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RATINGS: 3055   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
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 can’t say I didn’t 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.

3.2
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

3
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Botle 45F Tulip Glass. Aroma is slightly sweet with a slight tanginess, subtle hops they smell noble, a bit of bread. Pours a very pleasant copper color, with a large a frothy white head, good lacing. Toasted malt flavor a bit of sweetness, mixed with subtle and just slightly bitter hops, and a nice dry finish. I really like the dryness on this brew. Very light mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. A decent belgian style amber, not very big, easily drinkable. But I don’t see what the big deal is with people in oklahoma treating this beer like a god. I guess because it is not available.

3.4
User37895 (3042) - - MAY 31, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2007 Pours an amber color with a decent initial head and ok lacing. Aroma is caramel and light nuts, sweet. The flavor follows the aroma, yet the sweetness is a flaw, needs more balancing, particularly for an amber ale. Mouthfeel a little light for the style. After several other experiences with this beer, this is a nice overall amber ale, nothing special, but highly drinkable and decent quality, although not balanced by enough hops.

2.3
snowden719 (130) - Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Amber color. Medium body. Very sweet, with almost no bitterness to the taste at all. Very lingering finish. Not a particularly complex beer, very sweet and rather refreshing.

3
DragonStout (1416) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2006
This beer was quite drinkable but I was dissapointed.All I hear is how great this is.This no more than average.Amber color, medium bodied mouthfeel.Malty with some slight bitterness.

3.3
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Amber. Mildly bitter, with a slightly nutty aftertaste. One of my favorite ambers. Had at the Harp in Houston.

3.2
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - MAY 27, 2006
Small, off-white, frothy head with nice lacing, amber color. Citrus hps, nutty aroma. Flavor hits citrus, then finishes kind of nutty, not very bitter. Is a little wattery, but undoubtedly the best beer you can buy at 7-11. As people said, good introduction into higher beers, or good if you are at 7-11 and can’t get to a real store.

2.9
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2006 Not a terrible beer... perhaps i’ve just had it too many times. It’s my fall-back beer when I go to a pub and they aren’t serving much on tap. Just about everywhere in Colorado has this brew on draft. It’s a relatively clean, easy drinking brew with a nice bready flavor. It pours a nice looking amber color and leaves average lacing. This beer does get quite one-dimensional and boring after the first glass. This is a good brew to introduce people to if you are trying to get them into better beers as it’s easy drinkin’ and has some decent flavors hiding inside.

2.6
chimney (9) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2006 does not count
friend of mine picked me up a bottle when he was in the chicago area, and i don’t recall if i have seen it around my area. poured a very nice clean clear amber brown color with very little head and a few bubbles rising up from with in. i didn’t get much from the aroma other than "amber / red ale" from it. unfortunently like the aroma there was nothing unique about the flavor of this beer, it just blended together with other amber ales that i have had before. i will say that it flavor is nicely clean, crisp, and easy to drink. would be wonderful on a warm summers day. it does have a decently light body that is quite lively on the tounge and quite refreshing, but at the same time has enough body not to feel like just water and get lost. over all it’s a good beer, but sadly there is nothing special about it. i would rather spend my money on other less expensive and easier to obtain amber ales that i enjoy just the same as this one.


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