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Tire Bite Golden Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

Tire Bite Golden AleTire Bite Golden Ale

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968 Ratings

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Ratings: 968
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 17.94%

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2001)
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Photo of JerseyKirk

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, straw, white small head.

S: Nobel hops that are nice and subtle.

T: Bread and a touch of sweetness.

M: Crisp, smooth and delicious.

O: Great summer drinking or pounding beer. This is simply non-offensive and flavorful. The noble hoping is tame and the bready sweetness is easy to drink in multiples.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 02:06:05 | More by JerseyKirk
Photo of JizackFH

New York

3.9/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 4/7/11.

Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a nice slightly hazy golden color. It has a small 1-finger white head on it. The head has decent retention and leaves behind some lace.

S - It smells of nice sweet malts up front. There are also notes of honey, caramel, citrus, and some other fruits as well.

T - The taste is mostly of sweet malt. There are also flavors of light fruits, citrus, some hops, and some honey. This is nicely balanced, and the finish is clean.

M - This has a light to medium body and prickly carbonation. It has a nice smooth feel to it, and a clean finish. This is a very nice feel for a kolsch.

O - The drinkability here is good. This beer goes down easy and tastes great. I could easily drink a 6-pack of these. It is a very nice example of the style, probably the best of it that I've had so far. I suggest giving it a try.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2011 20:16:51 | More by JizackFH
Photo of nickshep7


2.48/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on top at Peter's in Baltimore on Water Street. Golden yellow with an inch or so of head. Head faded quickly into thin layer of white lace. Minimal lacing. Smelled like a standard lager. Taste - similar to standard lager, but with even less bite. Overall, didn't care for it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2011 11:16:32 | More by nickshep7
Photo of rarbring


3.43/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear golden, has a white head, rather small, and no lacing.

The smell is faintly of hay and grass.

Tasting of sweetened lemon, dextrose, fruits, pears and apples, a rather sharp bitterness.

Medium carbonation, medium body, a slick oily feeling, a slightly dry finish.

In all not that bad - but Kölsch??? No way!

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2010 20:31:08 | More by rarbring
Photo of jsprain1


2.75/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a bright clear golden with a thin white head. Pretty poor retention and lacing.
S- Floral hops and light grains.
T- Same floral hops, slight diacetyl to it, some light grains.
M- Crisp and light. Pretty refreshing.
D- Pretty average kolsch. Nothing exciting, but I suppose it is refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2010 03:52:12 | More by jsprain1
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

2.28/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured yellow with decent carbonation, but the head didn't last. The smell was grassy, woody, and ever so slightly hoppy. The flavor was non-existent...it tasted like the brewers were actually gunning to make a beer that tasted like one of the Big 3. Bad bitter finish too. Mouthfeel was ok, with an average amount of carbonation, but the flavor makes this one-&-done for me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2009 04:06:34 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not a big fan of the style, but here goes ...

Pours hazy gold with a 1-finger head. Decent retention. Very faint lacing.

Cloves, cloves, and more cloves in the nose and flavor. Very mild, as far as beer taste goes. 0 hop presence, small even for the style.

Guess this is good for hot weather, but little more.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2009 16:53:20 | More by beer2day
Photo of cdkrenz


3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy and of orangish color. The head is minimal but there's allot of carbonation.

S - Malty and slight hops with a citrus edge.

T - Malt throughout with little change from beginning to end. There's a slight hop finish.

M - Coarse texture which is a result of the carbonation.

~ This is a good brew with which to relax in the sun. I'm glad I was able to enjoy it at RC Otter's Island Eats on Captiva Island in Florida.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2009 21:07:07 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tire Bite Golden Ale...

Appearance-Golden color obviously, large fizzy white head with large bubbles.

Smell-fuzzy alcohol smell, banana and other aromas are hidden but come up with an appearance.

Taste/Mouthfeel-muddled taste, not very smooth, malt and hop flavors do come up but get mixed up, not that enjoyable though there is nothing that bad.

Drinkability-Muddled and not that drinkable, flavor is there it just doesn't work.

Overall-this beer has potential, but it isn't that great. I wouldn't have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2009 00:13:55 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of PiecefulToker


2.48/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had a pint of this at the Flying Saucer in Nashville. Not a very impressive beer, nothing special about it at all. The flavors were all subdued to the point where it could be described as "boring." The malt was nothing to speak of, nor the hops. The mouthfeel was fairly thin, but went down easy enough. I could drink a lot of these, but wouldn't want to.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2008 04:36:22 | More by PiecefulToker
Photo of ndekke39


3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this on-tap at a local movie theatre. Poured a clear golden color with a thin, white head. Good retention. Smells of sweet malt and honey. Taste has a strong malt backbone, with a touch of hoppy bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is loose without being watery. Overall, an easily drinkable beer. Easy to put back a couple of these while watching a movie. Not too bad, but nothing particularly memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2008 02:49:00 | More by ndekke39
Photo of MTNboy


2.85/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- A very yellow almost like the amber of a traffic light. There was not much for head and lace.

Smell- Light but some fruit and floral tones make a small cameo.

Taste- I felt that this beer was well balanced with just the right amount of bitter hops and sweet malt. On the other hand it it seems to have a little adjunct taste to it as well.

Mouthfeel- Thin with a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability- A good party beer but not for the price. It is refreshing and easy to drink though.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2008 23:02:17 | More by MTNboy
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a light grainy malt, some grassy hops and a slight lemon zing.

