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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Severly overrated in many circles, but respectable. Weak roasted malt is overshadowed by a faint hops presence. This beer lacks an identity, but I guess thatís what sells it to the masses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gmku (294) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Have had on tap and from bottle. Smells and tastes sweet with roastiness a little in the flavor. Fresh and smooth, a nice amber, slightly buttery in mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OutHouseDilemma (70) - Crowley, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2005
From bottle and on tap...... This is a good amber that reminds me a lot of alaskan ambers. Good sweet smell with burnt malts strong hops in small numbers. Good medium color with decent staying head. Fresh smoothey after taste. This is a good well rounded beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
murawski (160) - USA - JUN 6, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2005 Nice amber ale with a bit of a butty flavor. Very drinkable, but can be a bit on the dry/biiter side of the palate. Almost impossible to get any New Belgium brews east of the Mississippi. This beer has some serious college memories attached, hence my higher-than-expected rating.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
cathcacr (637) - Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2005
I had this on draft and it struck me as quite average. Rather non-descript all-around; pre-snob stage, Iíd probably find a lot to like about this, but there are much more interesting beers out there.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
apost8n8 (123) - USA - MAY 29, 2005
Iíve heard alot about this beer but spending most of my life under Oklahomaís strange beer laws Iíve never had the opportunity. I really didnít see anything special. It seems like a standard amber/copper ale, very mild hops and malts, no flavors discernable. It wasnít bad at all just very standard.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
shadey (1953) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Clear amber color with very thin white head. Aroma is spicy and malty. Doughy and spicy flavor. Nothing to balance it out or clean the palate. Bulky and unbalanced.

   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 (2613) - Salem, Oregon, 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.

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