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

White head. Clear, very pale, golden brew.
Aroma of grainy malt and hops with a bit of earthiness.

Taste shows a grainy malt backbone. Decent hop crispness and balance. Slightly earthy. Hops seem grassy. Hint of lemon. Finishes crisp initially, then the hops fade leaving a malt sweetness that lingers on the palate. Light, but a little too sweet to be very refreshing.

Solid mouthfeel for the style.
A few more hops in the tank and I might enjoy this beer on a hot summer day.
Overall, a solid golden ale. Big thanks to TwelveVoltMan for the bottle!

PhantomVodoo, Apr 18, 2004
Photo of RootedFool
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle drawn from a variety pack purchased at Courthouse Market in Eureka, California.

Pours brilliant golden yellow, lots of lively bubbles, with a short bubbly head that quickly deflates into a soapy film on the brew's surface -- no lacing to mention.

A small nose. I pick up on a foreground of grassy, funky notes. Digging deeper, concentrating, I find some buttery breadiness.

Taste opens with a round, sweet undertone, like a buttered croissant. Overhead an acidic bitterness reaches out. Aftertaste is a puckering, narrow sour (sour apple, almost) bitterness.

Mouthfeel has a nice firmness to it and still manages to roll off of my palate at a refreshing pace. Lots of carbonation.

A warm weather chug-a-lugger for sure.

RootedFool, Apr 02, 2004
Photo of Tballz420
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a pale gold color with a fleeting white head on top. The aroma is cereal, grainy. The taste is mainly a grainy malt taste, some bitterness from the hops. Not quite as crisp as i would like. Slight spice. Not a horrible beer, i would much rather have it after mowing the lawn.

Tballz420, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of EagleTalon
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a frothy white head and golden color. Head fades to thin ring. Aroma is strangely reminicent of Abita Purple Haze?! plus a typical Koelsh/wheat aroma. Flavor is light and clean with a nice balance of pale malt sweetness and light hop bitterness. Finishes with a clean, slightly fruity aftertaste. A decent blonde ale/Koelsh.

EagleTalon, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of oelergud
2.42/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear pale straw colored body, high carbonation and white head.
Smells bready and wheat like with a slight smell of licorice, taste is very much the same with some added astringency.
Feels a little thin but easy to drink. An ok beer but one you forget easy.


oelergud, Mar 14, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12ozer bottle from prepackaged mixed 12- pack from Austin Liquors, Shrewsbury, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a half inch tall white head, with reasonably good staying power. Light golden hue, good lacing present. Slight malt and hops aromas, but nothing particularly noteworthy. Taste is of pale malts and has a crisp finish, but pretty ordinary overall, in my book. High sessionability, but you'd kind of expect that from a golden ale.

ppoitras, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of TripelJ
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Now Quaffing: Flying Dog ~ Tire Bite Golden Ale

Pours a crystal clear and pale golden with a medium head of large bubbles that fizzes out rather quickly. Aroma is sweet and a little grassy. Taste is dominated by a simple sweetness that reminds me of apples. Very light bite from the carbonation and a little bitterness in the end, but not much in the way of detectable hops. Mouthfeel is very watery, although I was expecting as much. Drinkability is pretty good if you like the simple, but dominantly sweet taste.

TripelJ, Mar 08, 2004
Photo of merlin48
2.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

merlin48, Mar 04, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden/yellow brew.

Smell is sweetish and grainy, malt is present and there is a distinct honey smell to this.

Taste is on the sweet side; there is a mild dough and flower flavor to this. There is a mild honey taste to this but not a dominant flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkable brew, mild flavor might be too sweet for some.

Zorro, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
3.78/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold color with not much of a head, but lots of visible carbonation. Smells lightly of malt and hops, not very overpowering, but I think that is the intention of this beer. It tastes like a small step from the BMC beers. Still light and easy to drink, but also has some of the quality evident in micros. It is above freezing for the first time in a couple months today, I have the windows open, and this beer combined with the weather makes me feel like it is Spring already.

TastyTaste, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of MobBarley
2.1/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Meh. Now, I'll admit that the Kolsch style is an unfamiliar one to me. Still, this looks, smells and drinks like a dolled-up Bud. Appearance is lackluster, clear and piss (not golden) yellow. Feeble, airy lilly-white head acts tough but retreats by the third sip. Smell is akin to many a macro brew, but with a slightly sweeter malt note and a citrusy tang that really doesn't belong. Taste is similarly disappointing, starting off somewhat crisp and dry before becoming altogether too sweet and reminiscent of Coors/Bud. Mouthfeel is nothing to write home about. Has body that barely surpasses Coors/Bud in complexity. Drinkability is fine, except for the utter lack of flavor. Still, there is a refreshing quality that saves this brew from a straight 2.0. I paid 7.39 for a sixer of this? These folks ought to be ashamed.