The taste consisted of a light graininess coupled with a lemony hop.
The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side for the style.

Overall a nice light bodied ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2007 18:24:03 | More by plaid75
Photo of turbine2475


3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured golden with a small, quickly dissipating head

S: Light sent of toasted corn

T: very light citrus and corn hints

M: Light and lightly carbonated....almost like drinking a bud

D: Decent....was a brew made for converting mainstream brew drinkers to craft brews

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2007 05:04:11 | More by turbine2475
Photo of CWiggins

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I avoided this beer for a long time. Why? Simply because golden ales don't seem that interesting to me. Well, I recently tried this during Tyler's weekly pint night, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. To be fair, kölsch isn't a style I know a heck of a lot about, so please bear with my short review.

It all begins with a clear, yellow appearance and a snow-white head of lean foam which dissipated rather quickly. The aroma is clean, with just a bit of citrusy sweetness and a touch of alcohol and hops. I interprete the flavor as being mainly of malts with a strong floral character; there are hints of honey and light fruits. The ensuing aftertaste is light and hoppy, with a very clean finish.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2007 03:01:49 | More by CWiggins
Photo of IgnatiusReilly

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From tap to 20oz glass. Flying Saucer, Memphis, TN.

A: Nice, golden clear look. Good head initially, half inch thick, although this would fade to almost nothing later on.
S: Sweet grain, maybe a small hint of hops.
T: First thing that hit me was a sour, tart bite. Reminded me of a White Ale or a sour Belgian, without that familiar sweetness. The taste then faded back to a mellower, grainy smoothness typically found in a Kolsch or a pilsner.
M: Very light, puckering tartness.
D: Not particularly drinkable, not very exciting overall.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2007 00:06:51 | More by IgnatiusReilly
Photo of barefootbrewer


3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear golden/amber with a persistent head. It was sweet smelling with a touch of hops. The taste is a nice balance of malt and hops with a touch of sweetness. It also has a bit of an earthy/grassy undertone. The mouthfeel was a bit thin for an amber brew. I’d consider this a crisp, refreshing, drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2006 02:24:12 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of mcallister


3.28/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale gold hue with a yellowish creamy inch high head. Good retention with some lacing.

Thick smell of malt with sweet hop that balances the aromas. Not much in the way of fruit, although some lemon rind is in there as well as buttered toast.

Layered malt flavors, somewhat earthy, thin hop, with the same lemon and toast flavors as in the nose. Pretty boring beer. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy but will move on with all the other options out there.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2006 21:13:38 | More by mcallister
Photo of aquatonex

New York

2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog makes some pretty decent beers overall, this one is pretty average though.

Light golden wheat colored with a short foamy head that dissipates rather quickly. Good carbonation, slight lacing. Rather light in the nose, not much there. Some wheaty, yeasty, and citrus notes. Taste is pretty watery. Mouthfeel is a little better, at least it goes down like a beer. Rather drinkable, but nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2006 01:47:00 | More by aquatonex
Photo of Realale


2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep clear gold with a meager bright white head that manages to stick around to a limited degree.

Nose is brisk crackery malt with a subtle hint of grapey fruitiness. No hop presence in this one.

Medium in the mouth with plenty of malt, though it comes across as a more intense macro-lager than a Kolsch. A disturbing warm quality to the malt, as it had been over-extracted. Pretty simple and quite short on the finish.

Acceptable for a hot St. Louis summer day, but not worth seeking out, and certainly far from the best example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2005 19:54:51 | More by Realale
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

2.23/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Unfortunately, a rather unremarkable brew. It was a urine yellow in color with no head. The carbonation was also almost non-existent. The flavor was sweet with strong tones of citrus. The citrus notes were actually the only thing that really saved this beer. The hops were not really there. It was a flat beer in taste and mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2004 00:56:57 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2004 21:32:26 | More by oberon
Photo of JackTheRipper


2.42/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Clear golden in color, no head or lacing seen.
S: Very faintly malty smelling with just a hint of a diacetyl. Smells are very faint.
T: Sweet malt with a bit of a pinapple taste. No hop profile. No real aftertaste. Tastes are a bit better than the Old Scratch, but not by much.
M: Crisp, clean, body is light to the point of being watery. Carbonation is nice, ETOH feels about right for the stated ABV%
D&N: I have tried two beers from this brewery, and they both have the character of a macro. Is this something for macro people to drink and say "look at my fancy beer"? This beer is lacking in aromas and flavors. Try it if you want to, but I wouldn't encourage it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2004 03:28:33 | More by JackTheRipper
Photo of ngandhi


3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Canopy Club, Urbana, IL. 3.75/pint.

Tire Bite Golden Ale has the clarity of fine champagne, and the taste of a really cheap one. Chalky with a pear fruitiness and a light grain finish complimented by a cool fruit nose. The bittering is light, but awkward and a bit tannic; indeed, at times this is more an oversteeped fruit tea than a beer. The yeast profile lacks a brightness characteristic of kolsch.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2003 01:07:17 | More by ngandhi
Photo of Wildman


3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a light golden color with a bubbly white head. There was some carbonation present. The aroma was of hops and some grain. The flavor was of hops with some grain and citrus lightly present. The finish was astrigent, yet a bit tangy. Not a big fan of this style, but it was servicable on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2002 15:49:55 | More by Wildman
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Tire Bite Golden Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 968 ratings.