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RATINGS: 2991   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
KUEric (938) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2006
On Tap: A good, not great beer. In pretty much every sense of the word, nothing at all is special or unique, but niether is anything remotely bad or offensive.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2006
A somewhat hazy but very crisp amber ale. Very refreshing and easy to drink. A bit different from other ambers I drink in the respect that it has more of a malty wheat flavor without the vinegar like finish that Breckenridge Brewery’s Avalanche Amber has (which is brewed about 60 miles away).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2006
Bottle. Orange gold with little to much carbonation. Toasty and malty. A bit weak in aftertaste and all in all a mudium beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
teebradford (51) - Senatobia, Mississippi, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Very nice. After hearing about this beer for years, I finally found it in Helena Arkansas of all places. Similar to a Bass, with not as much head. Drink it from the bottle and you won’t notice, though. The description on the bottle pretty much sums it up. Cheers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pierogy (15) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2006
This beer was given a ton of publicity for finally coming to Chicago this February. I tried it in the 22 oz. bottle at a bar and was a bit let-down. Not a bad beer by any means. Has very smooth finish and light flavor. The flavor, in fact, was pretty weak and not unique at all. Not really the best value for your moneys worth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Hazy, orangish gold color with good carbonation. Sweet, doughy, yeasty aroma leads to a sweet malty flavor. Simple, clean, smooth with a bitter-free aftertaste. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2006
Hazy light copper body, thin off-white head. Toasty, cerealy aroma with grassy, earthy hops. Biscuity, cerealy malt body, a bit acidic, tart, and thin, with moderate grassy hoppiness. This isn’t half-bad, but it could be a bit creamier and less acidic as it is a session beer. Thanks RooftopRogue for the bottle!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PGA324 (86) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2006
Golden amber color, clear, with decent head. Faint chocalate aromas, great balance between hop and malt flavors that were long in duration. A very drinkable beer, well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 bleh. i’ll admit it’s novel, and a change from the normal. but that same novelty only goes so far. at some point, you start to wonder "if this beer was more readily available in this area, would i drink it?" the clear answer is: yes, but only because the BMC’s don’t know any better.... RERATE: what the hell does my previous rating mean? so... it’s pretty light red/orange, clear, heavily carbonated with a decent 1/4" head. smell is sort of bockish and a bit spicy. definitely lagerish. flavor is unchallenging but drinkable. i can see why people like it, it’s a decent step up from the BMC’s. pretty balanced flavor profile, mostly malty with spice but good hop balance. not bad; just simple.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Draught. Clear amber color with off white head that laced the glass. Spicy caramel malt aroma with a hint of chocolate. Flavors are similar with an earthy component and a bit of sweetness.

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