Dad's Little Helper Black IPA - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
3.69/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
22oz bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip Glass. No date on the bottle but I'll assume its from this year. Since it came out of a freshly opened box at the store.
Appearance: Black with some hints of cola brown at the edges. Tan 1/4" head upon pouring, dying back to a 1/8" persistent rocky foam with lots and lots of lacing all over the glass.
Smell: When first poured, almost nothing in the way of aroma. As it warmed up, I get some tobacco notes and maybe something floral. There is a brief period as it warms up that I got some hints of chlorine (my wife said it reminded her of someone smoking near a public pool in summer).
Taste: Quick hint of sweetness with some citrus, then chocolate and black coffee flavors mixed in with pine and grapefruit hop flavors at the finish. The bitterness lingers a bit - strong bitterness, but not overpowering. A bit of a dry finish with that bitterness. Every now and then briefly after the bitterness passes I get some black coffee + chocolate (Mocha) notes coming back flavor wise.
Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, good carbonation. Some hop oils sticking to the teeth.
Overall / Drinkability: While I wish there was a bit more malt backbone to counter the hops, the beer works nicely. The beer needs some stronger flavors to pair with in regards to food. I tried chicken schnitzel but it clashed a bit - I think the recommendation on the bottle of beef or lamb would have been right. The beer definitely needs to warm up a bit before drinking though. When first poured and still fairly cold, it's more bitter than anything else and the other flavors get lost. After warming up all of the flavors come out and that chlorine smell goes away. In the end, a good beer, but not sure I'd buy again. As for drinkability, I found that I drank it up fairly quickly, but I was sated after completing the whole bottle - I did not want another.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2013 23:25:50 | More by damndirtyape
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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
07-20-2014 06:15:10 | More by thehyperduck
3.39/5 rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 26, 2014.
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.
The taste has a malt character but it is more like licorice or molasses. Muted sweetness. The finish is a tad bitter but not over the top. As far as Black IPA's go it is alright but I am not blown away.
Serving type: bottle
06-26-2014 23:42:45 | More by puboflyons
Dad's Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue Ales
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