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Tire Bite Golden Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
flyingdogbrewery.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
654
Ratings:
996
pDev:
18%
Bros Score:
2.32
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
34
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 996 |  Reviews: 654
Photo of bluesplit63
4/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of boudreaux
3.98/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden, almost orange beer, with a touch of red; almost the color of apple juice; very clear and clean, as if looking at the world through orange-tinted glasses; light carbonation, with bubbles floating to the top periodically; head pours a white, frothy, .5 finger thickness that quickly dissipates; soapy lacing minimal, but there

S: pleasant, gentle bouquet of fresh, light, citrusy hops; when I say fresh, I mean same nose feel as when catching a whiff of a dryer sheet for laundry; really good

T: a bit more flavor strength than the smell indicated, but not in a bad way; the hops are definitely there, bringing crisp, fresh, citrus notes that make me think of summer; yeast/bread notes (biscuit?) and a wonderful, slightly toasted malt presence balance the beer well

M: light, almost medium body; smooth, almost watery; not flat, but on the less carbonated side; easy to drink, refreshing, and satisfying on the tongue

O: not disappointed with this one; smells and tastes matched up, with a few pleasant surprises along the way; definitely sessionable, especially when it's hot out

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Photo of Bighuge
3.98/5  rDev +32.7%
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.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.97/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as bad as some of the other reviews indicated. I really enjoyed this beer. Not exciting but nice for style. Had a good flavor and crispness. Had a nice smell and was easy to drink. I don't know why this beer is dogged by so many people. I might buy a six of this next summer.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.97/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, straw, white small head.

S: Nobel hops that are nice and subtle.

T: Bread and a touch of sweetness.

M: Crisp, smooth and delicious.

O: Great summer drinking or pounding beer. This is simply non-offensive and flavorful. The noble hoping is tame and the bready sweetness is easy to drink in multiples.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.93/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is a bit weak, but biscuity malt and fruitiness make appearances as well as a touch of raisin. Color is a pale straw with a thin white head. A steady stream of bubbles rise through the crystal clear beer. Flavor is mild, but a touch spicy. Mouthfeel is medium-thin, and right on for a light, easy drinking beer like this. Drinkability is very good, if I could get it here I'd buy a heck of alot more for the summer.

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

Just got this one in a trade from smakawhat—literally pulled it out of the box and opened it, so it's about 40° (the temperature outside where the box was sitting) and served in a pint glass.

The beer is clear and has a nice golden color, with some hints or orange. A pure white foam head rests on top. It was about a finger thick, but has settled to a skim. Swirling leaves a bit of foam behind.

It has a nice aroma of wheat and other golden grains. There is a small peppery aroma that I think comes form the yeast.

Crisp and dry are the first words that come to mind with this beer. There's a touch of sweetness. It's somewhere between green apples and pale grains. I like it. The brewery wasn't lying when they said this is a warm weather beer. It would be great in the summer.

The body is a little fuller than I expected, but the carbonation is average. There is a noticeable coat left behind that has some flavor. Carbonation tickles my tongue if I let it rest in my mouth before swallowing.

This is an enjoyable beer. I usually don't buy kölsches, but I'm glad I tried this one. I don't know if I'll rush out and buy any more (at least not until the weather gets warmer), but I'm inspired to brew one!

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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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.92/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in a pint glass

A - clear yellow cabonated liquid, tight white head.

S - like most golden or kölsch style beer, German malts & hops.

T - crisp, light, refreshing beer, smooth balanced flavor.

M - light bodied, mild carbonation, no bitterness.

D - I would 'pound' quite a few of these on a warm summer afternoon/evening.

recommended for fans of the style.

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Photo of casadebia
3.92/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that does little more than is expected from it. It is however one of most quenching beers Ive had recently. The appearance is about average with a pale yellow color barely showing gold. Smell was some toasted hops and fruit. When tasting the fruit tastes is for only a moment followed by malt and ending with a balance of hops. It is in between mild and medium hop balance leaning a little more toward malty and very mild sweetness. It has a smooth and very crisp feel to it that suddenly drops to a quenching dryness. This golden ale was perfect for a hot summer day ending my thirst problem instantly.

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Photo of becktone
3.88/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eye: Looks great in the glass. Very pale in color with a nice fluffy white head that has good retention. Looks lively as the bubbles float to the top.

Nose: Very clean aroma. Little bit of grain/husk aromas mingled with a slight weak sweet malt aroma in the back. Dry and crisp describe it well.

Tongue: Overall a nicely balanced brew. Hop flavor is hard to describe, but it blends nicely with the malt flavor found here. A little grape like perhaps can describe this brew. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Light bodied with higher levels of carbonation. This brew drinks easily and the level of carbonation doesn't interfere with the beer's flavor, it compliments it. This is one I'd buy again, though I think I'll try others of the style first. However, this one has turned me on to the kolsh style.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.88/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 4/7/11.

Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a nice slightly hazy golden color. It has a small 1-finger white head on it. The head has decent retention and leaves behind some lace.

S - It smells of nice sweet malts up front. There are also notes of honey, caramel, citrus, and some other fruits as well.

T - The taste is mostly of sweet malt. There are also flavors of light fruits, citrus, some hops, and some honey. This is nicely balanced, and the finish is clean.

