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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Zoso137 (52) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2006
this brew made me feel like i had a mouse trap go off in my mouth and my socks were covered in chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - JAN 22, 2006
12oz bottle.
Pours slightly hazy orange-ish amber with medium fluffy white head. Aroma fo nutty Belgian yeast, caramel and lightly spicy hops. Flavor is moderately bitter, spicy, lightly nutty, and caramel. Big, thick mouthfeel with surprisingly smooth palate. A fine American amber.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
krang (6) - California, USA - JAN 19, 2006 does not count
Not particularly complex, but has a pleasant fruity (fig?) flavor that I found to be quite unique.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
warriorx99 (85) - USA - JAN 18, 2006
Pours a nice amber color. This is a flavorful beer, very hoppy. You don’t have to be a beer connoisseur to realize this beer is good. Excellent beer. One of my top 10.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zeswaft (1533) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2006
This is the most overrated beer by people who know nothing about beer...and I hate those people. They probably like it because it isn’t an assertive beer with much flavor. It’s something different than a macro but still very "safe". Pretty lame but is alright.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
xfactor (6) - USA - JAN 11, 2006 does not count
I’m not as hyped up on this beer as most. It has a great pour, but I find it a bit tart on the palate. Though, it is an above average beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerauthority (12) - Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2006
i love it, very flavorful, not like any other beer ive tried. definately not a mainstream beer lovers beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
OldMrCrow (2244) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2006
From the bottle.

Pours clear amber with an ample head. The aroma is vaguely sour, hints of yeast. The flavor is biscuit malt, a bit of hops, and decidedly belgian-yeast bent, with a surprisingly long (if understated) bitter finish that turns somewhat metallic toward the end. But the palate is just to painfully thin for a belgian-styling; the aroma sets one up for a letdown with each sip.

Almost a passable session beer, and a bit of a change for the usual amber ale, but nothing special whatsoever and not even particularly enjoyable to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gdub171 (30) - USA - JAN 4, 2006
solid choice on the west coast. don’t have many decent amber ales around here, but this is a good one. Nothing extrodinary, but better than a domestic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2006
nice toasty aroma, caramelesque quality, good lasting lacing, dark orange hue, on tap, very carbonated, almost had hicccups trying to finish the second one quickly

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