Dad's Little Helper Black IPA | Rogue Ales

Dad's Little Helper Black IPADad's Little Helper Black IPA
BA SCORE
55.7%
Liked This Beer
3.68 w/ 580 ratings
Dad's Little Helper Black IPADad's Little Helper Black IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BEERchitect on 04-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
157
Ratings:
580
Liked:
323
Avg:
3.68/5
pDev:
13.04%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
51
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 580 |  Reviews: 157
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty take on the style. Opaque body with significant lace, small white head. Complex inviting aromas of hops and some roast. Above average mouthfeel. Well malted, very drinkable.Not the typical Cascadian hops: Newport, Chinook & Rogue Micro Hopyard Rebel Hops.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Field Of Drafts held at The Hanger in Lancaster, CA.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, citrus zest, weed, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but there is a definite weed aspect I am getting in the aroma.

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a will admit that my bottle has a little time on it, some some of the hops have likely faded, but this has held up nicely overall. its really nice to look at, creamy thick khaki colored head on a shiny black base without too much viscosity and without a single imperfection. it smells heavy on the roast without the caramel middle so many of thee have. its all ash and char, super dark and bitter. hops seem a little vegetal, but mostly bitter too. in the flavor there is some nice nuance, i get fresh blackberry and dried currants in the center, a neat quality in a style like this. the only malt i taste is that black barley, its so intense, charcoal and ash and a little smoke, very bitter and lingering on the tongue forever after the swallow. the berry element doesnt last, hops take it over too, again all bitterness. this is a big beer in that regard, not for the faint of heart, not anywhere near is approachable as some of these, not not mistakable for a porter at all. fuller body but not too thick, and decent carbonation, sort of creamy. the finish is aggressive, but the beer is flavorful, feels sort of wintery too me, and might be nice as a base in some chili or something. hard bomber to drink solo, but i managed...

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's like drinking an IPA and a schwarzbier at the same time.

Pouring a deep, deep burgundy and garnet, the beer is hardly opaque with only a sliver of ruby highlights shown. Lots of lace left over from a froathy, lightly tanned head and along with persistant retention.

Medium malt aroma is accompanied with sharp spicy, sprucy hops, zesty citrus, and with a roasty coffeeish roast. Boldness of hops and roast supresses estery character to a charred currant or plumb note.

Underlying sweetness of burnt caramel is dominated by aggressive earthy and citrus hops giving the flavor of pine resins and white grapefruit. The bitterness of hops is met with the dry roast flavor from the charred malts, giving a near ashy taste. Roasted fruit character weaves well into the caramelized malt and roast taste. A fairly dry taste dominates in the form of roast and bitterness, especially late.

Early and short lived creaminess makes quick work of malty textures and swiftly favors the dry roast and hop bitterness that comes in at mid palate a creates a long linger of bitter and roast. Though dry, the resiny and char far exceeds the memory of malt that halted mid way through the taste.

This is a very nice beer, but the dominace of roast and sharp piney bitterness creates some astringency and sharpness that prevents the beer from the pleasant dryness that other examples of the style exhibit. It's just a hair off of Stone's Sublimely Self Righteous Ale.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard 22oz bottle - purple colour scheme for this one. After a weekend of celebrating Mother's Day, time for the flipside of the equation in honouring Dad, perhaps a wee bit early, but whatever.

This beer pours a clear, very dark rusty brown colour, with one fat finger of dense, chunky, and frothy pale beige head, which settles nice and lazily, eventually giving up a circumference of sticky mesa-esque lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet roasted caramel malt, molasses, buttered biscuits, dry chocolate, and mildly bitter citrus/pine hops. The taste is more toasted bready grain, with a lessening of the gritty caramel, steady bittersweet cocoa, hints of espresso, a mild milky char, and an uptick in the bitter herbal, leafy, and dry pine needle hops.

The carbonation is moderate, in a decently peppy manner, the body medium-full in weight for the style, and maybe a little too zingy for absolute smoothness. It finishes with a coup de grace of toasted malt, singed chocolate, and muddled, yet still bitter hop goodness.

With the (haltingly welcome) preponderance of Black IPAs hitting the market as of late, it's nice to see this big West Coast player jumping into the fray. And jump do they ever - the formula ain't complicated and Rogue pretty much nails it. Roasted and hoppy. Get used to it, I guess, at least for the time being.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a light brown head of bubbly foam. It left thick sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled roasty with some strong pine notes. Some nice citrus notes, too.

T - It tasted of pine, citrus and a strong burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a very dry finish.

O - This is a nice black ale.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of chinchill
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
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 oberon
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
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 nickfl
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A gentle pour yields two and a half fingers of medium brown head, resting on top of a completely opaque, black body. The foam settles slowly and leaves dense, sticky lace.

S - Sweaty pine hops with some caramel and dark, bready malt. A little bit of darker molasses is hiding in the background.

T - Brown sugar and caramel up front with some bitter, sweaty hops. More caramel in the middle with a bit of dark bread. The beer finishes with notes of pine, burnt toast, charred caramel and strong bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very representative of Rogue with their standard dry malt profile and a balance that favors harshly bitter hops. It works well up until the finish, but the hop bitterness and dry, burnt toast malt character both amplify one another in the aftertaste and become unpleasant and acrid. The price on this bottle was more reasonable that what I have come to expect from Rogue in recent years, but it still reminds me why I no longer drink a lot of their beer; they have made some classics, but they have also made a lot of beer that tastes like burnt toast.

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Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

An attractive black brew with a persistent foam and plenty of spritz on the tongue. Smells like burnt molasses. Fairly watery body.

Very burnt barley taste. Slight malt with a faint sweetness. Some people say this isn't an IPA. It is certainly extremely bitter and rated at 70 IBU. But it does seem to lack that fruity and aromatic character that a good IPA has. I think it's correctly categorized as a Black Ale, but an off-the-scale imbalance between hops and malt.

This just tastes like charred grain and utterly bitter hops. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Jubilation Fine Wines in Albuquerque.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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Dad's Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 55.7% out of 100 with 580 ratings
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