Dad's Little Helper Malt Liquor - Rogue Ales

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Dad's Little Helper Malt LiquorDad's Little Helper Malt Liquor

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BA SCORE
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335 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.37%
Wants: 32
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: aforbes10 on 05-12-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

6 Ingredients:
Malts: Harrington & Klages.
Hops: Crystal.
Specialty: Flaked Corn.
Yeast & Water: Czech Pils Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

17º PLATO
25 IBU
77 AA
10º Lovibond
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Ratings: 335 | Reviews: 269
Photo of Brenden
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is gone? When did that happen. Oh well, here's to what may be the only reasonably well-made Malt Liquor ever brewed.

This take on the beer that's made homeless drunks and their brown paper bags famous looks like the others, a clear sort of pale-medium yellow color. There's actually a nice little foam on top, just barely off-white, that settles in time and leaves pretty good spotting on the glass.
It's to style with the exception that it lacks the gasoline notes in the aroma. Doesn't smell like gas...interesting. What it does have is some corn, but not the vomit-inducing creamed corn, lightly sulfuric notes, a little leaf, and some husk on a crackery malts backbone. It could be stronger, but not if strength meant what the other guys mean.
The taste is clean, and there's actually some hoppiness to this one, a little floral and herbal to balance the dry malt. There's a mingling of citrus as well, some zesty lemon and maybe orange peel. A little sweetness and some corn is there too with some fusel notes leaning toward the fruity side (think red apple, sweet but a little tart), it actually is surprisingly less than disgusting. Who knew it was possible?
The feel is clean in about a medium body, a little thick just at the end so that it leans toward syrupy but stops just short. It has a nice, soft crispness that stays through the whole way and actually adds to the smoother aspects.

Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose along with notes of fruity yeast. Sweet corn becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of yeast along with notes of corn and bits of malty sweetness. No hops are noticeable.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this beer isn't very interesting, it doesn't have any offensive aromas of flavors and hides its alcohol very well.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.19/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy deep golden yellow in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation with some hints of copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy off-white head that reduces rather quickly a large patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet grainy malts and fruity (white grape, peach, and apple) yeasts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of sweet grainy malts with a light amount corn adjunct sweetness. There are some moderate flavors of fruity yeast including white grape, peach, and apple cider.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: For the style (Malt Liquor), this beer is fairly easy to drink an better than most others that are available. Unfortunately, I think that Rogue stopped making this one and there are just not many craft Malt Liquors available in the areas I have lived.

Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, some grains. Taste is malts, corn, some alcohol present, fairly easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine example of this style.

Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Malt liquor HUH?! From Rogue?!! Why not! Let's see what sort of uh.. fancy glass I can throw this in, sure a simple nonic pint will do.

A real nice body color that seems to be a faint orange with yellow hues, some large cola bubbles also. Very cloudy appearance. Head barely manages to produce a finger of off white foam, very soapy and large. Clumpy yeast at the bottom, frozen beer almost suspended in appearance, also flakes which don't exactly look appetizing.

This nose is real surprising. Fruity lemon and apple, with some nice grain dry malt behind it. No giant rush of heat expected either. For just malt liquor this is quite a surprise.

Taste brings more of that fruit character. Some rolling lemon but mostly apple on the tongue, mixes with a real nice malt character. Crisp and effervescent but also real strong and chewy grain feeling, with some nice apple flesh and bite. A real nice mix of carbonation in the mid palate too. No sense of boozyness either.

Overall this is shockingly good.

Photo of Kromes
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear gold color with a thick white head that laces the glass.

S: Sweet grainy alcohol aroma with some fruity esters.

T: A corn and grain flavor with mixed with alcohol and sweet esters. A touch of hop in the finish.

M: A heavier body with good carbonation.

O: I typically don't drink malt liquor, but this isn't too bad.

Photo of enzocc
4.13/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Since the moment I saw this beer, It was something that I had to try. A beer called "Dads Little Helper Malt Liquor" gave you an interesting and mysterious introduction about what this beer could be. Excellent appearance, orange color, almost a dense feeling going around. Notes of everywhere, leaving a trace all over the glass. A sour and sugary smell, like candy with salt, something different difficult to catch for me. The taste took me to some saison beers, i dont know why, but this taste is magnificient. nice ending, not too sweet. Alcohol balance. A fruit flavor predominant, with some citrus like orange and lemon. The mouthfeel left you a sticky ending, but also very smooth.
An excellent beer that I would look for sure the next time. Excellent piece of work by Rogue.

Photo of bmo56
4.2/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've searched far and wide for this, but I only found a few in 4 months of searching and now I'm on the last one. The color is orange in color, slightly lighter than an orange peel and a slim amount of head. Smell and taste are sweet almost sugary, with a faint and i mean faint taste of butterscotch, and the mouth feel is creamy, which i think is the only true thing the this delicious craft malt liquor has with its mass produced 40oz brethren.

Photo of Jimmys
4.27/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber into short stemmed tulip.

A: a hazy golden yellow. bubbly head white head with decent retention and lacing.

S: the aroma starts with a slightly acidic twang. complexity with the malts is rather inviting. besides the grain, there is a dynamic between the hops and czech pils yeast that is also delightful.

