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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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boomersmancave1 (15) - Indiana, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Pours an amber to copper color with white head. It has malty and breadlike aromas. Malty Flavor. A Solid Beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
MunBro (136) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2014
Kind of a one note pony: and that note is malts. Aroma and taste are bland, watery and malty. Skip this. Their IPA is good so not sure why this isn’t. Oh well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bobaidan (497) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - APR 23, 2014
Pours dark amber with a good head. Aroma is a mixture of bread and sweet malt. Medium in body with good carbonation. Flavor is on the sweet side with some biscuit and a touch of fruit, maybe apricot. Not bad, but not one of my favorites.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NordicV (1004) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2014
Brunröd öl med vitt skum. Doft av malt och småkakor. Återkommer i smaken tillsammans med karamell och nötter. Lätt beska i eftersmaken.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Augdraught1981 (108) - Harlem, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2014
Plain & simple, light & malty amber ale. Satisfying & easy to drink especially on a relaxed sunday masters day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vinhol (196) - AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2014
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewji (3) - - APR 8, 2014 does not count
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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
STLGoldendog (24) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2014
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiveacestx (471) - Texas, USA - APR 6, 2014
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
1pintatatime (47) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Jcarb28 (89) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - APR 2, 2014
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.

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