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RATINGS: 2953   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sersdf (1019) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 bleh. i’ll admit it’s novel, and a change from the normal. but that same novelty only goes so far. at some point, you start to wonder "if this beer was more readily available in this area, would i drink it?" the clear answer is: yes, but only because the BMC’s don’t know any better.... RERATE: what the hell does my previous rating mean? so... it’s pretty light red/orange, clear, heavily carbonated with a decent 1/4" head. smell is sort of bockish and a bit spicy. definitely lagerish. flavor is unchallenging but drinkable. i can see why people like it, it’s a decent step up from the BMC’s. pretty balanced flavor profile, mostly malty with spice but good hop balance. not bad; just simple.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Draught. Clear amber color with off white head that laced the glass. Spicy caramel malt aroma with a hint of chocolate. Flavors are similar with an earthy component and a bit of sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Bottle from Cindy-Loo: Pours a golden copper amber hue. Small off white head, leaving small lace. Biscuity caramel malts, toasty, medium sweet, light to medium body. Finishing with dirty earthen hops, mild mannered and easy drinking. A quaffable brew. I am glad I finally get to try it. And I understand why everyone asks for it all the time. Yet, I dont think I would want more than one. A crowd pleaser none the less.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
pandaDH (3) - Oak Harbor, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2006 does not count
drink this beer any time any place. It has a great flavor and clean finish. I like it on tap or out of a bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Had this one in the bottle and off the draught, but since the draught was most recent I will review that one. The aroma was hard to detect, but what was there was decent enough. Mouthfeel was full, which was good because it well with the pizza my family and I were eating. It went very well with the different flavours of my pizza (smoked sausage, smoked peperoni, onions, etc) so that was a plus. Not much in the hop dept and a clean finish. Good for eating with pizza, but I doubt I’d ever buy it for session drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2006
This beer pours a deep golden amber color with a small tan head. has a biscuit aroma that is very light. very malty/biscuity flavor with small notes of hops. This is a very drinkable beer! Cheers

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Fat Tire Amber Ale pours to a beautiful, bright, amber color with a tight white head that slowly fades, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose is nice with light caramel/biscuit malt aroma, paired with just a touch of grassy hop aroma. The palate is lean with some crisp pale, biscuity malt flavor, and slight hints of toffee. The flavors here are very polished and clean on the tongue. Fat Tire finishes with some more of those malty flavors up front, then ends with a nice touch of balancing, dry, grassy hop bitterness, that rounds this beer out. All and all, this is nice, easy drinking amber ale, that is very balanced, but is just a notch or two above most run of the mill micro brewed amber ales.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
jujuparijs (22) - USA - JAN 23, 2006
resin, bread, basement aromas, clear, aminimal head, medium bitterness, medium sourness, light sweetness, light body, oily feel, soft carbonation,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dubb18 (30) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Not a real big fan of the New Belgiums but this one is probablt on the top of my list.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Bomber - Pours a Dark amber in color with foamy thin white head. Some lacing... nice. Aroma is slightly maly and with some hops, but not ttoo strong. Flavor is Malty and with some hoppy bitterness. Body is nice and thick. A good beer, but not distnctive...

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