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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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Ratings: 992
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 3
pDev: 18%
Wants: 9
Gots: 23 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 992 | Reviews: 656
Photo of dpend
3.85/5  rDev +28.3%
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.

Photo of sabrills70
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of goindownsouth
3.33/5  rDev +11%
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!

Photo of hungryghost
2.36/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of Shiloh
3/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
2.23/5  rDev -25.7%
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).

Photo of Jason
2.62/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of hotstuff
2.69/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of edchicma
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of garymuchow
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of budgood1
2.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours out a golden straw colour. decent head which sticks around and leaves ample lacing. nice light malt aroma. a bit of grassy hopping too...can't complain. upon tasting...i liked the taste at first...then it the mouthfeel ruined everything. it came across as watery and thin and too crisp for an ale. i started to compare this to the SA spring ale i had the night before and thought it was better, but the nore sips i took....the more i realized that tire bite really bites. it doesn't really leave a pleasant aftertaste either. not too drinkable. i've found these golden ales or kolsch styles ride a fine line between being great and really bad. not and ale i will revisit.

Photo of WesWes
2.9/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of kelticblood
3.72/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour was a clear gold with carbonation rising up from the bottom.Not too complex with this one.It has the traditional mass-produced pilsner smell,but it's taste is different.A very good mouthfeel that leaves hints of wheat,rice,and grain.Very sweet in the nose and in the taste.Light bodied and lightly hopped,but has a malt thickness and is not watered down.A creamy rolling texture on the palate and is not over carbonated.This would be an excellent replacement for Bud or any other macro-beer.A good starter for the novice beer drinker.

Photo of 86MonteSS
3.92/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've often wondered how the lighter, "golden" ales could possibly measure up to their heavier, darker counterparts. Tire Biter is one of the lightest ales I've ever had, but damn is it tasty. An expectedly short-lived head, pale yet handsome color, and a surprisingly pleasant smell. The taste is sweet but not overly so. A slightly bitter aftertaste provides a poignant counterbalance.

Flying dog is quickly finding its way into my heart. This great-tasting golden ale definitely helps to seal the deal.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.66/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a thin head, some notes of carbonation. The aroma is weak, some hops and grainy characteristics. Very thin bodied from the get go, some malty and bready are barely detected. Some apple peel taste towards the finish, and a bit watered down. Don't know if this proprely fits the Kolsch family. Easy drinking, but lacks any true flavor.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A golden color to match the name. This beer is average in almost every respect. The look is better than macro but only by a bit. The head is white and disappears pronto, the nose is strange and vague, and the taste is, well, average. Not a bad beer, but not one I'd ever crave. Got to love the name, right?

Photo of clvand0
3.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a normal golden color with a small white head and little lacing on the glass. The aroma is somewhat malty with hints of wheat. The flavor was very enjoyable and very smooth - not like the aroma. This is a very easy to drink beer and I would recommend trying it to anyone. It doesn't have any really complex flavors or aromas nor is it anything too special, but I think it's the best offering from the Flying Dog Brewery and it's an enjoyable drink.

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a brilliant golden color, with a white head that left excellent lacing. The aroma was grainy, with slightly sweet malt, and a touch of fruit. The flavor was about the same as the aroma; grainy, fruit hop flavors, and a slight malt flavor in the back. It was a light bodied beer with light carbonation, and a semi-dry finish. Overall, it was an easy drinking brew; it would be a great session beer.

Photo of elmocoso
2.82/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After sniffing and sniffing i finally realized it was the smell of sour kraut that was haunting my nose. Why is it there? There are other smells: Citrus, apple, others i cant discern.

The taste is there also. This is a very interesting beverage. Is it interesting in a good way? I don't think so. I might enjoy this one, but it would be the last. Interesting experience.

The color is a dull cloudy gold with a thin veil of bubbles sitting atop. Other than that, not much else.

Photo of jreitman
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really, when you get right down to it, average is the pretty much the best word to describe everything about this beer. I could easily see people picking up cases of this stuff as it is very much like the american macros in a lot of respects. Aroma was next to non-existent with only a faint sweetness managing to make it to my nose. Flavor, as well, was quite subdued with breadiness being the only word to describe what I tasted. A dry, nutty finish was followed by a fairly strong bitterness to the finish. I would certainly not have labelled it a Kolsch.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.28/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of drizzam
2.85/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a little taken aback by this beer...it was a clear gold color with very little head to speak of. Citrussy undertones, thin mouthfeel and it finished clean and crisp. This wasn't that spectacular of a beer...almost tame and (I don't want to say bland but there wasn't anything too spectacular about this beer.) I wouldn't turn one down but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it either.

Photo of johnrobe
2.96/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a pale straw with a mere white cap of a head. It smells of herbal hops some faint fruity esters and bit metallic. Herbal hops are dominant in the taste with just a touch of grain and some mild metallics. Although this should be a light-medium bodied brew...this one still comes across as being too light. It reminds me somewhat of Sam Adams Light. This one would be best for a hot summer day and would make a good crossover brew to let your macroswill drinking friends try.

Photo of ADR
2.36/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very clear light yellow appearance, refugee head with no chance to cling to the glass. Off aromas, an odd sense of faint white vinegar and ammonia. I swished and swished this beer to the point of a gargle in an attempt to discern a flavor profile, but to no avail -- just the barest malt (some raw grains) and a finish of golden raisins. There’s just not enough here (and the smell was not pleasant) for me to say that I would ever drink this beer again.

Photo of jackndan
2.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tire Biter: From Flying Dog brewery. Golden color, not much head, but what little there was left a nice lacing down the side of the straight up pint glass into which it was poured. As for aroma and taste, welcome to the Orange Bowl, 2003. I was struck by the obvious citrus aroma, which carried straight down through the entire glass. This beer struck me as slightly odd, easy enough to drink, but not at all representative of the style. Odd.

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Tire Bite Golden Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 992 ratings.