rajendra82 (953) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Dub85323 (9) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2004 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Malty and nutty with somewhat of a smoky flavor. I love with beer with Italian food. Excellent amber ale.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!!!
mjurney (64) - Amarillo, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2006 On tap: amber color with small head. Kinda rich flavor, slightly roasted, kinda crisp. Alirght brew.
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber colour. mild hoppy nose with malt blendind in. smooth mild malt taste
Drinker101 (54) - East Ridge, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light amber appearance. Malty pleasing aroma. Taste is light and leaves a slight unpleasing after taste.
r464 (1928) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.