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Old 02-03-2010, 11:59 PM   #1
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Default Anyone else not crazy about New Belgium?

I had their Fat Tire when I was in Idaho in 2008 and wasn't impressed, especially since everyone was talking about how great it supposedly was. That was before they started to distribute it here in Wisconsin. Fast forward to today when I see a bomber bottle of their Trippel in Woodman's liquor store. I decided to give it a try. Wow. It was absolutely horrible. I poured most of it down the drain. I can't figure out if I got a bad bottle or if the people that like this beer are delusional.

Any experiences, good or bad, are welcome.

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Old 02-04-2010, 12:10 AM   #2
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I will have a fat tire if it is on draft here, its good but not great, I agree the Trippel is no bueno. I do like their Mothership wit, a pretty tasty beverage in my opinion.

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Old 02-04-2010, 12:18 AM   #3
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Fat Tire is flavorless. 1884 is good.

Some of their sours kick ass. Too bad they're impossible to find.

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Old 02-04-2010, 12:32 AM   #4
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Yeah, they are pretty average. It's a good brewery for BMC drinkers to drink to make the move to better craft beers. They have some good stuff, but most is pretty meh.

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Old 02-04-2010, 12:50 AM   #5
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There's nothing particularly good about them, but nothing offensive either, which means I can take a 12-pack of Fat Tire to any get-together and everybody is satisfied. They're also very cheap here, so it's my party beer of choice. I never buy it for drinking at home just because there are so many better options.

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I like their 1554 and their sour series (I've had La Folie, their Kriek and Biere de Mars so far). Fat Tire is the beer that got me interested in microbrews. I've expanded immensely since then, but I still wouldn't turn my nose up at Fat Tire these days.

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1884 is good.

Some of their sours kick ass. Too bad they're impossible to find.
I can never find the 1884 or the sours... the 1554 on the other hand, is indeed pretty good.

I have wanted to try some of their sours... not had a chance yet. I feel the same. It is decent beer. More power to them for going national, but I would just as soon drink sweetwater or terrapin here. Great folks at the brewery for sure. And a really good business plan.
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yummmy 1554, i had it on tap in St. Louis at B.B's blue bar. Delicious, I can't find it around D.C. I currently have a Black ale from AHS in the secondary, can wait to bottle and carb it up!!!

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Fat Tire, IMHO, is the least of their brews. It's a good goto beer if there's nothing better. Lots of places around here have the usual BMC... and Fat Tire. It works for that.

Mighty Arrow is one of my favorite beers and you should give that one a try. Their trippel is really good even if it's not quite a traditional trippel. 1554 is really good too.

Don't base your judgement on New Belgium on Fat Tire alone. It's a decent beer, but not amazing by any stretch of the imagination.

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Fat Tire, IMHO, is the least of their brews. It's a good goto beer if there's nothing better. Lots of places around here have the usual BMC... and Fat Tire. It works for that.

Mighty Arrow is one of my favorite beers and you should give that one a try. Their trippel is really good even if it's not quite a traditional trippel. 1554 is really good too.

Don't base your judgement on New Belgium on Fat Tire alone. It's a decent beer, but not amazing by any stretch of the imagination.
I view Fat Tire as THE bridge beer for BMC drinkers. That's just been my experience with the people I've seen.
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