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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2005
just a little bit of malty sweetness. just a little bit of hops in the end. nothing offensive about this beer, but nothing great about it either. this would be a good session beer, as it would be very easy to take a few down.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2005
On tap at Denvers Logan IAP. This is a "standard", but what’s the point? Poured a translucent orangey-amber. Sweet malt in the nose, some caramel notes too. Taste is identical....biscuit malt flavor, some mild hops to balance the more-or-less weak malt presence. Finishes slightly bitter, mostly lame. Maybe it was the airport setting, but this was one very underwhelming ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2005
out of the bottle, pours a clear, amber body. slightly sweet aroma. tasted flat and a lot like a Heineken. can just detect some malts. thumbs down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Pours a nice bright amber color. Aromas of grapefruit/pine with some roasty scents. Flavor is citrus mixed well with the sweet malt, finish is a bit metallic, kind of like sucking on a penny.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pwrhouse (4) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2005 does not count
Fat Tire is an another all time favorite. I love that I can pick up a very good tasting beer at Safeway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
shanereid (75) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Daught: A nice amber ale with decent malts. A nice drink - not too special, but certainly above average. A great "have a couple" beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2005
This beer presents the nice rich smell of yeast as its aroma. It is a cloudy bronze color with a small off-white head. The taste is a smooth yeasty/ nutty one that lingers well and fades softly.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Had on tap at Victoria Pub and Grill in Ventura, CA. Poured a very amber color with moderate head. Aroma was typical hoppy, but with a out of place tannic aroma reminiscent of a Pinot Noir which sort of turned me off to the beer. Thin carbonated feel on the tongue with malt and hops flavor that seem overwhelmed by the carbonation tingle. I did not order a second after sampling and felt that the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale tried after was superior.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
harmless (20) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2005
A friend brought me one from Denver and it had a bad odor and skunky taste. Decided to reserve judgement thinking it might have been old. He brought another and it was the same! I love a beer with flavor and hops, but this doesn’t cut it. I won’t be drinking any more of this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2006 This has got to be one of the most over rated beers in the country. Every BMC drinker who comes back from Colorado s#*ts their pants over this beer. But Kudos to New Belgium for crafting a micro that BMC’s love and snobs tolerate. Pours light amber with a decent head. Light aroma is toasty with a faint trace of hops. Flavor is malty and nutty. Mouthfeel is watery and carbonated. Very light bitter finish that does not linger very long. Pretty average, but drinkable. It just needs a little more of everything to make it a good beer.

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