Fat Bottom Brewing

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IPA - American
Ranked #6,835
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3.59 | pDev: 13.09%
Fat Bottom Brewing
Tennessee, United States
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WickedBeer from Alabama

3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Batch #1071
Canned on 04/10/18
13:03:10 Bottoms Up!

Amber pour, nice two finger head of frothy, thin white foam, it recedes slowly, like a frothy low tide. Pretty heavy lace clings to the glass.

Canned in April, so the malt comes through strong. A surprising amount of hops still fight through, the only reason I’m wasting time reviewing this. Hints of sweet citrus if you really want to push your luck.

Malt again the strong flavor, but with a lingering, earthy hop presence. Some sweet orange flavors , but the time that this has sat in the can has created a heavy imbalance of flavors that has left this as a borderline drain pour.

Mouthfeel is fine, medium weight for an IPA with distinct carb and a lightly sticky finish. Crisp, clean.

Nov 30, 2018
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a copper/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, malty. Taste is malt forward, grassy, some pine, not as bitter as I would have liked. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is decent, but a bit lacking in hoppiness.

Oct 30, 2018
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jeffdr123 from Florida

3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Nashville airport. A light honey color, with a flavor that's bolder than its aroma. In fact, the over-the-top piney hops almost make this a DIPA. I like it.

Jul 30, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can into a Fat Cat pint glass.

Appearance: deep amber body with a large, frothy white head. Sticky, soapy lacing left on the pint glass.

Aroma: Hops with hints of pine and more sweet malts than expected. .

Taste: Moderately bitter but bold for style with generous loads of hops and, especially, malts.

Feel: smooth, full body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall: strong flavor makes this drink like a DIPA.

Jun 19, 2018
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ordybill from Georgia

3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a cloudy copper colored beer with a medium-sized off-white colored head. The aroma is caramel malt and mild hops. The taste follows the nose.

Dec 09, 2017
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16oz can into glass. No ABV listed on can, no canning date marked on can.
Slightly hazy (unfiltered), dark amber body, creamy white head, with good lacing.
Smells and tastes of piney hops and grassy malts. Being an IPA, it shows its bitterness.
Smooth, easy drinking beer, good mouth feel, good carbonation.
Average bitter type IPA.

Oct 02, 2017
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brunsojw from Tennessee

3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

If you want to enjoy a drinkable IPA with an awesome open area to hang out and play some corn hole on a summer day, then get this at the brewery. Otherwise, I think there are better options, but its not bad. Above average.

Mar 22, 2017
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delta490 from Virginia

3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the can, it's a hazy amber with a thick cap of creamy off-white head. Great retention with small soapy lacing. The aroma is mild but has some nice pine and as well as a hint of grassy hops, reminiscent of a pilsner. It's non-traditional but it works. The taste is good but there isn't really anything that stands out. It has a medium-light body, with a nice bitter finish and a hint of carbonation.

Jun 12, 2016
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 16 ounce can, it pours a hazy amber with a nice head that lasts a bit. Citrus in the nose, while there is a bit o'bitterness in the mouth. Yum.

May 20, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Be careful of what you wish for, you just might get it! That's the mantra that Fat Bottom brewers live by and is encompassed with Knock Out IPA- a hoppy beer that delivers bitterness, then more bitterness and then even more!

The sharp IPA opens with a somber hazy honey amber and astute with a creamy eggshell froth. Lemony with a tinge of grapefruit, pine, herb and tea; the nose is rife with vegetation, grass, caramel and toast. Surly sweet in taste, its defiant nose is countered with a caramel sweet upstart and a toasted shortbread character.

Remissed sweetness and projecting hops quickly gain command of taste as the palate is quickly awash with citrus, pine and grass. Pink grapefruit, under-ripened orange, lemon and lime zest all play a sharp role with a tonic-type bite. Bitter with eucalyptus, mint, lemon leaf and fresh grass clippings, the trailing taste continues to favor the hops to a dominant degree.

Medium-dry on the palate, the beer's creamy dryness trends crisp, refreshing and cleanly bitter. Light astringency from a stemmy, leafy property offers a mild distraction from taste, however its final impressions are toasty-bitter with an afterglow of astringent fruit tea.

Apr 08, 2016
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novicebeerman from Tennessee

1.5/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I live in the Nashville area and want to like this beer, but it taste awful. I got the 16 oz cans at Kroger.
I like IPA beers the most but this is awful... something is wrong (really wrong) when you're afraid to finish a beer!
I really do hope you like this beer... you're a stronger man than I! :(

Dec 21, 2015
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The artwork on the can was the highlight of the beer. It was a gift from a fan, but a thoroughly run-of-the-mill average IPA. I might drink it again on tap, but would not buy it in a store.

Dec 13, 2015
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very cloudy amber and huge frothy head from pint can (which wins cool points for the artwork, hahah!). Thick and nicely detailed lacing, too.

Aroma: Heavy on the pine and bitter grapefruit hops.

Taste: Plenty bitter here, with, as with the aroma, more grapefruit citrus and pine resin here. I see this one as more of an old-school American IPA — definitely drinkable and enjoyable, though not one I’d pursue again, either.

