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RATINGS: 2945   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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 11/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Pours very amber with a big fizzy white head and tons of carbonation. Aromas of toasted malt and hops are faint. The flavor is very toasted with even some buttery character. Medium body with lots of carbonation in each drink. I use to drink a lot of Fat TIre, but like most of us, I’ve evolved to bigger and better things.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
smcd (366) - USA - FEB 26, 2006
A thoroughly middle-of-the-fire-road type of beer for the one-speeder type of crowd. Suitable for convincing non-alcoholics that beer really isn’t as out-of-control as they had imagined and that, perhaps, it is a tame little pussycat suitable for taking over to grandma’s house. Always keep some of this in your fridge!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
moseefus (79) - Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - FEB 24, 2006
A decent beer pours a light amber with little to no head, and a bit of carbonation. Flavor is decent, but not what I would expect from an amber. Finish was dry, with a roasted nut flavor. I find it is better the 2nd bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2006
(02.18.06) Impromptu surprise sampling, courtesy of homebrewer Scott L, at FebFest ’06, Libertyville, IL. Brown bomber bottle. Pours clear light amber with small white head. Soft carbonation. Faint malt on the nose. Light-to-medium bodied that starts dry with light toasty malt flavor. Finishes dry with toasty, nutty malt fade. Though rather watery flavored and bland, this is a decent drinkable malty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
KUEric (922) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2006
On Tap: A good, not great beer. In pretty much every sense of the word, nothing at all is special or unique, but niether is anything remotely bad or offensive.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2006
A somewhat hazy but very crisp amber ale. Very refreshing and easy to drink. A bit different from other ambers I drink in the respect that it has more of a malty wheat flavor without the vinegar like finish that Breckenridge Brewery’s Avalanche Amber has (which is brewed about 60 miles away).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2006
Bottle. Orange gold with little to much carbonation. Toasty and malty. A bit weak in aftertaste and all in all a mudium beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
teebradford (51) - Senatobia, Mississippi, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Very nice. After hearing about this beer for years, I finally found it in Helena Arkansas of all places. Similar to a Bass, with not as much head. Drink it from the bottle and you won’t notice, though. The deScription on the bottle pretty much sums it up. Cheers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pierogy (15) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2006
This beer was given a ton of publicity for finally coming to Chicago this February. I tried it in the 22 oz. bottle at a bar and was a bit let-down. Not a bad beer by any means. Has very smooth finish and light flavor. The flavor, in fact, was pretty weak and not unique at all. Not really the best value for your moneys worth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Hazy, orangish gold color with good carbonation. Sweet, doughy, yeasty aroma leads to a sweet malty flavor. Simple, clean, smooth with a bitter-free aftertaste. Pretty good stuff.

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