Tire Bite Golden Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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Tire Bite Golden AleTire Bite Golden Ale

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995 Ratings

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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3
pDev: 18%
Wants: 9
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 995 | Reviews: 657
Reviews by nimrod979:
Photo of nimrod979
2.82/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle. Picked up one last sixer as this one is replaced by Underdog Atlantic Lager. Poured into a flying dog pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a clear pale straw color with the tiniest of white fizz that faded quick and left no signs of lacing in the glass.

Aroma: Very light. Pale malts and a hint of grassy & herbal noble hops. A little musty.

Taste: Starts crisp. Malts add a little sweetness and lend to a small grape skin fruitiness. Graininess and a little "bite" from the grassy and herbal hops but it's not much to get excited about.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light body. Fizzy carbonation. Grainy before finishing bone-dry.

...No wonder this one got the axe. Rather uneventful and unexciting. At least I got to review it before it's all gone.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty darn average beer here,pours a clear yellow with a thin wispy head but not much there,aroma is very grainy like cereal with a touch of sweet fruit.Taste is big and toasty up front but then nothing and as I drank more the toasted flavor faded leaving nothing much just a little grass note but not much.It well with a light pizza and didnt offend me but not much there.

Photo of RoyalT
2.23/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – Very light yellow in color with a foamy head that went down quickly.

Smell – I had to get my nose wet to pick up the faint, hoppy aroma.

Taste – The light fruitiness that leads this one off isn’t bad (light melons), but then the grainy body comes in and ruins the experience.

Mouthfeel – Under carbonated and flat for the style.

Drinkability – This was a pain to drink. It’s not from Cologne, that’s for sure.

Comments – IMO, a shameful attempt by Flying Dog at diversification. Only Todd got lower on this one than I did (as of this writing).

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.04/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Thin, spittle-white, cavernous head pops away fast leaves some filmy lacing. Beer itself is totally clear pale straw. Looks just like a bud light really. Nose is nicely balanced fresh grain, slight sugar, and hint of peach.

Tastes great! Light sugary sweetness makes a very mellow transition into a restrained hop fruitiness. Might be a little sweet for some, but this one of flying dog's better brews and a good, smooth drinkin' golden thats not too wimpy. Crisp and refreshing. Mouthfeel is a little on the thick side for this style, but I like that it has a bit of body to it

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tire Bite Golden Ale...

A- Bland pour of grainy looking pale yellow fluid that shows a small foamy head falling to a light ring around the glass.

S- Smells of sweet corn and wheat at first with a light hint of grains and hops.

T-M- Taste is of sweet corn and hints of wheat beginnings. The finish is of mild hop bitternes and light yeast. Mouthfeel is of smooth american lager and not to convencing of craft nature.

D- What golden beer is not drinkable but for craft... could be better.

Photo of SIRIUS2
2.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Crystal clear, bright pale golden color. A moderate pour allows for slim head of soapy white bubbles, quickly dissipating to nothing but a thin ring around the glass. Zero lacing.

S: Moderate pale malts with very light hops, just a hint of yeast. Nothing spectacular here, in fact, it's just short of... average.

T&M: Taste is much like it smells. It strikes me to be much like any other macro lager that can be pulled of the shelf at any supermarket. The mouthfeel is light, a bit watery. Finish is just as light and watery with no real linger. Again, very average.

D: Thin in body and taste, moderate carbonation. Boring. This isn't anything I will go out of my way for.

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, bought at Gary's in Portsmouth, NH. I enjoyed Flying Dog's IPA, but this was a little disappointing. It was a golden yellow color with a medium white head. It had a grassy, vaguely floral aroma. Not much taste. A little sweet, some faint hops. As others have said, this is probably a pretty good session beer, but there's better ones to be had.

Photo of Todd
2.02/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Has some chaotic artsy fartsy work on the label, but no clear freshness date.

Appearance: Clear, bright golden-yellow with a thin creamy white lace -- just enough retention to keep me interested.

Smell: Pungent, a bit apple-cidery, slightly floral. Musty.

Taste: Smooth, creamy, light and refreshing on the palate. Malt presence is mild, not sweet at all, and lends more to the body of the beer. Hops are herbally, with a very watery lemon flavour. Thin fruitiness, hints of apple skin. Goes crisp, grainy and then dry ... straight into the finish, which thins out and contains a background bready flavour.

Notes: Not too fond of this beer. In fact, it's a close to poor excuse for a Kölsch, mediocre at best. "Why?" comes to mind as I look at all of the other selections on the beer shelves ... and that's not good at all.

