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Tire Bite Golden Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
70
okay

978 Ratings
THE BROS
56
awful

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Ratings: 978
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 17.94%
Wants: 7
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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GeoffRizzo

Texas

2.68/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2003 04:56:18 | More by GeoffRizzo
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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?

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2003 19:03:51 | More by AtLagerHeads
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2003 17:48:25 | More by clvand0
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2003 09:20:33 | More by BeerBuilder
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elmocoso

Virginia

2.78/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2003 20:11:17 | More by elmocoso
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jreitman

California

3/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2003 21:19:16 | More by jreitman
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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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drizzam

Wisconsin

2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2003 17:28:38 | More by drizzam
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johnrobe

Tennessee

2.98/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2003 13:48:59 | More by johnrobe
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ADR

Pennsylvania

2.4/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2003 06:56:31 | More by ADR
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jackndan

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2003 14:06:25 | More by jackndan
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bditty187

Nebraska

2.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden tone, poor “head” retention, tiny bubbles faded fast, no lace... just a soapy residue. Musty-fruity nose, clean. Light malt, a touch of sweetness (seems unnatural), faint hint of lemon. Not much flavor, bland with a thin mouthfeel, does finish slightly dry and crisp. This is really a poor beer and one lousy Kolsch. It’s barely worthy of our attention on a hot summer day. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2003 12:45:35 | More by bditty187
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RBorsato

Virginia

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

Hazy, unfiltered yellowish light gold with a low white head. Light grainy malt aroma and taste. Light bodied (leans medium). All around decent beer but no real outstanding characteristics.

I would not have thought this was a Kolsch but more of a traditional American Blonde/Golden Ale....

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2002 07:10:51 | More by RBorsato
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Gusler

Arizona

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

The pour a crystal clear light gold color, the white head is adequate in size, the lace lumpy sheets, and they both dissolve quickly. Nose is malt, fresh and clean, front starts malt sweet, the top lanky, the finish spitefully acidic, sparsely hopped, with a very dry somewhat bitter aftertaste. Average overall but, quite drinkable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2002 13:35:37 | More by Gusler
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ZAP

Minnesota

2.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright golden in color...fruity nose...taste is acidic..body is OK...real bitter finish and not in a good way...I'm having a hard time putting this one to words but I can say I think this is definitely below average bordering on poor. I would not drink this again..

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2002 13:58:01 | More by ZAP
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Pegasus

Texas

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

Pours a golden bronze color with a modest off-white head which fades to a paper-thin layer rather quickly, lace rings the glass nicely. Aroma consists of citrus notes, and floral aromas. Tasting yields malt flavors with bread overtones, yields to hops with a medicinal character, finish is dry and crisp. Overall, the mouthfeel is rather watery, as others have noted. Overall, this beer is inoffensive, but nothing special. I was surprised to discover that Shiner Summer Style beats this one hands down.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2002 07:23:01 | More by Pegasus
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beernut7

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This deeply colored golden ale pours with no real lasting head and just a bit of lace. The malt aroma is a bit fruity. The delicate flavor combines a slightly sweet smooth malt profile with a subtle hop spiciness with just a hint of bitter. Not bad for teh style and quite easily consumed.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2002 18:14:04 | More by beernut7
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Wildman

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a light golden color with a bubbly white head. There was some carbonation present. The aroma was of hops and some grain. The flavor was of hops with some grain and citrus lightly present. The finish was astrigent, yet a bit tangy. Not a big fan of this style, but it was servicable on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2002 15:49:55 | More by Wildman
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Dogbrick

Ohio

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

Kind of maple-colored, mine was not skunky or smelly which a lot of people seem to have to contend with in this Ale. Possibly because mine was from a case that was not exposed to light? Anyway, this was crisp and lightly hopped. Not too bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2002 08:15:21 | More by Dogbrick
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Murph

Arizona

3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright straw color with a creamy white head that leaves a nice looking lace all the way down the glass. 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. Although it isn't as refreshingly dry and crisp as it should be the brew still manages to be fairly drinkable. So far I am unimpressed with this brewery. This one is definitely too sweet and not dry enough, there are better Kölschs out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2002 07:47:25 | More by Murph
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marc77

California

3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The crystal - clear golden hued brew is topped by a modest but persistant lace - leaving head. Mild bready notes, a light sweetness, and a herbal Hallertauer hop nose in aroma. Cracker - like grain flavors dominate the flavor profile, but softer, toasty Munich malt is there as well. The hop bitterness is clean and understated, and allows the grainy flavors of the base malt to assert themselves. Unfortunately, the body is a bit too thin, resulting in a moderately watery mouthfeel-- it seems overly attentuated and dry. Finishes clean, w/ more cracker - like grainy notes. Tire Biter falls shy of being of a good Kolsch due to the weak malt body and apparent use of neutral domestic base malt. That being said, it's still flavorful enough to be quite a drinkable brew. It was over 100 degrees today... this beer was much appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2002 18:48:56 | More by marc77
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tigerpaws

South Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a big fan of this style of beer so i don't drink alot of it. This is a very light beer that had almost no color slightly golden. Aroma was very very faint and was like my rating very average, but easy to drink for even the lightest beer drinker.................CHEERS

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2002 23:41:06 | More by tigerpaws
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xXTequila

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very clear golden straw color with a thin white head. lightly sweet with alittle breadiness and a dry ending. This tasted alittle like a lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2002 08:08:28 | More by xXTequila
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly clear light straw color. A slight bubbly white head with some retention. Nice subdued pilsner malt aroma. Very slight bitterness, but it is there. Light body. Easy drinking.

Kolsch is a somewhat simple style of beer, but if it is brewed properly, a kolsch can be very enjoyable. This one is good. Another good addition to the poolside cooler.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2002 21:42:05 | More by Bighuge
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pbrian

Connecticut

2.73/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pretty weak. I was hoping for a nice hoppy NW style Golden and it ended up being a bland Blond kind of beer. Thank god only two came in the mixed twelve pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2002 18:58:57 | More by pbrian
Tire Bite Golden Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 978 ratings.