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Named in honor of our founder Jeffís bike trip through Belgium, Fat Tire Amber Ale marks a turning point in the young electrical engineerís 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 Tireís 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2006 After tasting this stuff for the first time in 2 or 3 years, it really did remind me of Devilís Advocate. Fat tire isnít quite as terrible as the DA, but itís still pretty damn disgusting. Medium gold in color. Bland, tough and husky aroma with hints of biscuits and caramel in the nose. I really donít understand how people can say Fat Tire is balanced. Did it get significantly less hoppy over the years?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Pours a deep golden color. Small white head, aroma of malt, and orange. Flavor is malty and sweet. Overall somewhat "boring".

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stephen louis (164) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2005
Pours real light for a amber ale,but colour has never been a huge concern for me.Small head with a little lacing. Nose is malts and hops...a touch more malt. Taste is good.Strong carbonation,very slightly yeasty,some maltieness and well rounded out with hops...the finish is dry but predominately malty still. A nice beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
LouTheShoe (3) - Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2005 does not count
A descent enough beer. A little on the watery side, but with a nice balance. As far as Im concerned though, this beer is vastly overrated, considered a top notch beer by budweiser swiggers. Kudos to its marketing campaign though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 8, 2005
pours a golden amber color with a small fizzy head. Has a malty aroma and the flavor follows suit with a nice mellow bitter drying finish. A good session brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SDalkoholic (2206) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 8, 2005
bottle: The story behind me getting to sample a 12 oz is one of my buddies grandpaís brung a six pack of this from Arizona, if i remember correctly, and still had 2 left sitting around from October 2004 or so. I could see a lot of junk floating around so i knew it wasnt going to taste all that great but i poured it best i could leaving the yeast in the bottle. A toned down aroma that wasnít strong enough for me to pin point. Was a goldish orange and had some fizzy head. Flavor was well balanced of malt and hop but the malt came across a little more and was bready. I wish there was more of a selection of Colorado beers in Cali.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2010 Tap, bottle, at the brewery. Iíve had this beer a lot. A, ehh..amber pour (for lack or originality). Aroma is primarily malty, with biscuit malt, toasty notes, light hop notes. Balance, and lots of it. Good malty body and sweetness, bready biscuit notes. Balancing hop bitterness, but not a lot of aromatic hops. But there is nothing offensive about it, very easy drinking and nothing overpowering. So yeah....session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2005
A fine and awesome ale. I had this the other day after the Death Valley Trail Marathon. All I can say is....GOOD! It pours a lovely reddish brown color with a nice head, and gorgeous lacing. The aroma is warm and toasty. The taste, to die for. Warm gingerbread toast. Delicious and well balanced. A very enjoyable ale. I had this in Death Valley, I wish it was available in San Diego.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2005
Bottle. Warm nostalgic packaging poured a dark honey color with average cabonation. Off=white head disappeared quickly, but steady streams of carbonation never quit. Whiffs of malt and cold bread. Not unusual or noteworthy in flavor and balance, but swillable nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Bottle pours a brilliant orange, translucent, medium off-white frothy head, nice lacing, with soft carbonation.   Grainy nose, some wet sock too.   Malty tongue, some barley or oat notes.   Slightly sweet.   Medium body and mouthfeel.   Somewhat smooth finish, malty sweet but again with the barley/oat tinge.   Not sure why its so popular as it seems fairly average.   At least its unoffensive.

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