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RATINGS: 3018   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChristerL99 (17) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2002
I like beers dark, but some people dont, so we meet in the middle at Amber, and for an Amber... Fat tire all the way. Crisp, with subtle sweet almost carmel apple/hoppy aftertaste.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Habanero (4235) - Tranbjerg, Denmark, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2016
Tap. Clear amber body with an average off-white head. Aroma of fruity notes, nutty notes and a caramel trace. Sweet flavor that ends up being more dry with a hint of bitterness. Light to medium bodied, watery texture. An OK but quite boring Amber. 🌟🌟🌟

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TedE (1051) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2016
355ml bottle into shaker. Toffee fruit caramel nose. Bronze beer, steady fine carbonation, clingy frothy white head. Flat mouthfeel, oily texture. Taste is lightly burnt caramel. Finish has notes of doughnuts and dark caramel toffee. Really delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (3108) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2016
Pours clear amber with a fairly large frothy off white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, ripe apple, apricot, peach, resin. Taste is fruity and malty with light butterscotch notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ClarkVV (6066) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Bottles and draught over the years (though not very many, because its gross). Most recently bottled Winter 2013.
Off-white head is small, poorly retained, as with most NB beers. Clear, light-amber body.
Smells like lactic acid, sourdough and light vanilla extract in the nose. Just a hint of peppery-herbal hops and maybe a touch of lemon.
In the mouth its thin, husky, even lightly sour and way too bready. Moderate, somewhat fizzy carbonation and light DMS from time to time. Pretty atrocious beer, as are most of NBs regular offerings.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KevinReddirt (43) - Midland, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2016
New Belgiums signature beer that I buy occasionally on tap. This 12 oz. bottle came out of the Folly 12 pack. In the tall Lowenbrau glass I used you see a swell yellow amber color and insistent carbonation leaving an eggshell head. I pick up a floral scent. The taste is slightly hoppy, malty and a touch of sweetness. Interesting combination. Ends with moderate bitterness. For me New Belgium fields numerous good beers. Fat Tire is one of them.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1722) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 19A American Amber Ale

AROMA: Amber and pale malt presence with caramel being a predominate flavor (though mild overall). Faint citrus or floral hop presence. Slight tang due to age of bottle. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Orange/copper hue; mostly clear. Moderate off-white foam. Good lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: Malt-forward palette, but not overtly sweet. Moderately high caramel and some toffee flavor on the back end. There is an underlying current of citrus/floral hop flavor and minor, noticeable bitterness to offer balance. Some orange marmalade emerges on the finish. No tang taste. No alcohol presence. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. Texture is soft and smooth. Minor aftertaste of hops and caramel is pleasant. No alcohol warmth. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Not a particularly robust palette, but to-spec for the style and enjoyable. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 37/50


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zvikar (5430) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - NOV 4, 2016
Yellow, white head, aroma of olives, peach, caramel, malty flavor, caramel, peach, nice, medium bodied.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StevieT (1716) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 3, 2016
From a bottle. The malt biscuit flavour and spicy yeast are in balance, nice stuff.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mjs (6636) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2016
(Can, 0.355 l - BB 16 Jim 2017, from Systembolaget, 20161027) The beer poured deep amber and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had caramel and mildly fruitiness. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were caramel, fruitiness, sweetness, malts and bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet and mildly bitter. An over sweet brew.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Davros (2871) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2016
Pours amber with a large head. Nose shows soft toasty, nutty and caramel notes. Subtle. Flavours include nutty and bready malt along with a soft vegetal character.


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