Demolition 1800 Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Demolition 1800 AleDemolition 1800 Ale

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by maxpower on 10-13-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of corby112
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage.

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with a half finger white head head that immediately settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with muted hops subtle spice and sweet malts. Faint floral hops along with some pepper, rye, biscuit, caramel and toffee.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation up front and a decent balance of zesty spice and sweet malt notes. Hints of pepper and cinnamon followed by faint floral hops and spicy rye. I'm also picking up some light fruit which compliments the caramel, toffee and biscuit characteristics. Slight buttery aftertaste lingering into a dry finish. ABV is well masked at 8%.

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Photo of cavedave
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Edition

It pours a luxurious golden, cloudy with very fine yeast, topped briefly by an off-white head, then persisent skim. A gentle swirl leaves thick resins and spots of bubbles. That said, there is something about the appearance that doesn't hit me right, all the parts are there, but it doesn't shine.

The nose is full of yeast, nice peach/nectarine ester, over a nice pale malt sweetness, and some richer maltiness. Not super complex, but extremely inviting.

The taste is a well blended, medium flavor mix of the lighter and sweeter sides of belgiany yeast esters over a very clean malt bill that eludes definition. It's like a ghost of nectar sweet beneath a taste that is luscious, I get peach, lemon, floral, and a juicy finish that has hints of citrus, but is sweet, juicy and free of any alcohol. Like the nose not super comlex, but quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is very good, perhaps a bit thin for style. Smooth, light on the palate, tastefully low carb., very clean flavor profile and finish.

Drinkability is quite good. Given unlimited access I could drink this until the planet Venus becomes an Ice Wilderness.

Impression: Not certain I can get more of this. I'm going to try. Suggest you do same.

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Photo of capra12
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed 8/30/09 solo served out of a snifter glass,

Appearance: Golden tan in color, rather cloudy with two fingers of head which dissipates rather quickly

Smell: There were hints of Belgian yeast and citrus zest.

Taste: Opens mellow and very subdued almost stale grains. the Belgian yeast comes through in the middle but yet again very subdued as it approaches the end there is a distinct hop bitterness and citrus which carries over into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to bodied, moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: I usually like Belgian Pale Ales or pretty much all Belgian styled ales but this was too mellow and kind of stale for me, almost seemed like there was no alcohol in this but sadly I must say I wouldn't have another.

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Photo of wheatman106
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pale orange/amber, like a dark golden color. Formed a thick, tight, bone white colored head. Hazy, lots of suspended particles/unfermentables.

S: Chalky, slightly yeasty, notes of citrus. Moderately aromatic to the nose, but with little essence hop or spice.

T: Initially opened quite bland and without much character. The beer opened up on the palate to a watery juice flavor with hidden hints of alcohol and spice that ever so slightly came through the finish.

M: Light, definitely not crisp. I would like to stress the watery-ness.

D: Definitely not what I thought it would be, and quite boring. The lack of outstanding aromas/flavors almost make it a session beer.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

P: Poured from a 2007 bottle (no freshness date) into a tulip.

A: Poured a 3 finger, relatively course head that dissipated slowly. The head was creamy white and the brew was almost cloudy blood orange in color.

S: Subdued citrus flavors invaded my nose as I sniffed the glass. Also detected a hint of floral esters and bit of spice.

T: Very little carbonation for was poured a very heady brew. The flavors here are so subdued that the beer is almost watery. I could detect mellow grapefruit flavors along with a bit of unripened peach. The taste finished rather spicy and with almost no trace of alcohol.

M: Very lite bodied but there is a coarseness about this brew that isn't coming from the carbonation. I can't quite place my finger on what it is though.

D: Almost could consider this a session beer because it tastes so lite which hides its ABV very well. However, I wouldn't have this again. The complexity is there, but the strength of the individual flavors are lacking.

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Photo of damienblack
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BDLBrewster, 12oz bottled in June 2005.

Pours an opaque light honey-gold in color, but the first sense I get is that this beer has lost a bit of a step from oxidation. Generous pour yields not much in the way of head, and it doesn't linger or anything. Smells interesting, a lot less sweet than anticipated. Very grassy, some faint but pleasant grassy hop. Kind of saison-ey. Also has a bit of that "about to turn" slightly oxidized smell. If some air has crept in, it is less apparent in the flavor. You can still sense it a bit, but not real strongly. It is light and fluffy, easygoing. Not real complex in terms of depth of flavor, but a pretty decent Belgian Pale Ale. A bit light in body, but no sense of the alcohol. Nice and airy, it was very nice to try this beer.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2005
Pours an opaque burnt orange color with very little head. Chunky lacing and almost no visible carbonation.

