Fat Tire Amber Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale
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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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Added by kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Photo of clippersfanbob
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This well-crafted beer pours a beautiful medium amber with hints of brick red and a nice off-white head that laces well down the glass. A moderately malty aroma follows with notes of honey and nuts. This is a supremely easy-drinking amber with a good balance between malt and hops, and a pleasant smokey character. The taste is marked by flavors of nuts, wood, and a delicate splash of citrus, with a clean, crisp finish.

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

I sampled a couple of these on tap at the 1505 in Modesto, CA.

Served in standard pint glass the beer was slightly hazy tan with a decent tan head. Good lacing.

My first impression when smelling this beer was sweet malts, some grass and a bit of hard candy.

The taste tracks very similar to the smell. This is a sweet beer with hops pushed into the background. You also get some fruit and a dash of nuts. Not bad at all if you like a sweeter beer.

The mouth was above average with good pinpricks of carbonation. Drinkablity is fine, but two is about enough for me as the beer is a bit to sweet to be a session beer.

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Photo of theozag
2.28/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer appears in the glass as a clear yet dark amber after pouring a deeper wood brown colors. The eggshell-white head fades very fast.

Smell is faint but what I can detect seems sharply sour.

The start of Fat Tire is rough with plenty of hop bitters. The beer then settles medium-bodied, bitter, and with a distinctly heavy taste. Flavors in this beer include caramel and oats, but it is overall slightly dry in the mouth and unpleasant. Finish provides the strongest of the flavors in this beer with just one extra bitter hit as Fat Tire heads out of your mouth. There is a lasting but not terribly bad aftertaste.

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Photo of xoqx
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – A light amber-copper, one finger head dwindles to broken islands of foam and lots of lacing from top to bottom in a gothic church window pattern.

Smell – malt, grass, mild hopiness

Taste – moderate heavy sweet malt. There is a wonderful burst of malt at the beginning of the sip, followed by a brief hop taste that rises and falls across the palate pretty quickly and never outsteps the sweet malts. The substantial malt body carries through the long finish.

Mouthfeel – medium-rare. The malts are so significant in this one, it's almost easy to overlook that is has a surprisingly light mouthfeel.

Drinkability – I think the super impressive malts combined with the very light mouthfeel are a large part of the very good drinkability of this beer. I think New Belgian struck gold with this one.

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Photo of jdm
2.62/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

pours a one and a half finger head and a light copper color. the head is creamy white and fairly dense. earthy, musty smell that is not very appealing, like a cross between tea and fresh mud. heavy on the mud. substantial mouth feel. the slick hangs around a bit. medium carbonation. i taste the mud as well. at least it is sweet mud, as there is ample evidence of malt along with it. i am not getting past that aroma. this just apparently is not my beer as i have read a sampling of other reviews but cannot agree. ps; i know i have a distaste, or should i say dis-smell, for fuggles as an aroma hop and i am pretty sure that is what is going on here with the earthy aroma, so if you don't have this personal dislike, disregard the above review.

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3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A light orange amber body shows a bit of bubbley carbonation. Head is a thick foamy tan that holds its form well.

Nose brings a raw malty feel to the nose, along with that is a fresh field note of wheat. You deffinetly notice a herbal backround also.

Enters the mouth with a distinct nutty, herbal feel. Maybe a hint of hazel nut. A very raw fresh feel overall to this beer but it is smooth and mellow, wery easy to drink.

It finishes soft and fuzzy on the mouth.

A very nice american belgium amber. A very clean refreshing amber. Early fall is a good time for this one to be tasted. Nothing really fat about it though.

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Photo of charlatan
2.38/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle has December freshness date. Beer pours a fairly dark amber with a minimal head. It has an unpleasant musty basement smell which suggests malt domination. Its malty flavour reminds me at best of chocolate graham crackers, and at worst of stale digestives. Does have decent carbonation.

I had thought that perhaps my draught experiences of Fat Tire were unfortunately with stale beer, but apparently this was not the case.

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pour out of the bottle into a tulip glass
A dark amber yellow color with a thin white head
Vey good flavor, a light a first feel on the palate.
rich malt flavor with a nutty/fruity finish
I enjoyed this beer with an alfredo pasta dish and it complimented it nicely
Very good if you are a wit beer or pale ale fan

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Photo of whynot44
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear light amber color with a decent ivory head that hangs around for a while and leaves a nice bit of lacing behind.

