RATINGS: 3032   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2006
From 12oz Bottle. Wow, it pours the color of amber. Nice, even transparency with a generous serving of white head. Mild aroma of whole wheat bread dough witha touch of caramel sweetness. Very minimal hops presence in the nose - only a trace whiff of cedar bark is discernable to my sensing abilities. Light bodied carbonation with palate sensations that are quite similar to the aromas. Needs more hops, in my opinion, but then again, the lack of hops may very well contribute to this beers broad distribution and mass appeal, so hats off. Some crispy breakfast biscotti flavors are in there, and are followed by a finish of low sodium trisket crackers. Not great, but still highly enjoyable and drinkable. Overall, a great beer to provide at social gatherings where your guests are wanting something better than domestic macros, but who arent adventurous enough to try something truly unique and hair-raising.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JUN 11, 2006
At best, unremarkable. This beer doesnt have any definable flavor. General bitterness and sourness. Slightly roasty. A poor choice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
humuluslupulus (7) - USA - JUN 9, 2006 does not count
nice head, sweet, slightly bitter taste transitions to malty.. (im uploading some old mental notes of mine on 100+ beers to this site so ill keep it simple, and retaste soon)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bgoguen (53) - Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2006
An undying staple for any Colorado resident. This is a great run-of-the-mill amber micro in the same class as Honey Brown. In fact I went to many a keg party in high school serving Fat Tire when I was younger. But after having all the other New Belgium products it just doesnt stand out. Other than the terribly banal Sunshine wheat, Fatty is probably my least favorite from NB. But I have to give credit were it is due - Fat Tire beats the hell out of Bud and all the other macro brews any day of the week.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2006
From the bottle, pours a deep coppery color with a thick foamy white head that leaves some nice lacing. Smells lightly of toast and malts. Tastes very interesting--at first there are bitter hops and the taste of oyster crackers (those little M&Ms size crackers you get with soups). Finishes with a lightly but distictly malty aftertaste. Towards the end of the bottle, the taste of cherries also appear. Overall, this is a very unique beer, and it did go surprisingly well with the steak I was eating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badinplaid (106) - USA - JUN 4, 2006
Good American stab at a European ale. Fruity nose, good flavor. Head is a bit lacking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
timtheenchanta (70) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Good light copper appearance. Medium head that disappears quickly. No lacing. Toasted malt flavor. Hint of chocolate and peanut butter...? Im not sure where Im getting that from but I swear I am. Big biscuity flavor and still some peanut butter but its very faint. Good fruitiness to it. Nice hoppy balance. This is a well balanced beer. Very smooth and a little hoppy on the palate. Enjoyable beer thats easy to drink.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JUN 3, 2006
This had a decent head.amber color.Not much aroma.tasted pretty much like thr drscription.bitter hops and malts.medium body.afew steps above an average beer.will probably buy again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
californiapete (9) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 2, 2006 does not count
Pours a beautifully clear golden amber, a little on the pale side perhaps, but with a nice thick foamy head. While the view is enticing, the aroma is underwhelming. If one really sticks your nose in there and takes a big whiff, you get the sweet, biscuity malt you would expect. Much the same can be said of the flavor, rather dry for the style, and more in a disappointingly bland way than a pleasantly drinkable one. While I cant say I didnt enjoy drinking this beer, I was happy to finish it and follow up with a more flavorful version of the style: my L.A. local Angel City Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2006
chicago inaugural 22. chewy to say the least. very sweet. the sweetness kind of overpowers the delicious roasted malt... oh well... this summer in chicago its fat tire... last summer it was 312

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