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 Halcyondays
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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 BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perhaps this beer is comming out of retirement. Enjoyed on tap at the Brewer's Jam, Knoxville TN. Labled as a malt liquor, the beer seems to elude any detremental adjunct flavors or effects. The aromas are a rich of pilsner malts with a light vegetal note, but no sulfery character. A sharp hop note (not sure if it's completely American) along with some apple fruitiness round out the nose. The flavors are quite sweet with clean pilsner flavors and a mild, pleasant cider flavor. Seems to be sweetened with honey. The feel is heavy and a bit of a syrup, oily texture. Finishes with a sweet alchol note and again, a light vegetable (corn flavor). It's a good beer that tastes more similarly to a high-gravity Pilsner, rather than a Malt Liquor.

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Photo of rallison
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So, a malt liquor from Rogue. Riding on the coattails of Dogfish Head, or something new? Let's find out.

Pours a very clear yellow/golden color with a fizzy white head that dies to a small layer on top of the beer with no lacing. Smells of fermented apples and some adjunct malts.

Taste at first is both expected (for the style), and unappealing. Fermented apples, corn (?) and some alcohol. At first, very reminiscent of all those bad malt liquors. However, after a few more sips, I do begin to like this more. While the flavors may remind me of horrible beers, the actual quality and composition is decent here. Altogether, not great - but, not horrible.

Mouthfeel is well enough carbonated with a somewhat light body for what I assume is a decently high ABV beer. Drinkability is surprisingly good.

Overall, not recommended for the price. A good beer for the style, true. But, I'd rather spend that money on another style. A fun beer to try though - always fun to mix things up a bit. Also, do keep in mind that the ratings are within the style - I would have rated most characteristics lower if this were classified as almost any other style.

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Photo of Gusler
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After its release from the 22 ounce bottle, it sets in the glass a slightly foggy gold color with an adequate white creamy head that fade to nothingness rather quickly, leaving a velum like sheet of lace. Nose is saturated with sweet malt, a hint of hops and a nice refreshing experience overall. Start has a delectable malt presence and is somewhat sweeter than I expected and the palate feels middling. Finish has a fair bit of hops, sweet and a bit of bite from the alcohol that also warms the tummy, dry lingering aftertaste, now if all “Malt Liquors” tasted this way I might take a shot at Old English! lol

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Photo of GregBlatz
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
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 cokes
2.53/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear gold with a fleeting white dome that settles in as a collar.
Cereal grain nose, Corn Chex mostly, with a handful of Honey-Nut Cheerios, and a shot of grain alcohol.
Enters with a unprepossessing sense of grain. Vague and neutral, then it forays into honey and lingers there for a moment. Corn gradually comes out with warmth (and I poured this literally ice-cold, it's a fucking malt liquor, after all). Cloyingness follows the same arc- semi-clean upfront, then, uh, not so much. A bit of chalky yeast interplay fouls up a generally brisk lagered middle. There are some gritty, stale-seeming earthy hops, but then a bizarre and incongruent sense of vanilla and hazelnut flashes for a second before the dilute Moonshine-esque boozy closure.
Abrasively fizzy up front, then it settles and turns tackier.
Hard to call here. It's not a great beer, and while probably better than any gas-station tall can, it doesn't seem faithful enough to give it kitsch points.
At least Dogfish went balls-out with the actual 40oz bottle.

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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 cswhitehorse
3.26/5  rDev -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 BeerDreadz
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 pt 6fl oz amber bottle.

A: A straw color, very solid with some white bubbles on it that disappear almost instant,very nice

S: Some sweets and grains.

T: Honey is very present in there,,some carbonation also,maltiness and sweetness also.

M&D: Easy to drink,nice in the mouth better than the average malt-liquour

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3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

High levels of carbonation bubbles that stick to the edges of this straw orange colored body. Hosts a quick fading off white head. Slightly sweet nose with a odd mineral stink to it, and hint of malt. Syrupy sweet maltiness enters the mouth silky smooth. The taste is surprisingly honey sweet and mellow with only a hint of that old 40oz. in the cooler. Alchol is tangy on the finish but very well hidden throughout. Mouthfeel is nice and stays along the line of syrupy. Refreshing, would make a great BBQ beer.

