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RATINGS: 3001   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAR 8, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2004 gold/amber color, whitish thin head. light hop note, mild flavor. poured from a pitcher, keg tapped. kind of ironic how thre's a setup for the perfect analogy: fat tire:baloon tire cruiser :: trappist ales:belgian cyclocross!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
UNCCTF (518) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2004
A typical run-of-the-mill amber ale. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing, but nothing really stuck out to me here. More malty than I'd like, but not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2004
Nothing very special, but definitely not a bad beer. Not too hoppy or malty, but still has a good bit of flavor to it. Readily available around here, so it's always a good choice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 29, 2004
In the early 1990's, I thought that this was a great ale, but the flavor seems to have changed after it started being mass-produced for a huge audience. I used to think it tasted like an actual Belgian-style ale with even a subtile spice undertone. Today, it tastes like a pretty solid amber ale with acceptable hop and malt character, but no longer the "WOW" beer it once was. I think that Abbey Ale almost recaptures the spirit of the old Fat Tire these days.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
donyboy (7) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2004 does not count
As an "average" lager, this one does beat out the Big boys (Coors,etc.) as it actually HAS flavor (some malt). It was my first decent beer outside Corona, Dos Equis, Coors, etc. Not New Belgium's best but rather geared to the lowest common denominator.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2004
Thought this one was something special seeing as I East of the Missisippi, and don't see it around here. Opened it and was not too impressed by the aroma. Head was okay but dissipated fast. I had no problem drinking but wasn't wowwed or anything. Later did a little research and found that this one is the big seller of the New Belgium line and was mass produced by thier scale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3501) - Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2004
I can see why this is such a big seller. It's got enough malt to have a little flavor, but the caramel is light and not too sweet so it's a definite quaffer. Not very complex and not interesting, but not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2004
An ice tea color. Nothing really stands out as far as taste. just an average lager lager. Tastes almost american standardish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2004
This is such an average beer. Much better on tap, the bottle sucks. I'm not sure why everyone raves about this beer. As a certian rep and I have discussed, this is what beer drinkers drink when they think they are drinking good beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Saul kept me away from this one, "oh, fat tire is what everybody drinks, its way over rated and is probably new belgiums worst beer". So, I tried about 6 or 7 of their other brews, so I wouldn't make assumptions about their other ales. Saul was right, this is weak, before i even tasted it, it just looks like a sad attempt, watery, ice tea appearance, no head, no aroma, no flavor, atleast I didn't go into this expecting anything.

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