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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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Reviews: 269 | Ratings: 335
Photo of Fatduck
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my normal reviewing glass. A pale golden color, with almost no head.

Malty, a little dry, this is pretty much what I expected. Very Macro-ish tasting. I wish I knew how much ABV was in this before I down it.

Nothing wrong with this brew, not much good either.

However, compared to other Malt Liquors its like a fine wine.

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Photo of tzieser
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rogue malt liquor?? how could you pass that up? despite the $7 price tag i got it anyway...

pours a clear pale yellow color with a decent head that simmers into a very small lacing around the glass. decent carbonation.

smells very sweet. tons and tons of malts-- as it should. faint fruit smells-- maybe apple or grape. no signs of hops.

tastes good-- especially for malt liquor. very very sweet. malts all over the place. the fruity-apple taste is back, and i like it. i dont think ive had a good tasting malt liquor before, im really glad rogue changed my opinion on malt liqour

mouthfeel is pretty average, but good. well carbonated, but not overly so.

drinkability is ok-- i wouldnt want to drink tons of this stuff, cause the malts might get to me after a while, as much as i love malts. drinkability is outstanding compared to other malt liquors though.

overall-- you should try this beer if you can find it. if you love malts like i do-- this beers for you.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear spotlight yellow. Soft, fading white cap of firm foam. A skimming of bubbles hangs around for most of its time in the glass. Some lacing is distributed along the edge closer to the liquid in rounded patches and sheets.

Aroma is nearly non existent as it kinda stymies itself in a hovering pale sweetness of malt grain thats soft and bready and hard to get in the nose unless you wiff in big.

Taste is all solid malty smoothness, but not a whole lot of flavor really. Dulled...dulled some more and semi, lightly tanged and cloying malty breadish tones with a heavy buttered corn accent topping off the middle into the finish. Finish is quick but soft and creamy with a malty body and clean Maibock-like cloying sweetness that coats the mouth well. The Harrington malts are quite evident with that certain bready, doughy centeredness of paled, dull tang and soaking.

Feel is quite nice. Malt is king of this throne. Ruling with a steady hand of Harrington malt coating ever so smoothly with bready softness and sticky, cloying thickness thats not overbearing but definately pushing its borders with a clean slice of medium body and a fairly long rule of semi sweet, bready, tangaifingly broad scape of malty clean soothingness.

I could drink this into oblivion, but would easily get bored of its paled, uninteresting flavor. The body of the beer is great, but beyong that its not much; yet it could be everything to the right person. Leave it to Rogue to make a Malt Liquor that almost makes you wish there were more like it. Dad's Little Helper could be just that, depending on the Dad of course...

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Photo of umustdrink
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
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 RblWthACoz
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was even and not overpowering at all and I found it to be very easy drink. I enjoy my taste buds to be pushed a bit farther, so I probably wouldn't go for it again. Nothing exciting at all, but it was worth trying just to check out another Rogue production.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first malt liquor. No, I've never tried OE or anything, even in my sillier days. I haven't had a chance to try Liquor de Malt so this will be my first from a craft company.

Went ahead and poured the whole bottle into my biggest glass at a cold temp. It's yellow-gold in color, with a few streams of very energetic bubbles and a fizzy, short-lasting head. It looks better than a lot of lagers that are trying hard.

The scent is distinctly lagerish, with a mild whiff of sweet corn thrown in to let you know that it's not just hops, malts, water and yeast. Nothing bad - like a macro lager, but with actual substance.

Now this is my first malt liquor, but there's definitely nothing foul going on here. It tastes like a full-bodied American lager - yes, a bit corny, but no overpowering alcohol or chemical tastes. Very refreshing at the end of the day, when I just want to flop down on my LoveSac and watch TV.

Mouthfeel is smooth; Despite the energetic carbonation visible in the glass, nothing can be felt until swallowing, whereupon it feels nice and creamy. Going a while between sips, there's a nice, lightly sticky aftertaste that forms and hangs around, enticing more sips.

This is a highly drinkable beer. I know Rogue knows how to make a good lager, as evidenced by their Uber Pils - one of my favorite pilseners from any brewery in any country - and this is a good spin on their talent. The name is amusing, too!

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Photo of erosier
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
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 mtnbikerpa
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into a pint glass. Rich gold color, with almost no head, and only a few carbonated bubbles. Faint scents of some green apples and grapes. Sweet malty and hop like flavor you would expect from a malt liquor. Some minor notes of hay or freshly cut grass. No real spices to speak of. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth. This is overall very drinkable. I don't want to slam the brew but in a taste test I don't think I could taste the difference between it and Ol E 800. I am somewhat disappointed.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
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 BeerSox
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into nonic.

Crystal clear straw color with a thin white head that quicly settles to a thin cap.

Very little aroma except for some sweet candy like aromas, mostly from the alcohol.

Lots of corn detected in the flavor, providing a sharp and sweet flavor. The alcohol is somewhat perceived. Light bodied with good carbonation.