Oct 25, 2015
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AbeyBaby66 from Tennessee

1.15/5  rDev -68%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Not a very good beer. Tasted like beer flavored water or something along those lines. I would suggest looking elsewhere if you are in need of a good brew. It seems to me as if this brewery sells beer solely because of their gimmicky name.

Aug 29, 2015
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nmann08 from Virginia

3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a can, pours a hazy gold color with a fizzy white head.

The nose is cardboard and soap, a little citrus, resin, touch of fruit and perfume. The flavor is more pronounced, nice bitter citrus rinds, mild fruit, tasty finish.

This is middle of the road, good, average, drinkable.

Aug 20, 2015
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Lahoi from Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a pleasant surprise. I'd never heard of this brewery or beer until a recent trip to Nashville. First of all, the can art is a winner. I got two 16 oz cans for $3, which I thought was a nice price.

Best of all, it's a legit IPA. Hazy copper color, rich head, good lacing. Very grassy, earthy, malty, hoppy smell and taste. Medium bodied, and just the right amount of carbonation.

At that price, this could be my go-to IPA.

Aug 09, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tallboy can into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, caramel copper coloring, with a tall, clingy, foamy, off-white head. Aromas of rich caramel and toffee, with peppery and grassy notes, and subtle tropical fruit highlights. Flavors are subtle, with a tropical fruit blend of pineapple, mango, and melon forward, followed by subtle caramel sweetness, and a dry hops bitterness. Full bodied, but smooth and light, with a caramel and citrus aftertaste. The finish is smooth, dry, and slightly effervesced. Big, but drinkable.

Aug 09, 2015
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into shaker pint nodate

A: murky light copper in color nice lacing on the glass

S: deep earthy and resiny with a strong maltiness to it

T: lots of caramel malts and some dirty spicy earthy and resinous hops just very well balanced malt forward IPA

M: medium lingers on the tongue a bit

O: I think this is a winner it's very nicely balanced with some deep earthiness and a kickass malt backbone well done all around, and one if my favorites comes in Cans love it!

Jul 06, 2015
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Nyved from Tennessee

2.33/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

The look and feel were fine, but the smell wasn't anything special. The taste was my least favorite thing. It wasn't very hoppy and the fruity/citrusy elements of the beer just didn't taste good. Just really wasn't digging this beer at all. Other people seem to like it, but it just isn't for me.

Jun 18, 2015
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: Pale orange and very hazy with LOTS of hop bits floating around. Reminded me of a snow globe, but infinitely better because it's beer. The more I looked at it the better I liked it, but my wife was not impressed.

Aroma: With the haze and the hops, I was expecting big things. There was disappointingly little aroma, with some floral and grassy notes and mild toasted malt.

Taste: Slightly sweet with some caramel. Initially floral and grassy hops with a touch of citrus, but not much. Also picked up a little dank. Finished VERY bitter and clean. The balance seemed off, with a malty start and a bitter finish.

Feel: Medium carbonation that seemed appropriate. Medium bodied more like an English-style.

Overall: I like this brewery but they have some room for improvement. A hazy IPA with visible hop bits should deliver big aroma and taste, and this does neither, especially with the malt presence. Not a total loss, as I do find the snow globe effect entertaining.

May 30, 2015
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chrishiker1409 from New York

3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Copper, Brown. About 2 fingers of head with some retention and some nice spidery lacing.

S: A bit of caramel and hops. Grassy hops.

T: Strong hop presense. Floral and grassy. Real nice. Some caramel to not quite balance it out, but that's a good thing in this beer.

F: Moderately carbonated, goes down smooth.

O: This is a solid IPA which I'm glad a picked up a couple 4 packs before I headed home.

Apr 21, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fat Bottom Brewing "Knockout IPA"
$8.99/Imperial pint @ Gibson Cafe, Nashville Int'l Airport, TN - 8 April 2015

Appearance: Very hazy deep copper body beneath a frothy white head that drops steadily but still displays OK retention and even better initial lacing.

Aroma: Limited aroma, especially for an IPA. Hops are present but not necessarily distinguishable over the gently caramelish malt.

Flavor: The flavor is fuller, but in many ways still limited. The malt component is caramelish, but not bright, and it's slightly toasty... almost like the malt you'd find in a brown ale. Grassy and floral hops liken it, and it's solidly bitter, bringing home a dry, grassy and floral finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp.

Overall: More of an English than American IPA in many ways, and yet not actually a proper English IPA... a hybrid, shall we say? An easy pint to just relax with as it doesn't ask too much or challenge you. Worth trying.

Apr 09, 2015
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

2.49/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Looks great in a glass...

Best thing about it really...

Smells like grainy malts and stale hops...and this can is less than a month old.... uh oh.... not liking where this is going...

This is...just not good.... taste like really mediocre to bad homebrew.....yeasty....stale hops... watery.... man, truly awful... bought to support a local brewery but I'm drain pouring these...

Lesson learned here...

Oct 23, 2014
Knockout from Fat Bottom Brewing
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 122 ratings