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Old 09-18-2008, 08:40 PM   #1
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Default Where does Amber Ale belong on the style chart?

Where would you place an amber ale on this style chart, specifically one very similar to Fat Tire?



Does anyone know where to find a more complete style chart?


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Old 09-18-2008, 09:06 PM   #2
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Personally, for a generic American Amber, if you draw a line from American Pale to American Brown, I'd put it about 2/3 of the way up the line.


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Old 09-18-2008, 10:08 PM   #3
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Fat Tire is supposed to be Beligan-style, right? I can't get it where I am, but it would be up on the sweet part, less bitter than many American-style Ambers .
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Personally, for a generic American Amber, if you draw a line from American Pale to American Brown, I'd put it about 2/3 of the way up the line.
That's insane! Two-thirds?!?! Outrageous. I'd put it about 5/8 up said line.

Ambers are hard to pigeonhole though. There are really a wide variety of brews marketed as Ambers. The BJCP styleguide show American Ambers at 1.045-1.060 and IBU's at 25-40, but I think commercial examples are all over the map.
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Fat Tire is supposed to be Beligan-style, right? I can't get it where I am, but it would be up on the sweet part, less bitter than many American-style Ambers .
Actually, people think it's Belgian style because it's made by New Belgium, I guess, but it's not at all. New Belgium Brewing

Fat Tire is an American Amber.
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Fat Tire is supposed to be Beligan-style, right? I can't get it where I am, but it would be up on the sweet part, less bitter than many American-style Ambers .
If it's Belgian style it's even worse than I thought
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Any chart that puts Barleywine on the opposite side of malty is immediately faulty.
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Any chart that puts Barleywine on the opposite side of malty is immediately faulty.
As is any chart that has "fruity" and "malty" as opposites.


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See my history of the style on the HBT Wiki. Then you can fill in the blanks!

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See my history of the style on the HBT Wiki. Then you can fill in the blanks!

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Thanks Bob! That's an excellent write up and good resource. I'll be sure to check the wiki from now on for any similar questions


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