Thursday, June 9, 2016

Fat Tire Amber Ale (review)

Beer Review #122

With New Belgium Brewing Company, the third largest craft brewer in the USA (as of 2012), recently making inroads to New York State (where I buy most of my beer), i figured it was about time that I checked out the beer that made the company famous.

Fat Tire Amber Ale is (famously?) named for / inspired by the company co-founder's bike trip through Europe, which apparently helped to expose him to Belgian beers, and inspired him to brew Belgian inspired beers that were not readily available in the USA at the time of the company's founding in 1991. To date, I've previously reviewed New Belgian Shift (Review #13) and, more recently, Citradelic Tangerine IPA (Review #118). Nothing seemed very 'Belgian' about either, so we'll see about this one.

ChilledFat Tire pours light-amber with a huge head of fluffy white foam, some of which you can count on to hang around chill with you through out the length of the session.

At 5.2% ABV and 22IBU's, Fat Tire is a smooth, surprisingly creamy drink. While certainly not as intense as a Belgian dubbel, or tripel, those fruity, those very same spicy Belgian yeast characteristics are present, but nuanced.

The aroma is sweet and slightly bready, or nutty. Elements of the taste border on resembling the adjunct brewing of a shitty macro, but there is just enough spiciness (clove?) and dried fruit to keep from offending your no-doubt well educated pallet.

Okay, so in 2016 its not a special beer, but it is one of those brews that both you and your 'civilian' friends might be able to agree on this summer. Cheers.

Musical Pairing: Liberty Bell by The Gathering

 Twin Tiers Beer Trail:
-Twin Tiers Craft Beer Club (Sayre)
I-86 Beer Trail
The Jolly Farmer, Waverly (Waverly)
Bluestone Brewing Company (Sayre)
- Diversion Brewing Co. (Chemung)
The Grille at the Train Station (Sayre)
River Rat Brew Trail (Central Pa)

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