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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Duke (117) - New York, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Orange to amber colored. Sweet carmel aroma. No hop aroma or taste, even for an amber. Not terrible but not very interesting either.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
jus10cider82 (67) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - JAN 19, 2005
bought on friend suggestion gave it late night try and was not impressed....next day try led to greater disappointment couldnt get over the fact that it smelled like a fart and gave to my fat tire loving pal (bottle) like another review said dog biscuit taste...not my thing

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2005
bottle...clear amber pour with a medium off white head that is gone in seconds. This was on tap everywhere in Denver when we visited in October. I avoided trying it there, looking for something more exotic.. Malty aroma, kind of biscuity, maybe a hint of hop, and funk. I am glad I didnít waste the money on it while in Denver. There is nothing special here. Malty, bready, very little hop, just a hint to finish. This does not stand out in any way. I can only hope the other New Belgium brews that I bought are better...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Although not available to us here in Ohio, this is the most frequently requested beer at my store. So I was excited when afforded the opportunity to try it. Pours a clear copper body with a small white head. Flavors included honey, sweet bread, and a mild nuttiness. Pretty typical amber - boring. Iím disappointed, but in fairness I suppose it would be tough to live up to the hype given this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
brocker (99) - Salina, Utah, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Toasty malt flavors with crisp hoppiness. It is the sweetness of the malt that you will notice most about this beer. Itís a little too malty. It has an earthy flavor, like the earth at any of your municipal dumps. A lot of folks say it has a biscuit flavor/aroma, unless itís dog biscuit I have no idea where that comes from. This is a very overrated beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 11, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Steele Bear in Petaluma, CA) Iíve lost track of how many people have said, "Dude, have you had Fat Tire? Itís the greatest freaking beer!" ARG! I think this is one of the more overrated beers on the market. How on Earth did it get such a cult following? In comparing it to some of the better ambers out there, this one immediately strikes me as overwhelmingly sweet, and thatís sugary and artificially sweet rather than malty sweet. Itís also kind of toasty and bready, like eating Cheerios. Mild bitterness seems to get lost behind that overload of sugar. Light to barely medium bodied, with that toasty sweetness hanging on the palate until it can be chased. Sweet, toasty nose, goes along with the flavor. Light amber in color. Off-white head has average size and retention, leaving a few spots of lace on the glass. Average at best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
movolsfan (11) - Parkville, Missouri, USA - JAN 5, 2005
This a wonderful anytime ale. Itís a smooth amber with great taste. One of my favorite amber ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sleepdirt (169) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 3, 2005
Nice hop, roasted malt balance. Faint veg/cookie aftertaste. It comes down to enjoyment...I enjoyed the beer...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2004
This beer pours a light to medium amber color with a quickly dissipating white soapy head which left no lacing. The aroma skips beats with hints of malt, wheat and grains. Very grainy aroma as it warmed...definitely not the most pleasant beer Iíve ever smelled. The flavor is also excessively sweet with almost an artificial malt flavor and a grainy, wheaty cardboard dry finish. Light bodied and heavily carbonated with a hint of syrupy cardboard finish. Very light watery mouthfeel...not much to this beer at all... canít get over that astringently dry cottonmouth finish... anybody want some extra Fat Tire?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2004
I dont understand why this one gets panned by people out there. For one you gotta hand it to New Belgium for really stepping out and getting good beer to the masses. For that reason, it gets an extra pat on the back from me. Also, as I talked to the New Belgium Festivarian at the GABF, I really felt a love they have for their craft. That said, as an amber this one isnít mind-blowing. Itís good, reliable and still very yummy. Itís attractive, pouring light amber colored with a white head. It tastes crisp and just a tiny bit malty with somewhat noticeable bittering from the hops. I most recently had this from the bottle and I seem to remember a richer taste from on tap.

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