Lil' Helper | Mother's Brewing Company

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Lil' HelperLil' Helper

Brewed by:
Mother's Brewing Company
Missouri, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
You’re in for a helluva burly bite with this one. Mother’s India Pale Ale is aggressively hopped in both the wort kettle and aging vessel for a sharp, clean bitterness and fragrant citrus hop flavors. We've instilled a mellow malt character as the backbone to balance the elevated alcohol and hop levels IPA lovers crave. Whether you’re an IPA loyalist or just sampling, you've found yourself a great beer. So spend some quality time with Mother’s Lil’ Helper.

70 IBU

Added by StLThrash on 08-29-2011

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've tried several IPAs and this is the one I like the best. I've taken drinks of several and threw them away.

Pours light Carmel blonde color with a thick 4-6inch white head with good lacing.

Smells spicy with hints of citrus and light hints of grain. Can really smell the hops.

Tastes great. The hops are aggressive but goes down very smooth. Some type of fruit possible banana in there too very light though. Citrus hints also.

I'm going to buy a case of this stuff. Good bye bud light

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Photo of GIE
4.73/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer because it's a great IPA, creates the perfect mood, and doesn't screw you over. That sums it up nicely, but I'm required to get to 250 characters, so I'll add that I don't have any investment in this company and never have, and I don't work for them and never have. My motivation for rating this beer is largely that I'd like to see it become more popular so I can buy it at more bars. My other motivation is to help other beer lovers find good beers.

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Photo of Ed_Johnson
4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper-amber, clear and crisp, with a large and lasting creamy off-white head. Nice chunky lacing in my glass.
Fresh and hoppy nose, with notes of pungent floral and citrus rind hops dominating. Balanced on the palate, with spicy (almost peppery) hops up front, moving into toffee mid-tounge, then finishing with a bit of hop bitterness.
Medium bodied. Finished dry. A nice, solid, balanced IPA, meaning a good balance of juicy hops with a strong chewy malt base.
I would buy this again and enjoy it again.

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Photo of ChiaPetHead
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

really enjoy this beer. taste a lot like a beer i brew at home. has a nice floral hop that balances out well with the malt. is not a smash your face in IPA, but rather one that can be enjoyed. very fond of this beer.

While the IBU is high on this beer, it is also near 7% so that evens things out. have been really impressed with this brewery.

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Photo of Boca-X
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker. Generous off white head, lacing throughout tasting. A deep golden/orange liquid fills my glass...clear but deep.

Citrus orange peel on the nose. Some light floral melds with a hint of pine...a touch of sweet malty bread finishes it off.

First swallow...perfect carbonation, a heavy mouth feel that isn't thick but layering flavor across my tongue. The sweetness of mandarin orange blends effortlessly with a hint of the bitterness of grapefruit and the subtle notes of pine. A quick finish follows...the hoppy dryness is overcome by a creamy sweet honeysuckle burst.

At 7% this is an incredibly smooth drinking IPA. Great hop profile dances with the sweetness of honey and bread...a really easy beer to swallow, clean and refreshing. I will buy again and look forward to more beers from Mother's.

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Photo of Extol
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oh, this is good. I had this right after Fresh Squeezed, and I like this much more. Has that little extra I like. Sort of a lingering pineapple and malt. Bomb. Reminds me of Compass Rose. 7% alcohol? Coulda fooled me! ;)

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Photo of StLThrash
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Mother's Brewing Tasting Room. Had a sample of each of their beers then got a pint of this.

A - Darker than most IPA's. They use some darker malts which leads to the darker copper / amber color. Nice headed with fine lacing. Left rings on the way down.

S - Nicely hopped at 70 IBU's. Lots of pine / citrus notes - typical for an IPA, but this one also has some nice malty notes as well.

T & M - Smooth, medium bodied, finely carbonated. Nice hops and malt characteristics. I believe they use 6 hops and dry-hop it as well, along with some oatmeal, caramel and chocolate malts. Nice combination that lends to a nice IPA. Hides the 7% alcohol very well.

Overall - a great IPA and one that I'd definitely recommend and buy again. Complex use of lots of different hops and malts add up to a great tasting IPA.

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Photo of hophead723
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a pretty fresh six pack of this and poured into a pint glass after a disappointing first encounter with a stale pack.

