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RATINGS: 2923   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Tangerine in color light is taste. Malt front with a tiny bit hops hops in the finish. A decent brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jgb9348 (5325) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2003
Light amber in colour with a thin white head. Orange and yellow highlights show when held up to a light. Smells of sweet fruit: pineapple, apples and grapes are very noticeable. Medium-bodied, tasting mostly of malt with a bit of hops. The aftertaste is very mild, only a subtle sweetness. A pretty average amber, really nothing else special. Best before 10-September-2003 on the bottle. I bought this 22 ounce bottle from Total Beverage in Thornton (Denver), Colorado.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2003
UPDATED: APR 23, 2006 Topped by a thin quickly disappearing head. A pretty copper color. Smells nothing much more than beery, but in a good way that reminds me of a dried cracker aroma. Light sweet taste with a cracker-bread bite to it. This is a good example of a beer with biscuity cracker flavor in it. A slight hint of some off putting taste, but this fades quickly. No real hop presence to speak of. This is a fairly bland beer from a brewery that so much good beer has come from. Oh well at least it allows NBB to make other great beers. This I would rate as serviceable when nothing else is available.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
dmcguriman (10) - USA - AUG 15, 2003
Very nice beer. I could drink it till the cows come home. Then I'll have a steak!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
h20andhops (5) - California, USA - AUG 11, 2003 does not count
Just an average beer. I miss all the hype? Flavor is so so and it leaves you looking for a finish. Overrated beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sirdrinkalot (3) - Montgomery, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2003 does not count
Excellent beer! Nice finish, color, and great flavor. One of my new favorites. I wish I could get it in my local pub

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 4, 2003
Draft. Thick foamy head, leaves a lasting skiff and nice lacing. Nice hops for an amber. Medium gold coour. Malt sweetness is balanced well with the hops. Excellent with dinner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2003
Rated Boulder Colorado July 31, 2003. Pleasing medium orange amber clear colour. Medium body. Malty tending to quality Brit pub style bitter flavours and aromas. Some unusual kinda Scotch Ale character . Finish and aftertaste also had a phenolic-rubbery feel to it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Very light aroma, doughy. Creamy white head with excellent lacing. Clear amber color. Very light flavors: sweet/sour/bitter. Very dry and light-medium bodied. I guess this beer would be considered very "drinkable", but it is not my style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUL 28, 2003
A great amber. This beer has great balance and flavor. It is very drinkable and is a delight on the palate.

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