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 ommegangpbr
1/5  rDev -73.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is a pretty good brew but it fails as a BELGIAN pale ale (as the bottle claims this is a Belgian style ale).
There is nothing Belgian about this... it looks, smells and tastes completely wrong for the style.
It is clear as opposed to hazy with not a speck of yeast sediment to be found in the brew or the bottom of the bottle... not to mention the flavor.
No yeast in the flavor at all.
This is, in fact, pretty hopped up.
Demolition would make for a decent double/imperial IPA.
It would make for an even better double/imperial pilsner.
As a double/imperial pilsner I rate this as following:
appearance: 4
smell: 4
taste: 4
mouthfeel: 4
drinkability: 4

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Photo of ngandhi
2.29/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On-tap at Clark St. Ale House in Chicago, Il. 1.00/4 oz. sample.

Rotten milk nose. Basically hoppy, but uninteresting. No malt character, no hop backbone. Lightly grainy and along the lines of a cream ale; about as wrong as an old ale can be.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.29/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was rather unimpressed by this beer. When I read "golden strong ale" I thought "Belgian strong ale," like Duvel. And this is no Duvel. It is sweet and corny tasting, with lots of what I perceived as off-notes. I did not care for it, and it did not strike me as anything noteworthy or commendable.

My bottle was fairly fresh (bottled 2/22/2007).

Appearance was an attractive gold color, which sparkled a good bit. There was some good head formation and nice lacing. Odor was somewhat unpleasant, with an odd sweet malt or perhaps sweet corn aroma. Flavor was corny and bitter (and not bitter in a good way). Mouthfeel was OK, although a bit sticky, which didn't add anything to the beer. Not recommended.

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Photo of supercolter
2.57/5  rDev -32%
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 jar2574
2.7/5  rDev -28.6%
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 BeerBuilder
2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours to a hazy orangish-yellow color with a white head that diminishes to a ring. It leaves a bit of lacing when sipped down.

The aroma is sweet, citrusy, grassy and earthy. A candi sugar sweetness that is a bit over the top.

The flavor is peppery, candi sugar sweet, spicy and a bit fruity.

It has a good level of bitterness that leaves you a bit dry in the finish. It is medium-full in body, and not too enjoyable. I couldn't have another right now. I wont be getting this one again. Passable.

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Photo of balconybrew
2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
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 cartdan
2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this one from a 2007 bottle into a tulip glass. The beer was slightly cloudy and golden in color with a thin white head that dissipated quickly.

The aroma is very sweet with slight hint of the Belgian yeast character coming through. Not much in the way of hop aroma.

The taste is once again sweet malt, a little overly sweet for my taste. I wanted more hop presence or spice or more fruitiness from the yeast, but couldn't find it.

Mouthfeel is medium.

I'm a little dissapointed in this one, I don't see the depth of character in the beer that I expected. Maybe I had a bad bottle or something, but it wasn't near what I have come to expect from this Goose Island series.

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Photo of alexwag
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Less than one finger of white, fluffy head -- a bit disappointed by the volume. Beer is deep amber, with that special Belgian ochre tint.

S- Yeast, apples, other fruit/citrus. Some grassiness/huskiness. Ok, but not that alluring.

T- At first -- quite bitter, heavy on the grassiness, very tart. Fairly unpleasant. After a few minutes, however, it opened up in a big way and the fruits and malty yeastiness shrone through much more clearly. Lighter. Still, not that complex IMO and not adding anything to the style. One would be much better suited with an authentic Belgian.

M- Fizzy, pretty thin and tannic.

D- Not that great, overall. I finished this beer only on principle, but I will not be purchasing it again. Go for the real thing, or there are much better Belgian-style offerings from America. Disappointment.

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Photo of Gump
2.85/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From bottle.
Dark orange color with even cloudiness and a smooth vanilla head. Head starts at an inch and settles to an eighth in a few minutes.

