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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaedaen99 (2) - USA - NOV 5, 2002 does not count
A very popular beer around here that is a bit overrated, though itís not without itís charm. Itís sweet and mild, good for those occasions where youíre in the mood for something light.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2002
A decent amber, though I agree it has a certain sweetness to it that detracts from the overall score.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5424) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 1, 2002
This seems to be a session beer with a twist. Slightly sweet without being overly heavy and a touch more bitterness than one might expect. Also, a rare exception to the "cool label = bad beer" rule.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - OCT 30, 2002
copper colour, foamy off white head. sweet malty brew with caramel and biscuit notes. some fruity aftertaste. good beer but not very exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - OCT 26, 2002
Nice drinking amber, not my favorite from NB, but by far their biggest name. Nice lite flavor with a little sweatness to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boto (1937) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - OCT 26, 2002
Not quite sure of what this is trying to be. Is it an Amber, is it a Belgian? It is somewhere in between. Nice flavor, a little sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Indra (2693) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 26, 2002
Yep! Itís an amber! Snooze. Worst beer by far from this normally outstanding brewery. Itís not horrible or anything, just boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jazz88 (2592) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 25, 2002
Bottle. Amber copper color with a big foamy off-white head. A smooth caramel and malty aroma and flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2002
A good, above average beer. Nice rich auburn color, with a refreshing balance of hops. Slightly tangy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (9173) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2002
I saved this one for last out of the sampling of New Belgium I got (thanks PhillyBeer2112!). This is one instance where I did not save the best for last though. While this was a very good Amber it is definitely not one of their better offerings. Pours a nice amber color with virtually no head which is a noticeable break from NBís other brews. Passable malt aroma. Rather sweet malt flavor with a slight apple finish. Iím glad I finally got my hands on this but it doesnít compare to the Trippel.

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