Dad's Little Helper Black IPA - Rogue Ales
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3.8/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
07-24-2014 02:19:19 | More by biegaman
3.96/5 rDev +7.6%
Bomber picked up at the LCBO; packaged April 17 2014. Served slightly chilled.
Pours a deep ruby-brown colour, topped with over two fingers of billowing, frothy beige head. It recedes gradually but steadily over the next period of minutes, resulting in a lumpy cap and collar with multiple rings of lacing. A beautiful-looking ale for sure, with an approachable, interesting aroma that includes roasted malts, molasses and espresso. There is an earthy, herbal quality to the bouquet as well, with a suggestion of tobacco.
Very balanced for the style. Roasted malts, black coffee and milk chocolate notes are easily detectable initially, along with some molasses sweetness. Finishes with an earthy, herbal bitterness, and a lingering resiny aftertaste. On the heftier side of medium-bodied, with relatively low carbonation levels that give this brew a supremely soft, smooth, luxurious mouthfeel. The hop bill could use a bit of a kick in the pants, but otherwise this is a very good black ale.
Final Grade: 3.96, a respectable B+. Dad's Little Helper Black IPA is a solid brew, with a yummy malt backbone that should sit well with most stout/porter fans. Despite being quite bitter, the hops don't really seem to contribute many other flavours to this one, which is a little disappointing for a black IPA from the West coast. This would make a good introduction to the style, and there's no disputing that it's a well-made beer, but aspects of this one still leave me wanting. Worth a shot, but not a world-beater.
07-20-2014 06:15:10 | More by thehyperduck
3.39/5 rDev -7.9%
From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 26, 2014.
The pour is dark brown with reddish hues when held to the light leading up to a short-lived tan head.
Aroma of dark malts, molasses, earthy hops, raisins, and shoe shiner. Yup.
Medium body for the most part with an astringent texture.
The taste has a malt character but it is more like licorice or molasses. Muted sweetness. The finish is a tad bitter but not over the top. As far as Black IPA's go it is alright but I am not blown away.
06-26-2014 23:42:45 | More by puboflyons
Dad's Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.