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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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BEERchitect on 04-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 156 | Ratings: 578
Photo of thebrood1987
4.83/5  rDev +32%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent looking beer very rich looking with extremely nice lacing and frothy head. On the smell I get that roasted porter or stout like smell but then it quickly changes to all grapefruit/pine hops...the combo of the smells is earthy. It literally drinks like a sweet stout. You instantly get the hop bite and sweet stout flavors coming together in the beginning and middle and then that long bitter finish with the taste of grapefruit some citrus and mostly pine mixing in with the very roasted aftertaste as well. Coffee, chocolate, and some wheat tastes are in the malt and aftertaste. It leaves a dry bitter aftertaste from the malts and intense amount of roasted malts.

Rogue always gets a fantastic malt taste in my opinion. Always getting that sweet thick and robust malt taste. You can definitely tell they put a lot of different types of malts in here. Since its so highly roasty and sweet the hop flavors just mix in with that sweetness and try to push through the malts with a citrus graepfruity taste. Like I said though it ultimately ends with a pine/coffee roasted taste. Definitely a ridiculously top notch beer. This is my 2nd favorite Black IPA of all time right behind Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale.This definitely comes well recommended.

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Photo of rogueleonardi
4.61/5  rDev +26%
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.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of DavidST
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass, I couldn't find a date on the bottle.

This pours a dark almost black color, hints of light get through on the edges, a nice porter color though, with a large mocha colored head.

The smell is of roasted malts with some hops.

The mouth feel is excellent medium heavy thickness very creamy.

The taste is also excellent, you get a bunch of roasted malts up front and on the after taste you're hit with a wave of very hoppy bitterness (claimed 70 IBU on the bottle). A perfect mix of of porter and an IPA.

Overall, this is my favorite of the 3 black IPA's I've had with Hop in the Dark coming in second and Stone's version in 3. As I read the other reviews I guess perhaps I don't know what a black ipa is supposed to taste like, I think this is a perfect mirroring of two flavors, the roasted malts and the IPA, you get an equal amount of both and this makes for a very wonderful drink. With the stone the malts are almost completely masked by the hops and I sometimes forget I'm not drinking a regular IPA.

This is more of what I think a Black IPA should be like (apparently not knowing what the style is), this is a perfect balance between roasted malts and hops, this is one of the better beers I've ever had (and this coming from a guy who normally doesn't get Rogue drinks, although that might change now).

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Photo of Jeffo
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from the LCBO in Waterloo this past summer.

From a bomber into a snifter
IBU: 92
Bottled on 17 April 2014

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, creamy, light tan head with excellent retention. Clear bistre brown with medium levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a thick creamy cap with lots of lacing down the glass. A good wisp remains until the end and coats the glass on the way down.

SMELL: Roasted malts, light chocolate, caramel, with lots of floral and piney hops on the nose. Very aromatic. More pine comes out as it warms.

TASTE: Roasted and light chocolate notes up front with caramel sweetness and some floral hops at the swallow. Big, bitter chocolate burst before a bold and lingering finish of roasted grain, more bitter chocolate, floral and citrus hops, bitter pine and light lemon notes. Very flavorful and plenty of bitterness lingers. More pine comes out as it warms as well. Really nice stuff.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Enough weight. Good feel here.

OVERALL: This is a really, really good black IPA with a solid, almost stout base beer. Actually, this is pretty much a very, very hoppy stout with more than enough bitterness to satisfy any craving. Something I was very happy to drink and would gladly drink again if the LCBO gets more next year. Recommended.

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Photo of IronLover
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Dad's Little Helper Black IPA is an opaque black beer with brown highlights. It's topped with a generous, lumpy, light khaki foam that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a very grassy aroma with a hint of malt and maybe caramel. It has a smooth medium body with a soft, dry finish. It leaves the tongue a little ashy. The flavor is well balanced between charred roastiness, grassy bitterness and a touch of melanoid. There isn't really any sweetness and the flavor is quite smooth. The aftertaste is charred. This is very smooth and sessionable. The flavor isn't extreme, but it kept my interest the whole time I was drinking it.

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Photo of surprenant1138
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep burnt brown color with a half inch creamy tan head and good retention of lacing. Aroma is of coffee, some chocolate and vanilla, and burnt bread. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Taste is of burnt nuts, earthy, some coffee, malty, dry with some hops. Slightly smokiness is detected. Finishes with a very earthy coffee taste. For a black IPA, this is pretty tasty. I dig.

