Fat Tire Amber Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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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:
8,672
Reviews:
2,043
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
14.72%
 
 
Wants:
237
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2,528
For Trade:
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Ratings: 8,672 |  Reviews: 2,043
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is deep copper with nice, average-sized head. Smell is mainly of biscuity malt with slight hints of floral smells. Taste is fairly uncomplecated, but still very good and balanced. Malty finish is the strongpoint here. Fat Tire would be a really good session brew and a good beer for converting macro fans towards craft brew.

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Photo of smithj4
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

BBD of 3 may 08

Finally broke down & decided to review this. Git this in the folly 12 mixer. This is the one craft beer you can get here at places when they serve no other, so it does have soft spot in my heart as the ultimate plan B:

Pours an effervescent honey/amber with 1+ finger of cream colored head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Biscuitty malt

T: Sweet biscuitty malt with a bit of citric hops & some buttery notes up front. A bit of flinty dryness as this warms, plus a bit of toasted malt & a touch of lemony hops. Finishes with a slight dryness, a tinge of sulphury notes & more butter

MF: Light/medium bodied & slightly over carbonated, plus okay balance, but skews a bit sweet (not malty) to me

Drinks alright, this is better on draft, but just a slightly better than average amber

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

Honey golden in color; clear with an awesome head that leaves a beautiful sticky lace.

Biscuit malt aromas--very clean smell with a slight touch of hop. The flavoring also features biscuit malt and possibly some crystal malt. The hop is subtle but very much present. A very full but balanced flavor.

The carbonation is on the high side, but this counteracts the full body. Lingering bitter hops lasts long after the swallow. This is a very nice ale that would go well with a large variety of foods.

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

A: Pours a clear amber color with a small white head on top, not much retention. Reduces to a white cap on top. Nice sheets of lacing all around the glass.

S: Upfront there is some caramel and grainy malt. A little bit of biscuit and some light grassy/citrus kicks in midway through.

T: Very similar to the nose, hints of grass, but mostly biscuit and grainy malt upfront with some caramel on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Nothing wrong with this beer at all, easy drinking.

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

Clear, rich, orange-influenced amber. The head is light tan with a hint of pastel orange and is mildly sticky. It resembles soft meringue as it falls, leaving adequate lace in its wake. The nose is good, not great. It's primarily pale malty with a smidgen of spicy-earthy hops.

Interesting flavor, but I can't quite put my finger on what makes it so. I appreciate lightly toasted malt with an underlying sourness and a component of herbal-earthy hops. Where did spicy go? I think it's the sourness and the hop flavor that strike me as different. The finish is both mildly bitter and lingeringly sour and the mouthfeel is average for the style.

I'm not all that impressed with Fat Tire. The flavor doesn't really push my buttons and no other characteristic elevates it much past above average. It's clearly a well-made beer, but isn't one that I'll drink again. So what's all the fuss about again?

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Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of vfgccp
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Crystal orange amber body. White head with ok retention and lace.

S - Caramel malt, toffee, and marzipan.

T - Toffee malt, lemony hop, crisp carbonation, and a sweet bready finish.

M - Medium body.

O - Not a bad brew. There's nothing here to get too excited about, but that's also what makes it endearing.

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off bottle with a packaged on date on the neck.

Appearance: Bright copper hued brew with a thick one fingered stickage of lace for the glass to deal with.

Smell: Hard biscuity malt with suggestions of bing cherries & a faint floral scent of roses.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Moderate body with a clean smoothness. Nice undertow of biscuity malt from start to finish. Light flash of hops to tame the malt a bit, some fruitiness becomes lively with hints of pear. Finishes semi-dry with a long lingering toasted flavor.

Drinkability & Notes: This beer is now of cult status in the US, such an uncomplicated amber ale … so easy to knock back a few, whether at a pub with friends or after a hard days work.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bm0095 for the bottle, had been wanting to try this for a while.

Pours a c;ear. clean amber with a sall white head that quickly faded leaving some soft white clingy lace. There was no real smell to this, maybe the slightest bready smell, but really nothing at all. The taste was about the same, bland. Again slight hints of bready, but no real strong flavor or body, almost thought it was a macro. I was really not impressed with this, as New Belgium has a pretty good rep, maybe I just need to try one of their bigger beers.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Poured cold into a goblet.
A - A deep copper w/ golden highlights and a huge 2 finger tan head that settles slowly leaving a coating of lace.

S - Nutty, toasted aromas with a faint lactic yeastiness in the nose. Very grainy and biscuit-like in aroma.

M - Nutty, biscuit-like graininess on top of a medium full feel. Subtle carbonation allows for a sweet malty finish.

T - A real roasted nut flavor w/ other toasted and grainy tastes. A bit of rye seems to join the bready melange.

