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Named in honor of our founder Jeffís bike trip through Belgium, Fat Tire Amber Ale marks a turning point in the young electrical engineerís 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 Tireís 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 15/20
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2002
Not a bad amber but not a remarkably good one either. Definitely a good fall back but I donít know if Iíd ever crave a Fat Tire. I dig the bike on the picture though. Good touch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (9245) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUL 18, 2002
amber colour, few head, buttery and slight fruity aroma, tart with moderate bitterness, medium malty finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2002
the first few times I had this beer, I really loved it but now I seem to be dissapointed with it. It just doesnít deliver like other amberís out there do. Very light palater, although I do agree with everyone else that it is very buttery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
k2 (146) - USA - JUL 11, 2002
Good draft beer. Nice malty flavor with a fine finish. Too bad we can not get it on the east side of the Mississippi.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 9, 2002
Rather overrated. Not a bad beer. But not a good beer either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2002
Great toasty, candy maltiness with enough hop bite to keep it interesting. Caramel nose and flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
benrice99 (4) - USA - JUL 6, 2002 does not count
A bit light for an Amber. I prefer 90 Schilling, but when you can get this stuff fresh, there are few much better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2002
One of the butteryest beers Iíve ever had. Almost oily on the palate, but definately butter. Slight spice and apple. Failrly light and highly drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
zamco1799 (3) - USA - JUN 29, 2002 does not count
way too Heavy a beer for heavy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2002
This beer has become a standard Amber in relative fashion. This beer has nothing wrong with it, there is just nothing spactuacular about it either. A very fine amber that will go with just about any food and is always a nice fall back when you need something everyone will like.

On draught I found this much more tailored to your typical bargoerís palate: always served cold, very carbonated and watery as all hell. Fat Tire is already the standard for beginner beer drinkers, but the draught seems to exist somewhere beyond this - the maltiness takes backseat to the water. And on a final note, I realize a tavern envioronment is neither the best place to drink a beer nor rate it, but this has even less aroma than Iím used to finding in my bar beers.

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