Tire Bite Golden Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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Tire Bite Golden AleTire Bite Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly dip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is very mild and is of mat and grain. Taste is much the same with some grass and hay flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer and not something I would really go for again.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a clear looking pale yellow color with a white head on top. The head fades leaving nothing much behind. The smell of the beer is of light grainy malts. The taste of the beer is very light also. The mouthfeel was again light also, it's got a decent carbonation to it which helps the feel of this a little bit. Overall it's a pretty standard brew, there isn't too much that really excites me here.

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Photo of metter98
2.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down leaving some lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of bready and grainy malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of bready malts and some notes of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is really easy to drink but nothing really stands out compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.25/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this as part of the sampler pack, and it was by far the worst one of the bunch. I'm not sure why they even produce it. Looks/Smells/Tastes like a Budweiser or Coors, really wouldn't be able to tell the difference between them. So light bodied that it is drinkable, but the flavor is not there. Not a good one.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Advertised as a Kolsch, its probably the most flavorful kolsch I've had. Looks golden and clear like a really pale pale ale. Smells subtle and sweet malt. Slight fruity esters and carbonation plays on the nose. Slight vegetive flavors are presented. Tastes thinly of sweet malt, corn sugar, a little grainy, a little buttery. Body remains just high of weak and remains. Finishes light and crisp with hardly an aftertaste. A good hot weather beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a whipped egg white head that retains reasonably well and leaves a few dots of lace

Smell: Toasty and grainy, with a hint of a Germanic hop profile

Taste: Starts out toasty, with a bitter grainy aspect developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the there is a hint of a sweet floral element to it that adds a nice dimension

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: A pleasant beer that works well in hot weather; sure is a lot of hate around here for this beer - guys, it is a Kölsch, what were you expecting???

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Photo of kojevergas
2.36/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a true imperial pint glass in Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a very bubbly clear gold. It's appealing for the style.

Sm: Lemon esters, cream, and badly handled barley. A mild strength aroma.

T: Lemon esters plague the front and feel misplaced. The remainder of the beer is comprised of dying lemon esters alongside stale cream and bland barley. It's simply and badly built and not particularly balanced either.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Very generic. A bit sharp on the climax.

Dr: Easily downable. Priced relatively high, especially considering the lackluster quality. Leave this one on the shelf, lads.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.2/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle courtesy of Okbeer: Poured an yellow color beer with a small white bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of gross malt is dominating and not really enticing. Taste is similar to raw malt with some subtle cardboard in the back. Body is light with some low carbonation. I think something went wrong here but this is definitely not something I would like to try again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.05/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a pale, yellow color. Highly carbonated with a small head.

S - Smelled of corn, grains and yeast. Possibly some fruity aromas, too.

T - It had a sweet malty flavor with a little hop spiciness.

M - It was crisp and light-bodied.

D - It was an okay beer. It just didn't seem to have character.

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Photo of nickfl
3.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale gold color with a 2+ finger white head. Nice clarity and good head retention.

S - Very clean aroma. A bit of hops, not much else.

T - Grainy and bready. Strong, uncomplicated grain flavor with some herbal, earthy hops that are reminicent of a pilsner and bitterness hideing behind malt in the finish.

M - Medium body, mouth coating. Moderate carbonation.

D - Easily drinkable beer. This is a very middle of the road, uncomplicated beer. Good, for what it is.

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Photo of oberon
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.46/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of light malts with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready but light with flavors of grainy malt sweetness and some hops bitterness. Overall, it's a simplistic flavor which is normal for the style. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, the finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's nothing out of the ordinary but it's still worth drink for a little while if you want something light that still has some substance.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. single - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Faintly grainy light malt nose with small notes of grain and spicy, herbal hops.

Taste: Light maltiness with a slight graininess, a small touch of sweetness, and a hint of wheat breadcrumbs. Incredbily faint fruitiness. Spicy hops displaying a slight grassy herbaceous quality and medium-low bitterness. Finishes dry and crisp, with a bit of lingering spicy hop character.

