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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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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 22
Gots: 35 | 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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Ratings: 529 | Reviews: 146
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.68/5  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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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Dad's Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue Ales
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