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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Very malty aroma, similar to that in a malted milk shake. Mouthfeel is thin and developed. Rather nice bitterness to it, not that from a completely hopped beer, but slightly oily too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
heemer77 (5239) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2008 Dark orange body with a trace of a head on top. Aroma of artificial orange candy. There is also a little bit of dark bread and some stale toffee. The taste is stale old toffee with some milk chocolate. Finish that is very dry oak at first that turns a little sour. Needs some more caramel flavor to balance the dry woody character. I have tried this a few more times over the years and liked it less each time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFGrind (1972) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2003
$4.00 USD for a 25 ounce draft at Stone Street in Caesar's Tahoe. Truly a "solid beer" with a deep amber color, crisp sweet flavor and a roasted malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 7, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2003 good. sweet and subtle, mild apple/fruit, malty. not much in the bitter end. lively on the tongue. soft and satisfying ale for a carefree night. nothing to ponder about, grab a friend and enjoy it then. BIG thanks to tannertavernboy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - OCT 28, 2003
Copper colored beer with an off white frothy head mostly diminishing. Aroma is slightly malty followed by a soft malty taste. Some hopp presense felt but balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Kind of a lame amber ale, and nowhere near as good as every other beer they make that I've tried up to this point.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 25, 2003
Not much in the way of aroma or head. Balanced flavor with hops and malts evident simutaneously. Very carbonated. I wasn't expecting much because it's an amber ale, but it was pretty satisfying, although not ideally paired with mexican food.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Strykzone (6212) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Tasted this one after a wonderful beer (New Belgium Wheat) so it had a lot measure up to. Not surprisingly it didn't measure well. It seemed to lack smoothness and was too much on the bitter side for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adrenalin112 (57) - Lake Forest, California, USA - OCT 17, 2003
This is enjoyable from either the tap or bottle. Not too overwhelming in any category. It's what i get at restaurants, when your only choice is to get bud, coors, or miller. Doesnt make you feeled stuff, yet leaves you pleased that you just had a good beer. Amber in color, crisp bite, smooth aroma.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jayc (28) - USA - OCT 11, 2003
Get this one when you want to get the 'dates' to drink beer. It's good enough to get your guest to retrieve their own from the cooler ... light and refreshing (better than any big domestic).

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