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 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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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
2.35/5  rDev -30.1%
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 -22.9%
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 -10.7%
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 -4.8%
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 -8.6%
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 +11%
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 -14.3%
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 +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 peabody
3.01/5  rDev -10.4%
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 +0.6%
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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Dad's Little Helper Malt Liquor from Rogue Ales
3.36 out of 5 based on 335 ratings.
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