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

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Added by maxpower on 10-13-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 222 |  Reviews: 207
Photo of heyitsbyron
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a single bottle ($1.35) into a tulip glass.

Sparkling burnt orange. Very viscous, and minimal head. Still, the color is so radiant and so gorgeous.

Smells carmelly and yeasty, with a nice sprinkling of hops. This does not remind me much of a Belgian, but on the other hand, it is really remarkable. Balanced in every way, and enticing. Can't imagine a better smell.

Taste was more English Brown than Belgian, but who cares it was amazing. The Golding/Saaz hop combo really comes through to give a bitterness, but it's otherwise carmelly and nutty. Just a delicious yeasty, bready finish.

Creamy and satisfying. Probably a better beer for autumn than for spring, but I can pretend.

This is my first perfect beer. I see absolutely no reason to mark it down. Not what I'd call a Belgian, but I have no complaints. This is beer in it's most perfect form. Astonishing.

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Photo of evoljetta
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
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 Mitchster
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

$2.90 a bottle down at Jack's, but I picked up a 4 pack for $11.29.

Brewed with Saaz and Styrian Goldings hops amongst other things.

8.0% ABV, 55 IBU, 5 SRM.

Pours out to a hazy orange-peach, forming a rocky white head with average retention and nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is very interesting..there is a waft of vinegar, honey, pepper, a ton of cloves, candi sugar, lots of apple (like fresh-pressed cider) and some warming alcohol in the nose. The mouthfeel is sharp and spicy with a smooth, sweet finish and a rich, medium-dense body. The taste begins with an amalgam of fruit, even suggesting dark fruit with anise and plums. Some grassy hops in the middle and a blast of alcohol warms the gullet. Bitterness is medium-strong for the style, but enticingly palatable with lingering chemical/lemon/tangerine rind bitterness on the tongue and a dry finish. Aftertaste of tobacco and port.

A very good beer, rivaling those created by the Belgians. Again, with this Goose Island reserve lineup, I'd be hard pressed to pick these out as American brewed in a blind tasting. The bitterness is a touch high but strangely satisfying, making this a hell of a digestif. The body is also a bit dense which limits it's drinkability, but these are nitpicks for such a great brew. Kudos to Greg for brewing such a great beer.

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Photo of BeerLover729
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Hazy golden beer with a small white head in a pint glass.

S: Smells like spicy earthy bitter hops with undertones of Belgium yeasts' dark fruit esters.

T: Crisp clean taste with upfront mild hop bitterness that is pleasant and easily overtaken by some apricot, plum, and other fruit esters accompanied by the minimal and lovely left over malt sugars. The taste finishes out with a pronounced bouquet of hop flavors; grassy, spicy, earthy, citrus hop goodness!

M: Heavy light to light medium body with medium to soft carbonation. A crisp dry beer but with enough malt body to hide any real hop bitterness on the tongue.

D: A crisp very well attenuated beer with fruity tastes from Belgium yeast emanating from the malt backbone, minimal hop bitterness yet with pronounced hop flavor profile. I wanna drink this beer all day. Oh it's 8% you say, well I certainly couldn't tell.

Notes: What can I say. This beer is amazing.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
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 773-F-I-B
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of Redrover
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at Palmers in La Grange, IL. Beer poured a lovely bronze with just a skimming of foam.

Beer smelled extremely fresh. Clear hops and malt. Bits of fresh bread & pine as well.

Taste is just great. Clear use of quality ingredients. Nice hop bite, but the malts continue to insert influence. Very nuanced beer with a complex flavor profile. Could be the best of the Goose products and I think that says a lot!

Extremely smooth mouthfeel and spot -on carbonation. Drinkability is also high. What a wonderful beer!

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Photo of Boto
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle @ Clybourn Brewpub: This one poured a very dark, golden color. There was a small white head with some lacing to it. The nose was very yeasty and fill of spiciness. Also a faint aroma of some fruits. The taste is excellent: notes of spiciness, bready, full bodied, rich. Nice beer!

