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RATINGS: 2859   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
billism (44) - Missouri City, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2005
This is a pretty good beer, though not my favorite amber ale. Pretty good for a mass production brewery. Could be a bit more flavorable for amber ale.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
coolshmo (18) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - DEC 8, 2005
i bought in to the hype that some people think this is a good beer. i got a case of it, and couldnít wait until it was gone. smells horrible, tastes like foot, too much carbonation. its almost bearable. but iíd rather not.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2006 Bottle shared at the First Annual Florida Ratebeer Gathering. Pours dark amber color with nice almost beige head. Very malty beer, it taste like they actually toasted the malts first, you get a burnt aroma and also in the flavor, not sweet at all like any other amber ale. Different from any other beer Iíve had and wish I could get this all the time.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - NOV 30, 2005
As with others, I passed this many times before trying one, it was the only good beer on tap. Nice malty and fresh baked bread aroma. Slightly sweet, very smooth. A nice surprise, a easy drinking brew.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2005
Wow, another one of those I canít believe I have missed. On tap, some bad 4th St. and Mission St Sports bar near my hotel, San Francisco. Dark orange, very thin white head. Hardly any aroma, slight malt I guess. Crisp over carbonated mouthfeel. English hop and malt taste. Grain as well. Like a heavy harsh Creemore, Iíll keep in mind this place was hardly serving it properly (the SpeakeEasy I had there, which I usually like, was awful).

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (8670) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2009 2009-11-14. Golden yellow body with a small white head. 3+ Toasty biscuity malt in the aroma is a bit odd. Flavour is mild, grainy malts, light bitterness, odd fruity touch to the malt. Average palate. Okay. 6/3/6/3/12 - 3.0 Bottle from Binnyís, Chicago.

2005-11. Bottle. Light amber body with a good sized off white head. Toasty biscuity aroma, with a slight underlying oddness. Flavour has more biscuity, toasty malt up front, with notes of dry alcohol, bitterness and something thats in the ballpark of sourness but not quite. Canít decide if it is off somehow or if I just donít care for it. Best Before of Dec 05 would seem to imply that it should be fine. 5/3/4/3/10 - 2.5

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - NOV 29, 2005
My roommate brought back a bottle for me from CA. pours a light brown/copper color. white head. i really liked the aroma on this beer. it definatly reminded me of belgian imports. a sweet slightly fruity sent. the taste is a little dissapointing, thers not enough of it personaly. nice hoppyness, mmm... some slight nut and malt flavors, with a nice bitterness. but overall a lighter flavor than i would expect from an amber ale. not bad overall, average but very drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2005
I donít understand the hype with the 52% percentile. The nuttiness and maltiness is here but it isnít that bountiful. I agree its well balanced and it was nice of my cousin to haul this from the West Coast back to PA but there is nothing mind blowing here or earth shattering. I do enjoy a few of the hops I detect but havenít really gotten into the "amber" category too deep.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rpack78 (7) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2005 does not count
Itís pretty good. A little bitter in the end. Taste better than the trippel for sure. I wouldnít want to drink a whole lot of these. Not quite my favorite.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5395) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2005
12 oz bottle. Copper color, small off-white head, evident carbonation, and left good lacing. Grainy malt aroma with perfumy hop accents. Flavor is all toasted malt and nuttiness, with a dry and lightly bitter finish. Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. This has some decent flavor, a very good example of what "toasty" malt flavor is like. Pretty drinkable at first, but nothing exciting and gets a little tedious by the end of the bottle.


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