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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - JUL 11, 2006
While it might be cool to disparage FT, itís has a unique taste that beats many "cooler" beers in the drinkability test. The crunchy, bready flavors give it a taste you can chew on, which is nice. Maybe a bit astringent, but a good complexity of flavor and nice color.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sputerbug (114) - Nacogdoches, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Bottle.Amber.malty with a slight bitterness.Itís an ok beer but there are too many others I would rather be drinking.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 10, 2006
Very clear light amber color. Very drinkable, but can be a bit on the dry/biiter side of the palate. I thought it was pretty good, but nothing to rave about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
linc33 (184) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2006
On tap at Poggie Tavern, West Seattle WA. Red-brown. Very malty with little hop. A touch on the thin side. Stonefruit in the finish. Thirst quenching - a ípremium hot dayí brew.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2006
A friend said I had to try this......of course, since he loves Coors Light, I should have known better. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber to a golden amber, with thick off-white head that lingered throughout and excellent lacing.....so far, so good. Unfortunately, the aroma was a mixture of stale hoppiness and mildewed dishrag. While the flavor was smooth, I was unable to detect any particular taste. Body was very thin, which led to a watery finish, that very quickly diisipated to no finish. Cute name, but Iíve had a lot better beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - JUL 7, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Drank on 6/8/06. Really surprised by how light it is in color. I thought it was a much darker amber. It is light amber to deep copper. Very clear. 1" creamy off white head. Drops quickly to a quick layer of foam. Foam sticks around. Decent lacing. Aroma - some decent toasty, bready, biscuity notes. Tiny bit of spicy yeast character. Flavor - OK. Little bitter up front. Lots of toasty, biscuit-like flavors. Little bit of an intersting yeast character. Not much hop character, well balanced though. Palate - light to medium. Good carbonation. Crisp and kind of smooth. Overall - good. I appreciate Fat Tire for what it is. Itís not the greatest beer, but itís good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
runaway (81) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2007 I had a period where I couldnít drink this because I associated it with the flu. But luckily, Iíve since recovered. The 12oz bottle poured a clear amber with a reddish tint, with light carbonation giving rise to a white, medium height, fine-grained head. The aroma is toasty caramelly biscuity malty, with no fruit or hops I could smell. I detected a faint hint of cheese, though. The taste agreed well with the smell, with the malts being dominant, not too bitter, and only a hint of hops. The finish was mild and difficult to pin down: my notes only say "thin" and "moist" which isnít terribly descriptive. Overall this was not bad but not outstanding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Amber/copper with a small, off white head that disappears. Flavor and aroma of crusty toast and crisp hops. Simple, drinkable brew. Medium/light, balanced palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevie999 (3) - chino, California, USA - JUL 1, 2006 does not count
Very good beer, which has a light taste, but still has the elegants of a medium blend. Light taste of salt with great after taste!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (5367) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2006
I like this beer... itís easy to find, fairly cheap, and easy to drink. I dont consider this a sipping beer, it is a drinking beer, so I rate it as such. Pours an amber color. Tastes of malt and only a small amount of hops. Biscits and bready flavors, goes down easy. Nice flavor for a find anywhere beer.

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