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

Picked up a 22 oz. bomber of this up in Edmonton at the Sherbrooke Liquor Store, first time I'd seen it available locally.

I'm not sure if it's just my mind playing tricks on me, but it really does pour out a dense, lustreless, and almost seedy looking flat apricot hue. Lazy carbonation, and a quick splash of head that fizzles out quickly. Still, true to style...

The aroma is cidery, sour grains and some sweetish corn. Not very enticing.

Well then, it's been a while since I've had a 40 dog of malt liquor, and if this is what a top microbrewey produces as their version of the style, then I know for sure that I haven't really been missing out. Still with the cidery, sour mash flavour motif, although a hint of buttery, bready malt far, far off in the background towards the finish. That lets me know that this was intentionally made to taste this way, as opposed to whatever the left over dregs from the main brewing vat end up tasting like regardless. The more I drink and the more it warms up, the more that backbone of real malt starts to appear, and even a little bit of hops. It tends to move farther away from a cidery nature, and more to one of a malt based beer, although the corn is still apparent in flavour and mouthfeel. It becomes somewhat drinkable.

The mouthfeel is still a few notches above the average macro, it seems watery at times, but has a fairly decent backbone to it. It may smell like it from time to time, but this isn't in the realm of swill, I'll give it that.

A curious interpretation of the style, points go to Rogue for flying lowbrow and attempting to produce a classy malt liquor. Still, for the price of it compared to what you get, I'd still buy a real 40 Dog of malt liquor for half the price, and if I'm at the point where I'm buying malt liquor, I'll be using it for the medicinal (aka "self-medicating") purposes that it was created for in the first place.

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

In my mind, for a craft brewery to try a malt liquor is counterintuitive. But I was intriqued so I picked this one up. The gold color was attractive and so was the tight head. It smelled of some corn and fusel alcohols. Malt liquor has a very characteristic higher alcohol smell and flavor and this one has just enough of it. Most malt liquors I used to drink had overpowering fusel alcohol. Little hop bitterness comes through and none in the aroma. This a novelty that I am happy to try once. While it is a quality malt liquor, most of us on this site stopped drinking malt liquor well before wanting to review beers as a hobby.

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was really excited when I first saw this beer, simply because the malt liquor has such a bad reputation that I know Rogue could do good things for it. This beer pours a golden color that is slightly hazy. The smell is very faint, but has a bit of rice and cheap alcohol to it. The taste is much like a macro lager beer, but there are other slight esters that float around and make it similar to macro-produced malts like Mickey's. I just wish there was more of a substantial body to it, because it seems to be a little bland.

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Photo of jarsh
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 22oz Bottle, distinctively Rougue.

Appearance: Pours a dark yellow, small white head that quickly fades leaving little to no trace.

Smell: Malty corn, not a whole lot going on here.

Taste: Nicely carbonated mouthfeel. Slightly sweet, corn-y and alcoholic in taste. Decent malt backbone, even some hop character present, but it is hard to get past the taste of the stale corn.

Overall: To me this tastes like most other malt liquors(I thinking a slightly hoppy OE here) that cost half as much for twice as much. I had this in a tasting with DFH Liquor De Malt and that blew this away.

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Photo of Jredner
2.05/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz bomber. Aroma is sweet, but it has a spritzy fruit-like sweetness rather than the expected corn syrup or malt sweetness. Body is a murky brown yellow and holds a lazy dime thin white head that quickly fades. Fore is bitter and very much the way I remember malt liquor tasting...stale and sickly sweet, with some mild corn notes. I appreciate the effort, but this just flat does not taste good at all.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

what's with the bashing here?

pours like vitamin-enriched piss, clear and fizzy. head hangs around a bit, but the beer mostly sits limp like a macro/malt liquor is known to do. nothing fazes me here.

smell is a precocious mix of butterscotch luxury and grainy malt sweetness, but not too metallic or harsh. make no mistake, this is a fresh beer regardless of ingredients used. corn doesn't play a big part despite being ceremoniously listed on the bottle as a main ingredient. yeah, this smells like a maibock. if you called it that, some people on this piece might be ratin' it higher.. and stuff.

smooth with no harshness. big honey-laced malt flavor with no real hop punch. finishes with a bit of corn (ok, so what?) and a sweet cake batter flavor lingers. sugar cookie madness in a sea of crazy horse. all kidding aside, this is just as good as dogfish's effort, and a clear winner over any other macro american example of said style.

people! quit the crap speak and give this beer the base respect it deserves. solid and deserving of my american blue collar kudos.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.79 for the 22oz. bomber at Jungle Jims...

The beer pour an amber colored base, with a fluffy white head that shrinks to a nice sustaining small head, great retention and a few signs of lacing. The aroma is very faint, maybe a tone of grain or corn.

