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Tire Bite Golden Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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Tire Bite Golden AleTire Bite Golden Ale

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982 Ratings

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Ratings: 982
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 17.94%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.43/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a slightly above average beer overall. it's saving grace is the smell, which led me to believe i would be sampling some more along the lines of troegs sunshine pils (different style i know, but the similarity in the smells is strikingly close, i think). it pours a boring slightly watered down looking golden colour, maybe a touch lighter than a heinieken would be. as mentioned, the smell is the bees knees here: sweet and floral, hoppy with some slight wheat notes and full of promise. the flavour is a blander version of this smell, with the inviting sweetness being drowned out by more of a stereotypical pilsner flavour (which, again, this apparently is not). this one didn't have the buttery characteristics that i've come to notice in kolsch beers. it was more of a hybrid b/t a kolsch and a pils, leaning more toward the pils side of the table. not bad, but pretty boring.

SixpointJMH, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of RocketWidget
2.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Man, was this ever a disappointment. Pours a bland, clear yellow. Head is very light, especially for this style. Smell is uninteresting, and almost sour. Taste is bland. Hop taste seems decayed, malt is not very appealing. If you told me this was an below-average pilsner, I would believe you, …EXCEPT THIS IS LABELED A GOLDEN ALE! Mad about this one…

RocketWidget, Sep 17, 2004
Photo of dauss
2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. small fluffly flight head that dissaptes fairly quickly. nose is sweet grainiess, not much else though. Low to moderate carbonation, tastes of bland grain. slight residual sweetness, extremely low bitterness, very plain.
Very disappointed with this beer. This could pass for a lager because there's no flavor.

dauss, Sep 15, 2004
Photo of arizcards
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Costco as part of a sampler case.

This golden brew is highly carbonated yet did not have much of a head. Nose is malty and I am detecting something sweet. The taste is heavy on the malty side with a small hop finish. It has a reasonably full mouthfeel. This ale is straight ahead and nothing fancy or complex. A nice summer brew.

arizcards, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of MuddyFeet
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.

MuddyFeet, Aug 14, 2004
Photo of NEhophead
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

Foamy head filled with bubbles. Thin white head that quickly disappears leading to some very thin lacing that doesn't stick. Crisp and golden in color. Looks a bit light and watery.

Faint citrus and floral aromas along with a low diacetyl note.

Some lemon flavors along with wheat and grain tastes. Lots of carbonation leading to a very mild bitterness.

Crisp and clean mouthfeel. Slightly grainy.

Light on the palate with no obtrusive flavors. Easy drinking but nothing to really search for.

NEhophead, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pale yellow gold in the glass, a sudsy white head that simmers to a bubbly covering, and...what the hell is that floating in my beer? A thumb? Glue? Parameciums? E Boli? I hope not, but there is something , little platelet looking things wafting about, they better not better not be drinking my brew...

Aroma - very faint, sweet malt with a vague fruity essence. Pretty nice but a chore to enjoy, you gotta concentrate.

Taste - tastes pretty average. Some mild sweetness up front and some mild balancing bitterness on the swallow, a light lemon rind finish is kind of sneaking around in the back, too. Nothing too far left or right of center, but a decent tasting beer.

Mouthfeel - crisp and spritzy, decent weight in the mouth. Nicely complements the taste.

Drinkability - has some mass-appeal, that label probably chases a few macro-ers away, though, lol. I'll enjoy the other one in the sampler pack.

brewdlyhooked13, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

NeroFiddled, Jul 22, 2004
Photo of FormatKid
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from the mixed 12 pack picked up at the local food store.

Pours out the clear, pale straw yellow color typical of most macros. I meager head rolls up only about a finger high but manages to stick around somewhat. You could probably slip this beer to a macro drinker based on appearance alone as the only thing separating it is a slight haziness.

The smell is slightly mute. I pick up a pilsner like malt smell with maybe a tinge of European hop. Not a lot to speak of here.

Extremely light on the palate, almost watery. Light slightly astringent up front. Mild fruitiness in the middle accompanied by a faint graininess. Ever so faint hop bitterness in the finish, barely registers.

Everything about this beer is subdued. Would be nice for a picnic outside on a hot day, and maybe to let macro drinkers taste a little something different. Wouldn’t seek this one out, but wouldn’t turn it down either.

FormatKid, Jul 22, 2004
Photo of Rio
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale golden color, with a small head that doesn't last long. Appears to be a few little floaters in there of some sort, dancing with the carbonation streams that rise towards the surface. An almost buttery smell, with an herbal smell. Kinda bitter taste, a bit dry, smooth malt flavor under it. Crisp and creamy feel.

Decent beer, but I've had better Kölschs.

Rio, Jul 17, 2004
Photo of canucklehead
3.88/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold with a decent head this beer had noticeable hops for a easy drinking session beer. I felt this brew has a good finish and would make a great gateway beer for those not ready for more hoppy offerings. All in all well constructed and very drinkable.

canucklehead, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of flaminghomer
3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a nice clean crisp beer. a golden color with a slight haze. a fizzy head is disappointing. smell is pretty mild, just slight grain i think. taste is mild. just a bit more flavor and it would be a good beer, but the hops and malts both fall a hair short. but it is still a very drinkable beer. not worth the price though.

flaminghomer, Jul 07, 2004
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.

JackTheRipper, Jun 15, 2004
Photo of taez555
2.73/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a decent sized white head with a clear orange body.

The nose was very clean. Mostly just a light grain smell. A slight fruit smell came through after a while. For the most though, this beer had almost no nose. It smelled like your average macro.

