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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3253) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2004
I didn't find this to be too bad of a beer despite having ratings all over the place. Good middle of the road beer or a gateway beer for those who are making the switch from Megaswill to Craftbeer Connoisseur. Could be more assertive and complex. No faults, but no good surprises.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
andytothemax (16) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2004
A nice flavor indeed. But it's not more than a run-o-the-mill amber ale because the finish is nothing special. Actually the finish has a funny, almost metallic taste to it. It seems to be better on tap than out of the bottle out here in CA, USA anyway.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2004
Clear medium gold color with fluffy head. Doughy aroma with some yeast and a bit of hops. Flavor is nutty and grainy malt. Mouthfeel is medium and crisp. Overall average. A beer that wouldn't offend the average beer drinker.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Such a popular beer, and I can see why. It's relatively bland, unassuming, sweet, and easy drinking. Kind of watery, often flat (bottle or tap), uninteresting finish often leaves me wondering if I just drank a sip of beer or water. Generally inconsistent except for the negatives. I wanted to like this beer; really, I did because it was in the fridge at most of my friends' houses.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alanC (36) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Nice orange/amber color and good clarity. Toasted malt and slightly fruity aromas. Taste is slightly sweet with low hops and aromatic malt. Clean finish. A fine beer.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2004
Tasted in Toronto. Purchased in Las Vegas NV. Tasted in an English pint glass. Tasted at 10C. Appearance is clear copper in colour. Large and sustained white fluffy head. Aroma is very malty with a slight grassy presence. Absolutely no hoppy floral bitternes in the aroma. Flavour is subtle but unbalanced - big on malt with very slight bitterness leaving little or no finishing balance.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
craven5000 (107) - Westville, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Large off white head with moderate existence. Bubbly clear amber colored body. Very light and watery taste with a remaining bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 2, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2004 Dry, watery. Earthy malts, some pale hops. Rather unimpressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2003
An average beer, with a bitter aftertaste. Decent beer for the masses, but I was unimpressed.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dwyerpg (4895) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 27, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2005 Something about this beer’s smell is almost nauseating to me. The taste to this beer is equally disgusting. I am totally surprised by how much i detest this beer. Re-rate: I have several of these since then, and I am now convinced that my original beer must have been skunk (1,4,1,1,3) which explained the 1 overall ranking. I still don’t love it though.

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