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very pretty golden tangerine color with a nice full finger creamy white head that melts to sticky lacing.
Aroma is candy malt, faint belgium yeast, grassy hops.
Taste is smooth candy malt, soft citrus like orange and tangerine, aprocot, and soft grassy hops.
Mouthfeel is thick and smooth with soft carbonation.
Aftertaste is the soft citrus and aprocot with a touch of alcohol warmth that pleasantly fills you.
Nice...I like this one!
Thanks Clint

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle a slightly hazy orange-yellow. Formed a creamy head which quickly faded to about an eighth of an inch. Hardly any lacing at all.

The smell is incredible. Very similar to their IIPA. Sweet and malty dominate. I would say that Juicy Fruit gum might be the closest way to describe it.

A rich and sweet malty taste to this one. The alcohol lies very far in the back.

Lightly carbonated and very smooth and rich mouthfeel.

This is yet another great beer from the folks at Goose Island. I could drink this one all night.

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Photo of karengarys
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours rich amber and hazy. Minimal head with a slow pour.

Smells VERY fruity and sweet - floral. A bit of citrius.

Taste is quite sweet. Lilac almost. Fruity. There is a sour something hop balance that makes it all work out.

Mouthfeel is a little thick, but creamy.

The character is what makes this. It is super rich. A glorius beverage.

Finish is a bit sour that turns to dry/clean a bit with a lick of dry hop at the end.

This is the best goose I have tried to date. In fact, this has changed my opinion on the brewery. I've considered their beers "okay, but getting closer to mass market than I'd like". This is a definite exception in the right direction. Kudos to the brewers!!!

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this 2006 bottle in Galena.

A - Caramel burnt orange hue, slightly hazy, with a nice two finger head that reduces to a smoky haze and a thick collar. Lots of nice Belgian lace is left on the glass.

S - Sweet honey, tea, gentle summer fruit, and caramel. Gentle breezy hops and apricots drizzled in honey and molasses.

T - Again, sweet tea with honey. Herbal flavors like Riccola lozenges, and lots of semi-dark fruit. Dried apricots, peaches, and tangerines. Some darker dates and raisin flavors are barely there. I also taste a twinge of alcohol along with deep sweet molasses. very nice.

M - Medium bodied and pretty weighty, but it manages to stay lively on the palate with some sparkling carbonation and drying, warming alcohol. Very refined.

D - An excellent brew, and very much "to style." This is a beer that would be equally suitable for a summer picnic or a Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of Brent
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first impression of this beer was "nicely understated." Quite smooth and easygoing - more of what one would expect of a Belgian pale ale, rather than a strong pale ale. High level of carbonation. A touch of dry apple cider, and a bit hoppier than average. The balance worked out well, and the abv was not at all evident (at least, not at first). One of the most drinkable of the style I've run across. This beer is not attempting to mimic the Belgian style, rather it is its own beer.

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Photo of Illini5596
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick creamy and impressive head, which fades slowly with a good deal of lace. The beer itself is a golden color with a decidedly spicy and fruity aroma. The flavor itself is amazing, begins with a bold deep and almost smooth taste, with a deep flavor of malts, then moves to a surprisingly spicey and crisp taste. There is a slight bite of the hops, but with a real craft to it, not your standard pale ale.

Very refreshing and pleasant, I would highly recommend it to those looking for a good pale ale with some strong character

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i love pretty much any belgian, and i always look forward to trying belgian knock offs, and this one is a very good example of a classic belgian beer. when i poured it into the glass i said "smells belgiany" now i dont know if belgiany is a word, but it is now. very little head on the beer and barely any carbonation. smell is really good, apples and yeast fill the nose. taste is remarkable, well balance and fruity. little major hop or malt influence the taste, but they balance eachother out equally. the alcohol is present and is nice, even though its only 1:20 in the afternoon, but hey, its thanksgiving!

