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RATINGS: 2880   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OutHouseDilemma (70) - Crowley, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2005
From bottle and on tap...... This is a good amber that reminds me a lot of alaskan ambers. Good sweet smell with burnt malts strong hops in small numbers. Good medium color with decent staying head. Fresh smoothey after taste. This is a good well rounded beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
murawski (160) - USA - JUN 6, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2005 Nice amber ale with a bit of a butty flavor. Very drinkable, but can be a bit on the dry/biiter side of the palate. Almost impossible to get any New Belgium brews east of the Mississippi. This beer has some serious college memories attached, hence my higher-than-expected rating.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
cathcacr (644) - Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2005
I had this on draft and it struck me as quite average. Rather non-deScript all-around; pre-snob stage, I’d probably find a lot to like about this, but there are much more interesting beers out there.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
apost8n8 (123) - USA - MAY 29, 2005
I’ve heard alot about this beer but spending most of my life under Oklahoma’s strange beer laws I’ve never had the opportunity. I really didn’t see anything special. It seems like a standard amber/copper ale, very mild hops and malts, no flavors discernable. It wasn’t bad at all just very standard.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
shadey (1998) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Clear amber color with very thin white head. Aroma is spicy and malty. Doughy and spicy flavor. Nothing to balance it out or clean the palate. Bulky and unbalanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
antibeersnob (29) - Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Pours a nice amber, lingering thin tan head with nice lacing. Sweet aroma, and intial caramel flavor. Ends with a slite bitterness to make it interesting. A very good amber ale. One of my all time favorites. I wish I could get it in Maryland. Thank goodness for trips to Arizona.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - MAY 22, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2005 22oz bottle. Light amber pour, very little head. Aroma is light brewery malt. Mouthfeel is watery. taste mostly characterized by a burnt biscuit or bread flavor. Some pepper.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2891) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 22, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 Pours a light golden color. Aroma is malty and somewhat nutty. Has a sort of a caramel aroma as well. Flavor is mostly malts and a bit of a roasted nutty flavor. Flavor is a little watery but it is not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ColoradoBobs (31) - Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Presentation: 22 ounce tall mug, on tap at Texas Roadhouse, Ft. Collins, CO. Appearance: Nice rusty amber, with a two-finger head that reduced to one finger and remained the whole drink. Smell: Sharp hops foreground with a biscuit malt presence. A slight hint of gingerand pepper, perhaps. Nice. Taste: Starts with a crisp sharp hoppiness with a smooth malt undertow, none of the spiceyness of the smell. Pretty good stuff. Mouthfeel: Clean, round and smooth, more presence than one might anticipate from an amber ale. Dinrkability: Perhaps a bit too much carbonation to drink several. Nice enough for a couple. Overall, I think this beer is better on draught than bottled. Drinking it three miles from where it was put in the keg didn’t hurt, I’m sure. I know people who rave over this beer. My son and I (who turned 21 today!) both thought it was pretty good, but nothing to rave about.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 Rerate July 2008. 22oz bottle. Brownish yellow, very clear. Despite no bubbles in the beer, there is a decent pile of loose, off-white suds and average lace. Weird buttermilk, stinky feet, and funky cheddar aromas are augmented by musty hop (Willamette? Fuggle?) and cumin scents. The flavor is toasty upfront, then urinelike salty, “leafy”, and papery. Skim milk finish, dry and faintly spicy, rubbery, “sour budweiser” aftertaste. watery, citric mouthfeel. Was this filterted through an unwashed jockstrap? Yuck.***Original rating 2005- 3-2-6-4-13/2.8: Bottle. Deep yellow, thin white head. Nutty, cheesy aroma... like cheddar Goldfish snacks. Just a hint of mild exotic fruit- starfruit perhaps? Malty, biscuity, spicy flavor with some fruitiness and earth. Peppery. Medium body with an aggressive CO2 bite. Dry finish with a chicory bitterness. Basically a spicy eurolager.

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