T: the flavor is bright and a little fruity. a significant hop presence. tons of sweetness. sugary sweetness. the finish has a distinctive linger of corn, but not in a bad way. very nice.

M: carbonation is light and fizzy. medium/full bodied. not your typical malt liquor, but still tasty.

D: pretty tasty brew from Rogue. interesting take on a "malt liquor", and i use quotations simply because of the amount of flavor present here which is not usually the case with american malt liquors. an easy drinking, tasty brew at a very reasonable price. dont know where all the negative reviews are coming from for this beer, but this is a win in my book.

Photo of oline73
2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter, yes, I drank it out of a snifter. I got this bottle on sale for $1.99 in Athens, GA.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with a small amount of off white head that disappears completely.

Smell: Sweet with strong hints of banana.

Taste: Just like the smell. Sweet with a lot of banana. A bit watery and light on flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was alright. I didn't expect the banana notes, but I'm not sure what I was expecting. Probably wouldn't have this again.

Photo of ummswimmin
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend of mine shared this bottle with me. I was excited to knock off the malt liquor style without having to drink any of a number of swills out there. Thanks Dave!

I poured this beer into a pint flass. I immediately picked up a lot of sweetness in the nose.

There was a decent amound of carbonation. The coloring was cloudy, deep orange. The body was decently thick, like a light stout.

I was expecting a lot more alcohol heat coming from this beer, but it wasn't there. I had some heat in the back of the throat, but that was about it. As it warmed, the heat increased... but the beer stayed drinkable.

The maltiness is very present. That, and some bitterness stayed after each drink. The flavors were very reminiscent of Rogue Dead Guy due to the Pac Man esthers (thanks Dave).

I didn't expect to enjoy this beer, but it was pretty good. This was a good way to start the night.

Photo of Naugros
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was happy to find this up in New haven, CT so that I didn't have to Colt 45 to get this style, but I still don't hold high expectations for this.

It pours a darker color than most malt liquors approaching a true amber. The head isn't all that large, but it's creamy and the very active carbonation holds it in place through the whole experience.

You get an immediate sweetness off the nose that smacks of honey. This smells like a mead actually complete with the alcohol heat accompanying. The taste is similar, but not quite as sweet as the nose, but still sweet all the same. There's a very minor hops presence here adding just the faintest hint of spice. The malts are like a sweetened cracker.

This is creamy and smooth and not as disagreeable as I had feared. But the finish isn't really all that clean, leaving behind some bitterness without bringing any hop flavor to enjoy. This does get a bit sticky on the lips the more you drink.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 4/3/11

Appearance: Golden orange, pours a bit cloudy with a thin head, some lacing

Smell: Sweet malts and corn, a lot of cereal - lacks the fusel alcohol stink that most malt liquors emit, which is a nice surprise - ultimately, boring but not bad

Taste: Surprisingly good - lots of corn, but also lots of sweet caramel and pale malts - kind of grainy - kind of spicy, which is a nice surprise - kind of tastes like a sweet bread with corn

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth - could be a bit more crisp

Overall: Easily the best malt liquor I've ever had

All of the easily unlikable things about malt liquor - the nasty sweetness, the overall feeling of grossness - are absent from this beer. According to my notes, "doesn't have that solvent alcohol butthole flavor." I guess that sums it up. I wish more breweries did this.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a yellowish orange color with a thick white foam head that dissipates to a small film. There is some moderate lacing.

S: A nice amount of caramel, honey, brown sugar and toast.

T: Starts off with grainy crisp toast taste. In the middle the toast is backed up with some mild honey and brown sugar. On the back end more grainy toast and honey. Not overly sweet.

M: A medium bodied beer with ample carbonation. Leaves a slightly sweet taste on the palate.

D: Not a bad Malt Liquor at all. Not overly sweet and some decent flavors. This is not a style I normally go for, but I enjoyed this brew.

Photo of AgentZero
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Damn malt liquor tasting went all Energizer bunny and wouldn't quit. Think this was the last of it.

A - Cloudy yellowish-orange beer with a bit of a white head that had some decent retention. A little bit of stick left on the sides, doesn't look bad.

S - Sweet corn syrupy smell with some alcohol. Smells a little bit like some kind of candy.

T - Tastes like honey, corn syrup, and some grain. It has a fairly clean and simple taste.

M - Active carbonation and medium bodied.

O - Not bad for a malt liquor, and it's relatively easy to get down. Still nothing I'd ever go for, but I didn't hate it.

Photo of mactrail
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad little apple juice. I can't see much resemblance to malt liquor but it does have a fruity, malty weight. This version lists Willamette hops on the label. Pleasantly drinkable with a touch of wood instead of bitterness. Slightly hazed light amber color in the snifter. Quite nice creamy mouthfeel even after sitting for a few minutes. Aroma is so much of green apples. Just a touch of acidity. This would have been great with the four kinds of moles and the chipotle sauce we had with dinner at Epazote in Santa Fe.

Picked up at Kokoman Liquors in Unpronounceable, New Mexico from several cases of deep discount Rogue beers. Tastes clean and fresh enough, but it must be a 2010 batch.

