DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer pours a light to medium amber color with a quickly dissipating white soapy head which left no lacing. The aroma skips beats with hints of malt, wheat and grains. Very grainy aroma as it warmed...definitely not the most pleasant beer I’ve ever smelled. The flavor is also excessively sweet with almost an artificial malt flavor and a grainy, wheaty cardboard dry finish. Light bodied and heavily carbonated with a hint of syrupy cardboard finish. Very light watery mouthfeel...not much to this beer at all... can’t get over that astringently dry cottonmouth finish... anybody want some extra Fat Tire?
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
I dont understand why this one gets panned by people out there. For one you gotta hand it to New Belgium for really stepping out and getting good beer to the masses. For that reason, it gets an extra pat on the back from me. Also, as I talked to the New Belgium Festivarian at the GABF, I really felt a love they have for their craft. That said, as an amber this one isn’t mind-blowing. It’s good, reliable and still very yummy. It’s attractive, pouring light amber colored with a white head. It tastes crisp and just a tiny bit malty with somewhat noticeable bittering from the hops. I most recently had this from the bottle and I seem to remember a richer taste from on tap.
Goodfieldnohit (9) - Canadian, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2004 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lots of yeasty taste, almost like eating bread. I have had this on tap and was quite pleased. In a bottle the head was very thin and not nearly as tasty. I wouldn’t turn it down, but probably wouldn’t buy more.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In my opinion, this misses the boat as far as a "Belgian Style Ale", but I guess this is their shot at the mainstream American palate. Little to no flavors typically associated with the Belgian yeast strains. Nutty flavor and a bit thin, but I would drink it over a large commercial American beer anyday.
Diablokev (160) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
You know for all the talk about this one I really don’t think it’s all that special. The aroma is a bit weak if you ask me, looks like swap water, I don’t really dig the aftertaste. I have had better.
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - DEC 27, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2005 bottle 12 oz. dated 13 Mar 05. Crystal clear golden amber with short lived off white head, sporatic lace. Ample large and medium sized bubble carb. Aroma is mild Belgian yeast & light, somewhat creamy malt with min hops. Flavor is mild Belgian yeast, mild amber malt & light hops. Pushing the upper limits of light bodied with a rather thin mouthfeel. Has that sterile, American made, from the bottle, characteristic. Lacking in any form of complexity. There is a nice roasted nut flavor that is mild, and the brew is rather dry.
This is a good stepping stone beer for the masses, but not worth $6.50-$7/6 for the initiated. If offered at a friend’s place I wouldn’t turn it down though.
rverb361 (19) - USA - DEC 27, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 A very decent Amber. Not my favorite style but I would drink this again. Has a good malt flavor.
rajendra82 (969) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Provided in person by Southernbrew, this brown longneck poured fizzy clear yellowish amber. The head was less than ¼ inch thick, although there was a lot of latent carbonation. The smell was a bit unpleasant with some rotting wood mixing with fresh tilled earth. The taste was nutty, grainy, and quite watered down, with some hop bitterness lingering in the background. Mouthfeel was thin, but not maco-ish. The aftertaste was clean, and gassy. This is clearly a beer meant to be a stepping stone from macro-swill, although IMHO Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is much better suiter for that mission.
Dub85323 (9) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2004 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Malty and nutty with somewhat of a smoky flavor. I love with beer with Italian food. Excellent amber ale.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fat Tire has a bit of a hype around it, especially in regions, like mine, that do not receive this Colorado amber. What could be the reason, I wonder, why do so many rhapsodize so dreamily about it? Is it the equal or better of world classics from Europe, or does it stand out against America’s legendary micros? I was determined to find out...
Fine, bubbly, but brief, head, over a bright amber color. Nice fruity touches in the aroma, and the more I "drink in" the nose, the more I seem to find...tropical fruits, mango, banana?, peach, apricot, a hint of gentle spices, and a whiff of flowers, even. Nice grainy, gritty texture, but overall, very smooth palate. Hops seem to be lying low, and malt does it’s part, without taking the spotlight. Slight sourness in the finish, later absorbed by tasty sweetness. Well-balanced, and enjoyable. I can imagine a pleasant session with these.
So why the cult status? I have a few theories. 1. Funny name. 2. There’s a bike on the label. 3. It’s an easily consumed, delicious ale that accompanies fond memories of seeing jam bands in Colorado, and the perfect thing to stock in the cooler at the post-show drum jam. Enjoy, all you hippies, enjoy!!!