Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Subtle and smooth toasty malty flavor. Some hops balance this brew. Mild, decent. All of my hippie friends in Colorado drink this stuff.
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A pretty decent amber ale. Nice flavor, nice color, fairly better than average.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear orange, toasted malt aroma, robust mouthfeel. I enjoyed this more than most amber ales, as the bready taste was interesting.
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2014 First rating 5/26/2003: i liked the label. it was really cool. i had high expectations for this beer... but it kinda let me down. it has a sorta chocolate aroma. there really isn’t much taste that i can speak of. just a slightly malty flavor. it just tastes wet with a hint of malt.
Re-rate 12/3/2014: I manage a hotel where we have an evening reception and give free beer and wine. We have two types of beer: Miller Lite and Fat Tire. Since I was working, I never tried the Fat Tire, and honestly, I thought I had not tried this beer before. Our guests really seem to like it, but I know my tastes normally lie with something more complex and interesting, so I went out and bought a bottle of it so I could talk a little more intelligently about this beer with my guests. Poured from a large bottle into my Brewery Ommegang tulip glass. The color is pale, clear copper with a thin, dissipating head. The aroma is somewhat citrusy with some grassy stuff in there too. Almost as if I was hanging out in a lemon tree, fell out (oh noes!) and landed on fresh-cut grass and rolled around for a bit. The taste is big with grassy floral citrus with a lingering echo of roasty toasty nutty bread. The palate is wet. Sharp fizzy wet. Overall: meh... . At first this evening I was like, "Ugh, this is not all that great." As it warmed up, I was able to discern more flavors in it, which was nice, but I’m not liking the lemon burps the Fat Tire is sending up. Would I go out and buy this again? With all of the great beers out there I’ve never tried? No way. This one is too average, too uninteresting to want to reach for again. When the guests at my hotel have to reach for a beer, the Miller or this, which one will I steer them to? This one, of course, but it won’t stop me from trying to find a nicer micro to replace that tap with.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - MAY 18, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kinda pissy looking, but a beautiful head: persistent and delicately lacy. Hint of chocolate malt is a nice addition to a decent, but not outstanding, amber ale. An odd corn flavor comes in near the end...what is that junk?
weisinator (67) - USA - MAY 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
light malt and hops flavor in a good balance. Not so light that it offends my tastebuds, though light enough that my swill-drinking wife likes it. :D
pcprof (6) - USA - MAY 8, 2003 does not count
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
One of my favorites. Easily obtained in an area dominated by Busch. Best on a hot day after cutting the grass. Not a greate beer, but quite drinkable.
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This brew has a sticky sweet feeling with a weird aftertaste. Seems like it'd be good for the average person (like malternatives are), but not good for a beer drinker. I'll have to try this one a few more times to make up my mind...
ElGaucho (2282) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Slightly malty aroma; quite sublte. No head to speak of; clear amber body. Flavor is rather innocuous. No hops, yet not really very malty. Blah and average.
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2003 (bottle) Huh. One of those weird things. I had this several times, thinking it was a really good beer. I rated it 4.1 on 4/8/03. But I just had another one and it was well... pretty boring. Not much flavor, not much of anything. Makes me wonder what i tasted last time. :)