Dad's Little Helper Malt Liquor | Rogue Ales

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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

Added by aforbes10 on 05-12-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 336 |  Reviews: 269
Photo of Onibubba
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this on a recommendation. Pours a clear light amber with practically no head. Not much to look at. Smell immediately informs that hops are not going to be a headliner at this party. Taste is all sweet malt and grain, becoming more cloying as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is fine, smooth, slick. Drinkability is fine also, esp at cooler temps. Alcohol is not readily appearant. Not a bad beer, but not one I'll be coming back to any time soon.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
2.35/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a 22 oz. bomber in honor of father's day. I was sorry that I did.

Poured into my Yankee pint glass (subway series game).

A- Golden yellow- slight orange tint- no head whatsoever and absolutely no lacing. Was not a very pretty sight in my glass.

S- Smelled sweet and malty- some fuity scent- orange maybe?

T- Taste was of sugar and malts. A very faint hop presence- some grains. Alcohol detected- burned as I sipped this.

D- I can't see myself drinking this anytime soon. I may end up pouring the rest once I get through the glass.

A dissapointment from Rogue. Not recommended.

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Photo of MmmIPA
2.59/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I am having this in rememberance of my father on fathers day.

Poured into a Victory mug extra cold.Just shy of fitting the whole beer into my mug.

Nice thick white head,cloudy yellow body.Looks like piss.I smell some hop,sweetness and some corn.The taste is very sweet,you can sorta taste the hops in there and the malt ties in very nice with the corn additives.Leaves some nice lacing on my mug.Smooth and watery mouthful.Maybe its me but I prefer the ghetto malt liquor over this stuff.Anyway I love and miss you dad!

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Photo of BDTyre
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay, I didn't dislike this beer, but I found it inoffensive and average.

This is the same sort of piss-yellow as a traditional malt liquor. Head was not as explosive.

Taste was high in sugars and malts, with very little hop profile. Like Olde English 800 et al, but not nearly as in-your-face alcoholic or sugary. Not bad...pleasing...but not excellent.

Again, this isn't bad, but it isn't spectacular. Drinkable, but why bother?

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While this beer is not exactly my cup of tea in terms of beer style, I did feel it to be not bad, and certainly not typical of the "malt liquor" style (for example no bull crashed through the side of my house when I opened it and Billy D. Williams is nowhere in site). While it looks like a better-than-average lager in appearance (I thought Leinie's Northwoods) this beer is a bit maibock-ish in its character with a lot of complicated maltiness that is not overly sweet. And I found it to be somewhat balanced with a detectable hop presence. Not bad, but I'm not crossing anything on my list of things to do in life as a result of drinking this beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Bryant-Lake Bowl, $6 the pint.

Came to rest on my coaster without a head upon it, a muddy golden tone...

Grainy nose...not much else...

Slick, malty mouthfeel, corn syrup-y...starchy...

....lasts long on the palate, but not very unpleasant...can't say much more for it, though, taste-wise...and then I hear a thunder in the distance...hoofprints in the hall...they're coming, they're coming...

this is what happens anytime I try a malt liquor..don't know the abv on this, but I can feel the alcoholic content advancing like the horsemen of the apocolypse...okay, so I exaggerate...

Not bad a thing to do once in a while, but not a brew I can particularly it goes...

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Photo of atsprings
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served a crisp pale yellow with a decent head that slowly diminished. The aroma had a surprising amount of hops. The taste was mostly of a typical lager, but the hoppiness almost reminds me of a pilsner. The beer is light and somewhat refreshing. I can always rely on Rogue to provide an interesting brew, even if its nothing spectacular, and this one certainly holds to that.

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Photo of dfried
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Clear golden straw in color, 3cm foamy white head. The aroma is of syrupy, grainy malt and some musty and pine resinous hops. The taste is again pretty rich and malty, plenty of grains including corn. Musty floral hops, that also give a slight lemon grass edge. The mouthfeel is pretty heavy for this pale of a beer, and a little boozy.

Overall: I bought this because of the name, and thats about what I got. Compared to most malt liquors, this is pretty good, compared to most beers I like, this is crap. Maybe it was just psycological because its a malt liquor, but I had a hard time choking this one down.

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Photo of umustdrink
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden orange color. Rocky white head fades to a quarter inch and retains well. Minimal lacing.

S - Light caramel malt, earthy with a little bit of bittering hops.

T - Sweet grainy malt and a bit of sour like flavor, with some hop bitterness. Seems clean with few adjunct flavors.

M - Medium-light consistency and carbonation.

D - Overall its a solid tasting beer especially for the malt liquor category. I think it's underrated.

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Photo of peabody
3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out like a pinkish budweiser.
Smell is of hops and very little malt. Some alcohol but not much.
Taste is sweet like a strawberry or cherry. Pretty darn sugary.
Not much else is happening here.
Mouthfeel is clean and the beer goes down smoothe.
Drinkability is good here but there are better Rogue's.

