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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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drinker101 (54) - East Ridge, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Light amber appearance. Malty pleasing aroma. Taste is light and leaves a slight unpleasing after taste.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
r464 (1890) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Medium to light amber in color with a tiny bubbly head. Weak malty aroma. Very crisp malty flavor with a hint of citrus. Clean but with a weak finish. Perhaps a bit too watery. Definitely leans toward the malt. Not bad, but not remarkable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
A pleasant amber - a style I am not overly fond of to begin with - this brew favors malt both in aromatics and flavor profile. A slight sweetness bordering on caramel is in evidence, as is a bit of hops; the malt and the hops are nicely balanced, and that’s about all I’ve got to say about that.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Quite clear but a pale orange color with little head. Aroma of carmel sweetness and lightly toasted. Sweet malty flavor and a lightly toasted malt presence as well. A little bit of bitterness. Fairly thin and a bit watery

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
Light amber colour and a thick off-white head falling back to thin white sticky lace. Aroma is quite malty, toasted barley, caramel sweetness and biscuity aroma as well. Slightly dusty hoppiness. Interesting balance of toffee, cookie dough, and biscuity flavours. Like drinking a bakery. A touch of honey and spice in the finish. Well done.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Not impressed... I mean it’s ok, nothing I would want to drink often even though a lot of people like this for their session beer. Watery, sweet, and that’s it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
isellhauntedhouses (3) - Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2004 does not count
I enjoyed a flat tire earlier today. Nice gentle beer. Very tasty. Good drinking. A good copy of Newcastle, but nothing beats the original!!

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2004
A so-so experience. Everybody was saying how Fat Tire was all the rage, so I went into the taste test with high expectations. Smooth and balanced, mild malt and toned-down hops. It’s not a bad beer, it’s just not an exceptional one.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2004
(draft) Very well-balanced ale, probably meant to be a copy of Newcastle Brown Ale, and it is a very good copy indeed. A little more malt than the Newcastle. Very drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5177) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Bottled. Pours amber with a small white head. Nose is malty and sweet with light toasted notes. Smells like faint Cinnamon Toast Crunch after it’s been sitting in milk. Taste is malty and somewhat rich. More light toasted notes and some sugary parts as well. Body is medium and smooth. Finishes with more toasty malt and light hops. Not too bad.


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