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Named in honor of our founder Jeff’s bike trip through Belgium, Fat Tire Amber Ale marks a turning point in the young electrical engineer’s 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 Tire’s 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Out of a bottle. Aroma biscuity and wet basement. Poured a nice amber with a white head. Flavor was ok sweet malts and hops, pretty even. It was ok nothing spectacular.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Light Amber color. Smooth hoppy and slightly bitter start, then rolls into a smooth slightly sweet finish. Excellent on tap

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
alkaloid (17) - USA - AUG 19, 2005
Color is very nice, aroma betrays the taste however. Taste is sour and bitter with a raw finish. Definitely will not purchase again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2005
great amber coloring with a white head. Floral aroma with a good mix of maltiness and hopiness. The bike theme makes this a mainstay at my team parties.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JMerritt (1871) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Dark copper with a large white head that is mostly diminishing. Smells of hay, silage, straw and grass. Rather sweet flavor, brown sugar, over-ripe apples, caramel, and dates. Nice mouthfeel, moderately carbonated and full. Better than average. Thanks to Crash for bringing this back for me from Tejas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Bottle, thanks Degarth. Best before may, 29, 2005. Poured amber with a tight creamy off white head. I smell taosted spices, warmth, if you can smell that? The taste is creamy and bread like? with some malt to it as well. This may have peaked, as it is nothing exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2005
12 oz bottle: Short lived just off white head on a clear light amber body. The initial aroma was lightly roasty, but as it warms it smells like lightly toasty oatmeal cookies (minus the raisins), with freshly cracked pale malt and a bit of nuttiness. Pretty clean of fruitiness. Well balanced with just a hint of bitterness at the finish and aftertaste. A bit of herbal hop bitterness, but the malt flavor lacks a little compared to the aroma. Lightly toasty, but thats about it. The aftertaste is lightly malty and lingers just a bit. Lighter body but not watery, medium carbonation, and smooth. Not quite as good as I remember it about 5 years or so ago. Great nose, but the flavor lacks a little. Solid beer, but nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2005
I think this one was just hyp’d too much. It was a good beer but, not worth everything I had heard about it. Good dark color with good lacing and head. It had a bit of oil taste to it that I wasn’t really happy with.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigNasty (55) - South Lyon, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2005
One of my all-time favorite beers, when it’s "on." Wide variance in flavor quality, even between bottles of the same 6-pack. I’ve found the most even and "truest" flavor in the 22-oz. bomber bottles. At it’s best, a bready, malty flavor and aroma that makes it one of the best amber ales around. At it’s worst, a non-descript beery flavor or an overhopped mouth-puckering bitterness. Patiently waiting to have NBB expand distribution into the northern Midwest.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pinkzambia (1618) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 14, 2005
On Tap: Amber brown color with an off-white head and sticky lacing. Thick malts are the word on this one with a dirt flavor. Aroma and taste combined present the taster with a "dirty socks in hiking boots" sensation. FT is a great all around brew.

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