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

The malt brew pours a hazy yellow liquid with a thin fuzzy head. Some carbonation and no lacing. Smell is wet field corn. Earthy malt. taste again is raw corn, wet grass, and earthy malt. A faint offering of hops. It needs more. Mouthfeel is full, the sweetness just doesn't leave. This is another place some hopping could have helped. The drinkability here is hurt by the unappealing mouthfeel.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Poured a very clear dull golden amber, almost a straw or hay like color. Initially a big fizzy white head formed on top, but quickly evaporated leaving behind nothing but a pale yellow fizzy liquid. About what I expected it would look like.

S – Grainey and musty would be the best way to describe it. Like wet old grass cuttings, or moldy bread. There a slight note of a hoppy touch in there, but the smell was rather unremarkable.’

T – Wow, tastes like a forty, dull grainy malts and that’s about it. Not much of a flavor profile here, but that is not really the style anyway. It was crisp, with a clean finish, and had a touch of some kinda different back to it, but that was about it.

M – Smooth and clean, nothing really lingering at all. Decent carbonation, helped it go down smooth and keep it feeling crisp.

D – Great, at least for me it was. This was designed I am sure to be downed quickly and cold, which it was and there were no problems at all since it was. I could have probably done two or three of these.

Overall from my comments you may actually think I was not that fond of it, but I actually kinda liked it. It brought me back to my younger days of drinking things like this, and it was a cool novelty. I could see myself having one every once in a while on a hot night or just for fun. But this really wasn’t anywhere near as bad as I thought it would be, actually it was a pretty cool throwback to the old days..

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into Imperial pint glass

A - Pours a straw golden color with about 3/4 inch white head. Head fades quickly, while lacing is moderate when tipped.

S - Strong grainy malt with a bit if acidity and a good corn scent (perhaps the added "flaked corn" is the cause here?). Just a touch of noble-es ue hop scent. Pleasant without being complex and certainly without any preservative additives.

T - Intense malty grains with corn flavor. Little hops evident except for aftertaste is is ever so slightly bitter. Not much more to say.

M - Moderately low carbonation with a smooth and medium body. Finish is slightly drying and bit sticky.
D - Well, its a malt liquor, but what more could you ask for out of this category? Easy drinking and never cloying. Worth a try to see what an accomplished brewery can do with a lackluster style.

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

A malt liquor from Rogue? Hmmm Sounds interesting.

I am sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter,not really malt liquor glassware, but I was out of paper bags. ha

The beer pours a bright copper hue with bleached white fluffy head of 1 cm that fades quickly to nothing. Aroma is very grainy malt and hints of booze as well. There is a general sweetness that is almost candylike.
First sip reveals an average bodied brew and fizzy carbonation. The flavor is very grainy and there is some bite on the finish of each sip.
Slightly peppery alcohol comes through as well. this is spot-on for a malt liquor, just not a very apealing style I think.

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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a clean malty aroma with no hops and a bit of sweetness. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale malt and adjunct flavor that goes down easy and finishes crisp and clean. There is little complexity, but the overall flavor is pretty good. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good tasting malt liquor. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but if I had to choose one, this would be it.

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Photo of jwilli7122
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sweet in taste, but not sickly like your average malt liquor. little bit of hop pop. this is actually drinkable less than ice-cold. tastes fine at 50-60 degrees.

i enjoyed this and am glad they gave it a shot. sometimes you just feel like a blue-collar beer - and to me, this is more enjoyable than a high-life or bud. obviously though, it costs quite a bit more- if you're going to pay, why not get something really good? i like a colt 45 now and then, and this is definitely better...but per ounce, it costs, what 250% more?

try it once for fun

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Photo of CWiggins
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay, this is the first malt liquor I've sampled, so it's not really fair for me to rate the various aspects of appearance, smell, taste, etc. However, I know that Rogue makes better-than-average beers (for the most part) so I'm trusting that their version may be superior to many of the macros. Here's my admittedly guarded review.

Tyler's Taproom in Durham always has Rogue's "John's Locker Stock" on tap. This is a rotating selection based on seasonal releases by the brewery. Dad's Little Helper has been on tap for some time; the bartender confided to me that they were having a hard time moving it. I decided to forego the free sample and have a pint in the spirit of adventure.

