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Lil' Helper - Mother's Brewing Company

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85
very good

144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.16%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mother's Brewing Company visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
You’re in for a helluva burly bite with this one. Mother’s India Pale Ale is aggressively hopped in both the wort kettle and aging vessel for a sharp, clean bitterness and fragrant citrus hop flavors. We've instilled a mellow malt character as the backbone to balance the elevated alcohol and hop levels IPA lovers crave. Whether you’re an IPA loyalist or just sampling, you've found yourself a great beer. So spend some quality time with Mother’s Lil’ Helper.

70 IBU

(Beer added by: StLThrash on 08-29-2011)
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zeff80

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled piney with some nice floral notes. A touch of caramel, too.

T - It tasted very yeasty with some piney bitterness. A touch of citrus zestiness and some sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice American IPA. Curious to try more from Mother's in Springfield.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 04:15:10 | More by zeff80
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emerge077

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New brewery to me, poured a stubby 12oz. bottle into an 8oz. cup.
Deep saturated orange color, slowly rising carb streams, a thin layer of creamy foam on the surface. A ring of lace in the glass and a patchy skim left behind after the first couple sips.

Orange citrus, biscuit and caramel malt in the aroma. Light florals.

Light hop bitterness, a little orange sweetness, caramel malt sweetness. Bitterness balances just enough, medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Pretty straight ahead, no frills IPA. One you've tasted before and will undoubtedly taste again. Not bad, just middle of the road.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 02:45:14 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent amber with a pinky of cream colored head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Pineyness & breadyness, the nose is the really only area that needs more improvement

T: Pineyness. orange & tangerine peel with a touch of woody hops as well up front with just a touch of biscuitty malt. Grapefruit & woody hops dominates as this warms, faint toffee notes as well. Finishes with herbal hopyness & some nice grassy & citrussy notes; almost pulled 4.5

MF: Medium bodied with fairly firm carbonation, really pushes the hoppyness along, good balance

A really good AIPA that I will buy more of, drinks too easy

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 13:36:23 | More by russpowell
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of orange citrus and biscuit malt. The flavor is a little more complex. The biscuit malt comes through up front, but the hops also are present with some orange and pine. The bitterness is fairly low, but the hop flavor comes through. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 22:37:47 | More by Mora2000
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superspak

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 11/8/2012. Pours slightly hazy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, orange rind, pineapple, bread, light honey, and herbal earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes. Taste of tangerine, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, orange rind, pineapple, pine, bread, honey, and herbal earthiness. Fair amount of piney citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, citrus rind, bread, pine, light honey, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and complexity of hop notes; with a good hop/malt balance; and minimal cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice IPA. Good hop complexity and malt balance; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 05:20:36 | More by superspak
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-15-2014 04:20:57 | More by Mebuzzard
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Tone

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pine, citrus hops, floral hops, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, slight pine, sweet malt, and hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, body, and blend, but the complexity is lacking.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 14:41:58 | More by Tone
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-04-2013 01:39:59 | More by Boone757
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +6.4%

05-04-2014 17:51:35 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-21-2013 03:07:52 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-13-2012 13:27:12 | More by Whiskeydeez
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

08-17-2013 21:27:05 | More by CRJMellor
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13%

06-06-2014 22:44:55 | More by Immortale25
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.65/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy light golden amber with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is biscuity malts and sugary candied tropical fruits and a little resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet vegetal biscuity malts and some ripe tropical fruit with a resiny grassy hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK IPA. I don't really care for the mix of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 03:10:34 | More by Beaver13
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lupercmda

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13%

10-25-2013 03:50:37 | More by lupercmda
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soju6

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a dark copper color with a good head that fades slowly to decent lacing.

S: Clean aroma of citrus, bit of fruit and bit of malt sweetness.

T: Taste is a bit tart then a bit of caramel sweetness. Nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: medium body, crisp and quite smooth.

O: Nice drinker good for a few. Not an overly engineered beer, just a nice straight ahead IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2012 16:06:49 | More by soju6
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a beautiful clean amber pour with 2 fingers of detergent like white head and nice lacing
smells of citrus and floral hops, caramel, slightly bready
A bitterness up front immediately followed by a sweet malty backbone. Hints of citrus, caramel, earthy bitterness in the finish.
medium body, mild carbonation.. Creamy feel
A great staple ipa for this brewery.. With a nice abv to compliment the great flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 00:51:47 | More by facundoCNB
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Picked this up on a trip through Kansas City. Tasted 22 February 2013.

Pours a medium orangey amber, clear. Half finger of whitish head, okay retention, nice lacing. Not bad, nothing special.

Smell is faint and totally lacking in hop pop or bite. This is an IPA? Could have fooled me. Mild caramel malt background is most of what I get, with a very thin layer of citrus on top.

Tastes like a bland pale ale with a dash of bitter. It's a thick bitterness, weighing down my tongue. Other than that, it's grainy and slightly sweet. Okay; kinda dull.

Feel is fine. Medium-bodied, carbonation swelling up with loads of little bubbles, then drifting away like a receding wash of wave on the beach. Fine stuff.

This is one of those blah IPAs that I think many breweries crank out to fill the style checklist. Not impressive in any way, but I suppose I can tell from the taste that it's an IPA, and it doesn't taste bad. Not one I'd look for again, though, with so many more hop-forward and tastier ones around.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 02:37:27 | More by zeledonia
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Chucker17

South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

02-11-2014 23:12:50 | More by Chucker17
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-15-2014 23:14:23 | More by hooliganlife
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - A crystal clear amber body with a moundy off-white head. Average retention with very little lacing.

S - Sweet Mandarin orange, bready malt, hints of green grass.

T - Nice caramel/toffee malt, slightly roasted, doughy bread, sweet tangerines, very light green pine in the background. The pine picks up and starts building bitterness around the edges of the tongue finishing bitter with a kiss of citrus and honey sweetness.

M - Very smooth and creamy feel, medium soft carbonation, crisp finish.

Not super complex but this is one of the smoothest drinking IPA's I've had. It was hard to drink it slow. Good all around. I would definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 00:22:05 | More by StaveHooks
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 11 Dec 2011. Served in the Schlafly shaker pint.

Medium sized dark beige head. Medium carbonation. Clear dark amber in color. Aroma is sweet and resiny with a touch of butterscotch. Starts sweetly orange and resiny. Citrus throughout. Medium body, moderate ethanol. Lingering citric bitter finish. Aftertaste is orangey bittersweet.

Not bad, but when SN Torpedo is available for the same price...

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 02:56:21 | More by htomsirveaux
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-11-2012 13:28:23 | More by sgttibbs
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captainbearcat

Illinois

5/5  rDev +33%

11-27-2011 16:59:46 | More by captainbearcat
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-29-2012 04:28:41 | More by Kahlerbock
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Lil' Helper from Mother's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.