Demolition - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 26
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of akantner
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Tall, two finger head made up of carbonation. Gives way to a light lacing that crawls down the glass at you drink the beer down. Clear, crisp yellow w/ strong hints of orange. Carbonation throughout.

S: Doesn't overwhelm the nose. Strong yeast upfront, citrus-y, malts, pepper, slight banana - clove maybe?

T: Yeast hits your tongue first followed by fruity/citrusy notes, malts, then some pepper. The tastes hit your tongue in almost the exact same way that the aromas hit your nose. Pepper and yeast lingers. The tastes are slightly muted, nothing overpowering. Almost leaves you wanting more.

M: Light to medium body with plenty of carbonation. I think the flavors would shine through a little more if the carbonation was tuned down. It almost tries to be creamy, but is too thin to really accomplish this.

D: Warms a little a minute or so after each sip. Doesn't taste like a 7% beer, but one bomber is enough for me. It was a great deal at $5, but most likely isn't a beer I'll visit again.

Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a nice copper with a decent head that didn't show much retention.

Smell - There's a nice yeasty backbone here that makes this one smell authentic if nothing else. There's some smooth banana in here as well making it smell more like a weizen. The spices are lacking IMO.

Taste - The malt is very smooth here with no rough edges. It's sweet with maybe some light caramel. There's a big orange flavor here as well that is again very smooth. The yeast takes a back seat and I'm still not getting a lot of spices.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with some righteous, light but lively carbonation and as mentioned a couple of times this ale is amazingly smooth in the mouth which really made it for me.

Drinkability - This went down extremely well. The flavors are lacking in some areas but expertly blended and there's none of that offensive medicinal aftertaste that you find with so many pretenders.

Photo of NWer
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Date: 09/21/10
According to website, best before 180 days of bottling.
22 oz bottle on sale at my favorite beer store for 2.39. At that price, why not? Expectations muted.
Not to worry!
Pours beautiful light golden straw color into brandy snifter.
Smell and taste light, sweet, smooth. If anything was lost drinking this four months past the best before date, I wouldn't know what that could be.
This is a very good Belgian ale. I am looking forward to trying this fresh.
I might run back and buy the rest at this price.

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of bsp77
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bomber into Snifter.

Appearance: Very clear yellow-gold with thin stark white head and some lacing.

Smell: Sweet banana, cloves, citrus, pepper and an overall mustiness.

Taste: Strong clove and pepper with undertones of banana, citrus and musty yeast. The cloves and pepper linger long after each sip.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium almost syrupy body. I wish it was more light and crisp.

Drinkability: Pretty nice Belgian Golden Ale. I like it but can't help but compare it to the lighter, but more complex, Duvel.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This pours hazy orange to amber under a thin cream colored film of foam.
S: this has esters and bread in the aroma
T: Yeasty with some peach and faint biscuit.
F: The body is medium and the carbonation is low for the style.
O: This strikes me as a little uninspired which is suprising because Goose Island can do better than this.

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

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into my ommegang goblet. bottled on: 4/01/11 1556 (just shy of 2 months old).

pours out a lightly cloudy light golden color with a small white head that showed some average retention, never really disappeared, but never really looked all that great. no lace. a decent bit of sediment.

phenolics and some fruity bubblegum from the belgian yeast at the forefront with light aromas of apple, spice, wheat and a bit of grassy hops. as it warms, a slight muddy yeast aroma is noticable.

crisp, grassy hops mingle with the fruity belgian yeast, some spice, phenolics wheaty malt, maybe a hint of grains. slightly bitter finish.

crisp, refreshing, and a slightly creamy mouthfeel. the lighter side of medium bodied. a fine, bubbly carbonation.

overall: a nice beer to sit back and enjoy on a hot summer day, but not really something i would go back to. its very good, but its just missing that little extra something.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow beer, a little bit of chill haze to it, thin white head. Aroma was belgian, but not that distinct over the top belgian yeast, this was a good hint of it, but some more american smells as well (toasted barley).

Taste, relatively easy drinking, no one flavor dominating, more able to pull out of it the warmer it got, a very light amount of banana later in the bottle that you wouldn't find anywhere at the beginning. Good hopping, really if it was a little less heavy with the alcohol and body, would make a refreshing saison. Went well with brats while tailgating. Lesser amounts of citrus rind and pepper.

