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 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 Paincane
2.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale golden pour into pint glass producing a thin white head that leaves a thin rim of lace.
S: Not much nose but grainy wheat aroma arrives after it warms a bit.
T: Tastes slightly skunky. Hint of citrus. Tastes like an adjunct lager.
M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: A very average beer that is not to be revisited by me.

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Photo of Craibcr
3.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper color pour, small head that quickly goes away.

S: Nothing very distinct. Smells almost musky with wheat.

T: Very watery flavor at first, with a hing of a sour fruit at the end. Possibly grapefruit or lemons.

M: Very light, doesn't stay in your mouth long.

O: It's not bad, but it's not good either. Worth trying, not worth getting a 6 pack of.

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Photo of rlee1390
2.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Carbonated golden yellow with a one finger head that doesn't stay around for long.

S-Honestly it has notes reminiscent of BMC but luckily there is some wheat flavor in there as well.

T-Wheat some spices. Boring, slightly off putting.

M-Light with some carbonation.

O-Had this beer about a year ago and though it was bad, tried it again to review it and guess what it still is bad.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.33/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a fizzy white mousse that dissipates within seconds. Straight out of the bottle, this one doesn't wow me. The lack of head retention is particularly disappointing.

S: Not much of a nose at all. There are subtle aromas of caramel, lemon, and grainy, cracker-like malt on the nose. Very neutral and generic. Not a lot of depth here.

T: Opens sweet with an overwhelming surge of caramel, cream, vanilla, and biscuit flavors. Gradually, cracker, lemon, grass, and sweet orange flavors become noticeable, but the effect is distracting. The flavor profile never really comes together; instead, it's just a jumbled mess of alternately sweet and mildly bitter components. The finish is bland, forgettable, and very short with malt and citrus notes.

M: Light-bodied and dry, but without any noticeable carbonation. Since this ale lacks the firm, active carbonation of a typical kolsch, it feels almost stale in the mouth and makes the regrettable flavor profile all the more obvious.

O: I would not recommend this beer. It displays none of the classic qualities of the best German kolschbiers. Really, Tire Bite is a huge misfire. I was expecting more out of Flying Dog.

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Photo of JackieTH
2.53/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Rob for the sample.

Poured light copper with a foamy head that dissipated quickly. Smell was grain, very light to the point of being hardly detectable. Taste was something like a basic adjunct lager but not musty, mostly just watery, with some faint lemon or fruit aftertaste, which wasn't good in any event, body was light. Overall it was disappointing.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.1/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Duvel snifter. Label stamped 279A11. What does that even mean? The best by the 279th day of 2011? Maybe someone can beermail me the translation. I haven't had many beers in this style so I'm sort of using light lagers as areference point.

Appearance -Hazy orange amber. Big frothy white head with low stick.

Smell - Musky hop. Very grainy. Some malty sweetness present when swirled.

Taste - Burst of flavor. Sweet. Alcoholic. Very well balanced. Clean finish. Slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Refreshing. Light but effervescent, so there's not any watery feel.

Overall Drinkability - Nooff characters. Well balanced and definitely not dull.

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
3.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance was basic to me, golden,a little flat and clear. The smell was more intriguing fruity whiff ,had never drunk a Kolsch, seemed to have an aroma different from lagars or pils,but couldnt place it. Expecting some kind of "pop" in the mouth....but instead tasted more like a stale ale. I will difinitely try another Kolsch,just maybe a different brand. I do remember a little tangy zip @ the end. Not terrible by any means..just disappointed.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Unfortunately the best thing about this beer is the bottle - both the art and name. It looked like it would pour no head at all but a wimpy 1/16" shivered out of the pour. It has virtually no smell, just the faintest hint of hops, and that didn't really change as it warmed. It looks a clear light gold. Taste is pretty much BMC all the way and after it warmed a little lemon expressed. The texture was a little creamier than BMCs and the finish a little longer. Tire Bite? There's no bite to this beer.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a light yellow gold and is slightly hazy. There was very little head and whatever there was, dissipated very fast leaving no lacing.
The smell is a refreshing citrus. There are bread flavors and toasted malt.
The taste is a reflection of the smell. A very light bodied, easy drinkable summer beer feel. It is all right, but not the best contender in this beer category.

