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Dad's Little Helper Black IPA - Rogue Ales

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Dad's Little Helper Black IPADad's Little Helper Black IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

455 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 15
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 04-20-2011)
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Elimination

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass

Look is a pretty dark black a bit of light passing through sides a solid bubbly head.

Smell is a bit of chocolate, mocha, ground coffee, but very lackingin the hops besides a bit of grassy pine.

Taste is slight pine strong coffee, chocolate bit of earthiness.

Mouthfeel is a superb thick that really laces the tongue.

Overall. It's probably not a real close 'black ipa' more of a very hoppy stout. But being that this style is still new and argued over it's still a very good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 21:33:22 | More by Elimination
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thehyperduck

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3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber picked up at the LCBO; packaged April 17 2014. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a deep ruby-brown colour, topped with over two fingers of billowing, frothy beige head. It recedes gradually but steadily over the next period of minutes, resulting in a lumpy cap and collar with multiple rings of lacing. A beautiful-looking ale for sure, with an approachable, interesting aroma that includes roasted malts, molasses and espresso. There is an earthy, herbal quality to the bouquet as well, with a suggestion of tobacco.

Very balanced for the style. Roasted malts, black coffee and milk chocolate notes are easily detectable initially, along with some molasses sweetness. Finishes with an earthy, herbal bitterness, and a lingering resiny aftertaste. On the heftier side of medium-bodied, with relatively low carbonation levels that give this brew a supremely soft, smooth, luxurious mouthfeel. The hop bill could use a bit of a kick in the pants, but otherwise this is a very good black ale.

Final Grade: 3.96, a respectable B+. Dad's Little Helper Black IPA is a solid brew, with a yummy malt backbone that should sit well with most stout/porter fans. Despite being quite bitter, the hops don't really seem to contribute many other flavours to this one, which is a little disappointing for a black IPA from the West coast. This would make a good introduction to the style, and there's no disputing that it's a well-made beer, but aspects of this one still leave me wanting. Worth a shot, but not a world-beater.

Serving type: bottle

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The pour is dark brown with reddish hues when held to the light leading up to a short-lived tan head.

Aroma of dark malts, molasses, earthy hops, raisins, and shoe shiner. Yup.

Medium body for the most part with an astringent texture.

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Dad's Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.