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

OK, so this basically comes off like a strong pale Euro lager. There's a big caramel malt flavor, followed by a sweet finish. It's sort of a one-note beer, but I have to give the score a little bump considering the style. It's very easy to drink, and maybe worth trying just for being a not-nasty malt liquor. Just don't expect a rich and subtle brew.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.91/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a bright, clear yellow body with a creamy white head.

Smell: Aroma of cooked corn with a single pat of butter. There's some faint, nearly indiscernible hops in the scent, but you gotta sniff past alot of corn to find them.

Taste: Sweet and grainy, with a heaping ladle of cafeteria corn niblets and a dash of 99 Bananas. Light hop bitterness on the altogether weak finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Softly carbonated.

Drinkability: This beer's a gag in every sense of the word! ... This IS a gag beer, right?

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Photo of icemonkey908
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, the American Malt Liquor style is not known for its quality. Most 40s that I have encountered in the past taste like a strange mixture of gasoline, rice, and corn. This particular malt liquor easily takes the title of being the best I have ever had.

Pours a straw yellow with golden hints out of the big Rouge bottle. Smell is very sweet and the taste that follows is very sweet as well, almost syrupy. Easily a very drinkable malt liquor.

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

Pours an attractive golden amber with a frothy, well-sustained white head. Mellow malt sweetness in the aroma. The surprisingly enjoyable flavor includes alcoholic malt sweetness smothering an otherwise grainy base. And, despite the corny flavor and adjunct malt-thin mouthfeel, the overall plate is quite smooth.

Not the best beer in the world, but surprisingly smooth and easy to drink. The sweetness is just enough to be flavorful, but not sugary enough to be cloying.


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

A tribute to Fathers this beer is, my dad well Iam quite sure he would have turned his nose to this he stayed away from the malt liquor.Poured into a .5 liter stein a clear medium to full golden with well formed clingy white head that left some spotty lace as it settled pretty slowly,sweet grainy aromas mainly I detected a touch of lemon in there as well.Pretty stright forward sweet flavors with some vegetal character quite grainy and alcoholic in the finish.Probably the best American malt licka I have had in fact Iam sure it is but dont play around with it its sweet and and could ruin my memorial day holiday if I drink to much of it.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on 5-18-07

Pours a pale yellow with no head, no matter how hard I pour it, and no lacing whatsoever.

Smell is very sweet, but not offensive.

Taste is super sweet, like...malt liquor! No distinct flavors, no hops, and kind of gross on the aftertaste, but no alcohol flavor at all.

Mouthfeel is super thick and syrupy, which seems to fit.

Drinkability is hard to pinpoint. Is it good for a malt liquor? Yes. Is it worth the price of a Rogue? No. Either way, it's definately fun to try.

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Photo of cichief
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a light straw yellow with a white head.

S- Slight musty malt scent, very little hops.

T- Better than the average malt liquor, a slightly sweet brew, with a dry finish.

M- Very carbonated, medium body, reasonably smooth.

D- A very drinkable brew, not overly alcoholic in taste.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"And though she's not really ill, there's a little yellow pill,
She goes running for the shelter of a mother's little helper"

--The Rolling Stones

Rogue knows that dads need a little shelter too. What better way to get there than with a kick ass malt liquor? I've decided not to review this beer as part of my Malt Likkapalooza series because I expect it to be in a different league than most, if not all, versions of the style that are currently available. Is that special treatment justified? Let's find out.

I was hoping for sweet corn yellow, but the beer is actually a beautiful shade of rich amber that is as bright and as clear as the morning sunshine outside my front window. The cap is bone white rather than cotton white and has at least some of the usual Rogue magic. As expected, it lays down quite a bit of lace.

The nose's good point is that it doesn't smell like ethanol. Its bad points are that it smells like nothing other than weak pale malt and lightly musky hops. It may be refined compared to the usual malt liquor rabble, but give me something to work with guys.

Dad's Little Helper is pretty good beer... considering. It tastes like sugar cookie dough with a dash of corn meal to add a bit of flavor interest. Of course I've never had cookies that tasted like alcohol, but they could be good. Thankfully, the flaked corn adds a modest amount of sweetness without making the beer taste overwhelming corny.

What tastes like a generous Crystal hop addition gives this malt liquor much more bitterness and more hop flavor than most versions can manage. That isn't surprising since hops are probably the most expensive ingredient used in a batch of the typical 'vagrant's choice'.

Most malt liquor makes me want to grunt like an ape. This one makes me want to hold out my pinkie when I drink. Actually, with the use of a quality Belgian yeast strain, Dad's Little Helper would make a pretty fair BSPA. Don't laugh, I'm being serious.

