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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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Reviews: 148
Hads: 552
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 21
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 148 | Hads: 552
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Rogue Brewery in Newport, OR.

Pours a deep amber hue. What's that? Amber? Yes, it's almost too light to be a Black IPA. It might have passed without commend had it been a "dark IPA", but black is pushing it. Head is a bubbly ring of white which forms some decent sheeting lace. Body weight is very solid. Apart from the colour, it looks pretty good.

Nose is fascinating: initially brusque and noticeable pine resin mingles with a big hit of roastiness and a dash of smoke, hitting the dichotomy of the style nicely. This morphs into a savoury salt and pepper character as I get used to it. Nice.

Light bitey hops on the front come forward, before the hops crescendo, and fight off an attack from the smokey malt character. The culmination is a biting, powerful, almost astringent aldehyde bitterness on the back. Phwoar. This is not holding anything back... Feel is surprisingly light, but it works: it's at least something keeping the beer in check.

Overall, there's no doubting this beer's power. But it sure harms its drinkability. Maybe I'll just have one. (1,078 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't always like black IPAs but I quite liked this. Poured a 1" light mocha head of medium life. Body is a deep dark burnt umber brown, almost like coffee. Smells of roasted malt and piney hops. Taste is a roasted malt IPA with coffee and dark chocolate and the zing of the IPA hops. Fairly long finish. Good stuff. (318 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
2.43/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into sam adams perfect pint.

A - Dark hazy brown. Big tan pillowy head. Excellent lacing throughout.

S - Some delicate pine and earthy hops, a noticeable amount of chocolate. You can smell a little bit of yeast. Belgian candi sugar reminiscent of a dubbel.

T - The bitterness hits you immediately right up front. There is little chance to savor any malt but the little there is has a nice toastiness. The hops come through as a very sharp bitterness with an unpleasant hop flavor that lasts well after its dry finish. Very much unbalanced.

M - Mouthfeel is rather thin. That light to medium-light body is very dry. Moderate carbonation.

O - Disappointed, I believe a good interpretation of the style to be darker in color, more american in hop smell, cleaner in flavor and thicker in body. All that said, there was a complexity to its smell that was enjoyable and it seemed to have good presentation in terms of head retention and size. (957 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Deep mahogany color, not quite black. Beige head looks nice and holds together nicely. Eventually, a few spots of lace left behind.

Toasty malt, with roasted nuts. Hint of chocolate. Piney, slightly resiny hops along with some citrus notes.

Dry roast up front, maybe some bittersweet cocoa. A slight nutty feel. Sharp bitterness comes in a piney flavor. Bitterness lingers, but difficult to tell if it is more from hops or the roasty favors.

Medium body, good carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well. Pretty good, not my favorite style but it grows on me a little. (578 characters)

Photo of bump8628
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tend to avoid Rogue these days, but I can't resist a fresh release of Black IPA. Here we go. Pours black, thin ring of tan head. Herbal hops fight it out with a muted roast malt character - cafe coffee, roasted nuts. Hops continue to press on with their bitter, herbal, peppery, edge. Yeah, its ok for this young style of beer. Nice flavors, big bitterness. But I'm kind of sick of Rogue's shit - rebranding and renaming styles of beer, types of malt, and varietals of hops. Overpriced and under-delivered. (508 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark black with 1/2 inch of white foam. Settles mostly down. Oily pine smell. Like trees. Very light through, for an IPA. Light chocolate malt taste with a firm grassy hop. Firm IPA with a subtle maltiness behind. But more hop than anything else. Bittering holds. Smooth and tasty. (335 characters)

Photo of far333
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep mahogany brown with ruby highlights. A thick half inch head of dimpled beige foam lingers long. Low floral and toasted malt aroma.

Initial flavor of orange rind and grapefruit hoppiness, mild piney notes. Some understated caramel malt underpinning, and a hint of roasted malt. Very bitter finish, difficult to tell if it's roasty, tannic, astringent, or piney.

Full mouthfeel, round and creamy. Okay beer overall, but would have liked more depth of flavor and complexity. (478 characters)

Photo of estlinska
2.59/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a bottle, poured into a tulip. Poured very dark brown, almost black. Completely opaque with 4cm of off-white head that leaves lots of lacing. The nose is hard to coax out, but does eventual develop a dark roasted malt, char, and piney, grassy hops hiding underneath. Taste is that of stale coffe, bittersweet chocolate with some grapefruit that just do not play well together. The finish is very long with an unsettling hop bitterness and roasted malt that just sits there on your tongue. The flavors in this beer just seem to bash against each other. Not my favorite black IPA. (583 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (1,635 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (835 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (1,081 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (912 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (661 characters)

Photo of Rizalini
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of Reson
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 (546 characters)

Photo of Ruds
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
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!!! (609 characters)

Photo of rogueleonardi
4.61/5  rDev +26.6%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip

A- Crazy dark black with reddish hues on the edges. 3 finger pale khaki head with tight bubbles, good retention.
S- Big malt variety up front. Caramel, some coffee, toffee and milk chocolate. Little bitterness from whatever hops they used but its a balanced smell.
T- Good amounts of hop bitterness up front, the hop flavoring is excellent though I cant quite put a finger on what they are. A lot of roasted coffee and caramel grains. Excellent roasted malt flavors. Flavors are perfectly balanced.
M- Goes down rather easy, no alcohol burn going down but i can feel it in the stomach. A nice creamy feel, thanks carbonation! Pretty dry aftertaste. Some sticky aftertaste.
O- My first Rogue beer and im now embarrassed to admit it. After having a few beers lately that were just meh, this made my day. This is very similar to the Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter by three floyds that I tried and loved recently. Get this if you cant get that or don't want to pay the 4-5$ difference. Cant wait to try more Rogue. (1,044 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 (834 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,073 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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... (540 characters)

Dad's Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.