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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Photo of Bendurgin
3.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass and shared with Andy. This one pours a slightly hazy straw color. Pretty nice cap of frothy head that sticks around nicely. It eventually settles and leaves a little bit of sticky lace.

Sweet corn is noticable right upr front. A little bit of doughy yeast and dry biscuity malts. I'd say this one smells a bit of the sweet side. It kind of has a sweet syrupy aroma to it. Honestly, nothing all to different from your typical malt liquor. Corn on the pallet with some grain alcohol flavors. For a 7.2 percent beer the alcohol is pretty noticable. A little bit of spicy hops and biscuity yeast round this out.

Good feel here. Nice light body but it's a little bit sticky though. Overall this is a fun beer to drink. I think malt liquors are generally enjoyable. I'm a little dissapointed that they stopped making this and went the black IPA route. It's still drinking pretty nicely s drink up!

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Photo of d4114
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Golden yellow with a finger of soapy white head.

On the smell you get malt, corn and a general alcohol and beery smell.

Interesting flavor. It is sort of like a cheap American beer with all the flavors turned up so you can actually taste them also a mix of Mexican lager flavors in there.

Light good carbonation and easy to drink.

It's okay. Not a bad beer but the flavors seem slightly off. This would be a great first craft beer for someone who has never had one yet.

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

Bottle courtesy of Bennettrox! Thanks Ryan!

Pours a clear straw color, with a white head of a couple fingers. Dissipates to a film, leaving spider web lacing in it's wake.

Aroma is slight, but nice for a ML. Sweet malts, slightly nutty, with a sort of buttery biscuit smell.

Nice malty taste. Slightly syrupy, bready, with slight hops.

Feel is medium bodied for the style, and solid. Crisp, but with substance.

Overall...I'd take this over any other malt liquor. I haven't had DFH Liquor de Malt, but until then, this wins by far.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was expecting this to be worse than it was. Thankfully it was decent and not garbage. The pour was a golden amberish color with a thin white head on it. The smell was of hops and malts similar to Yuengling Lager. The taste of the beer has a good amount of malts throughout. The hops kick in later in the finish. The mouthfeel is a little on the watery side but this seems to be a bit common with most of Rogue's release in my opinion.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter glass. Shows a deep golden with a bit of haze and a rather sticky head. Decent lacing follows.

Nose is rather endearing and slightly PBResque in nature, with corn bread, an apparent hint of wheat, a bulk of pale grain and yet has an almost Belgian Saison quality to it, and with a touch of lemony hops to convince.

Flavor is a bit muted though grainy and slightly sweet in nature with some pils attributes. An interesting beer, rich and almost buttery on the tongue, with some noble hops plying their trade. Still, a bit too sweet overall. Offers a bready texture rather atypical for the style, but then to call this a Malt Liquor seems a bit of a stretch anyway.

Overall an interesting experience yet not one I plan to experience again. The price point is ballistic, thus game over.

Thins with warming and quite ale-like overall in body an feel. In the end a bit sweet and listless. I'd prefer and Olde English must I say.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.3/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a nice slightly hazy gold color. It has a nice 1.5-finger pure white head. The head has decent retention, and leaves just a few specs of lacing behind. There are also a lot of small carbonation bubbles visible.

S - It smells of sweet malt and corn flakes? There is a bit of booziness here, and a bit of some fruitiness.

T - The taste sort of follows the nose, but there is more of a hop presence. It tastes mostly of sweet malts, and theres a bit of an alcohol presence. There is something else here as well, that tastes a bit spicy. I can't quite figure out what it is though. The finish is clean and a touch boozy.

M - It has a medium body and medium carbonation. It is a bit sticky, and goes down quite easy. This is a good mouthfeel for the style, definitely better than other malt liquors I've had. There is a very slight alcohol warmth in the finish.

D - Great drinkability here. I really didn't expect much out of this beer, but it totally surprised me. It's not just great for a malt liquor, but it is a great beer in general. I really like the taste of this. I will definitely pick this up again in the future. I could see this being a good transition beer for converting people into craft beer. Plus, it really shows that not all malt liquors have to be garbage.

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Photo of jsanford
3.92/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, poured a sample into a tasting glass to grade color and appearance, but drank the way it should be : out of a paper bag.

A - Pours a clear light gold with a thin white head that quickly dissipates, leaving just a slight whisp of haze.
S - Sweet corn and malt, with a bit of cider character and honey. Surprisingly clean and crisp smelling.
T - More corn and malt with a bit of solvent-y alcohol and a slightly bitter hop finish. Not the greatest thing in the world, but compared to other Malt Liquors it's outstanding.
M - Surprisingly full-bodied for the style, probably medium-full overall. The carbonation is a bit low for what I'd like, would love to see this be a bit "fizzier".
D - Y'know I really enjoyed this, it was a good beer but an even better experiment and example of how to do a good Malt Liquor. Kudos to Rogue!

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Photo of THECPJ
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: yellowish orange with 2 finger white head

smell: corn, sweet malts,

taste: sweet, malty, caramel

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth, medium body

drinkability: easy drinking beer. just not my style.


