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Dad's Little Helper Black IPA - Rogue Ales

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

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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%

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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 04-20-2011)
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3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Field Of Drafts held at The Hanger in Lancaster, CA.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, citrus zest, weed, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but there is a definite weed aspect I am getting in the aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2013 03:17:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pint arrived wearing near black, with a small but significant head and lace to match that description.

The smell brings pine hops on top a short but present dark malt background. Malt is stronger in the taste, but all the same basic flavors are there. This is is quite drinkable, and the mouthfeel is solid and pleasing.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2013 06:13:50 | More by watermelonman
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3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tap into pint glass at yardhouse palm beach gardens Florida. Nice silky creamy tan head on a deep amber brown color. Nice piney hop and chocolate malt aroma. Taste is bitter pine hops and lots of roasted malts...some coffee notes but mostly roasted malt...almost burnt. Super bitter and dry. I'd say a little too bitter.
Its a good brew...its a different kind of bitter...more roasty bitter than hop bitter but still has some nice flavor. Solid brew but better black ipas are out there.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2013 21:30:47 | More by DrinkSlurm
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3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black some brown around the edges. Light tan head is small due to bar pour, dies leave behind lots of good lace.

Aroma roasted malt lightly burnt and coco nibs aroma and some normal west coast hop aroma.

Taste is better then the nose nice roasted malts good coffee blends well with hop bitterness. Some hood grapefruit rind bitterness, some bakers chocolate notes.

Moutheel is good medium with lightly peppy carbonation.

Overall enjoying this one sitting out on main street with my nachos. Not the best but a plenty enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2013 22:55:36 | More by mntlover
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4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid all-around. This version of a black IPA embraces the roasted malt aspect of the style equally with the hops. Malt was not as dense or roasted as the hoppy porters known back in the old days as "robust porter," but more malt backbone than a hoppy brown ale. Hops were appropriately assertive, but well balanced. One of the better examples of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 15:36:45 | More by Brent
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3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Rogue Brewery in Newport, OR.

Pours a deep amber hue. What's that? Amber? Yes, it's almost too light to be a Black IPA. It might have passed without commend had it been a "dark IPA", but black is pushing it. Head is a bubbly ring of white which forms some decent sheeting lace. Body weight is very solid. Apart from the colour, it looks pretty good.

Nose is fascinating: initially brusque and noticeable pine resin mingles with a big hit of roastiness and a dash of smoke, hitting the dichotomy of the style nicely. This morphs into a savoury salt and pepper character as I get used to it. Nice.

Light bitey hops on the front come forward, before the hops crescendo, and fight off an attack from the smokey malt character. The culmination is a biting, powerful, almost astringent aldehyde bitterness on the back. Phwoar. This is not holding anything back... Feel is surprisingly light, but it works: it's at least something keeping the beer in check.

Overall, there's no doubting this beer's power. But it sure harms its drinkability. Maybe I'll just have one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2012 05:37:20 | More by lacqueredmouse
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United Kingdom (England)

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Euston tap and served into a UK half pint glass.

Mid black akin to 'cola' in colouration with a thin off-white head that soon thinned to a small puddle in the middle of the glass.

Not a big nose to this beer, faint hop smells and a little roasted malt and caramel, a little underwhelming in this aspect!

Flavours outweighed the smell and I got pine, more hop than on the nose, roasted malt, a little sugar, raisen and a touch of cocoa.

Medium in body with a little soft carbonation about right for the style.

Overall an OK beer, entirely drinkable, but not setting 'my' beer world alight!!!

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 13:21:57 | More by Ruds
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3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Market Cross Pub & Brewery during the Rogue tap takeover. Served chilled in an imperial pint.

The color is standard very dark with medium brown showing at the base of the glass. The creamy cap holds well and is light beige with average sized bead. The smell is a mix of spice and slight coffee with perhaps a subtle pine and caramel component. The feel is good with nice balance, however more bitter than anything with slight roasted malt textures. The finish is spicy and dry.

The flavor has more of a coffee accent with the type of acidity you associate with a dark roast, the malt has light caramel backing while the hops come off as bitter but don't really add any flavor to speak of besides a spicy accent to the mild roast component. The finish is dry and it seems to increase in bitterness as it warms if that is possible. The drinkability overall is just above average, I prefer a fruitier more ipa in this style with less roasted grain, but your mileage may vary.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2011 16:51:39 | More by Slatetank
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Rhode Island

3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pint on tap @ Pour Farm in New Bedford, MA.

Dark brown body, near nothing of a head but I didn't see how it was poured, so who knows. Nothing too special. Moderate lacing, sandy tan in color.

S- Lots of herbal and vegetal hop aromas and some dark roasty malt.

