Demolition 1800 Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
Pours a nice dark golden with minor cloudyness and a thick fizzy light tan head. Smells of genourous caramel malts and very sweet honey like. Taste is very sweet and malty with some citrus and honey flavors followed by just enough hops to take the sugar down a noch. Very nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is creamy and fuzzy, you can feel the alcohol here a little along with the good Carbonation. Drinkability is also pretty solid. Goes down quick and easy with no high ABV bite at all. Overall another very solid Goose.
10-24-2004 19:33:35 | More by bashiba
4.13/5 rDev +9%
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...
10-21-2004 07:04:45 | More by feloniousmonk
3.98/5 rDev +5%
Another one of the Goose special releases, this one pours a nice bright golden orange with a small white head. Not bad looking, but nothing spectacular. The smell is a mix of floral, earthy hops, some cloves, honey and alcohol. Aromas could be a little stronger as it left my nose aching for more.
The first taste brings a melding of light citrus fruit and floral tones in the upfront hoppiness. This weaves its way in and out of spiciness and a nice caramel honey malt. Biterness is good and the spice is just right so as not to be overpowering.
Mouthfeel is smooth, like a velvet blanket covering my tongue. Drinkability is good as well....I only bought a single, but I could easily down a 4 pack. I'd love to try it on tap sometime....I'll have to get down to that Goose brewpub sooner than later. I recommend checking this one out! I believe they will be releasing a bourbon barrel aged stout and an imperial IPA in bottles soon too...can't wait to try those!
10-19-2004 01:39:57 | More by orbitalr0x
3.15/5 rDev -16.9%
This beer pours a light orange color with a nice fluffy head. Sweet and malty aroma, very nice. Some faint hops in the aroma as well as some fruit. The flavor has some citrus/corriander and some sweet malts. Enjoyable, but I wouldn't call this a top notch Belgian Strong Pale. I'll probably have it again, but mostly because I bought a four-pack.
10-15-2004 13:35:20 | More by clvand0
4.28/5 rDev +12.9%
mmm, goose island...
this pours a nice orange hue with tiny bubbles that make up the head. The smell is grassy and floral, definitely of hops. Taste is malty, sweet, carmel and honey, followed by a blast of floral hops. This brew is damn drinkable. OK, this isnt a top shelf belgian, but this is a belgian session brew. Very drinkable for the 8% ABV. Give me a four pack or two and I'll be set.
10-07-2004 03:07:51 | More by bnuttz
4.05/5 rDev +6.9%
This was one of the beers we drank while brewing this weekend. It poured a nice golden orange color. The nose is sweet orangy citrus and nice sweet malts. The taste was just okay. I got some corriander and a bit os spiceyness along with sweet malts, giving the beer an overall spiced orange flavor. The mouthfeel was nicely thick and clean. Overall a nice beer that I could see trying again. Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this one.
10-05-2004 03:07:28 | More by kmpitz2
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
Bottled 7/22/04, tasted 8/19/04. Pours a reddish orange color with lots of pretty bubbles zooming up in the beer. Very pretty. A slightly yeasty, honey, spice scent emerges from my glass.
The taste is heavy and strong up front, leading to honey notes, and ending on lots of mild, grassy noble hoppy flavors. Oh yeah, and that 8% ABV, which is quite noticeable. The beer is quite dry, and the carbonation nicely tickles my tongue on the way down. As the beer warms, the strong hoppy flavors (for a Belgian pale ale) and the honey notes really stand out. The only thing I wish this beer had was a bit more complexity in the flavor, but otherwise a nice brew.
08-20-2004 02:25:18 | More by jahred
3.35/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
08-05-2004 23:16:29 | More by Gueuzedude
3.53/5 rDev -6.9%
FOAM series bottle, at the brewery: Well, it was served in a plastic cup, so I can't tell too much about the color. But very hoppy and complex. In fact, its big hoppy taste belies its Belgian-ness. More I could not discern, but I took some more bottles home, so we will definitely revisit this one.
05-05-2004 01:14:52 | More by DrunkMcDermott
2.33/5 rDev -38.5%
On-tap at Clark St. Ale House in Chicago, Il. 1.00/4 oz. sample.
Rotten milk nose. Basically hoppy, but uninteresting. No malt character, no hop backbone. Lightly grainy and along the lines of a cream ale; about as wrong as an old ale can be.
01-08-2004 21:09:00 | More by ngandhi
4.2/5 rDev +10.8%
The beer appears to be hazy amber with a bulky off white head that is spumescent in texture with the lace forming a satin sheet to cover the glass. Malt dominates the nose, sweet and a bit earthy, crisp and fresh a fine smeller this one. Start is thick with malt, sweet and the top moderate to almost full in its feel, finish has a dynamic hop spicy presence, the carbonation light to moderate with the aftertaste droughty and long lasting. It has been over 3 years since I have had a Goose Island Beer, way to long Id say.
12-04-2003 00:11:11 | More by Gusler
4.47/5 rDev +17.9%
I had this one on tap at Palmers in La Grange, IL. Beer poured a lovely bronze with just a skimming of foam.
Beer smelled extremely fresh. Clear hops and malt. Bits of fresh bread & pine as well.
Taste is just great. Clear use of quality ingredients. Nice hop bite, but the malts continue to insert influence. Very nuanced beer with a complex flavor profile. Could be the best of the Goose products and I think that says a lot!
Extremely smooth mouthfeel and spot -on carbonation. Drinkability is also high. What a wonderful beer!
11-23-2003 03:14:03 | More by Redrover
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
Tasted at the 2003 Oregon Brewers Fest. Medium gold color. Small head. Aroma is malty and fruity. A medium bodied ale. Malts are nutty. Hops are fairly bitter. Hopsa re bitter and slightly floral. Big hop bite. Fairly bitter and slightly alcoholic for a golden ale. Perhaps it a Imperial Golden?, it is 8% ABV with 40 IBUs. Nicely balanced, tasty beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
10-09-2003 02:05:47 | More by beerguy101
4.22/5 rDev +11.3%
This year's OBF entrant. Quite an experience.
Nice deep golden, buoyant foamy head. Very pleasing yeast and fruit aromas. Full range of malt flavors, if you pay attention. Fits well with the slightly fruity flavors. It was a very nice beer to finish the day with.
07-27-2003 16:21:57 | More by freed
4.3/5 rDev +13.5%
Demolition: From Goose Island, this is a Belgian strong ale, and is $3.50 a pint at The Map Room in Chicago. Very impressive beer, to say the least. It was a glowing golden color, with minimal head, and very little carbonation, if any. The aroma and taste were exceptionally sweet, with citrus fruits and apples dominating. The beer had a very nice crisp hop bite that balanced the beer very well. Excellent, buy all that you can at $3.50!
10-13-2002 13:26:51 | More by jackndan
Demolition 1800 Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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