Lil' Helper | Mother's Brewing Company

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Lil' HelperLil' Helper

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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 DW_and_my_boy_Jones
1.85/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

My boy Jones borrowed a power washer from the engineering manager where we work. We took it back after work one afternoon (very warm early summer day), and, being British, he had to invite us in for a beer (the Brit's are so nice). He served us a Lil' Helper (his favorite beer) in a pint glass. The beer looked very appealing, but it lost it's appeal to me very quickly! Now, I thought this was God awful, but Jones liked it okay. I have since had other IPA's in an attempt to "expand" my horizons, but I can't stomach it. To me, it has a 'skanky-beer' taste to it. One thing about it though - that high ABV sure did help things! Hell, after we left, my boy Jones had to go buy another six-pack! I bought myself a Jack Daniels and Diet Coke pre-mixed drink (pint aluminum bottle) in order to get the taste out of my mouth!

I love some of Mother's Brewing Company's other brews (and we are Missouri boys), but I won't purchase this one again...I guess I am not sophisticated enough for the IPA crowd!

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Photo of DouglasRHenderson
2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The Lil' Helper is a very weak IPA and generally poor quality beer.

With a rich burnt orange color and a good head, Lil' Helper deceives visually what its sub-par performance on the tongue quickly reveals. This beer is virtually flavorless, which may be exactly what Mother's was going for but which leaves the patron unfulfilled.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.71/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy light golden amber with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is biscuity malts and sugary candied tropical fruits and a little resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet vegetal biscuity malts and some ripe tropical fruit with a resiny grassy hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK IPA. I don't really care for the mix of flavors.

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Photo of Euphoria69
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just a great beer and its a local brewery (for me). Perfect balance of hops, your not going to choke on the first sip. ABV of 7 which is my favorite amount in a 6 pack. This company make some great beer. You have to try the Winter Grind made with espresso coffee from the best local coffee roaster. Too bad its seasonal :(

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Photo of zeledonia
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Picked this up on a trip through Kansas City. Tasted 22 February 2013.

Pours a medium orangey amber, clear. Half finger of whitish head, okay retention, nice lacing. Not bad, nothing special.

Smell is faint and totally lacking in hop pop or bite. This is an IPA? Could have fooled me. Mild caramel malt background is most of what I get, with a very thin layer of citrus on top.

Tastes like a bland pale ale with a dash of bitter. It's a thick bitterness, weighing down my tongue. Other than that, it's grainy and slightly sweet. Okay; kinda dull.

Feel is fine. Medium-bodied, carbonation swelling up with loads of little bubbles, then drifting away like a receding wash of wave on the beach. Fine stuff.

This is one of those blah IPAs that I think many breweries crank out to fill the style checklist. Not impressive in any way, but I suppose I can tell from the taste that it's an IPA, and it doesn't taste bad. Not one I'd look for again, though, with so many more hop-forward and tastier ones around.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a medium amber color with white head. Light fruits, sweet pine, and caramel malts on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little sweetness, no real hop resin on the finish.

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Photo of MBrausen
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A. Pours a dark honey gold, 2 fingers of crystal whit foam, resides to a very fluffy uneven and dimpled head with nice lacing.

S. Smells of sweet citrus and orange peel.

T. Tastes of citrus, very tart and a little bitter. Not very complex. Pretty straight forward.

M. Medium thin body, lightly carbonated, very dry finish.

O. An okay beer. Nothing amazing or impressive. But okay to have a few of around a campfire. But it's not anything special.

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Photo of schematix
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampling a 6-pack I purchased in mid-MO. Bottling date was only 4 weeks ago.

A: Bottle conditioned chunks. Pet peeve.
S: Huge smack of hops. Dank piney citrus. Spoiler alert: only really positive aspect of this beer.
T: Sticky sweet malt and no hop punch. I get about 30-40 IBU, not 70.
M: Creamy smooth carbonation, as expected for bottle conditioning. Vastly under carbonated.
O: Not a fan. I wouldn't even recommend trying it.

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Photo of soju6
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a dark copper color with a good head that fades slowly to decent lacing.

S: Clean aroma of citrus, bit of fruit and bit of malt sweetness.

T: Taste is a bit tart then a bit of caramel sweetness. Nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: medium body, crisp and quite smooth.

O: Nice drinker good for a few. Not an overly engineered beer, just a nice straight ahead IPA.

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Photo of DJDGB
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid IPA but not my thing. A little to much malt for me. The citrus is a solid point for this beer to complement the Hoppy taste and aroma. Comes out a little darker than i like my IPA to but again the citrus. I use this as my back up IPA. Solid beer not bad at all just not crazy about it. (Though I have it in my hand now)

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 11 Dec 2011. Served in the Schlafly shaker pint.

Medium sized dark beige head. Medium carbonation. Clear dark amber in color. Aroma is sweet and resiny with a touch of butterscotch. Starts sweetly orange and resiny. Citrus throughout. Medium body, moderate ethanol. Lingering citric bitter finish. Aftertaste is orangey bittersweet.

Not bad, but when SN Torpedo is available for the same price...

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bigtreebrewing.
Hazy deep golden color with a smallish bone white head.
Toffee, earthy , mineral and a hint metallic on the nose. Bitter butterscotch and earthy hop flavor. Medium body moderate to high carbonation. Decent enough IPA but not horribly exciting.

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Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New brewery to me, poured a stubby 12oz. bottle into an 8oz. cup.
Deep saturated orange color, slowly rising carb streams, a thin layer of creamy foam on the surface. A ring of lace in the glass and a patchy skim left behind after the first couple sips.

Orange citrus, biscuit and caramel malt in the aroma. Light florals.

Light hop bitterness, a little orange sweetness, caramel malt sweetness. Bitterness balances just enough, medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Pretty straight ahead, no frills IPA. One you've tasted before and will undoubtedly taste again. Not bad, just middle of the road.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium to deep golden in color in the body with a big, 3 finger head. Retention and lacing are both very good. The body is slightly hazy. The nose on this beer is mostly moderate hop bitterness, but not entirely hops. The floral quality of the scent turns towards a slightly sweeter note towards the end of the smell. When the beer hits the tongue the hops are slightly more aggressive than in the scent. The hops display a more pine-like flavor in the taste than the scent up front before the malt base mixes in just a little bit. At the end of the drink the hops make a somewhat aggressive return in a bit of a heightened bitterness before they are left lingering on the palate. On the whole, this beer drinks very easily and is very sessionable for a 7% IPA with good bitterness. This beer is smooth on the palate as well.

Overall, this is a very solid IPA that is rather easy drinking. Good bitterness, but not over hopped and a good balancing malt base.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Lil' Helper from Mother's Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 243 ratings.
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