It's hard to give this one a great score, even though it's probably exactly what the brewer intended, and exactly what the style calls for. It's not the most enjoyable beer, but it does what it should. I wouldn't try this beer with the expectation to be blown away, but like me, to try something that isn't intended to be the next greatest item in the beer section. Recommended for the adventurous.

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Photo of JasonA
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


Pours a dehydrated urine with no head and zero lacing.

No hops present. Fresh malt, zero roast of course. Above average for no hops smell and freshness.

Tastes sweet. Almost a syrup taste. Alcohol byte, my guess would be 7 or less ABV.

Could be creamy. Pretty light like a pilsner, but smoother. Finish is definately malty, light bodied.

Drinkability is somewhat low only because its not a style I would go for. However, definately a try at least once. I might even try again if its offered or on tap though I dont see myself having more than 1 on any occasion.

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Photo of wedge
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Super-clear pale gold with a fizzy white head. Light fruity-sweet aroma...its not revolting - this is a big plus. Some alcohol stings the nostrils. The taste is majorly sweet which actually does a good job covering up the fusel alcohol (which is noticeable). Despite the addition of corn, it isn't really all that apparent. Medium, dry, moderately carbonated mouthfeel. Drinkability is really good for what it is, considering I can never choke down an entire 40 of any other kind.

If you absolutely HAVE to get some malt liqour and you can get this for $2 a bottle (like I did), this is probably as good as it gets. But, as the name seems to imply, malt liquor is really only good for one thing... :-)

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By far the best malt liquor I have ever had. Pours with a fluffy foam that keeps on kicking. Lots of lacing. Has a clear deep yellow color.

The nose was my least favorite aspect of this beer. Smells of fruits (apples mostly, alcohol and pale malt.

Tastes of sweet apples (almost like apple juice), grain (and pale malt), citrus and alcohol. I was surprised at how fruity this was.

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Photo of laintringulis
3.56/5  rDev +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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Photo of tastybeer
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks pretty good, especially for any malt liquor I've seen. Extremely clear brassy amber color with a white head and actual retention. Nose is hard to detect but what I find is sweet corn, caramel malt, and light delicate fruit. Tastes likewise with some lingering bitterness which helps counter the sweet caramel corn. Mouthfeel is suprisingly nice for what this is. Coating and smooth with a light to medium body and moderate but extended carbonation. Drinkability is ok. Back in the day I've had some malt liquors that don't go down nearly as easy.

Interesting and worth the experience I guess. I suppose if you're on a 'mission' and for some reason have a hankering for malt liquor, pick this up.

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Photo of BierFan
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow. Thin white head. Good carbonation. Certainly a darker shade of yellow than most of the style. Little bit of lacing.

Smell: Malty. Flowery hops.

Taste: Honey. Decently hopped. Little spicy in the finish with a mild bitterness.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bottle poured into a mug. Something about this beer just screamed, "pour me into a hefty mug."

A- A moderate pour left about 1 finger worth of fluffy white head atop a hazy, golden-orange body. There was medium to heavy carbonation. The head dropped to a full lace fairly quickly and left some good sticky rings on the glass. Eventually, all signs of a head went away, and would return with a gentle swirl of the mug.

S- On first inspection, it seemed cleaner than most Malt Liquors I've encountered. It had more of a fruity aroma than the vegetal attributes I'd expect. A second, and more, wiffs gave off some really sweet malts (maybe caramel) and some of the classic adjuncts (cooked corn perhaps).

T- As many have stated, it tastes like a really good malt liquor. I guess that's kind of a loaded statement. It was more flavorful (some nice sweet malty flavors that sometimes get lost in the quest for wringing out as much alcohol as possible along with a soft alcohol flavor that doesn't "burn" like many malt liquors), but still had some of the negatives I'd associate with the style (cooked vegetable tastes).

M- It had a pretty full feel. It was a bit grainy and had a slight bite from the alcohol. Pleasant, moderate carbonation. All in all, better than an average malt liquor.

D- I guess American Malt Liquor isn't necessarily known for its drinkability. This beer kind of fit the mold. On the positive side was the full flavor. In the end, the malt liquor aspects won out. The adjuncts became a little overwhelming and the alcohol really kicked in. I'm glad I gave it a shot (thank you marketing genius), but I wouldn't spend the money on this again. It was definitely better than a $2 forty, but doesn't compare to most $5-$6 bombers.

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Photo of mactrail
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad little apple juice. I can't see much resemblance to malt liquor but it does have a fruity, malty weight. This version lists Willamette hops on the label. Pleasantly drinkable with a touch of wood instead of bitterness. Slightly hazed light amber color in the snifter. Quite nice creamy mouthfeel even after sitting for a few minutes. Aroma is so much of green apples. Just a touch of acidity. This would have been great with the four kinds of moles and the chipotle sauce we had with dinner at Epazote in Santa Fe.

Picked up at Kokoman Liquors in Unpronounceable, New Mexico from several cases of deep discount Rogue beers. Tastes clean and fresh enough, but it must be a 2010 batch.

