Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing has been a staple in my rotation since I started enjoying beer, so I’m glad I finally squeezed them into a duel. As stated on their bottle, it’s “an American craft beer icon inspired by Belgian brewing tradition.” I can’t say I know much about the brewing history of Belgium, but if the rest of it is half as good as Fat Tire, I’m sure it’s worth exploring.
Going against the Fat Tire, I’ve got Ale Asylum’s Ambergeddon. Parts of the description on the bottle sold me: “…part Ale, part sensory eruption, and all-American.” How could anyone resist that? Let’s see how they did.
|Better label||New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale|
|Better aroma||Ale Asylum Ambergeddon|
|Better taste||New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale|
|Better finish||New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale|
|Winner||New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale|
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As I would have guessed before getting started, the Fat Tire came out on top because it delivered exactly what I expected, a subtle blend of floral, spice, fruit and sweetness without hiding the ale taste.
The Ambergeddon started off well, with a sharp aroma that caught my attention, but the unexpected bitterness just wasn’t working for me in this duel. Overall not a horrible beer, and I could definitely see myself trying it again, wasn’t much competition for Fate Tire in my estimation.