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Photo of chinchill
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle served in a lager glass.

An all around excellent Blac IPA, with fine looks including an ample and durable head, an inviting aroma, exceptional mix of dark roasted grain and hop flavors, and a soft and smooth but lively mouthfeel.
Great balance and blending of the hop and malt components - a trait that is all too rare in this style.

Overall: I certainly seem to like Rogue beers, on average, more than the typical beer geek. Two reasons, at least, I would guess. One is that Rogue suffers from some of the negative attitude cast towards some large, established craft brewers. Second, it seems I am a big fan of their proprietary yeast.

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Photo of t2thebro
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- dark with slight amber hues.

S- smells of black grains and a hint of smoke

T- huge dark malt profile, with bitterness to boot. This grain profile is what a dark or black ale is all about OUTSTANDING! bitterness from hops and subtle hop accents rock this beer!! Yum!!

M- medium carb, thick and a bit creamy. Good texture.

O- outstanding beer. This is a black ale with a great hop bitterness. Not an ipa! A black ale. Thats the only thing I have against this beer, the label. The ipa thing is a huge fad right now and a great moneymaker but this is no ipa. Maybe the best dark grains I have ever tasted.

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Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a two inch, creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: Aroma of coffee, hops, malt, and a sugary component.

T: Tasted of hops, a mild coffee quality, malt, some kind of sugary component, and an earthiness. A very solid and likable flavor all around.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth and dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: In general, I think Rogue is an overrated brewery, but Dad's Little Helper is a well made and drinkable beer. Very easy to like.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Rogue Dead Guy Ale shaker pint.

Look: Dark chocolate is the color of the body with ruby hue coming through on the edges in the light. A frothy, soapy cream colored head that doesn't recede much at all. Sheets of foamy lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts, rich dark chocolate. But then that thing -- that undeniable Rogue cedar, spice aroma.

Taste: Charred grains, bitter black coffee, spicy cedar.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy.

Overall: I like this beer a ton. Really good coffee, chocolate notes. The downfall is the typical Rogue aroma/taste that is in all of their beers, but that's their identity, so no worries. This was worth $5.99 for a bomber I think.

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Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

at kickbacks

appearance: deep dark brown, nice head retention

smell: pine coffee, great

taste: Coffee, and balanced hops, not overloaded, could have used a little more maybe.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: nice offering by rogue and nailing down a style.

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Photo of whynot44
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Opaque dark chocolate with Ruby highlights and a thick tan head that sticks around and produces some nice lace.

The aroma is rich sweet roasted malt with pine resin and a hint of chocolate.

The taste is similar with lots of dark roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate and a serious dose of grapefruit and pine resin hop bite at the finish.

Mouth feel is full bodied and creamy, very nice.

Overall an interesting and enjoyable brew, maybe just a bit heavy on the pine resin for balance.

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Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid all-around. This version of a black IPA embraces the roasted malt aspect of the style equally with the hops. Malt was not as dense or roasted as the hoppy porters known back in the old days as "robust porter," but more malt backbone than a hoppy brown ale. Hops were appropriately assertive, but well balanced. One of the better examples of the style.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thought this beer would be a good one to try while I'm on dad duty on a Sunday afternoon.

A - 4 - Good looking beer with about 2 fingers of light tan head with different sized bubble sparsely lacing the glass as it dissipates. Leaves a thick, patchy film of loose bubbles on the top.

S - 4.25 - Chocolate, coffee, espresso and roasted dark malts. Light hint of hops.

T - 4 - Not as good as I thought it would be. A lot of roasted flavors and hop bitterness. Some coffee and chocolate. The hops are piney. Just not as complex as I was hoping for.

M - 4.25 - Good medium carbonation, alcohol well hidden, leaves a nice roasted coffee bean and hop bitterness flavor in your mouth

O - 4 - It's alright, the bottle rocks harder than the beer. Cool name. I'd love to taste it with Wookey Jack and see how the two compare.

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Photo of jerrytodd
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having a shoot-out between this and SingleCut 'Ol Blackie IPA...

A: Black!

