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Tire Bite Golden Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
70
okay

980 Ratings
THE BROS
56
awful

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Ratings: 980
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 3
pDev: 18%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2001)
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berserker256

Michigan

2.7/5  rDev -10%

Did I pay for the Hunter S. Thompson artwork? I fear and loathe this beer. Overpriced and mediocre. No head. No lacing. Decent golden color. Smells earthy and somewhat malty. I can taste some maltyness also. A little bitter aftertaste. Thin and fizzy. I was expecting a lot more. That's about all I have to say. Very plain.

07-19-2008 19:57:55 | More by berserker256
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.45/5  rDev -18.3%

Pours a clean golden yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, fruity hints, and a dry sugary smell. In the taste, mostly an alcohol sweetness, with a yeasty dryness. A smooth medium body mouthfeel, with a yeasty and sugary aftertaste. I don't know if this kolsch wanted to be a Belgian style golden ale, either way, eh, not so good.

07-06-2008 22:51:59 | More by OWSLEY069
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beeragent

Texas

3.43/5  rDev +14.3%

The beer pours a dark straw, forming a 1/2 inch thin white head that quickly faded. Minimal lacing on the glass. The aroma is mix of malts, hops, and hint of grain. The taste is light, consisting of a more pronounced hop presence, with an almost equal amount of malt in the finish. Light and crisp mouthfeel. For a lager, this is very refreshing. Light in body and flavor. I can see why this is a summer beer. Very enjoyable.

07-03-2008 22:56:01 | More by beeragent
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Pours a pretty pale sunshine and amber mix. Very light sofft bubbles and an even ligter, fakinter head and foam. No lacng. The aroma has a hint of must mixed with pilsner like earthiness and a little grassy spice. The palate starts with somevery dry malts, then some metallic taste mixed with a little bread. This beer feels a litle like licking a battery at times. This beer gets easier to drink the more inebriated you get.

06-28-2008 23:36:39 | More by scruffwhor
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thisisshsas

Maryland

3.28/5  rDev +9.3%

Last night bought a 6 pack of this beer. beer was very light and had a golden color (not surprisingly). Had a mellow and lager like taste, nothing bad per say, but nothing particularly special either. Definitely a beer that I could drink all night though.

06-28-2008 19:25:19 | More by thisisshsas
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PiecefulToker

Tennessee

2.48/5  rDev -17.3%

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.

06-26-2008 04:36:22 | More by PiecefulToker
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everetends

Alabama

2.73/5  rDev -9%

12 oz bottle acquired through a Flying Dog Mixed pack. Poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a light, golden, yellow with a touch of white head. No head retention or lacing.

S: Smelled of sweet malt, citrus, and grains.

T: Tasted like sweet malts, spicy hops, citrus and that metallic twang that Flying Dog does oh so well.

M: This is a pretty much clean finishing beer. Goes down dry with a touch of the metallic aftertaste lingering.

D: Tis an ok beer. Not too bad but still has the metallic funk that Flying Dog suffers from in my opinion.

06-26-2008 00:59:10 | More by everetends
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GoodKnight1220

Ohio

2.2/5  rDev -26.7%

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Poured a light slightly golden yellow, it was a bit foggy with no head and no lacing.

Little to no smell, if anything some grain and malt.

Taste was quite bland, thin, and crisp. Heavy taste of grain and ending with a slight taste of hops.

Could drink a few of these, but won't buy again.

06-25-2008 01:49:59 | More by GoodKnight1220
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jordoo

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -2.3%

120z bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

Poors very pale yellow with a small white loose head that exits rather quickly. Smells of grainy malts and hints of honey with a little vague spicey hop smell as well. Tastse is grainy malt flavor with some sweet honey like flavor in the middle to the end also has a little hop bitterness. Thin mouth feel, but otherwise drinkable. Not a whole lot to this one, and while it wasn't offensive it just did nothing for me.

06-24-2008 16:52:23 | More by jordoo
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.45/5  rDev +15%

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.

06-17-2008 04:01:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.6/5  rDev +20%

Pours beautiful clear golden color with generous white head that retains very well. Reminds you that you're drinking a real beer, not some beer like liquid that only has a head for a few minutes.

Nose is faint with subtle citrus and malt.

Palate is predominately malt with a subtle citrusy herbal quality at the finish. If it is a kolsch, it is a very subdued version. Not much herbal. Comes across as more sweet than dry and crisp.

