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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.


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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hman43 (322) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2013
There is a pleasant caramel aroma mist with subtle hints of hops. It is amber in color with a full bodied head. It has a nice, smooth flavor. There is a quite pleasant flavor of malts which is nice to the palate.


2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gbeerrater (21) - Louisiana, USA - AUG 17, 2014
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. PRICE point:: 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 Fat Tire 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (564) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2014
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.

2.3
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mareglia (14) - - AUG 16, 2014
Beautiful amber color, very thin head. Almost no aroma. Tasted like biscuits, wheat. Smooth. Too mild for me.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
relaylogic77 (5) - - AUG 15, 2014 does not count
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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bork (126) - Rockmart, Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Rather low on flavor but with some bready malts and a little bit of fruit. Smooth and easy drinking.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Msdrbeat (47) - - AUG 12, 2014
From bottle. Drinkable. Nice aroma and good clear coloring. Not bad at all. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gendv138 (1190) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2014
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.

2.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lutz2jm (89) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Ok beer no aroma what so ever. Mild front with a caramel malt finish. Definitely had more flavor years ago when fat tire was not over produced.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
miquelcrush (1357) - Granollers, SPAIN - AUG 11, 2014
Bona cervesa, és bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (883) - - AUG 10, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-21-12- Poured from bottle in to pint glass Appearance – Pours a nice amber color with a one finger white head. The head fades over a moderate amount of time to leave a decent level of lacing on the glass. Smell – The aroma is of caramel and some light roasted malt aromas. Mixed with these are subtle hop aromas of citrus and a light herbal smell. Taste – The taste begins with some of the bready and caramel flavors. These are quickly meet by a lighter fruit flavors of a sweeter citrus hop as well as some very light roasted notes. As the taste advances to the end a light herbal flavor come to the tongue and leave a sweet, light hop, and light roast flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the average side with a carbonation level that is slightly lighter than the average. Perhaps a bit more carbonation would have made it a bit more crisp and good for the fruit and herbal hops, but yet the not as good for the roasted flavors. It’s hard to say which would be better. Overall – A good easy dining brew with some nice flavors. Quite tasty.


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