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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Added by kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Photo of ruckus232
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Dark orange with slight haze, small white bubbly head, and spotty lacing.

Smells of warm, rich, toasted malts, fresh bread and light herbal hops. Mild spice notes and sweetness.

Taste is more lightly roasted malts, hints of honey sweetness, faint floral hop character and refreshing clean spice.

Feel is refreshing and easy. Well carbonated.

Very tasty overall. A nice treat from the West.

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Photo of scratch69
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Clear copper color with a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Caramel malt and biscuit aroma with a hint of yeast.

Taste- Very similar to the nose but with a more pronounced caramel malt sweetness. It has just enough fruity hop flavor to balance it out.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall- Many years ago this beer and Samuel Adams are what got me into trying different craft beers. I decided to try it again and it was like revisiting an old friend that I haven't seen for years. Very good beer that I need to drink more often.

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

Photo of BrewSTL
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Goliath
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a two inch light tan head. There is retention and a nice bit of lacing.

The aroma is fine. There is a swwet caramel aroma with a bit of an agressive hay quality. There is also a faint hop aroma in the background.

The taste is fine. A light hop presence adds a bit of bitterness to the beer. The beer is a bit more malt forward though. There's a nice dose of caramel and again I get a hay like character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little on the flat side. It's kind of dull and lifeless.

Drinkability is fairly high. The ABV is relatively low making it a more sessionable beer. The flavor profile is unique but not overly impressive. I can't see myself draining more than a handful of these without getting bored.

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Photo of AleHunter805
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ryanflc
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Exeter
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mmmbeerNY
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of mithrascruor
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a light amber color; a bit straw-like in hue. Nice thick creamy slightly off-white head that lingers for quite a while.

Smell: Has a somewhat warm aroma of yeasty malts and some florals. I think a bit of fruit smell is present too, but the yeast is quite pungent (a bit too much so).

Taste: Very much like the smell, with a strong yeast flavor. But it does have a bit of hops as well to counter it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and a tad bit chewy. Very smooth and with a light tingly feel.

Drinkability: Definitely a drinkable beer that goes down fine and that is easilly managed (alcohol and taste-wise).

Certainly doesn't live up to the hype I've heard over the years. Not a bad beer, but it's like they're trying too hard to make a "special" amber ale. I'm obviously not too keen on it, but I'd consider having it again with friends or at a bar. But those who enjoy beers with a very yeasty malt flavor may enjoy this.

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Photo of OldhouseRecs
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of hustlesworth
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-clear burnt orange amber with dense ivory foam. Great retention and a tight matrix of spit bubble lace.

S- mild toasty grains and some plum banana grapefruit.

T- mild and very fresh toasty grains,woodsy, some burnt caramel some chocolate, fruity grapefruit and pine hop, very mellow w a toasty finish.

MF- mid body, prickly mid carbonation, dry and grainy.

D- refreshing m thirst quencher, I could put back a few of these.

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Photo of Anonymous1
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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 BamfBacon
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ahommell
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Guitars_and_beer
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of gibgink
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
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 John
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty good for what I find as a typically boring amber ale catagory.

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Photo of SilentSabre
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is my first ever taste of Fat Tire. Poured from a 22oz bomber purchased at Peace Street Market in Raleigh, NC. Let's see what all the fuss is about.

Poured an orange copper colour with a soapy, white head that faded away in about 60 seconds. CO2 bubbles continuously stream upward. Smell is nice. Quite a bit of caramel and other sweet malty nuances. A bit of earthy hops is slightly detectable. Lets hope the flavour holds more hops than the smell.
Nope, it's all malt, and rather "un-eventful" malt at that. Not a very complex beer at all, really. Starts out very slightly bitter, if you use your imagination, then goes to moderately sweet malt, then finishes a bit dry. That about sums it up. It isn't a bad beer, it's just very forgetable; very average. I don't really see anything special here that warrants the hype surrounding this beer. Still glad I tried it.

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Photo of nzerbe
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of bmurray10
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.6 out of 5 based on 8,612 ratings.
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