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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2006 Nice, a special inaugural label for it’s now being sold in Chicago, but I find the best thing about this ale is that it brings the hope that other New Belgium beers will be available here in the not-too-distant future.

Having a thin amber body with a rapidly diminishing head, it’s got a light, toasty malt aroma with a touch of cherry-like fruits and a whisp of herbal hops. The flavor is a watery sweet malt with a light nutty bitterness. Dry finish.

How a bike ride through Belgium inspires a mediocre Amber Ale is beyond me. I had this a handful of times years ago on trips out west, and I remembered it as being a much tastier drink back then.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
elduchey (12) - Venice, California, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Don’t spend money on this beer. Just take a shot of tequilla, pop a few Alka-Seltzers in your mouth and go chew on the nearest bike tire. I’ll never drink it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2006
On tap. Clear, light amber color, significantly bubbly. Artificial corn flake malts and a distracting amount of carbonation. Texas is just not the place for beer, especially since Bitter End closed.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Beer pours a clear, medium-yellow amber color with a small, white, fizzy, mostly and quickly diminishing head. The aroma is nasty: Heavily malty with a note of toasted bread, cereal/dog kibble and husky toasted grain; Trace hoppy with a note of herbs; trace yeasty with a note of cellar; Moderate miscellaneous metallic note. The flavor is lightly sweet, lightly-to-moderately bitter, moderately-to-heavily acidic with a lightlybittersweet, moderately acidic, unclean finish. The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is heavier-than-average. Can I be done with this stinker now?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2006
People at the Denver airport were drinking this like water. I must say, if you are traveling and you must have a layover, I highly recommend having that layover at the Denver airport. By far, the best beer selection I’ve seen. Anyway…..A brownish ale with decent head. The body was a little thin and the flavor a little "dummied down." Kind of goes with what I’ve heard about this beer: it’s a shadow of its former self. So it goes with progress and popularity. But as long as it introduces people to good beer, I suppose it’s worth the sacrifice. Easy drinking brew with a biscuity middle. My wife says that there’s a chocolatey finish. I didn’t really get that, but it kept her drunk and happy....so who am I to question?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
swedeboy63 (2) - USA - MAR 21, 2006 does not count
Sweet smell, nice amber coloring even better taste. Inspired by a bikeride through Belguim. The brewery in Ft. Collins is worth the trip.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9362) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2006
Smallish Bottle. Very clear amber colour, nutty, hoppy, malty, full flavoured and very pleasant indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebeertourist (5178) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2006
22 oz bottle. Clear amber colour with a medium white head. Caramel and biscuit aroma. Sweet biscuity, slightly nutty flavours with yeastiness providing for a drier finish. Medium body. An above average amber ale with inspirations from Belgium and Germany.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2006
Bomber, spring 2006. Pour was a clear, medium caramelly-amber with a tall rocky white head. Quite a bit of lacing followed it down. Nose was of toasty caramel and biscuits with a woodsy/floral hop backing... came across as more of a marzen. Flavor was rather non-descript... with some toasty bread and caramel maltage and a dose of floral hops... nothing exciting, and only moderately enjoyable. Palate was on the lighter side with moderate bitterness. Not bad. Welcome to Chicagoland, NBB... please bring Folie!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GonZoBeeR (3051) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2006
Aroma:cooked vegetable,light nutty... Appearance:Clear amber,good white head.. Flavor:good malt flavor,ligt bitterness...

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