S: Has that Rogue smell (love) chocolate malt mixed with citrus/floral hops

T: I like this beer. More chocolate/roast than the SingleCut and more citrus than pine but there is pine in there. A touch too much astringent/chocolate/roast aftertaste, but not a bad thing.

M: Very good. A touch of sweetness helps here.

O: I really like this beer, one of the first Black IPA's I actually enjoyed drinking back in the day. If I were to nitpick I wish the black malt was smoother.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap last week at the Mellow in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint glass near pitch black with a thin light tannish colored head atop.Roast and dark stone fruit aromas slightly overtop of piney hops,the hops were not quite as assertive as I thought they would be coming from Rogue.Piney hops are more assertive on the palate really providing a good punch,the dark malt and slight roastiness provides good balance.A solid ABA,good hops and a good dark malt profile.

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Photo of kjpage1
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - really, really dark. Looks great in a glass with almost an inch of a tan/white head. Leaves some serious lacing all the way through.

Smell - kind of lacking. A little bitter/piny with some coffee thrown in.

Taste - big hoppy bitterness that finishes with some coffee and malty goodness. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - smooth feel, not overly aggressive or rough. Medium thickness and carbonation.

Overall - I liked it a lot; kind of the love-child between a stout and IPA, getting the best from both worlds. Great coffee taste and smooth mouthfeel while still having a hoppy/bitter punch.

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Photo of Brad007
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a beautiful brown head into my glass. Definitely the color of the style.

Roasted malt greets the nose followed by grassy hops that don't jump out too much in the nose. Very subtle.

Grassy/piney hops meld with roasted melt together well. Reminds me of Blackwatch just a bit.

Lingering grassy/pine from the hops and just a slight edge of roasted malt. Finishes clean.

This isn't a west coast hop bomb. Rather, it's a subtle and shall I say, balanced example of the style. It deserves an A for effort.

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Photo of shand
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a nonic.

This beer pours a deep brown color with ruby highlights. The head is big, off-white, and retains and laces very well. The aroma is quite nice, it's got a solid leafy hoppiness on top of a solid amount of roastiness. This one tastes mostly like a hoppy porter. The chocolate and roasted coffee tastes really dominate, with the hops providing some extra character. The mouthfeel is nice enough, it feels a little watery, but is otherwise nice. The drinkability is this brew's strong suit, this goes down very easily for 7%. Overall, a solid hoppy porter, not sure if it's deserving of being called a Black IPA, but still tasty for sure.

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Photo of 50wolves
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - poured into a tulip glass, pours toffee coloured developed a bubbly head that retains well, lacing retains. Aroma - malty with vanilla? Taste - oaky, nice mouthful, of foamy head that added character. Happiness that lingers and is appreciated. Mouthfeel - interesting to have a foamy / creamy head that is offset by an astringent element in the beer. Cool. Overall - I really appreciate this beer, it is well balanced. I really like the lingering hoppiness. Would recommend.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with a tight, light brown head that leaves a nice sheet of lacing.

Smells of deep roasted notes and an aggressive hop character.

Tastes of a slight wave of roasted notes that is crushed by a big hop bite. Malts have notes of coffee and espresso with some molasses as well. Very little sweetness is present. Hops are definitely the main act here and come in big and loud. Notes of grapefruit, pine resin, and grass all come through. A charcoal bitterness also comes through and adds to the hop bitterness. Finishes with a lingering roasted bitter note.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is an aggressively hopped black ale. Heed the warning that is called an IPA, although Rogue will probably give it fifty other names.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ale+Witch

A - It pours a deep chestnut-brown hue and is capped with an inch of tight khaki froth. Great chiffon-y lace is laid down, as well.

S - The nose is mostly evergreen, with notes of spruce and pine leading the way. There are small citric-tea nuances too, something like bergamot.

T - The flavor is refreshing for style; green and piney freshness with just enough malt presence to take a little edge off the bitterness. Which is not to say that it isn't bitter, because it certainly is; it is just that the bitterness doesn't overtake the flavor of the hop. The malt is generally roasty, with some vaguely peaty character, but the malt is definitely playing second fiddle to the hops' lead. There is a long bitter finish that seems to switch from hop to coffee-like at the very end

M - (Black)IPA. Good.

O - This is a pretty good take on the style; more hoppy, less malty, and a bit lighter overall than the (fledgling) style norm.

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