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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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2001
Being from the East I wanted to try, OK, but will not reorder

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattcolo99 (27) - USA - NOV 15, 2001
excellent on tap, better in so many ways then the bottled

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 14, 2001
I find this stuff to be very over-rated. There’s nothing really special about the taste and it doesn’t give me much of a buzz. Oh, and it does NOT mix well with sushi, at least for me it didn’t. Fortunately everyone else at the party was way drunker than I was and so no one noticed me puking the remnants of California rolls and salmon into someone’s kitchen sink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
duke33 (68) - Eldersburg, Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2001
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2013 Great beer! You can definitely taste a little chocolate in there if you really pay attention. Goes down smooth and is very enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Beer Guy99 (250) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2001
This beer has succeeded in gaining a near cult following but I’m still trying to figure out why. It is certainly a sturdy beer with some malt character and very mild hops aroma and flavor but there is nothing remotely special to set this apart from the crowd of craft beers. It simply lacks extraordinary character. There’s not much there! I’ll take a Wild Goose Amber over this rather ordinary brew any time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FUNK (120) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2001
Good, but i like their other stuff better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Smilliey99 (30) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 24, 2001

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hilladen99 (25) - Lake Oswego, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2001

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
K-V-F-L (292) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - OCT 17, 2001
Certainly passable, but why the fuss? It’s way too sweet in the bottle; raise this rating .7 points for the tap version. Too musty and sticky to be rated higher.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 17, 2001
Maybe it’s me but I thought this was a great session brew. Excellent fresh baked biscuit aroma and equally bready and toasty malt backbone with a powdered cocoa aftertaste. Nice and crisp with a good hop balance. Do yourself a favor and have 2 bottles in a row. The malts will melt in your mouth. Thanks Gusler.

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