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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 UCLABrewN84


3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly dip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is very mild and is of mat and grain. Taste is much the same with some grass and hay flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer and not something I would really go for again.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 02:19:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light lemony yellow with a few dozen floaters. The bone white crown is small and gently lumpy on top. It deflates rather rapidly and leaves no more than a few thin rings of lace. Grain dominates the nose, giving the beer something of a macro lager vibe. Perhaps a slight earthy hoppiness as well.

The flavor is of lightly toasted pale malt and nondescript hops, but as in the nose, the dominant feature is grain. It tastes like liquid whole-grain cereal, or what I imagine liquid whole-grain cereal would taste like.

Modestly sweet early and mid, edging toward bitter late. The body/mouthfeel is acceptable. The beer is soft in the mouth and goes down fairly easily. Spot-on carbonation; lively without being intrusive.

Tire Bite Golden Ale isn't overly impressive, but it did grow on me by the bottom of the bottle. It has an okay flavor profile that is nothing if not simple. I like it better than some of Flying Dog's other beers, so I guess that's something.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2004 01:13:47 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.2/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale yellow, with a tiny head that quickly gets swallowed up and tons of carbonation, looks like seltzer! Smells like corona with a lime, that is scary but what the hell, bottoms up...and tastes like it smells, there are hints of sweetness, and again the lime citrus, and is a bit dry on the back, but...oh nevermind just not all that good and we will leave it at that. Goes down real easy, and is a good chugger...why am I drinking this, where is my dfh?

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 02:44:16 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


2.23/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had to see why this beer was considered deserving of a spot on the "Bottom of the Barrel" List.

A: The pour is innocent enough. Gold in color with a finger or two of white head. Pretty decent looking, actually.

S: Certainly doesn't smell good, however. Very heavy on the corn and other cooked vegetables which are always so welcomed in beer. Quite a bit of grass and hay, and a really grainy sweetness.

T: Surprisingly bitter for what I was expecting. Corn, grain, and apple juice provide sweetness. This is certainly unlike any "kolsch" I've had. Grassy hops and again, quite bitter and astringent.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Surprisingly harsh and abrasive and far too bitter for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 08:09:21 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a whipped egg white head that retains reasonably well and leaves a few dots of lace

Smell: Toasty and grainy, with a hint of a Germanic hop profile

Taste: Starts out toasty, with a bitter grainy aspect developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the there is a hint of a sweet floral element to it that adds a nice dimension

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: A pleasant beer that works well in hot weather; sure is a lot of hate around here for this beer - guys, it is a Kölsch, what were you expecting???

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 18:25:07 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle courtesy of Okbeer: Poured an yellow color beer with a small white bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of gross malt is dominating and not really enticing. Taste is similar to raw malt with some subtle cardboard in the back. Body is light with some low carbonation. I think something went wrong here but this is definitely not something I would like to try again.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 17:49:28 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect


3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Advertised as a Kolsch, its probably the most flavorful kolsch I've had. Looks golden and clear like a really pale pale ale. Smells subtle and sweet malt. Slight fruity esters and carbonation plays on the nose. Slight vegetive flavors are presented. Tastes thinly of sweet malt, corn sugar, a little grainy, a little buttery. Body remains just high of weak and remains. Finishes light and crisp with hardly an aftertaste. A good hot weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 19:32:36 | More by BEERchitect
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New York

2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down leaving some lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of bready and grainy malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of bready malts and some notes of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is really easy to drink but nothing really stands out compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 18:15:50 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. single - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Faintly grainy light malt nose with small notes of grain and spicy, herbal hops.

Taste: Light maltiness with a slight graininess, a small touch of sweetness, and a hint of wheat breadcrumbs. Incredbily faint fruitiness. Spicy hops displaying a slight grassy herbaceous quality and medium-low bitterness. Finishes dry and crisp, with a bit of lingering spicy hop character.

Mouthfeel: Hovers on the fine line between light and medium-light bodied. Crisp, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Comfortably average Kölsch! A simple, refreshing, crisp alternative to the basic American lagers.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 00:41:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
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 TMoney2591


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

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Continuing my revisitation of the Flying Dog catalog with this bottle. It pours a clear pale golden straw topped by a bit more than a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light lemon zest and an extremely light whisking of wheat. The taste, simply put, is a harshly plastic version of the smell, as though the ingredients have become laminated or something. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a pretty sad kolsch. 'Nuff said, trust me.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 23:47:05 | More by TMoney2591
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3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tire Bite pours a crystal clear, golden body beneath a decent sized head of bright white froth. The head retention is good and it leaves some thin splashes of lace about the glass. The nose delivers mainly malt, with just a touch of a mildly nuttiness. It's gently crisp and then smooth across the palate with a light/medium body and moderate carbonation. The flavor is exactly as the aroma suggests with a light touch of apple-like fruitiness thrown into the mix. The grainy maltiness is nice, but it seems a little unbalanced as the bitterness is so limited, as are the hop flavors. I'm glad they've changed the designation to "golden ale" rather than Kolsch because this is far off the mark from anything coming out of the Cologne/Bonn region of Germany.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2004 22:02:34 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.28/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On this sampling, the label has changed a bit. Now it's that crystal clear terminology "golden ale", and away with the ever-so-confusing term "kolsch".
Color's a bright gold, decent, but short white head. Aroma is dry, herbal, buttery, a touch of fruit (apple, pear), a little buttery, too. Nice hop spark upon the tongue, and quite smooth on the palate. Light body, very drinkable, smooth, and tasty. Downable indeed, but rather run-of-the-mill.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2003 23:32:29 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of light malts with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready but light with flavors of grainy malt sweetness and some hops bitterness. Overall, it's a simplistic flavor which is normal for the style. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, the finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's nothing out of the ordinary but it's still worth drink for a little while if you want something light that still has some substance.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 04:01:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
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2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm sure I've had this in bettter form (especialy since OU lost today);
but will just review this bottle on it's merits....

