SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an attractive amber hue with a decent head. Lacing rings will be visible around the glass. It looks good. This brew has a toasted malt and bisuity flavor to it (just like the bottle says), but the problem is that itís just not very complex. There just isnít enough "oompf" to it I guess. It easy to quaff though. There isnít too much of a hop character, itís mostly malt. If they could pull out the flavors a bit more then this brew could be worthy. Other then that, I only pick it up when itís the only thing available.
neocon (34) - Gold Canyon, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2005
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I may have to re-rate this one-"alergies".
However this has a orange body with small white head and light lacing. small amout of hoppy taste. I donít consider it a great beer yet I keep reaching for it. Somethings got me.
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 23, 2005
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
This is really bland. Iím very disappointed. Not much of anything to say about it except...bland. An average rating of 3.11 is too high in my opinion.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - MAR 20, 2005
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2009 Just had my first bottle. Canít understand the acclaim. Itís not really out of balanced, itís not really hoppy, itís not really malty, itís not really anything. Maybe a trip to Fort Collins and a pint of the draft could change my mind. But, for me, not worth the hype or the price.
Revisited on 7-30, I still think this beer is overrated and I certainly understand that beers with a wide appeal donít always impress me. Still a refreshing quaffer and in my definition and English amber with Belgian hop profile. Give this to your Bud drinkers to convert them.
22 oz new release @ Griffon in Charleston. Pour into brewery glass.Old penny hue with an ecru foam that dissipates ti cordon ring. Biscuity nose of semi sweet malts and a metallic resonance that ends up dominating Bubbly plate entry. The malt starts fresh and then takes a turn towards flat mediocrity. Surprisingly light hoppy spice at the end makes the finish clean and the palate beg for more. Overall not bad, although a strange grain in the middle gives the beer a macro appeal. Inexpensive and still a great conversion beer. Pairs well with Thousand Island dressing and strippers with C-section scars.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A great looking draft beer, golden amber with a white head. After the initial appearance, everything else about the beer was pretty average and pretty disappointing. Not enough hops, not enough malt, no real bitterness, no real complexity. Principal reaction was a thin beer with an interestingly prickly mouthfeel and a long sour finish.
donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2005
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Not satisfied with this beer. It was not well balanced at all. The apperance was its best attribute. This had way too much of a bready characteristic to it for my taste.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 14, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very strong odor that goes away right after pour. Crisp, semi fruity. light amber color with white head. Bit of bite at first that becomes just carbonation at the end. Average at best.
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 The musky nose is a drawback though this one pours a decent ruby-brown-transparent. The tastes are of a very dirty maltiness with very little hop bitterness in the end. Really, I was quite disappointed. This is the most overrated beer that I have encountered.
Krausen (102) - USA - MAR 7, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Severely overrated, perhaps this was built up too much before I got to taste it. Typical amber ale, malty and drinkable but nothing remarkable. It has a bready character that I taste in most of the New Belgium brews.
jtw (1111) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
thanks to tannertavernboys for the bottle. wasnít quite sure what to expect from this brew. new belgium has a reputation that makes it feel like a mini-macro brewery, but lots of people swear by it. the fat tire is mostly malty with some orange and pineapple citrus hops that show up slightly in the aroma but not much in the flavor. disturbingly easy to drink--i think that if this were on draft, i could easy drink 5 or 6 of these and not even know it. not spectacular, but quite enjoyable for what it is. glad i have another bottle on hand!