M - This has a light to medium body and prickly carbonation. It has a nice smooth feel to it, and a clean finish. This is a very nice feel for a kolsch.

O - The drinkability here is good. This beer goes down easy and tastes great. I could easily drink a 6-pack of these. It is a very nice example of the style, probably the best of it that I've had so far. I suggest giving it a try.

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Photo of SargeC
3.87/5  rDev +29%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear, pale yellow with a minimal white head and free flowing carbonation.

Smell: Clean malt, minimal hops.

Taste: Very clean and smooth flavor. Just a touch of malt and hops with a buttery finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a decent overall consistency.

Drinkability: A nice quencher with a little more character than a macro.

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Photo of callmeclemens
3.86/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this yesterday. Pulled it from the cooler in a bottle at around 8pm and took a sip, whatever kind of sweet, watery whatever, but it down and played a pick up game of football for around fifteen minutes. When I returned to my beer it didn`t even taste the same, when this beer gets a chance to warm up a bit its flavor really shines through, it tasted so smooth, like a golden apple dunked in orange juice, with toher very warming herbs, a great brew to transition into autumn brews.

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Photo of arnulfooxblood
3.86/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. This is a pretty tame one for Flying Dog. Crystal clear and golden in color. Reminds me an awful lot of Molson Canadian, and I don't think that is necessarily a bad thing. I guess I just expect a little more from Flying Dog. It is a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance lives up to its name: clear and golden. Tons of carbonation. Big, puffy Italian ice head. Color is light but good; the head is fine.

The aroma is lagery, with that slight pilsnerish hop. It's all-malt (I think) so there isn't that corn aroma, which is a relief. Slight crisp lime/citrus smell.

The taste is lagery malt, with a little bit of German bitterness. Has almost a lemonade quality to it, with an unexpected citrusy hop. Well balanced!

The feel is crisp and fresh, but also smooth. Works well with style. More of an ale-feel than a lager feel. I like it; crisp and bittersweet and refreshing. Nicely balanced and good for spring.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fl.-oz. bottle. Purchased at brewery gift shop. Best before day 95 of 2012 (April 5).

Appearance: Pours a golden, pilsneresque yellow with a thin white head.

Smell: Very grainy and slightly metallic. I believe, according to the Flying Dog website, this is brewed with a lager yeast.

Taste: Biscuity, bready, very pleasant! Everything you want in a golden (read: light) ale. Light fruity, almost strawberry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light with a nice carbonation.

Overall: I am actually very impressed. A lot of lighter beers do not have this much flavor. This beer has not seemed to receive great scores from other reviewers, but for what it is, it should rate much higher.

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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.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

glass: Guinness Pint Glass

Sort of watered down orange color. It's between a adjunct lager and a typical pale ale in color. Head is nice, 1-finger, it seems as though it won't stick for the whole session though.

Grassy hops on the nose, the kind of smell that you might find in a dunkel. Slightly dry with a grape-apple brightness and soft cracker. All the flavors combined, one could go as far as to say that malt vinegar can be detected.

Surprisingly balanced taste. It's slightly astringent but not nearly as much as i expected. There's a very light cereal quality with a tart grape underneath grassy hops.

Smooth light-medium mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation and a flavor profile reminiscent of a light lager makes this the perfect party brew to bring over to your buddies on a Friday afternoon.

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Photo of therica
3.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice.

A= clean golden-yellow, little head, little lacing but pure-white.

S= very fresh, some florals and mild citrus notes, mild malts and musty hints.

T= light but delightful, slightly sweet, a little more hops-bite than many golden-ales; reminds me slightly of a nice Czech Pils akin to the slightly-sweet Vyskovska but with hops-bite.

M= light but nice, slight sweetness, florals, malts, mild hops-bite, noticeable malts lingering.

D= very drinkable, this would be a great session on-tap beer if available.

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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.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +28.3%
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.

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Photo of RollingRocker
3.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a quickly dissipating head and hardly any lacing to speak of. Smells grainy with a little bit of hop. Tastes light with a nice hoppy flavor that lingers afterwards. Mouthfeel has the right amount of carbonation to make you want another one...makes me thirstier. A drinkable beer that quenches but leaves me wanting more to drink.

-RR

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Photo of abedenbaugh
3.84/5  rDev +28%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: It's a very light yellow with a touch of orange. The carbonation is very fine with continual evanescence. The head is white and it falls to a thin film quickly.
S: I really liked the smell. The dominate aroma is of a sweet malt and a little bit of caramel. Also there is a little bit of a wheat aroma in it, too.
T: The taste overall is very subtle. There is a little bit of light malt sweetness in the beginning. The wheat in the beer gives it a little bit of a smoother taste. There is a little bit of a yeasty flavor. Then at the end there is just a touch of bitterness to finish it off.
MF: Light to medium body with low carbonation.
D:Overall I think it's a great beer to drink. The flavor is mild and pleasant with only a touch of bitterness and because of that I think it would be very easy to drink on a very hot day.

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Photo of sliverX
3.84/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a golden amber pretty much clear lots of bubbles cascading upwards to form a decent head and left pretty good lacing
smell was light cereal grains and a bit of grass
taste was slightly malty but balanced nicely with a noble hop presence
mouthfeel was a light medium finished crisp
drinkability would be a wonderful summer beer very refreshing

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Tire Bite Golden Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3 out of 5 with 996 ratings
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