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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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488 Ratings
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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 17
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 04-20-2011)
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Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

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
Photo of ROGUE16


4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-14-2011 22:30:03 | More by ROGUE16
Photo of mrfrancis


3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

A: Pours an opaque black with a puffy khaki head that sticks around for quite some time.

S: Aromas of pine, citrus, coffee, and chocolate are most noticeable on the nose. The smell of this beer is fascinating, though the individual scents do not really complement one another. Things could be a little better integrated and more refined here.

T: Notes of pine, mint, coffee, dark chocolate, burnt toast, lemon, blood orange, and grapefruit emerge after a grainy, tart entry. The finish is tart and toasty with an awkward combination of citrus, coffee, and chocolate flavors. Is this thing a stout or an IPA? It really needs to make up its mind.

M: Medium bodied and drier than expected. Carbonation is fairly firm. Like many other Rogue beers, this one gets stickier toward the finish.

O: Not bad. I've had other American black ales I like better, but this one is not bad. I would have liked to see the roasty, toasty dark malt flavors toned down a bit so the hops could have come across more clearly, but otherwise I have no real complaints with this one. Worth a try.

12-11-2011 13:38:16 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-10-2011 21:52:26 | More by djrn2
Photo of deapokid


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-02-2011 04:50:12 | More by deapokid
Photo of jenray


3/5  rDev -18.5%

11-30-2011 20:50:12 | More by jenray
Photo of Dizbro21


5/5  rDev +35.9%

11-30-2011 02:30:07 | More by Dizbro21
Photo of schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

11-27-2011 05:01:24 | More by schnarr84
Photo of cjdoerr

South Dakota

5/5  rDev +35.9%

11-26-2011 10:29:50 | More by cjdoerr
Photo of GarrettB714


5/5  rDev +35.9%

11-26-2011 05:35:46 | More by GarrettB714
Photo of russpowell


3.15/5  rDev -14.4%

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
Photo of wpreynolds

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-19-2011 23:52:17 | More by wpreynolds
Photo of ineva


5/5  rDev +35.9%

11-18-2011 20:42:18 | More by ineva
Photo of UncleWesticles

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +35.9%

11-18-2011 01:48:29 | More by UncleWesticles
Photo of Durge


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

A dark brown/mohogany color with a very healthy off-white head that settles down quickly and surrenders a very thorough lacing throughout. The aroma says chocolate malt with a tasteful touch of herbal hops. Full and beautiful. The flavor follows with a fairly aggressive herbal grass hop, sort of a seaweed bite over a pleasant malt with subtle milk chocolate pleasantries. It’s medium bodied with a somewhat thin but chalky feel that goes down easily with subtle carbonation. The flavors blend so nicely with plenty of hops to bring an easy smile of satisfaction for yet another Rogue success!

11-16-2011 03:40:08 | More by Durge
Photo of MemphisKev


4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-16-2011 03:15:17 | More by MemphisKev
Photo of Slatetank


3.45/5  rDev -6.3%

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
Photo of mkotsayfan


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours a dark black (with a little bit of red mixed in) with about a finger of head. The aroma is typical for the style, piney hops mixed with roasted malts, and a hint of chocolate. The taste also has the malts, but doesn't taste as "chewy" or thick as other black IPAs that I've had. It finishes off with some bitterness and chocolate notes, but not an overwhelming amount. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation, and is pleasantly creamy.

Overall this is a nice black IPA but nothing special. Worth checking out though if you can get it for a good price.

10-12-2011 05:25:15 | More by mkotsayfan
Photo of kennylopez

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured from 18oz bottle into goblet glass.

Appearance: Black with red hints and tan finger and a half thick head. great lacing and head retention as I drink it.

Smells: a light roasted malt smell with a mild floral hop and even lighter yeast smell that smells quite yummy.

Tastes: the unique yeast makes a great break through with a chocolate hint that blends with roasted malt and bitter hops make this an extremely well balance ale.

Mouthfeel: little burn from the 7% but more in the beginning. the carbonation and roasted character are the main focus when I drink it and enjoy how much flavor it has with a lighter crisp finish and the full body.

Overall: a good session beer with a lot of flavor in my opinion. I wish it was available in 12oz six packs, but that's just a wish. I like this brew, and will definitely pick up some more in the near future and like the tribute to Fathers. Good Job again Rogue!!!