The taste was along the same lines. Very light bodied with a rather intense carbonation. A very clean small malt taste. Some slight graininess accompanied by a soft but present bitterness. Some mild fruit and yeast. The hops were almost non existent, but what I could make out seemed to have a slight earth note to it. It ended quickly with little aftertaste.

A decent drinkable beer, but for the most part dull. I found I got more taste out of it from my burp afterwards than from the beer itself. It’s barely a step up from your average macro. It’s sad really. Flying dog makes some decent beers, but this beer just reinforces the reasons I usually shy away from trying anything new they bring out. Drinkable, but I’ll pass next time.

taez555, May 29, 2004
Photo of surfmeister
2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear yellow, unimpressive yet satisfactory head which stuck around
Smell: very faint, too faint, some of the usual malty/fruity scents but I had to strain my nose
Taste: again the keyword is faint, maybe weak, cool and crisp but most refrigerated beverages are
Mouthfeel: thin, common
Drinkability: yeah, on a hot day but many more better hot weather quenchers out there

surfmeister, May 24, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A cryptic 176A04 on the label ? This is a Kolsch style.

Bright lighter sided clear lemonade colored pour with mild bubbles and a scant head coating. Lines of carbonated bubbles rise up.

Clean 7-Up & pears nose. Something is cooking in the kitchen on this one.

Taste department is slow going here. Hmmm…what do I taste? I gotta go with apple cider and pears. Even though I keep sippin’ any other flavor is escaping me. Good mouth sizzle. This almost tastes like “sparkling cider” but more bready. Not an enticing description, I know, but it’s decent. A wee bit sugary & cloying in the finish.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, May 23, 2004
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.

BuckeyeNation, May 21, 2004
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big white meringue head leaves a solid coat of lace. Clear golden beer with a few small bubbles rising to the top. Very faint aroma, fresh spring and grains, I don't know, god forbid you drink this in a bar. Flavor is very mild as well, a bit of tangy-ness that's not quite lemony joined by a pinch of sweetness finishing very clean, almost dry. Light body, smooth feel. Very drinkable, nice feel, not much flavor or aroma. Kind of like the flavored water of the beer world.

I know. I'm sitting the corner as you read this:-)

HappyHourHero, May 14, 2004
Photo of Southernbrew
2.38/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Budweiser gold with a small head that makes no effort to stick around.

Lots of grain in the nose. Slight trace of citrus hops but nothing that sticks out.

Medium body, some malt flavors with flowery hops. Really boring. Finishes with a medium grain taste.

Another so-so offering from flying dog, not something I would buy again.

Southernbrew, May 11, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

OG-11.5 P, SG=1.046, 5.1% ABV.

Pours out to a clear, very pale golden, forming a soapy white head with decent retention and good lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma of weak, floral hops with a touch of freesia, corn, and a light dryness. Mouthfeel is average, watery, with a light body and clean finish. Taste is predominated by corn, with hardly any perceptable hop flavor or bitterness. Cleanly fermented with a crisp finish.

This is a very simple beer, and only a step above Budweiser. If you need to transition someone from macro domestic swill to an average pale ale, then this would be the one. Comparable to the lightest tap at any new brewpub. Easy to drink, but then again, why would I want to?

Mitchster, May 09, 2004
Photo of frank4sail
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Musty wet leather smell. Ver cear filitered straw yellow look in the glass. Airy pale white 1/4 head. Very clean malty taste with a crispish finish. Medium to light mouth with a dry tongued quenching finish. Quite drinkable. This brew would be good with spicy foods or as a session brew. One of the better brews from this brewery.,

frank4sail, May 07, 2004
Photo of AllThingsNinja
1.9/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The aptly named tire bite tastes a bit like grass and dirt. Unfortunately, the best thing about the beer is the label. It's unfortunate that Ralph Steadman didn't put his talents to work elsewhere on high quality beers. This golden ale seems a bit too pale and watery. It formed little head. The aromas were grassy as were the simple, thin flavors. I can't believe that it claims to be a Kolsch. This beer is clearly designed to have broad appeal but offers nothing of interest for a beer drinker looking to enjoy a kolsch ale.

AllThingsNinja, May 01, 2004
Photo of Foxman
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a crisp, clear glowing gold, bright and carbonated. A single finger of uneven white head grows slowly and settles quickly to frothy cirrus traces.

In the aroma, a thin veneer of malt sweetness floats lightly, along with subdued notes of berry and vanilla cream. A sparse yeast tartness pokes through from time to time.

On first sip, a gauzy film of light malt sweetness coupled with a muted doughy tang of yeast slips forward. A very distant hops bitterness comes and goes quickly, declining to linger. A vague tart citrus fruit note flashes along the edges before an indistinct earthiness drops off at the finish.

Light bodied, it washes in and away in a jiffy. It coats, but there's not much to leave lingering.

It seems that everything in this beer is in such a rush that it never leaves much of an impression. The elements step in and out so quickly that they're more memory than substance. Yet, the fact that they're there at all helps deliver a passable flavor profile. And the lightness and ephemeral nature make it all the more drinkable, a true step up from most macro offerings. Give me a deck, hot afternoon sun, and nothing to do, and I'd drink a few, for sure. It won't grab you, but it'll frisk you a little.

Foxman, Apr 27, 2004
Photo of joshlara
4.03/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A very light beer, clear gold color, thin white lace, appears exactly like a pilsner.

Smell: Aroma of straw, grass, and sweet floral notes.

Taste: Flavor of grains, some biscuit, and finishes with a slight herbal somewhat bitter hop taste. Very light and very refreshing.

Overall: A great lighter style beer to have around during the 95 degree oven of the northeast in July. A good choice for an everyday session beer in the summer. Definately an alternative to Bud and other macros.

joshlara, Apr 22, 2004
Tire Bite Golden Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 982 ratings.