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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Ratings: 335 |  Reviews: 269
Photo of oline73
2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter, yes, I drank it out of a snifter. I got this bottle on sale for $1.99 in Athens, GA.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with a small amount of off white head that disappears completely.

Smell: Sweet with strong hints of banana.

Taste: Just like the smell. Sweet with a lot of banana. A bit watery and light on flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was alright. I didn't expect the banana notes, but I'm not sure what I was expecting. Probably wouldn't have this again.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend of mine shared this bottle with me. I was excited to knock off the malt liquor style without having to drink any of a number of swills out there. Thanks Dave!

I poured this beer into a pint flass. I immediately picked up a lot of sweetness in the nose.

There was a decent amound of carbonation. The coloring was cloudy, deep orange. The body was decently thick, like a light stout.

I was expecting a lot more alcohol heat coming from this beer, but it wasn't there. I had some heat in the back of the throat, but that was about it. As it warmed, the heat increased... but the beer stayed drinkable.

The maltiness is very present. That, and some bitterness stayed after each drink. The flavors were very reminiscent of Rogue Dead Guy due to the Pac Man esthers (thanks Dave).

I didn't expect to enjoy this beer, but it was pretty good. This was a good way to start the night.

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Photo of Naugros
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was happy to find this up in New haven, CT so that I didn't have to Colt 45 to get this style, but I still don't hold high expectations for this.

It pours a darker color than most malt liquors approaching a true amber. The head isn't all that large, but it's creamy and the very active carbonation holds it in place through the whole experience.

You get an immediate sweetness off the nose that smacks of honey. This smells like a mead actually complete with the alcohol heat accompanying. The taste is similar, but not quite as sweet as the nose, but still sweet all the same. There's a very minor hops presence here adding just the faintest hint of spice. The malts are like a sweetened cracker.

This is creamy and smooth and not as disagreeable as I had feared. But the finish isn't really all that clean, leaving behind some bitterness without bringing any hop flavor to enjoy. This does get a bit sticky on the lips the more you drink.

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

Review adapted from notes taken 4/3/11

Appearance: Golden orange, pours a bit cloudy with a thin head, some lacing

Smell: Sweet malts and corn, a lot of cereal - lacks the fusel alcohol stink that most malt liquors emit, which is a nice surprise - ultimately, boring but not bad

Taste: Surprisingly good - lots of corn, but also lots of sweet caramel and pale malts - kind of grainy - kind of spicy, which is a nice surprise - kind of tastes like a sweet bread with corn

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth - could be a bit more crisp

Overall: Easily the best malt liquor I've ever had

All of the easily unlikable things about malt liquor - the nasty sweetness, the overall feeling of grossness - are absent from this beer. According to my notes, "doesn't have that solvent alcohol butthole flavor." I guess that sums it up. I wish more breweries did this.

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

A: Pours a yellowish orange color with a thick white foam head that dissipates to a small film. There is some moderate lacing.

S: A nice amount of caramel, honey, brown sugar and toast.

T: Starts off with grainy crisp toast taste. In the middle the toast is backed up with some mild honey and brown sugar. On the back end more grainy toast and honey. Not overly sweet.

M: A medium bodied beer with ample carbonation. Leaves a slightly sweet taste on the palate.

D: Not a bad Malt Liquor at all. Not overly sweet and some decent flavors. This is not a style I normally go for, but I enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Damn malt liquor tasting went all Energizer bunny and wouldn't quit. Think this was the last of it.

A - Cloudy yellowish-orange beer with a bit of a white head that had some decent retention. A little bit of stick left on the sides, doesn't look bad.

S - Sweet corn syrupy smell with some alcohol. Smells a little bit like some kind of candy.

T - Tastes like honey, corn syrup, and some grain. It has a fairly clean and simple taste.

M - Active carbonation and medium bodied.

O - Not bad for a malt liquor, and it's relatively easy to get down. Still nothing I'd ever go for, but I didn't hate it.

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Photo of mactrail
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad little apple juice. I can't see much resemblance to malt liquor but it does have a fruity, malty weight. This version lists Willamette hops on the label. Pleasantly drinkable with a touch of wood instead of bitterness. Slightly hazed light amber color in the snifter. Quite nice creamy mouthfeel even after sitting for a few minutes. Aroma is so much of green apples. Just a touch of acidity. This would have been great with the four kinds of moles and the chipotle sauce we had with dinner at Epazote in Santa Fe.

Picked up at Kokoman Liquors in Unpronounceable, New Mexico from several cases of deep discount Rogue beers. Tastes clean and fresh enough, but it must be a 2010 batch.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a big white head atop a clear golden colored Malt Liquor, the head quickly dies down to a nice lasting lacing.

A light beery alcohol hints in a sweet corn syrupy aroma, with a little bit of sourness coming through.

More of the sweet corn syrupy comes through in the taste, sense a little alcohol in the taste but nothing overpowering.

The aftertaste is not quite dry and has some of the syrupy sweetness as the taste.

Reminds me of the cheap beer cooler in Circle K or Seven 11 with all those malt liquors, this one might be head and shoulders above all those but it still has that same taste, excuse me while I run to the fridge and grab an IPA

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Photo of bonkers
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass, straw colored pour with a big fluffy white head. The aroma is sweet, grassy. The beer is very sweet, almost sticky. There are lots of corn notes. The body light, kind of sticky, alcohol notes. Interesting for a malt liquor.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First Annual(?) Chicago Malt Liquor Tasting. Thanks to stowehop for this one.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thin ring, leaving behind a few splotches of lace and some wisps on top. Hazed apricot body. One of the best looking malt liquors I've encountered.

S - Honey, sweet malts, some fruity notes. Somehow manages to avoid being cloying - just nice clean sugar, corn, and alcohol.

T - Honey water and cereal grains. Fairly bland, with a clean finish.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium body, that is simultaneously chewy, sticky and grainy.

D - This is one of the better ones we had - probably only surpassed by Liquor de Malt an Headbanger. Actually, it may be one of my favorite Rogue offerings - too bad they replaced it with that awful Black IPA.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Nice almost inch off white head. The color is light straw.

The smell is lightly sweet malt with a small hint of apple fruit aroma.

The taste starts out sweet like bubblegum. There is a bit of an alcohol kick in the finish. This isn't exactly smooth, but it's still pretty drinkable.

This is on the lighter side, but close to averag in body. The carbonation is a little mild (presumably for easier chugging).

Not bad for a malt liquor.

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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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Dad's Little Helper Malt Liquor from Rogue Ales
3.36 out of 5 based on 335 ratings.
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