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RATINGS: 2960   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
warriorx99 (85) - USA - JAN 18, 2006
Pours a nice amber color. This is a flavorful beer, very hoppy. You donít have to be a beer connoisseur to realize this beer is good. Excellent beer. One of my top 10.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zeswaft (1614) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2006
This is the most overrated beer by people who know nothing about beer...and I hate those people. They probably like it because it isnít an assertive beer with much flavor. Itís something different than a macro but still very "safe". Pretty lame but is alright.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
xfactor (6) - USA - JAN 11, 2006 does not count
Iím not as hyped up on this beer as most. It has a great pour, but I find it a bit tart on the palate. Though, it is an above average beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerauthority (12) - Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2006
i love it, very flavorful, not like any other beer ive tried. definately not a mainstream beer lovers beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
OldMrCrow (2339) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2006
From the bottle.

Pours clear amber with an ample head. The aroma is vaguely sour, hints of yeast. The flavor is biscuit malt, a bit of hops, and decidedly belgian-yeast bent, with a surprisingly long (if understated) bitter finish that turns somewhat metallic toward the end. But the palate is just to painfully thin for a belgian-styling; the aroma sets one up for a letdown with each sip.

Almost a passable session beer, and a bit of a change for the usual amber ale, but nothing special whatsoever and not even particularly enjoyable to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gdub171 (30) - USA - JAN 4, 2006
solid choice on the west coast. donít have many decent amber ales around here, but this is a good one. Nothing extrodinary, but better than a domestic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2006
nice toasty aroma, caramelesque quality, good lasting lacing, dark orange hue, on tap, very carbonated, almost had hicccups trying to finish the second one quickly

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
djm (5) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 3, 2006 does not count
Another nasty tasting over-rated and well marketed beer (on the west coast at least). No flavor to speak of, over carbonated, lagery tasting ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2006
I donít get the hype associated with this beer - the attractive Belgian nose is about all this beer has going for it. Loads of bready, biscuity malt make it hard to drink. No balance at all - lots of brown sugar sweetness overtake the yeast in the body. The heavy malts throw way off kilter as well. I had a hard time drinking the whole bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nate (3998) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Malty worty aroma, mild sweetness and some tobacco. A little biscuit and some diacetyl. Dull amber, bit of a haze to it, with very little to no head. Medium watery body with medium to heavy carbonation. Starts grainy with mild sweet malts, bit of light toffee. Carbonic acidity and light fruitiness. Tries to end worty and beany then comes over bitter. Nutty carbonic after. A mediocre amber.

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