Beer Review: Fat Tire
Now I absolutely love this beer. New Belgium’s Fat Tire is a fantastic beer. My cousin, Robert, first introduced me to this beer years ago. He was down for a visit and we were making a trip to pick up some suds and he saw this beer and snagged it up. It was a happy surprise for him to find it. He told me about how hard it was to find it back in his hometown and how much he enjoyed it. So I knew I had to give this one a try.
A couple years later, a small cafe opened a several blocks away. They were one of the few places in town that served Fat Tire. So for about a year, friends and I would go in for sandwiches and Fat Tire. Now this little cafe was quite cozy and the owners made you feel at home. So after our light dinner, we’d have a few beers and enjoy a game of checkers or chess. It’s a bit of a shame that little place closed. But thanks Espumas for being around and serving great food, coffee and, of course, beer.
Now Fat Tire is an American Amber/Red Lager. It’s made by a smaller brewery called New Belgium. I’m glad to see New Belgium’s continued success, by the way. They do have a fine selection of beers, I’ll be honest and admit that I don’t enjoy them all, but their brews are always worth sampling.
It has a moderate aroma and should be drank cool to cold. On good ol’ Beer Universe this beer has been rated over 300 times. The average rating for it is about a 4.2. Yep, it one that I even reviewed myself for the site. Here’s how we’ll break it down: Aroma, Appearance, Taste, and Palate. 5 will be the highest score.
Aroma 5 You’ll get a malty, herbal, nutty scent from the beer. It’ll be stronger than most lagers. This has a lot to do with the fact that New Belgium adds another ingredients to enhance the flavor of this beer, including fruits, spices and different strains of yeast.
Okay, I was just talking to someone on the phone and he asked how do you get a good aroma from beer? Here’s what I do to get my sniffer going… I pour beer out from the can or bottle into glassware. Now I use a clean, cold glass. Prior to pouring I splash some cold water into the container and pour it all out. The cleanliness and water will help prevent bubbles from sticking to the sides of the glass and help release more of the aroma. Now you can pour it all into a glass and get a good sniff from the top or what I do is: pour into a tumbler or wine glass only part way and get a good sniff in. You can swish it around in the wine glass and sniff again. It’s much like getting the scent of wine while doing a wine tasting. Don’t be afraid to get your nose inside the glass. That’s a good way to get the aroma from a beer.
Appearance 5 Now it’s not the clearest of beers ever, but that has to do with the ingredients. Sometimes you might see a bit of the spices mixed in. I kinda enjoy this to be honest with you. Now I gave this a 5 because as the scale goes in .5 score increments, I didn’t feel it deserved a 4.5 so I raised it to the 5. I may have been think it deserved a 4.8 when I originally reviewed the beer. But looking at the picture to the right, it’s a great looking beer. It does have a good frothy head. The head does stick around for a bit, but does give it an incredible look.
Taste 5 It’s a smooth drink. I has a great flavor. I’m a fan of reds and ambers, so this for me was a slice of heaven. Now when I first tasted this beer years ago, I think I enjoyed it more then than last year, but this year it tasted better than last. I have to assume that it has something to do with my ever changing taste buds. It’s kinda like not liking a fruit or vegetable when you were a kid and enjoying it now and vice versa. But regardless, it’s a good tasting beer.
Palate 4.5 Now When I wrote this original review last year, I did give it a 4.5. I think that’s because (again) of the scoring system used. I thought it deserved more of a 4.6 or 4.7 so I rounded down. I think now, I’ll probably give it a higher mark, maybe along a 4.8 or 4.9. Not quite the 5. But back to the palate. You’ll pick up hints all sorts of spices, a little herbal, but that is very slight. It has a nutty, chocolately undertone for me. I kinda compared it to a brownie batter sort of taste. However, this is more of an undertone and doesn’t stand out as the main flavor.
When you average out the score it gets a 4.9. It’s a well deserved score. I’m recommending this beer to everyone. You have to try this beer at least once in your life. It’s so worth it.
Bottle, Can, Glass? Well, Fat Tire can now be found in cans. I have yet to try it in cans, however. Am I going to try it in a can? Heck yeah. It’s worth trying. But New Belgium, can you make six packs? Because I can only find it in 12 packs. But between bottle and glass? Other than my first experiences with this beer, I’ve always drank it out of cold glasses. A chalice or goblet works best, but your favorite tumbler or pint glass is fine. Bottles are okay, but when you can have this guy in a glass, do it.
Again, I’m highly recommending this beer to everyone. It’s worth trying. I doubt that you’ll be let down by this one. When you do, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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