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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Reviews: 147
Hads: 548
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 6.59%
Wants: 21
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's like drinking an IPA and a schwarzbier at the same time.

Pouring a deep, deep burgundy and garnet, the beer is hardly opaque with only a sliver of ruby highlights shown. Lots of lace left over from a froathy, lightly tanned head and along with persistant retention.

Medium malt aroma is accompanied with sharp spicy, sprucy hops, zesty citrus, and with a roasty coffeeish roast. Boldness of hops and roast supresses estery character to a charred currant or plumb note.

Underlying sweetness of burnt caramel is dominated by aggressive earthy and citrus hops giving the flavor of pine resins and white grapefruit. The bitterness of hops is met with the dry roast flavor from the charred malts, giving a near ashy taste. Roasted fruit character weaves well into the caramelized malt and roast taste. A fairly dry taste dominates in the form of roast and bitterness, especially late.

Early and short lived creaminess makes quick work of malty textures and swiftly favors the dry roast and hop bitterness that comes in at mid palate a creates a long linger of bitter and roast. Though dry, the resiny and char far exceeds the memory of malt that halted mid way through the taste.

This is a very nice beer, but the dominace of roast and sharp piney bitterness creates some astringency and sharpness that prevents the beer from the pleasant dryness that other examples of the style exhibit. It's just a hair off of Stone's Sublimely Self Righteous Ale. (1,465 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard 22oz bottle - purple colour scheme for this one. After a weekend of celebrating Mother's Day, time for the flipside in honouring Dad, perhaps a wee bit early, but whatever.

This beer pours a clear, very dark rusty brown colour, with one fat finger of dense, chunky, and frothy pale beige head, which settles nice and lazily, eventually giving up a circumference of sticky mesa-esque lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet roasted caramel malt, molasses, buttered biscuits, dry chocolate, and mildly bitter citrus/pine hops. The taste is more toasted bready grain, with a lessening of the gritty caramel, steady bittersweet cocoa, hints of espresso, a mild milky char, and an uptick in the bitter herbal, leafy, and dry pine needle hops.

The carbonation is moderate, in a decently peppy manner, the body medium-full in weight for the style, and maybe a little too zingy for absolute smoothness. It finishes with a coup de grace of toasted malt, singed chocolate, and muddled, yet still bitter hop goodness.

With the (haltingly welcome) preponderance of Black IPAs hitting the market as of late, it's nice to see this big West Coast player jumping into the fray. And jump do they ever - the formula ain't complicated and Rogue pretty much nails it. Roasted and hoppy. Get used to it, I guess, at least for the time being. (1,337 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

brown color with a good clarity to it. A nice rich looking head of light tan rose up from the sides of the glass and reached a height of around two fingers before settling back down with a smooth and even lacing and a nice consistency hugging the glass. Aroma is a good bit hoppier up front then I thought it was going to be as well. This one just seemed to be full of surprises. Rich caramel and earthy grains lie underneath a bouquet of pine like hops. Quite light and very complex. I was extremely open to this one. First sip is smooth, creamy malts that wash across the tongue. Great complexity here now as well. Rich brown ale flavor, creamy, hints of earthy tones and a rich, subtly dry hop presence that seems to build and build. Last sips seem to be equally as well versed in sweet caramel notes as they are in dry, piney hops (834 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a light brown head of bubbly foam. It left thick sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled roasty with some strong pine notes. Some nice citrus notes, too.

T - It tasted of pine, citrus and a strong burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a very dry finish.

O - This is a nice black ale. (382 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A gentle pour yields two and a half fingers of medium brown head, resting on top of a completely opaque, black body. The foam settles slowly and leaves dense, sticky lace.

S - Sweaty pine hops with some caramel and dark, bready malt. A little bit of darker molasses is hiding in the background.

T - Brown sugar and caramel up front with some bitter, sweaty hops. More caramel in the middle with a bit of dark bread. The beer finishes with notes of pine, burnt toast, charred caramel and strong bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very representative of Rogue with their standard dry malt profile and a balance that favors harshly bitter hops. It works well up until the finish, but the hop bitterness and dry, burnt toast malt character both amplify one another in the aftertaste and become unpleasant and acrid. The price on this bottle was more reasonable that what I have come to expect from Rogue in recent years, but it still reminds me why I no longer drink a lot of their beer; they have made some classics, but they have also made a lot of beer that tastes like burnt toast. (1,127 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

An attractive black brew with a persistent foam and plenty of spritz on the tongue. Smells like burnt molasses. Fairly watery body.

