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 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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Photo of association330
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, no freshness date

A - Pours golden with a fleeting, off-white head. Way more colorful than any malt liquor I've had in the past.

S - Sweet. Malt sugars, corn, vague apricot or similar fruit

T - Very sweet, malt, corn, a touch harsh and boozy. Fleeting stale hops on the swallow.

M - Crisp (it better be) and chuggable. Vaguely warming alcohol presence.

D - Tastes like high-class college. Can they put this in a 40 for the occasional trip down memory lane? ;-)

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

I was excited to finally try this one, as I have tried plenty of other malt liquors, mostly pretty nasty. This one was kind of a let down. I guess I had high hopes for it, being that it's from Rogue, which is pretty dependable on their brews. I MAY put it in my top 5, but then again, that's not really saying much for this style. To me, it tasted more like a buttery strong ale, than a malt liquor. It was a little too sweet for my likings as well. I guess the good thing about it, is that it hid the "higher" alcohol content, which is something hard to do with this style. I give 'em props for at least doing something fun like this though.

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

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clear yellow, with a bit of chill haze, and had about 1/4 inch of white head that low retention and lacing. The aroma was slightly sweet and had a low hop presence. The flavor was a touch harsh and alcoholic, but was fairly typical for the style. The body was a touch fuller than most. Drinkability was pretty good for this type of brew. If you're in the mood for it, this isn't a bad example of the style.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep golden color with a fizzy white ehad that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of sweet grain and corn with some musty hops.

Tastes of sweet grains and light hops. Sticky sweet malts give way to a corn flavor. Hops are very much in the background, but add an earthiness to the mix.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of cabronation.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into pint glass june27 2010

A slightly hazy pale golden with decent carbonation feeding a fingers worth of head that quickly fell to a 1/4 film that left a few patches of lace

S corn flakes, sweet grains and some booze, pretty good for malt liquor

T not far from the smell but with some hops and even more cereal

M a little thin but well carbonated

D all things considered this is one easy drinking malt liquor, all I'm missing is a paper bag

keep in mind I'm rating for style here and that being said perhaps I'm being a little hard on this one it's a good malt liquor. It's hard to give high marks to a beer that's not what you would drink by choice all that often. I think this is hard for all BA's seeing how the bottom few on the top 10 malt liquor list have a C- average

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Photo of dauss
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22oz. bomber. Small blurb about dedicating this beer to dads. No stamp regarding bottle or lot.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden straw color. Small white head forms with moderate-low retention. Small stream of bubbles from the glass is indicating a higher level of carbonation. Overall a very good looking beer. Although there is haze, it may be more of a sign of mishandling by the distributor and/or liquor store.

Aroma: Grassy noble hop aroma upfront with a load of malt sweetness. Very slight hint of dimethyl sulfide and an alcoholic fusels in the background, and getting a very occasional whiff of sulfur.

Taste: Corn sweetness with a light lingering hop bitterness in the finish and notes of alcohol fusels. Not much other flavor going on here.

Mouthfeel: The body is fuller than what I have expected.

Notes: Not a bad malt liquor. I think the hop aroma is a bit too strong and the body is too full for the style. Other than that, it is easily drinkable, but the sweetness of the malt and corn is just too strong for me to drink too much of it. Alcohol warmth is noticeable, but not hot or solventy.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a super clear light orange color with a 1 inch super white head that fades to a film. No lacing.

S - Smells of malts, sweetness, and cereal like corn flakes.

T - Tangy malt with very mild hop flavors. Sweet corn comes out too.

M - Very good carbonation. Very crisp and very clean beer.

D - Very good beer that is very easy to drink. This is my first of the malt liquor style of beer and I like what Rogue has to offer with this one.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden color, with just a little bit of off white head. Aroma is all classic malt liquor, except somehow more refined. On the palate, I'm not getting a whole lot, just a bit of sweet malt and maybe a kiss of hops. This one doesn't have a whole lot going on, but it does have a great mouthfeel and it is very drinkable.

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

Dark blond with a nice white head. Definitely looks like a malt liqour. Not sure if that's a good thing.

I'm not getting much on the nose. Hints of some sweet malt and the corn.

A little thin and watery up front with a heavy sweet malt blast on the finish. fainter lingering aftertaste.

While this is definitely several notches above the OE, Steel Reserve and the like and I appreciate the effort, it's not really up my alley. Not likely to choose this again. If you're a 40's kinda guy or gal though, give a 22 of this a try.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.91/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No date on bottle but that's OK. Served in a Rogue shaker pint glass (why not). Beer is yellow and clear. Forms a big white head of small and medium bubbles that falls away leaving a little lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate with tiny bubbles. Looks good.

Aroma is sweet and grainy. Not much going on there. Smells OK.

Nice, medium body clean. Very nice. Sweetness up front, great feeling on the palate. I really like this beer. I have a soft spot for big lagers. Drinkability high and mouthfeel good. I would recommend it for either the pedestrian or serious beer drinker.

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Photo of hendecatope
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this. It was a surprise. This poured with a thick head into my standard pint glass. It is definitely malt liquor, but I would hesitate to call it that. It was remiscent of Don de Dieu from Unibroue to me for some reason.

Great beer for an evening watching movies and hanging out.

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

Dad's little helper is a nice simple and drinkable beer.

The color tone is the same nice golden of most beers of this style.

There is a slight hoppiness and a smooth drinkability.

Not the best beer I've had but definitely a damn drinkable beer. Maybe a nice introduction beer for those who are new to microbrews.

Rogue hasn't made anything that I have tried and didn't like yet so here's to another success

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw color, with a half finger white head that disappears almost immediately.

S: Sweet malts, almost a caramel characteristic to it, with an ever so slight whiff of hops. Not a lot going on.

T: Grains, sweet malts and the caramel taste fully develops...again, nothing to speak of as far as complexity.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation, fairly smooth.

D: Goes down reasonably easy but not interesting enough to want much of.

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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 jwhawkins81
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma - Sweet malts with saaz hops and a watery pils aroma, which I guess is a mineral water like aroma. Also a slight corn note as well.

Appearance - Pale golden yellow without a ton of carbonation but a decent creamy head that doesn't dissipate too quickly.

Taste - Light but slightly harsh corn lager taste. Not sweet at all really. Neither great nor bad but does provide a decent balance of sweet and bitter which is not your usual malt liquor.

Notes - I picked this up at the local on sale for $1.99 which would easily make it my go to malt liquor if it was always that price. Probably the best malt liquor I've had.

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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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