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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drinkinfla (21) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Extraordinarily average amber, and extraordinarily overrated. I can't believe people drive many many hours to pick up a couple cases of this (and yes, they do). A nutty-sweet finish caps off a moderate-malt taste. Living in Colorado while this brew was up-and-coming, I never saw in it what other people did.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
punklawyer (100) - USA - FEB 14, 2004
This is a good one but not a great one. Very full flavor with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Good overall beer. Nothing terribly special. Nice aroma, pleasent flavor with some sweetness. Not too hoppy. However, I'll also have to agree that it's over rated.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2004 Might as well chime in on this as well. Reminds me of Karl Strauss' same beer. Sticky sweet and you can't swing a dead cat in the city of Denver without seeing this stuff on tap. Way over-rared.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2004
On the malty side with a rather uneventful finish (maybe a tad bitter but for the most part the hops aren't here). Overall, unoffensive and easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
monterey (8) - Redmond, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2004 does not count
Very nice hoppy aroma and taste that stays till the end. Decent orange-red color and head retention.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2004
Beer pours nice copper color with a nice big off white head that is retained. Aroma is restrained but has light malt notes with a bit of hops. Flavor is lightly malty, quit biscuity with a bit of hops in the finish. More than decent session ale that I seek out when out and about in resteraunts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - JAN 22, 2004
Tasting at Brewery. Poured with little head, slightly cloudy amber-golden. The head that there was stuck around for a while. Nose is slightly of yeast, malt, grass, the taste is a mild, moderately yeasty character with a gentle maltiness. Clean finish. A nice beer for after mowing the lawn. Fat Tire stands up respectably against serious beers but doesn't offend the lightweights--an all-around beer for the masses.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beaver (1640) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2004
The Fat Tire poured a golden orange with a creamy white head that had decent retention. It had a slight bready aroma...not much there. It was pretty mild tasting. Some tones of toffee and toasted biscuit. It had a noticable metallic finish. A fairly bland amber. New Belgium has MUCH better to offer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Nice malty action here, smooth and creamy. It actually reminds me of Karl Strauss Amber Lager on tap.

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