RATINGS: 2848   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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bigcat03 (336) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - NOV 21, 2006
1 pt .6oz bottle from Hy-Vee Liquors poured into english pint - Pours amber (duh) lots of red in the light with a 2 finger tan head; Malt, light hops to the nose; Sweet malt, yeast, a hint of grassy hops on the initial taste; Stale bread backtaste; Creamy palate with good carbonation; It’s a heavy beer for sure! Very tasty brew, indeed!

boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Tap..ruby color with a nice frothy white head. I couldn’t get much of a good aroma from it, just a little earthy. It had a great fizzy palate with earthy tastes of malt, maybe some grainyness and a very mild hop presence. Enjoyable mixture of flavors. Clean finish. One of my favorite amber ales.

MrChris (110) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Scored the bottle from brother Joe. Thanks bro, I needed this. Light on the nose, but almost stinky. I didn’t need that. Very nice light tan frothy head. Lives up to it’s name with its amber color. Some what watery, but frothy mouth feel. Not a very memorable taste. Can’t put my finger on what I’m tasting. Nice to look at, but is it nice to taste?

lgtg (3) - USA - NOV 17, 2006 does not count
Brought back from Colorado to Florida (2 cases) for the Thanksgiving holiday. Liked the "novelty" of this brew, I really like anything different, this was different to me. I enjoyed the toasty, "mocha" style flavor. Definate "top side" bite or bitter on the finish. Filling, youwouldn’t want to have anymore than two in a sitting. Great for a cloudy, windy and cool autum day.

jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Pours a brownish copper with a tan head. The aroma smells of yeast and spices (mainly cloves and coriander) with some malt presence. The flavor is kind of malty, though not particularly strong flavored. The spice flavor endures throughout as well. The finish is medium in body with some hop flavor and bitterness. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and a bit over-carbonated (but the beer was on draft, so that could have easily been their CO2 regulator - which seems likely considering the other beers on tap were bud and coors). Not bad, but tastes like a watered down version of their abbey ale (which I suspect it is).

ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Tapped. A nice flavor upgrade to the house brewed Red (Claim Jumper) which was nasty. The Fat tire was clear not cloudy, it had a slightly sweet flavor. Certainly not in my highest ratings, but after that crap flavored Red, it was pleasant.

troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2006
(Bottle) Pours amber with an off-white head. Malty aroma, with a lot of malt in the taste as well. Yeast, caramel and toffee notes were in this one as well. Not very balanced. Nothing in the way of hops. The beer seems lighter than it should be. It’s very similar to a German beer called ’Duckstein’. ’Duckstein’ has a better palate, and much more flavor compared to this beer. Overall, it’s not a bad beer, but with a few minor changes, it could be a lot better.

swanmann (778) - Nompton, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Bottle poured a clear medium amber color with a sticky, caramel colored head. It smells very mild, like sweet bread, toasty malts. The flavor is mildly bitter, sweet, and toasty, like faint rye bread. The hoppiness is very mild. Palate is medium, if not a little light, although approaching a balance between crisp and dry. Friendly.

MMMBEERLS (18) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Bottle poured a little undercarbonated. Light amber in color with a white head that lasted 10 seconds. The flavor that is overwhelming in this one is CHALK? I don’t know if I have ever tasted a flavor like this before, there is no balance I taste just a slight caramel malt. I think this beer would be a tough session beer. There are much better amber ales out there. I will stay clear of this one.

Mutualaid (142) - Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Pours copper with a white head that dissipates rather rapidly. Nutty aroma with some hop bouquet. Hop forward flavor, but that diminishes quickly leaving a caramel malt flavor. Somewhat unbalanced. Weird finish. New Belgium makes MUCH better beers.

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