ansalon (1320) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with a low white head. Aroma is peach, apricot, stable, hay, funk. Taste is peach, apricot, funk, citrus, honey. Mouthfeel is somewhat crispy and tart with medium carbonation.
zach8270 (3423) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle - 22 oz - 2010 vintage) Cloudy orange with a white head. Lightly spiced aroma with a ton of hops and some light fruity hints. Flavor is predominantly hop bitterness with a very light sweet and yeasty spice at the end.
fishonmyplane (422) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 vintage (!). Unfortunately, the hops have faded over time, resulting in a brew with a rich palate, but a flavor that left me wanting more. I’m adding an extra 0.1 to my rating because I’m sure a fresh bottle would be better.
swoopjones (5726) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, at Coles, Buffalo NY 2011 edition. golden pour, very citrusy, lemon heavy, notes of dill too. spritzy mouthfeel, nice
Patrickctenchi (3556) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear gold, with a small white head.
Light fruit scent...Belgian yeast.
Taste is lightly fruited, ginger and lemon.
queenholly (2890) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Fruity barley malt, yeast, alcohol, and light hop aroma. Cloudy honey gold with a small white head. Sweet fruity malt and very heavy clove flavor. Medium body, soft/flat carbonation.
harrymel (1496) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz for $5 @ Bottles in Spokane, WA
Bottled on: 9/21/10
Poured from bottle to New Belgium tulip.
A: 1-2 fingers loose cream colored head fades before beer is set down. Cloudy brass ale with continuous ribbons from etching. The ale blends through thin sheet over ale which laces the glass as the ale falls.
S: Belgian yeast enveloped into light grainy, straw scent dances with hints of coriander, grass; whiff of eucalyptus. Sweetness of nougat accents near the end as well.
T: As ale rolls over palate, find myself thinking of lemongrass, hay, peppercorn, coriander helps compliment the sweetness of the yeast and bread flavors. Lightly bitter hop flavor at finish.
M: Billowy on tongue with fine ticklish carbonation helps preserve the aroma and translate the collaboration into the mouth from the nose. Velvety when swished in mouth, dissipates and falls to stomach with ease.
D: This is a nice, pleasant version of a Belgian Style Golden. Cheers for keeping the look nice and straw toned. Backbone appears to be in the hop and yeast for this brew. Worth a try. Maybe a second try.
Serving type: bottle
shrubber85 (7515) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Musty yeast and lemon malt aroma. Pale yellow with moderate head. Yeasty lemon malt flavor. Moderately bitter hay finish. Very good.
merc7186 (2031) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Mildly Hazy Golden Straw Hue, Passes Lots of Light, White Head that eventually dissaptes into a ring, Mild Lacing
S: Lemons, Floral, Earthy
T: Bubble Gum, Pineapple, Mild Belgian Sugar, Mild Malts, Mild Citrus
M: Decent Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Mildly Bitter
Overall, a really nice belgian pale that was very drinkable and well balanced. Especially for 2.50 per bomber, a great score.
YoDude (10) - Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Goose Island Demolition, aged 2 years 3 months in my beer cellar, 7.2% ABV. A 22oz bottle and poured into an old school challis.
Appearance: Poured pale gold with a creamy but faint head and little lacing.
Smell: Funk, that’s it.
Taste: Lemon meringue, a hint of pepper, and the musty barnyard. Once that all goes away, a nice toasted malt flavor remains.
Mouth feel: Light body and good carbonation. A slight funky, savory aftertaste and a warming alcohol effect.
Overall: When Goose Island announced it would no longer brew Demolition, I bought a bottle wherever I saw it. This was one of the first in a long line of GI specialty beers. When young, it was a nice attempt at a Belgian-style Golden ale. With aging, the hops are long gone and it has become more of a farmhouse ale. Still enjoyable, but it has definitely reached maturity.