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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

217 Ratings
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Ratings: 217
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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Photo of tdawgydog
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

tdawgydog, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
2.95/5  rDev -22%
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.

Oxymoron, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Phocion - thanks!! Split three ways w/ proteus93 and dkachur - my portion poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, yeasty dirty peach-colored beer with minimal head. Whatever head is there fades really quickly, leaving just a thin ring of white lacing. Dirty-looking beer, with spots of lacing, pock-like.

Aroma: Intensely bready and lightly fruity, peach and pears come to mind. But canned peaches, and canned pears, almost like the kind your mother would give you because you were on food stamps. Was anyone else here on food stamps? Anyway. Faint alcohol, too. So, like, rum-soaked peach bread?

Taste: Peach cobbler, hints of apple, bread, a yeasty earthiness, and hints of other spicy notes. Lots of breadiness. Other tart notes, but they're faint - mostly just a lot of dry sugars, complex, but not terribly interesting.

Mouthfeel: A little uneven, thick, bubbly, slightly syrupy. Doesn't leave too much of a cloying mouthfeel, which is nice, but it's still pretty heavy.

Drinkability: Not bad, but entirely not what I expected. This one is bready, peachy, pear-like, and not very sweet, earthy, or yeasty. The abv% isn't too terrible, really, and it's almost entirely absent from the flavor profile. Give it a shot, but don't expect it to be one of Goose Island's finest.

CrellMoset, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Gavage, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of eljefe21
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy orange/yellow color with a minimal head, but nice lacing.

S: Slight spicy, sour alcohol smell.

T: Very subtle and complex tastes. Well balanced hop and malt flavors on the sides and in the back with a ever so slight honey flavor in the middle.

M: Very smooth, medium bodied beer with a wonderful dry finish.

D: One to enjoy while sippin'. Easy to miss the complex flavors if you don't.

Bottle Date: 2007

Served: in an over-sized wine glass.

eljefe21, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of notafood
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 4-20-06
Poured into a Duvel Glass

A - Cloudy dark gold, almost a rust color. Fluffy white one inch head.

S - Caramel malt scent, noticable citrus/hop/spice profile. Boozy.

T - Honey sweet and a nice roasted malt up front, followed by a nice bitter saaz bite. Very well balanced.

M - Medium bodied, not too sticky. Coats the mouth. Decent carbonation.

D - Pricey, so, not a luxury I could induldge in too often, but deliciously drinkable and smooth.

notafood, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of BRoss242 from a recent BIF. Thanks!
Hazy orange/peach colour with a thin wisp of off-white bubbles coating the surface and a solid collar ringing the glass. Clinging, spotty lacing. Big caramel aroma with some orange and citrus, reminiscent of an american barleywine. Some spice and honey, mild alcohol. The flavour echoed the aroma. Mild bitterness with more citrus in the background, crackery grain, less caramel than the aroma but still quite sweet. A little tropical fruit towards the end with bread and yeast notes. Odd nutty flavour in the finish. Mild warmth, some dryness, moderate carbonation with a bit of creaminess to the texture, a little more than medium bodied. An interesting mash up of styles, pretty tasty and easy to drink.

DrJay, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this as an extra in a trade with autumnaldave. thanks dave!

12oz bottle. bottled 042006 1445. sampled sept 11/08.

pours a nice orangey colour with just a hint of haze. a small dense white head forms, quickly dropping to a ring around the glass and leaving only a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. smells more like an aged barleywine than a BSPA. caramel. alcohol. hint of toasty character. multi-grain bread. bit of cracker. ripe fruit. no real trace of any belgian spicy or yeasty character. touch of honey.

taste is good. now the more belgian character starts to show, but not very strongly. light alcohol. lighter malt character that i'd get in a belgian - cracker, white bread. hints of spice, almost more in the mouthfeel than the taste. touch of light citrus. bit of other fruity character too - pineapple, mango. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium-high carbonation level. medium body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is good. pretty decent balance. neat mix of belgian and american character making this a fairly interesting beer. not quite true to style, more akin to other american brewers attempting belgian styles.

grub, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of Biggness
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very clousy light amber with a very light white head. The smell of this beer is very nice a mixture of nuts, oranges and spices. This beer has a nice flavor, a little mild in my opinion but, very nice and well balanced. The malts are very smooth with this beer and you get a slight hops flavor, but it is very slight. The mouthfeel is nice for this beer, very creamy and well carbonated. This beer is very drinkable, certainly an easy drinking beer that could compete with me all night and @ 8% alcohol there is not a hint on alcohol in the flavor.

