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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
77
okay

332 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.32%
Wants: 33
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: aforbes10 on 05-12-2006)
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Photo of laintringulis
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had very many malt liquors and I kind of expected the worst, but was pleasantly surprised.

Served in a pub glass. Pours a nice golden color with moderate to large off white head that thins, but last throughout drinking. Lots of nice tight carbonation; no lacing.

Smells like cooked canned cream corn; mild popcorn oil smell, mild sweet smell. Not complex in smell.

Tastes better than it smells. Pleasantly light corn taste with a well balanced malted sweetness. Very straight-forward in taste. I imagine it tastes like corn pops cereal dusted in malted milk powder.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Nice mouthfeel, slightly oily, but adds to the experience. Practically no alcohol taste to it, slight bitter, spicy back taste. This is easy to drink and could be sessionable. I'm not sure if it is worth the price tag, but it is definitely alright drinking!

laintringulis, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bomber awhile back and ended up drinking it with my dad yesterday! Into my glass a golden yellow pour with a thin light bubbly head and fast moving bubbles. Head falls quickly on this one. Light grain and cooked corn aroma. Slightly fruity with a light spiciness, green apple comes to mind for me a bit. Alcohol becomes apparent in the nose as well. Interesting, yet not really inspiring.

First sip brings a grainy maltiness with some light cooked corn highlights. Mellow fruitiness on the way down with a nice spicy, herbal hoppiness in the finish. A bit of alcohol peeks through as well. Not too sweet and not too bitter with a crisp, clean flavor.

Mouthfeel is rather light with a somewhat punchy carbonation. Goes down smooth. A pretty tasty malt liquor that's way ahead of the 40's I used to throw back in college. Still, it's more of a buy it once to try it kinda beer for me, as opposed to something I'd seek out on any regular basis.

orbitalr0x, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Enola for sharing his bomber.
Mostly pale gold with some hints of amber. Decent 1/2" off white head with moderate retention. Spotty lacing.
Smells kind of like a mild pale ale. There's noticable bitterness in the nose. Not hoppy bitterness though. Just bitter.
Over a nice malt backbone I get the flavors of alcohol, corn, and could it be....hops? Mostly you taste the malts which is the way it's supposed to be.
Light to medium bodied
This is nothing like any other malt liquer I've had. For a malt liquer it's very good. As an over all beverage I recommend it when you want something a little different.

wcudwight, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of Enola
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a bomber. The appearance is not typical for a malt liqour. It looked similar to a pale ale. It was orangish yellow and had a thin, white head. The smell was it's weak point. It smelled kindly sour, but then again, it is a malt liqour. The taste was not as corny as most malt liqours. A tad more mellow. It drank good for the style. I would rather have this than some others of the style. Decent.

Enola, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of Gritsak
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- light pale color with a small white head that fades pretty quickly.

S- straw, slightly fruity,

T- dominated by corn, but has a slighty fruity twist. very subtle hop presence at the finish.

M- very smooth and almost syrupy with light pretty strong carbonation. Lots of carbonation bubbles racing to the surface when viewed from the side.

D- cant say this is easy or hard to drink. just about average.

overall- it would be interesting to know the ABV on this, but whatever is there is hidden pretty well. The taste isnt as harsh as some of the cheap malt liqours, but they did stay true to the style i believe.

Gritsak, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dad's Little Helper pours a very light copper color with a thin white head. A little bit of corn in the aroma, but certainly not a typical nasty malt liquor smell. The taste is definitely to style. This tastes like a malt liquor, corn predominates. But some hops are noticeable in the finish, much more so than a typical malt liquor. I give it nine out of ten swills. Worth a try if only for the novelty factor.

Drew966, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of silver0rlead
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly orangish yellow with a descent white head...good for a malt liquor. The aroma has a strong corn syrup sweetness, along with some biscuity malt, slight noble hops character, and alcohol. The flavor also has a strong corn syrup presence, along with some biscuity malt, fruity esters, slight spicy hops, and alcohol. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick, and carbonation is medium. This is definately a solid malt liquor, worlds better than OE or Colt.

silver0rlead, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of UncleFlip
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

First beer of the week as I spend a few days with good friends...lets hope that's a good sign. ;)

Nice strong yellow colour,slight orangy tint. Thin white head.

Smell is srt of like a swet malt liquor with a hint of wet towel (or as a friend said, wet dog).

