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Demolition - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

418 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 418
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%


Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2009)
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a cool one - picked it up last week and it had a bottled date of May 18, 2011. That seemed like it was intentional - that they held them back for a while, but maybe it just sat somewhere. Either way, I'm sure the taste was effected by this, and here's how:

It pours a nice golden color with decent head and lacing. The aroma is uniquely pungent and slightly yeasty - like and unusual wheat beer.

The taste is also unique. It tastes tangy and yeasty and a bit fruity. It's definitely something different. I'm not sure it is true to style, but it is very pleasant. The aftertaste lingers a bit funky too. I'm not sure if I want to drink this with dinner - I think I'll polish it off while cooking.

The pre-aged Belgian I thought I had here was maybe an over the hill Belgian that was still very interesting and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 23:10:43 | More by schoolboy
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Mike_Moe

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Yellow beer, a little bit of chill haze to it, thin white head.
Aroma: Aroma was Belgian, but some more American smells as well.
Flavor: The first sip is a light body with fine fizzy carbonation with toasted malts. Texture is a little thin but that just makes the beer easier to drink. It’ medium bodied, with a slightly hoppy finish.
Overall: Good toasted malt flavor, a pretty good drinkable beer. A very good beer for the price. They probably retired this beer to concentrate on the brews that could demand a better price point.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 06:52:49 | More by Mike_Moe
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Brenden

Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was a random pickup; there are still some on shelves here and I hadn't tried it yet. Now I feel lucky.

This pale ale is that, a bright pale yellow with even brighter medium yellow highlights. It's extremely bubbly, and the head it forms is very frothy and dense, situating on top of the beer at higher than one finger. Lacing is chunky with some webbing, and generally quite plentiful.
There's lots of fresh white pepper, some greenery and raw young wood, and softer fruity esters on the nose with plenty of zest, citrus and spicing. There's a strong but gentle yeasty (mustier) undertone with lots of bread to the malts, too.
The flavor brings lots of nicely spices orange and lemon, some gentle rind-like bitterness, with a sort of dryer quality to the malts on the tongue, more crackery than bready. Pepper is still strong, along with sweeter spiciness, and the raw greenery is added to by an earthiness in the hops.
The carbonation in this beer is very nice, plentiful but soft and not too filling, velvety smooth without giving up the crisp bite. Dryness is forward but isn't allowed to dominate too strongly, as some candi-sugar sweetness works on the palate to keep this beer even.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 15:21:49 | More by Brenden
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle
Served in a tulip glass
Bottled 04/01/11 "Will remain fresh for 180 days from bottled on date"

A - It is a hazy, pale yellow with a couple inches of white head.

S - I smell some Belgian yeast. It also has a sweet aroma, almost candy-like.

T - The taste starts out a little sweet. Then the Belgian yeast spicy taste comes into play. The finish is lemony.

M - Medium

O - I like the spicy Belgian yeast combination with the lemon finish. It makes for an enjoyable beer. I didn't realize that it was two years old when I bought it. It was a nice find.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 00:16:35 | More by buschbeer
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YoDude

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Goose Island Demolition, aged 2 years 3 months in my beer cellar, 7.2% ABV
A 22oz bottle and poured into an old school Falstaff challis.

Appearance: Poured pale gold with a creamy but faint head and little lacing.

Smell: Funk, that’s it.

Taste: Lemon meringue, a hint of pepper, and the musty barnyard. Once that all goes away, a nice toasted malt flavor remains.

Mouth feel: Light body and good carbonation. A slight funky, savory aftertaste and a warming alcohol effect.

Overall: When Goose Island announced it would no longer brew Demolition, I bought a bottle wherever I saw it. This was one of the first in a long line of GI specialty beers. When young, it was a nice attempt at a Belgian-style Golden ale. With aging, the hops are long gone and it has become more of a farmhouse ale. Still enjoyable, but it has definitely reached maturity.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 02:44:45 | More by YoDude
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weonfire

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sight - golden color. medium carb, cloudy, medium head retention. very inviting

Smell - sweet, dank floral, citrus, perfume, lots of yeast remaining

feel - heavy, smooth

Taste - herbal, grassy, floral, piney, citrus, biscuity

Est serving temperature: 38

served in a mini snifter

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 18:38:32 | More by weonfire
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Yellow with a two finger light fluffy head that doesn't last long.