It was served in a Rogue pint glass. To be honest, the color was quite striking: it was a dark golden straw, completely transparent. And it looked thick, if you can imagine what that means. No substantial head formed, and no bubbles were present with two minutes of pouring. The aroma certainly betrays the heavy malts, with an almost sickening sweetness and just a bit of hops. I really had no idea what to expect from the flavor. It was mostly of corn and other grains, with some sweet malts and a slightly hoppy finish. Is this what other malt liquors are like? Hmm.

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Photo of taez555
2.43/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a crystal clear yellowish/golden body with a small white head that died somewhat quickly. Darker than your average macro.

Nose is very faint with only some slight sweet malt touches, some little hints of fruit and grass.

Taste is light to medium bodied with a predominant course, slightly bitter, cut grain malt taste. A huge carbonation releases this grain bitterness throughout. Not much in the way of flavor, simply a honey-like sticky sweetness, with big course malt liquor 6 row type husky malt, touches of grass and cooked vegetables. There's a mild metallic taste from start to finish. Very dry in the finish with a lingering bitterness.

Hmmm, it's an interesting malt liquor. It just has this grassy off-flavor that shines above the malt-liquor flavor in this. Although a nice idea it sort of misses the boat.

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Photo of BeerZack
2.79/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Draught version, from the Draughtho(u/r)se.

Very light golden color with almost no head.

Smells decent, sweet grain and some green apple.

Yeah, tastes like malt liquor... Sweet and cloying despite the wateriness. This one would benefit from the aggressive carbonation of other malt liquors in my opinion, to help cleanse the palate of all the sugariness.

I drank the whole pint, but it was a chore- especially after something nice and hoppy like the SN Torpedo I had right before this one.

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Photo of warmstorage
1.14/5  rDev -66.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Truly horrendous, probably the worst I've ever had from Rogue. I have to imagine this is something that they do only because they can get away with it, due to making so much other fantastic beer. They should have sold this one only in the Rogue Public Houses for fun, or as the gimmick it is in bombers for $1 apiece, but it's an embarrassment at $4. Disgusting.

Visual: urine yellow, with little head and no lacing.

Aroma: corn nastiness, cooked vegetables, and little else.

Taste: more cooked vegetables, thin, acrid, and acidic. Disgusting.

Mouth: thin, moderately highly carbonated.

Seriously: this stuff is repulsive, and I'm pissed off that we paid $4 for it. We drainpoured about 75% of the bottle.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appears a deep clear honey golden tone really clear quick dwindling white head leaves uneven lacing around my 12oz pour. Aroma has sweet maltiness with a touch of honey sweetness evident cooked veggies and corn sweetness mild fruit tart apple note light herbal hop finish. Flavor is a bit rough alcohol wave crashes syrupy honey malt notes rough malt liquor edge with cooked veggies and more tart apple in the finish an interesting beer from Rogue ales to produce. Mouthfeel thin to light bodied brew, carbonation not enough to carry the heavy offtones found here. Drinkability not so much I wouldn't comeback to this especially with Rogue Integrity on tap at the same bar.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.45/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep golden yellow color with a quickly disappearing fizzy white head. The aroma and taste are dominated by a cheap grainy malt flavor. Why Rogue would release this brew is beyond me. I pretty much enjoy all of their offerings except for this one. Not recommended.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cool take on a maligned style ( maligned for a reason). Pours dark gold , big head and a yeasty almost corn like smell. The beer is best ice cold with a complex lager flavour coming off almost Belgian at times. The corn part seems to come out in the finish but it was makes the beer interesting rather than detract. As the beer warms up some more hops nuances show up but the crispness also disapears too. I like this beer because it is unique for Rogue and is fun to drink ( drink one while watching Nascar).

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy lighter golden, head is about two inches of white initially, but it fades fast.

Aroma is sweet malt, a touch of grain husk or cereal. The aroma is clean, a tiny bit of fusel alcohol and a background of hops.

Light syrupy sweet malt upfront that fades into bitter grassy hops that are a touch floral toward the back end. Finish is reasonably clean and earthy.

The malt is so prevalent in this beer that the hops can only play support, while the adjunct/light grain content of the malt makes the flavor a little less than desirable at times. As usual with a malt liquor, it is best to drink ice cold.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Dad's Little Helper Malt Liquor from Rogue Ales
3.36 out of 5 based on 335 ratings.
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