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Dad's Little Helper Malt Liquor | Rogue Ales

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77
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269 Reviews
Dad's Little Helper Malt LiquorDad's Little Helper Malt Liquor
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

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.

17º PLATO
25 IBU
77 AA
10º Lovibond

Added by aforbes10 on 05-12-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
269
Ratings:
335
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
18.15%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
2
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Reviews: 269 | Ratings: 335
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 tone77
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, some grains. Taste is malts, corn, some alcohol present, fairly easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine example of this style.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.62/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a corny yellow with no head. Not a very lovely beer. Smells of corn as well, but with some hops and none of the chemical harshness of some of the cheaper malt liquors. Similar notes in the taste. Somewhat harsh and hot with more corn flavor sweetness. Some earthy hops at the end. Definitely a malt liquor. Not very smooth, and really not all that drinkable. This is a joke right? Funny to produce something like this, but its definitely a novelty rather than something I'd actually want to drink. I generally rate within a style, but I'm sorry, this style is just not something I respect- or that tastes good.

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Photo of Derek
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's been years since I've had a 'malt liquor', so I thought I'd give this one a try.

A: Clear gold with a white head, very little retention, slight leg/lace.

S: Earthy mineral, grassy, floral, corn.

T: Cornbread, grass & a hint of citrus.

M: Moderate body is smooth with a dry finish.

D: It is what it is. I'm sure it would "get the job done" easier than say an Olde English!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle with no lot number or expiration date noted. Sampled on June 5, 2009 on a muggy but mild night. The pour is a slightly cloudy pale-amber with short-lived foamy white head that bubbles away into oblivion. The smell has a sweetness and a sourness to it and I do not notice much in the way of malts. But there's a roasted, bready aroma to it also. The mouthfeel is rathe creamy and of medium texture. There are malts in the flavor but the dominating taste is of the alcohol that tends to cut through my taste buds and roar down my throat. Quite satifying really.

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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 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 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 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 scruffwhor
2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a crappy, sparse head with quick dispersion. The color is very Czech pils like. A golden yellow with light amber hints in the middle. The bubbling is also very pils-like with a moderate amount of bubbles inching their way to the surface.

Smell- A bland, tart apple, puckery light malt aroma.

Taste- Starts with a corny, adjunct flavor then some of the pilsnery malts take over. Then the pelletized hopping takes over at the end.

Mouthfeel- The finish stuck with my palate way too long after each sip. If there was better dissipation, it would have gotten a better review, but the aftertaste was a little cloying.

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Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: Pours a nice golden color with a decent head that recedes. Looks like a standard malt liquor.

Aroma: Malty with some alcohol burn in the nose. Somewhat smooth as well.

Taste: Strong and malty upfront with sweetness in the middle and some hop bitterness. Corn makes its' presence known but it's not overdone. Smooth. Goes down well. Lots of alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: Dry and sweet with alcohol hotness. Lingering hop bitterness as well.

Drinkability: Well, it's a Rogue interpretation of the style. Not as "adjunct-y" as other malt liquors. Smooth and drinkable. Should be served cold and if you like, straight from the bomber in a brown paper bag (I drank it from a glass).

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

Pale piss yellow tone. Thin dirty white head leaves little lace. Aroma is sweet and grainy. Sweet taste. Almost cloying, but not quite. Syrupy heavy body. Alcohol is noticeable, but not to a great extent. Not a lot of adjunct in the flavor. Maybe a little. I haven't had a malt liquor in a long time, but from what I remember, this one compares favorably to those.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: bright yellow in color, 1/2 inch head, moderate carbonation, clear

Smell: toasted malt, grass, and honey

Taste: grass, honey, small amount of hops, toasted malt, and a touch of alcohol

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, sweet with a small touch of bitter hops

Drinkability: I find the honey malt combo to be very tasty. The alcohol is there, but not as overpowering as some in the style. I will have this again, but will not rush out for it. It is good for the style. This is one of the better beers from Rogue that I have had lately. Normally I am disappointed with them having a grand idea and not executing. Here I had mixed feelings about the idea, but execution was very good.

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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 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.

Cheers,

The cpj

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Photo of ccrida
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at the PDX pub, served in a shaker pint, Dad's Little Helper is a clear brassy gold with a small, creamy white head

Smell is pretty muted sweet cereals. The fact that it's not offensive is well above average for the style!

Taste is grainy, sweet corn sugar, a nice hoppy bite, really not to bad! Still has that distinct malt liquor tang, which reminds me just how long it's been since I've actually drank any! The alcohol is a bit to solvent like for my taste though.

Mouthfeel is a touch thick, but dry and spicy.

Drinkability is pretty good, for a malt liquor. Tastes like euro strong lager, pretty clean, a few fusels. Still, there's really no compelling reason to revisit this, an interesting experiment, but given a choice of beer, malt liquor is never it. I should note the bartender offered to add a shot of orange juice, to make it a 'brass monkey'. I passed.