The taste is semi-strong in corn, a little sweet and no real sign of alcohol, so very nice for a malt liquor. The mouthfeel is a bit harsh to the palette as I felt a slight stink on the back of my throat when delivered. The drinkability is great for the style, assuming it is 6.0%+ make the ideal session beer for its category.

Final Thought: A very well made malt liquor which equates to an above average beer, Rogue did a fine job with this!

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer in a mug from the 22oz bomber.

The beer pours a clear golden with a decent white head that doesnt have great retention or lacing. The smell is weak but malty and somewhat bread-like. The taste is sweetness and buttery maltiness. There isn't much of a hop profile but adjuncts do not overpower the taste like it would with any other malt liquor. There is a decent body with some nice carbonation. Overall, not that bad considering the style. It is easy drinking and could be refreshing when sweating your ass off, but I'll take a hefe any day over this for that purpose.

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Photo of Dewey0603
2.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear gold with a small white head that's gone quikly. The smell is weak with only a hint of malt. The taste is crisp with malt sweetness and a somewhat mettalic aftertaste. The m/f is light and the flavors are not mixed all that well making this almost a joke beer. This really isn't much better than other macro beers and I can't see getting this again.

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Photo of nriech
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pale to medium pale color, medium carbonation, very quickly dissapating head.
Boy is this beer corny, like me... I thought this tasted like a slightly hoppy American pilsner. Much better than your run of the mill gas station malt liquor in a paper bag, cept' for Liqor De' Malt. The alcohol wasnt really prevalant.

Goes down smooth, no burn, for that matter not much aftertaste either.
I think this would be a good transition beer for some who feel they like their Bud but are willing to go out on a limb. Its not overly different but if you look for it there is something enjoyable here.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very malt liquory, dark gold, lots of carbonation beneath a small white head.

Smell: Light corn and grain, not much, but not terrible.

Taste: I could guess that this is about as good as a malt liquor can get. Still corny and alcoholic, but does have an actual hop presence, and a better finish than most Malt. Not bad.

Drinkability: Probably the best a malt liquor can be, doesn't go overboard with corniness and alcohol, and is alright to drink. Interesting.

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Photo of johnniemarg
3.89/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint.

Pale golden color, crystal clear. One finger white foamy head goes away quickly and barely leaves a film.

I let this warm up nicely and the smell nearly knocked me over when I first leaned in. Strong and sweet smelling. Smells of sweet corn. Maybe just a touch of caramel. The alcohol burns the inside of my nose.

The flavor is very buttery. Buttered sweet corn. The taste starts off very buttery before the sweetness hits you, just for a split second, and then finishes buttery again. Hops provide just a touch of spice throughout, but this is not hoppy.

This is medium bodied and a little oily on the palate.

I haven't had a malt liquor in ten years and I can't remember how they tasted, but this malt liquor isn't bad. It's very smooth.

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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 orbitalr0x
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bomber awhile back and ended up drinking it with my dad yesterday! Into my glass a golden yellow pour with a thin light bubbly head and fast moving bubbles. Head falls quickly on this one. Light grain and cooked corn aroma. Slightly fruity with a light spiciness, green apple comes to mind for me a bit. Alcohol becomes apparent in the nose as well. Interesting, yet not really inspiring.

First sip brings a grainy maltiness with some light cooked corn highlights. Mellow fruitiness on the way down with a nice spicy, herbal hoppiness in the finish. A bit of alcohol peeks through as well. Not too sweet and not too bitter with a crisp, clean flavor.

Mouthfeel is rather light with a somewhat punchy carbonation. Goes down smooth. A pretty tasty malt liquor that's way ahead of the 40's I used to throw back in college. Still, it's more of a buy it once to try it kinda beer for me, as opposed to something I'd seek out on any regular basis.

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

Thanks to Enola for sharing his bomber.
Mostly pale gold with some hints of amber. Decent 1/2" off white head with moderate retention. Spotty lacing.
Smells kind of like a mild pale ale. There's noticable bitterness in the nose. Not hoppy bitterness though. Just bitter.
Over a nice malt backbone I get the flavors of alcohol, corn, and could it be....hops? Mostly you taste the malts which is the way it's supposed to be.
Light to medium bodied
This is nothing like any other malt liquer I've had. For a malt liquer it's very good. As an over all beverage I recommend it when you want something a little different.

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Photo of Enola
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a bomber. The appearance is not typical for a malt liqour. It looked similar to a pale ale. It was orangish yellow and had a thin, white head. The smell was it's weak point. It smelled kindly sour, but then again, it is a malt liqour. The taste was not as corny as most malt liqours. A tad more mellow. It drank good for the style. I would rather have this than some others of the style. Decent.

