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Dad's Little Helper Malt LiquorDad's Little Helper Malt Liquor

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 336 |  Reviews: 269
Reviews by laintringulis:
Photo of laintringulis
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had very many malt liquors and I kind of expected the worst, but was pleasantly surprised.

Served in a pub glass. Pours a nice golden color with moderate to large off white head that thins, but last throughout drinking. Lots of nice tight carbonation; no lacing.

Smells like cooked canned cream corn; mild popcorn oil smell, mild sweet smell. Not complex in smell.

Tastes better than it smells. Pleasantly light corn taste with a well balanced malted sweetness. Very straight-forward in taste. I imagine it tastes like corn pops cereal dusted in malted milk powder.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Nice mouthfeel, slightly oily, but adds to the experience. Practically no alcohol taste to it, slight bitter, spicy back taste. This is easy to drink and could be sessionable. I'm not sure if it is worth the price tag, but it is definitely alright drinking!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Brenden
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is gone? When did that happen. Oh well, here's to what may be the only reasonably well-made Malt Liquor ever brewed.

This take on the beer that's made homeless drunks and their brown paper bags famous looks like the others, a clear sort of pale-medium yellow color. There's actually a nice little foam on top, just barely off-white, that settles in time and leaves pretty good spotting on the glass.
It's to style with the exception that it lacks the gasoline notes in the aroma. Doesn't smell like gas...interesting. What it does have is some corn, but not the vomit-inducing creamed corn, lightly sulfuric notes, a little leaf, and some husk on a crackery malts backbone. It could be stronger, but not if strength meant what the other guys mean.
The taste is clean, and there's actually some hoppiness to this one, a little floral and herbal to balance the dry malt. There's a mingling of citrus as well, some zesty lemon and maybe orange peel. A little sweetness and some corn is there too with some fusel notes leaning toward the fruity side (think red apple, sweet but a little tart), it actually is surprisingly less than disgusting. Who knew it was possible?
The feel is clean in about a medium body, a little thick just at the end so that it leans toward syrupy but stops just short. It has a nice, soft crispness that stays through the whole way and actually adds to the smoother aspects.

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Photo of association330
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, no freshness date

A - Pours golden with a fleeting, off-white head. Way more colorful than any malt liquor I've had in the past.

S - Sweet. Malt sugars, corn, vague apricot or similar fruit

T - Very sweet, malt, corn, a touch harsh and boozy. Fleeting stale hops on the swallow.

M - Crisp (it better be) and chuggable. Vaguely warming alcohol presence.

D - Tastes like high-class college. Can they put this in a 40 for the occasional trip down memory lane? ;-)

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle, bought at Lone Hill Liquors, in Glendora, CA, a Malt Liquor made by Rogue, pretty cool idea, let's try it,

A: Pours a golden yellow, with a hint of orange, small white head as well, fair retention, and no lacing.

S: Smells of corn and alcohol, not as fusely as most malt liquors, similar to an average strong pilsner.

T: Tastes like your average macro malt liquor, only better. Corn is there heavily, but the beer also has some yeast character that is nice, some apple, not as drying out as some other malt liquors that I have had.

M: Very robust for a malt liquor, definitely has some body, smooth, but light and drinkable as well.

D: Probably the best malt liquor I have ever had, not the best beer in the world by any sense, but still if other macro malt liquors were as good as this one, for the price I would buy them more often. An interesting beer to say the least, somewhat of an homage to those strong lager beers out of the American '50s and '60s, similar to what my grandfather and my father in his early days was probably drinking. So it was cool to go back to a beer of this day, props to Rogue for trying this experiment, and going back to the beers of mid-century, post-war America.

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Photo of colts9016
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought it was funny by the label from Rouge so I had to get it. I a not a big fan of malt liquor but hey you only live once. Poured into a pint glass at 35 degrees.

Appearance: There is a nice one finger white head that has some retention to it. The body of the beer is medium straw color. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is slightly hazy.

Nose: A good amount of malt aroma with elements of bready yeast but not as strong as many malt liquors. The alcohol is prevalent in the beer. In the back ground there is a slight sweetness.

Taste: There is malt, a tame amount of the bready yeast. The alcohol is there but not overpowering. In the background of the beer there is a touch of sweetness.

Overall: The mouth fee is carbonated and creamy. The body of the beer is medium to medium thick and the finish is medium also. This is not a typical malt liquor you get in the 40's The beer is refined, but it still taste like a malt liquor.

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Photo of hellbilly
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

clear golden color with a medium sized white head and horizontal, slug trail and spotty lacing. yep... all three.

it lacks a 'stink' or any aromas typical to the cheap stuff. sweet aroma... sweet corn, cinnamon, grain, red apple and a faint yeasty note.

it's mildly sweet on the palate (though low for a typical ML). flavors of grain, metal, dry grass, a bit of spice, a mild savory yeast note, apples and grapes with a hoppy, spicy and dry finish. there's a faint floral touch and slight hint at the abv% as it warms (what ML should be consumed warm?). medium body with a smooth mouth feel and lack of any stickiness.

very clean and well done with no chemical flavors in sight. almost too nice to call malt likka???...

