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RATINGS: 3056   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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2.3
   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...

2.2
   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!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
decaturstevo (6120) - 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.

3
   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.

2.5
   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?

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2006
Light amber with a decent size white head. Aroma of lightly roasted malt. Toasty malt more noticeable in the taste. Crisp hoppiness? Not a bad beer, but why all the fuss?

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Blah, less than average. I could see someone enjoying this, but dont know why. Why god, why? Keep this crap out of Chicago. How bout you bring us La Folie?

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
chicagobears (467) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Chicago inaugural bottle. Pour amber with a little head. The aroma is malty and unappealing. Not much in the way of flavor either. Kinda blah.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2007 Rating #100. Decent amber ale. Pours a hazy orangish amber, with average head. Little on the nose other than malts...maybe some vegetables? Taste is malt, caramel and some hops, but not as much as Id like.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bigbish (710) - California, USA - MAY 5, 2006
A decent brew that can be purchased at most crappy bars. A malty flavor with a hand full of hops. Pretty standard drink in place of many other crappy micros.


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