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 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 Higravity
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bang Pop Wow!!!

Great beer. I tasted this bad boy and right off the bat I was drooling. It has a rust water color that pours a decent yellowish-white head which quickly goes. Smells of sweet apple and citrus with a bit of malty alcohol. Tastes of light caramel bound to the fruit taste present in a sharp alcohol laden malty backbone. Beautifully done beer with a nice body on it that can come over to my house any day.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a majestic orange-amber with a small, off-white rocky head. Loads of carbonation pour up the side.

Smell: Smells very malty and fresh, with a nice spicy back. Hints of orange, lemon, and apple abound.

Taste and Mouthfeel: At first the beer is very sweet and malty, and a little bit spicy. The alcohol comes on strong and doesn't let go. Hops finish this off for a nice, complex, but only decently balanced flavor. In the mouth, this is a smooth, creamy brew with a nice amount of longevity.

Dinkability and Overall: This is a unique beer, only my second from Goose Island. A very complex and interesting flavor allow this to be a very good sipping beer. My only complaint is there's almost too much of an alcoholic intensity to make this a very drinkable brew. Not that that's bad, just a rich beer indeed. Try it.

Thank you Bashiba for this lovely offering.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a somewhat hazy,golden,straw color. No head to speak of. Aroma is malty and sweet. You can almost taste the sweetness. Big malty flavor-slight hop bitterness in the finish. Theres an underlying sweetness through the whole thing. A slight tad of spicyness. Good full body. A very drinkable beer. I could put a few of these down no problem. While its missing some of the characteristics of a typical Belgian its still a good beer and well worth trying. Thanks to bashiba for the samples.

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Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden body with a dense, offwhite head that stabilizes at one inch in height. Moderate island chain lacing is left on the glass.
Aroma is interesting. Honey, caramel, coriander, peaches, and some citrusy hops that suggest orangerind.
Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied, and carbonation is relatively high. There is a peppery hops bite.
Taste is fruity sweet with assertive, bitter hopping. Coriander and white pepper are picked up, as well. The ethanol is well disguised. The sweetness is balanced by the bitter citrusy hops quite well, but there seems something missing. No yeast character is noted, but it's the malt and hop balance that seems amiss.
This is a decent and drinkable golden ale, but it doesn't possess many Belgian style attributes other than the spiciness. This one just can't decide whether to be fruity sweet or citrusy bitter. Ordinarily, this would denote an excellent balance, but this one could be improved. It's missing something, but I really can't pinpoint what it is.

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Photo of maxpower
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep hazy orange-yellow color with a small head of large bubbles that doesn't last, not much lacing either, sweet candy and flower aromas. Dry fruity and candy-honey flavors. Medium to full body with a full and crisp carbonated mouthfeel, finishes on the sweet side.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium hued golden yellow color, glowing but somewhat murky hazed and unclear much like jello, thinnish disproportioned white foamy crown slips away quickly, keeps a tiny collar and the lacing minimal in small sheeting and glaring globby spots.

Aroma is a whole lot of candy caramel used for dipping apples and some honey notes. Clean and malt laden with caramel; instantly preparing you for the sticky road ahead...

...sticky front of off-honey flavors and light caramel, not as much as one would think given the aroma being quite substantially large in the caramel load. Sweetly candyish in its staying power, some floral hop hints, touches of grass and a small nudge of sticky phenols kinda keep a smooth intention and a clean edge. Overall a bit one dimensional with the stickyness from the front staying firm til the end where it finishes out somewhat dry and clean. And boy it almost seems like it wants to have some spice near the finish too but that never quite reaches the surface. Leaves sticky caramel, honey, and lemon/apple/melon jolly rancher juices coating the tongue late in the finish.

It has a rich and sticky feel the whole trip through that does get a bit smoothed out from its steady carbonation in some places, mostly the middle to the finish. Body is about medium but lurking to the thin side and definately lots of sticky things going on, which I don't mind, but overall was looking for a bit more complexity and stronger character.

This should maybe be changed (or classified; or whatever) to just a Belgian Pale and not a strong. Albiet it is listed at 8%, and I'm not quite sure what the offical cutoff between the two is; it never seems like its boozy, so therefore has a fairly decent drinkability. Not bad, but there's better.
Another big time midwest thanks to MJR for the bottles!

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Photo of bashiba
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark golden with minor cloudyness and a thick fizzy light tan head. Smells of genourous caramel malts and very sweet honey like. Taste is very sweet and malty with some citrus and honey flavors followed by just enough hops to take the sugar down a noch. Very nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is creamy and fuzzy, you can feel the alcohol here a little along with the good Carbonation. Drinkability is also pretty solid. Goes down quick and easy with no high ABV bite at all. Overall another very solid Goose.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

slightly hazy golden/amber hue, fine, if modest layer of fizz atop...
nose is sweetness, fruit, and effervescence...peach and apricot, mango and guava, a touch citric, nicely hopped, mellow, in the end, but flavorful all the way, but, to taste..
Big entrance on the palate, a burst of spice and fruit, plenty of zest, very lively. Sparks and plays on the tongue, light but alert and alive. Fruit factor reigns high here, but is buoyed by this incandescent effervescence...smackety-smack, it's a taste attack!
Too, too delicious! I likety-like it!
The higher-than -most abv is felt a tiny bit, but is accompanied by so much flavor, that one can be excused if one misses it.
this is a treat, a rare delight...a very fair Duvel imitation, but maltier and fruitier, not quite so dry and sparkly...