Mild bready aroma with a bit of herbal hops.

Light/medium bodied with a nice bready, nutty malt flavor with a definite touch of hops bitterness and aftertaste to balance it out.

Decently drinkable.

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

On tap this is way superior to the bottle, an entirely different beer. Overall a great crossover with a good bisuity malt profile. Seems "smoother" on tap overall. A great beer to drink large quantities of in my opinion. Don't buy in a bottle if you can help it.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass clear golden amber with an off-white and frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly, lacing the glass.

The aroma was nice caramel coupled with a good malt backbone and a nice nuttiness. The aroma most closely resembled Munich malt.

The flavor was malty with a nutty character and a light hop bittering which kept the malt in check. The malt and hop balance was well done but malt led the charge and won the war in this battle. The flavors were nicely crisp.

The finish was dry with a light crispness into the afteraste. The body was medium and well done with a nice acidic bite from the carbonation. Very easy to drink.

12 ounce bottle dated 21 Oct 05. Thanks mentor!

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased for four bucks at the nice Victorianesque dining joint at the base of Chautauqua Park in Boulder. First off, the ringed brown bottle with the brewery name was pretty cool.

Your expected amber with off white head and a load of carbonation feeding it. Not much retention, but excellent lacing throughout the pint glass. Bready and caramel malts with just a little bit of herbal hops. That same caramel and biscuit malt comes back in the flavor. The herbal and citrus hops are there in the finish. Comes off as an easy drinking medium bodied brew. Not earth shattering, but smooth, drinkable, and enjoyable. I see why this appears all over the state.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mentor I finally get the opportunity to try this one! Pours from the cool ringed bottle a crystal golden amber color with a small sprase white head that quickly recedes. Aromas of are big on freshly baked bread with ribbons of caramel. Subtle herbal/citric hoppiness lingers in the background. Biscuity. Laid back nose.

First sip brings a big caramelly, biscuity bready maltiness that rushes across the palate with some light fruit tones peeking out as well. Mellow, clean herbal, slightly citirc hops follow on the way down. Toasty flavors abound and set this one apart. This might not be anything earth shattering...but it's a solid amber ale.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied with a light silkiness as it rolls across the palate. It works well for the style. As for drinkability...I could easily session this beer and see why it is so popular. A great crossover beer that's easy to approach. It's too bad I can't get New Belgium brews in IL yet.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one wasn't quite what I was expecting when I ordered, but an interesting pint just the same. On tap @ The Flying Saucer, San Antonio TX.

Pours a dark amber in color, with some ruby tones around the edges, brown toward the center of the glass. Nose is quite grainy, bready/biacuity, quite sweet to begin with but there is a faint hint of a hop profile detectable. Taste is quite strong following the nose closely, tastes much strong than 5.3% to me, that's for sure. You taste every percentage point of that one, for sure. A bit harsh and astringent, I can't help but to think it may have had something to do with tap line problems though, keep 'em clean boys! Quite malty though, and quite syrupy in a fruity sort of way, a bit overpowering to that end.

Not a bad beer, but as it was server it suffered from some balance issues and some unintended flavors I think.


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Photo of Domingo
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

One of my session beers of choice, especially when it's available in any bar or restaurant in the state. Here in Colorado it's also the ultimate fallback beer as you can find it literally anywhere beer is sold.
Color is a rich reddish brown. I'd describe it as the color as finished cherry wood, but still opaque enough to see cleanly through.
The smell is of roasted malts, but with a sweetness at the end.
Taste is very clean and reminds me of roasted malts, but shockingly with a tiny hint of strawberry thrown in. I've never heard anyone mention that (other than myself) but once I mention it, it seems like everyone notices it! There's also a hint of a graham cracker flavor. Not a strong hop presense, but there's a hint in the finish.
It's one of those brews that I can keep drinking one after another. ABV is just right, too.
It's not perfect, but for the price and availabilty it's a great everyday beer to have on hand. It's also a wonderful gateway beer for those who've only been exposed to BMC.

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3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fat Tire is a bright, clear amber color with some gold highlights. A 1/4" off-white head falls quickly to a cap. Very light lacing.

The aroma is bready with a bit of chocolate from the malt. Nice hoppy citrus character mixed in with smell of hay. Nice malty aroma.

