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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Added by kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Photo of jtk21351
3.04/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mwilbur
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into NBB snifter.
A: Golden amber hue with a perfect 2 finger creamy white head. Nice.
S: Mild hop aroma with grain essence.
T: Nice dry bite initially giving way to sweet hops, toast, and mild citrus note. Not very complex though.
M: First sip has a dry bite, but very smooth with every sip--or gulp--after. A little light on the tongue and taste quickly dissipates.
D: Quite drinkable. Good sessionability. Goes down easy.
This comes from a fan of NBB...but...I believe Fat Tire is a little over-hyped. It's a good beer, but not great. NBB has several better offerings (La Folie, Abbey, etc.). That being said, I do enjoy the fact that it is now available in MN and will definitely revisit it from time to time.

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Photo of BeastLU
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BigAl18
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of sbricker
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Kevin_Young
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Appearance: light copper, brilliant clarity, thick and creamy off-white head on hard pour, great head retention and lacing

Aroma: malty sweetness, fresh grains (crystal malt?), a faint underlying scent of something like moist devil's food cake, bready/biscuity background, twinge of hops

Flavor: bready/biscuit-like initial flavor with a slight sweetness, smooth European hop flavor comes in as biscuits fade out, semi-dry finish with just a touch of bitterness, superbly balanced

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, crisp carbonation, some astringency

Drinkability: very refreshing and quaffable, a good multi-purpose beer (session drinking, binging, after-work savoring, or pairs well with most foods)

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This pours a nice amber color with a decent white head which leaves behind a little lacing. The smell is of bready malts with a little floral hops. The feel is medium to light. The taste is as expected a little caramel, some biscuit malts with a little hop bite at the end. Overall this is a decent beer, there are far better craft beers but this one is occasionally available in places which only serve the big brand beers and is far better than those.

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of beeragent
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure if New Belgium changed their recipe for this brew, or if my taste has changed that much, but this beer is alot better than I remember it being. Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer pours a medium amber, forming a thick 1 inch off-white head, leaving a good amount of light lacing. The smell is a light aroma of sweet malt, giving it a light nutty aroma. The taste starts off with a good amount of sweet malts up front, followed by the same light nutty/buttery flavor, and finishing with a hint of hops. Relatively light mouthfeel. For a sessionable ale, this hits the spot. Good flavor and alcohol level. Overall, as stated before, I'm not sure if I've changed or if th ebrewery has, but this isnt nearly as bad as I used to think. I will definitely try this again to confirm.

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Photo of TXhomebrewer
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Powderhornphil
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of Fat Tire when I saw that the store carried a large variety of New Belgium Brewing Co.’s beers available in singles. The bottle had a “best before” date of 01-25-04. The beer poured a clear orange/amber color with lots of carbonation rising to a thin ¼” white head. The head had good retention and left some sticky lace down the sides of the glass.
The smell was fruity-sweet. Light caramel malt and aromatic hops were evident. The taste was less sweet than what the smell might indicate but was still enjoyable. Some grainy malt flavor was picked up initially before toffee and nut flavors played across the palate. The finish was modestly bitter and nicely balanced the maltiness from up front. The feel was light and smooth, despite the rather vigorous action of the carbonation, and dry.
I found Fat Tire to be one of the better ambers I’ve had yet. It has a nice malt flavor that is well matched by the hoppy finish. Definitely an amber ale I’d get again.

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

Pours a golden amber with a frothy white head. Nice and lacy. Smell is fruity and lightly yeasty. Light mown hay aromas.

Tastes fruity and very bready. Some citrusy undertones. Nice crispness in the finish. Really it's all about that bready flavor with the fruitiness from the yeast. A crisp lightly bitter finish. Light and refreshing. Much more substancial than most amber ales. A good session beer and very well done taken for what it is.

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Photo of lilsmizzul1225
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Stigs
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, standard pint glass

A - somewhat gentle pour yields about half an inch of forthy and fuzzy very light tan colored foam. the beer is crystal clear, gold in color.

S - big bready malt, honey covered biscuits, cinnamon, nutmeg...one of those distinctive beers that has a smell all to itself.

T - following the nose, first with dominating biscuity malts, freshly baked sweet bread sprinkled with powdered sugar, sweet. lightly spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe some pumkin or squash. minimal but present herbal earthy hops for a small kick in the finish.

M - light bodied, almost a little watery. moderate carbonation, finishes crisp and just slightly oily.

D - easy to see how this is appealing to the masses, and a great "intro" to craft classic. strong but friendly flavors...resfreshing, i wouldnt mind drinking this whenever possible, more than most of the BMC swill out there. compliments some freshly baked zucchini bread rather nicely.

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

pours a slightly amberish copper with an almost two-fingered head that quickly recedes while leaving a bit of lacing.

aroma is of bready malts, caramel and butter. some slight earthy hops and fruity esters present themselves as well.

caramel covered fruits hit first with some nuts, bread, biscuit, and a touch of floral hops.

light-ish medium with an abundance of carbonation and a lingering sweetness.

I can see how its a gateway. though, I don't think I would have ventured further if this was what I was exposed to. too sweet with not enough complexity. one and done with this beer.

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Photo of kushlash23
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of bort11
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Finger's width of head that quickly recedes. Leaves a thin ring around the surface and spots of lacing clings to the glass with each sip. Color is a clear bright coppery amber.

Smell is mildly sweet. Hints of chocolate, tobacco leaf, and hints of ginger. Taste has a lot of chocolate characteristics that finishes with a mild mineral after taste.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a scrubbing carbonation. This is very drinkable. I suppose I have just overlooked Fat Tire just because it is so available. Won't make that mistake again.

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

Copper colored ale with a small white head on top, crystal clear, decent lacing, lots of carbonation. Aroma is bready, cracker-like almost, with a hint of herbal, earthy hops. Taste follows suit with the nose. Definite biscuit malt character in this one, slightly sweet in the middle, woody, earthy hops, and a dry finish. Very, very easy to drink, lower end of medium bodied. This is the beer I credit with getting me into craft beers. Still does the trick for me. Nothing special, but tasty indeed.

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Photo of Rborre321
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of k47k
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.6 out of 5 based on 8,701 ratings.
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