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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2004
12oz Bottle(shaker). Poured a ideal amber color with a thin white head. Floral aroma with caramel malt slightly showing through. Flavor, toasty bread/bisciut malt flavor balanced with crisp floral hoppiness. Great high quality session beer, nothing out of this world but nothing terrible in the least.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - APR 11, 2004
Doughy, malty brew with a very slight bitterness in the finish. Really don't see what the deal is. Very average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivo (2566) - GERMANY - APR 11, 2004
Sweet caramelly grain nose, pale amber color, spongy head. Sweetish honey and raisin flavors in the body, then a light toasted nutiness emerges. Smooth finish with a lingering dry roast taste. Good, well-balanced brew.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerlover82 (220) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2004
On tap in Vegas casino: poured a nice amber red with decent head. Malt aroma is pretty average, the mouthfeel is good but the flavor is boring . An OK beer, I'm not a big fan of amber ales, they're too boring for my standards.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfreedom (7) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 9, 2004 does not count
this bad boy has been a fav around freedoms place for the last few years. the biscuit taste can be a little odd at first but always leaves me wanting more. one of the faster quality beers i drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tbone52384 (9) - Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2004 does not count
Nice malt flavors. Goes down smooth with good flavor. I'd have one again but wouldn't wanna spend that much on it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zoidberg (25) - USA - APR 6, 2004
Pale amber. Temporary head. Very smooth drinking medium-bodied amber ale that I loved at first but have only occasionally now. The flavor overall is a little too yeasty, and as others have noted, it's not anything special on the whole. It's worth trying. I wouldn't turn one down, but I also wouldn't just go out and buy it under normal circumstances.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jde123 (764) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Pours light orange and bubbly, quickly dissipating head. Sweet aroma yeasty and floral. This amber isn't too bad, somewhat similar to most others, although doesn't have that overly bitter aftertaste that most ambers seem to have. Still, I think this beer is quite overrated.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Nice amber appearrance. Smells like bread dough. Not that impressed but yet keep coming back for more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2004
UPDATED: APR 10, 2010 Orange amber appearance, very nice, long lasting head. New Belgium is solid with their carbonation. Aroma is of soggy bread, sort of the beginnings of a science experiment for mold. Not bad, just different. The biscuit notes are there in the flavor, more carry over of the soggy bread thing as well. Hops are very muted, this is a malt driven beer. Not bad. I know people knock it for its availability and acceptance by the masses, but you could do worse. Of course it isn’t available in the Commonwealth, so I haven’t had the chance to get sick of it yet. RERATE: 4/10/2010 - draft in Las Vegas. Scores remain the same, but there was less of that soggy bread note - although looking back at this rating, I can see where I was getting that from. Still, all in all, just sort of a boring but not bad beer.

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