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Photo of number1bum
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat hazy golden color, slightly orange tint to it, with about an inch of somewhat fizzy white head. Recedes to just a patchy lace.

Smell is pretty sweet and malty, with a honey like aroma and not much else. Pretty boring but not offensive.

Taste pretty much fits that last phrase, as well - pretty boring but not offensive. Sweet pale malt, some honey, a quick splash of citrus hop flavor. Bready, too, with a cracker sort of flavor, as well. Bit of alcohol hits the back of the throat, as well. There's a somewhat sharp, sort of metallic bite to it, as well. Quite smooth and creamy, with a medium body.

Well I suppose as malt liquors go this is a pretty good one. Not something I'd choose over most any other beer regularly, but it was worth having once.

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Photo of Docer
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bottle at Whole Foods.... seen them sitting there for some months now with no takers... and I heard they quite bottling this... perhaps a rumor?

- Straw yellow... minimal head... lots of bubbly from their choice of pilsner yeast in this... nice froth of white head lingers... somewhat clear.

- A bready and bright scent with a bit of citrus and zest.... nice subtle sweet caramel and vanilla... little bit of hot booziness..

- Yep, this is some malty sweet stuff. Creamy smooth corny flavored and sweet grainy stuff... overall not too bad... little zesty and bright... almost a lemon bite. Certainly interesting.

- Actually somewhat light to medium bodied... and very bubbly... little dry, but overall decent.

- Little too much adjunct ingredients kind of takes the flavor into a different direction for me... but overall it is certainly a good take on a style that is usually quite terrible. Rogue made a bad style rather good.

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Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colored beer with abundant carbonation. A decent white head forms and then falls fairly quickly.

The smell is sweet and corny with a fruity scent that suggests that this was possibly fermented a bit hot. Not much of a hop or a malt scent, Malt Liquor just isn't known for having them.

The taste starts out very sweet and a little fruity in the mouth, there isn't much of an aftertaste. Not a lot of hop here this is mostly a fruity flavor with some corn and a noticeable alcohol sting. Good "for a Malt Liquor" but just average for a malt and hop beer. Corn is noticeable and probably what makes this taste so sweet but this isn’t one of those “can of creamed corn” type beers.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not a bad beer but it certainly isn't something I would seek out. Best described as a Malt Liquor without any jet fuel characteristics like most. I'm going to finish the bottle so it isn't too bad.

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Photo of alexhammond
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber, nearly ice cold, and I think this might be the best way to drink this one.
malty taste, with a bit of caramel sweetness. the alcohol is noticeable, but not unpleasant, and it was kind of expected anyway. a little rough around the edges, but not hard to knock this one back.
you pretty much know what you're getting with malt liquor, so no disappointment here. in fact, I was actually pretty pleased with how it tasted. not something I'd buy regularly, but it's definitely worth checking out, even if you're not a big malt liquor fan.

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Photo of bonkers
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass, straw colored pour with a big fluffy white head. The aroma is sweet, grassy. The beer is very sweet, almost sticky. There are lots of corn notes. The body light, kind of sticky, alcohol notes. Interesting for a malt liquor.

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Photo of erikm25
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright sunset orange that has mild amber tinting. Head was minimal with fair retention. There was no lacing but this sat in the glass a crisply glowing liquid.

S: Not a whole lot in the nose. Hints of corn and grain cereal with a touch of honey.

T: Thin syrupy sweetness. No tastes of hops but plenty of caramel and candy malt flavors. Balances out nicely with some apple and pear roundness. Faint pinch of ginger spiciness towards the end.

M: Nice carbonation and a good heavy medium mouth feel

D: Actually for this style I found it to be very drinkable and very enjoyable. I like the idea of a craft malt liquor. I had no idea what to expect with this one but I was hoping for something more offensive and loaded with booze. This turned out to be quite the opposite which is a compliment to Rogue.

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Photo of r0nyn
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into my Otter Creek nonic. Split with fellow BAs infi, NYManc and johnjae.

Pours a hazy dark apricot hue with a whitish half-inch frothy head that recedes quickly, leaving some small amounts of sticky, stringy lacing. There's a bunch of weird little particles suspended in the liquid, not sure what they are. Corn dominates the nose along with some yeast and plenty of graininess. Quite sweet smelling.

Taste is very slightly hoppy to start, but that quickly gives way to the corny sweetness and malty grains. The malts ride with you until the end, where a subtle but definite alcohol presence makes itself known. Aftertaste has lingering notes of corn and some bready sweetness. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth with a good amount of carbonation that makes for easy drinking. The finish is dry, but not as much as I was expecting.

Really easy to drink, as is typical of the style. I could easily imagine downing a forty of this. It tastes much better than its counterparts brewed by the macro companies, but at a hefty price point, I think I might be better off with some Olde English 800 if I want to get buzzed quick. All in all, a solid if unspectacular beer.

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Dad's Little Helper Malt Liquor from Rogue Ales
3.36 out of 5 based on 335 ratings.
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