Taste is earthy with some of the chocolate malt from the nose. Some sort of grainy(oat??) flavor in there as well.Light hop bite in the liquid as well. Nicely balanced overall, leans only slightly to the malty side.

Mouthfeel is good, it is a little less than full-bodied but worlds away from thin. Good carbonation, high drinkability. Smooth easy session stuff full of good flavor.

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Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear amber in color with a 1" head that slowly receded to a surface foam. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: the aroma is of caramel and soft citrus.

Taste: this beer has a nice dry malty backbone as caramel, light orange, bread, and a mild bitterness complete the flavor tones.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. The mouthfeel is dry and lightly crisp at the start, and finishes dry with a short caramel and bready aftertaste.

Drinkability: a solid beer that is nicely drinkable on any occasion.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been thoroughly impressed with this Amber ale since visiting Colorado last year (though for some reason, I failed to review it). Excellent balance of malts and hops makes this one of the most drinkable beers I've had in quite some time. Nice light ruby ale with great mouthfeel. Too bad I cannot find this Charlotte.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm having a bad night of reviews. This is the second beer in a row that had dissapointed to say the least.

The biggest problem I have with this beer is the heavy grainy/earthy smell and taste that you have to basically drink this quickly or the aftertaste will annoy you. Malty but this beer is really unfocused on what its supposed to be. It wants to be an amber ale but its to earthy/biscuity to qualify in my judgement. My wife tasted it as well and couldnt take another drink and she loves amber ale's. sometimes theres a reason that beers are on-sale all the time and this one seems to always be on-sale.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light golden with a nice light beige head and nice active carbonation. Toasty biscuity grainy malt aroma and flavor. Nutty character with no hops noticeable. Light-medium bodied and fairly smooth with a dry toasty malt finish.

Good but highly overrated. I don't get it but remember only tasting hops in this once when I first tried it on draft in CO.

Per Label: 5.2% ABV

Best Before: 01/17/05
Tasted: 07/14/05

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Photo of carln26
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured from the bottle a clear gold to amber with a decent sized cream colored head. The head receded quickly and left a nice lace on the glass. The aroma has a bit of roast malt up front backed by caramel and toffee from the malt. The taste has the same roast malt with a little nutty character. The caramel toffee note is there too, and just a hint of citrus from the hops. Nice smooth mouth feel leads to a high drinakbility. This is the Rocky Mountain and Midwest staple. Every liquor store and many bars have it available. Not a bad choice.

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Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light honey color, with a beige head that rises up and settles quickly. Subtle aroma of lightly toasted malt, a bit flowery, some honey and fruit. Flavor is unassuming, lightly toasted malt, no hops to speak of, bits of honey and butterscotch, but not much else. Smooth mouthfeel, even carbonation. Good with a meal because it doesn't overpower any flavor but accompanies many pretty well. It's just a solid basic beer with good malt flavor, very drinkable.

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Photo of ryantupy
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a very bright copper hue. It smelled like biscuity malt with a hint of something floral. I wasent to concerned with the smell as it was the taste I most enjoyed. It was very medium bodied (but in a good way) very clean and very smooth going down. Very malty and toasty especially the lingering aftertaste. Its a great Ale my friends and I enjoy and I definatly reccommend it.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a clear, amber brew that arrived with not much head. Not sure if they poured it that way or not.

Aroma was mainly malty and not sweet. Not too many layers to it.

Taste was of bitter hops over a medium malt body. Again, not too layered, but not bad.

Mouthfeel was pretty normal for a beer of this style. Drinkability... well, it was about average. Nothing tremendous. Better than the macros they had on tap, that's for sure.

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Photo of rowew
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz long neck bottle with a raised ring on the neck Best before date, ABV, and recommended serving temperature all clearly marked.

Appearance: Poured into my New Belgium globe (great all purpose glass, by the way!). Red orange color with a medium sized head.

Smell: Lots of biscuity malt and some bread and yeast mixed in. There is also just a hint of fruit.

Taste: The same biscuit found in the aroma definitely comes through in the beer. Malt dominated, with the hops in the background. Clean and crisp taste.

Overall impression: Does this beer deserve the cult status it has? Probably not. Is it a damned fine beer? Definitely. Great session beer, and no one but the most ardent beer geek or BMC fanatic will ever turn one down.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 8,881 ratings