Brentv (382) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. This is a favorite easy-drinking amber ale and an excellent introductory beer to offer someone who is new to the world of beers beyond the mass-produced straw-colored lagers. Some head, some lacing. Clear amber color. Aroma and taste are fruity, light caramel and biscuit. Gently hopped. A hoppy bite on the finish but not at all bitter. Malty but not too sweet. A pleasure to drink.
harrisoni (14020) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from GBBF 2014 and drunk at home. One of those beers you hear a lot about but I’ve never had. Clear orange amber colour lasting off white head. It is what it says on the tin. An amber ale. A well put together amber ale, but still an amber ale. Some biscuit. Not much but ok bitterness. A biscuity amber ale. Again well put together.
Travlr (12986) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
1.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Clear amber color, medium white head. Aroma of caramel, subtle toast. Taste is dilute caramel with a dry finish.
gbeerrater (29) - Louisiana, USA - AUG 17, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
With over 713,000 US barrels and over 179 million dollars in sales
very had to equate New Belgium brewing out Fort Collins Colorado as anything other than a major commercial brewer.
Certainly not a little quaint Belgium ale discovered on a bicycle trip through Belgium as cleverly advertised or the whole home brew trip gone commercial because it was so good.
Circa 1991 when Fat Tire the flagship brew started it was much more richer in the malts and thus had a much heavier mouth feel. Hops were also in balance with the malt . Available quantities of hops for mass production were different.
Circa 2011, commercialized to hundreds of thousands of barrels the obvious distinction and flavors of a mass produced product. Certainly not a brew that would inspire others to get on a bike and tour Belgium so 48 points overall not out of line at all. pretty fair rating.
Still it does show what a cute advertising pitch can produce, as though this offering a fabulous hidden secret in a unknown Belgium location., Please!! lets get real here.
Pop open a bottle, nothing to special, pours out kinda yellow for a Amber Ale and given the odd flavored Pine and Citrus notes with a thin malt backbone and light L or EBC color thinking more IPA flavor wheres the dark malts to classify over an american pale?
Tastes pretty generic overall with more West coast IPA pine and citrus hops type flavor thrown in ,however a respectable enough finish with nothing bitter or astringent on the citrus.
Not real sure why this is appealing to the masses as indicated by the profitability as the third largest craft brewery behind #1 Samuel Adams and #2 Sierra Nevada, however sure expected a little more given all the national sales ads,advertising,and pro rave.
Dropping from $17.99 a 12 pack all the way to $11.99 a 12 pack should of been a red flag"" COMMERCIAL BEER LOSING INTEREST REAL FAST" however the sales made it appear more than what it, really is, just a average commercial beer using a different production method to make the masses of barrels needed for production.
Bland, Boring,as noted in the reviews seems appropriate.
New Belgium’s own RED HOPTOBER getting a deserved outstanding 90 points,Beer Advocate says very good at 85 points as well a much better choice with a 3.52 average on the ratings out of a possible 5.
Maybe New Belgium has forgoten their own roots or simply does not care about fat tire ale , their flagship beer, anymore . Perhaps outgrown and moving on with better products however still brewing and distributing
Lastly the name maybe should read Flat tire as in "worn out " and that silly red bike that screams scrotum damage, ridden on a bumpy Belgium country side road, getting to the beer has neither a single scratch and or dirt anywhere questioning the fabled bike ride in the first place.
sudomorph (695) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Marriott Downtown Indy. Pours a clear, golden yellow with a quarter finger, off whore head that coats the glass in lacing. Aroma has smooth caramel notes with a bit of fruity esters to to finish it off. Taste is on the malty side. Caramel, bread, and a hint of darker malts at the end. Medium body and carbonation. Clean in the mouth with a dry finish. Overall a tasty beverage. Solid, balanced, flavours of caramel, bread, and a hint of darker malts.
Mareglia (15) - - AUG 16, 2014
2.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Beautiful amber color, very thin head. Almost no aroma. Tasted like biscuits, wheat. Smooth. Too mild for me.
relaylogic77 (5) - - AUG 15, 2014 does not count
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle to pint glass,pours deep amber with little to no head.malt and yeast the front and a neutral mouthful with a dry finish.enjoyed this one ten years ago,now my palate is a little more demanding not so much.
Bork (318) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2014 Rather low on flavor but with some bready malts and a little bit of sweet fruit. Smooth and easy drinking.
Msdrbeat (52) - - AUG 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From bottle. Drinkable. Nice aroma and good clear coloring. Not bad at all.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
GenDV138 (1620) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16 oz draft at Tir Na Nog in Baltimore. Nonic pint glass. Copper/amber with a finger of off-white head. Aromas of citrus, floral notes, light caramel. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, floral notes. Medium body with a dry finish. Medium carbonation.