Dad's Little Helper Black IPA | Rogue Ales

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Dad's Little Helper Black IPADad's Little Helper Black IPA

Brewed by:
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: 153 | Ratings: 574
Photo of whatthehull
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted July 11th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a la Chouffe tulip

A - a very deep, dark brown/black, one finger tan head and very little lacing

S - coffee, chocolate, pine, fresh water, toasted everything, tons of malts, lots of wood, earth and hoppy hopness

T - coffee, lots of Toastiness, deep malts, yeast, slight sugar, molasses, tons of earth, nice pine, a bit of chocolate, wheat, nice bitterness, wood, and a bit of fresh cut grass. This beer likens to very hoppy IPA, black lager and a European stout.

M - a bit chewy, carbonated, high acidity, medium body and long finish

D - not something you would want to sit and drink a sixer of by yourself, it's something you want to have once in a while and share with friends. Lots of complexity, well balanced and not your average beer. Don't try this if big, burnt and bitter aren't your thing

Final thought - $5 a 22oz and a 7% ABV. This one is for fathers and fathers day

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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 ShogoKawada
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pint on tap @ Pour Farm in New Bedford, MA.

Dark brown body, near nothing of a head but I didn't see how it was poured, so who knows. Nothing too special. Moderate lacing, sandy tan in color.

S- Lots of herbal and vegetal hop aromas and some dark roasty malt.

T- Kind of ashy bitterness followed by a hint of citrus. A good amount of coffee- really burnt though. Bitterness lingers and lingers. Not really on an even keel.

M- Robust, hoppy. Full and heavy on the tongue.

O- Meh. Kinda wish I ordered something else. It's not bad- but my mind kept drifting towards stone's sublimely self-righteous while I had this.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours nearly pitch black with an off white head that dissipates somewhat quickly. There is not much lacing on the glass.

S-Hoppy with some roasted malt.

T-Hops stand out but there is plenty of roasted malt. It tasted very smoky and even chalky to me.

M-Fairly thick and chewy.

D-The smokiness and chalkiness really cut into its drinkability for me.

Overall, this is only my second black ipa and from what I remember off the top of my head I enjoyed Sublimely Self Righteous much better. However, for fans of the style its worth a try.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Pours pitch black with a finger of beige soapy head, solid retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S – Some leafy hops off the top followed by milk chocolate and dark cocoa.

T – The dark roasted malts, espresso and milk chocolate come through amazingly alongside some floral, but bitter, leafy citrus hops. Fantastic blend on this one.

M – Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O – This is easily one of the best blipa’s I’ve had to date. Fantastic blend of dark roasted malts alongside the leafy hops. Highly recommended for fans of this style as it will surely not disappoint.

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Photo of cokes
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep twilight mahogany brown topped with a plume of pale khaki that is slow to recede and tosses lace all over.
The nose bring a weak coffee note, almonds, walnuts, spruce, chocolate oranges, and birch bark. Vanilla seeps out as it warms, wrapped in cigar smoke and cedar. It's an attractive aroma, but a stunted one.
Again with the weak, watery coffee suggestions as it eddies across the tastebuds. There's bits of smoke and toast and roasted nuts. Everything congeals towards burnt bagels in the middle, then the hops pelt down bitter pine resin balls tinted with white grapefruit, rusty tin, and chewed aspirin.
It carries a fleecy, almost airy, moderately carbonated body.
While not unpleasant in the least, but its not readily approachable either. It never gains a true identity, nothing coheres.

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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 Magpie14
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep brown, near black hues. Head is luscious, creamy and ecru in color. Lacing is outta joke. A massive film encompasses my glass. Great stuff

S: nose is heavily roasted and slightly hopped. Overall sweet and malty. Nothing to intense here

T: starts sweet with blackened malts. I find that the hops play a bigger part here. My tongue is getting a hit with a bitter bomb throughout each sip. This is without one of the better black ales/IPA's I have had in some time Good brew for the style.

