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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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chargerfanjess (124) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Interesting brew, a slight belgian like in a minimalistic sence. Nutty spice middle malt low hop level. Almost pale in color copperish. Decent drinking beer, 5.3% semms high.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
evilsoc (191) - WALES - MAR 13, 2006
On tap around Boulder. Beer that makes me smile all over. Not breaking any world records for flavour but as good a malt biscuit flavour as I can find on tap, perfect subtle hop balance, finish that makes you order another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2006
22oz. bottle. Deep gold-red with a small white head. Slight nutty, chocolate aromatics with some sweet malt. Toasty astringency, some caramel. Barest whispers of spicy hops in the finish with a biscuity flavor. Mouthfeel is medium light, somewhat dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GTown (127) - New York, USA - MAR 13, 2006
On tap at NYPD pizza in Albuquerque. Pours orange with light head and moderate lacing. Hoppiness was moderate. Citrus (orange) comes through. Paired well with the pie.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2006
What a great beer. If I could have this in a six-pack, instead of a $3 22 oz. bottle, I’d buy it every week. Not much aroma, looks carmelly but not interesting, medium-light bodied palate, but it TASTES great! It’s all about the malts for this beer. I tasted very little hops, and didn’t mind. Think of the most pleasant, but not extreme, fresh bread you’ve had, and you’re close to imagining what this beer tastes like. It’s not extreme in any way, but -- seriously -- perfect for those times you just want a beer after work, or a beer that will compliment rather than take over a meal. FYI, I had this with liver sausage once, and it was no match for the sausage, so save this for pizza and sandwiches and drinking on the porch in warm weather or with good friends inside in cold Chicago weather.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PhysZac (69) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Bomber. Golden orange pour with thick creamy head that clings to glass. First smell is orange. Smells doughy, dusty, and dry with good amounts of yeast. Roasty taste of biscuits with a crispy bacon flavor. Subtle pine hops finishes the well balanced profile. As it warms, more meaty and apple flavors dominate and bring along a yeasty quality. Palate is slightly dry with a medium body. No alcohol presence in any part of the beer. Nice drinker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Amber body with a white head that faded away as soon as I finished pouring. Aroma is malt centerd with toasted and roasted notes, some citrus. The flavor is similar to the nose, semi-sweet, some bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eggman (45) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2006
12 oz bottle, Best Before 12/15/06. Purchased in Missouri and brought back by my wife while visiting family up there...Pours a clear orange-brown with a large, frothy, light tan head that lasted a good while. Fair lacing...Smell heavy caramel malt and light perfume hops. Can also detect a light alcohol/soy sauce odor and actually something very solvent like...Medium bodied with a creamy texture, soft carbonation, and a bitter finish...A long toasted cereal flavor that is lightly sweet and moderately bitter...Had this for the first time on tap in Colorado Springs but preferred many of the other New Belgium brews over this, especially 1554. The bad aroma most likely was due to this bottle being way past the Best Before date and I’d love the opportunity to rate it again. Still though, the nice toasty oats manage to shine through and elevate it to "very good brew" status.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
verge (32) - USA - MAR 7, 2006
This is a really cine amber ale. Its not sold everywhere, and not where I am, but when I get the chance Ill buy a couple cases. I really enjoy the biicuity flavor folowed by a sligt hoppy bitterness. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
withgrace (1) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 7, 2006 does not count
This beer is fantastic! I discovered it on a business trip, October 2005. Sadly, they do not have it in Kentucky.

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