RATINGS: 3041   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 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Very strong odor that goes away right after pour. Crisp, semi fruity. light amber color with white head. Bit of bite at first that becomes just carbonation at the end. Average at best.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 The musky nose is a drawback though this one pours a decent ruby-brown-transparent. The tastes are of a very dirty maltiness with very little hop bitterness in the end. Really, I was quite disappointed. This is the most overrated beer that I have encountered.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Krausen (102) - USA - MAR 7, 2005
Severely overrated, perhaps this was built up too much before I got to taste it. Typical amber ale, malty and drinkable but nothing remarkable. It has a bready character that I taste in most of the New Belgium brews.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2005
thanks to tannertavernboys for the bottle. wasnt quite sure what to expect from this brew. new belgium has a reputation that makes it feel like a mini-macro brewery, but lots of people swear by it. the fat tire is mostly malty with some orange and pineapple citrus hops that show up slightly in the aroma but not much in the flavor. disturbingly easy to drink--i think that if this were on draft, i could easy drink 5 or 6 of these and not even know it. not spectacular, but quite enjoyable for what it is. glad i have another bottle on hand!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2005
Amber coloured with white head. Aroma is malt, hops and some orange. Flavour is mostly sweet with some malt and not much in the hop department. Medium bodied. Nothing to memorable, not one to seek out particularly.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2006 After tasting this stuff for the first time in 2 or 3 years, it really did remind me of Devils Advocate. Fat tire isnt quite as terrible as the DA, but its still pretty damn disgusting. Medium gold in color. Bland, tough and husky aroma with hints of biscuits and caramel in the nose. I really dont understand how people can say Fat Tire is balanced. Did it get significantly less hoppy over the years?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Pours a deep golden color. Small white head, aroma of malt, and orange. Flavor is malty and sweet. Overall somewhat "boring".

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stephen louis (165) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2005
Pours real light for a amber ale,but colour has never been a huge concern for me.Small head with a little lacing. Nose is malts and hops...a touch more malt. Taste is good.Strong carbonation,very slightly yeasty,some maltieness and well rounded out with hops...the finish is dry but predominately malty still. A nice beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
LouTheShoe (3) - Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2005 does not count
A descent enough beer. A little on the watery side, but with a nice balance. As far as Im concerned though, this beer is vastly overrated, considered a top notch beer by budweiser swiggers. Kudos to its marketing campaign though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 8, 2005
pours a golden amber color with a small fizzy head. Has a malty aroma and the flavor follows suit with a nice mellow bitter drying finish. A good session brew.

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