D - An easy beer to drink after a warm summer walk in the sun(which is exactly when I tasted mine) It is a pretty mainstream taste and has an image and branding that is easy to recognize. I don't care for the dry powdery element as much, but it its still a very drinkable ale. I could see myself being able to session a few of these.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark amber color with about an inch of white head that has little retention. Moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of fading hops and sweet malts. A little weak and a bit of an odd smell from the malts.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, as well as sweet malts again. Also tastes of bready malts. Not sure what it is, but the malt taste does not taste that great to me.

m - Light body with a good amount of carbonation.

d - Overall the smell and flavor of this beer did not appeal to me too much. It wasn't bad, but an odd bready/sweet malt combo that I wasn't the biggest fan of. At 5.2% if you liked the taste you could definitely drink a few of these given the light body, but I won't be looking to get more of this anytime soon.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I thought that by coming to Denver, I would have no problem finding this beer in a CAN. It turned out to be my quest for the great white whale. It existed, but just out of my grasp. I finally scored a sixer and have some for CAN-only trades.

I had just done a warm-up with Breckenridge Amber, but this is the gold-standard for an Amber beer. Let's see.

My bartender's pour created a finger-and-a-half of tawny head with good retention. The color was a really bright orangish-amber, translaing to NE-quality clarity. The nose was biscuity malty and I am so glad that someone explained that phrase to me. Again, this was the standard bearer for the style. Mouthfeel was medium and although the CAN mentioned "Toasty malt flavors in tandem [(har)] with hoppy freshness", I simply got the malt. This was eminently drinkable, especially in the amber style. The finish was smooth and slightly dry. I do not miss the sugary sweetness of some CANned beers which I have reviewed.

Shore/Beach: If you CAN find it, hell, yeah! It was an elusive beer in my estimation, but once I found it, I was glad that I had. Ten Fidy is NOT coming wih me to the Jersey shore!

Clearly, my CANQuest (tm) is above, but I am currently in the midst of winnowing down the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody & as such, I am revisiting it in bottle form. Today is F, 07 April 2017.

From the bottle: "It's time to celebrate the beer that was conceived on a bike 25 years ago in Belgium. Fat Tire's perfect balance of bisquity [sic] malt flavor and hoppy freshness has always cruised with Belgian imagination and inspires us onward. Kickstand up! The future needs good beer."

I Pop!ped the cap & despite it being a fresh bottle, I have begun to embrace a gentle pour followed by an in-glass swirl. In this instance, I raised two fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head that hung around briefly and slowly fell away to wisps, leaving a lot of lacing in their wake. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was sweetish with a honey-biscuity scent. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very malty, definitely biscuity as advertised. The hoppiness was barely noticeable, more grassy than anything else. Finish was semi-sweet, malt-driven & just a nice, pleasant drink.

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Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

A: The pour is a nice amber color, which you would expect for an amber ale. The head is fluffy and off-white in color.

S: A very creamy, caramelly aroma. Quite sweet and biscuity without too much in the way of hops. The caramel note borders on being buttery, but isn't quite there.

T: Essentially the same qualities that are present in the nose manifest themselves here in the flavor. A solid biscuit and toasted malt base with a pleasant caramel sweetness and creaminess.

M: The body is medium with moderate carbonation.

D: While this isn't my favorite beer, I do not quite understand the "hate" toward it. It's certainly an easy drinking beer and one that is a good "beginner" craft offering.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%

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

Bomber poured into a plastic cup while at h2O. Drinking beers at the car show.

A - Pours nice amber orange with a dense two finger tall off white head leaving small rings of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of sweet caramel malts, toffee, dulled hops, and some fresh baked buttered biscuits...Based on the nose this one is a little past its prime.

T - Starts off with a big dose of sweet caramel malt slowly giving way to a mix of even more toffee sweetness, dulled out hops and some light buttery notes. There is plenty of biscuity taste and feel in this one. The finish is a mix of sweetness and chewiness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, slightly chewy, feel that lingers on the pallet for some time.

O - I can see why people love this beer but I still greatly prefer Troegs Hopback to this, just for the sheer fact that I know it will be fresher than any Fat Tire I could get my hands on.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep orange/amber body. Medium white head. Nice, but minimal lacing. Medium chunky collar.

Smell - Very nutty. More dominant than anything else. Toasty and nutty malts.

Taste - Again, nutty. The toasted malts have a little more dimension than the nose, but still it's nutty and toasty. Sweet caramel. Some hops in the finish, but minimal.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Kinda sweet. Surprising that this is so popular considering how malty and sweet it is.

Overall - I expected this to be bland, but it isn't. It has flavor, it's just one flavor the whole time.

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

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

It has taken me way too long to review this old Purdue-days favorite. It pours a clear pale copper topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises mandarin oranges, ruby red grapefruit, lemon zest, coriander, and a stiff toffee backbone. The taste brings the toffee to the fore, subduing the fruity notes in the process. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a nice amber, nothing close to special, but eminently drinkable and more than enjoyable enough.

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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.6 out of 5 based on 8,672 ratings.
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