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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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BA SCORE
83
good

525 Ratings
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Ratings: 525
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 21
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BEERchitect on 04-20-2011

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Photo of dancaplette
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of cbnz
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of Hirshi
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of VonZipper
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Rizalini
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Rathakem
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Reson
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very black appearance. Not an overwhelming head to it, but a decent amount of off-white head that disappeared quickly.
S - Not a whole lot of nose to this. Small amounts of roasted malt and coffee tones.
T - Very balanced between malts and the hops. Chocolatey and lite tones of coffee lead the taste with a hint of citrusy hops on the backend.
M - Very soft carbonation makes for an easily drinkable beer. Medium amounts of body.
O - A very enjoyable beer that I'd pick up again. Nothing out of this world, but something a little out of the ordinary that works pretty well.

Photo of amnesia85
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

front notes quite a while ago
A - Pitch black, decent mocha head with very respectable lacing down the glass
S - Cold press coffee and bitter chocolate, grassy, some citrus, a touch of smoky woodiness
T - Roasty, chocolatey, coffee, and leafy and slight citrus hop compliments, very well balanced flavours
M - medium body and smooth on the way down, an easy sipper
O - Haters gonna Hate on the surge in this style, but I am a fan and this is a fine example of the style, its strikes a great bold balance of hops and malt, Rogue seldom dissapoints

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3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Euston tap and served into a UK half pint glass.

Mid black akin to 'cola' in colouration with a thin off-white head that soon thinned to a small puddle in the middle of the glass.

Not a big nose to this beer, faint hop smells and a little roasted malt and caramel, a little underwhelming in this aspect!

Flavours outweighed the smell and I got pine, more hop than on the nose, roasted malt, a little sugar, raisen and a touch of cocoa.

Medium in body with a little soft carbonation about right for the style.

Overall an OK beer, entirely drinkable, but not setting 'my' beer world alight!!!

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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5/5  rDev +35.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.61/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I might be a little Rogue Bias (just because they've sent me a couple of free bottles that I cant get in ohio) but I was extremely impressed with this beer. I don't usually like Black IPA's but this was almost a combination of a smoked porter and an IPA. Had a smooth smokey taste, with a slightly bitter finish. Color was a deep black. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone with a passion for porter's or ipa's.

Dad's Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.