10-11-2011 22:12:28 | More by kennylopez
Photo of Bighuge


4/5  rDev +8.7%

Dark ruby red. Clear. Thin beige head. Lacing is minimal. Aroma is chocolatey, roasty, yeasty and hoppy. Taste is solid all around. Roasted malt bitterness mingles with hop bitterness in a nice way. Bitterness is nice and clean. Chocolatey notes add some depth. Moderately carbonated. Good drinking beer.

10-06-2011 05:01:52 | More by Bighuge
Photo of HoosierInOhio


3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

Taken from my notes about 3 weeks ago.

A - Black with tan head, about 2 fingers worth. Great lacing

S - Chocolate notes, malty

T - Reminds of a porter, but with some bitter hops. Some citrus but taste 0 alcohol.

O - Pretty solid offering, would have again.

09-24-2011 15:20:48 | More by HoosierInOhio
Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6%

Poured a really dark mahogany color from a 22 oz bottle, with no ABV or freshness date.
Nice two finger light tan colored head that dissipates very slowly, leaving behind some excellent lace. Good head retention.
Aroma is all malty with hints of cocoa and milk chocolate. Didn't get any hops in the nose.
Taste, similar to the aroma is also very malty, roasted malts evident upfront with the bitterness taking over in the finish. Lingering bitter aftertaste which stays for a long time, but is surprisingly not too overwhelming.
Even though the name says IPA, this ale was more malty than hoppy. The bitterness was the only evidence of any hops present in the ale. This is definitely an interesting take on the black IPA's.
A good solid beer, but not for a weak palate or a palate that does not like a good experimental ale.
Definitely worth a try.

09-23-2011 02:17:10 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%

650ml bomber poured into tulip 15/9/11

A dark cola with a long lasting two finger head that leaves partial rings of lace well down the glass

S milk chocolate, actual milk, faint coffee and booze, with some piny, citric hops

T what I smell but with a burnt wood flavor that leaves something to be desired, tastes like burnt malt that I often love but its not working here.

M medium bodied and fairly creamy but the burnt malty aftertaste lingers much longer then I'd like in this case

O flavors holding this one back a little, not a bad beer but nothing worth bragging about

looked great, smelled good but couldn't keep up the pace in the end, at 8$ a bottle I doubt I'll be drinking another anytime soon

09-17-2011 02:52:33 | More by wordemupg
Photo of jculler82


3.13/5  rDev -14.9%

I'm reluctant to review this because I'm not sure of its age, but I will anyway.

Review is to style.

Looks great, black in the center with tobacco burst edges. Nice head, which is the shade between off-white and tan, and good lacing.

Smells great, but there are no hops. Chocolate all the way in the nose. I realize hops aren't a must in the American Black Ale style, but they called this one a Black IPA. There may be some faint fruity hops in the back.

Tastes great too, but no hops at all. Would make a really nice porter. Loads of chocolate along with the standard Rogue house flavor. There is a nice lingering bitterness after the swallow, but that's the only thing remotely IPA about this one.

Nice medium full mouthfeel.

Overall, great beer, I'd order another pint. That said, it's more porter than IPA, and if you're calling it a Black IPA, I expect some hops.

09-09-2011 22:49:30 | More by jculler82
Photo of IronLover


4.3/5  rDev +16.8%

Sampled from a bottle with no freshness date. Deep brown, almost black in color. Poured with a big frosty beige head that stuck around for the duration, leaving lots of sticky lacings on the glass. Combination of light herbal, pine and citrus hop aromas along with dark roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Medium bodied with assertive carbonation and a light resinuous feel Flavors constantly change from beginning to end. Starts off with a light milk chocolate flavor that carries through to the end but takes a backseat to all of the other dominant malts and hops. Dark roasted malt flavors come next that transition to coffee into the middle. Then the hops take over. Pine hops with a hint of citrus with the pine slowly intensifying to the finish. Malt flavor transitions from a dark roast flavor to a to burnt malt flavor at the finish as well. Hoppy pine bitter aftertaste but it does linger for long. Lots of great aromas and flavors. This was a great brew.

08-30-2011 02:05:09 | More by IronLover
Dad's Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.