Very burnt barley taste. Slight malt with a faint sweetness. Some people say this isn't an IPA. It is certainly extremely bitter and rated at 70 IBU. But it does seem to lack that fruity and aromatic character that a good IPA has. I think it's correctly categorized as a Black Ale, but an off-the-scale imbalance between hops and malt.

This just tastes like charred grain and utterly bitter hops. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Jubilation Fine Wines in Albuquerque. (600 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (998 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes

Pours mahogany with 2 fingers of tan head. Great lacing & average head retention

S: Dark fruit, brown bread, where are the hops??? Some wooody notes once warm

T: Herbal bitterness, charred grain, & astrigency up front. Dark fruit as this warms, some woody hops as well. Finishes with charred grain & astrigent notes

MF: Medium body, creamy carbonation, okay balance

Very disappointing as many Rogue beers are. If still lived in Colorado I doubt I buy any ever again, but still a somewhat viable option where I live... (540 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black hue I can't believe it doesn't have black patent malt, extremely light tan head forms thick and dwindles slowly. Fat chunky lacing spans the sides of my chalice. Aroma herbal earthy with a kick of resinous pine. The Chinooks really do complement the dark Black IPA quite well it's in line with the Troeg's Porter that packs loads of Chinook. Flavors are dark bitterness from the roasted barley and massive hop additions, I get bitter dark chcocolate and loads of pine sap and other assorted hop resins at 92 IBUs this is definitely an IPA...coats the palate with the bitterness aspects of the hop. Mouthfeel finishes each sip with a lingering bitterness medium bodied smooth natural carbonation, going strong keeps each sip worthy of the next. Overall an impressive black IPA a nice transition from the malt liquor formerly known as Dad's Little Helper. (873 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
2.73/5  rDev -25%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large, chunky beige head. It leaves extensive ring lace...some chunky elements. Dark brown color but bright light does pass.

The smell is a pleasant mixture of chocolate and bitter hop. There are elements of a porter and an IPA.

Starts with some darker, but weaker, malt notes. Thin body; high carbonation. Lots of bitterness in the swallow--this finishes like an IPA. Long aftertaste.

Overall, this is not complex but it is very flavorful. (443 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Rogue Pint glass because why wouldn't I?

Beer isn't black by any stretch of the imagination, at all. It is brown and really hazy, almost looks like a dunkelweiss if the head didn't suck so much. Some lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is roasty and has that Rogue aroma all Rogue beers have, I don't smell hops though...odd.

Beer is medium in body and REALLY BITTER. Aside from this beer being probably 70-75 IBU, it is not an IBU. It is a really bitter brown porter from what I can tell. It is not a black ale in the sense that you can taste all those chinook hops. Overall it was fine but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone that likes IPAs but if you want an interesting porter, knock yourself out. (727 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, biscuit, herbal, floral, earth, coffee, pine, and slight citrus. Some decent aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, earth, pine, floral, grapefruit, toast, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, earth, pine, citrus, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of bitterness with roasted malt flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slightly chalky mouthfeel that isn’t detrimental. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a really nice black IPA. This has a good balance between the roasted malt and hop flavors, which I tend to prefer in the style. Very enjoyable stuff. (1,081 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice mix of citrus hops and roasted malts. There is a dry, earthy character as well that adds a bit of complexity to the aroma. The taste is good. It has an outstanding bitter hop bite up front along with a solid malt base that boasts of pale, roasted, and patent malts. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable black IPA. It has a little more malt character than most which does hide a little of the hop character, but it's still quite enjoyable. (641 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
2.42/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing.

A: Pours a very dark brown/black, hard to tell really, with a one finger, foamy tan head. Nice retention and moderate lacing.

S: Lots of dark roasted malt and a little bit of coffee. No hops (pine or citrus) at all.

T: More roasted malt, a little bit of chocolate and coffee, but again no hop flavor. Slightly dry and bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied, slightly sticky, with somewhat lively carbonation.

