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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gr8flKev (3) - Alabama, USA - JUN 8, 2004 does not count
Its a shame this beer isnt available east of the Mississippi River. A delightful ale with a nice, smooth taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Bottled. While not exceptional, this is a nice, easy-drinking beer. Sweet malt start followed by a well balanced, hoppy finish. A very special kind lawn mowing beer. Iím a mountain biker so it gets a bonus point.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Bottle in Colorado. Seems to be everywhere out there. Good deep amber color and average white head. Nice roasted caramel aroma. Good malty, spicy amber beer flavor. Thin body. I enjoyed a bunch of these, but I see its not the best New Belgium.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Heard so much good stuff about New Belgium. Bought several of their beers and find them to be just average. This had a nice copper body with foamy white head and nice lacing. Malty sweetness to the nose was okay. A bit watery in texture. Might be good cold on a hot day or with some food but the flavor does not merit solo sipping. A mediocre beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 just a good overall beer with very short lasting head. nice color,,i dont taste biscuits,,maybe a little of the pan.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hershiser2 (1208) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2004
I had heard so many great things about this beer, so I gave it a shot. Not overly impressed by any means, but didnít dislike it. Itís kinda complex, with lots of flavors going on, but mainly a roasted hop thing, thatís not great, but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAY 29, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2007 Orange-amber, think looking body. Big, thick, white bubbly head. Smells really good: sweet and fragrant, florally so with some abrosia and sweet caramel. Taste is medium bodied, malt-centric; cherry, bananna, grape, honey and dry, grapefruit hop finish. Aftertaste is a little cloying from all the sweet flavors, making it uncomfortable on the throat. This beer provoked my friend Kevin to offer, "it tastes like a tootsie pop." Indeed. Purchased in Galveston, TX (Spring Break í04).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Pours a nice amber color with a small white head that falls fast. Aroma is slightly spicy and nice and malty. Taste is a bit sweet at first, mildly malty and very smooth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nja (17) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Spreading like a cancer all over the West Coast. This is not a good beer, nor a terrible beer, but solidly mediocre. Overly carbonated with thin body and somewhat watery taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pjk33 (389) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Draught, bottle. Pours a nice amber color with a decent frothy head. Nose is sweet, fruity, and malty. Not as malty in taste as nose, but a solid nice beer. Good carbonation, but a little thin in body. Nice summer beer for me.

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