Photo of LXIXME
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a big white head atop a clear golden colored Malt Liquor, the head quickly dies down to a nice lasting lacing.

A light beery alcohol hints in a sweet corn syrupy aroma, with a little bit of sourness coming through.

More of the sweet corn syrupy comes through in the taste, sense a little alcohol in the taste but nothing overpowering.

The aftertaste is not quite dry and has some of the syrupy sweetness as the taste.

Reminds me of the cheap beer cooler in Circle K or Seven 11 with all those malt liquors, this one might be head and shoulders above all those but it still has that same taste, excuse me while I run to the fridge and grab an IPA

Photo of bonkers
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass, straw colored pour with a big fluffy white head. The aroma is sweet, grassy. The beer is very sweet, almost sticky. There are lots of corn notes. The body light, kind of sticky, alcohol notes. Interesting for a malt liquor.

Photo of MasterSki
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First Annual(?) Chicago Malt Liquor Tasting. Thanks to stowehop for this one.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thin ring, leaving behind a few splotches of lace and some wisps on top. Hazed apricot body. One of the best looking malt liquors I've encountered.

S - Honey, sweet malts, some fruity notes. Somehow manages to avoid being cloying - just nice clean sugar, corn, and alcohol.

T - Honey water and cereal grains. Fairly bland, with a clean finish.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium body, that is simultaneously chewy, sticky and grainy.

D - This is one of the better ones we had - probably only surpassed by Liquor de Malt an Headbanger. Actually, it may be one of my favorite Rogue offerings - too bad they replaced it with that awful Black IPA.

Photo of andrewinski1
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Nice almost inch off white head. The color is light straw.

The smell is lightly sweet malt with a small hint of apple fruit aroma.

The taste starts out sweet like bubblegum. There is a bit of an alcohol kick in the finish. This isn't exactly smooth, but it's still pretty drinkable.

This is on the lighter side, but close to averag in body. The carbonation is a little mild (presumably for easier chugging).

Not bad for a malt liquor.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass and shared with Andy. This one pours a slightly hazy straw color. Pretty nice cap of frothy head that sticks around nicely. It eventually settles and leaves a little bit of sticky lace.

Sweet corn is noticable right upr front. A little bit of doughy yeast and dry biscuity malts. I'd say this one smells a bit of the sweet side. It kind of has a sweet syrupy aroma to it. Honestly, nothing all to different from your typical malt liquor. Corn on the pallet with some grain alcohol flavors. For a 7.2 percent beer the alcohol is pretty noticable. A little bit of spicy hops and biscuity yeast round this out.

Good feel here. Nice light body but it's a little bit sticky though. Overall this is a fun beer to drink. I think malt liquors are generally enjoyable. I'm a little dissapointed that they stopped making this and went the black IPA route. It's still drinking pretty nicely s drink up!

Photo of d4114
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5-15-11

Golden yellow with a finger of soapy white head.

On the smell you get malt, corn and a general alcohol and beery smell.

Interesting flavor. It is sort of like a cheap American beer with all the flavors turned up so you can actually taste them also a mix of Mexican lager flavors in there.

Light good carbonation and easy to drink.

It's okay. Not a bad beer but the flavors seem slightly off. This would be a great first craft beer for someone who has never had one yet.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Bennettrox! Thanks Ryan!

Pours a clear straw color, with a white head of a couple fingers. Dissipates to a film, leaving spider web lacing in it's wake.

Aroma is slight, but nice for a ML. Sweet malts, slightly nutty, with a sort of buttery biscuit smell.

Nice malty taste. Slightly syrupy, bready, with slight hops.

Feel is medium bodied for the style, and solid. Crisp, but with substance.

Overall...I'd take this over any other malt liquor. I haven't had DFH Liquor de Malt, but until then, this wins by far.

Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was expecting this to be worse than it was. Thankfully it was decent and not garbage. The pour was a golden amberish color with a thin white head on it. The smell was of hops and malts similar to Yuengling Lager. The taste of the beer has a good amount of malts throughout. The hops kick in later in the finish. The mouthfeel is a little on the watery side but this seems to be a bit common with most of Rogue's release in my opinion.

Photo of HalfFull
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter glass. Shows a deep golden with a bit of haze and a rather sticky head. Decent lacing follows.

Nose is rather endearing and slightly PBResque in nature, with corn bread, an apparent hint of wheat, a bulk of pale grain and yet has an almost Belgian Saison quality to it, and with a touch of lemony hops to convince.

Flavor is a bit muted though grainy and slightly sweet in nature with some pils attributes. An interesting beer, rich and almost buttery on the tongue, with some noble hops plying their trade. Still, a bit too sweet overall. Offers a bready texture rather atypical for the style, but then to call this a Malt Liquor seems a bit of a stretch anyway.

Overall an interesting experience yet not one I plan to experience again. The price point is ballistic, thus game over.

Thins with warming and quite ale-like overall in body an feel. In the end a bit sweet and listless. I'd prefer and Olde English must I say.

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Dad's Little Helper Malt Liquor from Rogue Ales
77 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.