libertine (177) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
waited months to try this,and as im drinking fat tire i dont know whether to be dissapointed or not.has a toasty caramel malt nose with a bit of hops.slightly sweet with a dry hop finish.lacks proper carbonation which hides the flavors.has a flatness i dont really care for.as im drinking it from my "michigan the great beer state"glass it occured with me where i went wrong.i should have tried a michigan product.
NordicV (1000) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brunröd öl med vitt skum. Doft av malt och småkakor. Återkommer i smaken tillsammans med karamell och nötter. Lätt beska i eftersmaken.
Augdraught1981 (107) - Harlem, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Plain & simple, light & malty amber ale. Satisfying & easy to drink especially on a relaxed sunday masters day.
vinhol (194) - AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355 mil bottle from low buy lilydale nice malty aroma light amber in colour nice off white head taste is good malty very good no wonder its Walter Whites beer of choice
brewji (2) - - APR 8, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer hipsters in the US have claimed for some time now that the Fat Tire Amber Ale (ABV 5.2%) from New Belgium Brewing is the coolest, best beer in the USA, and that I have to try it. Well, now that I see it’s available in BC, I went out and bought some. It’s apparently one of the most well-travelled brews in the states, and it’s been well-received.
Time for your average beer appreciator (AKA Brewji) to take a sip and tell you what it’s really like.
On first sniff, the aroma reminded me of biscuits, sweet biscuits...not in a bad way. It had almost a bready-biscuit aroma, if I may. Biscuit and malt? I’m not quite sure, but definitely not a bad aroma.
So I went in for the first sip, and was surprised at how well the flavours work together to make this a solid amber ale. The aroma of the biscuit-bread translates into a rustic, amber ale taste with a hint of sweetness and malt to brush all of the necessary taste buds on my palate.
Why was I surprised? Beer hipsters (AKA snobs) generally annoy me, and the fact that a lot of them recommended this beer to me made me have slightly lower-than-average expectations. However, New Belgium has done well with this one. I’ve had a couple of other brews from them as well, and have never been disappointed (yet).
Either way, take a good look at the label, and see if you can find this at your local liquor or beer store. It’s definitely worth the pick-up. It stands out against most ambers on the market, and at $14 for a 6-pack (in Canada, beer is expensive), it’s quite the steal.
So there you have it, the Fat Tire from New Belgium Brewing. I recommend this to newbies who are trying to transition out of the econo-lager phase and into ales. This, and the Blue Buck from Phillips are great transition-ers.
New Belgium Brewing’s Fat Tire gets a surprisingly-not-so-hipster 8.5 / 10
STLGoldendog (23) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pour.Golden Amber color with thin head. Yeasty with a touch of roasted nuts. Thin palate with the taste of apricot and a sweet dry after note. Seems to be afraid to be too much of anything. Still good though.
fiveacestx (464) - Texas, USA - APR 6, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Taken from my wife’s beer stash. Hey, what can I say? It’s 2:15 AM and I was out of primo brewskis so this did in a pinch! Turns out I haven’t rated it yet so here goes! Dark golden in color with a medium head. Has a malty taste (biscuit or toast?), medium body and an average malty finish.
1pintatatime (46) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light amber with a foamy off-white head. Minimal aroma of bread and cereal. Good lacing. Flavor starts sweet with notes of caramel, and a hint of apple, and that’s about it before a very mild hop finish comes in. It’s easy to drink and refreshing. It’s not fair to say it’s a one note flavor, but it’s not a lot more than that. Not a great amber, but not bad either.
Jcarb28 (89) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - APR 2, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
A light yellow copper color. Not much but a light grassy aroma with a light body. I pick up a bland hay, piney flavor. Not my fav amber.
Lothore (454) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A- Pours an amber hue with a nice, 2.5 finger frothy head that sticks around for quite a while.
S- Toffee, toasted bread, spices
T- Bready, light fruits, no hops to speak of.
M- Thin-medium bodied with decent carbonation.
D- Something in fat tire has just never meshed with me. Perhaps it is the spices or toasted character.
gbpackers92 (11) - - MAR 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. Smooth with good taste and very light after bite. medium weight. Type of beer that can be tipped back all night while satisfying different beer preferences.