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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zoidberg (25) - USA - APR 6, 2004
Pale amber. Temporary head. Very smooth drinking medium-bodied amber ale that I loved at first but have only occasionally now. The flavor overall is a little too yeasty, and as others have noted, it's not anything special on the whole. It's worth trying. I wouldn't turn one down, but I also wouldn't just go out and buy it under normal circumstances.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jde123 (763) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Pours light orange and bubbly, quickly dissipating head. Sweet aroma yeasty and floral. This amber isn't too bad, somewhat similar to most others, although doesn't have that overly bitter aftertaste that most ambers seem to have. Still, I think this beer is quite overrated.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Nice amber appearrance. Smells like bread dough. Not that impressed but yet keep coming back for more.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2004
UPDATED: APR 10, 2010 Orange amber appearance, very nice, long lasting head. New Belgium is solid with their carbonation. Aroma is of soggy bread, sort of the beginnings of a science experiment for mold. Not bad, just different. The biscuit notes are there in the flavor, more carry over of the soggy bread thing as well. Hops are very muted, this is a malt driven beer. Not bad. I know people knock it for its availability and acceptance by the masses, but you could do worse. Of course it isn’t available in the Commonwealth, so I haven’t had the chance to get sick of it yet. RERATE: 4/10/2010 - draft in Las Vegas. Scores remain the same, but there was less of that soggy bread note - although looking back at this rating, I can see where I was getting that from. Still, all in all, just sort of a boring but not bad beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2004 Good beer, great aroma. Medium-high malt. There is a spice there that I can't put my finger on, but I enjoy.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Rich clear amber body with an off-white head. Mild malt bread/biscuit like aroma. The flavor is all about the advertised toasty biscuit malt. Aftertaste is dry - the biscuit meets a bit of hops. A nice clean beer that delivers what it advertises.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mc5 (11) - USA - MAR 26, 2004
Had this beer in Denver after a 3 hour cycling trip.. wow! OK I was really thirsty.. but enjoyed the syle, the soft carbonation and the slightly citrus/sweet flavor. Perfect after a long ride.

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
mockerboy (52) - Kansas, USA - MAR 25, 2004
I love this stuff. It's easy to drink, has a nice aroma like biscuits, and finishes clean and crisp.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
milljame99 (24) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2004
Overall a pretty good beer, pours a dark orange color. Has a nice aroma. Bready tones very well balanced with a citrusy finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikebeertaster (114) - washougal, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2004
It is everywhere!! Nothing like having the money to market the crap out of your product. Just wish it was a better product. Not a bad beer. A little boring with what else is available. However, when you end up somewhere that this is the only micro on tap I am always glad they have it.


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