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

A- light pale color with a small white head that fades pretty quickly.

S- straw, slightly fruity,

T- dominated by corn, but has a slighty fruity twist. very subtle hop presence at the finish.

M- very smooth and almost syrupy with light pretty strong carbonation. Lots of carbonation bubbles racing to the surface when viewed from the side.

D- cant say this is easy or hard to drink. just about average.

overall- it would be interesting to know the ABV on this, but whatever is there is hidden pretty well. The taste isnt as harsh as some of the cheap malt liqours, but they did stay true to the style i believe.

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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dad's Little Helper pours a very light copper color with a thin white head. A little bit of corn in the aroma, but certainly not a typical nasty malt liquor smell. The taste is definitely to style. This tastes like a malt liquor, corn predominates. But some hops are noticeable in the finish, much more so than a typical malt liquor. I give it nine out of ten swills. Worth a try if only for the novelty factor.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly orangish yellow with a descent white head...good for a malt liquor. The aroma has a strong corn syrup sweetness, along with some biscuity malt, slight noble hops character, and alcohol. The flavor also has a strong corn syrup presence, along with some biscuity malt, fruity esters, slight spicy hops, and alcohol. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick, and carbonation is medium. This is definately a solid malt liquor, worlds better than OE or Colt.

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Photo of UncleFlip
3.64/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

First beer of the week as I spend a few days with good friends...lets hope that's a good sign. ;)

Nice strong yellow colour,slight orangy tint. Thin white head.

Smell is srt of like a swet malt liquor with a hint of wet towel (or as a friend said, wet dog).

Flavour is better than expected- a little woody and slightly spicy, with a thick strong maltiness.

I'd like the hearty body on this one, were it not for the turbocharged carbonation.

Overall, nice and drinkable- but with some shortcomings. Good lawnmower beer.

Be well

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an dimple mug)

A-This beer has a golden straw body that is clear with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a foamy white head that turns to a film but last for a good bit.

S- The slight sweet smell of pale malt has a dry sulfur note to it but is pretty clean otherwise.

T- The dry light pale malt flavor has a faint corn sweetness with a faint dry hop bitterness in the finish. There is a slight sweetness that comes through more after the pale malt but th corn flavor is not as noticeable. There is a faint butter note in the malt as it warms also.

M- This beer has a medium light body.

D- This beer is light and very subtle in flavor and the malt liquor notes are very faint.

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Photo of kgotcher
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not really a Malt Liquor guy.

Pours a pale clear color with no head. Aroma is malty for sure with very sweet notes. Has that distinct corny smell of adjunct beers. Taste is sickly sweet and corny, like an imperial PBR or something. . . Too sweet honestly, like drinking a corn syrup concoction.

Again I don't drink malt liquor normally, this is probably a really good one but I did not enjoy it at all. I expect Rogue to try something different, but this time I don't think it works. Hard to rate since I can't compare it so I'll rate it average. But considering the price $4.00 I would expect there are much cheaper options.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one I totally picked up on a whim, having mostly outgrown malt liquor in the years immediately following college. I'm just curious to see what a high end malt liquor tastes like.

Flat and headless, with a dull golden color and a raisin note in an otherwise mediocre nose.

The taste kicks out the corn and alcohol as it's major flavors as far as I can tell. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and consistent but nothing about this really screams "high end".

This is not bad but by no means highly drinkable. It's a good malt liquor all right, but a fairly lousy beer.

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Photo of MarkBlackout
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I was damned disappointed with this one, and I love American Malt Liquor(s) as well as many of rogue's beers (especially the XS stuff). This just seemed forced, as the corn flakes do nothing for the beer; they don't even help the beer fit the category as the result flavor-wise is disjointed and just sort of nasty. Aren't adjuncts used in this capacity to round out the taste/mouthfeel? Sour notes and a lack of balance ruin the drinkability. I was real glad to try this, and still am in a sense, but I wouldn't buy it again. I'd rather have a DFH Liquor de Malt the next time I'm craving high-end malt liquor.

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Photo of mjd83goblue
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber for $4.99

A: Looks like a typical malt liqour, straw colored and clear.

S: Smells like corn and grass. A little fruit (apples maybe?) in the aroma.

T: Pretty much what you would expect from a malt liquor, just not as abrasive. Lots of malt and corn. Similar to a low-hopped pilsner.

M: Thin and a little bubbly

D: Fine. Thin and light bodied, so not difficult to drink.

A malt liquor minus the skunk and harsh aftertastes. One of the better malt liquors I've ever had, but thats like being the smartest kid in special ed. Its a gimmick, all in all.

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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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