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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of drizzam
2.85/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of johnrobe
2.96/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of ADR
2.36/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of jackndan
2.88/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of bditty187
2.65/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
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....

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
2.56/5  rDev -14.7%
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..

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Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of beernut7
3.63/5  rDev +21%
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.

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Photo of Wildman
3.63/5  rDev +21%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Murph
3.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of marc77
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of tigerpaws
2.9/5  rDev -3.3%
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

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Photo of xXTequila
3.51/5  rDev +17%
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.

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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 pbrian
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Todd
2.02/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Has some chaotic artsy fartsy work on the label, but no clear freshness date.

Appearance: Clear, bright golden-yellow with a thin creamy white lace -- just enough retention to keep me interested.

Smell: Pungent, a bit apple-cidery, slightly floral. Musty.

Taste: Smooth, creamy, light and refreshing on the palate. Malt presence is mild, not sweet at all, and lends more to the body of the beer. Hops are herbally, with a very watery lemon flavour. Thin fruitiness, hints of apple skin. Goes crisp, grainy and then dry ... straight into the finish, which thins out and contains a background bready flavour.

Notes: Not too fond of this beer. In fact, it's a close to poor excuse for a Kölsch, mediocre at best. "Why?" comes to mind as I look at all of the other selections on the beer shelves ... and that's not good at all.

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Photo of Brent
3.7/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very drinkable golden ale. The dog tearing up a bike tire on the label makes you think it might be something with some bite, but it is actually quite mild and easygoing. Restrained slightly fruity hops and a good malt backbone.

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Photo of Jordan
4.24/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Even though the 6-pack I purchased was 9 months past the 'best before' date, this was a much enjoyed drink. Fruity malty aromas on the nose, this combonation carries over onto the palate. Amaising how similar a smell and taste can be. Finishes very dry. Even though the head dissipates basically to nothing and has a yellow straw color, it's packed with sediment! Pick this up sometime.

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