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

A bomber poured into a pilsner glass. The beer was golden in color with a thick, sticky white head. So far, so good. Things went a bit downhill from there. Not much in the way of aroma, mostly sweet corn. Same with the taste, sweet corn with maybe a little spiciness. Kind of filling, but not much mouthfeel. One and done.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is a typical amber, though more orange than the average lager. Smell is not strong and fairly malty, not very impressive. Flavor is all right, malty with a good alcohol zing to it, not complex. Texture is fairly smooth but has an edge. Not Rogue's best, but I'm sure it tastes better than most malt liquors.

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Photo of Brenden
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is gone? When did that happen. Oh well, here's to what may be the only reasonably well-made Malt Liquor ever brewed.

This take on the beer that's made homeless drunks and their brown paper bags famous looks like the others, a clear sort of pale-medium yellow color. There's actually a nice little foam on top, just barely off-white, that settles in time and leaves pretty good spotting on the glass.
It's to style with the exception that it lacks the gasoline notes in the aroma. Doesn't smell like gas...interesting. What it does have is some corn, but not the vomit-inducing creamed corn, lightly sulfuric notes, a little leaf, and some husk on a crackery malts backbone. It could be stronger, but not if strength meant what the other guys mean.
The taste is clean, and there's actually some hoppiness to this one, a little floral and herbal to balance the dry malt. There's a mingling of citrus as well, some zesty lemon and maybe orange peel. A little sweetness and some corn is there too with some fusel notes leaning toward the fruity side (think red apple, sweet but a little tart), it actually is surprisingly less than disgusting. Who knew it was possible?
The feel is clean in about a medium body, a little thick just at the end so that it leans toward syrupy but stops just short. It has a nice, soft crispness that stays through the whole way and actually adds to the smoother aspects.

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Photo of mynie
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been itching to try a fancy malt liquor ever since I saw Dogfish Head's classy stamped paper bag. Unfortunately, 3 Floyds was all out of Dolomite during my last visit, and so I figured my best bet would be in a trade.

But then I stopped at the store and nearly passed over this here bottle, which at a glance looks a lot like the Nut Brown ale. I did a double take, grabbed it, and find myself here, three hours later, pouring out a dark gold beer with a very small white head that falls away.

Smells of deep corn, grain, and hints of alcohol. A lot like a regular malt liquor, actually. No Rogue pacmanniness, or anything. Just cheap grain.

Tastes pretty decent. Good pils grain up front, moving into a dry, sweet yeast in the middle which floats into a kettle corn kind of sweetness, ending on a solid dry cascade hop. The brew loses .5 due to an unfortunate chemical aftertaste--just like you get in Olde English or Mickey's!

Firm body and easy drinking, but that's not enough to save this brew. Might as well pay half as much for half as much Old E'.

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

Sample at AleFest Dayton: Kudos to DFH and Rogue trying to bring some respectability to this style. The beer is an orange/gold color with a medium off-white head. Thin patchy lacing. The aroma is of course malty, with some dough and fruit. Medium-bodied and saccharine sweet with a lot of malt and corn flavor. The finish is grainy and sweet. Despite being made by great breweries, I just can’t get into this style.

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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 tavernjef
3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear spotlight yellow. Soft, fading white cap of firm foam. A skimming of bubbles hangs around for most of its time in the glass. Some lacing is distributed along the edge closer to the liquid in rounded patches and sheets.

Aroma is nearly non existent as it kinda stymies itself in a hovering pale sweetness of malt grain thats soft and bready and hard to get in the nose unless you wiff in big.

Taste is all solid malty smoothness, but not a whole lot of flavor really. Dulled...dulled some more and semi, lightly tanged and cloying malty breadish tones with a heavy buttered corn accent topping off the middle into the finish. Finish is quick but soft and creamy with a malty body and clean Maibock-like cloying sweetness that coats the mouth well. The Harrington malts are quite evident with that certain bready, doughy centeredness of paled, dull tang and soaking.

Feel is quite nice. Malt is king of this throne. Ruling with a steady hand of Harrington malt coating ever so smoothly with bready softness and sticky, cloying thickness thats not overbearing but definately pushing its borders with a clean slice of medium body and a fairly long rule of semi sweet, bready, tangaifingly broad scape of malty clean soothingness.

I could drink this into oblivion, but would easily get bored of its paled, uninteresting flavor. The body of the beer is great, but beyong that its not much; yet it could be everything to the right person. Leave it to Rogue to make a Malt Liquor that almost makes you wish there were more like it. Dad's Little Helper could be just that, depending on the Dad of course...

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Photo of illidurit
2.86/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours kinda hazy goldenrod that turns transparent straw yellow with backing light. Nice 2 fingers of white head but predictably poor retention and lacing. I know there's no rice in this beer but the aroma is ricey and of course corny. The signature blandness of pale malts and a fleeting berry sweetness. The crystal hops used are supposed to be noble but I don't really smell any spiciness. Flavor is part water cracker and part corn syrup. The beer vanishes from the palate upon the swallow, leaving just a metallic tinge and a belch. Obviously better than cheapo malt likka but not a good beer by any standard.

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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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Dad's Little Helper Malt Liquor from Rogue Ales
77 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.
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