New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale

New Belgium has ranged from average to below average thus far. I know that I've seen Fat Tire in more places than I have seen other beers from them, and it is entirely possible that the reason for that is that it is the best they have to offer. That would be nice, wouldn't it?

The color is a pleasant shade of amber. The head leaves a good amount of lacing on the sides as it goes down. The aroma is sweet malt more than anything - like sweet bread freshly baked. I also smell a distinct floral scent right on the edges. It's about what I would expect from an amber, but it actually seems like it has more character than normal. I remember having to get right in there to detect the aroma of some other ambers.

First sip is not bad at all. It has the sweet malt and the floral taste, and it adds a bit of a metallic taste along with the bread - it's kind of like artisan bread with a hard crust that still has flour on it - do you know what I'm talking about?

As is my way, I'm going to have a big gulp.

Tip-in is almost citrus (kind of orange or maybe a little grapefruit) with a pretty hard lick of carbonation to punctuate it. The middle is not entirely nice. It has The heavy bread with flowers reigns, but it has a metallic ring to it that I'm not a fan of. Then, the finish starts with a harsh hit of carbonation and a bitter flower following. The finish is worse than the middle, and I had not liked the middle.

I suppose it's drinkable, but it's not what a beer should be. There are other, better ambers.



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