Tire Bite Golden Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

Tire Bite Golden AleTire Bite Golden Ale
996 Ratings
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 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 flaminghomer
3.6/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a nice clean crisp beer. a golden color with a slight haze. a fizzy head is disappointing. smell is pretty mild, just slight grain i think. taste is mild. just a bit more flavor and it would be a good beer, but the hops and malts both fall a hair short. but it is still a very drinkable beer. not worth the price though.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
2.41/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Clear golden in color, no head or lacing seen.
S: Very faintly malty smelling with just a hint of a diacetyl. Smells are very faint.
T: Sweet malt with a bit of a pinapple taste. No hop profile. No real aftertaste. Tastes are a bit better than the Old Scratch, but not by much.
M: Crisp, clean, body is light to the point of being watery. Carbonation is nice, ETOH feels about right for the stated ABV%
D&N: I have tried two beers from this brewery, and they both have the character of a macro. Is this something for macro people to drink and say "look at my fancy beer"? This beer is lacking in aromas and flavors. Try it if you want to, but I wouldn't encourage it.

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Photo of taez555
2.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a decent sized white head with a clear orange body.

The nose was very clean. Mostly just a light grain smell. A slight fruit smell came through after a while. For the most though, this beer had almost no nose. It smelled like your average macro.

The taste was along the same lines. Very light bodied with a rather intense carbonation. A very clean small malt taste. Some slight graininess accompanied by a soft but present bitterness. Some mild fruit and yeast. The hops were almost non existent, but what I could make out seemed to have a slight earth note to it. It ended quickly with little aftertaste.

A decent drinkable beer, but for the most part dull. I found I got more taste out of it from my burp afterwards than from the beer itself. It’s barely a step up from your average macro. It’s sad really. Flying dog makes some decent beers, but this beer just reinforces the reasons I usually shy away from trying anything new they bring out. Drinkable, but I’ll pass next time.

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

Appearance: clear yellow, unimpressive yet satisfactory head which stuck around
Smell: very faint, too faint, some of the usual malty/fruity scents but I had to strain my nose
Taste: again the keyword is faint, maybe weak, cool and crisp but most refrigerated beverages are
Mouthfeel: thin, common
Drinkability: yeah, on a hot day but many more better hot weather quenchers out there

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.22/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A cryptic 176A04 on the label ? This is a Kolsch style.

Bright lighter sided clear lemonade colored pour with mild bubbles and a scant head coating. Lines of carbonated bubbles rise up.

Clean 7-Up & pears nose. Something is cooking in the kitchen on this one.

Taste department is slow going here. Hmmm…what do I taste? I gotta go with apple cider and pears. Even though I keep sippin’ any other flavor is escaping me. Good mouth sizzle. This almost tastes like “sparkling cider” but more bready. Not an enticing description, I know, but it’s decent. A wee bit sugary & cloying in the finish.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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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 HappyHourHero
3.31/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big white meringue head leaves a solid coat of lace. Clear golden beer with a few small bubbles rising to the top. Very faint aroma, fresh spring and grains, I don't know, god forbid you drink this in a bar. Flavor is very mild as well, a bit of tangy-ness that's not quite lemony joined by a pinch of sweetness finishing very clean, almost dry. Light body, smooth feel. Very drinkable, nice feel, not much flavor or aroma. Kind of like the flavored water of the beer world.

I know. I'm sitting the corner as you read this:-)

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Photo of Southernbrew
2.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Budweiser gold with a small head that makes no effort to stick around.

Lots of grain in the nose. Slight trace of citrus hops but nothing that sticks out.

Medium body, some malt flavors with flowery hops. Really boring. Finishes with a medium grain taste.

Another so-so offering from flying dog, not something I would buy again.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

OG-11.5 P, SG=1.046, 5.1% ABV.

Pours out to a clear, very pale golden, forming a soapy white head with decent retention and good lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma of weak, floral hops with a touch of freesia, corn, and a light dryness. Mouthfeel is average, watery, with a light body and clean finish. Taste is predominated by corn, with hardly any perceptable hop flavor or bitterness. Cleanly fermented with a crisp finish.

