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RATINGS: 3053   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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2.5
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 couldn’t get it. Has it changed?

2.9
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
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
chicagobears (473) - 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
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 I’d like.

3
bigbish (712) - 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.

2.8
Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Doesn’t suck but very one dimensional and watery. Mild malt and hints of caramel. Better than a Bud anyway. At least this is pretty drinkable tho very unimpressive.

3
actone (11) - USA - MAY 5, 2006
A very tasty bitter beer, I have had better, way better but it’s pretty tasty none the less.

2.9
loseratheart (110) - USA - MAY 3, 2006
bottle-What flavor it had were full of malts. Didnt really taste like anything, thought it would be less malty and more hoppy, but I was wrong. Had a 6-pack to myself got done and wondered where it went. Average.

1.9
Bartzilla (622) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Boo hiss. This beer isn’t worthy of the hype, but for the few of you that mingle with girls, you know why this stuff exists. This stuff will make your gal nice and soupy but probably won’t render her unconscious like a night of kamikazes would. Kudos to the New Belgium Marketing Machine because this will make them enough cabbage to pump out some real gems like La Folie.


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