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RATINGS: 3009   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2011 Bottle. The pour was a sparkling clear light copper with an average (1-2 finger) foamy white head that diminished in a few minutes and had OK lacing. The aroma was of a biscuit malt, a mild herbal hop and a doughy yeast with mild hint of citrus, caramel and was a little nutty. The taste was lightly malty with a hint of caramel in the beginning and took on a very light bitter and crisp flavor with a small citrus note at the end. The flavor faded rather quickly after the swallow leaving almost nothing behind. Mouthfeel was just a bit above light in body and creamy yet watery in texture with a prickly carbonation. Overall a decent tasting brew, nothing overly special but quite drinkable none the less. Would make a great session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Davros (2831) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2016
Pours amber with a large head. Nose shows soft toasty, nutty and caramel notes. Subtle. Flavours include nutty and bready malt along with a soft vegetal character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bartlebier (3507) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - OCT 24, 2016
(backlog US trips, NC 2013-2015). Reminded me of a toasted/malty spéciale belge of sorts, somewhere between Palm and De Coninck, then watered down and gently hopped up (UK thin black tea) for sessionability. Metallics lurking around the corner, love the label.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Claves77 (252) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2016
Strong, deep caramel color. Not much nose, slightly bready. Medium body, mild flavor, more airy than appearance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Machoninja (4) - WESTMINSTER, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2016 does not count
Clear Golden Amber with a half inch off white head. Smells of light malt with a hint of toffee and caramel, I get a bit of some medium red berries and a touch of bread. Taste is light malt and bread, then a nice nut middle and finish. Not to sweet, a very nice Amber Ale. Its texture is that of an Ale, you can tell by the way it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrHangover (4025) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2016 Bottle at random restaurant, Kissimmee. Pours a clear light amber beer with a medium sized off white head. Aroma has cookies and brown malts in there and is very light. Flavor is light bitter, light toasty and malty. Not too much going on here, just a decent session ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dysenteri (153) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2016
Can from SB. Clear Amber with white head. Grass, biscuit, malt, caramel in aroma. Grass. Same in taste, no bitterness, watery mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dervock (1007) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 30, 2016
Bottle - pours gold with a white head. Aroma is biscuit and some caramel. Taste is floral like with a cirtus hop finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
crabbypantalones (52) - - SEP 28, 2016
Lord, that "toasty, biscuit-like malt flavors" is dead-on. Hoppiness, though...not so much. Pretty average, like a baseline by which you can judge all other craft beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AleJones (18) - Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2016
Like many, this beer was my gateway beer for craft beers. Biscuity flavor, dryer finish. Great beer to always have on hand. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Martinus (4540) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 21, 2016
Clear golden colour, white head. Aroma of soap, herbs, wheat, malts. Sweet malty flavour, caramel, light yeast. Malty finish, caramel. Quite nice.
(from 65cL bottle @ Leuven Innovation, Leuven 2015)

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