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RATINGS: 3007   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
JenDaveMartin (2) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 20, 2004 does not count
Everyone goes crazy over this beer. It’s hit San Francisco like a tidal wave, replacing Sam Adams in some bars.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sendog04 (1) - Downey, California, USA - SEP 12, 2004 does not count
Bottle: I had this first in Yosemite, great combination. Great color with nice head. A superb balance of malt and hops with a sweetness that was not overpowering. The sweetness and the toasty flavor made this one a keeper.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - SEP 10, 2004
An amber pour with a decent head. Amber ales are not my favorite style, but this one had a nice toasty male flavor and a decent hop presence, like the description states. A little thin to me though. All in all a drinkable ale, but I agree with a previous poster that the beer is a little over hyped.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Perhaps I am biased because I lived in a cabin for three months with no beer and then drank one of these, and thought it was heavenly. Good smoky, almost burnt malty flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Appealing earthy, toasty and slightly fruity aroma unlike any other beer. Slightly hazy amber appearance with a thin white head. Muted noble hop aroma and flavor. The flavor matches the aroma with nice carbonation giving it a spritzy quality. Finishes clean and slightly sweet. I suspect much of the flavor comes from Breiss Victory malt. A quality, if over hyped, ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slimweebs (162) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Another decent ale that’s on tap almost everywhere in Oregon. A nice light amber beer that won’t offend the palate. I know this beer is very popular because it is so drinkable. Most everyone can appreciate the nice balance and flavor of the malts and hops. Neither one overpowers here.. which is a disappointment for some. Call it unexciting and uninspiring, but this beer serves its purpose.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tejas (988) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Nice clear light amber color. I had high hopes for this one. Sadly, I was not impressed. Entirely too thin. Flavor dissipates rather quickly. I kept having to take another sip in order to keep the flavor around. Decent beer but nothing more. Definitely not a great beer like the Fat Tire cult claims.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
richbeir (15) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Light semi-sweet malty flavor, nice amber color with a balanced hoppy flavor. A good basic amber ale that’s acessible.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Tap. Amber color, white head. Not much to the aroma. Smoky malt flavor, not very hoppy yet still bitter, which didn’t really do it for me. I’ve had much better amber ales.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Sturdy creamy head on a clear light amber body. Weak sweet malty aroma with toffee notes. Malty and slightly hoppy flavor with a thin finish. Ordinary beer, but it is a massproduction after all.....

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