As well as the not so wonderful Landshark, among the beer divvied up between the men as we packed our cars for the trips back to Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia, I ended up with a few bottles of New Belgium’s flagship beer, Fat Tire.
The first time I had this beer was in college when I was chasing a fellow student from Houston who loved this beer. At the time I felt the beer was okay, but it was nothing that drove my desire to obtain. Since graduate school I might have had this twice (now New Belgium’s Ranger IPA has been a favorite beer of mine for about a year now, but that’s a different article.)
Poured from the standard 12 oz bottle, the color is a light copper hue with an off white, orange tinted head.
The aroma from the freshly poured beer Is bready, with a slight generic citrus hint.
Upon the first sip there is a malt forward flavor with a bouquet of slightly floral citrus notes, perhaps leaning to being more like a tangerine than say an orange. Given the amount of citrus flavor I am surprised by the general lack of bitterness. While there is a mild, warm hoppiness it is not so overpowering to the sweet malt nature of the beer, providing a great measure of balance.
Now, perhaps with a more matured, astute palate, the beer is much more interesting than I previously gave credit.