Flavour is better than expected- a little woody and slightly spicy, with a thick strong maltiness.

I'd like the hearty body on this one, were it not for the turbocharged carbonation.

Overall, nice and drinkable- but with some shortcomings. Good lawnmower beer.

Be well
-UF

UncleFlip, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an dimple mug)

A-This beer has a golden straw body that is clear with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a foamy white head that turns to a film but last for a good bit.

S- The slight sweet smell of pale malt has a dry sulfur note to it but is pretty clean otherwise.

T- The dry light pale malt flavor has a faint corn sweetness with a faint dry hop bitterness in the finish. There is a slight sweetness that comes through more after the pale malt but th corn flavor is not as noticeable. There is a faint butter note in the malt as it warms also.

M- This beer has a medium light body.

D- This beer is light and very subtle in flavor and the malt liquor notes are very faint.

rhoadsrage, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of kgotcher
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not really a Malt Liquor guy.

Pours a pale clear color with no head. Aroma is malty for sure with very sweet notes. Has that distinct corny smell of adjunct beers. Taste is sickly sweet and corny, like an imperial PBR or something. . . Too sweet honestly, like drinking a corn syrup concoction.

Again I don't drink malt liquor normally, this is probably a really good one but I did not enjoy it at all. I expect Rogue to try something different, but this time I don't think it works. Hard to rate since I can't compare it so I'll rate it average. But considering the price $4.00 I would expect there are much cheaper options.

kgotcher, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one I totally picked up on a whim, having mostly outgrown malt liquor in the years immidiately following college. I'm just curious to see what a high end malt liquor tastes like.

Flat and headless, with a dull golden color and a raisiny note in an otherwise mediocre nose.

The taste kicks out the corn and alcohol as it's major flavors as far as I can tell. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and consistent but nothing about this really screams "high end".

This is not bad but by no means highly drinkable. It's a good malt liquor all right, but a fairly lousy beer.

daliandragon, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of MarkBlackout
2.58/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I was damned disappointed with this one, and I love American Malt Liquor(s) as well as many of rogue's beers (especially the XS stuff). This just seemed forced, as the corn flakes do nothing for the beer; they don't even help the beer fit the category as the result flavor-wise is disjointed and just sort of nasty. Aren't adjuncts used in this capacity to round out the taste/mouthfeel? Sour notes and a lack of balance ruin the drinkability. I was real glad to try this, and still am in a sense, but I wouldn't buy it again. I'd rather have a DFH Liquor de Malt the next time I'm craving high-end malt liquor.

MarkBlackout, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of mjd83goblue
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber for $4.99

A: Looks like a typical malt liqour, straw colored and clear.

S: Smells like corn and grass. A little fruit (apples maybe?) in the aroma.

T: Pretty much what you would expect from a malt liquor, just not as abrasive. Lots of malt and corn. Similar to a low-hopped pilsner.

M: Thin and a little bubbly

D: Fine. Thin and light bodied, so not difficult to drink.

A malt liquor minus the skunk and harsh aftertastes. One of the better malt liquors I've ever had, but thats like being the smartest kid in special ed. Its a gimmick, all in all.

mjd83goblue, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of rodrot
2.05/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This was purchased more for the novelty than anything else. I wasn't expecting much and that's exactly what I got. The beer poured a light gold color with almost no head and very little carbonation. Aroma was similar to most macros, some light malt smell with a good bit of corn/vegetable mixed in. Taste was very light as well with the typical corn adjunct flavor, some malt and a barely perceptable hop taste. Mouthfeel was very light and thin. This beer had very little flavor and was quite watery and spritzy tasting to me. This is not worth the 4.79 I paid. Oh well, maybe Liquor De Malt will be a better experience.

rodrot, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims for $4.99. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear fizzy golden yellow coloration. The head was thin and off white. The head had little staying power. No lacing to speak of on the glass.

Smell: The beer smells of malty corn bread. The alcohol and the yeast produce a bit of spicyness. The hops may also add to spicyness; however, I dont think the hops are all that involved.

