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RATINGS: 2991   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blankboy (7171) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & Dave B. -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange with an average size semi-lasting off-white head. Somewhat ho-hum aroma of malt, yeast and hops. Flavour to me was malty and a little yeasty and not much else -- pretty dissapointing. Thin bodied. Eh, this is just O.K. at best.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
IrishBoy (4096) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 29, 2006
Red-orange shade of amber with a tiny white head. Malty yeast and sour-smelling aroma. Flavor is of caramel and malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2006
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy and Dave B, my bottle. Hazy orange, small white diminishing head. Aroma is vegetal and spicy, yeasty and grainy. Taste is grainy and chewy, malt and light dry hops. Mouthfeel is grainy, lightly carbonated, medium finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shiroakuma (11) - Brea, California, USA - APR 22, 2006
Creamy white head, dark amber color. The aroma is of toasted bread, caramel malt flavor, this is one you definitely want to get when it is fresh, a great beer overall IMHO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - APR 22, 2006
New Belgium’s standard. Nutty aroma and taste, moderate carbonation. While its not my favorite brew around, I’ll drink this over a lot of the other mediocre micros available.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2006
An off-white head is creamy and holding (but eventually fades to wisps) over a clear honey/copper body. Aroma is nutty and carries a lagered persona with a strong hint of wet dog. A syrupy mouthfeel thins with a dose of carbonated fizz and some alcohol astringence. Nutty flavor with mild caramel sweetness and a non-descript, bitter finish.

I notice a lot of people dissin’ this as it "doesn’t live up to the hype". Well, I agree that while Fat Tire isn’t great, it is good... and the fact that "occasional" beer drinkers are singing the praises of Fat Tire may give the Craft Beer industry a shot in the arm. Thoughtful micros distribute a decent-yet-mediocre flagship to expose the world to their product without offending unaccustomed palates with an onslaught of hops, malts or yeasts (think "Sam Adams Boston Lager" or "Goose Island Honkers Ale").

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zombywoof (461) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 20, 2006
Caramel and malt. Not much of a nose. Ok amber ale but very overrated. The previous posters pretty much have this pegged. New Belgium has better brews than this.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrob21 (3404) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2006
On tap at the Burger Bar in Vegas. The scene was better than the beer. Drinkable but not very exciting. Amber in color and lacking in complexity. Reminds me of a newcastle. I have heard a lot about this brew and was expecting something a little more exciting. The hype must be for reasons other than the taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
vyvvy (5663) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 17, 2006
Pour clear amber with small white head that leaves quickly. Aroma is lightly roasted malt - lightly breadlike. Mouthfeel is pretty thin with medium carbonation. Taste is fairly watery - roasted malt with a little bit of caramel. Sour hop finish. Overall, not an exciting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2006
22 oz. bottle, from BevMo La Jolla. Wow, this stuff has shown up EVERYWHERE around San Diego in the past few months - even at Costco. What’s the deal? Anyway, pours clear copper-amber with a tiny head. Somewhat toasty, smokey and earthy malt aroma, with a touch of licorice and herbs. Flavor dominated by toasty, earthy malts, some hoppy notes with grass and caramel in the finish. Medium body and gentle carbonation. A passable session ale, but nothing to get excited about.

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