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RATINGS: 422   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.62/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
"This ain’t your Dad’s malt liquor" - Brewmaster John Maier After the death of his wife, Henry Jackson Smart was left to raise 6 young children alone. His courage, love, selflessness and dedication inspired his daughter, Sonora Smart Dodd, to organize the First Father’s Day on June 19th, 1910. In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Fathers Day. President Nixon, in 1972, established it as a permanent day of national observance. Dad’s is brewed with Harrington and Klages malts, Flaked Corn, Crystal Hops, Free Range Coastal Water, and Czech Pils Yeast. Available in the spring of 2005 in the classic 22-ounce Rogue micropiece. Measurements: 17 degrees Plato, IBU 25, Apparent Attenuation 77, Lovibond 10 degrees.

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Huhzubendah (3775) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt! A: Clear and yellow. There is a moderately sized head of white bubbles that leaves a small amount of lacing. Lots of bubbles emanating from the depths of the glass indicate a healthy level of carbonation. S: Weak aroma overall with some subtle sweet malts. T: Surprisingly, this is a decent beer. It’s not that I don’t have a healthy respect for Rogue Brewery, I just didn’t expect a malt liquor to not be repulsive. Dad’s Little Helper has helped me to adjust my paradigm. It’s sweet, but not nearly so much as many of the infamous, cheap malt liquors out there. M: Overall, a decent feel. Fun to drink and ok on the palate. D: Easily the best malt liquor I’ve had to date.

reebtogi (6403) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 23, 2012
650ml bomber pours a pale golden color with a finger of white head that leaves a few specks of lacing behind. Aroma is of pale malts and mild hops. Taste is a mild caramel matly sweetness with an abundant notice of citrus and grassy hops. An outstanding malt liquor if you can call it so. I would classify it as a strong lager/imperial pilsner.

ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2012 I believe Rogue ceased production of Dad’s Little Helper Malt Liquor in 2010 or early 2011 - which would technically make this a vintage. I picked up a bottle at my beer store because it was half off. I was prepared for something nasty, but I was shocked when the beer was not only drinkable, but very enjoyable! It’s nothing like a "malt liquor" in the least, but goes to show that any style can be brewed to taste great.

I poured a dusty 22oz bottle into a one liter boot stein.

Appearance: Rusty/dirty honey color; fine carbonation bubbles visible around the edges. Forms a large, white, frothy head which retains and laces wonderfully.

Smell: Initially a generic beer smell, but a closer inspection reveals a strong sweetness - especially of honey and some confectionary/syrupy notes.

Taste: Much like the nose, the palate begins with a honey and confectionary sweetness. A distinct maltiness with flavors of toffee and caramel - similar to that of an Oktoberfest or Marzen-style brew. I’ve experienced these flavors in imperial helles bock, but nothing remotely close to this in a "malt liquor." I’m not quite sure how or why Rogue gets away with classifying this beer as such. Perhaps its due to the use of flaked corn and a Czech pilsner yeast. Still, there’s nothing about this that tastes foul, dirty or cheap like a 40oz you’d buy from the corner store.

While not the best beer I’ve ever had, I must admit that Dad’s Little Helper Malt Liquor is probably the most impressive. Not only because of the style but because of the age of my bottle. I genuinely enjoyed every sip and was surprised by how sweet the palate was. Very little bitterness, no alcohol presence in the palate, and a mostly clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: Though technically a lager, Dad’s Little Helper Malt Liquor has the mouthfeel, body, and overall presence of an ale. The texture is somewhat watery, but certainly doesn’t taste flat or mild. It’s also not overly carbonated as it goes down remarkably smooth. I would be able to chug a beer boot of this without any problem. There’s a slightly chalky/dry aftertaste, but it’s easily tolerable. Allegedly 8% ABV, but you’d never know because there’s no booziness to the palate and it doesn’t fill you up or overwhelm you either. If I had to chug 40oz of a malt liquor, I’d make it this one for sure.

XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2012
I'm getting a headache as I write this rating, it just taste like crap. Well now I can say I had the crapstyle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

thomas15 (694) - Alabama, USA - MAR 23, 2012
had this forever ago. really led by malt. good for what it is, but i’m not sure why rogue was making it.

tone77 (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Has a deep golden color. Smell is of malts and grains. Taste is malty, some corn, alcohol is present. Overall easy drinking and a fine example of this style.

mikey (508) - farmington, Utah, USA - MAR 5, 2012
The nose is of toasted malt, grass, and honey. The Taste starts with grass, honey, small amount of hops and toasted malt. Finishes grassy and boozy. not bad but I probably won’t be going back for it.

Sledutah (7971) - Utah, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Bottle shared with Doug at The Beerhive
Appearance: Clear honey color with a small white head and some lacing
Aroma: Sweet malts and honey
Taste: Sweet malts, honey, grainy and some alcohols
Ok, drinkable. Not bad!

douglas88 (9789) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2011
650 ml bottle at the Beerhive. Pours a mostly clear golden color with a medium white head. A sweet grainy and honey nose, some alcohol. The flavor is a nice Malt Liquor but it still retains some dirty aggressive flavors that the style seems dominated by, sweet grains, alcohol warmth. Not bad.

chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Thanks to Alex... dark honey gold, watery... the nose is really weird, smells like maple brown sugar oatmeal, wtf? this smells great... taste doesn’t live up, honey water with a bitter finish, blah

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