RATINGS: 3061   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2006
I used to turn to this beer fairly frequently on tap (never did care much fro the bottled). I recall it had more of a buttery fullness of character and more hops to it. Now, unfortunatley, I cant taste the old flavor in this brew. It is quite bland and tastes mass produced. maybe the scrimped a little on the ingredients to increase production/profits? I dont find it terrible, just also not really very appealing either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - MAY 18, 2006
Nice rich and malty ale, very well balanced hops and malts flavor, some buttermilk biscuits, hops and honey tones. Lightly flavored could have used some more kick. Goes down nice and smooth and finishes slightly sweet and metalic. Well made for and amber ale. Above average, for its kind.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2006
rather heavy ale, a very hoppy taste with a heavy feel to it. Pleasent, but a little on the dark side for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
stoutchap (422) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Pours on the orange side of coppy, bubbly off-white head. Some grain in the nose as well as the start, extending into the lightly hopped middle, with an interesting somewhat mettallic end. Not bad, would probably drink again if in a pinch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Bottle. Finally had the chance to try this beer after hearing about it for years. Pretty malty and hoppy scent. Interesting flavors. Biscuits, dark chocolate, pizza dough. Filling. Metallic aftertaste. Not as great as what Ive heard, but satisfied knowing I wont have to drive several hundred miles because its so unbelievably good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Kiapepito (110) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2006
its okay... very watery, but has a nice aroma to it. very thick white head that took up half of the glass...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Ive had this beer plenty of times, and for the life of me I cannot figure out why people think it is any good at all. As a mild confession, when in Arizona for a family reunion, it was the only non-macro on tap at the hotel bar so I drank it that weekend, and didnt mind it. Maybe their tap lines were unusually clean, or filtered through the mineral water of the gods, I dont know. Every other time Fat Tire has been a pedestrian red beer with no redeeming qualities other than it made me burp a lot. If I were stuck on a deserted island, and that deserted island happened to be in Scottsdale Arizona, and that island was named "Hilton", then MAYBE I would look to order a Fat Tire again. The bottles around here taste like a mouthful of aluminum. Pteww!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
decaturstevo (6198) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 11, 2006
Light golden amber with a decent off white head and lacing. A taste of caramel malt and not much else but a smooth easy beer to drink. I would have prefered just a little more hops bitter on the end but a good beer none the less.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ELPADRINO (70) - The Woodlands, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Pours caramel color with small head. Malt and grains dominate taste. Finish is a bit weak. Palate is smooth. At most restaurants around here, the draft beer selection is crap. If available, I choose this beer to go with my chicken fingers.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Amber colored with white head. Aroma is that of yeast. Grainy smell. Watery mouth with no discernable flavor. Tastes like yeast. Really bland. I used to like Fat Tire when I couldnt get it. Has it changed?

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