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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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