A good bottle for sharing, I liked my first 6 oz's, but the next 10 or started to approach tedious. 22oz at a time not really my thing, but glad I tried it.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another big Belgian inspired strong golden ale from Chicago, gotta love all of these from the Goose. This one is no different excellent complexity yet doesn't fatigue the palate, perfect for the summertime. It's strong but it keeps it in the 7th percentile. Spicy Belgian yest, herbal/citric hops going on really a nice summer outdoors beer with friends. In this case I had this one yesterday at a local BA tasting courtesy of Sam and Angela. Appears a semi clouded bright golden straw color with white effervescent carbonation, fine streaks of Belgian style lacing. Aroma is light bready, citric/herbal spicy with lively Belgian yeast coming to the party. A very nice beer, flavor wise more of the same subtle sweetness almost like biscuits drizzled with a touch of local honey, mild spiciness from the yeast and light hop coating bringing in balance with herbal/grassy/citrus tones. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied with a gracious effervescent body never cloying extremely easy to sip on. A really great beer overall, glad I drank this with a crew of fellow passionate beer enthusiasts.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Wine and Cheese Place via mail order.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a bright white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with good amounts of syrupy pear aromas. Also present are slight amounts of clove and white pepper.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Light pilsner malts up front are joined quickly by mildly boozy pear flavors. Midway through the fruits fade a bit with the addition of crisp white pepper and lighter amounts of clove. Slight banana flavors come in near the end, fading out into a crisp ending. Mouthfeel is good, with active carbonation.

Overall I was really impressed by how balanced this beer was. A great example of the style and well worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice) bottled 7/23/10
A- This beer pours a clear yellow body with a racing carbonation of microbubbles and a creamy white head that turns to broken lace with each sip.
S- The light pear fruit has a yeasty and citrus rind aroma with a soft dry green snap in the finish. There is a perfume quality and a light pepper note in the finish and a soft fusel hint that comes through when it is really warm.
T- The crisp dry slightly yeasty fruity notes has a white cheese rind flavor to follow and a green bitter note in the finish. There is a green grapefruit hint and a light pale malt quality blended with some light pepper note in the dry finish.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp texture and no real alcohol heat.
D- The dry crisp subtle but complex flavor makes this very easy to drink and with a bit of mystery I have to keep taking sips.

Photo of richkrull
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color with quite a bit of white head on it. Some suspended particles floating in there.

Smell is malty yeasty with some grain aroma.

Taste is light malt. Good flavor, not a lot that stands out though. Just a good solid beer flavor. Some hop presence throughout.

Mouthfeel is nice light and refreshing. Good easy to drink beer.

I enjoyed this one. And the more I drank, the more I liked it. Would definitely drink again.

Photo of Brenden
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.

Photo of weonfire
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Photo of GilGarp
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/21/10.

Served cold into a goblet, Demolition is a slightly hazy golden yellow with thick white head. The head seems to grow, rather than settle, and eventually leaves some nice lace.

Aroma is that of a pale wheat beer with Belgian yeast influence. Lemon citrus and mild hops are pleasant but nothing exceptional.

Flavor is actually really nice. A strong pale malt backbone stands up to a healthy dose of citrusy hops and peppery yeast.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with ample carbonation. It's very crisp and clean.

Overall a very tasty Belgian pale ale that borders on IPA hoppiness.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hand-delivered by the most generous kels herself...thanks girl, next one's on me!

Doesn't say "2010" on it, but the bottle label is different than the one pictured elsewhere on BA (the one with a 6.7% ABV listed). This was bottled on Jan. 29, 2010, and is indeed 7.2%, so I guess I'm at the right place. "Will remain fresh 180 days from the Bottled On date." Also on the bottle: "Brewed to honor the brave souls who kept our brewpub open while wrecking balls tore down the mall around us."

Pours the color of lemon-yellow sun (thanks, Vedder!) and sports a huge, fluffy, rocky, ultra-firm head of snow-white goodness. Tons of clingy lace too. Looks Belgian as all get out.

Nose is light and springy, bringing subtle citrus fruits (lemon and lime, mostly), mild herbs, wildflower, a dash of white pepper, and a welcoming earthy vibe from the yeast. Pleasant, but hard to really tell what's in store, and just a tad muted.

Oh mama, what a flavor. Not a wrecking ball to the tongue or anything, but its delicate, fruity, herbal, flowery, earthy, white-bread tones mingle wonderfully. Tropical fruits (banana); green apple; white wine. After a while, a kind of tartness, like Sweet Tarts candy, hangs out in the background. Fresh cream sweetness is subtle but very much a crucial element of the beer's character. Not too far from Goose Island's own Sofie, and especially perfect for what feels like the hottest day of the summer so far.

The flavor only takes on a finer point thanks to the creamy, zesty, slightly puckery mouthfeel. Carbonation is gentle, balanced nicely against the tartness and the milky sweetness/roundness. Pretty complex texture, and stealthy too (didn't notice until I really honed in on it).