S-Lemon, grass, some wheat with bread/toasty notes.

T-Similar to the nose but it tastes slightly skunked, lager-like, off for a BPA. Not much bitterness either. Mainly bread notes with lemon and grass sneaking in.

M-Light in body with slight carbonation.

O-The taste is off, maybe it is because the bottle was just past (a week) the best buy date, but a week shouldn't make it that far off.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 21:42:04 | More by rlee1390
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a large Duvel snifter glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a small puffy head that is still there. It is a golden straw yellow with some hazey clarity to it and bubbles coming up through the center of the glass. Super nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: bready malts, yeasty esters, spiciness, some vanilla, pineapple, mango, and tangerine too.

Taste: pretty tasty brew. All the characteristics above are blended well together. You get the hops, malts, spiciness, yeastiness in every sip and makes this one well rounded with slight bitterness to the end.

Mouthfeel: smooth, a little dry, medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, and enjoyable to dirnk.

Overall: Another pretty solid BPA in my standards. I tried this last year and had not been able to score a bottle till earlier this afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 03:26:32 | More by Flounder57
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 11/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a pale orange amber with a slight head, but nice lacing. Belgian spice and banana aroma. Light malt, with a astringent spice flavor. Honey and light fruit. Not that well balanced. Clove and cardamom too forward. The spices overwhelm the other light flavors. A rare GI miss for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 03:44:32 | More by LiquidAmber
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mrsheeps


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A) mostly clear straw yellow with some extremely small floaties, decent head retention and lacing
S) lots of citrus and yeast, some grass, faint apple
T) lots of lemon, peppers, and spice, medium hop bitterness
M) nicely sweet, spicy, and even a tiny bit tart upfront, but with an unpleasantly booze-y aftertaste
O) fairly solid despite disappointing aftertaste

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 18:49:53 | More by mrsheeps
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 02/06/11 will see how this holds up...

Pours a hazed gold with a finger of pearl colored head, tons of bubbles cling to the glass. Great lacing & head retention

S: Grapefruit, grainy bread notes

T: Pears, honey malt, breadyness, crackery dryness, golden delicious apples up front. Slight fruitty yeast snap to this as it warms, some pine & lemon hops as well, a bit of pineapple & juicy fruit. Finishes with juicy fruit, breadyness & a bit of pineapple

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation, good balance

A good BPA, will try again to see how a fresher one compares, the yeast characteristics are tamped down on this one, plus the hops I'm guessing. Drinks easy enough

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 02:38:39 | More by russpowell
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Goose Island Demolition Belgia-style Golden Ale. "Brewed to honor the brave souls who kept our brewpub open while wrecking balls tore down the mall around us. Cheers! Greg Hall, brewmaster." 7.2% ABV . Will remain fresh 180 days from the bottled on date. Bottled on: 8/10/11. Ooops. We're a bit off on this one. Well, let's find out the only way we can.

Bright golden color, beautiful white head, starts big and settles down to a slim layer.

Aroma: Spice hits the nose right off, quickly matched with citrus fruit. Cracked pepper and orange peel, under the glimmer of hops.

Taste: Sweet malt and zesty hops start us off. Spicy, sweet, and sharp. Light body, malt flavor that's both crisp and juicy, ending just short of dry. Expertly consumable. And without the roar of high alcohol, although…just about.

Very likable Belgian Golden ale, but somewhat short of impressive.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 03:41:29 | More by feloniousmonk
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a beautiful clear straw yellow pour with an inch of fluffy white head, excellent amounts of lacing. smells of lemon, pepper, bread, grass. bitter up front with an even more bitter grassy earth taste following. has a sweet, refreshing finish with a touch of citrus. tastes of lemon, grassy hops, earthy hops. medium bodied, light tasting with a light creaminess texture, mild carbonation. overall this is a very refreshing ale, which would make it a great session beer, but at over 7% it's kind of high in abv. it's a pretty solid beer.. nothing overly impressive about it, but also, above your average blonde. could use a bit more character taste-wise, but other than that it's great.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 07:17:33 | More by facundoCNB
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RickS95

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on date of 11/04/10 so I'm well past the 'best by' date of 180 days beyond.