The cpj

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a pint glass.

A: This pours a transluscent copper color with a half-finger of fizzy off-white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Apple cider, corn, and light caramel.

T: Light caramel, buttery diacetyl, apple cider, and a sweet fruity aftertaste. It is reminiscent of fairground food.

M: It has a light body and soda-like carbonation.

D: The taste isn't as offensive as I'd imagined and it is somewhat drinkable.

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Photo of eerilychildish
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, served around 45 degrees

A: light golden brown, minimal head retention and no lacing to speak of

S: light aroma of malt and corn, no other notes to speak of

T: Sweet and malty with no noticeable hop presence

M: Lightly carbonated and smooth, as is characteristic of the style

D: Goes down easy, nothing spectacular jumps out at you, just a nice smooth beer. I have to admit, beer snob that I usually am, I have a soft spot for cheap malt liquors, and this tastes like everything I like about Mickey's with the quality improved to the point that it warrants the Rogue name. I expected a Rogue-quality malt liquor, and I got a Rogue-quality malt liquor

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Photo of BB1313
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ok, I've never really been a malt liquor guy.. I never have. But maybe once a year I'll maybe pick up one of these. It's fascinating to see a craft brewery's take on this style. Pours a light crisp yellow, nice fluffy white head and sticky lacing. Nothing really going on the smell department, there's a breadiness, grain, malts, nothing out of the ordinary. Although I'm not too impressed w/ the taste, it is what it is, malt liquor.. bonus points for using better ingredients than usually found in the style. Mouthfeel is what is to be expected, well carbonated, smooth. A bomber of this is enough, and won't give you a headache ;)

Not bad, if you're into the style, by all means. Even if you're not, it's still worth the try.

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

A - Golden honey color. ~2 finger head with moderate lace.

S - Light malt, touch of apricot, peach, and almond.

T - Canned peaches, French bread, touch of hops mid profile. Light grade honey in the aftertaste.

M - Light mouthfeel with a sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable but a tad too sweet for my personal taste.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.31/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: The pour is a clear golden color with a soapy white head that recedes quickly.

S: This smells like a cheap white/sparkling wine. Very dry and cidery with lots of grape juice, peaches, apple juice, and definitely some significant alcohol contributions.

T: The flavor is pretty much the same as the nose, but sweeter. Apple cider with some white grape juice flavor. There's still that same cheap wine thing going on and a fair amount of alcohol.

M: The body is medium with the carbonation being a bit high at first before dying down.

D: For a "craft" malt liquor, this is pretty bad. I'd rather have any number of mass produced industrial malt liquors.

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Photo of bishopgary
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue is on to something here. I think it is great that they and other small breweries are taking something the Macro brews have been doing with no soul, and showing that aroma, flavor, body can be present in a "malt liquor."

A: Deep golden hue, with hints of copper, was expecting something lighter. Nice head, fairly creamy in appearance.
S: An fairly strong aroma. Malt is certainly present, along with corn and perhaps rice. Pretty sweet, with a hint of alcohol, was expecting a bit more though being this is a malt liquor.
T: Very nice, refreshing actually. Malt and corn upfront, followed by a bit of sweetness and a alcohol kick. Just the right amount.
M: Just what you would expect, pretty light. I found this to have a round mouth-feel that you don't' get from the macro versions. Perhaps I was not concerned with such characteristics in my younger years.
D: Very drinkable. I could easily drink this often. Don't think I would go as far as saying they should offer a 40oz, but could drink a 6 pack over the course of an evening. Does not need anymore alcohol in my opinion.

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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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Photo of rootbeerman
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours yellow with an oddly long lasting frothy white head, that actually left some lacing, a surprise for malt liquor.
S: pale malt sweetness, just a bit of corn, doesn't have the cooked corn and harshness that its other mass produced cousins have.
T: within style its amazingly good. sweet pale malt, a bit of sweet corn and not harsh aftertaste or fuel like alcohol. also doesn't taste horrid after it warms up a little!
M: strangely thick in a way compare to other malt liquors. carbonation is in the medium range.
D: the most drinkable malt liquor ive ever had.

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Photo of NYManc
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Courtesy of BA r0nyn and shared with BA infi, and BA johnjae.

A: Poured hazy orange with floaties all around. Frothy head upon pour. A moderate amount of bubble action mixed with floaty action and this thing looks very active.

S: Smells mostly of sweet corn. This serves as an odd smell for me but this is new and maybe can see myself liking it in the future.

T: Taste was almost exactly as the smell. Taste mostly of corn and an okay mix of malts mixed into this. As this beer warmed up it became harder to drink for me.

M: This beer was borderline medium bodied from the light bodied.

D: Okay to drink, not able to taste the alcohol at all in it. Don't know if i would recommend this brew to anyone else, but I'd say to at least try it.

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Photo of infi
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, courtesy of BA r0nyn. From 10/29 notes.

Poured into a nonic pint.

A hazy, orange-yellow pour with a frothy, white and thin head and a generous amount of weak, stringy lacing. There's actually some ghastly-looking and minuscule particulate matter floating around in the beer as well. In the aromas, the corn was actually identifiable, but not as bad as an adjunct lager. There was also some yeast/breadiness going on, but nothing much afterward.