06-15-2008 03:52:31 | More by yemenmocha
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev +6%

12-ounce bottle adorned with wacky Steadman art, poured into a pint glass yields a clear pale golden body with a trickle of active carbonation crowned by two fingers of soft white foam with nice retention that leaves foamy webs of lacing.

Smells is lightly malty with a dash of citrusy zest.

Taste is dry and malty with a vague note of dry citrus and a slight grainy earthiness. A slightly-smoky nutty character with a little spice appears alongside a crisp, lightly herbal bitterness.

06-14-2008 12:13:17 | More by cvstrickland
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Slynger

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev +15%

Tire Bite pours a bright, clear, lemony-golden color, with a tight, fuzzy cap of white.

The nose is not impressive. There is a light sweet lemon and apple fruitiness along with some grainy pale malt sweetness.

Flavors of very lightly fruity and sweet pale malts, with a dominant toasted grain backbone and some lightly spicy, earthy hops. Light bodied but it has a soft, fuzzy carbonation that feels quite nice.

Hmmm, highly sessionable with decent flavor. Tire Bite is an okay beer.

06-09-2008 02:34:07 | More by Slynger
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erikeifert

North Carolina

2.23/5  rDev -25.7%

pilsners are my favorite but i have started sampling kolsch. the few i have had have been very refreshing for the hot months here in the carolinas. this one is not very good. doesn't look like much. doesnt taste like much. doesnt smell like much. does it taste bad? no. but neither does miller lite, bud lite or coors light. but if it doesnt taste like anything why pay $9 a sixer? for nine dollars i could ve got a prima pils sixer or a twelve pack of dingerss(yuengling) and tasted something...needless to say i wont pick this one up again. it is refreshing though on a 90 degree night

06-08-2008 01:03:10 | More by erikeifert
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev -10.7%

Had this one from their sample pack. Really dim, yellow (almost piss-looking). The head actually is a decent aspect of the drink: very thick to frothy with creamy, patchy lacing. A little grassy aroma, but mostly thin, thin hops. The taste is somewhat lacking, with some sweetness but mostly a dull bitterness. The mouthfeel is pretty watery, making the bitterness way too apparent, and not supplementing it with any carbonation or body. Overall, a bit uneven and lacking.

06-02-2008 01:26:36 | More by fitzy84
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KI9A

Illinois

2.05/5  rDev -31.7%

Eh.

A: Bottle, pours just like a macro lager.

S: Slightly skunky, grainy. Macro smell.

T: Very bitter. And not a "good" bitter, like a hoppy bitter. Can't place the bitterness, but, it is nasty. Nothing stands out, except a bit of a salty finish.

M/D: Not good, first drain pour in several months.

05-31-2008 00:19:08 | More by KI9A
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andreasmwatt

Colorado

2.58/5  rDev -14%

Appearance -A Very small head. Definately Sudsy though. Average Ale.

Smell - Nothing really jumps out!!!!

Taste - Has a slight Alcohol taste to it. Which takes away from the beer.

Mouthfeel - Again Alcohol totally destroys mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Well it's drinkable, nothing great though!

05-26-2008 02:27:25 | More by andreasmwatt
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SpecialK088

Missouri

2.23/5  rDev -25.7%

Poured from a bottle into the sam adams pint glass

A-Golden yellow and fizzy little to no head with no lace.

S-I'll be honest i thought i had opened a bud light or the like very grainy with very little hop presence.

T-Light and crisp but not much to do here it tastes way to much like an american mass prduced brew.

M-The carbonation level is good but leaves that near salty taste when the beer finishes

D-no thanks i'll drink this one but i dont belive i'll be buying this one again i stoppped drinking stuff like this a long time ago, their other beers are much better.

05-21-2008 21:48:23 | More by SpecialK088
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Leebo2007

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +33.3%

With all of the Flying Dog Beers this one has the most bitter taste. Yet it does remind me of my earlier beer brewing expreriences! I always enjoyed the yeasty taste and smell of beer. And this one really has that aroma.

I would really like to try this on draft. I have had several of the Flying Dogs on draft in the past and it makes a big difference in taste!

Flying Dog is a great brewery that is slowly becoming a well known Micro all over the country! This only means that they will be bought out by a Mega Brewery or they will change their formulation all together! Let's hope not!

05-15-2008 14:24:06 | More by Leebo2007
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GClarkage

California

3.23/5  rDev +7.7%

05/13/08- Purchased at Piazza's in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a freshness code on the bottom right of the label. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Dull yellow in color with a 1/2 inch quickly evaporating head upon the pour. Seems a touch couldy as well with a bit of yeast present. No lace left behind.

