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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jazzy (11) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 30, 2004
I totally agree with ’mamradskoda’ & ’JenDaveMartin’. This beer has become a common item and a replacement in the likes of the Bay Area. It was on tap at a local sushi bar in the Mission District. I found it to be slightly flat and a little dry, but not bad. Its definitely a good substitute for the Sam Adams’s- Thank Goodness. I just hope I don’t bump into one of those Sam Adams guys in a bar, making me spill my Gin & Tonic!! I’ll just spill my Fat Tire on his ass! Overall, I definitely like the toasted quality, but agree with ’slimweebs’ that the beer’s perfect balance is a letdown for a more discerning palete.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
arhythmt (69) - USA - SEP 28, 2004
Totally bland and dry (in a bad way) amber ale. This beer has a flat sort of taste to it that persists regardless of where I’ve tried it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ghawener (1467) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - SEP 25, 2004
Bottle: Sweet, fruity, malt and hops. Good balance and great taste, not a bad ’belguim’ brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mamradskoda (9) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2004 does not count
This is probably the most common beer here in Boulder, and for good reason. It’s not an incredible brew, it’s not New Belgium’s finest, but it has begun to fall into the category of domestic-substitute, where it excels. It’s flavorful, dynamic and fun to drink, plus its color is a unique transparent red that nothing else I’ve seen really imitates.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2004
Had it on Tap at the Tilted Kilt in Vegas. Excellent Ale that has a malty aroma. In the glass its a nice amber color with a of white head. Very enjoyable beer with smokey accents throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
JenDaveMartin (2) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 20, 2004 does not count
Everyone goes crazy over this beer. It’s hit San Francisco like a tidal wave, replacing Sam Adams in some bars.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sendog04 (1) - Downey, California, USA - SEP 12, 2004 does not count
Bottle: I had this first in Yosemite, great combination. Great color with nice head. A superb balance of malt and hops with a sweetness that was not overpowering. The sweetness and the toasty flavor made this one a keeper.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - SEP 10, 2004
An amber pour with a decent head. Amber ales are not my favorite style, but this one had a nice toasty male flavor and a decent hop presence, like the description states. A little thin to me though. All in all a drinkable ale, but I agree with a previous poster that the beer is a little over hyped.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Perhaps I am biased because I lived in a cabin for three months with no beer and then drank one of these, and thought it was heavenly. Good smoky, almost burnt malty flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Appealing earthy, toasty and slightly fruity aroma unlike any other beer. Slightly hazy amber appearance with a thin white head. Muted noble hop aroma and flavor. The flavor matches the aroma with nice carbonation giving it a spritzy quality. Finishes clean and slightly sweet. I suspect much of the flavor comes from Breiss Victory malt. A quality, if over hyped, ale.

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