Taste: The beer continues to deliver the malted corn bread experience in the taste. The beer has a bit of spicyness at the end. I am not really clear if it is hops or yeast. The beer has no off flavors. This didnt get better warmer but didnt get gross.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer has a big old smooth malty mouthfeel. The beer has a big body. The beer is well carbonated and easy to drink. The beer was even ok as it warmed up. The novelty of upscale malt liquor is enough to purchase and try this once; however, I will not be purchasing this beer again.

nlmartin, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of blackie
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour produces a low, off white head that soon recedes to just a ring around the glass. The beer is golden in color.

smell: Sulfuric and sweet corn aromas upfront. Light pale grain. Pilsner type noble hop smell and light, appley fruit aromas. Just a touch of ethanol actually adds to the depth of the nose. Just a little more strength to the aroma, I could've given a 4.5.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a high medium, and the body medium-light to medium.

taste: Sweet pale grain and corn flavors upfront. A couple off flavors normally associated in my mind with malt liquor that I can't quite describe. Light hop flavor and bitterness. Just a touch of ethanol

drinkability: cake for a malt

Second only to Liquor de Malt. I'd like to see a little more strength of smell and taste.

blackie, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is based on the "American Malt Liquor" style. That being said, I think this takes the cake for the best malt lickra I've ever had. Let it be known that I was somewhat of a connoisseur of this style at one time in my life. It is a dirty sort of yellow. Not quite golden. A small bubbly white head emerged to cap off the glass but alas it fell away without hesitation in true malt lickra fashion. Lace? No. This is malt lickra. The nose holds some character. It is a bit corn syrupy. The Czech pils yeast almost creates an atmosphere that makes this thing smell a bit too classy. Almost. It seems to have a faintly spicy nutmeg aroma that mingles in with a dry grassiness. It reminds me of the Atwater Block house character for some reason or another. The taste is a bit punchy with alcoholic raw malt lickra intensity. At least that is what my dad thought when we split his bottle. I am relatively unphased by alcoholic impression unless the brew is an extreme one. This is still fairly mild and unintrusive according to my palate. I can feel it going to me brain however. This is really a nice little brew. The mouthfeel is light enough keep this thing drinkable and just thick enough to let you know that it is not exactly a light hearted concoction. Naysayers be damned. If this ain't a good offering for the style what is? I'll bet if this was called an "Imperial Pilsner," it would get better marks. Fight negative stereotypes and vote with your heart. Make the world a better place. Remember that bums from the alley would have to pan handle four times as long to score this one. Plus, it isn't even a forty ouncer. Maybe then, the beer snob in you will give this fine malt lickra some props.

SupaCelt, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a crappy, sparse head with quick dispersion. The color is very Czech pils like. A golden yellow with light amber hints in the middle. The bubbling is also very pils-like with a moderate amount of bubbles inching their way to the surface.

Smell- A bland, tart apple, puckery light malt aroma.

Taste- Starts with a corny, adjunct flavor then some of the pilsnery malts take over. Then the pelletized hopping takes over at the end.

Mouthfeel- The finish stuck with my palate way too long after each sip. If there was better dissipation, it would have gotten a better review, but the aftertaste was a little cloying.

scruffwhor, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of RonfromJersey
2.65/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bright, bold, yellow-orange body, crystal clear. Three inches of snow white foam on top, rapidly snap, crackle, and popping away.Soon the head is a sheer lace tablecloth. Certainly looks better than your typical malt liquor.

Very grassy aroma, bit of hay, and a "cheap beer aroma", which I'm going to guess is from the corn. Frankly, it smells like a beer you don't want to spill on the den carpet.

Taste starts with a medium sweetness, neither the depth of good caramel nor the sickening cloying of a pixie stick. Very low level hop wave blunts the sweetness but makes little impression on its own. Bit of alcohol bite in the finish/aftertaste.

OK light-medium mouthfeel. Seems to be flattening quickly though.

Drinkability hurt by the alcohol bite in the finish.

Now that I've tried a craft-brewed malt liquor, I will ask, "what's the point?" Isn't this a style that the craft beer revolution is fighting? Does it taste better than Colt 45 ? I don't know, I haven't had a cheap malt liquor (that was one phase of beer evolution I missed). I do know that a sixer of Stroh's might be a better use of the cost of this bomber. It's not awful, but I see no reason to recommend it either.

RonfromJersey, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of sabrills70
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a clear golden yellow with a large bubble 1 finger head, OK longevity and poor lace. Need a decent whif but big malts are there with a touch of fruityness. Malt is king in the flavor. Leaves a nice mild biterness in the aftertaste. A decent malt liquor.

sabrills70, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber at Riley's here in Madison. Let's see how it stacks up against the venerable Liquor de Malt.