Malty aroma. A little flowery.
First fills my mouth with a creay carbonation but the real taste comes after you swallow. It finishes bittersweet and strong. Like ether, or paint thinner. (in a good way, of course). Also reminds me of bitter orange peel.

I'd prefer more sweetness in something this strong.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
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 maximum12
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As the last review, this brew was also bottled on 2/22/07. If I'd noticed, I'd have saved the little bugger & downed it on its 1st birthday.

Pours like a nice Belgian, cloudy & really light with almost no head. Smell is strong - I caught a whiff before my weak nose came within shouting distance of the bottle. Weirdly, once settled, the aroma retreated quite a bit. Citrus would be accurate enough.

Taste is OK. I'm a sucker for a good Belgian, but this one doesn't rise above the pack. I've had some of Goose Island's other "special" brews - the Pere Jacques is fantastic - & this one's just pretty good.

I wanted Demolition to rise either as a brewery beer or a Belgian, but the taste & mouth-rinse feels somewhat watered-down.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Heavenly golden hazy color. Bit on the carrot side. Pure white head is depleting rapidly but leaving on a nice set of lace on the side. The head is actually staying at a health 1/4 inch on the top of the beer.

S: Yeasty. Sort of grassy with notes of honey and orange peel.

T: Honey metallic flavor jumps right out. Herbal and a bit fruity. Aftertaste is very grassy and dirty. Uncharacteristic bitterness lingers long after the sip.

M: Smooth and medium bodied.

D: I don't necessarily care for golden Belgian ales and I didn't care for this one. It certainly wasn't a proper representation of the style and the dirty sensation the hops left wasn't a positive.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of RMelyon
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of styrene
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a generic goblet.

Appearance: Very nice golden-orange color. Very little head after the initial pour.

Smell: Wow, alcohol. Rarely do I encounter beers with this much alcohol in the nose.

Taste: Quite a bit of alcohol, from start to finish. Underneath, there's a good amount of sweetness, as one would expect, and no hop bitterness. There's a sort of crispness in the finish, but I imagine that that's the alcohol. I wouldn't be surprised if there people who like beer this 'hard-hitting', but it's not my style. I guess I would describe the flavor as 'heavy-handed' or lacking balance.

Mouthfeel: Not much carbonation + high alcohol + slight syrupy quality = slightly unpleasant

Drinkability: Might pair nicely with boldly-flavored foods, but this beer is a bit too much for everyday drinking. I wanted to like this, but I feel that Goose Island went a little over the top this time.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Hazy golden beer with almost no head. what little there was quickly disappeared.

S- Grassy and floral hops were most notable. Also something sweet, like melon maybe.

T- Mildly sweet start with a sudden explosive bitter hoppy aftertaste. very strong taste of alcohol. i didnt like this one at all at first but it grew on me further down the glass

M- Very light and watery. Too thin with too much carbonation.

D- I really doubt i could have another one of these and enjoy it.

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Photo of SaucyA
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Duvel Glass.

A - Orangey golden with a frothy white 2 finger head. Quickly dissipating but left lacing. Looks like a Belgian Pale.

S - Citric and yeasty. Alcohol is detected but not distracting.

T - Orange, unripe grapefruit, sour, horseblanket, slightly metallic. Complex, but not in the best way. Finishes sweet and nice, surprisingly.

M - Slick and sparkly. The way I like my belgians. Thick bodied but not syrupy.

D - This is good to sample but I can't imagine someone going out of the way to obtain this brew. It's cloying, and just... funky. Save your money and buy a Duvel, or La Fin Du Monde.

Sorry Goose Island, this one isn't a winner.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy golden/orange. A little peachy in appearance. The dirty white head recedes to a thin collar that leaves tracings of lace. Aroma is very sweet. Double bockish sweet. Corny sweet. Even a little adjunct like sweetness. The Saaz and Styrian Goldings only show a glimmer of a presence. The hops show a little bit more of a presence on the palate, but not much. They give a subtle dry property and a peppery, grassy splash. The sweetness on the buds is the main player, but not as overwhelming as I was expecting from the nose. There's an herbal presence as well. The mouthfeel is quite prickly and just a bit gaseous. I was expecting more out of this beer, but it's just plain ol average.

