

M- carbonated, almost nitro, silky, nice amount of faint hops lingering on the palate.

D- Very easy to drink, refreshing, goes down nice.

Thank goodness they finally started distributing to Southern California.

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Photo of therica
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one fine beer. I'd heard so much hype about it that I was hesitant to even waste my time. My duh.

Pours a nice-looking orange-gold, with a huge frothy foamy head of miniscule bubbles. Even the foam tastes great. The foam gradually dissipated into separate but still foamy islands.

Taste-- very nice, malty up-front, little carbonation annoyance, nice bouquet, hint of hops but not very bitter. A nice bouquet of flavors that are subtle, not overdone. It's more of an ale than amber, nearly bordering on ale with some amber to it.

It's not overly filling or bloating, so this would be a great one for session. I missed my chance to try it on-tap while traveling throughout the northwest USA (or at least I've forgotten if I had any), but I will be sure to grab this at the next available tap I see.

Definitely "way up there" on my list of more or less traditional US beers that are actually worthwhile.

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Photo of PhiloPsych
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fat Tire is a nice looking light-medium amber. It pours a big, bubbly head. It has good taste up front, but finishes a bit weak. The moutfeel is a little watery. It's not a bad beer, though. It looks nice and is quite drinkable. At 5.2% it would make a pretty good session beer--not strong, but not too weak, either.

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Photo of blackie
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The tumbler is handed to me with a fluffy off white head that slowly falls back just a little and then comes almost to a halt with about half an inch left...very nice retention. The beer is a clear amber in color.

smell: Wet, stale toast and a light hint of nutty malt. A touch of sour fermented grain. No noticeable hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a smooth upper medium, and the body light...slightly watery.

taste: Very similar to the aroma. Toasted bread and watery biscuits upfront, with a light sweetness. No hop flavor and just a touch of bitterness. Not much else to it and a little watery.

drinkability: easy enough to drink, just not that much of an amber/red

bomber split with dirtylou during my stay in WI

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Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, split with blackie, brought back from Seattle for about 4 bucks

appearance: poured into a New Glarus/Red Shed pint glass, very clear amber, frothy white head with decent lacing

smell: light grain aromas are dominant, moderate apple sweetness, mildly floral

taste: As a teenager on the east coast/midwest phish parking lot scene, I was led to believe this would be the beer to end all beers...everywhere you go people rave about the legend of fat tire that it assumes mythological levels. Of course this is probably all a result of west coasters thinking (very incorrectly) that they are superior to the east. But I digress...This is not a bad beer, but its not a great or original beer either...I enjoy the biscuit/nutty flavours, mild grain, light fruit sweetness, light earthy hop character

mouthfeel: a tad thin

drinkability: high

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Photo of vanrassel
2.71/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer looked nice, but it was mostly downhill from there. It wasn't a terrible experience by any stretch of the imagination, but I can't say I liked this beer all that much.

It poured from a 650 mL bomber a nice amber colour with a bit of a coppery tinge topped by a nice head. The smell was downright unpleasant at first: dark malts and a subtle nutiness almost completely overpowered by a sour aroma.

The sourness carried over to the taste, though the effect seemed to moderate a bit as the beer warmed and I picked up some biscuit-like taste and some toffee sweetness. Those observations elevated this beer, to me, from downright unpleasant to at least tolerable. Not much more good to say about it, though.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a mug. Exp date: Nov 10, 2006

Pours deep yellow, almost orange. Creates an egg-white head with some retention, then settles into a thin cap. A little bit of webbed lacing.

Weak grainy scents are present along with hints of fruit.

The malts create an almost liquid-biscuit flavor. Huskey aftertaste along with a hop-bitter finish that sticks around for a bit.

Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Drysing finish along with a crisp feel.

This is a popular craft beer (almost reaching the "ubiquitous ranks" of Sierra Nevada and Guinness) that gets the job done. Refreshing, yet comes with generous flavor.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear amber with off white head with some lace. Aroma is bread like malts and fruit. Taste is malts with some noticeable hop bitterness and some fruit like flavors as well. Medium bodied with a little bite from the carbonation. I've never had another beer quite like this. There aren't any extreme qualities to this beer, its just a unique tasting great session beer. I highly reccomend this.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours into the glass a crystal clear pale amber color with a meringue-like finger of frothy head. The lacing was generous.

