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Old 04-15-2009, 10:30 PM   #21
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I also thing 1554 is their best brew. I do like the seasonal 2 below also
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Old 04-15-2009, 10:37 PM   #22
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Fat tire is a great beer! It is pretty much my "BMC". I don't think you could ever go wrong with it. I think there are alot of other great brews out there some are even better than Fat Tire, but for an amber it is truly in a class of its own. I think NB's best beer is their Abbey Ale, and Mighty Arrow is quite the delicious spicy pale ale. To each their own though.
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Old 04-15-2009, 10:38 PM   #23
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I wouldn't brew the Midwest kit for Fat Tire. I brewed the extract with the BelAbby alternative liquid yeast and its not good at all. Its been in the bottle for 2 months now and its still not good. I can drink it but its really nothing I would want to make again. I do like Fat Tire and would like to make an AG clone at some point. I also like the Mothership Wit, Mighty Arrow pale ale and 1554 although the 1554 is a 1-2 beer max for me due to the robust flavors.

 
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Old 04-15-2009, 10:42 PM   #24
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I hadn't had a Fat Tire in a while and thought that I didn't really like it anymore.

Well I decided to buy a 12 pack as it was on sale and proved myself wrong. It is a great beer and has got me thinking about a clone down the road.

I have brewing the mini-mash kit from NB before and turned out ok, but not as good as the original.

Also has anyone else noticed a very distinct taste difference sometimes. I swear I have gotten 2 tastes from Fat Tire both in the bottle let alone on draft is totally different too. Makes me wonder if it is bottle conditioned?

 
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Old 04-15-2009, 10:43 PM   #25
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fat tire is a tough one to nail down. ive been trying it for years and haven' got it to where i want it. i just brewed one yesterday, actually. i use a belgian saison yeast to get that earthy-malt taste. we'll see.
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Old 04-15-2009, 10:45 PM   #26
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FYI Costco sells Fat Tire 18 bucks for a case here in AZ! Thats a GONGA. I wish they had a Variety Pack Case
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Old 04-16-2009, 01:27 AM   #27
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I brewed Midwest clone kit and it taste nothing like fat tire. I thought it tasted horrible at first so i let it sit longer since i didn't like it. It now taste pretty good but nothing like fat tire. I have had people say they liked it and people say they didn't even want to finish it.

I would advise against Belgian yeast when trying to brew a fat tire clone.

 
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Old 04-16-2009, 01:50 AM   #28
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From Fred's Beer Page:

"If you do not know who this brewery is, they make a beer called Fat Tire. Apparently Fat Tire can allow people to attain spiritual enlightenment, cure cancer, will balance the debt, and restore the ozone layer. Just kidding, but a lot of people really seem to desire this beer, so get ready, because the wait is about to be over."
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Old 04-16-2009, 01:54 AM   #29
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From Fred's Beer Page:

"If you do not know who this brewery is, they make a beer called Fat Tire. Apparently Fat Tire can allow people to attain spiritual enlightenment, cure cancer, will balance the debt, and restore the ozone layer. Just kidding, but a lot of people really seem to desire this beer, so get ready, because the wait is about to be over."
Seriously. I remember when I first joined HBT. All I heard was how awesome Fat Tire was from a lot of people. We didn't have it in Ohio at the time so I never tried it until I came out to Chicago.

Its good. Not ridiculously awesome and perfect in every way, but its good. If Ambers are your thing.
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If you've not decided yet, don't wanna read the whole thread as my laptop is going to die any second, Make Dude's Clone! I am drinking it right now. I just put it on gas a week and a half ago and it's friggin fantastic. My best homebrew yet!
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