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RATINGS: 2953   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 7, 2004
smelled really bad. nothing impressive or distinctive. tasted bland and equally sad. i dont like this beer very much

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cornhusker01 (76) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Fat Tire pours an amber color and has a doughy quality while having some spice / nut qualities to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fasteddieIX (55) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Tried this one during a recent stint on the west coast. On tap; pours a light amber with a thin white head. A little heavy on the malts for my tastes, but the flavor is balanced out nicely with some fruity overtones. A decent beer, worth trying out if you run into it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YogiBeera (2558) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Dark orange color. Little Layer of a head. Fizzy carbonation. Malty and fruity at the same time. Chocolate flavor??? Nose is toasted malt - some hoppy undertones. Nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 26, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2004 Fat tire is a really good ale.I personally have different moods for defferent beers.This works well on a summers afternoon.Its a classic.(such as sierra nevada.its a trade mark of micro-brew tradition.) its has a bisket sort of flavor.i have never tasted anything like it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bluekidney (8) - Sumner, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2004 does not count
The Zoo, Lake Union - Seattle: Good solid average beer, does well accompanying games of pool or darts. Well worth upgrading to Fat Tire from Bud, Miller, or Heineken.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2004
Not available in my area, so there is a mystique involved. On a recent trip through Colorado, I tried it out. Other than saying that it is a beauty when freshly pulled from the tap, this beer is no big deal.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - APR 13, 2004
I tried this beer in an effort to fully understand New Belgium Brewing. Why, ohhhh why did I do that? Better than some, not as good as most.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2004
12oz Bottle(shaker). Poured a ideal amber color with a thin white head. Floral aroma with caramel malt slightly showing through. Flavor, toasty bread/bisciut malt flavor balanced with crisp floral hoppiness. Great high quality session beer, nothing out of this world but nothing terrible in the least.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - APR 11, 2004
Doughy, malty brew with a very slight bitterness in the finish. Really don't see what the deal is. Very average.

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