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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Amber Coloring. Small Head. It’s Got the Hooch, Baby...fruity aroma... Pretty Mild..and Subtle on Flavor... Average Brew...some Malt, Hops, not Badly Balanced....Little Fruit...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ricardowess (25) - Sedona, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Very clear light amber color... Fairly bland, faint smell of socks. Easy to drink, but so is water. Can’t recommend this crowd favorite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - OCT 18, 2004
On tap at Jose’s in Fayetteville. Fat Tire was the only thing on the menu that didn’t get there because of million dollar ad campaigns. Shame on these people for bringing it in a frozen glass! I had to wait 10 mins for the flakes of ice on top to melt. Not much to say here. Vaguely amber. Some hops in the aroma. A fairly clean taste. This beer has the distinction of being one of the most successful gateway beers for those with expanding palates, so I give it a couple of extra points for that. And it probably merits a re-rate in better conditions. That said, it is certainly the weakest link in New Belgiums line.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5004) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2004
I’ve commented on certain beers tasting like "liquid bread" before, but there is no beer that warrants that comparison more than this one - it truly does taste like freshly baked biscuits, and the nearly oily mouthfeel gives it a slight chewiness that really compliments those flavors - clean hop finish gives it a nice ending as well - quite good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2004
Cllear copper in colour. Large and sustained white fluffy head. Aroma is very malty with a slight grassy presence. Flavour is subtle but unbalanced - big on malt with very slight bitterness leaving little or no finishing balance.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (10099) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Hoppy and malty aroma, with some caramel notes. Pours a clear copper with a thin white head - thin lacing. Strong bitter flavor with hints of caramel. Palate is medium and metallic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Mmm, nice session brew. Pours pale copper, sticky white head of white froth resting atop. Warming, cooked muffin aroma mixes with a touch of caramel malt roasted notes. Creamy on the palate, sort of medium strength. Easy to drink, this brew is balanced, biscuity and highly quaffable.

   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 (1472) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - SEP 25, 2004
Bottle: Sweet, fruity, malt and hops. Good balance and great taste, not a bad ’belguim’ brew.

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