ramekin (3) - USA - SEP 27, 2005 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was a transition beer for me, starting to bring me away from common macros. Reviewing as if it were my first time, a challenge. Poured from a bottle, minimal head with quick dissipation and little lacing. Light, very clear amber color, slight grainy aroma, lightly hopped and thin in the mouth. Good flavor and easy to drink, with little complexity or body. Familiar, I would happily drink this any time.
trafford (171) - Germantown, Tennessee, USA - SEP 20, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice amber ale with a light hint of orange. A nice caramel aroma with a bitter-sweet taste, full body,and a lively, long finish. Iím unable to get it east of the Mississippi, but I stock pile when I go to KC. This has become my everyday type of beer summer or winter.... My personal favorite
kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2006 Pours an orange-apricot marmalade hue with a fluffy beige head inspiring autumnal memories of a sepia toned photograph. The distinctive nose appears squarely at first, but its complexities are revealed after several examinations. I noticed a sweet blend of candied apples, caramel and bubble gum. Familiar odors of dust and burnt rubber appear after great scrutiny. The mouthfeel holds an easy quality to it, a welcomed simplicity that exposes the honesty of this brew. Malts are emphasized in the flavor, pleasantly mingling roasted caramel, hazelnut and burnt toast. This beer does not try to impress you with subtleties but retains intricacies if you look for them. A great "everyday" type beer that can be enjoyed several times over without lassitude. The finish is sticky and wet with a slight citrus-like acidity that provides a warm and satisfying bitterness.
GarrettB (1234) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 Fat Tire was the brew responsible for inducting me into an esoteric group of beer savants. I was never one to hit a college party drinking Keystone or some other cheap poison. I had too much owed to my brain for that degree of treachery. Good thing too, because the few Coors and Bud beers Iíve had led me to believe the American public was patronizing a set of beer tyrants while settling for mediocrity. Since the day I first tasted it, Fat Tire renewed my faith in my college peers, who were hopelessly flexed over garbage cans and sofa arms to hear my entreaties for forgiveness. Indeed, the scattered bottles across the lawn and parking lots are a testament to the refined tastes of our local drunkards. So, in a way, I owe a lot to Fat Tire, which is why my score may seem unusually high. But it was there on my 21st birthday to give me a hug, or two, or five. Thank you Fat Tire, I love you too. Now, onto the beer.
It pours a very nice, rustic copper color of a hazy orange shade that resembles the stuff of old. Family heirlooms tend to be this golden, copper hue. Maybe I didnít pour it correctly, but there was little or no head. I like to get that foamy sensation, so I was a little bit let down by the straight forward "drink me" attitude of the beer. A cursory whiff is too complex to pick apart, but a second try yields the mysteries of the gaseous prelude. There is definitely a "toasty" element, but I detected some fruit flavors as well. A subtle apple flavor nudged at me but kept fairly quiet. The taste is far superior to the smell and the palate is by far the best of all the beers Iíve had so far (a very limited boast). Even though the flavor is a fairly straight forward cacophony of hops and toasted breads (again, slight traces of fruit) the beer is very thick and satisfying. You feel "whole" after drinking Fat Tire, but energetic enough to climb the nearest 14,000 foot peak and recommend it to the first mountain guru, praising it as a satisfying shortcut to personal completion and ultimately, nirvana. This isnít to say the beer is transcendental, but it fills those cavities usually occupied by depression, job woes or stress. What a great thinking beer. Cheap too, which is perfect for your average beer amateur. Namely, me.
marcus (7671) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This amber ale poured with a very small head. There was a medium-bodied flavor that was quite malty and somewhat hoppy. It was worth drinking, but not outstanding.
SudsMcDuff (6922) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2007 Had again last weekend, the taste is quite delicious, better than i remember! I love this beer!
The rich smell is what i noticed first, then the pour. Nice and dark but still quite ruby-tan almost. Good taste and good after taste, quite an enjoyable brew, and the price, not bad at all for 2 bucks a big bottle!
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - SEP 15, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2007 9/15/05: Bottle. Amber in color with an average fine white head. Aroma is grainy with a hint of grass. Flavor is sweet and cereal like with a light hop bite. Palate is thin. Iíll drink it, but wonít buy it.
1/12/06: On tap in Denver Airport: More caramel, less grass still has slight grainy taste.
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another good easy to get beer in the northwest. Has nice robust flavor for an amber and is easy to drink.
BetterRedFred (65) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - SEP 8, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Stacked this one head to head vs Bass Pale Ale, regardless of brewerís descriptions. To my mind, these two are virtual twins, with some very interesting distinguishing features.
Aroma: earthy, bread, wonderful!
Appearance: amber, average frothy head with good lacing
Flavor: BREAD and HEARTH! All things homey, comforting, and earthy! Sweet/Bitter perfectly balanced, so that niether seems apparent - a chorus!
Palate: LONG, creamy, mild, and DELICIOUS! From WHERE or WHAT does NB get that taste?
Overall: Less a "beer" than a comfort food. If "Flat Tire" had no alchohol whatsoever, it might still be my favorite beverage. Hop heads, beware, this will be altogether too mild and tasty for your taste.
Minus: Appearance lacks explosion or pizzaz. Relatively mild carbonation - a nit-pick for sure!
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Looked amberish to me, but was hard to make out in the dark bar. Toasted caramel and a little floral and even yeasty aroma. More of the same in flavor. Fairly sweet upfront and a little spice in it too. Itís not bad, but not my favorite.