Biggness, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of coldmeat23
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Tulip Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BOTTLING DATE: 04-29-05

A very nice amber/honey color. Creamy white two-finger head that leaves a thin film with moderate lacing.

Sweet malty dominance along with yeasty bread-like scents. Something sweet and fruity. Banana toffee, maybe. Tiny bit of alcohol smell.

Much like the nose, the malts are front and center taste-wise. More of the yeasty doughiness here, too. Little banana and melon flavor. Very slight spicy bite of hops.

Feels good in the mouth. Creamy and smooth. Little bubbles.

After three years of aging, I have to say that this is still quite a tasty, drinkable bottle. Glad I've still got a couple more downstairs.

coldmeat23, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Hazy golden beer with almost no head. what little there was quickly disappeared.

S- Grassy and floral hops were most notable. Also something sweet, like melon maybe.

T- Mildly sweet start with a sudden explosive bitter hoppy aftertaste. very strong taste of alcohol. i didnt like this one at all at first but it grew on me further down the glass

M- Very light and watery. Too thin with too much carbonation.

D- I really doubt i could have another one of these and enjoy it.

jwinship83, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of tctruffin
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A--12oz screwtop bottle. Neck label includes the date 2007. Pours a pale gold. My bottle displayed a distinct chill haze. At refrigerator temp, the ale was hazy; as it warmed up, the ale turned crystal clear. Thin white head that quickly dissipated.

S--No hop aroma to speak of until the brew was quite warm. Strong malt aroma, typical Belgian sweet aroma, reminded me of taffy.

T--Very well balanced. Hops and malt blend seamlessly. Spicy/peppery saaz aroma developed as the brew warmed. No appreciable singular characteristic.

M--Very fine carbonation bubbles keep the beer from feeling heavy.

D--At 8% ABV, I expected a strong alcohol presence, but there was none. It would be very easy to drink way too much of this before you knew what you were doing. A very smooth drinking experience that doesn't call much attention to itself.

tctruffin, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of tayner
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, 2007 vintage

Poured an opaque/cloudy honey tan color with very small white head that quickly fell to just a ring with a tiny bit of lacing, but not all that impressive looking.

Smell was an odd combination to me. I got a sweet fruit along with a grassy hop nose, and some bready yeasty hints as well. It smells like a belgian IPA.

This one tasted like the nose. up front there is some sweet light fruits, pear, pineapple, even a touch of tangerine. Mid palate i get the bready, yeasty, doughy flavors from the belgian yeast strain. a biscuit like quality. The finish is hop dominated. It has a bitter quality to the finish, clearing the palate (almost) of all the strange mixtures of previous flavors.

This one is medium carbonated, and slightly sticky feeling in the mouth.

Drinkability on this one is okay. My tongue is confused about what it is, belgian sweet, ipa bitter, but in either case it is a decent beer i could drink again. it might taste better paired with a plate of fish or seafood rather than just a beer to relax with. With that said, the 8% abv is nowhere to be found, so be careful.

tayner, May 28, 2008
Photo of jayrod20
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with moderate white head leaving a little lacing; a little yeast comes into the glass. Smells grassy, orange, spicy; a little candy fruit as well. The taste is sharp, with a bit of bitterness and pepper with some hay. Moderate full mouthfeel, and a bit raw; alcohol bite is in there

jayrod20, May 06, 2008
Photo of mwilbur
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter. 2007 edition.
A: Cloudy honey color. Almost no head produced, which is a drawback for presentation.
S: Strong pineapple and citrus hops notes.
T: Citrus notes, creamy honey, with a background of malt. Finishes with dry hop bite. Decently complex, but not great.
M: Light body. Slight acidic tang and dry finish.
D: Quite refreshing and drinkable. Very good summer beer. Good sessionability. However, there are several better strong pale belgian ales out there. Also, I don't think it's my imagination, but I've enjoyed past years renditions of this brew more.

mwilbur, May 01, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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

russpowell, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of Gmann
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with an average pure white head that left a healthy ring around the glass. A big tropical fruit aroma, orange citrus, and a kind of buttery malt. The taste has a surprising malt character to it, its more malty than any other flavor in this brew. There is some tropical fruit notes, perhaps a touch of Belgian (yeast) spice, and a mild citrus hop. The feel is moderate with softer than expected carbonation, finishes slightly bitter. The drinkability is good, cannot really detect the 8% ABV. This doesn't really seem to be a BSPA, more English ale side of the world. If you want a BSPA, their Matilda offering is more on the mark. However, this is still a fine brew, just not a Belgian style in my book.

