Miss Barbara and I went to the Cheesecake Fac'ry for a little dinner. Unintending to review a beer tonight, I ordered a Fat Tire Ale, from New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins, CO. I've heard either recent radio ads for it, or I've heard friends talk about it, so I was swayed by outside influences. It's a Belgian-style ale, and seeing as how I enjoy my Belgian Ales, how could I not like this? "Belgian-style" is just the same as "Belgian," right? When I noticed the "Belgian-style," I immediately made this analogy:
I was actually surprised when this ale turned out to be good. Usually I'll order a beer I've never had before, and 9 times out of 10, it's not good, or at least not up to my standards. Drinkable, but not enjoyable. This beer was different. I like a beer with a fair amount of malt and hops flavor, and this had it in spades. You know that caramel-y flavor that some ales have? That aspect of the flavor was what sold me on this beer. There's some bitterness also, but I like that. It's not too bitter, so don't worry if you're not into that. A caramel & malt flavor profile is something that really endears me to a beer. If I had to say anything bad about it, it's that it only tastes a little bit like what I've come to expect from a Belgian ale.
If you're looking for something new to try, and something you can probably get at nearly any supermarket (or at least a TJ's, or BevMo), go for a Fat Tire Amber Ale. I'd buy it again. It gets Four out of Five.
Expect around $3 for the 22 oz. bad boy you see here, and around $8 for a sixer.