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Demolition 1800 Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Demolition 1800 AleDemolition 1800 Ale

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very good

207 Reviews
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Reviews: 207
Hads: 222
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
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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Reviews: 207 | Hads: 222
Photo of balconybrew
2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Notes..Poured into a snifter. Poured an dark yellow / light orange with a good white head. Minimal aroma, slightly grassy maybe fruit. The taste mild nothing special. Mouthfeel was okay. I had some alcohol warmth. Drinkable, however one was too many.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at New Beer Distributors:

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thick, but quickly dissipating white head.
Mild nose, with a bit of fruitiness and sugar. Very mild palate - candied sugar, yeasty, dried fruits. It wasn't really that potent, but it was pleasing nevertheless. a very good moderate-high alcohol beer for a hot day. isn't warming, just cooling. could drink a few of them.

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Photo of supercolter
2.57/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer was nothing short of disappointing to me...
I am a fan of Goose Island brews and this was a specialty brew so I had high hopes. I think the bottle may have been dated for 03 or 05 however, so maybe it was just skunked. The smell did not indicate this though, and having 8% abv, I thought that it would have cellared just fine. Oh well, on to the next.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a full finger stiff white head that resists fading. A nice amount of lacing generated. The smell is lemony without being tart, semi-sweet and yeasty. Full bodied, the mouth feel is adequately carbonated with a mild tart character on the tongue that is well within my tolerance. It has a nice complexity at the end that comes across with the lemon citrus burst of flavor, and finishes clean, if not approaching dry with lingering taste that is really fresh. This is definitely one of my favorite interpretations of this style. Kudos.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had never seen four-packs of the Goose Island Belgian-styled beers before so when I did I had to grab a mixer of all four of them (I presume).

In appearance, this beer is very alluring. Shadowed copper with thick, creamy head rings.

Nose is smooth and soft, redolent of pears. Mild fruitiness and a noticeable old-world hoppiness.

Taste is okay in that it isn’t offensive, but this beer is a trainwreck. Off-style. Minus the hops, it seems like I’m drinking a DIPA instead of a Belgian-styled beer. No real yeast effects or candi-sugar influence, leaving this incredibly flat. And did I mention sweet?

Mouthfeel is silky its remarkable, but lacks the tartness I crave in Belgian beers.

I suppose the drinkability is the best thing happening here in that this goes down (fairly) well for an off-style 8% beer, but still, come on. I always buy American-made Belgian beers and end up regretting it. 4

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Photo of marcobrau
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This bottle of Goose Island Demoltion is poured into a tulip-shaped glass, which seems to emphasize the creation of a beautiful, thick, white head of foam on top of a hazy straw-colored ale. The head falls slowly, leaving a fairly thick coating of lacework behind on the sides of the glass. I move in to take a sniff and find a delicate aroma suggesting fresh cut hay. An extra few swirls of the glass reveals a subtle graininess, too.

I'm struck by the light mouthfeel and very light crisp pilsner malt flavor mixed with a spicy, herbal hop character. All of this suggests high drinkability, but just a touch of warming alcohol in the lightly peppery, dry finish is a faint reminder of the strength of this brew - despite the light, dry, "airy" character of this beer, it is rather strong.

I like this quite a bit. I've had it at the Clybourn brewpub before and the bottled version is just as good (if note better) than what I recall tasting on draft. The dryness of this brew makes it dangerously drinkable and very easy to drink; the light spicy-peppery hops keep it interesting and make for a very refreshing brew - especially during the summer. I will certainly be picking up some more of this next time I see it.

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Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber color with a huge head. The head dies down and leaves behind a good bit of lacing.

S: Sweet malty aroma with hints of citrus fruits such as orange and lemon.

T: Nice. This is a hoppy Belgian brew. Starts off with a nice bready yeasty malty taste. Hints of orange, coriander, and grapefruit peel then come thru. Nice complex brew. One of Goose Island's best.

M: Medium bodied with a hint of bubbles.

D: Went down easy with a nice lobster dinner. Passed over a 4 pack at the liquor store. Probably should have picked it up.

Overall: Very nice brew by Goose Island. The liquor store had three different varieties of these small batch brews in stock, but I bypassed them. I had this one at a restaurant over dinner and really enjoyed it. Very good brew that should be tried by all.

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Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of bort11
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Light colored sticky head that leaves an attractive lace on the glass. Color is hazy unfiltered wheat in appearance.
Smell has a grapefruit citrus hops flavor. Really smells like an APA blended with a Belgium yeast. Tastes does not have the hops flavor that is in the smell. It is more biscuity and yeasty.
Mouthfeel is pretty light and on the verge of watery. That part is pretty disappointing. This is a little bit too pricey and not enough delivery

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass, no fresness date.

A:Pours a hazy wheat and hay color, with a thick and creamy two inch head with supurb lacing all the way to the finish.

S: Nice and clean with a great yeast aroma with hints of honey and lemon.

T/MF: YUM this is another solid small batch from Goose Island. Light and creamy mouthfeel with good active carbonation that spreads flavors all over the place. Pretty grassy with a wonderful honey and lemony citrus undertone from the hops.

D: If this weren't 7bucks a bottle where I tried this I would pick it up again. Great attempt at a Belgian Pale Ale

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Photo of evoljetta
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip Chimay glass.

Colored orange with small head that didn't last long. Smells include carmel, hops, and a yeasty. Nice mouthfeel. As noted before, note true to the style, but a great beer. One of my favorties from GI. Another great beer from GI....

