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RATINGS: 2945   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pwrhouse (4) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2005 does not count
Fat Tire is an another all time favorite. I love that I can pick up a very good tasting beer at Safeway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
shanereid (75) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Daught: A nice amber ale with decent malts. A nice drink - not too special, but certainly above average. A great "have a couple" beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2005
This beer presents the nice rich smell of yeast as its aroma. It is a cloudy bronze color with a small off-white head. The taste is a smooth yeasty/ nutty one that lingers well and fades softly.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Had on tap at Victoria Pub and Grill in Ventura, CA. Poured a very amber color with moderate head. Aroma was typical hoppy, but with a out of place tannic aroma reminiscent of a Pinot Noir which sort of turned me off to the beer. Thin carbonated feel on the tongue with malt and hops flavor that seem overwhelmed by the carbonation tingle. I did not order a second after sampling and felt that the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale tried after was superior.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
harmless (20) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2005
A friend brought me one from Denver and it had a bad odor and skunky taste. Decided to reserve judgement thinking it might have been old. He brought another and it was the same! I love a beer with flavor and hops, but this doesn’t cut it. I won’t be drinking any more of this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2006 This has got to be one of the most over rated beers in the country. Every BMC drinker who comes back from Colorado s#*ts their pants over this beer. But Kudos to New Belgium for crafting a micro that BMC’s love and snobs tolerate. Pours light amber with a decent head. Light aroma is toasty with a faint trace of hops. Flavor is malty and nutty. Mouthfeel is watery and carbonated. Very light bitter finish that does not linger very long. Pretty average, but drinkable. It just needs a little more of everything to make it a good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
billism (44) - Missouri City, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2005
This is a pretty good beer, though not my favorite amber ale. Pretty good for a mass production brewery. Could be a bit more flavorable for amber ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
coolshmo (18) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - DEC 8, 2005
i bought in to the hype that some people think this is a good beer. i got a case of it, and couldn’t wait until it was gone. smells horrible, tastes like foot, too much carbonation. its almost bearable. but i’d rather not.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2006 Bottle shared at the First Annual Florida Ratebeer Gathering. Pours dark amber color with nice almost beige head. Very malty beer, it taste like they actually toasted the malts first, you get a burnt aroma and also in the flavor, not sweet at all like any other amber ale. Different from any other beer I’ve had and wish I could get this all the time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - NOV 30, 2005
As with others, I passed this many times before trying one, it was the only good beer on tap. Nice malty and fresh baked bread aroma. Slightly sweet, very smooth. A nice surprise, a easy drinking brew.

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