Dad's Little Helper Malt Liquor | Rogue Ales

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Dad's Little Helper Malt LiquorDad's Little Helper Malt Liquor
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

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
Ratings:
335
Reviews:
269
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
16.37%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 335 |  Reviews: 269
Photo of jaxon53
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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 ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of wedge
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Super-clear pale gold with a fizzy white head. Light fruity-sweet aroma...its not revolting - this is a big plus. Some alcohol stings the nostrils. The taste is majorly sweet which actually does a good job covering up the fusel alcohol (which is noticeable). Despite the addition of corn, it isn't really all that apparent. Medium, dry, moderately carbonated mouthfeel. Drinkability is really good for what it is, considering I can never choke down an entire 40 of any other kind.

If you absolutely HAVE to get some malt liqour and you can get this for $2 a bottle (like I did), this is probably as good as it gets. But, as the name seems to imply, malt liquor is really only good for one thing... :-)

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +19%

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 jsh420
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours golden yellow with a 1 finger white head that fades fast and leaves no lacing

smell is faint but hints of fruit and metal

taste is very sweet - apples grains and that funky metalic flavor

mouthfeel is a medium body beer with good carbonation that gives it a nice somewhat crisp clean finish

drinkability was ok - i doubt i ever buy this beer again but this is the best malt liquor i have had to date

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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 cokes
2.53/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear gold with a fleeting white dome that settles in as a collar.
Cereal grain nose, Corn Chex mostly, with a handful of Honey-Nut Cheerios, and a shot of grain alcohol.
Enters with a unprepossessing sense of grain. Vague and neutral, then it forays into honey and lingers there for a moment. Corn gradually comes out with warmth (and I poured this literally ice-cold, it's a fucking malt liquor, after all). Cloyingness follows the same arc- semi-clean upfront, then, uh, not so much. A bit of chalky yeast interplay fouls up a generally brisk lagered middle. There are some gritty, stale-seeming earthy hops, but then a bizarre and incongruent sense of vanilla and hazelnut flashes for a second before the dilute Moonshine-esque boozy closure.
Abrasively fizzy up front, then it settles and turns tackier.
Hard to call here. It's not a great beer, and while probably better than any gas-station tall can, it doesn't seem faithful enough to give it kitsch points.
At least Dogfish went balls-out with the actual 40oz bottle.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of prototypic
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a hazy, light golden color. There's a slight orange color there as well. Head is foamy white and a minimal one finger. It receded quickly and left a very light lacing on the glass.

Smell: The nose is very average. There's some pale and caramel malts that give it a very sweet smell. Slightly sugary. There's a bit light hops and earthiness to it. That's about all this nose is detecting. Moving on.

Taste: This is surprisingly good. Most of my malt liquor experiences have been painful and bring back bad memories. This is a huge step up. It's sugary sweet up front. Pale and caramel malts give it a nice base. There's a touch of floral hops that give it a bit of an earthy flavor. The bitter flavor is a very welcome surprise. It's pretty straight forward, but does have a good flavor. Surprise, surprise.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied knocking on medium's door. It's got a nice feel given the style. It's not exactly creamy, but relatively smooth. Carbonation is active and makes it somewhat crisp. Drinkability is pretty good. I can't say I'd drink more than a bomber on any given occasion. But, it is smooth and easy drinking.

I guess I shouldn't be that surprised that Rogue's developed a malt liquor that's actually good. I had nearly resigned myself to the fact that malt liquors were damned. Kudos to Rogue for a malt liquor gem. Easily the best one I've ever tried.

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

appearance: The pour produces a low, off white head that soon recedes to just a ring around the glass. The beer is golden in color.

smell: Sulfuric and sweet corn aromas upfront. Light pale grain. Pilsner type noble hop smell and light, appley fruit aromas. Just a touch of ethanol actually adds to the depth of the nose. Just a little more strength to the aroma, I could've given a 4.5.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a high medium, and the body medium-light to medium.

taste: Sweet pale grain and corn flavors upfront. A couple off flavors normally associated in my mind with malt liquor that I can't quite describe. Light hop flavor and bitterness. Just a touch of ethanol

drinkability: cake for a malt

Second only to Liquor de Malt. I'd like to see a little more strength of smell and taste.

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Photo of mikepcarney
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

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 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 Falcone
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

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 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 deapokid
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, bomber bottle just copped from Gary's in Madison for $4.49...
A hefty pour yielded a medium-to-dark golden hue with a modest head that quickly dissipated and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
A majority of Rogue brews are top-notch, so I was pretty curious to sample their offbeat Malt Liquor...
Overall, not a bad depiction of a fairly mediocore and undesirable style...
Sweet, malty aroma with slight hints of honey and sugars...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, with an ultra-sweet, slightly cloying flavor that was all-in-all well balanced for a malt liquor...
Good mouthfeel with a decent level of drinkability... Curious to know what the ABV on this one is...
Worth a try...

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Photo of mikeincharleston
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - golden straw color, a nice large white head of almost two fingers. Recedes fast with little lace but a nice enough looking start.

Aroma - grain, sweetness, about like any other malt liquor, but there is a more robust grain presence than average. Easily detectable on the first pour but fades into obscurity on later sniffs.

Taste - grainy, restrained sweetness, a bit of metal. Once the palate adjusts, the alcohol really takes on the entire flavor profile and nearly dominates it. There's a brief bite of hops on the swallow, some vague lemon notes as well. A tasty beer, and while the alcohol warmness is fairly direct, it's not nearly as rough as some I've had.

Mouthfeel - smooth, moderate carbonation, weight is a little above average, on style.

Drinkability - it's a flavorful, well put together beer. Pricy at $4.50 a bomber, but the best malt liquor fix money can buy this side of DFH.

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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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