T- Kind of ashy bitterness followed by a hint of citrus. A good amount of coffee- really burnt though. Bitterness lingers and lingers. Not really on an even keel.

M- Robust, hoppy. Full and heavy on the tongue.

O- Meh. Kinda wish I ordered something else. It's not bad- but my mind kept drifting towards stone's sublimely self-righteous while I had this.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2011 01:33:20 | More by ShogoKawada
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North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours nearly pitch black with an off white head that dissipates somewhat quickly. There is not much lacing on the glass.

S-Hoppy with some roasted malt.

T-Hops stand out but there is plenty of roasted malt. It tasted very smoky and even chalky to me.

M-Fairly thick and chewy.

D-The smokiness and chalkiness really cut into its drinkability for me.

Overall, this is only my second black ipa and from what I remember off the top of my head I enjoyed Sublimely Self Righteous much better. However, for fans of the style its worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 14:33:08 | More by thegodfather2701
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3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep brown, near black hues. Head is luscious, creamy and ecru in color. Lacing is outta site..no joke. A massive film encompasses my glass. Great stuff

S: nose is heavily roasted and slightly hopped. Overall sweet and malty. Nothing to intense here

T: starts sweet with blackened malts. I find that the hops play a bigger part here. My tongue is getting a hit with a bitter bomb throughout each sip. This is without one of the better black ales/IPA's I have had in some time Good brew for the style.

M: medium feel and slick weighted body. Easy to drink and very accessible

O: nice beer from out west

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2011 18:34:25 | More by Magpie14
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3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Elis on the day off before the trav champ with the Larse. Dark brown body with an off white head. Smells nice and piney with some citrus and dark malt. Tastes nice and bitter. The coffe comes second. Smooth feel to it like all of the rogue beers. Overall a solid black ipa.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2011 22:28:11 | More by DNICE555
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3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark in color, slightly reddish amber whe raised to a light. 1" head that was creamy and lasted for about 4 sips.

S: smoky, somewhat like chestnuts.

T: bitter at first with a creamy sensation followed by a bitter hoppy finish.

M: lightly carbonated, perfect for a heavier beer such as this.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 22:26:13 | More by stellashay
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3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rogue Public House PDX, $$$ like all beers here, poured into shaker pint glass, 5.14.11.

Dark brown almost black opaque body, broken tan head, no visible carbonation due to dark hue. Nose is pretty roasty, some floral hops (?), ends with resinous hops once it warmed. Taste mirrors nose, got progressively bitter on the backend, creeper, I was still tasting the resin on way out to car. Mouthfeel is coating, oily. Not bad, once John gets his CDA groove back on look out for the return of Skull Spliter!

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2011 18:39:43 | More by jdense
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2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this unintentionally at Burger Bar when I attempted to retrieve my CCBW bottlecap. Served in a pint glass.

A - Served with minimal foam. There's a collar of bubbles and some patchy haze on top, but no lacework. Dark mahogany brown body.

S - Molasses, earthy dark roasted malts, caramel and lightly toasted grains. Pretty understated with a strange vegetal aroma.

T - Taste is pretty bland, with some light chocolate and earthy malt character. Where is the hop flavor and aroma? Basically just bitterness in the finish.

M - Somewhat active carbonation, sticky medium body, some hop resins in the finish.

D - This is pretty bad - it was a struggle to work through my pint even for the discounted price of $4. My liver has better things to do.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2011 14:30:30 | More by MasterSki
Photo of CampusCrew


4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

at kickbacks

appearance: deep dark brown, nice head retention

smell: pine coffee, great

taste: Coffee, and balanced hops, not overloaded, could have used a little more maybe.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: nice offering by rogue and nailing down a style.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 15:31:09 | More by CampusCrew
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New York

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a sixteen ounce glass of this at DBGB on Manhattan's Lower East Side. I"m surprised I'd never seen this beer before. Very much like a standard ipa except for a slight bit more roastiness obviously from the dark roast. Very good.

The color was more of a mahogany brown that black with a light colored head and very refreshing looking, particularly for how dark it was.

Aroma was full of hops with that signature Rogue hop smell. Very nice.

Flavor was very IPA. Great hop bitterness combined with flavor and aroma and, again, a slight addition of roastiness.

A good beer that I hope to enjoy again soon.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2011 19:36:01 | More by david18
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North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap last week at the Mellow in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint glass near pitch black with a thin light tannish colored head atop.Roast and dark stone fruit aromas slightly overtop of piney hops,the hops were not quite as assertive as I thought they would be coming from Rogue.Piney hops are more assertive on the palate really providing a good punch,the dark malt and slight roastiness provides good balance.A solid ABA,good hops and a good dark malt profile.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 12:53:47 | More by oberon
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4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ale+Witch

A - It pours a deep chestnut-brown hue and is capped with an inch of tight khaki froth. Great chiffon-y lace is laid down, as well.

