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: 42 | 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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Reviews: 147 | Hads: 548
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 EgadBananas
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On cask at the Avenue for the ACBW finale.

A - This poured like mud. Cloudy brown, chocolate colored. Head was a light tan.

S - Aroma was fairly malty, and chocolaty with a fairly pronounced coffee profile.

T - Stark bitterness. Deviation from that was minimal. Light roasted, chocolate, and coffee notes, but you had to fight to recognize them. I love me some bitterness, but the balance was just skewed. Had the aroma played more of a part in the taste, It'd have been great.

M - The feel was pretty good; creamy and smooth, upper medium in body.

O - In the bottle, this is a great ABA, but the cask was largely unbalanced and off. I wish it had melded more completely... (683 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep dark brown body, finger head, ok lacing

S: malt, coffee, mild pine

T: roasted coffee, malt, pine, long slow bitter finish

M: med. body, mild slick/oily mouth

O: Rogue has done well here. Usually not a huge fan of the
style, but this brew was good. Interesting introduction for
newbies or seasoned beer lovers alike.
Found it to be more of a sipper.

GOOD, WORTH TRYING! (385 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (611 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 thebrood1987
4.83/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent looking beer very rich looking with extremely nice lacing and frothy head. On the smell I get that roasted porter or stout like smell but then it quickly changes to all grapefruit/pine hops...the combo of the smells is earthy. It literally drinks like a sweet stout. You instantly get the hop bite and sweet stout flavors coming together in the beginning and middle and then that long bitter finish with the taste of grapefruit some citrus and mostly pine mixing in with the very roasted aftertaste as well. Coffee, chocolate, and some wheat tastes are in the malt and aftertaste. It leaves a dry bitter aftertaste from the malts and intense amount of roasted malts.

Rogue always gets a fantastic malt taste in my opinion. Always getting that sweet thick and robust malt taste. You can definitely tell they put a lot of different types of malts in here. Since its so highly roasty and sweet the hop flavors just mix in with that sweetness and try to push through the malts with a citrus graepfruity taste. Like I said though it ultimately ends with a pine/coffee roasted taste. Definitely a ridiculously top notch beer. This is my 2nd favorite Black IPA of all time right behind Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale.This definitely comes well recommended. (1,267 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

first rogue product I have purchased in a while, but I'm up to give any Black IPA a shot.

pours a thin, opaque deep brown to black with an average sized dense beachsand colored head that sticks at 1 finger in height and leaves behind decent lacing.

dipping my nose into the foam, I barely get much of an aroma, but what is there is some piney hops along with a sweet stout aroma with subtle roast.

starts with some woody hops, but then goes to a slightly roasty, but rather sweet stout with some buttery and metallic off-flavors that are detectable but stay in the background. finishes with a touch of roasted coffee beans and pine.

not quite medium bodied with ample carbonation, very little resin, and a electric/metallic sensation left on the tongue thats somewhat odd.

overall, its a good beer. As most Rogue beers are, its good. However, its not great. many other better choices for dollars less than this one. (920 characters)

Photo of buyBinboaVodka
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First let me say how anxious I was to try this beer out. I have been really into black IPA's lately.

I poured this out of 22oz bottle into Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Initial thoughts of apperance was a nice dark brown pour with ruby highlights and a thiok cascading dark tan head that receded slowly revealing a nice layer of lacing around the glass.

The smell revealed hops and more hops. I got some faint pine smell along with a mild grapefruit acidic aroma.

The taste is pure hops followed by a bitter aftertaste of metalic dust. Being a black IPA, I really can not taste a malty presence in this beer.

The mouthfeel is slightly on the thin side but has a good feel to it.

Overall, a good beer that I will try again but I won't go out of my way to have it. I feel that Back In Black and Alpine Black IPA are better choices. (836 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 ktrillionaire
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (955 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Black body with nearly 2-finger foamy tan head. Leaves good foamy lace.

S: Roasted barley and that's about it. Not too strong in the nose either.

T: First impression: finishes with drying bitterness. Roasted coffee bean bitterness. Earthy. Thin malt foundation underneath - more roast, this time grains and husks, some charcoal as well. Bitterness becomes minerally/metallic as I get used to it. No sign of juicy, citrusy hops - until an ever-so-faint touch of lemon as it warms.

M: Slightly thin, call it slightly heavier than light-bodied.

O: Not a winner. It looks good, smells OK, but goes downhill from there. Could use more balance: some sweet malt to offset that harsh roasted bitterness. (702 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,016 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 Elimination
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (505 characters)

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 TheHoppiest
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours quite black with ruby glints at the edges. Head is an off-white/tan, about 1" high, with decent lacing on the glass as the head recedes.

Grassy smelling, with a spicy, almost meaty smell. Burnt toffee, barley, and malt; where's the hops in this thing??!

Burnt malt, almost smokey, with a nice bitterness to end it. This isn't your fruity, piney hop; these hops are dry and bitter. It opens a bit sweet as it warms, but the dry bitter finish remains.

Medium bodied, this is a smooth beer up front that ends nice dry and bitter.

This is a nice tasting, pleasant beer. Loom forward to seeing how it goes with my burger! (672 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a beautiful brown head into my glass. Definitely the color of the style.

Roasted malt greets the nose followed by grassy hops that don't jump out too much in the nose. Very subtle.

Grassy/piney hops meld with roasted melt together well. Reminds me of Blackwatch just a bit.

Lingering grassy/pine from the hops and just a slight edge of roasted malt. Finishes clean.

This isn't a west coast hop bomb. Rather, it's a subtle and shall I say, balanced example of the style. It deserves an A for effort. (534 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.

4/4/3.5/3.5/4 (760 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally found this at a Whole Foods..

- Big fluffy off-white head down to a thin layer on top... dark semi-cloudy root beer brown.. barely see through it..

- Smooth sweet malt, bready, grain.. crisp hops, bitter, floral, earthy and grassy... light roasted touch.

- Smooth sweet malts.. roasty, light cocoa.. grainy, huge bitter touch... grassy, earthy.. plenty bitter... lightly sweet.

- Medium bodied, plenty carbonated.. slightly chewy and drying.

- Overall this is a good CDA.. but doesn't quite top a few of the others that are out there. For the price this should be a double. The bitterness is this beers highlight. (630 characters)

Photo of bobhits
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Feared that this might not be fresh but with only one other review, I suppose I’m pretty good.

More of a deep amber that looks black when not back light than black. Great head, good lacing, good retention, seems to have pretty good clarity for the style and given the black nature. I’d want it a high darker, but that’s me.

The roasted and charged aroma is dominating the nose. Citrus hops at the finish. A good swirl of this tulip brings out the hops and citrus notes a bit more.

A very light body to this beer. I’m really not noticing much malt characteristics and somewhat surprised given their presence in the smell. Piney great fruit, sharp citrus flavors are on full display here. They bite every bit of the roasted caramel flavors and hold them ransom.

Clean, smooth, and pretty refreshing.

I am guessing but this alcohol here couldn’t be very high. As a result this beer doesn’t really seem to be a substituted for something like Avery’s 17th or Stone Sublimely Self Righteous. It also seems to be needing that extra push to have a thicker body and perhaps a bit more malt flavor to work here. A decent beer, but not one I’d seek out again. (1,173 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)

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Dad's Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.