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Demolition 1800 Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Demolition 1800 AleDemolition 1800 Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

221 Ratings
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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 10-13-2002)
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3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage.

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with a half finger white head head that immediately settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with muted hops subtle spice and sweet malts. Faint floral hops along with some pepper, rye, biscuit, caramel and toffee.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation up front and a decent balance of zesty spice and sweet malt notes. Hints of pepper and cinnamon followed by faint floral hops and spicy rye. I'm also picking up some light fruit which compliments the caramel, toffee and biscuit characteristics. Slight buttery aftertaste lingering into a dry finish. ABV is well masked at 8%.

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of cavedave
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Edition

It pours a luxurious golden, cloudy with very fine yeast, topped briefly by an off-white head, then persisent skim. A gentle swirl leaves thick resins and spots of bubbles. That said, there is something about the appearance that doesn't hit me right, all the parts are there, but it doesn't shine.

The nose is full of yeast, nice peach/nectarine ester, over a nice pale malt sweetness, and some richer maltiness. Not super complex, but extremely inviting.

The taste is a well blended, medium flavor mix of the lighter and sweeter sides of belgiany yeast esters over a very clean malt bill that eludes definition. It's like a ghost of nectar sweet beneath a taste that is luscious, I get peach, lemon, floral, and a juicy finish that has hints of citrus, but is sweet, juicy and free of any alcohol. Like the nose not super comlex, but quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is very good, perhaps a bit thin for style. Smooth, light on the palate, tastefully low carb., very clean flavor profile and finish.

Drinkability is quite good. Given unlimited access I could drink this until the planet Venus becomes an Ice Wilderness.

Impression: Not certain I can get more of this. I'm going to try. Suggest you do same.

Photo of capra12
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed 8/30/09 solo served out of a snifter glass,

Appearance: Golden tan in color, rather cloudy with two fingers of head which dissipates rather quickly

Smell: There were hints of Belgian yeast and citrus zest.

Taste: Opens mellow and very subdued almost stale grains. the Belgian yeast comes through in the middle but yet again very subdued as it approaches the end there is a distinct hop bitterness and citrus which carries over into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to bodied, moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: I usually like Belgian Pale Ales or pretty much all Belgian styled ales but this was too mellow and kind of stale for me, almost seemed like there was no alcohol in this but sadly I must say I wouldn't have another.

Photo of wheatman106
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pale orange/amber, like a dark golden color. Formed a thick, tight, bone white colored head. Hazy, lots of suspended particles/unfermentables.

S: Chalky, slightly yeasty, notes of citrus. Moderately aromatic to the nose, but with little essence hop or spice.

T: Initially opened quite bland and without much character. The beer opened up on the palate to a watery juice flavor with hidden hints of alcohol and spice that ever so slightly came through the finish.

M: Light, definitely not crisp. I would like to stress the watery-ness.

D: Definitely not what I thought it would be, and quite boring. The lack of outstanding aromas/flavors almost make it a session beer.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

P: Poured from a 2007 bottle (no freshness date) into a tulip.

A: Poured a 3 finger, relatively course head that dissipated slowly. The head was creamy white and the brew was almost cloudy blood orange in color.

S: Subdued citrus flavors invaded my nose as I sniffed the glass. Also detected a hint of floral esters and bit of spice.

T: Very little carbonation for was poured a very heady brew. The flavors here are so subdued that the beer is almost watery. I could detect mellow grapefruit flavors along with a bit of unripened peach. The taste finished rather spicy and with almost no trace of alcohol.

M: Very lite bodied but there is a coarseness about this brew that isn't coming from the carbonation. I can't quite place my finger on what it is though.

D: Almost could consider this a session beer because it tastes so lite which hides its ABV very well. However, I wouldn't have this again. The complexity is there, but the strength of the individual flavors are lacking.

Photo of damienblack
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BDLBrewster, 12oz bottled in June 2005.

Pours an opaque light honey-gold in color, but the first sense I get is that this beer has lost a bit of a step from oxidation. Generous pour yields not much in the way of head, and it doesn't linger or anything. Smells interesting, a lot less sweet than anticipated. Very grassy, some faint but pleasant grassy hop. Kind of saison-ey. Also has a bit of that "about to turn" slightly oxidized smell. If some air has crept in, it is less apparent in the flavor. You can still sense it a bit, but not real strongly. It is light and fluffy, easygoing. Not real complex in terms of depth of flavor, but a pretty decent Belgian Pale Ale. A bit light in body, but no sense of the alcohol. Nice and airy, it was very nice to try this beer.

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2005
Pours an opaque burnt orange color with very little head. Chunky lacing and almost no visible carbonation.

Smells of musty yeast and a molding grapefruit type of funk. Small hint of booze and grass as well.

Tastes is full of bread and sweet toasty pale malt. The yeast takes a backseat to the mellow grassy hop profile that is perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the malt. The alcohol provides a touch of spice, but overall is very hidden.

Mouthfeel has a surprising amount weight to it, but there is almost no carbonation left in this brew. Coats your mouth nicely and overall is pretty good for the style.

Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed this brew. Good nightcap.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from '06.
Pours a reddish gold in color. Completely see through with some carbonation. Little bit of bubbles around the edges. Smell is light fruit and just a bit of alcohol. There's also subtle notes of alcohol as well.
The age of this beer shows highly in the flavor. Plenty of yeast and just a hint of alcohol in the nose. Very refined, aged flavor. Enjoyable and easy to drink. Not overly complex, but good in it's own right.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle, 2007 vintage. Poured into my basic snifter glass, the ale appears a hazed muted yellow color with about two fingers of white foam. Smells and tastes of spicy yeast, fruits such as light grapefruit, white grapes, honeyed pears, a touch of caramel. A notch or two better than medium bodied with ample carbonation. A few years in the bottle certainly did not tarnish this ale. Check it out, fresh or aged.

Photo of Yetiman420
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date - 080706. Label says good for up to five years post bottling. This one's going down nearly three years from bottling.

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Light golden color with slight haze. One finger head that subsides while I'm reading the label and couldn't observe (maybe off white).

Aroma is caramel malt with the light distinct Belgian yeast aroma. Not exceptionally pronounced.

Rich mouthfeel with remarkable smoothness. 8% with no indication of the more often than not Belgain high gravity heat.

This beer at this point is the benchmark of soft and smooth. The downside of this is the lack of complexity and any distinctive character. Really a joy to experience the pillowy mouthfeel and smooth, mild flavor.

Photo of infestaxion
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking this in honor of Michael Jackson's birthday. '06 poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Hazy burnt orange with almost no head that ends up as a ring around the edge.

S - A lot of yeast and a little grapefruit

T - Not surprisingly after 2 1/2 years the hops have died down quite a bit. Taste almost as yeasty as it smells. A bit of citrus.

M - Nice body. Very smooth. Little carbonation.

D - Although the alcohol isn't very strong I don't think it's something I'd want to session.

Overall, it's not as good as I remember but not bad. Definitely better than a Budweiser.

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Demolition 1800 Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
86 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.