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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nejhleader (1352) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2005
UPDATED: APR 1, 2006 this is a great beer, but its not all the hype my friend made it out to be. It has excellent hops and an initial sweetness to it. Also lovely hoppy aroma. Splendid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pbird (39) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2005
This is darker than the normal beers I drink. However, I have developed a taste for it from my father-in-law. I couldn’t drink it every night, but definately a nice "change-of-pace" beer. Dark, bitter and very hopsy on the aftertaste. Definately an acquired taste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Good looking amber, but the taste is odd. Malty, but not very sweet. Kind of a nutty taste that is advertised as toasted malts. Its okay, but does not live up to the hype.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2005
Grainy caramel malts balance with citrus orange and grapefruit hops in the nose. Clear amber coloured body is topped by a decent, fine bubbled, white head that lasts well and laces. Toasty, biscuity malts are joined by a juicy citrus character with mild bitterness that leaves this one seeming rather sweet. Medium body is quite dry with moderately gassy carbonation. Tulip glass. Fridge temperature. Bottle (Liquor Mart, Boulder, CO, Oct-05).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2005
this was a waste of money!! bough a 12 pack for a bud - along with two tohers - it was the last beer in the frigde. Bland and barley sweet. Poor example of an amber ale. Two thumbs DOWN

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Pours a nice amber with a small head.Very sweet/sour aroma.Great Malt sweetness upon first sip,light almost watery mouthfeel though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zamboni42 (10) - USA - OCT 10, 2005
Astringent mouthfeel, but mild bitterness. Bready flavors with a tiny amount of tartness. No head, but that’s okay. Endlessly drinkable and very dependable. Not the most complex beer, but enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - OCT 7, 2005
Bottle. Pours an amber color with a thin white head. Smells sour, slightly corny, and sickly sweet. Tastes malty and slightly sweet. A little bit bitter on the finish. Lots of carbonation with a light body. Not bad, not good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11590) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2005
12 oz bottle-pours a medium white head. Color is a clear amber with ample effervescence. Aroma is grain. Taste is malty, good carbonation and some cherry comes through. Good, just not as crisp and clean as I had expected after hearing about this many times 2.9

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fordest (2073) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2005
Draft at Dex’s In Richland, Wa. I don’t know what all this talk about balance is. Maybe it is so named because it is easier to balance on a fat tire than a thin tire.

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