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RATINGS: 2787   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 5, 2005
I don’t know why, but for some reason, the namesake of this beer is reminds me of the flavor of this beer--Fat Tire. Try figuring that one out. Anyway, amber in color, start off with light but full malty, yeasty start and ends abruptly. Bad? Not at all. Good? Perhaps! Definately worth a drink or ten.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pete (6) - USA - MAY 5, 2005 does not count
This is one of those beers that can go easily into funky/skunky. It seems to be very tempermental about shelf life... when it’s good, it’s good. Unfortunatly the usual is hit and miss at best. It tends to have a *very* small head - requiring a really vigerous pour to get just about anything to appear, and has a light watery body. The flavor tends to be good, when you get a good bottle. Seems slightly bitter with an interesting malty taste. It is definately not the normal beer.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 I fail to understand the strong following this beer has. While it does have quite a bit more flavor then the mass-produced swill so often consumed in this country, that flavor has always tasted somewhat off to me. There’s some unpleasant malt and yeast characteristics that just don’t work for me here. Has some hops presence but not enough to mask its aroma and taste which reminds me of a freshly un-rolled black plastic garbage bag.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2005
Clear amber in color with a light tan head. Sweet malty aroma with some citrus notes. Flavor is toasty and nutty caramel with a very quick finish. Light body and watery feeling. I like the flavor though, it is nice. Very easy to drink.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sloth (2582) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2005
A small tan head arises from a fairly hard pour, retention is short lived leaving behind a thin laceing. Clear light amber color. Nose is lightly malty, bready. Light bodied, sorta watery. Light dry bready flavors with a hint of caramel malt and light buttery undertones. Finish is fairly dry. Easy drinkin and seriously inoffensive. Thanks for the trade Kevin!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
amnoisis (4) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - APR 22, 2005 does not count
Overall a very middle of the road amber. Not to bitter or clean. The more I drink it though the better I like it. However, does not stay good for too long and is a lot worse when it is old. Very balanced with a aftertones of yeast and bread.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IowaBeerGod (1) - USA - APR 22, 2005 does not count
By far my favorite amber ale! This is my "every day" beer that I have every night right after I get home from work. Very drinkable, but full of flavor. This beer also is great "step up" for those lite beer drinkers who wish to venture to the more flavorable side. Fat Tire is readily avaliable around the mid-west/and west regions, but not yet available in Iowa. But stay tuned, it is coming! And if you wish to try it, drop me a line. I have an "imported keg" on tap in the garage. Cheers

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - APR 13, 2005
Transparent brownish orange color with a thin white head and active carbonation. Toffee and carmel aroma with a hint of sweet malt. Nice balanced body with carmel and malt followed by a nice subtle hop finish....very drinkable.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brg898s (8) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - APR 12, 2005 does not count
I love this beer for any occasion. I have been anround those who pollute it with lemons, which I would never recomend. Fat tire is delicious.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2005
Pours an amber orange color with little to no head. Aroma is definitely malty. Tastes malty and a little earthy maybe. Had this out of the bottle and tasted a little watered down. An O.K. amber ale.


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