S - The nose is mostly evergreen, with notes of spruce and pine leading the way. There are small citric-tea nuances too, something like bergamot.

T - The flavor is refreshing for style; green and piney freshness with just enough malt presence to take a little edge off the bitterness. Which is not to say that it isn't bitter, because it certainly is; it is just that the bitterness doesn't overtake the flavor of the hop. The malt is generally roasty, with some vaguely peaty character, but the malt is definitely playing second fiddle to the hops' lead. There is a long bitter finish that seems to switch from hop to coffee-like at the very end

M - (Black)IPA. Good.

O - This is a pretty good take on the style; more hoppy, less malty, and a bit lighter overall than the (fledgling) style norm.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 09:27:48 | More by ktrillionaire
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3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a shaker pint.

Well named, since this is black as pitch, though there are some lighter maroon highlights. A brilliant pour begets a gorgeous one-finger head the color and consistency if pancake batter that doesn't recede at all.

Lots of roast and cocoa in the nose, along with the usual earthy notes from Rogue’s house yeast. Not much in the way of hops.

Some people like to argue that black IPA shouldn’t be a separate style, since they’re basically hoppy porters. This beer would be exhibit A in that argument. Lots and lots of roast. Burnt coffee beans, burnt bread, hints of sweet cocoa. Some earthy pine hops show up in the flavor, but mostly they’re noticeable as bitterness.

Soft, creamy medium body feels rather nice. Medium carbonation lightly prickles the tongue. Moderate bitterness.

Dad’s Little Helper tastes almost like a black English IPA — nearly roasty enough to be considered a porter, but with the subdued and earthy hops that exemplify British styles.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 23:01:54 | More by Phelps
Photo of Elimination


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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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty take on the style. Opaque body with significant lace, small white head. Complex inviting aromas of hops and some roast. Above average mouthfeel. Well malted, very drinkable.Not the typical Cascadian hops: Newport, Chinook & Rogue Micro Hopyard Rebel Hops.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 04:31:03 | More by Sammy
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3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: dark brown with one finger tan head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin layer of small bubbles, lightly carbonated with a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

SMELL: chocolate, coffee, smoky, roasted malt.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, chocolate and coffee with a lingering hop bitterness.

PALATE: thick and full bodied with light to medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a fine beer for the style, this style is just not appealing to me personally. I've had some beers brewed with chocolate and that worked but the coffee taste and roasted malt taste does not work for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 03:12:13 | More by HoppyBastard
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3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Ales are a fine bunch of scallywags. One thing I've noticed from the few of their brews that I've tried is that you're always in for an interesting ride, and it was with that in mind that I purchased the Black IPA, what you say? IPA and Stout flavours, together? Madness... madness indeed [insert blatantly evil laugh here].

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Deep dark bottomless brown murky depths in the body, with a sticky 1cm khaki cappuccino foam head. Looks like a delightfully tasty brew.

S: Damn this is one fine smelling brew. The combination of Stout aromas; dark chocolate, espresso and roasted chicory, with IPA aromas; pine/earthy/herbal hops and an unmistakable tobacco notes put this ale in a class of its own.

T: The taste is where it begins to lose the plot a little - when you have all of the above (in a quick recap: dark chocolate, espresso, roasted chicory, pine/earthy/herbal hops and tobacco) combined there is bound to a hodgepodge happening, and guess what? Bingo! Checkmate sir. Well it starts out with bitter chocolate/espresso and in between has that array of flavours battling for supremacy, and it ends with a bludgeon of medicinal herb bitterness. The only victor being that fantastic aroma.

M: Medium bodied with a bit of hop resin oil slickness and light carbonation.

D: As I got to the bottom of the bottle I began to understand, dare I say it; laud the heavy-handed taste of this brew. And I enjoyed the quirkiness, as I always do with any ale that thinks outside the box, but in this case I really wanted the flavour to match the quality of the aroma... alas perhaps it needs reworking scallywags.

Food match: This is definitely an ale for the next cigar society meeting, which I am not affiliated with, nor do I acknowledge the existence of.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 22:27:26 | More by doktorhops
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A : poured very dark with a red tinge, almost opaque, 1 finger of dense, light brown, big bubbled head which lasted the entire tasting leaving a very nice coating

S : scents of chocolate and coffee, malty

T : cocoa powder, black/dark coffee, nutty, pretty bitter

M : well carbonated and creamy into a dry bitter finish

O : I have had some delicious beers from Rouge, this was enjoyable but nothing besides the appearance really stood out for me. I found the smell to be mild, the taste to not be all that complex and it had a fairly strong bitter and dry aftertaste which i wasn't a fan of.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 13:02:37 | More by djoprahwinfrey
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Dad's Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.