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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 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (2817) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Pale amber, big rocky head and a long-lasting head that leaves big chunks of lace. Aroma is of toast and biscuit as per the description. It also has an almost Belgian-like yeast character. A bit thin bodied. Mild carbonation. A bit lacking in flavor an touch watery with an odd earthy twinge in the finish. Drinkable, no more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Bottle in Boulder City, NV. Like the belgian style bottle. Very drinkable amber, but not memorable (good nor bad).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Often has slightly peaty tones, but still a refreshing and tasty beer. Definitely decent in the bottle, but better on tap.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2004 gold/amber color, whitish thin head. light hop note, mild flavor. poured from a pitcher, keg tapped. kind of ironic how thre's a setup for the perfect analogy: fat tire:baloon tire cruiser :: trappist ales:belgian cyclocross!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2004
A typical run-of-the-mill amber ale. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing, but nothing really stuck out to me here. More malty than I'd like, but not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2004
Nothing very special, but definitely not a bad beer. Not too hoppy or malty, but still has a good bit of flavor to it. Readily available around here, so it's always a good choice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 29, 2004
In the early 1990's, I thought that this was a great ale, but the flavor seems to have changed after it started being mass-produced for a huge audience. I used to think it tasted like an actual Belgian-style ale with even a subtile spice undertone. Today, it tastes like a pretty solid amber ale with acceptable hop and malt character, but no longer the "WOW" beer it once was. I think that Abbey Ale almost recaptures the spirit of the old Fat Tire these days.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
donyboy (7) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2004 does not count
As an "average" lager, this one does beat out the Big boys (Coors,etc.) as it actually HAS flavor (some malt). It was my first decent beer outside Corona, Dos Equis, Coors, etc. Not New Belgium's best but rather geared to the lowest common denominator.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2004
Thought this one was something special seeing as I East of the Missisippi, and don't see it around here. Opened it and was not too impressed by the aroma. Head was okay but dissipated fast. I had no problem drinking but wasn't wowwed or anything. Later did a little research and found that this one is the big seller of the New Belgium line and was mass produced by thier scale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3052) - Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2004
I can see why this is such a big seller. It's got enough malt to have a little flavor, but the caramel is light and not too sweet so it's a definite quaffer. Not very complex and not interesting, but not bad.

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