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RATINGS: 2991   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 31, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2007 Pours an amber color with a decent initial head and ok lacing. Aroma is caramel and light nuts, sweet. The flavor follows the aroma, yet the sweetness is a flaw, needs more balancing, particularly for an amber ale. Mouthfeel a little light for the style. After several other experiences with this beer, this is a nice overall amber ale, nothing special, but highly drinkable and decent quality, although not balanced by enough hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
snowden719 (130) - USA - MAY 31, 2006
Amber color. Medium body. Very sweet, with almost no bitterness to the taste at all. Very lingering finish. Not a particularly complex beer, very sweet and rather refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2006
This beer was quite drinkable but I was dissapointed.All I hear is how great this is.This no more than average.Amber color, medium bodied mouthfeel.Malty with some slight bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Amber. Mildly bitter, with a slightly nutty aftertaste. One of my favorite ambers. Had at the Harp in Houston.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - MAY 27, 2006
Small, off-white, frothy head with nice lacing, amber color. Citrus hps, nutty aroma. Flavor hits citrus, then finishes kind of nutty, not very bitter. Is a little wattery, but undoubtedly the best beer you can buy at 7-11. As people said, good introduction into higher beers, or good if you are at 7-11 and canít get to a real store.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2006 Not a terrible beer... perhaps iíve just had it too many times. Itís my fall-back beer when I go to a pub and they arenít serving much on tap. Just about everywhere in Colorado has this brew on draft. Itís a relatively clean, easy drinking brew with a nice bready flavor. It pours a nice looking amber color and leaves average lacing. This beer does get quite one-dimensional and boring after the first glass. This is a good brew to introduce people to if you are trying to get them into better beers as itís easy drinkiní and has some decent flavors hiding inside.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
chimney (9) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2006 does not count
friend of mine picked me up a bottle when he was in the chicago area, and i donít recall if i have seen it around my area. poured a very nice clean clear amber brown color with very little head and a few bubbles rising up from with in. i didnít get much from the aroma other than "amber / red ale" from it. unfortunently like the aroma there was nothing unique about the flavor of this beer, it just blended together with other amber ales that i have had before. i will say that it flavor is nicely clean, crisp, and easy to drink. would be wonderful on a warm summers day. it does have a decently light body that is quite lively on the tounge and quite refreshing, but at the same time has enough body not to feel like just water and get lost. over all itís a good beer, but sadly there is nothing special about it. i would rather spend my money on other less expensive and easier to obtain amber ales that i enjoy just the same as this one.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrnkMcDermott (2997) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2006
22 oz. Chicago Edition bottle. Iím agreeeing with the previous raters: Iíve had some fine beers from these guys, but their flagship seems very overrated. Slightly skunky and yeasty smell upon opening. Decent amber body under a rocky, clingy head. Is this bottle-conditioned? Because the taste is very yeasty A bit bready, likie they claim, But more of a touch a fruit and sour lemon. Not a lot of hop to talk about. Comes across more as a weaker version of a Sam Adams Lager. Is its popularity just hype, or is this the Coors of the microbrewed world.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2006
Great brewery...OK brew. Very average amber, certainly drinkable, but completely uninspiring, especially given the fact that these guys brew such good beer otherwise. Light caramel malt, and light herbal, floral hopping. Decent, drinkable amber, but thatís damning with faint praise.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Headbanger (3803) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2006
22oz bomber- Not much of an aroma. Appearance a light amber. The flavor has malt flavor but more pronounced on the back end. This beer was much better b4 it was mass produced. This beer is overrated.

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