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Lil' Helper - Mother's Brewing Company

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very good

143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | 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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emerge077

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

12-19-2012 02:58:11 | More by jaminjohnson
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Brad7132

Kansas

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-07-2012 13:14:08 | More by Brad7132
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-29-2012 04:28:41 | More by Kahlerbock
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jbak

Missouri

3/5  rDev -20.4%

11-16-2012 09:20:55 | More by jbak
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MacsBeerMaster

Missouri

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-07-2012 06:14:10 | More by MacsBeerMaster
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DelMontiac

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 17:17:10 | More by DelMontiac
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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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OUBrewer

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

10-22-2012 21:33:20 | More by OUBrewer
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skyisland

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

10-09-2012 02:55:47 | More by skyisland
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Dieck

Missouri

3/5  rDev -20.4%

08-30-2012 02:58:13 | More by Dieck
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AllHailBeercules

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

08-27-2012 21:29:37 | More by AllHailBeercules
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ZorroMulder

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

08-26-2012 14:58:24 | More by ZorroMulder
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Kpitevl

Missouri

2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

08-13-2012 01:35:45 | More by Kpitevl
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IanNewton84

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-08-2012 13:26:55 | More by IanNewton84
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Ed_Johnson


4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper-amber, clear and crisp, with a large and lasting creamy off-white head. Nice chunky lacing in my glass.
Fresh and hoppy nose, with notes of pungent floral and citrus rind hops dominating. Balanced on the palate, with spicy (almost peppery) hops up front, moving into toffee mid-tounge, then finishing with a bit of hop bitterness.
Medium bodied. Finished dry. A nice, solid, balanced IPA, meaning a good balance of juicy hops with a strong chewy malt base.
I would buy this again and enjoy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 18:17:57 | More by Ed_Johnson
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mdcrouser

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle with just a bit of head, providing thin white coverage to an otherwise rosy gold, completely clarified.

Clean, floral, grapefruit juicy, some spice and even some sweetness. Pleasant, if subdued.

Juicy like many hop bombs, but with a comparitively greenish leafy bitter close.

Well-received in the mouth, with balanced carbonation and solidly refreshing.

Good, not great. Looking forward to more from these guys.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 04:13:45 | More by mdcrouser
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Flatlands

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New to Kansas City, welcome Mother's! Good to have you here. Poured into a Guinness pint glass
A-looks good, nice 1 inch head, nice lacing, dark orange, a good pour.
S-could be stronger for a beer that states it is hopped at the wort and fermentation stage. Still, nice pine and citrus smell
T-very balanced and I was looking for a bit more hops, if you are looking for a smooth and balanced IPA, this is it. Reminds me of a Boulevard Single Wide IPA-very close but just different enough.
M-the 7% ABV gives this one a good mouthfeel and it finishes dry. I like it!
O-A solid IPA, I will be watching this home state brewer. They are producing a quality product. Keep them coming Mothers!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 01:35:20 | More by Flatlands
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ChiaPetHead


4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

really enjoy this beer. taste a lot like a beer i brew at home. has a nice floral hop that balances out well with the malt. is not a smash your face in IPA, but rather one that can be enjoyed. very fond of this beer.

While the IBU is high on this beer, it is also near 7% so that evens things out. have been really impressed with this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 14:03:48 | More by ChiaPetHead
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BuddyLoveFosho

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-17-2012 14:56:13 | More by BuddyLoveFosho
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MathNut

Missouri

4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-14-2012 05:12:49 | More by MathNut
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-13-2012 13:27:12 | More by Whiskeydeez
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amart80

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

06-25-2012 18:09:48 | More by amart80
Lil' Helper from Mother's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.