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RATINGS: 2852   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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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entropy666 (11) - Terre Haute, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Nice color with tan head that dissipates rapidly. Weakly aromatic nose. Spicy but not particularly well hopped and with weak maltiness. I would not describe it as "crisp" at all. Fat Tire has a distinctly disagreeable flavor and aftertaste. I have tasted this beer on many occaisions over several years at the New Belgium brewery, on tap at restaurants, and in bottles. It is very consistent but is not a particularly good example of an amber ale.

4.2
Blackbarrel (116) - new york, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Had some on tap iin Tempe Ariziona at "Oreganos". A real beer, tonnes of some hops, malt, spices, ginger and cinnamon (not in a xmas cake way) balanced, not much head or lacing to speak of. spicy rather than bitter.

3.5
coldbrewky (1731) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2006
A well balanced amber ale that was brought back by the wife from Colorado. Head faded quickly and was very smooth with mild aftertaste. Elicited an email to the brewery and CRAP....no distribution to the eastern front. Damn left coasters!

3.3
shigadeyo (3820) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2006
New Belgium Fat Tire pours a perfect amber color that is crystal clear. It has a huge puffy light ivory colored head that is creamy and collapses very slowly leaving lots of lacing on the glass. There is mostly toasted malt in the aroma. The flavor is malty with just the right amount of sweetness. Initially the flavor is light caramel, then it becomes more nutty, and finally it has roasted quality to it. There isn’t very much hop bitterness except for a little toward the finish (more like a weak coffee bean -like dryness/bitterness). This beer is medium bodied, moderately carbonated, smooth, well balanced, crisp, and clean. It might not be the most complex beer or the best amber ale, but it is well put together and quite enjoyable to drink. 22 oz bottle (5.2% ABV; 05JAN07 20314 017180 0827), $2.99+tax from Sam’s Wine & Spirits in Chicagoland.

2.6
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 5, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2007 On tap. Poured light amber with hints of orange. Head was thin and white. Aroma was lacking. Light hints of malt, fruit and sugar. Thin palate. Flavor was sweet with very little hoppiness. The beer was clean and refreshing, but lacking in any real complexity. Could have used more backend to balance against the sweetness.

3.1
cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2006 6 pack, 12 ounce bottles. A classic, drinkable beer. Really malty but not too sweet. Ive had several ’bad batches’ of this beer.

3.4
auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2006
On tap. Light farmyard malt aroma. Sweet. Orange amber pour with a creamy off-white head. Toothy grain flavor, with light caramel, touches of banana and a sweet pear ester flourish. Crisp, sweet and flavorful. A run of pale fruits and a nip of graininess. I expected a little more hop attention to draw a little balance, but not bad.

4.4
beerdc (13) - USA - DEC 4, 2006
A personal favorite beer that I have to have whenever I head out west of the mississippi. Bottle or tap you can always be assured of a amber ale with tasty hints of yeastiness and balanced malts.

3.5
kgregg (2) - USA - DEC 1, 2006 does not count
I thoroughly enjoyed this beer in Denver, Colorado. I could not get it back home so I stuffed a 6 pack in socks along with a couple of other 6 packs and they all made it here intact. This beer has a very well balanced taste, which makes it very drinkable. I still say this is the best amber ale I’ve ever had, but I am from Mississippi, so you can draw your own conclusions there. :)

3.6
mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - NOV 27, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2008 On draft. Clear, ruby-reddish amber color. Almost no head. Very faint aroma of hops, almost non-existent. Some bitterness and hop flavor upfront, but not lasting. Bready and malty. I really enjoyed this one. Unfortunately, it’s pricey...


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