The smell was sweet roasty malt, light caramel, faint fruitiness, and an earthy, nutty note.

The taste is a good sweet toasted malt base. Molasses, and dry nutty husk-like grainy flavor. Just enough hops to bring balance.

The mushroomy/nutty flavor is something you will either love or hate. I found it to be a very different. It's almost tastes like grains of paradise and the added dry nuttiness.

Moderate carbonation. Medium bodied. Dry "nutty" lingering mouthfeel.

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Photo of Winter
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rare treat from Colorado. A coworker's relative brought some and she was kind enough to share with me. Pours a clear copper in color with a light khaki head. The nose consisted of caramel and toasted malt, with a slight ale fruitiness to it. Medium-bodied in mouthfeel, with a slight crispness around the edges of the tongue. Buttery toasted biscuit flavor and plenty of malt sweetness on the front. Texture and taste slides to a grainy flavor in the middle. There's just the right amount of hop bitterness to contrast the malty sweetness. It's perfectly balanced in that aspect. Finish has almost a slight nuttiness to it with alcoholic vapors. This is amazingly quaffable. Probably one of the best ambers I've ever tried.

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Photo of BurnsTau
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber-copper, decent amount of head, little lacing.

Smell is definitely malty sweetness, some fruit notes in there too.

Taste is clean crisps malts. Bit of sweet fruit flavor and a tiny hop aftertaste. Doughy malts dominate throughout this beer. Good medium body/carbonation. Everything about this beer is made to relax and enjoy. Nothing too complex but definitely very drinkable.

Overall great for what it is, an amber. If you're into the style then this is a great beer for you.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A friend said I had to try this...of course, since he loves Coors Light, I should have known better. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber to a golden amber, with thick off-white head that lingered throughout and excellent lacing...so far, so good. Unfortunately, the aroma was a mixture of stale hoppiness and mildewed dishrag. While the flavor was smooth, I was unable to detect any particular taste. Body was very thin, which led to a watery finish, that very quickly dissipated to no finish. Cute name, but I’ve had a lot better beer.

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Photo of drugsbunny
2.06/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"Not impressed" seems to cover it. I had this on tap out West, but I drank it after I had been drinking some glorious Sierra Nevada, fresh as I ever get it in New York. So this hop-less amber was a big disappointment. Nice red color though, but I wasn't taking pictures of this beer. If you drink Fat Tire, make sure you don't do so after drinking some wonderful hoppy beer. Otherwise all you get is a cloying sweet taste that was too much for me to even finish it. Skip this amber for many other worthy examples.

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Photo of UberWasser
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Fat Tire pours a crisp, clear medium amber color with a nice thick head that starts out frothy like a cappucino and ends up, just before dissipating all together, looking like the craggy foam on an angry sea shore. The foam seems stick and laces the side of the glass nicely. Attractive.

The smell is quite nice, dominated by grainy bread like notes with some spicy hop presence to balance.

The taste follows suit, with a slight sweet-bread flavor starting on the tongue, developing into a more grainy bread crust flavor partway through, and finishing with a spicy and slightly fruit hop kick just at the end. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel has always suffered in the bottle for this beer, in my opinon. The nice head that it gets on a medium pour seems to sap the beer of all of its carbation...it was quite flat to me, as usual. My dad agrees and tends to refer to it as "Flat Tire".

That mouthfeel sort of cuts into the drinkability for me, leaving my mouth feeling somewhat bored. Good looks, good smells and good flavors, just doesn't feel right.

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Photo of teg8612
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Light clear amber color with a half inch head. Lace on the glass as you drink.

S-Bready and spicy. Nice aroma.

T-Bready malt taste with buttery notes. Spicy and a good balance of hop bitterness. My beer was a little too cold and from a freshly tapped keg so it seemed milder/lighter tasting than what I remember.

M-Light to medium bodied. Not heavy on the tongue and medium carbonation.

D-A very good beer. I could stick with this for a long beer session. The recipe seems to have mellowed a little from what I remember, lighter with less malt and spice but this could be the tap I was drinking from. Not sure. Still good never-the-less.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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