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RATINGS: 2900   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 22, 2003
Nice amber color,long lasting small head when poured. Aroma of bread and biscuits(Belgian Biscuit malt?)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2003
A dark golden clear color with a white frothy head. The aroma is a touch hoppy and reminiscent of an american wheat. The flavor is a bit bitter and slightly nutty. Some citrus and malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bjbrown24 (61) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 20, 2003
Damn good beer and doesn't give you the beer poopies. Really good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonas (6301) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 17, 2003
Amber, no head. Nice caramel-malt rounded of harmonically with aroma and bittering hops. Carbonation was relatively high which probably accounted for the seemingly light body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2003
Golden light brown with a small white head. Has a meaty aroma and a smokey, roasted nut flavor. Very different for an amber.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2003
I drank this a few times before my note taking days but never remember it being anything spectacular. Now I'm surprised just how many times I hear it mentioned. It has a decent fruity aroma with caramel, while it looks pretty light with an unspectacular foam. It's certainly toasty but there's not a whole lot of body or weight with very light toffee and caramel flavors and a slight hop bitterness in the finish. I really don't find anything interesting about this at all, kind of reminds me more of an amber lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - JUN 6, 2003
The flavor of fresh baked bread (malt) and a really nice clean finish. The aroma is like my mother's kitchen with banana bread baking. This is a very good beer, perfect for those trying micro brews for the first time and to remember where we came from.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 I used to be a big fan of this one but no longer. This is the most common microbrew in New Mexico and it may be suffering from overproduction. The sugary malt flavor builds and becomes a bit obnoxious by the end of just one of these. Palate is like watered-down cake batter. Definitely not a good session beer for an Amber. Two Fat Tires are one too many.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - MAY 30, 2003
I was favorably impressed with my first bottle of this, but after having had a couple more, I'm gonna downgrade it some. Looks good, medium head and lightly carbonated. Smells like an appleshed. Malty with hint of butterscotch and dryish finish that just disappears. Ok I guess but kind of light. I can't really pinpoint it, but this brew seems to get boring real quick. Is this what we used to call Sunday beer, back in those grand old days of 3.2?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2003
Subtle and smooth toasty malty flavor. Some hops balance this brew. Mild, decent. All of my hippie friends in Colorado drink this stuff.

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