Fat Tire Amber Ale | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
82
good
8,621 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 10-07-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
8,621
Reviews:
2,036
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
14.72%
 
 
Wants:
238
Gots:
2,478
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 8,621 |  Reviews: 2,036
Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled or on tap it pours a dark amber color, slight head. There is a malty smell with some biscuity notes. Good caramel malty flavor with a touch of hop bitterness. It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer. It is so drinkable. It's not hard to have several at one sitting.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 4/27/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear pale orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, herbal, light citrus, light pepper, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of caramel/toasted malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, herbal, light citrus, light pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Slight herbal/pepper bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, herbal, light citrus/pepper, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Well balanced flavors of caramel/toasted malts and moderate herbal/earthy hop flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this a good amber ale style. Balanced caramel/toasted malt and earthy hop flavors with solid robustness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Pours a moderate copper color without haze. Average-sized white head that leaves behind a bit of lacing and has pretty good retention. The nose is a bit malty with some bread crust, slight caramel, and a touch of hops. The flavor is pretty basic and plain, though it is certainly inoffensive and I can see why so many flock to this beer. There is a bit of toast plus caramel and a very mild earthy presence. Light to medium body with a slight bitterness in the finish. Drinks well enough, though I'd prefer Bell's Amber and often suggest that as an alternative to others.

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Photo of mothman
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light off white head. Color is a hazy orange... not amber at all. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell is of hops. This is a very distinct smell, one of which I haven't smelt before. Kind of fruity. There is definitely a caramel taste to this beer, along with the floral hops that are heavily present. For only being a 5.2% beer, the presence of alcohol is way high. I have drank much higher and not tasted the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is great... very, very smooth. Mouthfeel is definitely the best part of this beer. Light bodied.

I have had this on tap and it is by far way better. On tap, the color is actually amber. Overall, I wouldn't buy this if I was looking for an Amber... it just doesn't seem to fit the style very well. However, I do enjoy it, because of all the hops.

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Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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

New Belgium's flagship ale delivers a clear amber body beneath a billowing head of white froth that holds well and leaves beautiful Brussels-lace about the glass. The nose welcomes you with toasty and sweet malt, and that's exactly what you'll find in the flavor. It's malty... toasty, biscuity, and ever so slightly caramelish; laced with gently spicy and delicately floral hops; and backed by a firm bitterness that grounds it before it fades in a short lingering finish. It's an enjoyable, well-rounded, and drinkable ale that makes a great introductory beer for your friends who are used to American adjunct lagers and the golden "pilsners" from Canada, Mexico, and Europe; and it pairs well with a wide variety of foods such as grilled chicken, Cajun-style dirty rice, beef stew, soft-flavored semi-hard cheese (Fontina, Muenster, etc.), and French toast and eggs.

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Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 update to a previous on tap rating. 12 oz can BB dated on bottom at July 2014.

Pour is amber with a rather orange tone; clear; A small amount of coarse carbonation was visible.

Aroma: Caramel malts over citrusy hops.

Flavor: Sweet up front. Malty, Balanced mid-taste through the finish.

O: A well-crafted brew deserving of its widespread appeal (and sales).

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

On-tap at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, NV on 8/15/07, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is strong with toasted malts and spice along with caramel and hops.

T: The taste is very malty with flavors of caramel and spice. There’s a pretty good hops presence that provides a nice balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, it’s a beer worth drinking for an entire evening if you want an easy-drinking beer with some substance.

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

A: Pours a medium copper in copper with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces somewhat leaving a thin film covering the surface of the beer as well as a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: Hints of caramel sweetness in a malt dominated smell with toasted malts being the highlight.

T: Slightly sweet with the caramel, toasted, and biscuit malt backbone. Well balanced with the hops as there is little detectable bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Pretty easy to drink and definitely a sessionable beer. While this beer is not really anything special, it is a good and easy to approach first craft beer for newer folks to the scene - I know a lot of folks that had this as a stepping stone from BMC to craft.

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

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with 1 1/2 fingers of foamy eggshell white head. Thin creamy retention that flares up into a rigid 1/2 finger that throws some massive frothy lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet with bread and caramel, with a good bit of citric tang and light floral hops in the back of the nose.

The taste is toasted malts and caramel sweetness mixed in with a pervasive fruity citric character. Light bittering hops pull up the back with some needed balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly relaxed and creamy carbonation and a generally all around refreshing feel about it.

While nowhere near the full blown cult status that this beer seems to have garnered over the years, if your looking at this as a moderately flavored and easy drinking Amber Ale, then for the most part it succeeds. Plus it gets an extra point for the portability in cans now as well.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I guess we should be grateful that New Belgium has a big hit to support their more interesting beers. Mellow tang but dirty aftertaste. Muddy taste but has a touch of sprightly hops. Seduces with some roasted malt flavors but tails off into dishwater. Best feature is the nose of caramel and flowers. An average example of a style that has few standouts. This is not one of them. A well made but tedious beer.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rifugium
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First had: bottle at ?

A pretty good, readily available beer. Pours a clear amber with a nice finger of white head. Bready aroma, mixed with roasted nuts. Roasted malts in the taste, nutty, bready, moving on to floral hops with a slight bit of citrus in there. Medium mouthfeel, finishes dry, and overall quite easily drinkable. It's the Yuengling of the the West.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of billab914
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. It poured amber in color with a bubbly, frothy, half inch head filling the top of the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of bready, biscuity, slightly grainy flavors. I get a little caramel to it as well. Not a bad aroma, but a little one dimensional.

The taste has more of a caramel and toffee flavor to it. I get some of the bready, biscuity flavors as well with just a hint of graininess to it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer, but nothing that really stands out. It's flavorful but feels a little one dimensional to me. Again, not a bad beer, but not an outstanding one either.

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

12 oz. single picked up at Riverside Wine and Spirits in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Best Before: 24APR09.

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright amber body with a large, frothy, white head. Fine, thin lacing throughout.

Smell: Aroma smelling of biscuits and uncooked dough with a tiny note of fruit and spicy, floral hop scents.

Taste: Biscuity malts with a light sweetness. Lightly nutty initially, but as it warms, it develops into more of a grain flavor. Very light hint of pear fruitiness. Floral, spicy hop character with a light bitterness. Finishes dry and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Simple but highly drinkable and refreshing. It leaves me wondering exactly why the public latched onto this with a fervency and cult following.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.6 out of 5 based on 8,621 ratings.
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