Monday, March 15, 2010
Rogue Dad's Little Helper Malt Liquor
I saw this guy at the store, and it was a must pick up. Funny name, I love Rogue beers, and I'm really interested to see a craft brewer's take on a malt liquor. $5 is a bit pricey for a bottle of malt liquor, but thi
So with any Rogue beer, the aspiring homebrewer in me checks the label to see if it uses the Pac Man yeast. Especially since I heard rumblings that it was an ale yeast that could act like a lager yeast, and that Dead Guy was some trickery in that department. Well, this guy uses a Czech Pils yeast, so no trickery here.
Enough about the bottle though, let's open 'er up....
Pour out a pint, and it looks, well...a bit dark, but pretty much like any cheap lager that I've ever had. It smells even moreso....in fact, the scent is a bit hard to pick up, but when you do, it's not great. Let's just not smell it anymore from here on out, alright? I'm glad we had this talk.
It starts very mild, but with this odd sweetness in the middle. It reminds me of a Euro Pils/Lager but with this sweet taste sort of covering that funky aftertaste I'm used to out of Euro beers. My initial drink led to me making a face that my brother commented on, chuckling. I soldier on and drink some more...it's not terrible, but just not good. This is just not an impressive beer at all. I'm not one to waste a perfectly good beer, but this was one I did not want to finish and had to power through.
All in all, if you see this guy on the shelf...honestly, you're better off buying a bottle of Mickey's. Or anything else Rogue makes.
Bonus: A free tasting comment from my beer-hating brother Jeremy:
"It tastes like what I would imagine rotten meat blended tastes like"
With that appetizing finish, see ya next pint!
Rogue Dad's Little Helper Malt Liquor via Rogue Ales