MobBarley, Jan 31, 2004
Photo of Gavage
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.

Gavage, Jan 19, 2004
Photo of pezoids
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out a clear and fizzy pale gold color. Actually, it’s lighter than that. There’s a good amount of carbonation and it’s topped with a nice and fluffy, although quickly receding head. A sweet and sour grainy aroma rises up from the brew. The taste is fruity and light with hints of grapefruit and lemon. This also has a bittersweet tang and is somewhat oily in the finish. Not bad, drinkable but nothing too special about it.

pezoids, Jan 08, 2004
Photo of Imbiber
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very pale amber with a white, energetic head; fairly highly carbonated. Aroma was flowery and possibly a bit yeasty. As for the flavour, mildly hoppy with balancing malt, not much flavour strength and lacking distinctiveness. Not as gassy as it had looked, which was a bonus. The aftertaste was light, but a bit of sweetness came through. Ok but nothing special; one for the 'summer thirst quencher' category.

Imbiber, Dec 24, 2003
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.

ngandhi, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of dpend
3.83/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was a clear light amber/gold. Small head built and dissipated quickly. Light aroma of hops and grains. Slightly sweet with a lightly malty presence and a thin, oily texture. Light carbonation and easy on the palate characteristics make this highly drinkable. A nice non-offensive beer that can please the masses.

dpend, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of sabrills70
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very nice straw color. Very small head that did not last at all. No lace to speak of. Very mild hop aroma with some grass and fruit hints. Taste is average, although in this case I was disappointed. This is a step up from AB but thats about it. It tastes like the brewer wanted to get a small share of AB's market, without going to extreme. Good I suppose if you want to try and attract AB drinkers to your brands, but bad if you are already a BA. I am rating this for what I think it was intended to be - an average brew. It is very drinkable, and unoffensive. A good beer for the masses.

sabrills70, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of goindownsouth
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This kolsch is quite a bit above average compared to other American brewed of this same style. It pours a fantastic golden color with a thin if not express-lane-like head, quickly in and quickly out. The flavor is a little bit of everything. Slightly earthy, slightly fruity, although not as much as the earthiness, which is obviously more important for German-style biers. Well worth trying if you are into the Kolsch style.

Zum wohl!

goindownsouth, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of hungryghost
2.38/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nice golden color. Barely a head, gone in the blink of an eye.
I smelled a trace of something but am unable to figure out just what.
I see tiny bubbles rising in my glass but the taste and mouthfeel is flat and watery. No strong aftertaste, which is good.
This is much better than Meister Brau.
The label is ok.
I want to write more but nothing comes to mind.

hungryghost, Oct 08, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The best thing about this golden ale is the packaging. This brew is straight average across the board.
Nice golden colour, limited head and the nose is crisp, clean and faint.
Fairly well balanced with the edge going to the malts, hops are evident but sitting in the back.
The body is light....a disappointment.

Shiloh, Oct 08, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%
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).

RoyalT, Sep 05, 2003
Photo of Jason
2.63/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Jason, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The head on this beer was white and small when poured. The body was clear with carbonation observed. The hue of this beer was pale yellow and there was good lacing on the sides of my glass with this beer. The nose was malty and the flavor was very lack in that it lacked taste. The mouthfeel was smooth, thin and very watery. In my opinion there is nothing to write home about with this beer.

hotstuff, Jul 17, 2003
Photo of edchicma
3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is extremely light for an ale. Smell was ok, but not overly interesting. Taste was more like a lager than an ale...however, ice cold it was refreshing. Mouthfeel was fine, with almost a hint of a light beer. Very drinkable and went down smoothly.

edchicma, Jun 23, 2003
Photo of garymuchow
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sweeter mix of malt, hops to aroma. Almost has an Am. lager type of aroma at times. Again the appearance looks like a lager with a golden clear color with bubbles rising and white head (that's pretty solid). Even the flavors are similar to Am. style lager, just more robust malt. Hops provide bitterness in middle to end with medium finish. Bit of grassy quality, lingering light bittery and somewhat dry finish. Full feel from carbonation, otherwise medium to less. As warms develops some softness. This seems an appeal to the mass market, more than crafting an excellent brew. Lots of similarities to macros (as noted), but somewhat better, just not siginificanlty enough.

garymuchow, Jun 22, 2003
Tire Bite Golden Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 982 ratings.