Pours a hazy golden/bronze. Looks like grapefruit juice. The head is minimal and doesn't have much retention.

Has a very fruity scent. Smells like funky Belgian yeast. Citrus, apple, pineapple.

There's little fruit taste. There's some pear early on, but soon after the pepper spice and hops take over. A slight piney finish.

Not very complex and not much happens early on. Near the swallow, it's spicy and bitter. It finishes pretty dry, but with a bit of tartness as well.

Overall it's an easy beer to drink, though I'm wondering if some of the tartness is actually sour because the beer is a bit old. Regardless, it's not a bad beer and I look forward to another in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 02:53:24 | More by RickS95
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip, bottled 5/7/2010. Pours hazy golden straw color with a small 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass, witha fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big lemon, biscuit, apricot, apple, pear, grape, coriander, grass, floral, grain, light yeast spices, and a bit of alcohol. Some pretty nice and balanced aromas. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, grape, biscuit, pepper, grass, honey, grain, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of lemon, pear, biscuit, honey, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Flavors are more on the sweet side than the spicy side; but is not cloying at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Very smooth to drink, but is good for sipping on. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a very nice and enjoyable Belgian pale. Nice flavor balance and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 01:20:02 | More by superspak
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Murrhey

Montana

3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass. Reviewed live.

A- One finger white head, dense and long retention. Rich golden color. Fluffy lacing. Nice looking beer.

S- Light fruits and bubblegum. Sweet smell with a distinct alcoholic note as well. Floral hops tie it together. Maybe a bit acerbic though.

T- Fruity and alcoholic. The sweetness and booze really take over the show. Subdued while overdrawn. Meh.

M- Winey and thick carbonation.

O- Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 06:22:43 | More by Murrhey
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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden with floaties and no rising bubbles seen. Good size bright white cap of foam that falls to a skim which retain well & leaves some alright lacing.

S: Estery fruit notes of the apples & pears variety along with peppery & spicy yeast notes. Crackery malts with some sugar cookie / candy-like sweetness. No hops found, perhaps a ghost hint, but then this is bottle is over a year old. Reasonable strength and the fruity / spicy combination is promising.

T: Open with a mix of sugar cookie & candi sweetness and light fruits – apples & pears mostly, but also some soft tropical fruit & a hint of citrus. Right on the heels is a solid base of crackery malt with just a touch of doughy biscuit. Also following closely are peppery & spicy yeast notes. Citrus aspect (sweet, fruity lemon mostly) of fruit grows a bit in the middle. As the sweetness & fruit fades the yeast notes get increasingly earthy with very subdued phenolics and a ghost hint of funk. No real hop character, but some background bitterness does emerge and linger with the earthy yeast note in the finish.

M: Just below medium for body. In comparison CO2 leans just a hair to the brisk side, but in a softly expansive manner. Start sweet, but with minimal sticky sugars. Quite attenuated & dry overall. Finish grows increasingly drying with hop & yeast each playing a role. Quenching.

D: This aged quite well. Lost the hops, but that is par for the course. I really like the contrast / combination of fruity & sweet on one hand, and peppery / spicy / earthy on the other. Even a year old this is quite nice. A sort of light BGS or a strong golden pale. Too bad they stopped making it as I want to try a fresh one.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 23:58:57 | More by SickGnar
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz to a pokal glass:

Pours a pale gold with a finger or two of paper white curdled head and slow, consistent beading. Nose brings sweet bread, clove, mild citrus and some floral bits. The taste is quite similar plus a slight tart bitterness that carries the citrus. Finishes pretty dry, but refreshing. Overall, a fine beer that I’m gonna miss.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 04:22:43 | More by yamar68
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YouSkeete

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden yellow with a short eggshell-white head. Bananas, wheat bread, lemongrass, citrus, tea spices and honey on the aroma. Flat apple-cider with smooth tropical fruit, whole wheat, and Belgian yeasts and pale malts. Lots of grassy, floral and mildly spicy flavors. Refreshing, smooth mouthfeel with a medium sized body. Simple, subtle aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 15:38:06 | More by YouSkeete
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber with no date? There is a bottle date "box" but for some reason it's empty. I think this is a March '11 bottle that I purchased for $7 back in the spring. Poured into a DFH signature, enjoyed with sushi.

