New Belgium Fat Tire And Friends Fat Wild Ale

Posted: April 4, 2017 in American Wild Ale, New Belgium Brewing, Reviews

I have a soft spot in my heart for mixed twelve packs. I saw this one on sale and had to bring it home and see how they reinterpreted Fat Tire, which I first reviewed in 2013. This is the first one that I cracked open.

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ABV: 6.2%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “For our new Fat Tire & Friends CollaBEERation Pack, we teamed up with Avery Brewing from Boulder, Colo. Go wild for Fat. Thanks to Boulder’s finest for this unabashedly tropic take on Fat Tire. Avery took a healthy dose of Brettanomyces Bruxellensis Drie to create a Fat Tire spin with a sturdy malt backbone, fruity hop aroma and a tropical pineapple layer. Heed the call of the wild Fat Tire.”

Random: Val is brushing one of the cats and he looks so happy. Who knew cats like brushing so much?

This beer poured with a two finger, cream-colored head that was thick and took awhile to dissipate. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was mahogany and clear with a lot of visible carbonation. The nose had some funk to it with white vinegar. It quickly went into caramel malt. The taste also had a vinegar funk to it with green apple. There was some sweetness that followed up with caramel. After a few sips, there was a dark fruit note that I couldn’t quite place. The body was thin with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with caramel malt. I didn’t know exactly what to do with this beer. Once I got to enjoying the tart and funk that it brought, it went into the sweet aspect. Although I appreciated the fact they were trying to do something different with a classic, but this missed the mark.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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