GarrettB (895) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
June 23rd, 2011 - Golden Ales are always happy return to my first glass of Duvel. I never knew the billowing head on a beer could reach such extremes! Your basic pale ale fizzles and pops on top, but the Golden ale makes art. Any brew that lets me mold and sculpt the foam, or go cloud watching in my glass, is always a welcome drink. Goose Island’s Demolition is a nice, light beer, exhibiting the quality that make this style such a treat to sip on summer days plagued with lingering heat. True to form, the brew is light yellow in color, like faded dandelion petals, and a slight haze from the chill, pierced and punctured by bubbles. Cornmeal and honey, like a great slice of polenta, fill my nose, with some light flowery notes, perhaps from the surgically delicate addition of floral hops. My first thoughts: the Demolition is light, quenching and perfect for summer, with a strong carbonation to cut through afternoon snacking, more gentle flowery notes, and a nice mild hops bitterness in the aftertaste, leaving a light gaze of honeyed sweetness in its wake.
Patrickctenchi (2879) - 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 (2560) - 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 (1433) - 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 (6792) - 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 (1645) - 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.
574deadzone (836) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 5/18/11. Pours straw golden, quite a bit of sediment present, with a thin eggshell head that’s basically just a ring and some spotty foam. Some lacing present. Nose has a fresh floral, citrus, and stone fruit aroma, some herbal tea notes, light phenols, some dust, plenty of honey. Pretty sweet, touches of bitterness and tartness. Medium to full bodied, softer carb, somewhat crisp with a drying herbal tang on the end. An interesting brew, some good things, some not so good things. Certainly past its prime, but not wildly so. I imagine fresh it would have been more vibrant. Still not bad.
GRM (2789) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2013
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Sample, brown bottle, 12 ounces, bottled on 022007, from and with Luc Bourbonnière, savoured on March 1st 2013; eye: caramel with an orangey hue, semi-hazy, no effervescence, tiny ring of beige head; nose: malt, caramel, Madeira, basement; mouth: malt, water, Madeira, finale in Madeira with presence of malt, medium body, average carbonation, mildly sweet, thin; overall: too old
Échantillon, bouteille brune, 12 onces, embouteillée le 022007, de et avec Luc Bourbonnière, savourée le 1er mars 2013; œil : caramel avec une teinte orangée, semi-voilée, pas d’effervescence, petite anneau de mousse beige; nez : malt, caramel, madère, cave; bouche : malt, eau, madère, finale en madère avec présence de malt, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement sucrée, mince; en résumé : trop vieille
gunnar (4718) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAY 16, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma of fruit and yeast, malty sweetness. Taste is moderate sweet, fruits and alcohol, some yeast and pepper at the end.Rather slim body.
chalicemaster (109) - Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled in early 2011, I was a bit apprehensive about this. Pours a fairly uninspiring golden shade with little to no head. At first the taste was incredibly disappointing, but I think it was slightly too cold because it really came alive half way in. The main thing that struck me was that there’s an unusual floral hoppiness here that is actually quite pleasant. Good roasted malt backbone, and it’s nice and light. It would have been nice to try this ’fresh’ but even as discontinued stock, it was a decent belgian style ale.