Smell- Mostly macro like grain scents. Maybe a bit of hop noticed, but not really any malt.

Taste- Definite grain, but has a nice sweet malt flavor in the beginning with a nice soft and light hop taste coming in afterwards. Maybe even a tad fruity.

Mouthfeel- About the normal mid-range carbonation level, failry brisk with a light grainy aftertaste.

Drinkability- Maybe the least liked of the Flying Dog beers I have tried, but still ok and drinkable.

05-15-2008 14:10:04 | More by GClarkage
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

2.48/5  rDev -17.3%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Nice, clear golden with small 1/2 inch head that recedes very quickly into almost nothing except a small white collar. Some lacing.

S - Beefed up American macro. Lots of cereal grain with an underlying sweetness. Not a lot going on here.

T - More American macro taste. Quite flavorless really until the finish, where some discernable grain husk appears followed by faint corn. Slightly bitter. Very lager-like to be an ale.

M - Not quite as watery as I'd expected, but still very thin. Carbonation is moderate. I don't think body or CO2 could save this brew.

D - Not too hard to drink, but it isn't very good. There just isn't any real flavor aside from the husk near the finish, and while it might make the beer easy to drink, it doesn't give me any reason to drink it especially considering the price. I'd actually rather throw back Bud or Miller all evening as opposed to this.

I don't know what the hell Kolsch is beyond BA's description, so perhaps I'm missing something when it comes to style, but this beer is utterly pointless. It's not really bad, it's just nothingness incarnate. I can't imagine what Flying Dog was trying to do with this offering; maybe they succeeded. I definitely won't be enjoying this outside of a Flying Dog mixed pack.

05-12-2008 23:43:04 | More by PatrickJR
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animal69

Louisiana

3.38/5  rDev +12.7%

pours a clear light yellow-gold w a 1/2" fizzy white head which dissipates immediatly leaving little lacing in my stange ; a moderate smell, some grassy hops and cereal grains, a touch of fruits ; a bit sweet w/ a good initial hop bite and a crisp malt flavor, a bit of vinous alcohol in the finish, but not unpleasant ; a light-med body w/ a great deal of carbonation ; a pretty good beer, needs to be a little drier or lighter or something but is still quite drinkable...

05-10-2008 23:00:50 | More by animal69
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JBogan

Nevada

2.17/5  rDev -27.7%

Poured a very light golden hue with a thin film for a head and negligible lacing.

Smelled a bit grassy with a bit of citrus and a faint metallic smell present.

Tasted very weak, almost to the point of no taste at all. Some graininess and a small amount of hop presence.

Mouthfeel was thin and somewhat flat. Not much carbonation to speak of.

I had tried some of this quite a while back in one of Flying Dog's mix n match packs. For some reason I thought I had fond memories of this beer, but upon trying it again it was a huge disappointment. Perhaps I was thinking of one of their other brews, because after having it now and with the taste (or lack thereof) fresh in my head I'd never put this to my lips again. Think I'll give the rest of the six pack away to someone I don't like.

05-03-2008 03:40:20 | More by JBogan
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3/5  rDev 0%

Poured a straw color with a decent white head .Smell has lots of sweetness in it as well as some slgith graininess. Very sweet on the tongue but a decent grainy huskiness keeps the sweetness from running away. The sweetness makes the brew a bit cloying and it is definitely neither crisp nor dry enough.

04-30-2008 19:10:59 | More by barleywinefiend
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Gehrig

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +21.7%

A thick finger of white head tops a dark golden body, with the head collapsing quickly and leaving decent broken rings of lacing on the pint glass. A fair amount of earthy hops peeks through the predominant grain malt aroma, which also permeates the taste. Not a bad Kolsch, nice and smooth, but very straightforward, and more on the sweeter end that, say, Schlafly's more bitter Kolsch. That the carbonation holds up well is a plus, keeping a little heft straight through to the end.

Not tremendous, but certainly not bad, Tire Bite is a pretty good offering from Flying Dog. I've found myself feeling hit-and-miss about Flying Dog, loving some such as Gonzo Imperial Porter but not enjoying others at all. Tire Bite is somewhere in between, but certainly worth trying. This was fairly good after cutting the grass on a warming day.

04-30-2008 18:27:01 | More by Gehrig
Tire Bite Golden Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 980 ratings.