Pours a rather pedestrian pale golden yellow with a short, fleeting white head and a few carbonation streams. Nose is obviously dominated by sweet malt, but accented by some nice "fruit' and mild hop notes. Taste, I must say rivals the LdM with sweet caramel corn, a hint of vegetals, again with a light fruitiness and a subtle bittering hop and finishing with a hearty alcohol smack. This nicely falls into the middle ground between true craft beer and swill. Just as hard to rate as the LdM, within the style it's right up there in the pantheon; on its own merits, not something I'd choose to purchase again but that I wouldn't turn down either. Style points to LdM for the hand-stamped brown bag though.

edit: not a surprise, but gets a little funky and sour as it warms...drink this stuff COLD and you're golden.

Golden2wenty1, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear spotlight yellow. Soft, fading white cap of firm foam. A skimming of bubbles hangs around for most of its time in the glass. Some lacing is distributed along the edge closer to the liquid in rounded patches and sheets.

Aroma is nearly non existent as it kinda stymies itself in a hovering pale sweetness of malt grain thats soft and bready and hard to get in the nose unless you wiff in big.

Taste is all solid malty smoothness, but not a whole lot of flavor really. Dulled...dulled some more and semi, lightly tanged and cloying malty breadish tones with a heavy buttered corn accent topping off the middle into the finish. Finish is quick but soft and creamy with a malty body and clean Maibock-like cloying sweetness that coats the mouth well. The Harrington malts are quite evident with that certain bready, doughy centeredness of paled, dull tang and soaking.

Feel is quite nice. Malt is king of this throne. Ruling with a steady hand of Harrington malt coating ever so smoothly with bready softness and sticky, cloying thickness thats not overbearing but definately pushing its borders with a clean slice of medium body and a fairly long rule of semi sweet, bready, tangaifingly broad scape of malty clean soothingness.

I could drink this into oblivion, but would easily get bored of its paled, uninteresting flavor. The body of the beer is great, but beyong that its not much; yet it could be everything to the right person. Leave it to Rogue to make a Malt Liquor that almost makes you wish there were more like it. Dad's Little Helper could be just that, depending on the Dad of course...

tavernjef, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of cproioi
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Yellow in color with a white head that subsides quickly and left little lacing.

S: Very sweet. It had a large malt aroma.

T: Eh, it tasted good, for a malt liquor that is. It wasn't too bad but I wouldn't buy it again. However, for the style it was one of the best malt liquors I've had.

M: Highly carbonated. But yet rather watery.

D: Like I said I wouldn't go out a search for this beer again however if it was given to me I'd drink it. This beer went down smoothly and was very easily drank.

cproioi, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of Foxman
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a crystal clear golden yellow, bright and fairly carbonated. A finger of pithy white head drops soon to a fuzzy vellum. Small notes of lacing staff the inside of the glass.

The aroma carries a slightly sweet grassy grain presence along with a can of corn Niblet aura. A tinny touch of peppery hops drifts about.

Upon sipping, there's a notably light malt sweetness, with fleeting berry fruit and corn, as well as a crusty baked dough yeast undertone. The hops lend a vague pepper spice and metal combo, a bit off and remotely skunky. The finish is a quick drop off from residual malt and hop bitterness to just a vague remembrance of both. It's a novelty beer with a novelty flavor, rather quick and fast away.

Light bodied, the carbonation is peppy, but it is thin with minimal real feel to it.

I chuckled when I saw the name. The I realized DFH could no longer claim the only craft-brewed malt liquor, if that's something to which to aspire. Maybe it's the style, but it's thinnner and quicker than I want a beer to be. One strength is its drinkability, and it does go down rather easily. Still, there's only so much you can do with this style, and those limitations show clearly here.

Foxman, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear pale golden with a white and very quickly retreating head which lasted but an instant and could not lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a corny aromatic. Some caramel existed in the aroma and a light maltiness.

The flavor was fruity and light with corn flavor sweet and most prevalent. The flavor contained a moderate caramel flavor and a just enough bittering to head the beer toward a dry side.

The finish was just dry and corn flavor lasting long into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a fairly low carbonation level. A bit too sweet, but the corn was interesting. A bit of alcohol warming was notable post consumption.

22 ounce bottle.

GCBrewingCo, May 25, 2006
Dad's Little Helper Malt Liquor from Rogue Ales
77 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.