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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adamcore (7) - council bluffs, Iowa, USA - AUG 2, 2004 does not count
Awesome awesome beer. Good on tap good int he bottle. Besides its nice 5.3 is better than the light beers all the frat boys around here drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Interesting if you know the story behind this beer...an "American representation" of a Belgian beer...very thin head, very thin bodied...never found the "crisp hoppiness"...very malty with little hops to be found in my bottle...can be found at most bars around Dallas though...better than a lot of alternatives...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Clear amber color. Light toasty malt nose. Toasty malt flavors light hops in finish. Not much to say about this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mattsonjazz (1) - Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2004 does not count
A cult Classic in CO. A different take on the amber ale. Thin head, fruity hops, and a bit of spice on the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Bottle. Slightly dark amber with a small head. Fruity and malt flavor with a little cocoa and a light citrus. Easy to drink, but nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopdog (8933) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2004
I only bought this one based on the name (and they make a decent Tripel). Poured an amber color with a small head. Not much to this beer - average is as average does (nothing to write home about). I’ll on this one...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kevin (2078) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 18, 2004
bottle. pours a dark golden with a thin head. not much aroma a little malty. taste is a nice nutty malt slight bitter finish. a little too sweet overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jefcon (1389) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2004 The standard from New Belgium. A little head and a golden-umber color. Solid aromas of biscuit and malt. Drinkable and smooth, but with the very real hops of a good ale. Complex enough to linger on the palate, but not fruity, astringent, or acidic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Foxbush (1268) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2009 Excellent color and head formation, Strong hops flavor. This was a very good ale. Fat tire was enjoyed while at a wedding in Colorado. I enjoyed on tap and in bottle. This was on tap at the Hyatt in Indian Wells, California. It is an excellent bar ale. It is well balnced ale with flavor and body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hayduke (3366) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 10, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2006 On tap (pint glass). By the time it got to my table the head (if there ever was one) was gone. Color was amber, but not a very nice shade. The first thing that hit me was the sweetness. Felt good in the mouth, and I worked my way through the first half of the glass trying decipher the odors. It almost smelled like an oatmeal cookie. But I think the telling thing is that I really did not have any real interest in drinking the second half of the glass. This one just comes up wanting in my opinion. Note 112/23/0 Rerate.. This is served in a number of places around here so thought Iwould give it another try. Glass (on tap) came thiis time with a head. Also maybe the light was better because this time the color was more attractive. Nose was decent ,bu flavor wast still preety bland and odd, but then it IS an Amber so what can you do with that. Rating updated to improve aroma and appearance. But downgraded on flavor. This beer is poplar but I personallly think this is more to do with marketing and the cute name, than being a quality brew. New Belgium does made some good brews....this just not happen to be one of them.

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