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Demolition 1800 Ale by Goose Island
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
8.00 % ABV

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Review by tavernjef on 10/18/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
66 2 8 13 3 7 2010
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.

Served In: Goblet

Review by Oxymoron on 01/18/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
58 2 7 11 3 6 2009
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.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/27/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
52 2 9 8 2 5 0
Review from 11/06/06

A - Hazed golden body, apricot colored. Small, quarter inch white head.

S - Belgian yeast funkiness. Coriander and clove. Little bit of hops.

T - Spicy, black pepper overwhelming and ever present in the taste. This completely overpowers anything else going on in the beer. Cloying and difficult to enjoy.

M - Having a hard time overcoming the taste here, but seems medium bodied. Carbonation is ok.

D - This one won't be finished.

Served In: Pint Glass

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