Taste is actually a step above the typical malt liquors I've tried before. Much more substantial in taste, with the sweetness from the corn and malts being very prominent. No metallic flavors in the beer, which pleasantly surprised me. I actually thought this was more of a lager than a malt liquor. Not too bad, I liked it.

Mouthfeel was considerably more bodied than other malt liquors, as it was medium-bodied yet crisp. Easily drinkable like a malt liquor, but more flavorful like a lager. Very surprising and tasty. If you find this, definitely give it a try.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: Clear and yellow. There is a moderately sized head of white bubbles that leaves a small amount of lacing. Lots of bubbles emanating from the depths of the glass indicate a healthy level of carbonation.

S: Weak aroma overall with some subtle sweet malts.

T: Surprisingly, this is a decent beer. It's not that I don't have a healthy respect for Rogue Brewery, I just didn't expect a malt liquor to not be repulsive. Dad's Little Helper has helped me to adjust my paradigm. It's sweet, but not nearly so much as many of the infamous, cheap malt liquors out there.

M: Overall, a decent feel. Fun to drink and ok on the palate.

D: Easily the best malt liquor I've had to date.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- a dark yellow, almost orange with a very puffy 2 finger white head...head fades real quickly, no lacing. Meh...more character than usual for a malt liquor

S- that buttery, corny aroma you get from the style...not getting any hops at all. Yuck

T- its actually got a nice sweetness to it...the corniness is there too, but I'm actually enjoying it. Not like any other malt liquor I've's got character to it!

M- shockingly, its not paper thin...some slight body to it. Not much, but there's something there. not bad

D- I'm enjoying this. Its not a hop bomb, its not overly malty, its not roasty...but man, its really easy drinking. A good choice if you just want to drink and don't an "experience"

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

Brewed with Harrington and Klages malt, flaked corn, Crystal hops, free range coastal water and a Czech Pils (lager) yeast.

Pours a crystal clear golden yellow colored, topped with a respectable white foam lacing. Aroma is fairly clean with notes of sweet corn, a hint of sulfur from the lager yeast, clean cracker-like grain and a faint herbal hop note. Smooth on the palate, creamy and light. Nice bite up front that's a combo of clean solvent-like alcohol, pepper and a quick smacking of hop bitterness that makes you beg for more. Some fruity fusels in the middle, with a moment of candy sweetness. Hop character is distinctly herbal, a little lemony too, along with cereal corn flavors which bring some cooked cream corn notes and a sweetness that lingers well past the finish, which is quite clean with some watery floral flavors.

Simply put: This is a great example of the style, especially as most are pretty damn offensive. Unlike traditional malt liquors that come in 40s and tend to lack in depth of flavor and focus on bang for your buck (aka, how quick it gets you buzzed), Dad's proves that you can have a malt liquor with kick and flavor.

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Photo of rand
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bomber to pint

A: Pretty much looks like your standard issue macro-lager, but I'll try to be descriptive. Clear, yellow-orange, lots of loose carbonation, the head dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing

N: Chalky malts, slightly earthy hop-spice, sweetbread, maybe squah

T: You're immediately met with the sweetbread flavors, like cornbread but light on the cornmeal, a touch of spice suggesting paprika, balanced

M: A fairly slick brew, this one. More oily than expected

D: This brew's not the most complex, but the flavors are seamlessly balanced. I haven't had a '40' in a long time, but I don't remember them tasting this good and I'm much more of a snob now. It makes you wonder how much of an effect marketing had on this style of beer. Why worry about quality, when you can simply brand and associate the beer with masculine independence?

Now watch the malt liquor's piss-yellow hue turn green.

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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 Offa
3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had fairly high hopes for this, as I love maibocks and actually like some malt liquors, the cheaper, adjuncty non-hoppy sibling. However, this simply did not deliver on the promise of providing a full-bodied malt liquor character that I wanted and the claim that the corn character is highlighted simply is hollow to me, as I could barely detect it.

That said, this is still a pretty good beer, if rather bland and uninteresting.

Dark gold, it has a small white head soon shrinking to foamy ring.

Aroma is strong grain, apple, light raisiny syrup, hint of grass, definitely like a really malty, meaty malt liquor.

Tate is up front creamy grain with hints of corn that steadily fade, very noticeable raisiny alcohol with light syrupy grain aftertaste with hints of musty raisiny wine. It's lightly on the sweet side with no real bitterness, but remains a bit bland and with a syrupy alcoholic character more than anything. SLightly oily feel and body.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber that I'm already worried I paid too much for at $7.

Served cool into a pint glass, Dad's Little Helper is a pale straw yellow color with good clarity and thin white head.

Aroma is mildly spicy but mostly just pale cereal grains and alcohol.

Flavor is much the same. It's similar to the strong Euro pale lagers I had but a little more crisp and not as hot. Corny and sweet, spicy and not too hoppy.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, smooth, almost buttery, with a noticible grain alcohol heat.

Overall it was over priced and not that good. However, it was probably the best malt liquor money could buy me that day.

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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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