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Dad's Little Helper Malt Liquor - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
77
okay

330 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 330
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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AgentZero

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 12:54:03 | More by AgentZero
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mactrail

Washington

3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 05:17:37 | More by mactrail
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.1/5  rDev -8%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 22:23:21 | More by LXIXME
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 01:30:49 | More by bonkers
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 17:19:12 | More by MasterSki
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 03:57:41 | More by andrewinski1
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.15/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 03:55:31 | More by Bendurgin
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d4114

California

3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 21:22:08 | More by d4114
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 04:30:00 | More by EgadBananas
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 03:18:44 | More by Knapp85
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HalfFull

California

3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 05:38:05 | More by HalfFull
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JizackFH

New York

4.33/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a nice slightly hazy gold color. It has a nice 1.5-finger pure white head. The head has decent retention, and leaves just a few specs of lacing behind. There are also a lot of small carbonation bubbles visible.

S - It smells of sweet malt and corn flakes? There is a bit of booziness here, and a bit of some fruitiness.

T - The taste sort of follows the nose, but there is more of a hop presence. It tastes mostly of sweet malts, and theres a bit of an alcohol presence. There is something else here as well, that tastes a bit spicy. I can't quite figure out what it is though. The finish is clean and a touch boozy.

M - It has a medium body and medium carbonation. It is a bit sticky, and goes down quite easy. This is a good mouthfeel for the style, definitely better than other malt liquors I've had. There is a very slight alcohol warmth in the finish.

D - Great drinkability here. I really didn't expect much out of this beer, but it totally surprised me. It's not just great for a malt liquor, but it is a great beer in general. I really like the taste of this. I will definitely pick this up again in the future. I could see this being a good transition beer for converting people into craft beer. Plus, it really shows that not all malt liquors have to be garbage.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 13:46:58 | More by JizackFH
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jsanford

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, poured a sample into a tasting glass to grade color and appearance, but drank the way it should be : out of a paper bag.

A - Pours a clear light gold with a thin white head that quickly dissipates, leaving just a slight whisp of haze.
S - Sweet corn and malt, with a bit of cider character and honey. Surprisingly clean and crisp smelling.
T - More corn and malt with a bit of solvent-y alcohol and a slightly bitter hop finish. Not the greatest thing in the world, but compared to other Malt Liquors it's outstanding.
M - Surprisingly full-bodied for the style, probably medium-full overall. The carbonation is a bit low for what I'd like, would love to see this be a bit "fizzier".
D - Y'know I really enjoyed this, it was a good beer but an even better experiment and example of how to do a good Malt Liquor. Kudos to Rogue!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 21:37:26 | More by jsanford
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: yellowish orange with 2 finger white head

smell: corn, sweet malts,

taste: sweet, malty, caramel

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth, medium body

drinkability: easy drinking beer. just not my style.

Cheers,

The cpj

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 15:38:20 | More by THECPJ
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a pint glass.

A: This pours a transluscent copper color with a half-finger of fizzy off-white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Apple cider, corn, and light caramel.

T: Light caramel, buttery diacetyl, apple cider, and a sweet fruity aftertaste. It is reminiscent of fairground food.

M: It has a light body and soda-like carbonation.

D: The taste isn't as offensive as I'd imagined and it is somewhat drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 14:18:26 | More by bucklemyshoe
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eerilychildish

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, served around 45 degrees

A: light golden brown, minimal head retention and no lacing to speak of

S: light aroma of malt and corn, no other notes to speak of

T: Sweet and malty with no noticeable hop presence

M: Lightly carbonated and smooth, as is characteristic of the style

D: Goes down easy, nothing spectacular jumps out at you, just a nice smooth beer. I have to admit, beer snob that I usually am, I have a soft spot for cheap malt liquors, and this tastes like everything I like about Mickey's with the quality improved to the point that it warrants the Rogue name. I expected a Rogue-quality malt liquor, and I got a Rogue-quality malt liquor

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 05:51:00 | More by eerilychildish
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BB1313

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ok, I've never really been a malt liquor guy.. I never have. But maybe once a year I'll maybe pick up one of these. It's fascinating to see a craft brewery's take on this style. Pours a light crisp yellow, nice fluffy white head and sticky lacing. Nothing really going on the smell department, there's a breadiness, grain, malts, nothing out of the ordinary. Although I'm not too impressed w/ the taste, it is what it is, malt liquor.. bonus points for using better ingredients than usually found in the style. Mouthfeel is what is to be expected, well carbonated, smooth. A bomber of this is enough, and won't give you a headache ;)

Not bad, if you're into the style, by all means. Even if you're not, it's still worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 23:35:20 | More by BB1313
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vfgccp

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden honey color. ~2 finger head with moderate lace.

S - Light malt, touch of apricot, peach, and almond.

T - Canned peaches, French bread, touch of hops mid profile. Light grade honey in the aftertaste.

M - Light mouthfeel with a sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable but a tad too sweet for my personal taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 19:18:10 | More by vfgccp
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womencantsail

California

2.28/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: The pour is a clear golden color with a soapy white head that recedes quickly.

S: This smells like a cheap white/sparkling wine. Very dry and cidery with lots of grape juice, peaches, apple juice, and definitely some significant alcohol contributions.

T: The flavor is pretty much the same as the nose, but sweeter. Apple cider with some white grape juice flavor. There's still that same cheap wine thing going on and a fair amount of alcohol.

