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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 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
djm (5) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 3, 2006 does not count
Another nasty tasting over-rated and well marketed beer (on the west coast at least). No flavor to speak of, over carbonated, lagery tasting ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2006
I don’t get the hype associated with this beer - the attractive Belgian nose is about all this beer has going for it. Loads of bready, biscuity malt make it hard to drink. No balance at all - lots of brown sugar sweetness overtake the yeast in the body. The heavy malts throw way off kilter as well. I had a hard time drinking the whole bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Malty worty aroma, mild sweetness and some tobacco. A little biscuit and some diacetyl. Dull amber, bit of a haze to it, with very little to no head. Medium watery body with medium to heavy carbonation. Starts grainy with mild sweet malts, bit of light toffee. Carbonic acidity and light fruitiness. Tries to end worty and beany then comes over bitter. Nutty carbonic after. A mediocre amber.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2006
A bit of malt. A bit of hops. Enjoyable if not spectatuclar this beer is worth trying but not worth seeking out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2005
just a little bit of malty sweetness. just a little bit of hops in the end. nothing offensive about this beer, but nothing great about it either. this would be a good session beer, as it would be very easy to take a few down.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2005
On tap at Denvers Logan IAP. This is a "standard", but what’s the point? Poured a translucent orangey-amber. Sweet malt in the nose, some caramel notes too. Taste is identical....biscuit malt flavor, some mild hops to balance the more-or-less weak malt presence. Finishes slightly bitter, mostly lame. Maybe it was the airport setting, but this was one very underwhelming ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2005
out of the bottle, pours a clear, amber body. slightly sweet aroma. tasted flat and a lot like a Heineken. can just detect some malts. thumbs down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oldrtybastrd (3448) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Pours a nice bright amber color. Aromas of grapefruit/pine with some roasty scents. Flavor is citrus mixed well with the sweet malt, finish is a bit metallic, kind of like sucking on a penny.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pwrhouse (4) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2005 does not count
Fat Tire is an another all time favorite. I love that I can pick up a very good tasting beer at Safeway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
shanereid (75) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Daught: A nice amber ale with decent malts. A nice drink - not too special, but certainly above average. A great "have a couple" beer.

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