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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rajendra82 (953) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Provided in person by Southernbrew, this brown longneck poured fizzy clear yellowish amber. The head was less than ¼ inch thick, although there was a lot of latent carbonation. The smell was a bit unpleasant with some rotting wood mixing with fresh tilled earth. The taste was nutty, grainy, and quite watered down, with some hop bitterness lingering in the background. Mouthfeel was thin, but not maco-ish. The aftertaste was clean, and gassy. This is clearly a beer meant to be a stepping stone from macro-swill, although IMHO Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is much better suiter for that mission.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dub85323 (9) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2004 does not count
Malty and nutty with somewhat of a smoky flavor. I love with beer with Italian food. Excellent amber ale.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Fat Tire has a bit of a hype around it, especially in regions, like mine, that do not receive this Colorado amber. What could be the reason, I wonder, why do so many rhapsodize so dreamily about it? Is it the equal or better of world classics from Europe, or does it stand out against America’s legendary micros? I was determined to find out... Fine, bubbly, but brief, head, over a bright amber color. Nice fruity touches in the aroma, and the more I "drink in" the nose, the more I seem to find...tropical fruits, mango, banana?, peach, apricot, a hint of gentle spices, and a whiff of flowers, even. Nice grainy, gritty texture, but overall, very smooth palate. Hops seem to be lying low, and malt does it’s part, without taking the spotlight. Slight sourness in the finish, later absorbed by tasty sweetness. Well-balanced, and enjoyable. I can imagine a pleasant session with these. So why the cult status? I have a few theories. 1. Funny name. 2. There’s a bike on the label. 3. It’s an easily consumed, delicious ale that accompanies fond memories of seeing jam bands in Colorado, and the perfect thing to stock in the cooler at the post-show drum jam. Enjoy, all you hippies, enjoy!!!

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mjurney (64) - Amarillo, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2006 On tap: amber color with small head. Kinda rich flavor, slightly roasted, kinda crisp. Alirght brew.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
Clear amber colour. mild hoppy nose with malt blendind in. smooth mild malt taste

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 (1928) - 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 (8410) - 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.


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