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RATINGS: 3032   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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2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2006
22 oz. bottle, from BevMo La Jolla. Wow, this stuff has shown up EVERYWHERE around San Diego in the past few months - even at Costco. Whats the deal? Anyway, pours clear copper-amber with a tiny head. Somewhat toasty, smokey and earthy malt aroma, with a touch of licorice and herbs. Flavor dominated by toasty, earthy malts, some hoppy notes with grass and caramel in the finish. Medium body and gentle carbonation. A passable session ale, but nothing to get excited about.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
fiulijn (19824) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2006
Draught at Crown & Anchor, Las Vegas; 4-3-5-2-9=23
Amber color. Light malt aroma and taste; light cheesy aroma. No hop aroma, no fruitness; and with some yeast.

Bottle; 4-3-4-2-7=20
Amber color. Malt vegetable aroma. Medium bodied, some light caramel, no character. Poor.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jhwarfield (125) - USA - APR 12, 2006
good, not great. This beer illustrates what marketing can do for an unexciting beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rdawson321 (145) - USA - APR 11, 2006
On tap in quite a few places around my area. Great beer for something so common. Well balanced, slightly hoppy, with a bit of citrus. Pretty average, but much better than some things youll find on tap.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mzwaterski (1) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2006 does not count
My favorite beer to date. This beer has a light malty nutty flavor. It is a good amber with a lot of great flavor. Has a very nice aroma

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jake65 (3447) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2009 Re-rate: I used to like having this as an alternative to macros when tap/bottle selection was limited... Last night, my wifes co-worker exclaims "Hey, at least they have good beer here!" I look with great anticipation to discover Michelob Ultra, Corona, and Fat Tire. I think to myself, oh well, its been awhile since Ive had one of those. Now it seems that all I get from this is malty, bready, cardboardy nothingness. Hops are no where to be found... It doesnt suck, but it doesnt taste like I remember it from 2-3 years ago.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - APR 4, 2006
I have had this in bottle several times and never enjoyed it. The other day, I had it on tap, and again, didnt like it. I am not really sure what all the hype is about, other than its a perfectly safe beer for those who want to be a part of the craft beer world without the all the flavor/and or hops. Good for the chicks.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joca (4) - USA - APR 1, 2006 does not count
A good beer with an appropriate reputation. Perfect amber color. Subtle nose, good enough middle and a nice crispy finish. Solid.

1.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
EventHorizon (7) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2006 does not count
22 oz. bomber.. wow.. is this beer overlly hyped! i dont know.. is it the name..?? "fat tire!" "oooh, its sooo good. have you had it?"... yes, and its not good.. pours nice, but the flavor, mouthfeel, and overall taste is weak. stale.. and hardly balanced.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mrchug645 (71) - alb, New Mexico, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Malty ,light citrus notes pours good head dry finish i am not to impressed but new belgium does make excellent beers!!


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