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Named in honor of our founder Jeff’s bike trip through Belgium, Fat Tire Amber Ale marks a turning point in the young electrical engineer’s 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 Tire’s 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
antibeersnob (29) - Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Pours a nice amber, lingering thin tan head with nice lacing. Sweet aroma, and intial caramel flavor. Ends with a slite bitterness to make it interesting. A very good amber ale. One of my all time favorites. I wish I could get it in Maryland. Thank goodness for trips to Arizona.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - MAY 22, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2005 22oz bottle. Light amber pour, very little head. Aroma is light brewery malt. Mouthfeel is watery. taste mostly characterized by a burnt biscuit or bread flavor. Some pepper.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 22, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 Pours a light golden color. Aroma is malty and somewhat nutty. Has a sort of a caramel aroma as well. Flavor is mostly malts and a bit of a roasted nutty flavor. Flavor is a little watery but it is not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ColoradoBobs (31) - Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Presentation: 22 ounce tall mug, on tap at Texas Roadhouse, Ft. Collins, CO. Appearance: Nice rusty amber, with a two-finger head that reduced to one finger and remained the whole drink. Smell: Sharp hops foreground with a biscuit malt presence. A slight hint of gingerand pepper, perhaps. Nice. Taste: Starts with a crisp sharp hoppiness with a smooth malt undertow, none of the spiceyness of the smell. Pretty good stuff. Mouthfeel: Clean, round and smooth, more presence than one might anticipate from an amber ale. Dinrkability: Perhaps a bit too much carbonation to drink several. Nice enough for a couple. Overall, I think this beer is better on draught than bottled. Drinking it three miles from where it was put in the keg didn’t hurt, I’m sure. I know people who rave over this beer. My son and I (who turned 21 today!) both thought it was pretty good, but nothing to rave about.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
maltdog (619) - Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 Rerate July 2008. 22oz bottle. Brownish yellow, very clear. Despite no bubbles in the beer, there is a decent pile of loose, off-white suds and average lace. Weird buttermilk, stinky feet, and funky cheddar aromas are augmented by musty hop (Willamette? Fuggle?) and cumin scents. The flavor is toasty upfront, then urinelike salty, “leafy”, and papery. Skim milk finish, dry and faintly spicy, rubbery, “sour budweiser” aftertaste. watery, citric mouthfeel. Was this filterted through an unwashed jockstrap? Yuck.***Original rating 2005- 3-2-6-4-13/2.8: Bottle. Deep yellow, thin white head. Nutty, cheesy aroma... like cheddar Goldfish snacks. Just a hint of mild exotic fruit- starfruit perhaps? Malty, biscuity, spicy flavor with some fruitiness and earth. Peppery. Medium body with an aggressive CO2 bite. Dry finish with a chicory bitterness. Basically a spicy eurolager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2006 Everyone I have spoken too says this is MUCH better on draft. I had it from a bottle. I was underwhelmed. All the elements are there, but it just doesn’t grab me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2006 Had this one bottled. It’s decent, and one of the cleanest Amber Ales I’ve had. Crisp and malty, nice accompanyment for a cool spring evening. Nothing to write home about, but not terrible!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Pours a golden amber with a frothy white head. Nice and lacy. Smell is fruity and lightly yeasty. Light mown hay aromas. Tastes fruity and very bready. Some citrusy undertones. Nice crispness in the finish. Really it’s all about that bready flavor with the fruitiness from the yeast. A crisp lightly bitter finish. Light and refreshing. Much more substancial than most amber ales. A good session beer and very well done taken for what it is.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 5, 2005
I don’t know why, but for some reason, the namesake of this beer is reminds me of the flavor of this beer--Fat Tire. Try figuring that one out. Anyway, amber in color, start off with light but full malty, yeasty start and ends abruptly. Bad? Not at all. Good? Perhaps! Definately worth a drink or ten.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pete (6) - USA - MAY 5, 2005 does not count
This is one of those beers that can go easily into funky/skunky. It seems to be very tempermental about shelf life... when it’s good, it’s good. Unfortunatly the usual is hit and miss at best. It tends to have a *very* small head - requiring a really vigerous pour to get just about anything to appear, and has a light watery body. The flavor tends to be good, when you get a good bottle. Seems slightly bitter with an interesting malty taste. It is definately not the normal beer.

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