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RATINGS: 2960   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BetterRedFred (65) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Stacked this one head to head vs Bass Pale Ale, regardless of brewer’s descriptions. To my mind, these two are virtual twins, with some very interesting distinguishing features. Aroma: earthy, bread, wonderful! Appearance: amber, average frothy head with good lacing Flavor: BREAD and HEARTH! All things homey, comforting, and earthy! Sweet/Bitter perfectly balanced, so that niether seems apparent - a chorus! Palate: LONG, creamy, mild, and DELICIOUS! From WHERE or WHAT does NB get that taste? Overall: Less a "beer" than a comfort food. If "Flat Tire" had no alchohol whatsoever, it might still be my favorite beverage. Hop heads, beware, this will be altogether too mild and tasty for your taste. Minus: Appearance lacks explosion or pizzaz. Relatively mild carbonation - a nit-pick for sure!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Draft. Looked amberish to me, but was hard to make out in the dark bar. Toasted caramel and a little floral and even yeasty aroma. More of the same in flavor. Fairly sweet upfront and a little spice in it too. It’s not bad, but not my favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cyberbeer (1) - USA - AUG 30, 2005 does not count
A nice amber ale sometimes with a hint of orange. Appearance can be sparkling,with a tan foam head. A nice caramel, woody aroma with a bitter-sweet taste, full body, thick feel, and a lively, long finish. A great beer with foods, on the slopes, or for savoring after a long hard day. If you can make it to Fort Collins it is worth it to take the New Belgium Beer tour... A personal favorite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Not bad. A couple of bottles of these before going off to a Mariners game. Robustness all up it in. They seem to love this one here in Washington, even though its from Colorado.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2005
Bottled. An amber coloured beer with a nice white head. The aroma is malty with biscuity qualities some fruit and some dusty chocolate. The taste is malty and dry. There is a metallic off-putting taste in the back of the mouth. OK but uninspiring.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheGreatAddo (14) - West Hills, California, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Best Beer Ever! I have been waiting 5 years for this great beer to come to LA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Out of a bottle. Aroma biscuity and wet basement. Poured a nice amber with a white head. Flavor was ok sweet malts and hops, pretty even. It was ok nothing spectacular.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Light Amber color. Smooth hoppy and slightly bitter start, then rolls into a smooth slightly sweet finish. Excellent on tap

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
alkaloid (17) - USA - AUG 19, 2005
Color is very nice, aroma betrays the taste however. Taste is sour and bitter with a raw finish. Definitely will not purchase again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2005
great amber coloring with a white head. Floral aroma with a good mix of maltiness and hopiness. The bike theme makes this a mainstay at my team parties.

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