New Belgium Fat Tire And Friends Fat Sour Apple Ale

Posted: April 7, 2017 in American Wild Ale, New Belgium Brewing, Reviews

Tonight’s selection is another one from the New Belgium Fat Tire mixed pack. I always think it’s risky making an apple flavored beer since apple can be a mark of an off flavor. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 5.9%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “For our new Fat Tire & Friends Collabeeration Pack, we teamed up with Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) from Portland, Ore. Our heroes at HUB pedaled Fat Tire straight to the apple orchard. This slightly sour homage starts out with a snap of tartness, courtesy of Lactobacillus and apple juice, then gets balanced with Fat Tire-inspired malty sweetness and a slight herbal bitterness. Nice ride, HUB!”

Random: Green apples are my favorite apples.

The brew poured with a two finger, white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and mahogany colored with moderate carbonation visible. The nose started with caramel malt and then went into green apple juice and mineral water. It had a sour note as well. The taste started with tartness and quickly went into green apple peel and green apple juice. It had a hint of green watermelon rind and grapes. The caramel malt came through at the end. The body was light with high carbonation. It had a lengthy and tart green apple finish. I don’t remember how much I paid for the beer, but I thought this beer was a miss. The tartness didn’t blend well with the sweet malt at the end. I won’t be having this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0


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