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RATINGS: 3061   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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2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
benpickens (498) - Camarillo, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Pours with a small white head and minimal carbonation. Swet malt aroma with a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Weak in the mid-palate with a watery finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scanman (150) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - AUG 4, 2006
This is a solid beer, but I feel that it is inconsistent. Sometimes in a bottle, it seems mild and less flavorful. From the tap it seems to jump and have a bigger finish. This is a very filling beer. A great beer before the night gets going. Recommended if you like hoppy amber ales with malty sweet finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (2138) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Hazy light copper liquid with a nice but rapidly disappearing tan foam. Nose is sweet but not too sweet caramel and mild hops. Taste is creamy yet a little salty carmel with a tang of hop dryness on the finish. Body is a little round but not otherwise distinguished. Finish is lightly dry and hoppy. Nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2006
Pours sort of a medium amber with a nice sized head. A little citrus taste but also was a tad dry. Overall pretty good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TechMyst (167) - Fox River Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2006
650 ml bottle. 1.5 months before exp. date. Deep red tone to color. It actually does have a rich buttery biscuit taste. Crisp not sharp start. Sort of apple-fruityness in middle.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tobizag (34) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2006
first had it out of the bottle, and dislike it. on tap at jack and dans though, and it was good. pours golden with a medium head, leaving beautiful lacing. light in mouth, easy to drink. taste is semi sweet and has slight taste of hops. good standard beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2006 22 oz bottle. Clear amber color. Not real dark. Nice size head, hangs aroud for a couple minutes, leaves a ton of lace. Laciest brew i have had yet. Divine smell. Nutty/spicey aroma. The smell alone make this one worth trying! Very nice smooth citrus/nut taste. Light body and VERY well balanced. Perhaps too balanced as it comes off uninspriring. Could use a bit more body and a bit more zing.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilikestuff (224) - Irving, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Easily one of the most well known micros in the area. Has a nice amber color, very smooth with a crisp smooth finish. Some bitterness, nice malt flavor. A good brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
snookboy (9) - Cape Coral, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2006 does not count
A good "gateway" beer, for those who are ready to begin trying beers with more personality than your typical bud, heinekn, or corona, tasty and refreshing.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NephrenKa (27) - Ft. Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2006
Fat Tire is probably one of the best introductions to finer beers. Before Fat Tire, I hated beer because to me, beer equaled Bud, Miller, etc. Its a superb stepping stone to a more refined palate. *Head* - thin. *Color* - light amber. *Nose* - dark sweetness, fruits, toasty. Very mellow. *1st taste* - watery apples. *Middle* - yummy sweet flavors on the middle of the tongue. *After* - delightful sparkle on the tip of the tongue. Leaves a nutty, satisfying residue in the mouth. *Overall* - this beer is usually much better on the tap, with a fresh keg. Stale Fat Tire is pretty awful. But when its good its as nice an amber as one could drink.


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