Debbie's Little Helper | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by plaid75 on 11-13-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Blind Tiger.

Poured a deep amber hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a sweet and syrupy malt with a latent citrus and floral hop.

The taste consisted of a balmy sweet crystal malt, leafy citric hops and a spicy cinammon element.

The mouthfeel was full and heavy.

Overall a complex full bodied ale with a brawny ABV.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark red-amber body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Caramel aroma with notes of oranges, spice, pine (though light), and earthy herbaceousness.

Taste: Flash of caramel and juicy orange peels. Touch of pine. Fair amount of spice throughout. Some sugary sweetness comes and goes. Herbal, earthy bitterness. Warming bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A beer that's part Imperial Red, part Winter Warmer, and all kinds of good.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at GI-Clybourn on 1/9/08 and have to say starting off a beer they should keep around because it is really good.

A- really a beautiful beer to set your eyes upon. A dark copper color with streaks of amber and gold with a bit of a reddish hue. Reminds me of the color of the distillation tanks one thinks of when they think of a whiskey distillery. The only downfall is that there was not much of a head and it disappeared rather quickly.

S - a mixture of sweet and hoppy odors coming off of this one. I felt like there was a lot of fruity/cirtrusy hops that ended up reminding me of a mixture of mango and lemon and this smell was mixed in with a bit of toffee sweetness. It was a very good smell but the problem was that it was not too fragrant. It was hard to get a smell off of it but the smell that one could get was very impressive.

T- Wow, a really good beer with a mixture of hoppy bitterness and sweetness that hits the mouth and challenges and pleases the drinker. At first, I was hit with a lot of mango/fruity sweetness that slowly alters into the more bitter hop taste that takes over and dominates the sweeter tastes. I can definitely taste the hoppy taste that one would expect from a dry hopped beer such as this one. At the last second, right before the hops become overpowering, I was hit with a shot of lovely caramely, toffee sweetness that after awhile reminded me of brown sugar. Overall a very good and complex beer and one that I truly loved nad one of the best GI beers I've ever had.

MF - at first, there is a lot of sticky sweetness that is not overpowering but fits well with the fruity flavors that are hitting the mouth. Then, the beer actually seemed to become more carbonated more a bit before fading back away into the initial sticky sweetness that first hit the mouth. very interesting aspect of this beer.

D- overall one of the best GI beers, and beer in general, that I've ever had. Really wished they bottled it and sold it all the time. I really enjoyed it and think that its balance between sweetness and hoppyness makes it very drinkable as neither aspect was overpowering.

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3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Clybourn brewpub, pours a cloudy red with a finger and a half of white carbonation and good lacing.

The aroma is a mixture of bready malts and mixed hops, both citric and herbal. There is a slight suggestion of alcohol.

The flavor opens up with a strong malty sweetness that fades into a moderately hoppy finish. The blended hops balance out the malts nicely and add some complexity to an otherwise simple beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and strongly carbonated.

Other than some suggestion in the aroma, the 8.30% ABV is totally undetectable, making for a very drinkable beer.

This is one of the best brewpub offerings under 9% ABV that I've had in a while.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip at Goose Island Clybourn 1/24/07. Described on the beer menu as a "Double Red Ale".

A: Dark ruby red in color. Clear and very still with no lace to speak of.

S: Caramel malt dominates the nose with a whiff of alcohol and some hops.

T: A burst of caramel malt and bitter hops with a chaser of bittersweet chocolate and toffee.

M: The malt presence thickens this one up. Medium bodied.

D: Fair. The malt and hops don't balance as well with the draft version as they do with the cask version. The cask version features more hops in the nose and slightly more hop flavors.

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4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

W00t, cask conditioned offering when I hit Goose. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazed red/brown, small off white head, nice lacing, good retention, small head stays for the whole glass. Smell is rad, spicy, some caramel, grapefruit, maybe using some amarillo, floral, very hoppy, very nice. Taste is resiny hops, very floral/pine, grapefruit and toffee hit through the middle, grains, more grapefruit and alcohol in the finish, perfect bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Very good, one of my favourites at the brewpub thus far.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(Served in a thistle shaped glass)

A- This beer has a warm deep walnut brown body that is clear but pretty dense. The head is a thick light tan with a creaminess that last and last.

S- This beer has a smell of green hops and a sweet toasted malt aroma that has an almost perfume quality to it. The aroma is bold and has lots of nice depth.

T- This beer has a nice big malty flavor with a sweetness of brown sugar to it. The finish is a bright pine hop flavor with bit of alcohol heat. The hops take on more citrus almost juicyfruit qualities and as it warms the bitterness gets stronger.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a light alcohol warmth in the finish that boost the hops and balances out the sweetness of the malt.

D- This beer is a big malty beer that has excellent balance of flavors. The hops and alcohol both keep the sweet malt in check while still letting the malt shine. As it warms the hops and alcohol increase to change the taste of the beer and keep it interesting. This is one of the most impressive beers I have had at Goose Island.

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Debbie's Little Helper from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 10 ratings