Mouthfeel: Hovers on the fine line between light and medium-light bodied. Crisp, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Comfortably average Kölsch! A simple, refreshing, crisp alternative to the basic American lagers.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm sure I've had this in bettter form (especialy since OU lost today);
but will just review this bottle on it's merits....

Appearance: More yellow than golden, good head retention,

Can taste hops & malts, just can't smell any ..

Tastes of pine resin & malt. just none in the nose..

good mouth feel a bit prickly on the toune edges, to to detract from balanced...

Overall not a great ale, but a lucky find in the south &midwest (bailed me outta some funks...)

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.2/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale yellow, with a tiny head that quickly gets swallowed up and tons of carbonation, looks like seltzer! Smells like corona with a lime, that is scary but what the hell, bottoms up...and tastes like it smells, there are hints of sweetness, and again the lime citrus, and is a bit dry on the back, but...oh nevermind just not all that good and we will leave it at that. Goes down real easy, and is a good chugger...why am I drinking this, where is my dfh?

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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.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.24/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had to see why this beer was considered deserving of a spot on the "Bottom of the Barrel" List.

A: The pour is innocent enough. Gold in color with a finger or two of white head. Pretty decent looking, actually.

S: Certainly doesn't smell good, however. Very heavy on the corn and other cooked vegetables which are always so welcomed in beer. Quite a bit of grass and hay, and a really grainy sweetness.

T: Surprisingly bitter for what I was expecting. Corn, grain, and apple juice provide sweetness. This is certainly unlike any "kolsch" I've had. Grassy hops and again, quite bitter and astringent.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Surprisingly harsh and abrasive and far too bitter for my liking.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Continuing my revisitation of the Flying Dog catalog with this bottle. It pours a clear pale golden straw topped by a bit more than a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light lemon zest and an extremely light whisking of wheat. The taste, simply put, is a harshly plastic version of the smell, as though the ingredients have become laminated or something. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a pretty sad kolsch. 'Nuff said, trust me.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.66/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From 08/25/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy dark yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts and grain, but that is pretty much it. Not too much going on in the nose at all.

t - Tastes of corn, vegetables, bready malts, wheat, and grain. Again, not a ton of taste and nothing special here.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a below average beer. Not much to the nose or taste at all; wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured with a nice white head with decent retention. The color is a bright, pale lemon-yellow and it has a mildly hoppy nose. The mouthfeel is somewhat light with a faint hint of hops on the tongue. The finish is somewhat dry with the same light taste of hops that I experienced in the mouth. It's not a bad summer beer, but I just think that there are better examples of the style available.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is very macro lager esque the head however does hold together much better and the body is a deep clear golden than your averabe BMC. Label states 5% abv and artwork has not changed much except for the fact the the color is now green. Aroma cereal grains light biscuit malts not much hop profile going on only 16.5 IBUs here. Clean malts with slight metallic twang with a sharp layer of citrus lemongrass. Flavor clean with a rolling herbal and zesty lemongrass appeal with mildly sweet blend of biscuit with a touch of carapils malts here. Again some grainy and metallic notes going on but overall pretty simple and straight forward. A minimal yeast infused sliced wheat bread note in there as well, with mouthfeel feeling a bit exra carbonated at times, bubbles tickle the back of the throat body is light and refreshing. Drinkability, a solid summer sipper never had this one before not the most authentic Kolsch ale but definitely a nice clean effortless easy drinking brew especially when found to be fresh.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.78/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Gold straw. Pours about a finger of white head.

S - Mellow malt, touch of lemon.

T - Crisp. Touch of yeast into a soft malt. Some lemon zest.

M - Light body, well carbonated. Some residual malty sweetness in the finish.

D - Light and refreshing. The flavors are ok but not spectacular.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.85/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold - typical beer color. Minimal head with some lacing. Nose is slightly sweet with little else to it. Flavor comes and goes just as quick. Very little to it. Starts off somewhat sweet and retreats quickly. I guess it saw a better tire down the road to chase. Feel is a little above standard with some extra bubbles. Drinkable, but I don’t know why you’d really want to.

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Tire Bite Golden Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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