M: The body is medium with the carbonation being a bit high at first before dying down.

D: For a "craft" malt liquor, this is pretty bad. I'd rather have any number of mass produced industrial malt liquors.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 04:01:13 | More by womencantsail
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bishopgary

Utah

4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue is on to something here. I think it is great that they and other small breweries are taking something the Macro brews have been doing with no soul, and showing that aroma, flavor, body can be present in a "malt liquor."

A: Deep golden hue, with hints of copper, was expecting something lighter. Nice head, fairly creamy in appearance.
S: An fairly strong aroma. Malt is certainly present, along with corn and perhaps rice. Pretty sweet, with a hint of alcohol, was expecting a bit more though being this is a malt liquor.
T: Very nice, refreshing actually. Malt and corn upfront, followed by a bit of sweetness and a alcohol kick. Just the right amount.
M: Just what you would expect, pretty light. I found this to have a round mouth-feel that you don't' get from the macro versions. Perhaps I was not concerned with such characteristics in my younger years.
D: Very drinkable. I could easily drink this often. Don't think I would go as far as saying they should offer a 40oz, but could drink a 6 pack over the course of an evening. Does not need anymore alcohol in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 20:16:18 | More by bishopgary
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r0nyn

New York

3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into my Otter Creek nonic. Split with fellow BAs infi, NYManc and johnjae.

Pours a hazy dark apricot hue with a whitish half-inch frothy head that recedes quickly, leaving some small amounts of sticky, stringy lacing. There's a bunch of weird little particles suspended in the liquid, not sure what they are. Corn dominates the nose along with some yeast and plenty of graininess. Quite sweet smelling.

Taste is very slightly hoppy to start, but that quickly gives way to the corny sweetness and malty grains. The malts ride with you until the end, where a subtle but definite alcohol presence makes itself known. Aftertaste has lingering notes of corn and some bready sweetness. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth with a good amount of carbonation that makes for easy drinking. The finish is dry, but not as much as I was expecting.

Really easy to drink, as is typical of the style. I could easily imagine downing a forty of this. It tastes much better than its counterparts brewed by the macro companies, but at a hefty price point, I think I might be better off with some Olde English 800 if I want to get buzzed quick. All in all, a solid if unspectacular beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 05:38:29 | More by r0nyn
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rootbeerman

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours yellow with an oddly long lasting frothy white head, that actually left some lacing, a surprise for malt liquor.
S: pale malt sweetness, just a bit of corn, doesn't have the cooked corn and harshness that its other mass produced cousins have.
T: within style its amazingly good. sweet pale malt, a bit of sweet corn and not harsh aftertaste or fuel like alcohol. also doesn't taste horrid after it warms up a little!
M: strangely thick in a way compare to other malt liquors. carbonation is in the medium range.
D: the most drinkable malt liquor ive ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 22:47:43 | More by rootbeerman
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NYManc

New York

3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Courtesy of BA r0nyn and shared with BA infi, and BA johnjae.

A: Poured hazy orange with floaties all around. Frothy head upon pour. A moderate amount of bubble action mixed with floaty action and this thing looks very active.

S: Smells mostly of sweet corn. This serves as an odd smell for me but this is new and maybe can see myself liking it in the future.

T: Taste was almost exactly as the smell. Taste mostly of corn and an okay mix of malts mixed into this. As this beer warmed up it became harder to drink for me.

M: This beer was borderline medium bodied from the light bodied.

D: Okay to drink, not able to taste the alcohol at all in it. Don't know if i would recommend this brew to anyone else, but I'd say to at least try it.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 00:24:19 | More by NYManc
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infi

New York

3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, courtesy of BA r0nyn. From 10/29 notes.

Poured into a nonic pint.

A hazy, orange-yellow pour with a frothy, white and thin head and a generous amount of weak, stringy lacing. There's actually some ghastly-looking and minuscule particulate matter floating around in the beer as well. In the aromas, the corn was actually identifiable, but not as bad as an adjunct lager. There was also some yeast/breadiness going on, but nothing much afterward.

Taste is actually a step above the typical malt liquors I've tried before. Much more substantial in taste, with the sweetness from the corn and malts being very prominent. No metallic flavors in the beer, which pleasantly surprised me. I actually thought this was more of a lager than a malt liquor. Not too bad, I liked it.

Mouthfeel was considerably more bodied than other malt liquors, as it was medium-bodied yet crisp. Easily drinkable like a malt liquor, but more flavorful like a lager. Very surprising and tasty. If you find this, definitely give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 23:40:58 | More by infi
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: Clear and yellow. There is a moderately sized head of white bubbles that leaves a small amount of lacing. Lots of bubbles emanating from the depths of the glass indicate a healthy level of carbonation.

S: Weak aroma overall with some subtle sweet malts.

T: Surprisingly, this is a decent beer. It's not that I don't have a healthy respect for Rogue Brewery, I just didn't expect a malt liquor to not be repulsive. Dad's Little Helper has helped me to adjust my paradigm. It's sweet, but not nearly so much as many of the infamous, cheap malt liquors out there.

M: Overall, a decent feel. Fun to drink and ok on the palate.

D: Easily the best malt liquor I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 02:15:53 | More by Huhzubendah
Dad's Little Helper Malt Liquor from Rogue Ales
77 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.