Dad's Little Helper Black IPA - Rogue Ales
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3.9/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
05-09-2011 04:31:03 | More by Sammy
3.45/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
11-11-2013 03:17:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.75/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
04-20-2011 06:03:29 | More by BEERchitect
3.7/5 rDev +0.3%
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
12-15-2011 02:45:45 | More by mikesgroove
4.13/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
05-16-2011 12:53:47 | More by oberon
3.88/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
08-26-2011 02:23:56 | More by zeff80
3.98/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
05-11-2011 02:48:04 | More by biboergosum
3.55/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
05-23-2011 06:50:30 | More by nickfl
3.58/5 rDev -3%
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.
06-19-2013 23:34:13 | More by WVbeergeek
3.15/5 rDev -14.6%
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...
11-23-2011 00:41:47 | More by russpowell
2.7/5 rDev -26.8%
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.
05-23-2011 14:30:30 | More by MasterSki
3.48/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
05-19-2011 04:17:48 | More by drabmuh
3.45/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
10-18-2011 16:51:39 | More by Slatetank
3.9/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
06-01-2011 16:19:45 | More by WesWes
2.91/5 rDev -21.1%
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.
02-16-2013 05:53:05 | More by mactrail
3.75/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
09-16-2012 20:43:14 | More by smcolw
Dad's Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.