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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
85
very good

215 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
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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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 01:25:53 | More by FtownThrowDown
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Iowa

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
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%.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 08:12:19 | More by corby112
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rab53

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-01-2011 06:17:59 | More by rab53
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cavedave

New York

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 10:06:38 | More by cavedave
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capra12

New York

3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 02:31:11 | More by capra12
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wheatman106

New York

3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 07:14:14 | More by wheatman106
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 00:13:18 | More by SpeedwayJim
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damienblack

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 04:55:11 | More by damienblack
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BDLbrewster

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 03:41:59 | More by ClockworkOrange
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Yetiman420

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 01:41:30 | More by Yetiman420
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infestaxion

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 22:16:42 | More by infestaxion
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Proteus93

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

split with dkachur and CrellMoset

A: Hazy blonde, minimal head leaving a little scattering wisp.

S: Peach and pear, bready, sugary notes.

T+M+D: Pear, cookie/biscuit, a dessert quality to it. Lighter, but crispish carbonation. Medium body, fairly easy drinking. Not too shabby.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 15:52:09 | More by Proteus93
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WakeandBake

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 12oz Bottled on date 02/22/2007 1439 . A cloudy amber/orange color body with a thin frothy white head,lasting a short time and then fading to a thin ring with spotty lacing.Aroma of zesty spicy and floral hops,some lemon zest and a hint of pepper corns, a little grassy and a touch of yeast fruityness. Flavor is citrus hops some nice spices,wine grapes,honey,and more peppercorns,some candy like sugar but not overly sweet at all,quite balanced. Mildly bitter and dry at the finish with a nice little hop aftertaste. The 8% ABV was well hidden. A very Very tasty brew. I will look for this and buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 23:13:56 | More by WakeandBake
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Jerzy86

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- I loved the orange glow from my glass
S- sweet strong yeast notes
T- banana, crisp, hops, goodness
M- not to great
D- had a punch, very strong, but tasty!

Overall a pretty damn good drink. I just thought it was a little too much of what I really don't look for in a beer..

Serving type: on-tap
@ Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago

01-15-2009 02:52:30 | More by Jerzy86
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paco1029384756

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy color with a short white head.

Scent of candi sugar, yeast, orange peel and some hops. Smells better than the aged bottle I had.

Taste of grain, yeast, candi sugar, citrus, and hints of hops. Nothing amazing, but it is a nice Belgian Pale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago

01-05-2009 03:43:47 | More by paco1029384756
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tdawgydog

New York

3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked this up by accident. Intended to get Matilda. Being one to try something new I soldiered on!

A - It pours a very attractive golden yellow. The head quickly dissapated and left a faint lacing.

S - The smell of alcohol is strong in this beer, which is surpsing being that it has a lower ABV content than some of the other Goose Island beers that I have sampled.

T - I had trouble placing the dominant taste in this beer. There is a biscuit like taste that is overpowering and displaces any other flavorings that have been added to the beer.

M - The mouthfeel is good but it leaves you wanting more.

D - This is another high ABV brew from Goose Island that you might drink one or two of. I will point out that this is my least favorite beer from Goose Island Brewing Company. I won't seek this beer out again.

Serving type: bottle
@ Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago

11-24-2008 02:48:18 | More by tdawgydog
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Oxymoron

Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Save the Harding building? Pours a mostly cloudy light orange to honey color with some floaties, oops. A bubbly white head really didn't come out, thus the aggressive pour. Limited retention and lacing throughout.

The nose has a lot of yeast characteristics and is really limited on the malt. To start there is a fruitiness that, to me, has that fruit extract smell, versus an estery aroma. Noticeable pears, peaches, oranges, rose peddles, bubblegum, and a hint of cloves. Some off notes, musty and butyric as well. Some alcohol and fusel notes well. The malt, limited, but has a sweetness and noticeable sugary smell.

The taste is more on par but still the esters are stronger than the malt. To start there is a sweetness up front with some biscuit, candy and chalky flavors. The esters come in right on que. The pears and oranges really come out but the bubblegum and rose peddles linger into the finish. Some minor butyric, but not as bad as the nose. Some fusel, also not as bad as the nose. There is a minor hop note that is noticeable as it warms. Some yeasty and oxidation characteristics as well.

The body is moderate with some lingering sweetness. Light carbonation, could use more. Some astringency on the back end and becomes more noticeable as it warms. Overall this was kind of a where's waldo for my palate. A lot going on here.

Serving type: bottle
@ Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago

11-13-2008 17:56:05 | More by Oxymoron
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Demolition 1800 Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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