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Named in honor of our founder Jeffís bike trip through Belgium, Fat Tire Amber Ale marks a turning point in the young electrical engineerís 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 Tireís 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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2003
As far as Ambers go this is above average. Nice Amber color with an off-white head. Nice caramel aroma. Malty sweet start with a smooth finish. Not much bitterness just enough to cut the sweetness slightly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dev (50) - Savannah, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2002
Very smooth. I think Iíll have another. I bought this at K Mart,so I really was not expecting much, but it turned out to be very good indeed.Golden color,good carbonation that stays through to the bottom of the glass,nice head that also stays,semi sweet flavor. Now I want to try the abbey ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 26, 2002
As amber ales go this is oone of the best and has a cult-like following in the ski towns of CO. Nice and toasty but being an amber it has inherent weaknesses.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
djmonkey99 (10) - USA - DEC 24, 2002
Iím not very fond of this beer. Another one I was introduced to while living in Seattle, I refer to it as "Flat Tire."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Not nearly as good as I remember. It is much more straw colored than I recal. It has decent straw-y malt flavor and a bit of nice belgianish esteryness. It is very average.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChristerL99 (17) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2002
I like beers dark, but some people donít, so we meet in the middle at Amber, and for an Amber... Fat tire all the way. Crisp, with subtle sweet almost carmel apple/hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2002
sparkling orange tint with a narrow beige washer of suds set tightly on top. earthy peach barrel aroma: imagine the smell of the canvas gloves used to pick peaches all day, or very light caramel and kindling, if you prefer. dry toast and modest orange peel bitterness, polite carbonation, body lends itself to thirsty swallowing rather than meditative savoring. pretty decent. better than a flat tire, certainly.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - DEC 15, 2002
This beer was ok, but I had high expectations... a friend of mine who used to live in Colorado said that this is his favorite beer. The guy at the store where I bought it also spoke very highly of it. I found it to be just a little above average and thought it tasted very simular to Killianís. I didnít find the aroma to be very plesant, but otherwise, this beer wasnít bad. I know this is unusual advice to give for a micro, but SERVE VERY COLD!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2008 bronz with scattered lather..aroma was malty carmel..strong carbination..spritzy carmel apple..floral..thin malty depth..nothing much else though..

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 8, 2002
The flavor is very subtle, if youíve been drinking before you get to this one it may not taste like much. Definitely drinkable and non-distinct. Doesnít reach out and say, "OHMYGOD" but hey, you donít need beer like that everyday...at least I donít.

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