A: Clear pale yellow color. Quarter finger of bright white head. Good carbonation bubbles off the bottom of glass. The second pour gave me a much different look: yeasty bits, really hazy, etc.

S: Smells like a Belgian ale. I get those spicy yeast notes predominantly. Smells a little flat, flavor wise.

T: Might be a little old. I get the traditional Belgian yeast notes. Lots of malty grain notes. Maybe some lemon notes that could have been brighter. Goes well with the food, because maybe my palate is destroyed and needs refreshment.

M: Medium bodied ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 15:02:01 | More by inlimbo77
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TippySelenoid

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Hazy gold color. White head that leave a nice layer of foam on top. Decent lacing.

It's got a faint spicy smell. Belgian yeast.

Spicy bite. Belgian yeast. A nice malty sweetness. A bit floral.

Light bodied with appropriate carbonation.

This beers pretty good. Easy to drink and complex.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 23:15:14 | More by TippySelenoid
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uno99

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9 month old bottle, bought on sale for $3.

A: This bargain BPA pours almost florescent straw colored with a bright white foam head, which dissipates very quickly. Transparent, but slightly cloudy.

S: Summery, light and zesty. Gritty pear, banana and clove.

T: Again this is fresh and zesty tasting, even though its a few months past its best before date. A little butter and earth add to the experience.

M: smooth with slight dryness. Medium carbonation level is nicely in the pocket.

Overall this is very drinkable, inviting and quite frankly a lovely beer. A great find.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 00:03:28 | More by uno99
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cooler4life

Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/18/11

A: Poured a fluffy two finger white head. Lacing and retention are solid. Some yeast particulate, resembling a small snowstorm, swirls. Color is a sunflower bronze.

S: Banana and orange yeast greet my nostrils. However, I can sense that there is more - clove, caramel, and some pepper undertones.

T: Minor hop explosion initiates the flavor, but then melts into a subtle symphony. Floral/grassy notes, citrus, and malt. Multi-layered taste experience.

M: Great mouthfeel. Tangy and smooth - medium bodied. Micro-carbonation is very pleasing. Leaves my mouth feeling somewhat dry, but fruity.

O: Session beer for me. Drinkability is high - does not dominate my palate. This factored with the ABV - 7.2 - helps keep you on the edge.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 18:09:46 | More by cooler4life
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ferrari29

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Tulip-shaped glass
Bottled

A - Beer pours with a beautiful white rocky looking head, starts small but expands rather quickly; look well-carbonated; body has an opaque amber and light golden colored body; average amount of lacing

S - Smells of crisp spicy Belgian yeast; floral malt nose; orange and citrus; caramel malt; sweet cotton candy; finishes with a touch of hops

T - Very light caramel malt taste that quickly turns into a floral and spice tasting beverage; finishes with a semi-dry floral and hop taste; touch of sweet candy taste

M - Frothy and very effervescent; crisp and washes out the palate very well; thick body; little tart feel; chalky aftertaste

D - Really good beer; great Belgian spice flavor and nose; I thought it could have used a little more hop flavoring, that are usually very present in most Belgian pale ales; otherwise, a very enjoyable drink

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 00:47:36 | More by ferrari29
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Mora2000

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a77cj7 for sending me a couple of bottles of this.

The beer pours a light yellow color with a white head. The beer is fairly hazy. The aroma is full of wheat and biscuit malt, with some nice orange citrus notes as well as some Belgian yeast notes.

The flavor is also very nice. Up front I get a lot of juicy orange citrus notes. The flavor is fairly sweet, with some nice biscuit malt and Belgian yeast also mixed in. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer is easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 17:33:29 | More by Mora2000
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Demolition from Goose Island Beer Co.
86 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.