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Photo of bboven
4.65/5  rDev +38%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden color with little head and no lacing; best malt liquor I have ever seen.

Same with the smell. Big sweet and roasty aroma with a bit of alcohol; this is the best I've ever smelled by miles in this style.

Very sweet which covers up a big alcohol bite; bitter hops come through but don't overpower; once again, far and away the best.

Mouthfeel suffers a lot. It's way under carbonated for the style and as a stand alone beer, not carbonated enough to carry the sweetness. Amp up the bubbles and it would be perfect.

Perfect malt liquor except for the carbonation; best I've ever had for sure.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dad's little helper pours a clear light gold with very little if any foamy head. The smell is definitely malty which is no suprise. The taste at first is hard for me to handle but it really smooth for its style. It reminiscent of the times when drank the 40's of St. Ides & Old English. This is the first beer of this style I have rated so I need to try a few others to compare.

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Photo of baos
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this beer in Indianpolis tonight! Parti pak liquors in Greenwood, so it must be some of the last get it while you can

22 oz into my new heavy glass mug

A: nice golden color with a 3 finger white head. good head retention and bit of the head stick all the way down.

S: Fresh clover and grains with a hint of malts.

T: Clover and beeswax again from the hops. the malts are overtaken by the hops but thats not a bad thing. Tastes like someone put a 90 minute pale ale in my Mickeys! Birdie num num!

D: Rather bright and fruity from the hoppiness, but it goes down good and its flavor grow as it warms. Drink away boys!

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

one of 3 beers available at a distributing company's closeout wine tasting event.

A- clear golden amber with a chill haze (the bottles had been sitting in buckets of ice) and a creamy off-white head leaves a decent amount of lace, probably would have been more if the bottle wasn't pre-opened.

S- this doesn't smell like malt liquor but it does have that familiar "old school beer" aroma perhaps from the addition of corn? it's pale malty sweet with some butter and faint lemon citrus/wet wood hops.

T- butterscotch, caramel, toffee, pale malt, wet dog, acorn/grains and a little lemony hops but not very bitter at all, i guess that's true to style cuz all the malt liquor I've ever had has been like drinking a thick malt syrup of yuck. this isn't that bad though. i mean hell, look where it came from.

MF- kinda sugary and cloying but still pleasant compared to high school memories of things like steel reserve, king cobra, and schlitz... gets kinda syrupy as it warms.

D- i know one thing, my dad woulda loved it. i'm not a fan of the addition of corn to any beer, but if that's what makes the style, maybe i'm not a fair judge. all things considered, rogue is on one, and after drinkin half the bomber, i was making my way over to the snack table for some saltines and brie.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.11/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden color, with yellow hues in the thinner part of the glass. Pours with a fair amount of white head composed of bubbles of many sizes, though none are particularly large. Not very retention, no cap, and hardly any ring.

Aroma of [American] malt liquor. Tangy, grainy malt. I do detect some corn in the background, I think, but to my nose the corn quality is overstated by many other reviewers. The tang evidences a bit of a metallic quality. A very slight ethanol note.

Sweet taste, offset by just enough hops to keep the malt from being overwhelming, and a small but noticeable alcohol taste. Better than most malt liquors, but altogether its still not the most pleasant tasting brew. The 3.5 is by style, not my overall impression. Grainy but sweet bread taste to finish.

Alcohol presence lends some crispness to the feel, but the light carbonation becomes very creamy. The grain, slight alcohol tinge, and creamy feel just quite jibe to my mind.

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Photo of beerpadawan
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of fitzy84
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber. Dark yellow appearance with a bubbly head that dissipates rather quickly. No lacing. The aromas are mostly chilled and icy sugars with some fruitish dimensions (raspberries perhaps). The taste was great with a not too sweet but sweet punch and a mild dryness. Crispness helps the sugary aspects of the drink a lot as well. Overall, a sugary, relaxing treat for father's day.

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Photo of charlzm
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled, consumed on 11/14/07.

Pours clear light gold with active white bubbles. They form a one-finger head that rapidly dissipates. Grainy aroma with sugary, medicinal hints. Moderate corn flavor with subdued notes of lemongrass (from the hops?) goes down smooth with little bitterness. Quenching without astringency. VERY easy to drink.


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Photo of JamesS
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark yellow color with great initial head, a fair amount of carbonation, and just a bit of quickly-desolving lacing. Nice scent, very sweet and malty, if a little weak. Great taste for the style, very smooth and great malt flavors, without being too overbalanced. It goes down pretty nice, not the best Rogue beer, but probably one of the best malt liquor beers I've ever had (which fortunately is few).

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Photo of Floydster
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
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

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Photo of rayman2112
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of jkane101
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clear yellow, with a bit of chill haze, and had about 1/4 inch of white head that low retention and lacing. The aroma was slightly sweet and had a low hop presence. The flavor was a touch harsh and alcoholic, but was fairly typical for the style. The body was a touch fuller than most. Drinkability was pretty good for this type of brew. If you're in the mood for it, this isn't a bad example of the style.

