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RATINGS: 3009   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 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
dailybrews (6) - st louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 1, 2006 does not count
Fairly average as far as amber beers go. I know they advertise the biscuity flavor as a good thing, but this may just be a case of too much of a good thing. Or perhaps I have just overdone it. the roasty malts and low hop character contribute to the widespread popularity of this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerdrinker101 (56) - USA - FEB 28, 2006
Very easy to drink beer. Very carbonated beer. Your average everyday beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Thanks to tjthresh. The beer pours to a glowing copper/zinc colored body with a quickly disapating white head. The aroma is toasted malts with hints of sweet corn based corn muffins. Buttered grassy hops. The flavor is a toasty toffee and sweet buttered corn muffins. The finish of the beer is pretty great. The flavor changes quite a bit and fills in. Nice toasty mouthfeel. Light-bodied. A decent brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - FEB 26, 2006
12oz bottle, bb 21Sep04. Served at 50°. Dark orange color with a light off white head. The aroma is toasted, caramelly malt with some mild chocolate notes, hops are non-existant. The initial taste of the beer is toasted malt and a hint of chocolate. The aftertaste is somewhat earthy and woodsy. All in all this is a good amber ale, it has a nice malty flavor and was a favorite during the college years.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Pours very amber with a big fizzy white head and tons of carbonation. Aromas of toasted malt and hops are faint. The flavor is very toasted with even some buttery character. Medium body with lots of carbonation in each drink. I use to drink a lot of Fat TIre, but like most of us, I’ve evolved to bigger and better things.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
smcd (366) - USA - FEB 26, 2006
A thoroughly middle-of-the-fire-road type of beer for the one-speeder type of crowd. Suitable for convincing non-alcoholics that beer really isn’t as out-of-control as they had imagined and that, perhaps, it is a tame little pussycat suitable for taking over to grandma’s house. Always keep some of this in your fridge!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
moseefus (79) - Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - FEB 24, 2006
A decent beer pours a light amber with little to no head, and a bit of carbonation. Flavor is decent, but not what I would expect from an amber. Finish was dry, with a roasted nut flavor. I find it is better the 2nd bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2006
(02.18.06) Impromptu surprise sampling, courtesy of homebrewer Scott L, at FebFest ’06, Libertyville, IL. Brown bomber bottle. Pours clear light amber with small white head. Soft carbonation. Faint malt on the nose. Light-to-medium bodied that starts dry with light toasty malt flavor. Finishes dry with toasty, nutty malt fade. Though rather watery flavored and bland, this is a decent drinkable malty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
KUEric (946) - 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).

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