It's the thought that counts cokes. Thanks.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in a BIF from orbilar0x, this 12 oz. bottle was my first taste of Goose Island. The beer poured clear, with a deep golden color, and a three finger thick head. The carbonation was very active and was constantly swirling up from the bottom of the glass. This was a good emulation of the hallmark of the style - Duvel, but was much deeper in color and a looked thicker and thus lacked that devilish deceptiveness. The aroma was a little muddier in the nose as well, with a musty yeasty smell more at home in an old ale. Taste was hopper than expected, with grapefruit citric hops, and a spicy and fruity taste. Unfortunately, these made this beer more like an ordinary pale ale, and much less Belgian. Alcohol content was obvious due to the spicy hot aftertaste and intermittent harsh fumes. The body was medium thick and a little gritty. Despite the obvious malt content, flavor felt blander than the best examples of the style. I fond this falling short of the intended target by a fair bit.

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Photo of tayner
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, 2007 vintage

Poured an opaque/cloudy honey tan color with very small white head that quickly fell to just a ring with a tiny bit of lacing, but not all that impressive looking.

Smell was an odd combination to me. I got a sweet fruit along with a grassy hop nose, and some bready yeasty hints as well. It smells like a belgian IPA.

This one tasted like the nose. up front there is some sweet light fruits, pear, pineapple, even a touch of tangerine. Mid palate i get the bready, yeasty, doughy flavors from the belgian yeast strain. a biscuit like quality. The finish is hop dominated. It has a bitter quality to the finish, clearing the palate (almost) of all the strange mixtures of previous flavors.

This one is medium carbonated, and slightly sticky feeling in the mouth.

Drinkability on this one is okay. My tongue is confused about what it is, belgian sweet, ipa bitter, but in either case it is a decent beer i could drink again. it might taste better paired with a plate of fish or seafood rather than just a beer to relax with. With that said, the 8% abv is nowhere to be found, so be careful.

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Photo of cokes
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smudged brass topped with a fleeting white fluff.
Nose of...ummm...well, wetness? Sniff hard and flour-sprinkled rolls and grass appear. Sniff harder (don't pass out) and honey is suggested.
Begins with a stale white bread note. Flaky,and dry-leaning, but not real persuasive in regard to the overall profile. Honey is next, not so much in overt taste as the vapid, tacky, lightly gooey sweetness it provides. Rind-like fruit notions are too vague to identify. Next come traces of vanilla bean, pepper, and balsam- by far the most interesting things here. It finishes with a medicated, limp, hay and grass hop close.
Mouthfeel is large, bogged down with sugar that never explicitly mainfests itself. It doesn't drink hot- actually alcohol is never really considered- but it sags in the mouth.
It's not disgusting by any mean, but there's no pizazz here; like a Duval stuck in Purgatory. Maybe that isn't the intent....but, then, what is it?
Totally unevenful.

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Photo of crwills
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Brought a single 12 oz of this back from Bierkraft in Brooklyn a month or so ago. Cracked it open after a De Koninck, just for fun. What a difference, and what a weird Belgian style ale!

Appearance and aroma were pretty standard, although the smell has a bit of a preview of the flavour; some extra piney spice that seems out of place. The flavour is what really got me; aggressive, citrusy hops dropped on top of a fruity Belgian, with a toffee-like malt aftertaste thrown in for good measure. Honestly, I had a hard time figuring out what was going on; it's quite the complex brew, but I don't think it really knows what it is, and for this reason I didn't really get into it.

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Photo of wheatman106
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
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 -16.1%
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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Demolition 1800 Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 222 ratings