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JnJ 04-17-2007 07:40 PM

Fat Tire...
There have been a lot of post recently about Fat Tire. I love it, and AHS clone comes really close to it. Recently however I had a surprise from Fat Tire. A buddy lost a bet and owed me a 6-pack, so I said I wanted Fat Tire. He had tried my AHS clone and liked it, so he pick up a sixer for himself as well.
So, I got home and popped the top and WHAT??? it did not taste like fat tire at all. It was very hoppy and tasted like their 2 Below. Now, I like the 2 Below, and drank the sixer, but it made me wonder about their QA program, or lack of. The next day my buddy says it tasted nothing like my beer and he didn't care for it. Then he tells me he had a female friend over, he asked her if she wanted one and she said "yes, I love fat tire". So he gives her one and she taste it and says it doesn't taste like fat tire.
Anyone else have a simular experience?

ColoradoXJ13 04-17-2007 07:47 PM

New Belgium I have found does have a bit of variability in their beers, as do most micros I drink, I notices that 2-below changed a lot (wish it was still around) but I haven't really had a Fat Tire in a long time, just got way to many skunked cases and pints of the stuff, now i can't drink it.

DeathBrewer 04-17-2007 07:51 PM

"new belgium" pft, none of their beers are true belgian styles. their 1554 is alright, i guess, but definitely NOT a fan of their fat tire.

ColoradoXJ13 04-17-2007 08:31 PM


Originally Posted by DeathBrewer
"new belgium" pft, none of their beers are true belgian styles. their 1554 is alright, i guess, but definitely NOT a fan of their fat tire.

what other ones have you tried? I'd say Abbey and Trippel are pretty true to style, their Saison was damn good too

DeathBrewer 04-17-2007 08:34 PM

i tried the trippel, wasn't too fond.

i guess i could try their abbey (it's a dubbel, right?) i'll grab one tonight, but i think i'm just not a fan of the hops or the yeast they use or something. some taste that's in all of them that is pretty much meh.

DeathBrewer 04-19-2007 07:09 PM

can't find the abbey or the saison, goldarnit. i tried the trippel again and i still feel the same way. i think it's the hops.

ColoradoXJ13 04-19-2007 07:49 PM

Saison is a seasonal beer in the fall I think. I wouldn't bother with Sprinboard, their spring seasonal, tastes bad...

Hardball 04-19-2007 08:22 PM

The flavor of Fat Tire changes a lot. Sometimes there are subtle changes and other times there are dramatic. The latest definitely is closer to the new 2below.

ColoradoXJ13 04-19-2007 08:34 PM

may have something to do with hop supplies, who knows...

DeathBrewer 04-19-2007 09:12 PM

i dunno. i always get that same taste, for the last few years. it's, like, their trademark hops or something. anyone got a clone recipe and how well does it match up?

i'd like to see what to avoid in my brew.

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