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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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330 Ratings

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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.

25 IBU
77 AA
10º Lovibond

(Beer added by: aforbes10 on 05-12-2006)
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cool take on a maligned style ( maligned for a reason). Pours dark gold , big head and a yeasty almost corn like smell. The beer is best ice cold with a complex lager flavour coming off almost Belgian at times. The corn part seems to come out in the finish but it was makes the beer interesting rather than detract. As the beer warms up some more hops nuances show up but the crispness also disapears too. I like this beer because it is unique for Rogue and is fun to drink ( drink one while watching Nascar).

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 19:40:23 | More by canucklehead
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3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bomber poured into a pilsner glass. The beer was golden in color with a thick, sticky white head. So far, so good. Things went a bit downhill from there. Not much in the way of aroma, mostly sweet corn. Same with the taste, sweet corn with maybe a little spiciness. Kind of filling, but not much mouthfeel. One and done.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 20:37:33 | More by lordofthewiens
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3/5  rDev -11%

01-16-2013 21:55:44 | More by eawolff99
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3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: bright yellow in color, 1/2 inch head, moderate carbonation, clear

Smell: toasted malt, grass, and honey

Taste: grass, honey, small amount of hops, toasted malt, and a touch of alcohol

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, sweet with a small touch of bitter hops

Drinkability: I find the honey malt combo to be very tasty. The alcohol is there, but not as overpowering as some in the style. I will have this again, but will not rush out for it. It is good for the style. This is one of the better beers from Rogue that I have had lately. Normally I am disappointed with them having a grand idea and not executing. Here I had mixed feelings about the idea, but execution was very good.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 16:30:53 | More by tigg924
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

06-23-2013 23:04:58 | More by jaxon53
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-02-2011 04:50:23 | More by deapokid
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

02-18-2012 01:54:59 | More by jfcaa193
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3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - golden straw color, a nice large white head of almost two fingers. Recedes fast with little lace but a nice enough looking start.

Aroma - grain, sweetness, about like any other malt liquor, but there is a more robust grain presence than average. Easily detectable on the first pour but fades into obscurity on later sniffs.

Taste - grainy, restrained sweetness, a bit of metal. Once the palate adjusts, the alcohol really takes on the entire flavor profile and nearly dominates it. There's a brief bite of hops on the swallow, some vague lemon notes as well. A tasty beer, and while the alcohol warmness is fairly direct, it's not nearly as rough as some I've had.

Mouthfeel - smooth, moderate carbonation, weight is a little above average, on style.

Drinkability - it's a flavorful, well put together beer. Pricy at $4.50 a bomber, but the best malt liquor fix money can buy this side of DFH.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 02:23:41 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a hazy, light golden color. There's a slight orange color there as well. Head is foamy white and a minimal one finger. It receded quickly and left a very light lacing on the glass.

Smell: The nose is very average. There's some pale and caramel malts that give it a very sweet smell. Slightly sugary. There's a bit light hops and earthiness to it. That's about all this nose is detecting. Moving on.

Taste: This is surprisingly good. Most of my malt liquor experiences have been painful and bring back bad memories. This is a huge step up. It's sugary sweet up front. Pale and caramel malts give it a nice base. There's a touch of floral hops that give it a bit of an earthy flavor. The bitter flavor is a very welcome surprise. It's pretty straight forward, but does have a good flavor. Surprise, surprise.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied knocking on medium's door. It's got a nice feel given the style. It's not exactly creamy, but relatively smooth. Carbonation is active and makes it somewhat crisp. Drinkability is pretty good. I can't say I'd drink more than a bomber on any given occasion. But, it is smooth and easy drinking.

I guess I shouldn't be that surprised that Rogue's developed a malt liquor that's actually good. I had nearly resigned myself to the fact that malt liquors were damned. Kudos to Rogue for a malt liquor gem. Easily the best one I've ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 01:53:16 | More by prototypic
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 21:46:24 | More by GCBrewingCo
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3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright gold color with a decent white head.

Aromas are bready and spicy.

Flavors and thick and full. Quite sweet, with a corn like flavor, and a crisp, spicy, bready, and hot alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel is full and very thick feeling.

Drinkability is pretty good. But this is just too thick and high in ABV to be a sessionable beer. But it is a nice take on the style. Just share this bottle with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 23:24:45 | More by flexabull
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3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden color, with just a little bit of off white head. Aroma is all classic malt liquor, except somehow more refined. On the palate, I'm not getting a whole lot, just a bit of sweet malt and maybe a kiss of hops. This one doesn't have a whole lot going on, but it does have a great mouthfeel and it is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 05:12:31 | More by emmasdad
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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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3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle purchased from Beverage Warehouse for about four dollars, split with my dad last night

Poured into my Stone pint glass with a golden orange color might have been a little on the yellow side, very light, big 3/4 foamy white head that settled quickly, not much retention or lacing

Smell was close to a generic malt liquor, had the banana aroma of a Keystone, some sour bready smells like a bad forty, and skunkiness like a Budweiser, lots of malt and not much hops in the smell

Taste was a little too sweet for me and tasted like something you can buy at the supermarket, some fruitiness like pear, banana, and apple, but other than that there was not much separating this from all the other American malt liquors out there, faint amount of hoppiness caused a bitterness while it was colder, but the malt took over once it warmed, not balanced and one dimensional overall with its malt profile

Weak body, too much carbonation, and a pretty weak taste that did not last long at all

Could drink a lot of this if was not for the sweetness overwhelming my palate, light ABV and relatively subtle on the stomach as well, but taste might get old after the second or third bomber

Probably one of the worst Rogue brews I have had, could pay two dollars for double the amount in ounces instead of four dollars if I wanted something that tasted similar to this, better than a lot of malt liquors but still not good by any means, not recommended

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 23:06:21 | More by Floydster
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4.22/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

Brewed with Harrington and Klages malt, flaked corn, Crystal hops, free range coastal water and a Czech Pils (lager) yeast.

