New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale

By on January 7, 2008 @ 5 PM (4 Comments)

In our ongoing regular Thursday night phone review series, we have a look at the Fat Tire, which is brewed in Fort Collins, Colorado by the New Belgium Brewing Company. John notes that he remembers having this on tap at a restaurant before, but doesn’t remember which one – possibly Weber Grill in Chicago?

The beer itself is a 5.2% ABV brew. The initial pour yields a 1/2″ off-white/light beige head that quickly dissipates though it has a healthy, active carbonation to it. The color is light amber with orange and brown hues. The aroma has a floral scent to it, as well as some citrus tones – possibly pineapple. It’s a deliciously fragrant beer. The taste is a mild caramel and floral combination that really works. It’s also got some notes of cereal (think Grape Nuts). It laces well on the glass as you drink it. The aftertaste doesn’t linger and it’s a very clean finish.

Overall it’s a really good beer. It’s very repeatable and very drinkable. The light hops work in harmony with the malts and it’s got a very good balance to it. It would go great with red meat – a hamburger or steak or any part of the cow you might want to pick from. Worth a six pack for sure.

New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale Rating: 6 out of 10 (?)

4 Comments (Add Your Comments)

  1. fuck that new belgium fat tire is way better than this ranking, this beer is delicious and should be delivered in every state period

  2. keith sandefur says:

    Yes it does deserve a better ranking, it’s one of the things I look forward to when I vacation in Colorado.

  3. Doug says:

    They just made it available in the mid-Atlantic/Chesapeak Bay region (with a special label)… it is indeed a very good beer.

  4. Bill says:

    Fat Tire is an excellent brew. I drank consistently for years. I might suggest that Fat Tire drinkers try a few other Ambers out there. I still drink Fat Tire since it’s easy to find on tap. However, I think Levity by O’Dell’s is noticeably better. I also think Alaska brewing puts out a very fine amber.

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