Photo of babyhobbes
2.28/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a golden color....what you'd expect. Has a 1cm head with loads of lacing. Smell is not great, somewhat fruity, but definitely has that "beer" smell. Now I am expecting Bud.

Taste and mouthfeel are similar to your run-of-the-mill Bud-type brews. It's just not pleasant.

Sorry Flying Dog, I gotta pass on this one.

Photo of Doomcifer
2.19/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours an extremely clear, straw golden color with a decent foamy head which retains well. Smells of cereal grains, light, grassy hops...almost like a budweiser. Tastes like a budweiser too but with a lot better mouthfeel and body. Some yeasty notes and maybe a slight lemon zest is noticeable. Not much else to speak of. Pretty boring in my opinion. I'd grab a Narragansett.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A - One-finger head of white, loose foam that falls quickly to an even film across the surface. Color is yellow/gold and clear. Streams of bubbles flow from the center of the bottom of the glass like a sparkling wine in a champagne flute.

S - Lemon, wheat, dry grass. Touch of floral hops.

T - Like a light, sour lemon waffer with a drop of honey. Just a hint of hops on the finish.

M - Crisp, clean, slightly fizzy. Somewhat thin structure. Rather dry finish.

D - A decent alternative to a glass of white wine. Light and refreshing. A simple beer for those wanting an unaggressive, straightforward beer. This strikes me as a good summer party beer that would be accepted by many.

Photo of Jason
2.62/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Dull golden colour with a bright clarity, head retention lacks a bit and it quickly dissipates to a ring of lace.

Smell: Faint buttery diacetyl, very light hop (herbal) and a thin sweet pale graininess.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Puckering, dry and lightly pungently crisp. Lots of grain, bland grain at that. Hop bitterness stays in tune with the meek maltiness. Touch of diacetyl in the end with more graininess.

Notes: Lack in any creative character, drinkable but uninspiring. Not horrible but I would not buy it again.

Photo of merlin48
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog Brewery evokes many fond memories, and I love their label art. I'm still hoping to find one of their brews that I can give some high marks. It's not this one. This pours a clear, pale, yellow color with a short white head that disappears in seconds, leaving only a few bubbles around the collar. Aroma is subdued, with some grain and faint herbal hops. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with medium carbonation. Taste is of light malt and some graininess. Hops seem invisible here, but must be present, as this is not overly sweet. This brings to mind the taste of a macro pale lager, which is not good. This is easily drinkable, I suppose, but so is Miller Lite.
I love the history of this brewry, and the Hunter S. Thompson connection is intriquing. I think they need to jerk their dogs around, and move in a new direction in order to get some character and flavor in their offerings. They can do better than this feeble attempt at a Kolsch.

Photo of Billolick
3.77/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has gotta be the lightest of the Flying Dog "Liter of beers", 12 ouncer sampled. Pours light straw, slight white head, with no retention, minimal lacing. Nose is light malt and maybe a bit of flowery perfume. This is fairly bitter and semi crisp take on the style. Notes of juniper and rye. Clean in the finish, with more drying and crisp hops evident. I'm suprised by the very low marks for this one. I found it to be pleasant, light, crisp, and fine for warm weather consumption. Nothing great but, give it a try.

Photo of Mora2000
3.36/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of corn, grain and sweet malt. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of sweet malt, grain and some grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Byeast
3.52/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a kolsch glass , a pure , clear gold color with a steady rising carbonation , small white head. Aroma is of full pale and slightly sweet malt , hint of mint leaf and cookie dough and some buttery diactyl. The taste is clean but pleasantly malty , some light hop bite provides just enough bitterness to balance. I found this to be a very easy drinking beer. Goes down super quick , its just a little too quiet and middle of the road. Enjoyable none the less.

Photo of magictrokini
1.99/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

How does this beer ever crack the "C" level, let alne get a "C+"? This beer is nothing more than an overpriced light beer. Fizzy yellow water. No aroma to speak of, literally smells like tap water with a bunch of minerals in it, like here in San Diego. Bland, grainy taste, again with no hops. Total waste of time and money.

Photo of jondeelee
2.66/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tire Bite has a weak, slightly yeasty nose with hints of lemon and orange, as well as lightly toasted grains. Some sugary esters float upwards as well, but overall the nose smells flat and slightly skunky (as it did in the other bottles of Tire Bite).

On the tongue the brew does have a decent fruit and citrus swirl, with apricots and oranges gently bouncing on top of a Grape Nuts cereal-like base. Hops slide in shortly afterward, bringing a mild grapefruit buzz (16.5 IBU). The larger part of the taste is grain, however, and not even sugary grain; more like wet wheat. The aftertaste is a combination of wheat and hops that fades extremely quickly. Mouthfeel is quite light--close to water--and carbonation is set slightly north of medium.