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Photo of Fadefury
3.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Glossy yellow. Pours a strong head, but not very thick and does not last long
S - An inviting aroma that says summer beer to me. Reminds me of a summer ale with the citrus and light scent to it.
T - The taste is rather average and nothing that makes it stand out.
M - Goes down easy and feels very smooth. Easier to drink than most other Kolsch style beers I've had
O - Depending on one's preference, this could be a hit or miss. It's an easy drink that I could see myself drinking a few of in one sitting. It also does not stand out compared to other brands that make the same style. Potentially worth the price if you don't have other options and are looking for a Kolsch beer.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
2.65/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

-from the notes and a 12 ounmce bottle
A - pale light yellow and looks flat. There is a small had but not very bubbly.
S - very slight hints of malt and hops, but just not much there.
T - even less to the taste than was in the smell.
M - watery and very flat.
D - for the price it's just not worth it.

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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 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 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 lexpoot
2.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Will not buy again. I found it rather tasteless. OK in the mouth. But that is all the positive I can say about the beer.label is a typical flying dog label. Funny it immediately stands out on the shelf. Like other beers of this brewery but this is one of the lesser ones.

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

Bright yellow with a large amount of bubble rising up to form a fingers worth of big head. Nose is subtle grains and some lemon rind. Flavor is light with a sour lemon peel bite. Barely any of the cereal grains found in the nose. Sharp lemon bite and carbonation tingle on the finish. The last time I had this beer was a couple years ago and I remember it being better.

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Photo of engagechad
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased in a mixer case - pint

pours a lame straw yellow with fizzy soda like head which dissipates quickly after an aggressive pour. Smells like corn. eh.
taste follows unfortunately and is kind of thin. wouldn't buy this again.

overall this is not really a good beer at all and it's not something to go out and buy.

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Photo of StaveHooks
2.02/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours hazy golden with a white head that dissipates very quickly.

S - Lemony grass, grainy malt, some buttery vegetal.

T - Faint hops and lemon up front, tangy fruity yeast, muted grainy malt, finishes with a mild bitterness and an unpleasant aftertaste.

M - Heavy side of medium, low carbonation.

This taste old and there's something in there that's just not right. Buy a single before getting a whole six pack of this.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours light golden with a fluffy, white head and a soda-like carbonation.
Aroma is of light grassy hops, biscuit malt and hints of lemon. Light, smooth body. Flavors are light hops, sweet biscuit malt, lemon zest, sulfur and horse reddish. There is practically no finish. Flying Dog’s good take on Macro. I hate to pour beer down the drain.

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

Tire Bite has a weak, slightly yeasty nose with hints of lemon and orange, as well as lightly toasted grains. Some sugary esters float upwards as well, but overall the nose smells flat and slightly skunky (as it did in the other bottles of Tire Bite).

On the tongue the brew does have a decent fruit and citrus swirl, with apricots and oranges gently bouncing on top of a Grape Nuts cereal-like base. Hops slide in shortly afterward, bringing a mild grapefruit buzz (16.5 IBU). The larger part of the taste is grain, however, and not even sugary grain; more like wet wheat. The aftertaste is a combination of wheat and hops that fades extremely quickly. Mouthfeel is quite light--close to water--and carbonation is set slightly north of medium.

Overall, while there are good flavors in here, this is a rather weak beverage, and surprisingly substandard for Flying Dog, whose beers are normally bursting with pizazz. I'd recommend their Doggie Style instead, if you're looking for a light summery ale.

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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 EnJeiBee
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Transparent light golden hue with a 1 finger head that disappeared extremely quickly, leaving no lacing

S - A grassy hop aroma is backed by an extremely light malt character

T - Slightly sweet malt character with a slightly bitter hop finish

M - Thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation

O - It goes down extremely easy and would be fit for a hot summer day. However, it's definitely not a standout for the style. I probably wouldn't come back to this one again.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chimay goblet.

Pours a clear golden colour. Small head which goes quickly.

Smells faintly fresh and hoppy.

Tastes carbonated, like a zesty hoppy lager.

Essentially a more interesting lager. Nothing special but great on a hot day.

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Photo of beagle75
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Assertive estery fruit is supported by toasted malt and hops that, while not shy, are a grassy ill-fit with the prominent ale-yeast metabolites.

T: Begins dry, with medium refined grain that is accompanied by bright, bursting acidity and crisp minerality. Hop flavors are subdued early, but join in as minerality transitions into mild but distinctly herbaceous bitterness. Sweetness elevates a little in the middle, bringing out just a whiff of light fruit.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, dancing wetly on the palate, with prickly carbonation.

D/O: This is a malt-focused blond ale that is done a disservice by the timid hand that applied the hops. This could have been worthy of a future visit if hops had been allowed to contribute balancing American aromatics instead of just nodding conspiratorially in the direction of the Euro pale lagers of the world. Even among American-brewed kolsches it does not stand out, seeming weighed down by its malt component. That said, adjunct grain qualities are not detected by this reviewer, although they might have elevated the beer if handled correctly.

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Tire Bite Golden Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
3 out of 5 based on 998 ratings.
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