Appearance: More yellow than golden, good head retention,

Can taste hops & malts, just can't smell any ..

Tastes of pine resin & malt. just none in the nose..

good mouth feel a bit prickly on the toune edges, to to detract from balanced...

Overall not a great ale, but a lucky find in the south &midwest (bailed me outta some funks...)

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 04:59:59 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

2.85/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very light golden color. The head is non-existant, a trait I'm finding more and more with their beers. The aroma is musty with hints of malt peeking through. The taste is quite poor. There is no malt character and no hopping. It tastes a lot like some crappy commercial wanna be. I hate to be this harsh, but for a "micro," hand crafted beer this is a total let down. The mouthfeel is it's only saving grace. It's a light bodied beer and is very drinkable, although I know this will be my last one.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 18:47:17 | More by WesWes
Photo of drabmuh


2.6/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle without a freshness stamp into a standard pint glass. Pour pours mostly clear, there appears to be a slight haze. Light light yellow. Thick white head that falls away quickly leaving no lace on the glass. A thin head remains. Carbonation is low and the CO2 bubbles are of average size. There isn't much of a smell and the aroma that is present, I fear what it may mean. I smell diacetyl in this beer.

Taste confrims it. This is a Kolsch? Kolsch should be clear, this tastes more like a pourly crafted lager. There is a definite idacetyl character in the flavor. It is gross. Second taste isn't as bad as the first, seems like Coors or Miller or something similiar. To be fair, this beer has more body than those. Just saying its not a Kolsch, again, want to reiterate, this is a terrible example of a Kolsch. You may find this beer unoffensive, you may even enjoy it, I do enjoy when a beer challenges the catagory it has been placed in, but this beer doesn't challenge the category, it defies it. Flying dog should classify this as a lager of some sort.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 00:38:45 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Mora2000


3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 06:26:27 | More by Mora2000
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3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a pale, yellow color. Highly carbonated with a small head.

S - Smelled of corn, grains and yeast. Possibly some fruity aromas, too.

T - It had a sweet malty flavor with a little hop spiciness.

M - It was crisp and light-bodied.

D - It was an okay beer. It just didn't seem to have character.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 05:20:03 | More by zeff80
Photo of Gueuzedude


2.75/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle Code 07A06
Pours with a brilliantly clear, straw tinged, gold color that sits underneath a voluminous, easily three-finger thick, off white colored head that slowly falls back into the beer. The aroma is a mix of fruit, spicy thin hop notes and a dry grain-like character. The aromas remind me of pears, green apples, grassy herbs, and a touch of biscuit-like grain. Despite the fruitiness this reminds me of the aroma of a amped up macro-lager, though it is certainly a bit more hoppy.

The beer is quite dry, yet still has a soft fruitiness to it. It rests with a sort of mellow creaminess on the palate and finishes with a touch of light bitterness. The beer seems to quickly disappear in the finish with nary a remnant of the light flavors. This beer is quite light all around; thin and watery, it is most notably sharp with its hop bitterness and carbonation. There is a grassy grain character here, which balances the bitterness but does not make this beer much more appealing.

This beer certainly does not have any flaws, but it was clearly made for a beer drinker other than me. Far to thin, with out even a refined malt and hop character. I find this beer uninteresting as it seems to serve as a replacement for a macro-lager.

Purchased: 58 Degrees, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 19:25:13 | More by Gueuzedude
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2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a clear looking pale yellow color with a white head on top. The head fades leaving nothing much behind. The smell of the beer is of light grainy malts. The taste of the beer is very light also. The mouthfeel was again light also, it's got a decent carbonation to it which helps the feel of this a little bit. Overall it's a pretty standard brew, there isn't too much that really excites me here.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 05:39:13 | More by Knapp85
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2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours straw yellow with a thin, creamy white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

The smell is of some grassy/grainy notes.

The taste is of sweet grain. Some bitter, though I want to say "flat/bland" hops balance out the sweetness. Slight metallic and salty tinges in the finish.

Somewhat creamy, though rather thin and watery at the same time. An annoying bitterness lingers in the mouth despite relative sweetness of the drink.

This one misses the style - more light lagerish - not far from a mediocre green-bottle Euro in certain ways. Could be a quick refresher for one in the heat, but so are so many others, and with more flavor to boot. Not terrible, but certainly lacking.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 18:32:57 | More by jwc215
Photo of RblWthACoz


2.83/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold - typical beer color. Minimal head with some lacing. Nose is slightly sweet with little else to it. Flavor comes and goes just as quick. Very little to it. Starts off somewhat sweet and retreats quickly. I guess it saw a better tire down the road to chase. Feel is a little above standard with some extra bubbles. Drinkable, but I don’t know why you’d really want to.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 06:15:14 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 19:32:34 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow in color, and the thin head quickly disappeared to a few remaining large bubbles on the sides of the glass. The aroma was basic as some malt and light floral tone was evident. The flavor is somewhat bland as the malt is light and there is only a hint of bitterness detectable. Hints of lemon are also there.

Smooth and dry mouthfeel. The malt lasts into the aftertaste. Drinkable, but boredom sets in while drinking this so it is knocked down a notch.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2004 12:21:51 | More by Gavage
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Tire Bite Golden Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 968 ratings.