Overall, while there are good flavors in here, this is a rather weak beverage, and surprisingly substandard for Flying Dog, whose beers are normally bursting with pizazz. I'd recommend their Doggie Style instead, if you're looking for a light summery ale.

Photo of pat61
3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From tasting notes: Pours a straw color with a quickly dissipating head. Not much of a nose. Some sulfur, light malt and a hint of corn. The flavor parellels the aromas except that there is some astringency fom the grain and a little harsh grain in the flavor. This is a little rough.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A 355ml bottle with a presumed date of July 2012 (the last digit is missing, but I bought this fairly recently). A cool image on the label - though I'm not sure if it is really a Kölsch.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A golden-yellow hue with medium carbonation and subtle haze. Yields a small head of white foam that disappears rapidly. Aroma of light, mildly sweet malt and a faint hint of stewed hops. Surprisingly bland.

Tastes of light malt with a dry finish. Hints of stewed hops/leaves and fruity yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and somewhat astringent. Body is decent. Aftertaste of harsh stewed leaves.

Poor. I wasn't sure what to expect from this, but found it to be incredibly bland and lacking in flavour. I enjoyed a visit to Cologne last summer and found the local Kölsch to be fragrantly aromatic, a characteristic sadly lacking from this beer. Dull, and definitely not worth the price. Give it a miss.

Photo of Dizzy
3.32/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear golden yellow with a white head which dissipates quickly to a think film with small bubbles over the top. Leaves a little bit of lacing. Aroma is floral hops with a little bit of maltiness there. Taste is a mild maltiness with hop bitterness in the finish. This isn't a very exciting style, but I suppose it would make a decent "lawnmower" type beer. This one is worth trying, but don't expect anything too exciting. This would be a good beer on a hot summer day.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A gold color, not much head or carbonation, boring looking even for a kolsch. Aroma was a little lemony, peppery, but nothing special.

Nothing special, hmmm, that could be the motif for this entire review. It goes from a crisp and dry mouthfeel, then delves into wood and diacetyl land. Blah. The hops went from impressive in a kolsch, to just nowhere. One of my least favorite beers from flying dog.

Photo of ADR
2.36/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very clear light yellow appearance, refugee head with no chance to cling to the glass. Off aromas, an odd sense of faint white vinegar and ammonia. I swished and swished this beer to the point of a gargle in an attempt to discern a flavor profile, but to no avail -- just the barest malt (some raw grains) and a finish of golden raisins. There’s just not enough here (and the smell was not pleasant) for me to say that I would ever drink this beer again.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is very macro lager esque the head however does hold together much better and the body is a deep clear golden than your averabe BMC. Label states 5% abv and artwork has not changed much except for the fact the the color is now green. Aroma cereal grains light biscuit malts not much hop profile going on only 16.5 IBUs here. Clean malts with slight metallic twang with a sharp layer of citrus lemongrass. Flavor clean with a rolling herbal and zesty lemongrass appeal with mildly sweet blend of biscuit with a touch of carapils malts here. Again some grainy and metallic notes going on but overall pretty simple and straight forward. A minimal yeast infused sliced wheat bread note in there as well, with mouthfeel feeling a bit exra carbonated at times, bubbles tickle the back of the throat body is light and refreshing. Drinkability, a solid summer sipper never had this one before not the most authentic Kolsch ale but definitely a nice clean effortless easy drinking brew especially when found to be fresh.

Photo of mocktm
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've always had a love-hate relationship with Flying Dog Brewery. Love their advertising and art design, but I have been suckered into buying mediocre beer with clever marketing before. However, every once in a while, Flying Dog offers a kick ass beer to match their artistic creativity. Gonzo Imperial Porter and Raging Bitch immediately spring to mind as examples. Never had this one before, so let's get to it. 12 oz bottle out of Flying Dog's variety pack into pint.

Pours a bright golden hue with a moderate and fizzy white head. Mediocre retention and poor lacing, but I wasn't expecting much on that end. Looks refreshing enough, which is this style's main appeal.

Nose is pretty lackluster. Mild grain, a bit of buttery malt, light fruit and the faintest hop presence. Nothing worth getting worked up about, but at least it smells like something. I mean it's not like its BMC...

Tastes exactly as advertised. Grain, profoundly light citrus and a meager hop existence. Again, not inadequate, just not particularly exciting.

Mouthfeel is pretty light bodied with nice dry, crisp and refreshing qualities. A session beer for sure.

Overall, not blown away, but not disgusted either. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this one again, but I wouldn't turn one down if offered either. Average beer... nothing more, nothing less.

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Tire Bite Golden Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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