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RATINGS: 3002   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drywallman (359) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2006
This one was enjoyed in downtown Chicago at Harry Carayís restaurant, where it was making itís inaugural debut. It poured nicely with a medium brown color, a quick diminishing head, and residual lacing. Malt was a little sweet, with some fruit and date overtones (yeast?), and the hops were just bittering enough to balance. You wouldnít want to drink more than about two of these. It didnít quite match the hype.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2006
[Denver Airport] Poured an amber color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was rather non-descript, grainy, some floral hops, light citrus fruits, and caramel malts. Taste of nuts, caramel malt, doughy, some vanilla and roast, and possibly a little diactyl.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jakepete (13) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Wasnít expecting much and it delivered. Not complaining though, just not my style. Very smooth malty flavor with a touch of caramel finish. Very drinkable when you are looking for something beyond the mass-produced American beers. A great gateway beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
framebender (56) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2006
OK amber. Nice creamy head along with malty amber flavor. Fine beer but nothing I would demand to have.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BigSkyBeerGuy (6) - Ulm, Montana, USA - MAR 25, 2006 does not count
On tap. I really couldnít pick up the aroma that well. Perhaps slightly malty with very little hop fragrance. The clor was a light amber with a decent head on it. The taste was simply OK to me. The slightly malty aroma continued on the palate with minimal hoppiness. There was a slight citrus taste. I will say it down very smooth despite heavy carbonation. This would be an OK one in the summer- not very heavy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Bottle. Poured a dark amber with a large frothy off-white head that lasted and had good lacing. Good well balanced aroma. Medium body. Moderate well balanced toasted malt flavor with a light bitter finish. Good brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2006 Nice, a special inaugural label for itís now being sold in Chicago, but I find the best thing about this ale is that it brings the hope that other New Belgium beers will be available here in the not-too-distant future.

Having a thin amber body with a rapidly diminishing head, itís got a light, toasty malt aroma with a touch of cherry-like fruits and a whisp of herbal hops. The flavor is a watery sweet malt with a light nutty bitterness. Dry finish.

How a bike ride through Belgium inspires a mediocre Amber Ale is beyond me. I had this a handful of times years ago on trips out west, and I remembered it as being a much tastier drink back then.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
elduchey (12) - Venice, California, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Donít spend money on this beer. Just take a shot of tequilla, pop a few Alka-Seltzers in your mouth and go chew on the nearest bike tire. Iíll never drink it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2006
On tap. Clear, light amber color, significantly bubbly. Artificial corn flake malts and a distracting amount of carbonation. Texas is just not the place for beer, especially since Bitter End closed.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Beer pours a clear, medium-yellow amber color with a small, white, fizzy, mostly and quickly diminishing head. The aroma is nasty: Heavily malty with a note of toasted bread, cereal/dog kibble and husky toasted grain; Trace hoppy with a note of herbs; trace yeasty with a note of cellar; Moderate miscellaneous metallic note. The flavor is lightly sweet, lightly-to-moderately bitter, moderately-to-heavily acidic with a lightlybittersweet, moderately acidic, unclean finish. The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is heavier-than-average. Can I be done with this stinker now?

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