Look: Poured a lively thick off white head with frothy characteristics. Has a captivating deep amber color with even and ample carbonation. Body is hazy.

Smell: Possesses a rich biscuit malt aroma with subtle hues of citrus and peachy tones. I also detect lots of tropical fruit such as mango from the hops.

Taste: A juicy dosing of tropical fruit, pine, peach, biscuit and caramel malt. There is a flash of floral and spicy hues at the end of each sip. The malt backbone is unique and well-executed with ample toasted cracker and honey flavors.

Feel: Medium bodied with dry finish, even though the hops taste juicy. The back of the palate is left thirsting for more.

Overall: This actually is one of the juiciest IPAs I have had here in Missouri, and the name "Midwest Cost IPA" is quite accurate. This is a tasty and drinkable IPA that is very well done by Mother's Brewing.

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Photo of wnh
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark copper-amber, clear and crisp, with a large and lasting creamy off-white head. Nice chunky lacing.

Fresh and hoppy nose, with notes of pungent floral and citrus rind hops dominating. Smells like opening a bag of C-hops from the homebrew shop. A fair dose of fresh-squeezed orange juice underneath, all help up by a barely noticeable caramelly malt base.

A good bit more balanced on the palate, with a spicy and peppery hop bite up front, moving into quick and fleeting rich toffee mid-palate, then finishing with a bit of a bruising hop bitterness that lingers. Pulpy orange juice flavor near the end.

Medium bodied and firm, almost sharp. Finishes dry and a good deal tacky and resinous. A bit of a bruiser. A nice, solid Midwest-coast IPA, meaning a good balance of juicy hops with a strong chewy malt base.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden brown with puffy white head that clings with each sip. Good clarity.

S - Malty for an IPA, slightly dank, piney, some citrus notes present.

T - Citrus and piney hops up front followed by a nice mellow malt back bone that makes this IPA smooth and easy to drink. Medium bodied and mellow mouth feel.

O - Really nice offering - not overly aggressive and that is a good thing. Seems that every brewery tries to out do one another with "in your face" hop bombs, but this is a nice balanced take in this category.

Notes - obtained while in Cape Girardeau visiting family

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a beautiful clean amber pour with 2 fingers of detergent like white head and nice lacing
smells of citrus and floral hops, caramel, slightly bready
A bitterness up front immediately followed by a sweet malty backbone. Hints of citrus, caramel, earthy bitterness in the finish.
medium body, mild carbonation.. Creamy feel
A great staple ipa for this brewery.. With a nice abv to compliment the great flavors.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a buddy that brought back a box of Mother's brews from KC.

Short fat 12oz bottle pours a barely hazed gold/orange color with an offwhite rolling two finger head. Head retention is moderate and lacing is scant.

Smell cut pine, grapefruit peel, bread dough, and some funk which kind of gets in the way of what I'm after.

Good flavors of piney hops that balance out the caramel malt and bread dough sweetness. This is goes with the alcohol content and citrus nose.

I didn't expect the bigger kind of body here and the incredibly smooth feel. Very nice.

I'm impress with this beer. Gotta find more.

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Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pine, citrus hops, floral hops, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, slight pine, sweet malt, and hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, body, and blend, but the complexity is lacking.

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Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent amber with a pinky of cream colored head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Pineyness & breadyness, the nose is the really only area that needs more improvement

T: Pineyness. orange & tangerine peel with a touch of woody hops as well up front with just a touch of biscuitty malt. Grapefruit & woody hops dominates as this warms, faint toffee notes as well. Finishes with herbal hopyness & some nice grassy & citrussy notes; almost pulled 4.5

MF: Medium bodied with fairly firm carbonation, really pushes the hoppyness along, good balance

A really good AIPA that I will buy more of, drinks too easy

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - A crystal clear amber body with a moundy off-white head. Average retention with very little lacing.

S - Sweet Mandarin orange, bready malt, hints of green grass.

T - Nice caramel/toffee malt, slightly roasted, doughy bread, sweet tangerines, very light green pine in the background. The pine picks up and starts building bitterness around the edges of the tongue finishing bitter with a kiss of citrus and honey sweetness.

M - Very smooth and creamy feel, medium soft carbonation, crisp finish.