Gmann, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +19%
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.

mikesgroove, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of pweis909
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow-orange, clear, light carbonation, almost no head. Some yeast sediment in the bottle will cloud the beer a bit if poured.

Sweet aroma, with malts dominating the first impression followed by a soapy finish. The sweetness dominates the taste, although it is not cloyingly sweet. Some hop bitterness and a little citrus comes through in the finish.

This isn't a bad brew, but I wish there was more complexity to it. Maybe stronger hops would balance the sweetness? Although the bottle proclaims itself as a Belgian style ale, it lacks some elements that I consider common to these beers -- carbonation is low, sweetness is strong, body seems a bit heavy, and estery and phenolic aromas are absent.

pweis909, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of daledeee
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised when I saw the strong Goose Island stuff in Iowa. This is 2007 edition I have.

Poured this quite fast and got 1/4" head. That went away and left a ring of foam and some sticks to the glass.

Aroma is not strong but pleasant. Peach? Apricot? and some hops. I hate to copy the label but it does have some grass in it too.

The taste is a blend of hops and tart fruit. I can taste apricot and apples. The hops is quite strong and almost soapy. Overall a sweet beer.

Not much carbonation and leaves the mouth wet. Lots of hops in the finish. Overall a good beer, but could use a little refinement.

daledeee, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of churchillps
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Stella glass.

A: A hazy orange color, bronzed at the center. Very minimal head, dissipates so rapidly there's hardly any lacing or residual coating. Slight carbonation on the walls of the glass.

S: Excellent smell. Hops, citrus, alcohol, and lot of yeast come through.

T: Sweet throughout, with a very sweet aftertaste. Almost no malt flavor detected, but a good dose of hops and maybe a tea like taste.

M/D: Excellent. Goes down smooth and feels nice and medium bodied in the mouth.

The best of the original 3 GI special reserves. Not as good as Imperial IPA or Bourbon County, however. Haven't had a "belgian strong pale ale" before, but this was flavorful and delicious.

churchillps, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of SaucyA
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Duvel Glass.

A - Orangey golden with a frothy white 2 finger head. Quickly dissipating but left lacing. Looks like a Belgian Pale.

S - Citric and yeasty. Alcohol is detected but not distracting.

T - Orange, unripe grapefruit, sour, horseblanket, slightly metallic. Complex, but not in the best way. Finishes sweet and nice, surprisingly.

M - Slick and sparkly. The way I like my belgians. Thick bodied but not syrupy.

D - This is good to sample but I can't imagine someone going out of the way to obtain this brew. It's cloying, and just... funky. Save your money and buy a Duvel, or La Fin Du Monde.

Sorry Goose Island, this one isn't a winner.

SaucyA, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of maximum12
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As the last review, this brew was also bottled on 2/22/07. If I'd noticed, I'd have saved the little bugger & downed it on its 1st birthday.

Pours like a nice Belgian, cloudy & really light with almost no head. Smell is strong - I caught a whiff before my weak nose came within shouting distance of the bottle. Weirdly, once settled, the aroma retreated quite a bit. Citrus would be accurate enough.

Taste is OK. I'm a sucker for a good Belgian, but this one doesn't rise above the pack. I've had some of Goose Island's other "special" brews - the Pere Jacques is fantastic - & this one's just pretty good.

I wanted Demolition to rise either as a brewery beer or a Belgian, but the taste & mouth-rinse feels somewhat watered-down.

maximum12, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 12oz bottle.

A:Cloudy wheat color. One finger of white head with some lacing.

S: Really surprisingly malty.

T: Had a malty tea like taste. Reminded me of some aged barley wines.

M: Thin body with low carbonation.

D: Very refreshing. Tastes a lot lighter than it is.

aerozeppl, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of cartdan
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this one from a 2007 bottle into a tulip glass. The beer was slightly cloudy and golden in color with a thin white head that dissipated quickly.

The aroma is very sweet with slight hint of the Belgian yeast character coming through. Not much in the way of hop aroma.

The taste is once again sweet malt, a little overly sweet for my taste. I wanted more hop presence or spice or more fruitiness from the yeast, but couldn't find it.

Mouthfeel is medium.

I'm a little dissapointed in this one, I don't see the depth of character in the beer that I expected. Maybe I had a bad bottle or something, but it wasn't near what I have come to expect from this Goose Island series.

cartdan, Feb 05, 2008
Demolition 1800 Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.