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Demolition 1800 Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Demolition 1800 AleDemolition 1800 Ale

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222 Ratings
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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
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:
Beer added by: maxpower on 10-13-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Golden, some head, good aroma of more hops than yeast. Good mouthfeel for a very hoppy beer, nice selection of hops. Good for lunch.From the writing on the bottle, I thought I was getting some type of double IPA. Instead it was a cross-style very hoppy Belgian.
I think I got this bottle from jpm30, I may have picked this up myself in a huge order in Ohio.

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is caught somewhere between a Belgian Tippel and an American Barleywine. Pours richly with the orange-copper hues of an American Pale Ale, but with the active carbonation and head characteristics of an Abbey Pale Ale. The aromas are perfumey, estery, hoppy, spicy, fruity, malty, nutty, and caramelly...and..oh yea, ...alcoholic. Tastes sweet, malty, and hoppy. The flavor characteristics are everywhere. From dark over ripened fruits to sweet tart fruits. From sweet spices to peppery. From sweet malt to aggressive hopping. From thick and cloying sweet to alcohol thinning. Even picking up on some metalic and salty flavors. The alcohol is sometimes sweet, but finishes phenolic and rough. This is, no doubt, a high quality beer, but there is just too much going on to consider it a clean, easily appreciated beer.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (courtesy of Monger): Poured a deep yellow color ale with a medium foamy pure white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and candi sugar with some nice floral hops (saaz?). Taste is well balance between sweet malt and candi sugar with a slightly bitter and floral hoppy finish. Carbonation is great and alcohol is well hidden. Another well-done beer from this great brewery.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sparkling dark honey suffused with orange. The lemon-accented ecru cap is firmly creamy and sports tiny bubbles on its upper surface that look like glistening dewdrops. As it slowly descends, the crown resembles a plump ravioli with crimped outer edges. Sheer sheets of lace decorate the glass.

I've become used to smelling Belgian yeast in my BSPAs and I don't really appreciate it in this beer. I think I'll consider Demolition a strong golden ale, as do the brewers, since it'll be less confusing to my simple mind. The nose is fairly strong in character, but not in intensity, and is sweet and orchard fruity (apples and peaches in sugar syrup). Unfortunately, it isn't aromatic enough or complex enough to warrant high praise.

I'm not that impressed. The beer is strong, fruity and modestly hoppy. Unfortunately, it's also relatively simple. Saaz hops provide a floral character that seems to clash with the candi sugar. I'm not a yeast aficionado by any means, but this beer needs an infusion of character that a really kick ass yeast strain would provide.

The malt backbone is solid enough and is bolstered (from a mouthfeel standpoint at least) by candi sugar. I don't usually mind sweet beer, but without the host of complex, complementary flavors that the best high-ABV ales possess, the sweetness is more noticeable somehow and verges on cloying. The body/mouthfeel is full and borderline slick with a style-appropriate boisterousness that lightens the load. It isn't quite Belgian-like in terms of carbonation though.

Demolition is pretty good beer, but it's nowhere near good enough to 'bring down the house'. Even though I'll have no trouble polishing off the 4-pack, this isn't a beer that I'll buy again.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ok, so I am not really sure why I went for this one last night. In my mind, I wanted something lighter, and again in my mind this is lighter, so go figure. Anyway, I was in the mood for a Belgian and that brings us to here. Poured into my Selin's Grove Chalice this was a lovely, and very hazy looking bright amber. Good amount of carbonation was visible streaming up from the bottom as well, really quite nice looking. A big three finger high head of lace was crowning the top, with excellent retention and a great side glass presence, this one was definitely impressing me right off the bat.