Not super complex but this is one of the smoothest drinking IPA's I've had. It was hard to drink it slow. Good all around. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a coppery color with a white head that quickly turns into lace. Some good lacing on the glass.

It smells pretty malty for an IPA. Piney when it comes to the hop aromas.

The hops are very strong. This beer is pretty fresh. There are a lot of pine flavors and some bitter citrus peel flavors in the aftertaste. There is also a pretty big sweetness from the malts.

It's a medium bodied beer with medium carbonation.

Overall, it's not a bad beer. IPA's aren't my preferred style, but this one's pretty good.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mothers Lil’ Helper pours to an amber/orange color with a nose that is citrus- like and floral with some notes of caramel. The foam level looks nice and it leaves a good deal of lacing as you drink.

Tasting this beer reveals a citrusy flavor with orange and grapefruit sharing the spotlight. But there is more than just citrus- there is also a bready component, a little bit of dough, some piney malt, and leafy bitterness in the finish.

This beer isn’t quite the hop- bomb I was expecting, but it is still a very nice IPA in its own way. There is enough complexity to make it interesting and enough moderation to make it appealing to many who sample. It’s not an amazing IPA, but certainly good enough to warrant a sample.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle with just a bit of head, providing thin white coverage to an otherwise rosy gold, completely clarified.

Clean, floral, grapefruit juicy, some spice and even some sweetness. Pleasant, if subdued.

Juicy like many hop bombs, but with a comparitively greenish leafy bitter close.

Well-received in the mouth, with balanced carbonation and solidly refreshing.

Good, not great. Looking forward to more from these guys.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of orange citrus and biscuit malt. The flavor is a little more complex. The biscuit malt comes through up front, but the hops also are present with some orange and pine. The bitterness is fairly low, but the hop flavor comes through. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Flatlands
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New to Kansas City, welcome Mother's! Good to have you here. Poured into a Guinness pint glass
A-looks good, nice 1 inch head, nice lacing, dark orange, a good pour.
S-could be stronger for a beer that states it is hopped at the wort and fermentation stage. Still, nice pine and citrus smell
T-very balanced and I was looking for a bit more hops, if you are looking for a smooth and balanced IPA, this is it. Reminds me of a Boulevard Single Wide IPA-very close but just different enough.
M-the 7% ABV gives this one a good mouthfeel and it finishes dry. I like it!
O-A solid IPA, I will be watching this home state brewer. They are producing a quality product. Keep them coming Mothers!

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 11/8/2012. Pours slightly hazy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, orange rind, pineapple, bread, light honey, and herbal earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes. Taste of tangerine, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, orange rind, pineapple, pine, bread, honey, and herbal earthiness. Fair amount of piney citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, citrus rind, bread, pine, light honey, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and complexity of hop notes; with a good hop/malt balance; and minimal cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice IPA. Good hop complexity and malt balance; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled piney with some nice floral notes. A touch of caramel, too.

T - It tasted very yeasty with some piney bitterness. A touch of citrus zestiness and some sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice American IPA. Curious to try more from Mother's in Springfield.

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Photo of jmd1978
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice Amber color with about inch of head. Nose piney with hints of citrus and a little dank malt. Taste is pine with malt undertones. Grapefruit, pineapple and tropical fruits on back end. Nice linger in finish. Of all the mothers line up this is my 2nd favorite next to their new Uncanny. My go to IPA when selection is small in the store in at. Well worth it.

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Photo of EmergingZymurgy
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle; beautiful, clear amber color with thick, foamy head and decent lacing. Smells of caramel, lemons and grapefruit. Tastes sweet and bready at the beginning, caramel in the middle and finishes dry and citrusy. Tastes of lemon and grapefruit at the end.

This is my first tasting of the new brewery from where I grew up and I have to say that I am impressed.

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Photo of Crash_the_Dog
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Short bottle, poured into a 20 oz snifter. Pretty burnt orange / copper color, with a rich, soapy head about 1/2" high. Persistent, soapy lacing with a pleasant, though slightly astringent nose. Featured a nice contrast between a rich mouth feel and a crisp flavor - a very nice sensation. In spite of the thick texture, this beer was begging to be knocked down quickly. This beer is a terrific addition to the local market, and I will definitely purchase again.

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