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Photo of erosier
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange-yellow color with a medium bodied off-white head that laced the glass pretty well. It smells of malts and not much else really as it has a lighter nose. The taste is pretty good for a malt liquor. Not overly sweet and even some bitterness at the end which makes it better than I was expecting. The mouthfeel was good - nice and crisp and smooth and it had a decent drinkability. It was nice to have a malt liquor that was enjoyable AND didn't come in a 40oz bottle or giant can.

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Photo of stuckonhops
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

well well well, i was not expecting this to be anywhere near a good tasting beer that i could drink often. Poured from a 22oz bomber:

A-- Looks fairly below average as it comes out a hazy urine color. Kind of like when you have to many vitamins in your system and your body is lettin loose.

S-- not vert impressive. not a strong smell, kind of corny(pun intended)

T-- well this is the spot that impressed me the most. I FULLY expected a harsh Olde English or Steel Reserve with a majorly overwhelmingly dry finish. To my surprise it was actually quite nice. Not at all what i expected. I actually enjoyed the sweet malts and the corny nose did not come through for me, rather a dried fruit mix? mostly apples in the finish. I dont like many fruit tastes in my beer but this was just slight enough to enjoy.

M-- Not a drymouth feeling as i expected until the second half of the bottle. But still it was'nt harsh enough to ruin the beer at all.

D-- As with many malt liquors take it easy they can beat you down before you know what hit ya. But it wasnt like it really kicked my butt, if it was on tap go for it have a few but you may get tired of it quickly.

I was so surprised at how good i thought this beer was. I was totally expecting to just want to chug it down and get it over with but it was enjoyable. Also if you have this one before your favorite hop-bomb you can really enhance your hop flavors. I guess im going to have a two heart after this one mmm..enhancements

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Photo of LXIXME
3.11/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a big white head atop a clear golden colored Malt Liquor, the head quickly dies down to a nice lasting lacing.

A light beery alcohol hints in a sweet corn syrupy aroma, with a little bit of sourness coming through.

More of the sweet corn syrupy comes through in the taste, sense a little alcohol in the taste but nothing overpowering.

The aftertaste is not quite dry and has some of the syrupy sweetness as the taste.

Reminds me of the cheap beer cooler in Circle K or Seven 11 with all those malt liquors, this one might be head and shoulders above all those but it still has that same taste, excuse me while I run to the fridge and grab an IPA

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Photo of firkinhophead
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was excited to find this recently as I thought maybe it had been retired. New batch for Father's Day? Alright, then let's get our liquor on!

Pours golden and slightly hazy, with a fizzy head that settles out to a thin film. The head can be revived a bit and sticks around, but I expected a bit more effervescence.

Aroma is sweet corn and a bit of floral hop. Some horse-feed graininess, but none of the stale cooked corn smell of a standard malt liquor.

Taste is of sweet corn, wet grains, and some herbal hops (a hint of mint and grass, but all in the background).

Mouthfeel is not exactly crisp, but relatively clean. Round, slick, and just short of cloying. Carbonation is moderate, but seems low for the style, lacking some desirable scrubbing action. For a malt liquor there are no fusel alcohol aromas or flavors. The finish is not quite bitter enough to clear the palate, leaving too much residual sweetness.

While this would go down pretty good at a backyard BBQ or late night rave, at $5.99 for a 22-oz bomber, it begs the question, "What's the point?"

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Photo of GregBlatz
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

What have we here? A bit of fun it seems. Rogue Brewery of Oregon, brewers of some of the finer ales you will find anywhere is throwing us a curveball with their rendition of a malt liquor? Alright, I am game for it....

The first thing you will notice is the urine colored hue. Yep, that sounds about right for a malt liquor. Put it to your nose...yes, cereal grains right up front with this one. The taste is a bit harsh(grainy perhaps?) with a strong alcohol note and a cloying finish that you just can't shake. Yeah, they nailed this one!

If you are looking for another fantastic offering from the folks in Newport, you are missing the point. This is parody of the old days when we couldn't afford a decent ale, at a time where we couldn't appreciate one if it was poured on us.

Gutsy move for a brewery with such excellent brews. This one is good for a laugh(it really is pretty good considering its purpose). Hopefully people don't associate the terrible cotton mouth with their other delicious ales.

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Photo of twbrewer
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Golden yellow pour,1" foamy head quikly fades.Lots of bubbles from bottom of glass,no lacing seen.

S-It smells of all malts with a noticable corn scent.A very light hint of hops.

T-Just like the smell,malts,corn and a very light hop aftertaste.

M-Light/medium bodied,with a crisp prickly feel.

D-Not my favorite offering from Rouge,but it does represent this stlye quite well and it is a nice,easy drinking beer.

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Dad's Little Helper Malt Liquor from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 336 ratings