I understand why this beer is called Demolition, but if it didn't have the back story, the name would never fly. This is delicate, refreshing, zesty, remarkably complex, and a joy to drink. It demolishes nothing, although my expectations of ever having another of these are crushed with the knowledge of how hard this is to come by--especially in these parts. I'm savoring this. Thanks again Kelley!

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice golden appearance. Champagne carbonation and great lacing.

Smell: Excellent combination of sweet malts and hops. Very refreshing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Good combination overall. Pretty subtle, but not terribly exciting. Excellent dry mouthfeel that is close to perfect.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable. Excellent, excellent.

3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a stemless wine glass.

A: Nice hazy golden body with a thin white head. short head retention.

S: Good aroma, that of gumball, not as powerful as others of the style, but nice.

T: Crisp taste which is very pleasing and hides the slight ABV which this ale has. Spice and orange.

M: Silky and smooth, with a light and non-filling feeling.

D: Not one that I would go back to in the large format bottle, but a well done nice Belgian

Photo of RickS95
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Demolition pours a pale yellow color. It's mostly clear, and has a slight gold tint with backlighting. A soft white head covers the top. It rises to just over a finger, and falls to a surface covering quickly. Active carbonation keeps it hovering there for a bit. Lacing was light and spotty.

The nose is a tad weak, but is still pretty good. Gold fruit kicks things off. Apple and pear notes are front and center, and add a slightly sweet smell to the mix. A little pepper follows. It smells a little malty throughout. Belgian yeast is noted and is the driving force behind the nose achieving 'above average' status. Earthy and grainy notes round it out. Alcohol is held very well in check.

The flavor is a little better and warrants a score bump. It's malty and a little spicy up front. Pepper is the most notable spice, but there may be others to a lesser extent. Apple and pear flavors blend well and add just the right amount of sweetness. Belgian yeast is flavorful and is also the x-factor in the flavor. How delicious it is. I'm always pleased to find its presence in Belgian styles brewed in America. It's a little earthy and grainy on the tail. Alcohol is buried. Finishes sweet and a little peppery.

Demolition has a light-medium body, and is nice and smooth. Carbonation is active, but never seems too prominent. Drinkability is good. This is a tasty Belgian Pale that I'm enjoying. It's not Duvel, but it's certainly not bad. A bomber is a nice choice for serving size.

I'm pleased to see the various Goose Island bombers here in Columbus. I believe they're mostly Belgian styles, though I have not tried them all yet. Demolition is a nice Belgian Pale. It may not have quite the complexity of a Duvel, but it's certainly far from bad beer. It's pretty impressive. It'd benefit from a stronger nose, and perhaps a little more depth. But, if you have the opportunity, it's well worth a try.

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I split a bomber with a couple friends but with wish I'd had it all to myself. At first, this hazy yellow beer reminded me of Duvel, but it quickly expanded from the dry spicy BElgian character with doughy malt and guava and apricot juice notes. This is a very full-flavored Belgian-style ale that's also a little out of the norm. Check this out.

Photo of Jazz1
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For the price this is a great beer. In some respects it might taste a little thin, but it is refreshing.

I'd check the label to make sure this wasn't past its prime. This one should go in your fridge not your cellar. This is my go to beer when I'm not sure what I want as long as what I want is a Belgian style beer.

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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

Nice light head on very light bubbling and slightly cloudy beer. Head shrinks but enough remains to cover top of beer. Good lacing on the glass. Smell of Belgian hops and some citrus. Very light tasting with some alcohol notes and warming of the stomach. Not many other flavors that I can detect, not a very complex beer, but easy to drink and the hops do not linger too much.
I read alot about Goose Island Beer, and this is a very drinkable one, but not outstanding.

Photo of Kegatron
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of foamy bright-white head. This retains with a thin frothy looking film that skims the surface of the glass. A nice flare up (to a full ½ finger) throws a smooth foamy cascade of lacing up, which quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells grassy and a little spicy, with fruity notes of orange, banana, and lemon zest. This mingles in the nose with some bready and lightly toasted character from the malts. Just a light touch of light warmth in present as well.

The taste is smooth and even on the palate, being sweet with malt and fruit. There is just the right amount of orange peel bitterness present, while spice really gives this some zip in the finish, lingering along with a pithy feel and some dry dusty yeast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, being crisp yet still silky feeling in the mouth. Just really easy to drink overall, with no signs of alcohol whatsoever.

Well done Belgian Pale Ale, which had a well balanced blend of malt, hops, and flavorful character from the yeast. I think that the creamy and smooth body here really made this for me. Solid effort from Goose Island.

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Demolition from Goose Island Beer Co.
86 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.