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Lil' Helper - Mother's Brewing Company

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85
very good

166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.55%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | 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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Ratings: 166 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of markcp
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

markcp, May 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

elvish, May 10, 2013
Photo of pointone
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

pointone, May 01, 2013
Photo of Black_ox
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Black_ox, May 01, 2013
Photo of J_Dub
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

J_Dub, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of M1k3y
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

M1k3y, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of BryanCarey
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mothers Lil’ Helper pours to an amber/orange color with a nose that is citrus- like and floral with some notes of caramel. The foam level looks nice and it leaves a good deal of lacing as you drink.

Tasting this beer reveals a citrusy flavor with orange and grapefruit sharing the spotlight. But there is more than just citrus- there is also a bready component, a little bit of dough, some piney malt, and leafy bitterness in the finish.

This beer isn’t quite the hop- bomb I was expecting, but it is still a very nice IPA in its own way. There is enough complexity to make it interesting and enough moderation to make it appealing to many who sample. It’s not an amazing IPA, but certainly good enough to warrant a sample.

BryanCarey, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Sara
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Sara, Apr 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Boone757, Apr 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

LambicPentameter, Mar 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Jamison85, Mar 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

BenWool, Mar 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Punisher, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of Crash_the_Dog
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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
Photo of zeledonia
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

zeledonia, Feb 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Rmullerkc, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

superspak, Feb 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

pooogy, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Mnewcomer1219, Jan 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Stoshua, Jan 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Archimedes, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Tone
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Tone, Jan 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Blind, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

emerge077, Dec 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

jaminjohnson, Dec 19, 2012
Lil' Helper from Mother's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.