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RATINGS: 2835   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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3.1
piscator34 (2577) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 19, 2006
Tap sample. Amber in colour with fairly high carbonation. Fine floral aromas mix with a bit of toasted malt. The flavor is quite bready, with notes of caramel malts, toffee, and a bit of light fruit. Light bodied. Not a bad little beer, but not really that special either.

3.2
Gr0ve (2176) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2006
22 fl oz bottle. Light brown colour. Really thick white creamy head that clings to the glass. Subdued toasted caramel aroma. Biscuity flavours with cacao powder mixed in. Light-bodied and not at all complex flavourwise. I had expected a little more malty substance. Low on hops, with some noticeable bitterness in the mouth. Finish is watery. This is an easy drinking brown ale.

3.1
bubbleflubber (2231) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Deep amber brick pour, with a medium head and spider lace. Maybe I’m the only one to note it, but I know there’s some cabbage and spice to the nose. Fruity caramel balance of flavors, nicely balanced hop, with a definite biscuit finish. Really explores all taste areas of the tongue. I’ve heard a lot about this brew, and was glad to try it on my visit to Chicago.

3
ebarnes (261) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2006
On draught at the Hyatt in Denver
Deep amber with a small head that laced all the way to the bottom of the glass. Aroma was nutty and malty. Flavor was slightly fruity and a little bitter.

3.2
kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2006
Draught at The Grand Bar in St. Louis. Interesting that I get my first taste of this beer that I’ve heard so much about in Bud’s town. It arrived a ruddy brown color with just a wisp of tan head. Aroma was mostly malt with just a touch of dried fruit. The flavor had scant hops into some nice malt and just a touch of dried fruit on the finish. The palate was crisp and clean. Reminded my of Yuengling with a little more fruitiness. Not bad at all.

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yemntftb (106) - USA - JUN 14, 2006
A really great combination of Fruits and Malts, and I really like this beer for anytime of year. Everything has been said.

3.3
DuffMan (10549) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 14, 2006
On tap at the ESPN Zone in Vegas while watching game #3 of the Stanley Cup final. Fruity and malty, this is an excellent session beer... especially since the Oilers won this one!!

2.9
Lowe1983 (1609) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2006
Pours a brownish amber color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is of dough, caramel, and slight hops. Flavor starts off sweet then gives way to the doughy and caramel flavors. Finishes with very little hops. Not sure what all the excitement is all about. It’s mediocre at best.

2.9
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 beer’s 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 aren’t adventurous enough to try something truly unique and hair-raising.

2
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JUN 11, 2006
At best, unremarkable. This beer doesn’t have any definable flavor. General bitterness and sourness. Slightly roasty. A poor choice.


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