Smells of musty yeast and a molding grapefruit type of funk. Small hint of booze and grass as well.

Tastes is full of bread and sweet toasty pale malt. The yeast takes a backseat to the mellow grassy hop profile that is perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the malt. The alcohol provides a touch of spice, but overall is very hidden.

Mouthfeel has a surprising amount weight to it, but there is almost no carbonation left in this brew. Coats your mouth nicely and overall is pretty good for the style.

Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed this brew. Good nightcap.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from '06.
Pours a reddish gold in color. Completely see through with some carbonation. Little bit of bubbles around the edges. Smell is light fruit and just a bit of alcohol. There's also subtle notes of alcohol as well.
The age of this beer shows highly in the flavor. Plenty of yeast and just a hint of alcohol in the nose. Very refined, aged flavor. Enjoyable and easy to drink. Not overly complex, but good in it's own right.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle, 2007 vintage. Poured into my basic snifter glass, the ale appears a hazed muted yellow color with about two fingers of white foam. Smells and tastes of spicy yeast, fruits such as light grapefruit, white grapes, honeyed pears, a touch of caramel. A notch or two better than medium bodied with ample carbonation. A few years in the bottle certainly did not tarnish this ale. Check it out, fresh or aged.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date - 080706. Label says good for up to five years post bottling. This one's going down nearly three years from bottling.

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Light golden color with slight haze. One finger head that subsides while I'm reading the label and couldn't observe (maybe off white).

Aroma is caramel malt with the light distinct Belgian yeast aroma. Not exceptionally pronounced.

Rich mouthfeel with remarkable smoothness. 8% with no indication of the more often than not Belgain high gravity heat.

This beer at this point is the benchmark of soft and smooth. The downside of this is the lack of complexity and any distinctive character. Really a joy to experience the pillowy mouthfeel and smooth, mild flavor.

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Photo of infestaxion
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking this in honor of Michael Jackson's birthday. '06 poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Hazy burnt orange with almost no head that ends up as a ring around the edge.

S - A lot of yeast and a little grapefruit

T - Not surprisingly after 2 1/2 years the hops have died down quite a bit. Taste almost as yeasty as it smells. A bit of citrus.

M - Nice body. Very smooth. Little carbonation.

D - Although the alcohol isn't very strong I don't think it's something I'd want to session.

Overall, it's not as good as I remember but not bad. Definitely better than a Budweiser.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

split with dkachur and CrellMoset

A: Hazy blonde, minimal head leaving a little scattering wisp.

S: Peach and pear, bready, sugary notes.

T+M+D: Pear, cookie/biscuit, a dessert quality to it. Lighter, but crispish carbonation. Medium body, fairly easy drinking. Not too shabby.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 12oz Bottled on date 02/22/2007 1439 . A cloudy amber/orange color body with a thin frothy white head,lasting a short time and then fading to a thin ring with spotty lacing.Aroma of zesty spicy and floral hops,some lemon zest and a hint of pepper corns, a little grassy and a touch of yeast fruityness. Flavor is citrus hops some nice spices,wine grapes,honey,and more peppercorns,some candy like sugar but not overly sweet at all,quite balanced. Mildly bitter and dry at the finish with a nice little hop aftertaste. The 8% ABV was well hidden. A very Very tasty brew. I will look for this and buy it again.

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Photo of Jerzy86
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- I loved the orange glow from my glass
S- sweet strong yeast notes
T- banana, crisp, hops, goodness
M- not to great
D- had a punch, very strong, but tasty!

Overall a pretty damn good drink. I just thought it was a little too much of what I really don't look for in a beer..

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy color with a short white head.

Scent of candi sugar, yeast, orange peel and some hops. Smells better than the aged bottle I had.

Taste of grain, yeast, candi sugar, citrus, and hints of hops. Nothing amazing, but it is a nice Belgian Pale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

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Photo of tdawgydog
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of eljefe21
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of notafood
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of grub
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Biggness
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Tulip Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

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.

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