This is a very simple beer, and only a step above Budweiser. If you need to transition someone from macro domestic swill to an average pale ale, then this would be the one. Comparable to the lightest tap at any new brewpub. Easy to drink, but then again, why would I want to?

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Photo of frank4sail
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Musty wet leather smell. Ver cear filitered straw yellow look in the glass. Airy pale white 1/4 head. Very clean malty taste with a crispish finish. Medium to light mouth with a dry tongued quenching finish. Quite drinkable. This brew would be good with spicy foods or as a session brew. One of the better brews from this brewery.,

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
1.95/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The aptly named tire bite tastes a bit like grass and dirt. Unfortunately, the best thing about the beer is the label. It's unfortunate that Ralph Steadman didn't put his talents to work elsewhere on high quality beers. This golden ale seems a bit too pale and watery. It formed little head. The aromas were grassy as were the simple, thin flavors. I can't believe that it claims to be a Kolsch. This beer is clearly designed to have broad appeal but offers nothing of interest for a beer drinker looking to enjoy a kolsch ale.

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Photo of Foxman
3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a crisp, clear glowing gold, bright and carbonated. A single finger of uneven white head grows slowly and settles quickly to frothy cirrus traces.

In the aroma, a thin veneer of malt sweetness floats lightly, along with subdued notes of berry and vanilla cream. A sparse yeast tartness pokes through from time to time.

On first sip, a gauzy film of light malt sweetness coupled with a muted doughy tang of yeast slips forward. A very distant hops bitterness comes and goes quickly, declining to linger. A vague tart citrus fruit note flashes along the edges before an indistinct earthiness drops off at the finish.

Light bodied, it washes in and away in a jiffy. It coats, but there's not much to leave lingering.

It seems that everything in this beer is in such a rush that it never leaves much of an impression. The elements step in and out so quickly that they're more memory than substance. Yet, the fact that they're there at all helps deliver a passable flavor profile. And the lightness and ephemeral nature make it all the more drinkable, a true step up from most macro offerings. Give me a deck, hot afternoon sun, and nothing to do, and I'd drink a few, for sure. It won't grab you, but it'll frisk you a little.

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Photo of joshlara
4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A very light beer, clear gold color, thin white lace, appears exactly like a pilsner.

Smell: Aroma of straw, grass, and sweet floral notes.

Taste: Flavor of grains, some biscuit, and finishes with a slight herbal somewhat bitter hop taste. Very light and very refreshing.

Overall: A great lighter style beer to have around during the 95 degree oven of the northeast in July. A good choice for an everyday session beer in the summer. Definately an alternative to Bud and other macros.

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

White head. Clear, very pale, golden brew.
Aroma of grainy malt and hops with a bit of earthiness.

Taste shows a grainy malt backbone. Decent hop crispness and balance. Slightly earthy. Hops seem grassy. Hint of lemon. Finishes crisp initially, then the hops fade leaving a malt sweetness that lingers on the palate. Light, but a little too sweet to be very refreshing.

Solid mouthfeel for the style.
A few more hops in the tank and I might enjoy this beer on a hot summer day.
Overall, a solid golden ale. Big thanks to TwelveVoltMan for the bottle!

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Photo of RootedFool
3.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle drawn from a variety pack purchased at Courthouse Market in Eureka, California.

Pours brilliant golden yellow, lots of lively bubbles, with a short bubbly head that quickly deflates into a soapy film on the brew's surface -- no lacing to mention.

A small nose. I pick up on a foreground of grassy, funky notes. Digging deeper, concentrating, I find some buttery breadiness.

Taste opens with a round, sweet undertone, like a buttered croissant. Overhead an acidic bitterness reaches out. Aftertaste is a puckering, narrow sour (sour apple, almost) bitterness.

Mouthfeel has a nice firmness to it and still manages to roll off of my palate at a refreshing pace. Lots of carbonation.

