Thursday, December 19, 2013
New Belgium Fat Tire (7/10)
Introduced in 1991, Fat Tire is an amber ale brewed with Pale, C-80, Munich, and Victory malts with Willamette, Goldings, and Target hops.
The aroma gives hints of biscuits, caramel, and fruit.
The flavor is a very well-balanced one. The hops and malt are nearly perfectly balanced. You won’t find hops or malt overwhelming each other here. While it’s not a very complex beer, in that you’re not going to get a lot of spice, fruit, or other flavors in it, it’s a very easy to drink beer.
Rate Beer doesn’t care much for this one, giving it only a 48 out of 100. Beer Advocate is kinder, with an 82 out of 100 rating. Mine is closer to Beer Advocate’s on this, at 7 out of 10.
Fat Tire should be available at many local retailers at the time of this publication. I know that The Winking Lizard Tavern is planning to carry it for the month of December, that World of Beer at Easton will carry it, and I’m certain a number of local retailers will as well. While I won’t advise you to rush out and buy this one, it is a good beer and I certainly recommend giving it a try.
Sweet, Malty, Dry, or Bitter: Balanced. If anything, very slightly bitter.
Spice Level: Non-existent
Hops Level: Low, in balance with the malt
Dominant Flavors: Malt, hops
My Rating: 7/10