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RATINGS: 2851   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 Rerate July 2008. 22oz bottle. Brownish yellow, very clear. Despite no bubbles in the beer, there is a decent pile of loose, off-white suds and average lace. Weird buttermilk, stinky feet, and funky cheddar aromas are augmented by musty hop (Willamette? Fuggle?) and cumin scents. The flavor is toasty upfront, then urinelike salty, “leafy”, and papery. Skim milk finish, dry and faintly spicy, rubbery, “sour budweiser” aftertaste. watery, citric mouthfeel. Was this filterted through an unwashed jockstrap? Yuck.***Original rating 2005- 3-2-6-4-13/2.8: Bottle. Deep yellow, thin white head. Nutty, cheesy aroma... like cheddar Goldfish snacks. Just a hint of mild exotic fruit- starfruit perhaps? Malty, biscuity, spicy flavor with some fruitiness and earth. Peppery. Medium body with an aggressive CO2 bite. Dry finish with a chicory bitterness. Basically a spicy eurolager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2006 Everyone I have spoken too says this is MUCH better on draft. I had it from a bottle. I was underwhelmed. All the elements are there, but it just doesn’t grab me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2006 Had this one bottled. It’s decent, and one of the cleanest Amber Ales I’ve had. Crisp and malty, nice accompanyment for a cool spring evening. Nothing to write home about, but not terrible!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Pours a golden amber with a frothy white head. Nice and lacy. Smell is fruity and lightly yeasty. Light mown hay aromas. Tastes fruity and very bready. Some citrusy undertones. Nice crispness in the finish. Really it’s all about that bready flavor with the fruitiness from the yeast. A crisp lightly bitter finish. Light and refreshing. Much more substancial than most amber ales. A good session beer and very well done taken for what it is.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 5, 2005
I don’t know why, but for some reason, the namesake of this beer is reminds me of the flavor of this beer--Fat Tire. Try figuring that one out. Anyway, amber in color, start off with light but full malty, yeasty start and ends abruptly. Bad? Not at all. Good? Perhaps! Definately worth a drink or ten.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pete (6) - USA - MAY 5, 2005 does not count
This is one of those beers that can go easily into funky/skunky. It seems to be very tempermental about shelf life... when it’s good, it’s good. Unfortunatly the usual is hit and miss at best. It tends to have a *very* small head - requiring a really vigerous pour to get just about anything to appear, and has a light watery body. The flavor tends to be good, when you get a good bottle. Seems slightly bitter with an interesting malty taste. It is definately not the normal beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 I fail to understand the strong following this beer has. While it does have quite a bit more flavor then the mass-produced swill so often consumed in this country, that flavor has always tasted somewhat off to me. There’s some unpleasant malt and yeast characteristics that just don’t work for me here. Has some hops presence but not enough to mask its aroma and taste which reminds me of a freshly un-rolled black plastic garbage bag.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2005
Clear amber in color with a light tan head. Sweet malty aroma with some citrus notes. Flavor is toasty and nutty caramel with a very quick finish. Light body and watery feeling. I like the flavor though, it is nice. Very easy to drink.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sloth (2636) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2005
A small tan head arises from a fairly hard pour, retention is short lived leaving behind a thin laceing. Clear light amber color. Nose is lightly malty, bready. Light bodied, sorta watery. Light dry bready flavors with a hint of caramel malt and light buttery undertones. Finish is fairly dry. Easy drinkin and seriously inoffensive. Thanks for the trade Kevin!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
amnoisis (4) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - APR 22, 2005 does not count
Overall a very middle of the road amber. Not to bitter or clean. The more I drink it though the better I like it. However, does not stay good for too long and is a lot worse when it is old. Very balanced with a aftertones of yeast and bread.

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