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Named in honor of our founder Jeffís bike trip through Belgium, Fat Tire Amber Ale marks a turning point in the young electrical engineerís home brewing. Belgian beers use a far broader palette of ingredients (fruits, spices, esoteric yeast strains) than German or English styles. Jeff found the Belgian approach freeing. Upon his return, Jeff created Fat Tire and Abbey Belgian Ale, (assuming Abbey would be his big gun). He and his wife, Kim traveled around sampling their homebrews to the public. Fat Tireís appeal quickly became evident. People liked everything about it. Except the name. Fat Tire won fans is in its sense of balance: toasty, biscuit-like malt flavors coasting in equilibrium with hoppy freshness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Bottle, thanks Degarth. Best before may, 29, 2005. Poured amber with a tight creamy off white head. I smell taosted spices, warmth, if you can smell that? The taste is creamy and bread like? with some malt to it as well. This may have peaked, as it is nothing exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2005
12 oz bottle: Short lived just off white head on a clear light amber body. The initial aroma was lightly roasty, but as it warms it smells like lightly toasty oatmeal cookies (minus the raisins), with freshly cracked pale malt and a bit of nuttiness. Pretty clean of fruitiness. Well balanced with just a hint of bitterness at the finish and aftertaste. A bit of herbal hop bitterness, but the malt flavor lacks a little compared to the aroma. Lightly toasty, but thats about it. The aftertaste is lightly malty and lingers just a bit. Lighter body but not watery, medium carbonation, and smooth. Not quite as good as I remember it about 5 years or so ago. Great nose, but the flavor lacks a little. Solid beer, but nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2005
I think this one was just hypíd too much. It was a good beer but, not worth everything I had heard about it. Good dark color with good lacing and head. It had a bit of oil taste to it that I wasnít really happy with.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigNasty (55) - South Lyon, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2005
One of my all-time favorite beers, when itís "on." Wide variance in flavor quality, even between bottles of the same 6-pack. Iíve found the most even and "truest" flavor in the 22-oz. bomber bottles. At itís best, a bready, malty flavor and aroma that makes it one of the best amber ales around. At itís worst, a non-descript beery flavor or an overhopped mouth-puckering bitterness. Patiently waiting to have NBB expand distribution into the northern Midwest.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pinkzambia (1560) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 14, 2005
On Tap: Amber brown color with an off-white head and sticky lacing. Thick malts are the word on this one with a dirt flavor. Aroma and taste combined present the taster with a "dirty socks in hiking boots" sensation. FT is a great all around brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
straykat (4) - USA - AUG 12, 2005 does not count
I like this beeer for its robust character and malty flavor. Has kind floral aroma and a little bit of a sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
desurfer (1242) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Nice draft quaffer. Moderate maltiness, good hops kick. Nice start to my midwest road trip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2007 Clear amber with an off-white head. Some floral hops and freshly-baked bread in the nose. Flavor has notes of toasted malt, a little bread, caramel and a very pleasant hop character in the finish. Moderately sweet, some hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied, smooth texture and moderate carbonation. Overall, very nice drinkable beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jeafox (1) - USA - AUG 11, 2005 does not count
was hesitant to try it, because i dont like belgium beers, but glad i did... it is now my favorite beer in the world, i can see why its popping up everywhere here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PaulGator22 (9) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2005 does not count
A good American Amber Ale, wish it would make it to the east coast. My cousin gave me a bottle once and Iíve also had it on Tap in Washington St. It has a great balance between hoppiness and toasty malts.

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