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one of the Goose special releases, this one pours a nice bright golden orange with a small white head. Not bad looking, but nothing spectacular. The smell is a mix of floral, earthy hops, some cloves, honey and alcohol. Aromas could be a little stronger as it left my nose aching for more.

The first taste brings a melding of light citrus fruit and floral tones in the upfront hoppiness. This weaves its way in and out of spiciness and a nice caramel honey malt. Biterness is good and the spice is just right so as not to be overpowering.

Mouthfeel is smooth, like a velvet blanket covering my tongue. Drinkability is good as well....I only bought a single, but I could easily down a 4 pack. I'd love to try it on tap sometime....I'll have to get down to that Goose brewpub sooner than later. I recommend checking this one out! I believe they will be releasing a bourbon barrel aged stout and an imperial IPA in bottles soon too...can't wait to try those!

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Photo of clvand0
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a light orange color with a nice fluffy head. Sweet and malty aroma, very nice. Some faint hops in the aroma as well as some fruit. The flavor has some citrus/corriander and some sweet malts. Enjoyable, but I wouldn't call this a top notch Belgian Strong Pale. I'll probably have it again, but mostly because I bought a four-pack.

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Photo of bnuttz
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

mmm, goose island...

this pours a nice orange hue with tiny bubbles that make up the head. The smell is grassy and floral, definitely of hops. Taste is malty, sweet, carmel and honey, followed by a blast of floral hops. This brew is damn drinkable. OK, this isnt a top shelf belgian, but this is a belgian session brew. Very drinkable for the 8% ABV. Give me a four pack or two and I'll be set.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was one of the beers we drank while brewing this weekend. It poured a nice golden orange color. The nose is sweet orangy citrus and nice sweet malts. The taste was just okay. I got some corriander and a bit os spiceyness along with sweet malts, giving the beer an overall spiced orange flavor. The mouthfeel was nicely thick and clean. Overall a nice beer that I could see trying again. Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this one.

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Photo of jahred
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/22/04, tasted 8/19/04. Pours a reddish orange color with lots of pretty bubbles zooming up in the beer. Very pretty. A slightly yeasty, honey, spice scent emerges from my glass.

The taste is heavy and strong up front, leading to honey notes, and ending on lots of mild, grassy noble hoppy flavors. Oh yeah, and that 8% ABV, which is quite noticeable. The beer is quite dry, and the carbonation nicely tickles my tongue on the way down. As the beer warms, the strong hoppy flavors (for a Belgian pale ale) and the honey notes really stand out. The only thing I wish this beer had was a bit more complexity in the flavor, but otherwise a nice brew.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 22nd July 2004, Sampled 5th August 2004.
The recipe of this beer has obviously changed quite drastically this year, as the perceived hop levels seem to have been reduced drastically.

Pours a brilliantly clear copper color. Topped by a light tan head, and has a persistent, beaded carbonation to it that is relatively low. Up front the aroma is softly fruity and of raisins, which yields to notes of alcohol. The taste is sweet up front with continued notes of raisins and some honey type flavors as well. There is some light spiciness here as well, but could really use a bit more. I really wish this had the same hopping levels as in previous years, it would make this a bit more interesting. Overall this is fairly clean Belgian Golden ale, while enjoyable it needs a bit more oomph, or at least some balancing sharpness/ bitterness.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FOAM series bottle, at the brewery: Well, it was served in a plastic cup, so I can't tell too much about the color. But very hoppy and complex. In fact, its big hoppy taste belies its Belgian-ness. More I could not discern, but I took some more bottles home, so we will definitely revisit this one.

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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 Gusler
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appears to be hazy amber with a bulky off white head that is spumescent in texture with the lace forming a satin sheet to cover the glass. Malt dominates the nose, sweet and a bit earthy, crisp and fresh a fine smeller this one. Start is thick with malt, sweet and the top moderate to almost full in its feel, finish has a dynamic hop spicy presence, the carbonation light to moderate with the aftertaste droughty and long lasting. It has been over 3 years since I have had a “Goose Island Beer, way to long I’d say.

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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 beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted at the 2003 Oregon Brewers Fest. Medium gold color. Small head. Aroma is malty and fruity. A medium bodied ale. Malts are nutty. Hops are fairly bitter. Hopsa re bitter and slightly floral. Big hop bite. Fairly bitter and slightly alcoholic for a golden ale. Perhaps it a Imperial Golden?, it is 8% ABV with 40 IBUs. Nicely balanced, tasty beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of freed
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This year's OBF entrant. Quite an experience.

Nice deep golden, buoyant foamy head. Very pleasing yeast and fruit aromas. Full range of malt flavors, if you pay attention. Fits well with the slightly fruity flavors. It was a very nice beer to finish the day with.

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Photo of jackndan
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Demolition: From Goose Island, this is a Belgian strong ale, and is $3.50 a pint at The Map Room in Chicago. Very impressive beer, to say the least. It was a glowing golden color, with minimal head, and very little carbonation, if any. The aroma and taste were exceptionally sweet, with citrus fruits and apples dominating. The beer had a very nice crisp hop bite that balanced the beer very well. Excellent, buy all that you can at $3.50!

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