New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale: Folly Pack (4 of 5)

New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale

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

First Impressions

Artwork: The original New Belgium label — fat tired cruiser bike parked under a shady tree.

Color: Amber. (shocking conclusion)

Aroma: Mildly malty, earthy.

The Tasting

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.

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