New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale: Folly Pack (4 of 5)
Brewed by: New Belgium Brewing
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Amber / Red Ale
- Variation: American
- Seasonal: No
- ABV: 5.2%
- IBU: 18.5
Notes: Part 4/5 in Summer Folly variety pack tasting flight.
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
Belgian beers use a far broader palette of ingredients (fruits, spices, esoteric yeast strains) than other ales. This beer won fans with its sense of balance: toasty, biscuit-like malt flavors coasting in equilibrium with hoppy freshness.
Hops: Willamette, Goldings, Target
Malts: Pale, C-80, Munich, Victory
House Ale Yeast
Artwork: The original New Belgium label — fat tired cruiser bike parked under a shady tree.
Color: Amber. (shocking conclusion)
Aroma: Mildly malty, earthy.
Arrived in: Bottle
Served in: Tasting Glass
Fat Tire Amber Ale is New Belgium’s flagship beer, named to honor the founders’ bicycle trip through Europe.
I have always felt Fat Tire was very overrated.
Or at least consumed by trendy people who were told it was a great beer, when they should have been drinking a Coors Light instead.
It had been years since my last New Belgium Fat Tire, so I tried to be a little more open minded this time around.
Had I never given Fat Tire a chance, or were my assumptions correct all this time? The answer? Yes!
Fat Tire tastes just like it smells — mild malts and earth tones, with minimal amount of hops. The beer just seems washed out to me, with a bland fruit finish.
Final Score: 2.5/5
In all fairness, New Belgium Fat Tire was better than I remembered it being (+.5 stars). That being said, I still do not understand why this beer generates so much attention. Average at best.