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Photo of giblet
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage

the label caught my eye and the story was interesting. the beer poured nice orange color into the glass with medium head and nice carbonation. the smell was very nice. some citris and hops. the taste was quite yummy. nice mix of malt and hops. i really liked this one. the label says it will develop different tastes in time - up to five years. yea right! like i am going to allow that to happen!! if i had a cellar maybe but with my fridge and me lookin at it...ima gonna drink it! i will try to hold off on the other four for a coupla months though...maybe.

suckem up and movem out!

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice hazy orange color on pour. Not really any head to speak of, just some minimal lacing. There isn't really much of a nose on this one to me, maybe just some sweet malts. I am enjoying this but at the same time I can't really describe this one that well. Peach, orange and some caramel in there I think. It blends well together and isn't too sweet. Does finish kind of sticky but is very smooth and the 8% is hidden well. I brought a 4 pack back and will give this one another shot in a few days. Not bad but not the best from Goose Island.

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Photo of enfield249
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice orange gold color. Little to no head

S - Not getting much off of this, but what little I do get is a general sweet smell.

T - Nice flavor. Slight orange, sweet, light fruit flavors.

M - Kinda sharp carbonation, a little bit of bitter on the rear part of my mouth.

D - Good beer all around. Very drinkable, a bit cloying, but not too bad.

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Photo of jar2574
2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is cloudy, golden-orange. Average carbonation. The head disappears very quickly.

Strong lemony, sugary scent. Maybe too strong. Kind of like a lemon candy smell.

Tastes like lemon, sugar, and hops. Interesting, but I'm just not a big fan. I wouldn't have another one of these.

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Photo of mdm46410
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler. This ale poured a slightly hazy golden copper color with a minimal light tan head that faded away very fast. No lacing. The aroma has notes of toffee and orange along with some doughy yeast. The flavor is sticky caramel and citrus. It leaves behind a bit of an orange aftertaste. The mouthfeel is lightly sticky and resiny. Very light carbonation. Full-bodied. A very nice attempt at a Belgian by Goose Island.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$2.24 / Bottle
Dated 2006
Dan's Liquor
Plover, Wisconsin

Appearance - In the pour there is very little carbonation present. It has a nice orange hue with a foggy body. The head is present but only to about an 1/8 of an inch and not as solid or as sturdy as I had hoped it would be. The head faded relatively quickly but to its credit does hold the inside of the glass with each sip.

Smell - A fruit and malt combination but a little more sweet than I care for. One thing I do like is that it doesn't take much to get the aroma to fill my nose. The fragrance is almost boastful of the ale.

Taste - The alcohol in this Begian isn't sublte. It comes right out and says, "good morning!" This I do like. However, there's a fruity wood flavor I can't get past. I have to wonder if that's the flavor the brew-master was goaling toward. Either way, this is an interestingly tasteful beer.

Mouthfeel - The orientation of this stong pale in the mouth sets for smooth sailing. It goes down without a glitch or any coarseness whatsoever. It's tasted with the front sides across the middle front portion of the tongue. It is a good place for this sweetie to be.

~ This isn't the first time I've enjoyed this Belgian Strong Pale Ale and I hope it isn't the last. It's not the type of beer for the faint of palet. If you're gonna enjoy this beer I suggest you take your time with it and adapt.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage. This beer poured a dense golden color with limited head retention but some fast bubbles running to the top of the glass to escape. The nose had some solid spice and malt notes, hints of chocolate as well. The taste was malty sweet and a good balance of bitterness as well. There were also more fruit notes in this than the 2006 vintage I tried side by side. Grapefruit, lemon and other earthy character as well.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Thin tean head on a kind of clear orange/copper body.
S- Sweet pale malts, oranges, some fruit rind, hints of alcohol, and light grass aroma.
T- Blend of light alcohol, orange, light peach?, caramel malts, and a weird flavor I can't put finger on.
M- Medium/full body with low carbonation.
D- It is pretty good but I wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 5-23-07
2007 Vintage
Bottled on 2-22-07

Pours a deep golden color with a good-sized head that eventually fades leaving decent lacing.

Smell is mostly Belgian, with a good dose of grassy hops.

Taste is all grassy hops, followed by a little touch of honey in the middle. Finishes with a little citrus and a surprising amount of bitterness. The 8% abv is there if you look for it.

Mouthfeel is way too thick, could use more carbonation to balance out the sweet flavors.

Drinkability is decent, this is different than any Belgian pale ale I've ever had. The hop bitterness is surprising, and somewhat overpowering. I'm willing to bet that some aging time would allow the flavors to become more cohesive.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good ale, but not spiced enough for a belgian spa. Not as funky as other belgians. However, it is very drinkable and very sessionable.

This beer has a nice head and good retention and a nice smell. The only thing wrong with this beer is it's lack of spices. However, it does make the beer very drinkable. Definetly worth a try.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
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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Photo of DrainBamage
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with virtually no head and little carbonation. It has a sweet aroma with hints of bourbon. The taste is fairly complex. It's quite malty with light carbonation and the aftertaste it slightly. The alcohol is there but not overwhelming. It's pretty well balanced between the malts and hops. Overall this beer is above average, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a hazy amber-orange color with a medium thick and creamy ivory white head. Thin, spotty lacing. The aroma is fruity (mostly citrus) with a touch of spice and yeast. Medium-bodied with citrus, hops and bready malt flavors. Doesn’t taste very "Belgian" but as far as Golden Ales go it is pretty good. The finish is dry with a peppery hops aftertaste. Pretty good.

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Demolition 1800 Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.