Flying Dog Tire Biter Ale
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Brewery: Flying Dog
Pros: Different style, not
widely available. Refreshing.
Origin: Colorado, USA
Rating (5): 3.1
Cons: Not enough flavor and a
little too thin.
The Bottom Line One of the
better American versions of a not too widespread style. Refreshes, it's nice and
crisp but just doesn't carry enough weight or flavor.
Don’t even ask if you can pet this dog
I admit to being a little misled by this ale. I picked it up without reading the
label, so I only really got a first impression. Let me ask anyone what they
would expect from a picture of a dog looking more devilish than Satan himself,
clenched fists, ferociously biting at a bicycle tire, blood spraying from his
mouth and fumes snorting from his snout? Well, I was expecting something strong,
something tough, maybe a Scottish ale or a barley wine. How wrong I was. This is
actually something pretty delicate, a Kölsch, a German style ale that actually
looks like a lager.
Was ist Kölsch?
Kölsch is derived from Köln (German for Cologne), and designates the only area
in which this ale may be brewed. It’s a top-fermented pale, fruity ale,
cold-aged like a lager, and was apparently conceived as a rival to pilsner.
Inevitably, much like pilsner or champagne, the style was unable to keep its
geographical limitations and as a result, a few craft brewers are now producing
What the brewers say
This was a Silver Medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival 1998.......read