The aroma was enticing to say the least. It was a rich mixture of so many different things. Lots of grain for sure, but the yeast profile was also extremely nice, really coming across with loads of light fruity notes. A nice mixture of peaches and apricots were all over this one. Hints of even a touch of apple as well. But as it warmed, it really started to take on a life of its own. A nice spiciness began to come through, really pushing up front and by the end of the day, becoming the biggest player on the field here. Tremendous amount of cinnamon like spices here, mixing with the fruit, making this just a tremendously well balanced Belgian ale. The flavor was just superb. Really rich creamy body that just was, well awesome. The carbonation never let up, not even for a minute and gave it that much sought after smoothness that I love soo much. I could have really drank this one all day long, it was just that good. The finish was very dry with hints of sour grapes and fresh grass now pushing through. For something over 8% abv, I was floored by how easily this went down. There was literally not even a hint of alcohol in this. Really quite the nice beer.

Overall, I have nothing but good things to say about this one. Everything about it was simply spot one with really no downside. Incredibly, complex and sessionable, this would be my go to if I could get more of it. I would love to see this come around again, it maybe one of the best I have ever tried in the style, definitely top notch and something everyone should try.

Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out aburgandy color with a small, short-lived, white head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruits, malt and yeast.

T - It had a bittersweet taste with a strong maltiness. The dried fuit taste was apple-like and it had a spice kick.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a warming presence. It is a medium-bodied beer.

D - A pretty good Belgian style ale. Nothing amazing but certainly drinkable.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an golden body with and orange cast beneath a full head of creamy white foam that holds well and leaves nice lace about the glass. The nose is malty with grassy hops.The body is medium-full with a standard carbonation. The flavor is rich with a bready, subtly toasty malt and loads of grassy and slightly floral/spicy hops. It's extremely well-balanced despite it's malty girth and the fact that the bitterness plays only a supporting role. The alcohol is never evident; and it finishes dry with some minor residual malt and lots of lingering grassy hops. Quite nice!

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed golden/straw. No head. Nose is mild orange citrus with a slight sweet edge. Flavor is mild but full and stays even. Sweet from sugar, yes. But there is also an edge of earth that steps in. It takes a very long time for the flavor profile to drop, but when it finally does, you get a slight bitter tone. But not anywhere near enough to ruin the experience. Feel is a bit thick on the liquid with a decent carbonation. Overall I am saying that this is extremely good. A great example of the style put out by an American producer no less. It’d be interesting to see it put up against brews from Belgium

Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this 2007 bottle (date code 22207 09053) from joe1510, cheers Joe! Decanted into my Duvel tulip

Pours a hazed honey/bronze with one pinky of pear-white head. Hazing cleared halfway through. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Pineapple

T: Slight grapefruitty notes, grainy bread, lemons & white pepper up front. Leafy & aged hops, apricots & apple skins show as this warms. Finished with citric hops, some coriander & a bit of pineapple

MF: Medium bodied with light carbonation, balances alright too

Drinks very good, especially for the ABV, the flavors don't quite come together to say Belgian PA to me

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

slightly hazy golden/amber hue, fine, if modest layer of fizz atop...
nose is sweetness, fruit, and effervescence...peach and apricot, mango and guava, a touch citric, nicely hopped, mellow, in the end, but flavorful all the way, but, to taste..
Big entrance on the palate, a burst of spice and fruit, plenty of zest, very lively. Sparks and plays on the tongue, light but alert and alive. Fruit factor reigns high here, but is buoyed by this incandescent effervescence...smackety-smack, it's a taste attack!
Too, too delicious! I likety-like it!
The higher-than -most abv is felt a tiny bit, but is accompanied by so much flavor, that one can be excused if one misses it.
this is a treat, a rare delight...a very fair Duvel imitation, but maltier and fruitier, not quite so dry and sparkly...

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a warm pale malt and Belgian yeast scent. It has an intense malt aroma. The yeast adds a warm fruity presence as well. The taste is good. It has a powerful malt flavor that goes down slow and warms in the finish. It's pale, yet complex with a wondeful yeast fruitiness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. It's a sipper for sure, but it's highly drinkable; another great beer from Goose Island.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 22nd July 2004, Sampled 5th August 2004.
The recipe of this beer has obviously changed quite drastically this year, as the perceived hop levels seem to have been reduced drastically.