Thankfully, the mouthfeel isn't too plush. There are limits to this refinement crap, after all. It has a perfect about of 'smack you upside the head' firmness and is well-carbonated without being overly buzzy. Do these guys know their beer or what?

I don't remember much about my bomber of Imperial Gold Malt Liquor from the now-defunct Hawks Brewing, but I do know that it's the best malt liquor that has ever graced my glass. Even though the scores are almost identical, I think I preferred that beer to this one. As far as currently available versions, Dad's Little Helper is my clear favorite... at least until I manage to acquire a bottle of Dogfish Head Liquor De Malt.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 ml brown bomber, served in a pilsener glass.

Slightly hazy, extremely pale straw in color. Thin, fizzy-white head that leaves a faint ring around the glass' rim. No lacing at all.

Sweet molasses and weak, metallic caramel. Slightly sour, fruity esters: white grape, apple. Musty wheat, touches of rice and grains. Not offensive in aroma considering the style.

Sweet caramel, molasses; a touch of creamy toffee. Pleasant notes of alcohol-soaked plum, white grape, fig, and raisin. Dry, malted grains and rice. The finish is dry and airy followed by an aftertaste of sweet plum, grape, and apple.

A full, medium bodied; creamy on the palate at first, turns dry and airy in the finish and aftertaste.

A pleasant surprise given the style. Not overly sweet or intensified by alcohol. A testament to Rogue's ability to craft something decent out of a vomit-inducing style.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.58/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber. No freshness date noted.

Hazy golden with a creamy white head and spotty lace.

Aroma of sweet corn, grain, light brown sugar.

Flavor is sweet, malty, sugary, buttery, with a bit of hops on the finish.

Not bad for a sweet malt liquor, much better than the OE, Mickeys, Steel reserve that make up this genre.

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Photo of theWrkncacnter
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a small amount from a 22oz bottle to see the color and the head, I drank the rest straight from the bottle because that's how you're supposed to drink malt liquor, I couldn't find a paper bag though.

Color is a very disturbing piss yellow/orange. Very little head that fades quickly to no lacing at all. Taste is actually pretty darned good for a malt liquor. Strong alcohol taste with a little bit of hops and lots of malt character. Pretty strong mouthfeel, but decent drinkability.

Kind of a novelty in my opinion, I don't think I'd buy it again. It's cheap, but I think I'd rather spend a few more bucks and get something better. Props to Rogue for their sense of humor though.

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

11/19/06- Purchased at Booze Bros. in Reno, NV.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness dating. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Medium brown colored pour. A bit clouded and murky. Is this bottle conditioned like Liquor de Malt? Very minor head with iltra light lacing.

Smell- A tad on the musty side. Alcohol is detected outright. Super malty with a light corn nose. About the standard for a malt liquor.

Taste- Mirrors the nose pretty much. Extremely malty, light corn flavor with alcohol being the first and last thing you taste and pretty much everything in between. Malt is very bready as well.

Mouthfeel- Thick and slick on the tongue. Boozelike aftertaste with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Better than the run of the mill 40oz, but Dogfish it is not. If you need to go ghetto, this would be a decent choice though.

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Photo of dgfair
2.46/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Straw colored liquid with a fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Kinda looks like a Michelob.

S - Smell is mainly sweet corn with a very light tinge of dirty hops. Tough to pick up much scent of this one.

T - Corn, a little alcohol, and the aftertaste of a cheap domestic (old mil, natty). Not much depth of flavor and not very pleasant. Served at 45 degrees, maybe should be colder.

M - A little bit slimy and pretty heavily carbonated. Nothing special but probably par for the course on a malt liquor.

D - Not very drinkable, bad taste and alcohol slow you down significantly. Like I said before, probably would go down smoother if it was colder. Decent alcohol kick on this one as it warms my belly a little bit.

Probably not worth another go for me.

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

Poured this beer into tumbler at 45 degrees. beer was faily average looking like a domestic. Beer had no head at all and no lacing. looked flat and smelled skunky. Bland tasting kinda like a domestic, nothing stood out. It okay i guess but why pay that price for a flat malt liqour when you can buy a fresh Micky. Not buy again.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in Indianapolis for a very competitive $2.99. Oh wait, I suppose its not that competitive when you consider how much more malt liquor you'd get for so much cheaper if you were going, say, Colt 45 stylee.

Pretty true-to-style ugly, including the label. Cheap trick reference? No real head and a smidge of lacing.

Nose is pretty bland, creamy malts and an interesting cinnamon-like spice bite.

Wow, I actually really like the flavor of this beer. The flaked corn reminds me of some bad beers I like, and the smoothness and overall cleanliness of the package is quite appealing. Goes down super-duper smooth.

While quite gimmick-y, i'm liking the craft-brewed malt liquors. I'd really like to see a hoppy variety. Remember, adjuncts aren't necessarily evil. Its in the way that you use it (them). I'd have this again, especially at $3.

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