A warm weather chug-a-lugger for sure.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.27/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a pale gold color with a fleeting white head on top. The aroma is cereal, grainy. The taste is mainly a grainy malt taste, some bitterness from the hops. Not quite as crisp as i would like. Slight spice. Not a horrible beer, i would much rather have it after mowing the lawn.

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

Pours to a frothy white head and golden color. Head fades to thin ring. Aroma is strangely reminicent of Abita Purple Haze?! plus a typical Koelsh/wheat aroma. Flavor is light and clean with a nice balance of pale malt sweetness and light hop bitterness. Finishes with a clean, slightly fruity aftertaste. A decent blonde ale/Koelsh.

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Photo of oelergud
2.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear pale straw colored body, high carbonation and white head.
Smells bready and wheat like with a slight smell of licorice, taste is very much the same with some added astringency.
Feels a little thin but easy to drink. An ok beer but one you forget easy.


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

12ozer bottle from prepackaged mixed 12- pack from Austin Liquors, Shrewsbury, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a half inch tall white head, with reasonably good staying power. Light golden hue, good lacing present. Slight malt and hops aromas, but nothing particularly noteworthy. Taste is of pale malts and has a crisp finish, but pretty ordinary overall, in my book. High sessionability, but you'd kind of expect that from a golden ale.

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Photo of TripelJ
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Now Quaffing: Flying Dog ~ Tire Bite Golden Ale

Pours a crystal clear and pale golden with a medium head of large bubbles that fizzes out rather quickly. Aroma is sweet and a little grassy. Taste is dominated by a simple sweetness that reminds me of apples. Very light bite from the carbonation and a little bitterness in the end, but not much in the way of detectable hops. Mouthfeel is very watery, although I was expecting as much. Drinkability is pretty good if you like the simple, but dominantly sweet taste.

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Photo of merlin48
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog Brewery evokes many fond memories, and I love their label art. I'm still hoping to find one of their brews that I can give some high marks. It's not this one. This pours a clear, pale, yellow color with a short white head that disappears in seconds, leaving only a few bubbles around the collar. Aroma is subdued, with some grain and faint herbal hops. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with medium carbonation. Taste is of light malt and some graininess. Hops seem invisible here, but must be present, as this is not overly sweet. This brings to mind the taste of a macro pale lager, which is not good. This is easily drinkable, I suppose, but so is Miller Lite.
I love the history of this brewry, and the Hunter S. Thompson connection is intriquing. I think they need to jerk their dogs around, and move in a new direction in order to get some character and flavor in their offerings. They can do better than this feeble attempt at a Kolsch.

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Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden/yellow brew.

Smell is sweetish and grainy, malt is present and there is a distinct honey smell to this.

Taste is on the sweet side; there is a mild dough and flower flavor to this. There is a mild honey taste to this but not a dominant flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkable brew, mild flavor might be too sweet for some.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.73/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold color with not much of a head, but lots of visible carbonation. Smells lightly of malt and hops, not very overpowering, but I think that is the intention of this beer. It tastes like a small step from the BMC beers. Still light and easy to drink, but also has some of the quality evident in micros. It is above freezing for the first time in a couple months today, I have the windows open, and this beer combined with the weather makes me feel like it is Spring already.

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Photo of MobBarley
2.1/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Meh. Now, I'll admit that the Kolsch style is an unfamiliar one to me. Still, this looks, smells and drinks like a dolled-up Bud. Appearance is lackluster, clear and piss (not golden) yellow. Feeble, airy lilly-white head acts tough but retreats by the third sip. Smell is akin to many a macro brew, but with a slightly sweeter malt note and a citrusy tang that really doesn't belong. Taste is similarly disappointing, starting off somewhat crisp and dry before becoming altogether too sweet and reminiscent of Coors/Bud. Mouthfeel is nothing to write home about. Has body that barely surpasses Coors/Bud in complexity. Drinkability is fine, except for the utter lack of flavor. Still, there is a refreshing quality that saves this brew from a straight 2.0. I paid 7.39 for a sixer of this? These folks ought to be ashamed.

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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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