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RATINGS: 3056   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Named in honor of our founder Jeffs bike trip through Belgium, Fat Tire Amber Ale marks a turning point in the young electrical engineers 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 Tires 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Clear amber with a fairly small, fizzy, white, head. Aroma is yeasty, bready, and fruity. Flavor is similar, biscuity is a great way to decribe it, with also, caramel, toastiness, and fruit (apple?). Hop bitterness is light with maybe a touch of earthiness. Palate lies between lively and fizzy, medium to light in body, and watery. Finish is sweet and apple?, but almost non-existant. Honestly growing up in Fort Collins, this beer is like god, but I dont see. Extremely drinkable, but without any real character, and from a brewery that has so much to offer.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
RedEft (155) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Pours a beautiful, deep amber with a modest, off-white head. Weak aroma of malts. Watery at the start with some malty overtones and a disappointing, extremely mild "hop" finish. Looks great, but without any real taste to speak of. The label reads "Toasty malt flavors in tandem with hoppy freshness". Well, to my taste, I dont think there were manny hops in the building when this stuff was brewed. Inoffensive yet unrewarding.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BBrew100 (4) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2006 does not count
All around good beer. Attractive medium color. Nice think head. Mild malt flavor for the masses.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HistoryGeek (17) - California, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Its average. Not the best beer from Belgium but certainly not the worst. My dad swears by this stuff. However, if you are looking for a good beer, go with Heineken. Its a Dutch version of Fat Tire and it tastes better.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerabill (14) - Silverdale, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Bottle. Smeals fruity like apple, appricot. Golden amber with white head, short lasting. Not a very full mouthfeel but enough. Hoppy sweet fruit taste, and sour apple aftertaste. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
katertater (1) - USA - OCT 18, 2006 does not count
Pretty fizzy, lots of head, Good for just drinking no fuss, A malty flavor, Really good. I enjoy it a lot!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
missing (72) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - OCT 18, 2006
All in all a good drinking beer. Smooth malt flavor with a little hoppiness to balance it out. It leans towards the biscuity and you can smell it in the aroma. Nice clear amber pour with a thick residual head.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tamedturtle (10) - Cranberry Twp, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2006
Pours decent head and coppery amber color tastes of biscuits and cookies and great feel in your mouth. some are not impressed but this is one of my favorite beers please come to Pennsylvania

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidoc (113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2006
Light amber color with a fair white head. Tastes great, and finishes like coffee smells.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 12, 2006
Draft at Schottzies in Maplewood (StL) watching the Cardinals clinch against the Padres. And this is more of a formality. Ive had many many Fat Tires in my day, but never stopped to jot a few notes, so here goes. Filtered and amber. The biscuit malt quality that they are so proud of shows in the nose. Flavor is similar with the biscuit and caramel malts playing together. Mild finish and definitely a very quaffable brew. Maybe not the best amber, but it has been a while since a beer has made such a fuss and caused such widespread attention as this. And no, its not the Fat Tire brewing company! They do make other beers! But, I am a staunch supported of New Belgium and what they do. Environmentally sound, wind powered and employeed owned? That makes this brew so much more enjoiable! Cheers!


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