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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badinplaid (106) - USA - JUN 4, 2006
Good American stab at a European ale. Fruity nose, good flavor. Head is a bit lacking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
timtheenchanta (70) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Good light copper appearance. Medium head that disappears quickly. No lacing. Toasted malt flavor. Hint of chocolate and peanut butter...? Iím not sure where Iím getting that from but I swear I am. Big biscuity flavor and still some peanut butter but itís very faint. Good fruitiness to it. Nice hoppy balance. This is a well balanced beer. Very smooth and a little hoppy on the palate. Enjoyable beer thatís easy to drink.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JUN 3, 2006
This had a decent head.amber color.Not much aroma.tasted pretty much like thr drscription.bitter hops and malts.medium body.afew steps above an average beer.will probably buy again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
californiapete (9) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 2, 2006 does not count
Pours a beautifully clear golden amber, a little on the pale side perhaps, but with a nice thick foamy head. While the view is enticing, the aroma is underwhelming. If one really sticks your nose in there and takes a big whiff, you get the sweet, biscuity malt you would expect. Much the same can be said of the flavor, rather dry for the style, and more in a disappointingly bland way than a pleasantly drinkable one. While I canít say I didnít enjoy drinking this beer, I was happy to finish it and follow up with a more flavorful version of the style: my L.A. local Angel City Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2006
chicago inaugural 22. chewy to say the least. very sweet. the sweetness kind of overpowers the delicious roasted malt... oh well... this summer in chicago its fat tire... last summer it was 312

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Botle 45F Tulip Glass. Aroma is slightly sweet with a slight tanginess, subtle hops they smell noble, a bit of bread. Pours a very pleasant copper color, with a large a frothy white head, good lacing. Toasted malt flavor a bit of sweetness, mixed with subtle and just slightly bitter hops, and a nice dry finish. I really like the dryness on this brew. Very light mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. A decent belgian style amber, not very big, easily drinkable. But I donít see what the big deal is with people in oklahoma treating this beer like a god. I guess because it is not available.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (3032) - 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.

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