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Lil' Helper - Mother's Brewing Company

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154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Punisher, Mar 17, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

Short bottle, poured into a 20 oz snifter. Pretty burnt orange / copper color, with a rich, soapy head about 1/2" high. Persistent, soapy lacing with a pleasant, though slightly astringent nose. Featured a nice contrast between a rich mouth feel and a crisp flavor - a very nice sensation. In spite of the thick texture, this beer was begging to be knocked down quickly. This beer is a terrific addition to the local market, and I will definitely purchase again.

Crash_the_Dog, Mar 05, 2013
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3.23/5  rDev -14.3%

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.

zeledonia, Feb 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Rmullerkc, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

superspak, Feb 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

pooogy, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Mnewcomer1219, Jan 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Stoshua, Jan 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Archimedes, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Tone
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

Tone, Jan 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Blind, Dec 31, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

emerge077, Dec 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

jaminjohnson, Dec 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Brad7132, Dec 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Kahlerbock, Nov 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

jbak, Nov 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

MacsBeerMaster, Nov 07, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

Thanks to a buddy that brought back a box of Mother's brews from KC.

Short fat 12oz bottle pours a barely hazed gold/orange color with an offwhite rolling two finger head. Head retention is moderate and lacing is scant.

Smell cut pine, grapefruit peel, bread dough, and some funk which kind of gets in the way of what I'm after.

Good flavors of piney hops that balance out the caramel malt and bread dough sweetness. This is goes with the alcohol content and citrus nose.

I didn't expect the bigger kind of body here and the incredibly smooth feel. Very nice.

I'm impress with this beer. Gotta find more.

DelMontiac, Nov 04, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

facundoCNB, Oct 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

OUBrewer, Oct 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

skyisland, Oct 09, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

StaveHooks, Sep 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Dieck, Aug 30, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

AllHailBeercules, Aug 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

ZorroMulder, Aug 26, 2012
Lil' Helper from Mother's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.