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Photo of malcontent
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Has the color of unfiltered grapefruit juice; somewhere between a gold and orange (not that artificial pink stuff!). Not a whole lot of head but a good pattern of lacing forms in its aftermath.

Sharp hop scent with rich buttery accents and a strong cracker aroma in the back. Slight mustiness lingers. Nice!

Moderately hopped, like an English bitter but with far more complexity; traces of juniper, pepper and tangerine drift in and out of the scene.

A touch oily but the soft carbonation that envelopes the tongue does more than enough to offset that.

Great drinkability; as close to a Belgian-style session as I've found.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured out nicely golden color, with off white head, that is not only long lasting but also laces the glass. I personally like that. Aroma very light for some reason, some spice some bready/yeasty. But that is about it. Some what disappointed, the tap version at the Clybourne Goose, I thought had alot more aroma. But forward we go. Some sweetness, grainy, slight malt accent with hop bitterness, a hint of belgium yeast appears also. Nice carbonation, with medium to high body. Overall a nice drinkable beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an golden body with and orange cast beneath a full head of creamy white foam that holds well and leaves nice lace about the glass. The nose is malty with grassy hops.The body is medium-full with a standard carbonation. The flavor is rich with a bready, subtly toasty malt and loads of grassy and slightly floral/spicy hops. It's extremely well-balanced despite it's malty girth and the fact that the bitterness plays only a supporting role. The alcohol is never evident; and it finishes dry with some minor residual malt and lots of lingering grassy hops. Quite nice!

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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 gimmehead
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper with a one finger head and nice lacing. Tastes just like the nose: green apples and pears with a tartness that lingers and a mild hop finish. The full body is very agreeable. The alchohol is by no means dominant, but more than a foursie would be very lively. This is a beer I plan on seeing a whole lot more of.

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Photo of hanco005
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle indicates it was bottled on 062205 and it is batch 1049. 12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A—pours deep orange and cloudy; ½ inch of white head that quickly fades; no lacing on the glass

S—sweet candy smell with mild hops, slight alcohol and a little citrus

T—perfect hop and malt combo, balanced sweet and bitter making a delightful tasting brew. Light, yet flavorful, a faint orange taste.

M—smooth, medium bodied, perfect carbonation

D—I really like this one. I bought a 4 pack, with the intent of drinking one per year (as the bottle says it gets better with age up to 5 years)…not sure I have the will power to wait that long…we shall see.

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Photo of mcallister
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a hazy orange beast with little head and traceable lacing. Smells of spice, the ever so lovely saaz hop, slight grapefruit, and maybe some tree root.

Man this is one great tasting, complex, sophisticated, easy going beer. Drinks like an imperial pils but with a slightly different character. Slightly spicy flavors, with a real citrus edge, distinct saaz hop, caramel, yeast, with an creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden; barely shows itself. Could drink more than the four pack of these but they high alcohol may interfere with that notion.

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Photo of far333
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale apricot/dark straw colored with an inch high head of frothy, thick, meringue that settles in for the duration. Light aroma of cinnamon, butterscotch, sweet pear, and understated hops. Creamy mouthfeel leading to a subtle and juicy flavor of sweet candy and lightly toasted malts. Flavor morphs to cotton candy, honey, and butterscotch, tangy ripe peach, and a citrus peel hop tingle in the aftertaste. Somewhat dry finish. Very clean, no yeasty overtones, thankfully. ABV is well hidden. Nice selection.

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Photo of kenito799
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pored into a Duvel glass. Bottle on 4/20/06, "Flavor will continue to develop over five years"

Pours a murky dark apricot, hard pour raises 2/3 in white foam which recedes to a ring. little gobs of lace stick.

Very aromatic..Belgian fruity yeast scents...honey...bread...apples...

Soft rich mouthfeel. Taste is really nice. There is a constant interplay with some robust, bitter hoppy notes (citrus, grass), interwoven with malty sweet honey notes...neither dominates, slightly smoky hoppy finish is long but nicely restrained. This is a very well made and delicious beer.

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Demolition 1800 Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 222 ratings