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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
raineseric (2) - Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA - JUN 30, 2005 does not count
Perhaps Iím overrating this ale, but I found it much more enjoyable than most people seem to. As described I have found a delightfuly toasty/biscuity flavor melded nicely with an equal hoppiness. I also sense a bit of unexpected fruitiness to it as well. I will be frequenting this ale in the future and itís a must keep on hand for me now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - JUN 27, 2005
The bottle poured a copper-colored beer with a very small fizzy white head. The head did not last 60 seconds and left no lacing. When examined closely in good light, there were tiny floaties too. The aroma had a wonderful roasted malt character with notes of fruit in the background. It had a medium body and an average carbonation and the texture was somewhat slick. The taste starts off with a blast of roasted sweet malt then settles down to a medium bitterness. The finish is medium to long and continues to play the roasted malt card.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2007 Iíve had several of these now since the price was right (free). Clear copper, moderate head, decent lace and retention. Aroma is bready with more toasty notes, almost nothing for hops. Lighter body, extremely uninteresting, making it difficult to come back to... even when itís free.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SSSteve (3903) - - JUN 14, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2009 clear light amber color under a large frothy off-white head. toasted malt aroma. flavor is very toasty, nutty, biscuity. medium body with a moderate smooth carbonation. easy drinking amber

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Severly overrated in many circles, but respectable. Weak roasted malt is overshadowed by a faint hops presence. This beer lacks an identity, but I guess thatís what sells it to the masses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gmku (295) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Have had on tap and from bottle. Smells and tastes sweet with roastiness a little in the flavor. Fresh and smooth, a nice amber, slightly buttery in mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OutHouseDilemma (70) - Crowley, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2005
From bottle and on tap...... This is a good amber that reminds me a lot of alaskan ambers. Good sweet smell with burnt malts strong hops in small numbers. Good medium color with decent staying head. Fresh smoothey after taste. This is a good well rounded beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
murawski (160) - USA - JUN 6, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2005 Nice amber ale with a bit of a butty flavor. Very drinkable, but can be a bit on the dry/biiter side of the palate. Almost impossible to get any New Belgium brews east of the Mississippi. This beer has some serious college memories attached, hence my higher-than-expected rating.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
cathcacr (642) - Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2005
I had this on draft and it struck me as quite average. Rather non-descript all-around; pre-snob stage, Iíd probably find a lot to like about this, but there are much more interesting beers out there.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
apost8n8 (123) - USA - MAY 29, 2005
Iíve heard alot about this beer but spending most of my life under Oklahomaís strange beer laws Iíve never had the opportunity. I really didnít see anything special. It seems like a standard amber/copper ale, very mild hops and malts, no flavors discernable. It wasnít bad at all just very standard.

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