Pours a brilliantly clear copper color. Topped by a light tan head, and has a persistent, beaded carbonation to it that is relatively low. Up front the aroma is softly fruity and of raisins, which yields to notes of alcohol. The taste is sweet up front with continued notes of raisins and some honey type flavors as well. There is some light spiciness here as well, but could really use a bit more. I really wish this had the same hopping levels as in previous years, it would make this a bit more interesting. Overall this is fairly clean Belgian Golden ale, while enjoyable it needs a bit more oomph, or at least some balancing sharpness/ bitterness.

Photo of GClarkage
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/7/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a date stamp on the back label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Darker golden, maybe even and off orange pour. Large puffy white head and very nice lace.

Smell- Sweet malt overall, but some sneaky grassy hops slip their way into the lose.

Taste- Combo of roasted sweet caramel malt, grassy saaz hops and maybe even a touch of light lemon peel hit you all at once. More bitter than expected.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher on the carbonation level and a bit thick for a heavier mouthfeel.

Drinkability- A nice beer and fairly easy drinker. Pretty good output from Goose Island.

Photo of Gavage
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a spotty surface head.

Smell: yeast, sugary sweetness, and some hints of alcohol are noticable.

Taste: nice malt profile with grainy caramel, yeast, light citrus, brown sugar, and some green grape tartness. Bitterness provides a nice bite. Alcohol is definitely noticable and warming.

Mouthfeel: Lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: down a bit with the high booziness here, but flavor wise it hits the spot. Give this one a try if you see it.

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4-29-05, label says it will improve for years...12 ouncer sampled. Pours copper/amber, quite clear, moderate white head, leaves short lasting blotchy lacing. Nose is of figs, raisins, alcohol, smidge of candi sugar and fruity/musty esters. Somebody else noted this tastes like a mix of Bwine and belgian pale, I agree. Raisins, fruity notes,alcohol, rum, woody notes, yum.Very dry finish. I doubt I will be ale to hold onto any of the other bottles I purchased. Nice sipper. Worth seeking out.

Photo of corby112
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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 weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy, orange toned gold with a fluffy, 2 finger head of thick, off-white, soapy suds. Retention is bold and slowly fades into a bubbly cap. Solid shelves of lacing mark the sides of the glass like pancake batter.
Smell is of toffee, molasses, borderline soy sauce, brown sugar, caramel, pine, grapefruit, and black pepper.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with flavors of mollasses, citrus, and herbs standing out of the mix.
Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with a sweet, sugary taste that lingers of turbinado sugar. This is more of a sipper at 8%, very warming with noticable alcohol presence.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A-This beer pours a hazy orange body with a nice creamy pale orange head. Tiny bubble gently float to the top. Good lacing after each sip.

S- Nice soft fruitiness with a hint of spice and maybe a little hop note in the spice. Some perfume light brown sugar hints are also in the smell with a hint of caramel malt.

T- Smooth pale malt with a hint of toasted malt is followed by a soft hop finish. Some faint pear notes are also in the malt and an alcohol warmth in the hop bitterness.

M- medium mouthfeel with a hint of creaminess and a soft alcohol warmth. No fizz from the carbonation or astringency.

D- This is a good solid beer. It has nice complex flavors yet very soft and balanced. It would be nice to have a bit more carbonation but well built.

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger, cream head that fades to a 1/4" layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color, some yeast in bottle. light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Malty spicy nose. Flavor hints of honey, spicy, some bitterness at finish. Alcohol is hidden. Bottled on Jun 22, 2005, keeps good, $2.99 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of ppoitras
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Lewis13 from RB. Thanks for the opportunity... Bottled 080706, according to the label.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head is quickly down some stray bubbles with rim froth, and small bubbled lacing. Aroma is sweet, with vegetal notes. Taste starts with light pale malts sweetness, some spicing, and a touch of citrus coming on in the center. Close finds the vegetal notes again, as well a light bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability were okay, but this one just didn't do it for me. Maybe I should have let it get a bit more age on it this time, like last time. Live and learn.

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Demolition 1800 Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.