O: Had I been drinking this blind, there is no way I would have ever guessed it a American Black Ale, there was no evidence of hops in either the aroma or flavor profile. The smell and taste aren't bad...just not to style. (683 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Right off the bat, I've got to say this is both a quintessential example of the style, but distinctly Rogue. There's that same sort of cookie note that comes off the Mocha Porter and Shakespeare Stout. There's a ripping grapefruit and pine hop character under big (but not heavy) roasted grains. The malts come off a bit like an amped up Irish stout. The finish is a mix of dark, bitter roasted grains and citrus rind hops. My only complaint is that the aroma is a bit muted. (475 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (1,078 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark ruby-brown coloring with a thin, low profile, filmy, off-white head that starts a solid half an inch and slowly settles into a filmy coating on the surface. Aromas of slight char, a malty backbone, and a subtle, resiny hops profile. Smells well blended, but light overall. Flavors are much more hop prevalent, and hop forward at that, with a resiny, bitter, very tangy hops profile followed directly by a strong roast and char characteristic with kills the bitterness, as well as highlights a subtle malt profile that is underlying on the palate. The aftertaste is tangy and bitter, with a slight drying feel in mouth after a round, robust body. Dry, bitter finish cleans the palate. Very drinkable at a solid 7% ABV...glad it's a bomber. (799 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dad's Little Helper is a Black IPA that's not quite black; these chestnut brown highlights illuminate the beer almost enough to make clarity possible, the overall darkish complexion notwithstanding. Head affixes to the surface and glass like scotch tape. It's everlasting and leaves decorative lacing.

Both hops and roasted malts are distinctly aromatic. A beer utilizing both, it stands to reason, is doubly aromatic. And this one is pretty fragrant. The bouquet offers coffee-and-cream bittersweet alongside tropical fruitiness and piny resins, all at an easy to appreciate volume.

Black IPAs really do have it all: bitterness, sweetness, citrus, resins, earthiness, and roast. Even relatively modest examples such as this manage all the above elements in appreciable quantities. This mouthfeel seamlessly switches gears between sooty dark chocolate and sticky forest pine and pithy tropical fruit skins. It's got a little of everything.

And this is also reflected in the flavour. There are tastes of cocoa, coffee, tree sap, tree bark, flowers, and an array of fruits that include pineapple, grapefruit, lychee, and orange. It's this multifaceted profile that makes immediate and repetitive sips so desired and necessary; one can go back again and again and constantly find different flavours.

That being said, Dad's Little Helper offers more of a superficial glimpse than it does a master class on the style; while thoroughly enjoyable there are, to be sure, more formidable examples out there. Those new to the style, however, are encouraged to cut their teeth on this. Rogue rarely does any wrong, and this offering is up to their usual solid, serviceable standards. (1,680 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the COOP a week or so ago.. I'm surprised I am just now getting to it.. 2 finger foamy lite brown head leaves nice lacing with a respectable cap. The brew is deep walnut... not exactly clear, but close.

The nose shows pretty good roasty qualities and nice dank hops... sorta verging on hoppy American stout territory..

Flavor is no where near as good as the nose, but still is redeeming.. dry roasty malts.. a good blast of "black" on the finish.. pretty dry with little in the way of malt sweetness... the hops show mid palate as citrus and linger pretty well into the finish..

A sipper and a thinker... enjoy it because the glass goes quickly..

Not the best "Black IPA" but very balanced and pretty damn drinkable.

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Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby red. Clear. Thin beige head. Lacing is minimal. Aroma is chocolatey, roasty, yeasty and hoppy. Taste is solid all around. Roasted malt bitterness mingles with hop bitterness in a nice way. Bitterness is nice and clean. Chocolatey notes add some depth. Moderately carbonated. Good drinking beer. (304 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours black with a 1 finger head of tannish foam leaving some decent lacing behind.

It smells kind of roasty, kind of hoppy, kind of balanced between the 2. I don't find the aroma very assertive.

The taste is more than just roasty, more like burnt. The hop presence is fairly non descript; basically just bitter. Add the burnt maltiness to the hop bitterness and you get bitter and dry. Like a fair example of a Foreign Export Stout.

The body feels like on the low end of medium with good carbonation.

I have to say that my palate is tiring quickly with this brew. Too one dimensional of a bitterness factor. I'm a bit pleased that I don't have more bottles... (667 characters)

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Dad's Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue Ales
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