Pours a crystal clear golden yellow colored, topped with a respectable white foam lacing. Aroma is fairly clean with notes of sweet corn, a hint of sulfur from the lager yeast, clean cracker-like grain and a faint herbal hop note. Smooth on the palate, creamy and light. Nice bite up front that's a combo of clean solvent-like alcohol, pepper and a quick smacking of hop bitterness that makes you beg for more. Some fruity fusels in the middle, with a moment of candy sweetness. Hop character is distinctly herbal, a little lemony too, along with cereal corn flavors which bring some cooked cream corn notes and a sweetness that lingers well past the finish, which is quite clean with some watery floral flavors.

Simply put: This is a great example of the style, especially as most are pretty damn offensive. Unlike traditional malt liquors that come in 40s and tend to lack in depth of flavor and focus on bang for your buck (aka, how quick it gets you buzzed), Dad's proves that you can have a malt liquor with kick and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 13:53:04 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Alberta (Canada)

2.45/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a 22 oz. bomber of this up in Edmonton at the Sherbrooke Liquor Store, first time I'd seen it available locally.

I'm not sure if it's just my mind playing tricks on me, but it really does pour out a dense, lustreless, and almost seedy looking flat apricot hue. Lazy carbonation, and a quick splash of head that fizzles out quickly. Still, true to style...

The aroma is cidery, sour grains and some sweetish corn. Not very enticing.

Well then, it's been a while since I've had a 40 dog of malt liquor, and if this is what a top microbrewey produces as their version of the style, then I know for sure that I haven't really been missing out. Still with the cidery, sour mash flavour motif, although a hint of buttery, bready malt far, far off in the background towards the finish. That lets me know that this was intentionally made to taste this way, as opposed to whatever the left over dregs from the main brewing vat end up tasting like regardless. The more I drink and the more it warms up, the more that backbone of real malt starts to appear, and even a little bit of hops. It tends to move farther away from a cidery nature, and more to one of a malt based beer, although the corn is still apparent in flavour and mouthfeel. It becomes somewhat drinkable.

The mouthfeel is still a few notches above the average macro, it seems watery at times, but has a fairly decent backbone to it. It may smell like it from time to time, but this isn't in the realm of swill, I'll give it that.

A curious interpretation of the style, points go to Rogue for flying lowbrow and attempting to produce a classy malt liquor. Still, for the price of it compared to what you get, I'd still buy a real 40 Dog of malt liquor for half the price, and if I'm at the point where I'm buying malt liquor, I'll be using it for the medicinal (aka "self-medicating") purposes that it was created for in the first place.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 18:38:53 | More by IronDjinn
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New Jersey

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

Single, bomber bottle just copped from Gary's in Madison for $4.49...
A hefty pour yielded a medium-to-dark golden hue with a modest head that quickly dissipated and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
A majority of Rogue brews are top-notch, so I was pretty curious to sample their offbeat Malt Liquor...
Overall, not a bad depiction of a fairly mediocore and undesirable style...
Sweet, malty aroma with slight hints of honey and sugars...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, with an ultra-sweet, slightly cloying flavor that was all-in-all well balanced for a malt liquor...
Good mouthfeel with a decent level of drinkability... Curious to know what the ABV on this one is...
Worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 23:29:53 | More by dsa7783
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3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A malt liquor from Rogue? Hmmm Sounds interesting.

I am sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter,not really malt liquor glassware, but I was out of paper bags. ha

The beer pours a bright copper hue with bleached white fluffy head of 1 cm that fades quickly to nothing. Aroma is very grainy malt and hints of booze as well. There is a general sweetness that is almost candylike.
First sip reveals an average bodied brew and fizzy carbonation. The flavor is very grainy and there is some bite on the finish of each sip.
Slightly peppery alcohol comes through as well. this is spot-on for a malt liquor, just not a very apealing style I think.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 14:23:26 | More by sulldaddy
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4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

08-26-2012 20:27:33 | More by beerpadawan
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3/5  rDev -11%

02-11-2012 01:51:06 | More by Tyrawlings
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served a crisp pale yellow with a decent head that slowly diminished. The aroma had a surprising amount of hops. The taste was mostly of a typical lager, but the hoppiness almost reminds me of a pilsner. The beer is light and somewhat refreshing. I can always rely on Rogue to provide an interesting brew, even if its nothing spectacular, and this one certainly holds to that.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2007 03:33:42 | More by atsprings
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Super-clear pale gold with a fizzy white head. Light fruity-sweet aroma...its not revolting - this is a big plus. Some alcohol stings the nostrils. The taste is majorly sweet which actually does a good job covering up the fusel alcohol (which is noticeable). Despite the addition of corn, it isn't really all that apparent. Medium, dry, moderately carbonated mouthfeel. Drinkability is really good for what it is, considering I can never choke down an entire 40 of any other kind.

If you absolutely HAVE to get some malt liqour and you can get this for $2 a bottle (like I did), this is probably as good as it gets. But, as the name seems to imply, malt liquor is really only good for one thing... :-)

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 05:17:03 | More by wedge
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

01-27-2013 18:05:44 | More by matjack85
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +18.7%

12-17-2011 05:19:11 | More by tclapper
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New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 03:36:01 | More by RonfromJersey
Dad's Little Helper Malt Liquor from Rogue Ales
77 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.