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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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 11, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Steele Bear in Petaluma, CA) Iíve lost track of how many people have said, "Dude, have you had Fat Tire? Itís the greatest freaking beer!" ARG! I think this is one of the more overrated beers on the market. How on Earth did it get such a cult following? In comparing it to some of the better ambers out there, this one immediately strikes me as overwhelmingly sweet, and thatís sugary and artificially sweet rather than malty sweet. Itís also kind of toasty and bready, like eating Cheerios. Mild bitterness seems to get lost behind that overload of sugar. Light to barely medium bodied, with that toasty sweetness hanging on the palate until it can be chased. Sweet, toasty nose, goes along with the flavor. Light amber in color. Off-white head has average size and retention, leaving a few spots of lace on the glass. Average at best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
movolsfan (11) - Parkville, Missouri, USA - JAN 5, 2005
This a wonderful anytime ale. Itís a smooth amber with great taste. One of my favorite amber ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sleepdirt (169) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 3, 2005
Nice hop, roasted malt balance. Faint veg/cookie aftertaste. It comes down to enjoyment...I enjoyed the beer...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2004
This beer pours a light to medium amber color with a quickly dissipating white soapy head which left no lacing. The aroma skips beats with hints of malt, wheat and grains. Very grainy aroma as it warmed...definitely not the most pleasant beer Iíve ever smelled. The flavor is also excessively sweet with almost an artificial malt flavor and a grainy, wheaty cardboard dry finish. Light bodied and heavily carbonated with a hint of syrupy cardboard finish. Very light watery mouthfeel...not much to this beer at all... canít get over that astringently dry cottonmouth finish... anybody want some extra Fat Tire?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2004
I dont understand why this one gets panned by people out there. For one you gotta hand it to New Belgium for really stepping out and getting good beer to the masses. For that reason, it gets an extra pat on the back from me. Also, as I talked to the New Belgium Festivarian at the GABF, I really felt a love they have for their craft. That said, as an amber this one isnít mind-blowing. Itís good, reliable and still very yummy. Itís attractive, pouring light amber colored with a white head. It tastes crisp and just a tiny bit malty with somewhat noticeable bittering from the hops. I most recently had this from the bottle and I seem to remember a richer taste from on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Goodfieldnohit (9) - Canadian, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2004 does not count
Lots of yeasty taste, almost like eating bread. I have had this on tap and was quite pleased. In a bottle the head was very thin and not nearly as tasty. I wouldnít turn it down, but probably wouldnít buy more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2004
In my opinion, this misses the boat as far as a "Belgian Style Ale", but I guess this is their shot at the mainstream American palate. Little to no flavors typically associated with the Belgian yeast strains. Nutty flavor and a bit thin, but I would drink it over a large commercial American beer anyday.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Diablokev (147) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2004
You know for all the talk about this one I really donít think itís all that special. The aroma is a bit weak if you ask me, looks like swap water, I donít really dig the aftertaste. I have had better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
billk (353) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - DEC 27, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2005 bottle 12 oz. dated 13 Mar 05. Crystal clear golden amber with short lived off white head, sporatic lace. Ample large and medium sized bubble carb. Aroma is mild Belgian yeast & light, somewhat creamy malt with min hops. Flavor is mild Belgian yeast, mild amber malt & light hops. Pushing the upper limits of light bodied with a rather thin mouthfeel. Has that sterile, American made, from the bottle, characteristic. Lacking in any form of complexity. There is a nice roasted nut flavor that is mild, and the brew is rather dry. This is a good stepping stone beer for the masses, but not worth $6.50-$7/6 for the initiated. If offered at a friendís place I wouldnít turn it down though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rverb361 (19) - USA - DEC 27, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 A very decent Amber. Not my favorite style but I would drink this again. Has a good malt flavor.

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