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RATINGS: 422   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.62/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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"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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michidan07 (22) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2006
What would Jesus drink? Unhesitatingly, this. Colors of Trojan bronze and vintage champagne. Aromas unfold, cantaloupe and sweet maize mingle and reveal a freshly baked loaf of sourdough bread. Flavors of Macintosh apples, and white wine, manifest themselves in a wonderful, full body. Finishes with a pleasant dryness, lingering into a bubblegum aftertaste. Malt liquor? More like malt Divinity.

4.2
hellbilly (3248) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2008
clear golden color with a medium sized white head and horizontal, slug trail and spotty lacing. yep... all three. it lacks a "stink" or any aromas typical to the cheap stuff. sweet aroma... sweet corn, cinnamon, grain, red apple and a faint yeasty note. it*s mildly sweet on the palate (though low for a typical ML). flavors of grain, metal, dry grass, a bit of spice, a mild savory yeast note, apples and grapes with a hoppy, spicy and dry finish. there*s a faint floral touch and slight hint at the abv% as it warms (what ML should be consumed warm?). medium body with a smooth mouth feel and lack of any stickiness.

very clean and well done with no chemical flavors in sight. almost too nice to call malt likka???... 8/4/8/5/17/4.2

4.1
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Bottle. Pale copper color with a white head. Sweet, malt nose with tons of fruit. Nice, understated and malty balance. Clean flavor and finish.

4.1
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Rogue Ales--Oregon Brewing Company--Dad’s Little Helper Malt Liquor--2006 22 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV--25 IBU’s. (4.5 / 5.0) Malt Liquor--Tight lacy head. Clear bright light gold color. Sweet floral hop front. Clean sweet caramel butter crisp malty candied body. Tangy sweet mild EtOH spicy hot hop crisp end. True ML with Rogue !!! Sampled 6/7/2006. Rogue Ales--Oregon Brewing Company--Rogue Dad’s Little Helper Malt Liquor--2007 22 oz. Bottle. 7.25% ABV--25 IBU’s . (4.25 / 5.0) Malt Liquor--Big foamy thin lace head. Clear thick yellow color. Mild Crystal hop Pils front. Mild creamy sweet butter caramel smooth rich body. Cloying mild hop EtOH spice smooth malty end. Light corn flake hints. Sampled 5/26/2007.

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BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
22oz brown bottle obtained at McKinnon’s in Salem. Pours a crystal-clear yellow body with virtually no head to speak of. Smell is anything but strong, but hints at cooked corn, grain, and a small bit of alcohol. Actually tastes good - baker’s cocoa and caramel take their place with husky grain, cooked corn, and just a hint of the alcohol. Light bodied as expected, with moderate to full carbonation. All-in-all, not a bad beer. Not something I’d get all the time, but for the style, it’s definitely one of the better ones (though not quite as good as DFH Liquor de Malt IMO) - reminds me of a tastier better-made version of Steel Reserve.

3.9
ChadPolenz (1827) - 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.

3.8
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Pours a golden color with a white head. Carbonation was great. The balance of hops and malts was great. Not your typical 7-11 malt liquor. I think alot of people forget how to rate beers on this website. Rate the beer on the style. Because its a malt liquor, people like to turn there nose up at it.

3.7
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2006
I thought this was one of the best malt liquors ever. some french fry aroma with no feusilage or offensive aromas or flavors. some sweetened creamed corn flavor and just a good beer. nice work rogue.

3.7
nearbeer (5459) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 13, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2007 Pours golden-honey tint, with a medium head that lasts. Aroma is dry cereal with peaches and honey. Flavor is initially slight grain and sweet, but very smooth and well-balanced overall. I drank this at room temp (70F) and noticed no alcohol. This would be a top-notch European strong lager if they categorized it that way. Palate is medium-bodied and fairly smooth, with tingly carbonation on the front. Had this on Mother’s Day and it definitely helps!

3.7
FROTHINGSLOSH (7879) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2009
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy orange-amber color with a large yellow-white head. The aroma was a pleasant tangy, tart and fruity mix. The flavor was tangy, tart and fruity with a long finish. Surprisingly quaffable


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