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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: 513
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 17
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 04-20-2011)
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Hopmodium, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Fatehunter
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Had a finger and half of tan head on top of a brown body, color matched the bottle.

The smell was almost exclusively pine.

It had a sharp lemon and grapefruit taste at first, moved to a less bitter with the malt in the middle, and ended with pine bitterness that lasted.

The body is soft and medium with moderate carbonation.

It's a tasty drink and fairly strong on the "IPA" side.

Fatehunter, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of dachp
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

dachp, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of cbcrunch
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

cbcrunch, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of CHickman
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown that borders on black color and shows the brown when held up to light; huge creamy 2 finger tan head that faded slowly, leaving a layer on top and very good lacing clinging to the sides and foamy rings as it went down.

Smells of chocolate malt, roasted grains, caramel, cocoa powder, floral hops, herbs and pine cone/piney hops; a nice combo of roasted malts and hops, which is slightly more malt dominant. Not a classic IPA nose, but very aromatic and enjoyable.

Tastes of chocolate malt, floral hops, roasted grains, caramel, herbs, cocoa powder, coffee grinds, toasted malt, peat moss, pine cone/piney hops, biscuit, wheat bread, lemon zest, grapefruit and some bitterness that is part hops and part coffee, almost impossible to determine; tastes more hoppy and like an IPA than the nose lead on, and it’s almost fitting to call this brew a black IPA as it seems like dirt and coffee grinds were dumped into an IPA. The roasted malts and hops balance out reasonable well, and then the overall bitterness just cranks up control of the flavor with malt, hops and coffee in what seems like a tasty mash. Very flavorful, and a black IPA for any coffee fan out there.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, almost slick on the tongue, with very light carbonation, a medium chewy body and an intense bitterness that hides the alcohol well and leaves a nice hoppy pucker followed by an almost dry burnt coffee flavor that lingers for a while.

This beer grew on me and got better as the bomber went down. I like Stone’s Black IPA’s better, but this was a pretty tasty beer and one I’d definitely have again.

CHickman, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I only tried the Malt Liquor once and cant really remember it so im in two different minds about them changing this to a Black IPA netherless its a style i like so its worth a shot and on pouring did someone say RED IPA or BLACK IPA as pours a very deep copper red hue with a nice two finger creamy head and lacing everywhere,the smell is dark malts,caramel candy and fruity resinous hops,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and really sessionable with tastes of toffee,caramelised plums,nectarines,candy and finished with bitter fruity hops and overall its alright but for me its more of a Red IPA then a black IPA and im left a little confused.

ADZA, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

MarkyMOD, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of wvsabbath
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Tanish copper brown, nice foamy 3+ inch head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Malts, hops, sugars, cocoa, a slight yeast aromoa and some grapefruit/orange.

Taste - Nice hop bite mixed with some cocoa and chooclate malty notes. Added sugars balance this out some. Theres a big piney hop bite at the finish. The malts give this a porter-like flavor actually thats hopped up.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, tounge gets alot of hops, malts and sugars, were palate gets mostly hops with some cocoa and choclate. Aftertaste is hop bitter and a little sour.

Overall - Not bad, plenty of flavor just seems like its not balanced perfectly with the malts and hops. Would be better as a ipa or even just a porter other then the styles combined as one. Worth a drink, just not the best black ipa out there.

wvsabbath, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of wizo
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

wizo, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of babaracas
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't bought a Rogue product (other than the totally solid Yellow Snow) for 5 years, but the promise of a BIPA was too much to pass up. Pours an opaque very dark brown with two fingers of dense khaki foam, thick-ish sheeting on the glass. Looks great. Smell: smells like dehusked carafa... just the hint of roast and brown bread, spruce-y and vaguely citric c-hops. Taste: a little roast, some raisin-bread, pine and tangerine. Not amazing, but definitely enjoyable.

babaracas, Jun 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

pshodge, Jun 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

djtomain, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Cramerican, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of dancaplette
4/5  rDev +8.4%

dancaplette, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of thefullpython
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

thefullpython, May 28, 2012
Photo of cbnz
3/5  rDev -18.7%

cbnz, May 22, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

superspak, May 21, 2012
Photo of Hirshi
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Hirshi, May 17, 2012
Photo of Googs
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Googs, May 15, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After Voodoo Bacon Maple Ale I have pretty high expectations though I know I shouldn't. Deep murky brown color with a big off white head. Great lacing. Earthy and barnyard aromas. Some tar as well. As the beer breathes some roasted malt comes out. None the less, subtle nose. I'm excited to try this beer though as the ABV is higher than usually Rogue offering.

Very nice bitterness on this beer. The traditional Rogue pacman yeast gives this beer a semi boring edge but the hop and malt profile combine to make for something reasonably exciting. Well blended flavors of deep roasted malts and bittering hops make for a very bitter sip. The bitterness doesn't linger all to much though but instead subtle coffee and chocolate notes do.

For the style it's a rather good beer and a black IPA with a decent bitter quality. Still a dull style, but this one kind of stands out. It stands out as Rogue beer as well.

jtierney89, May 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

VonZipper, May 15, 2012
Photo of StaveHooks
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served into a SA perfect pint.

A - Pours dark brown with 1.5 fingers of rocky light tan head. The head retains very well and livens up to 1/2 an inch when swirled.

S - Citrus hops, roasted grains, nutty yeast, cocoa.

T - Aggressively bitter upfront with heavy roast and citrus rind. Some burnt cocoa in the background, the bitterness grows with more of a charred roast aspect. Finishes roasted with heavy grapefruit and bitterness covering the palate.

M - Moderate carbonation lightens the body to medium.

This was better than I expected. Aggressively hopped with plenty of roast and char character. Not the total package but very fun to drink.

StaveHooks, May 11, 2012
Photo of Bradbury
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Bradbury, May 08, 2012
Photo of Rizalini
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into my Stone tulip.

A - Pours a dark brown color, with a finger of creamy light brown head. Nice lacing as it slowly fades.

S - Aromas of chocolate, smokiness, butterscotch, and a slight note of hops.

T/M - Dry, dark semi-sweet chocolate notes, and a dry bittersweer chocolate/hop finish.Nothing is really overpowering in this one, making it pretty easy to drink. Smooth, creamy medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

O - As I sip on it, I'm torn. I wanted it to be more, but it's not bad. I've had a couple better black IPAs, but I've had more that weren't as good as this. Definately a must try.

Rizalini, May 05, 2012
Photo of Rathakem
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Rathakem, Apr 23, 2012
Dad's Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 513 ratings.