M: medium feel and slick weighted body. Easy to drink and very accessible

O: nice beer from out west

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Photo of NickRivers
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A&S - Pours a deep ruby with plenty of off white head and some light lacing. Tons of citrus hops which I love to see in this style as apposed to pine, some lightly roasted malt and coffee but not much coming through that huge head(That's what she said).

T&M - Nice citrus and sweet malt on the front turns to this brutal roasted coffee and piney flavor that works together very well.

O - A lovely beer and sadly not for everyone...

As a huge fan of porters and IPAs I thoroughly enjoyed this one for its very well balanced and brings out all the lovely flavors of roasted malts and hops together without any intensity. Porters have that great dark, yet light bodied coffee flavor with slight bitterness that some people cannot resist, while IPAs have, depending on which one, citrusy and piney hop character. This beer combines all of these flavors very well, in what is in my opinion a well balanced beer with just enough complexity. I highly recommend this mostly because its a perfect example of the style and is highly available most of the year. Stay thirsty my friends.

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Photo of DNICE555
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Elis on the day off before the trav champ with the Larse. Dark brown body with an off white head. Smells nice and piney with some citrus and dark malt. Tastes nice and bitter. The coffe comes second. Smooth feel to it like all of the rogue beers. Overall a solid black ipa.

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Photo of Rutager
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy brown with a little red. Not much light gets through this. One finger of yellow, sticky looking head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Lots of citrus and some pine. A little toasty malt. Bitter finish.

Taste. Big hit of piney hops and citrus rind. A little coffee and roasty dark malt.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. Good dark ipa. Not as nice or pronounced as others of the same style in the dark portion, but nice and hoppy for the ipa part.

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Photo of isualum12
2.3/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the start let me say I am a rogue lover and apart of rogue nation.

That said I did not care for this beer at all.

Pours black with very little head.
Hardly any smell at all. Some hops but nothing like the beer. It is an understatement to say the smell did not prepare me for the taste.

Taste BITTER. Holly hop and bitter. You do taste some malt in there also but it is burnt malt. This is not smooth.

Mouthfeel is strong with carbonized.

Overall I am not a fan. I wouldn't reach for this again. All well. Rogue still brews my personal fav..

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Photo of axeman9182
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, part of Amanti Vino's June Beer of the Month club. I split it with a buddy and poured my half in my Dogfish Head signature glass.

Dad's Little Helper pours an intimidating black. The light cream colored head maxes out at about three fingers in height before slowly creeping down the glass. Lacing is left in a web pattern along the glass. The nose is burnt, roasty grains first, and some earthy and piney hops second. I'd really prefer to see the two switch places in terms of relative potency. The flavor maintains that same (unfortunte) balance, and the roasty malt character crosses the line a little bit into an acrid, burnt flavor. That's only accentuated by the mid palate bitterness. The earthy-herbal and pine hop notes do their best to soften everything that came before, but it's not enough. Body is about as mid-sized as I'd expect for a 7% beer, and carbonation is a little bit less than I'd expect, but still works well. To me, Black IPAs are a tough style to get right, the specialty grain to hops balance can be very sensitive, and ultimately Dad's Little Helper doesn't quite work out.

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Photo of KidsDoc
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Father's Day beer picked out and purchased by my wonderful wife for my first Father's Day (5 month old at home)

The appearance of this beer was its greatest quality. Very dark/cola-colored with a medium, soft tan head. Decent lacing. Looks inviting

Aroma was weak - not much to note here. Some distant pine and chocolate malt

Taste was malt heavy (not something I mind) but missing the IPA backbone. The hops were noticeable in the feel more than the taste (sticky/bitter coating on the tongue). Some might say balanced but the black/cascade IPAs I've had have still impressed upon me the hops character more than this Rogue attempt

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light. Slightly more carbonation than I would prefer

Overall: I am a proud Rogue fan. There is not much I do not like from Rogue. Unfortunately, this was not one that impressed me, and when looking again for this particular style I will go steer away from Rogue.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Right off the bat, I've got to say this is both a quintessential example of the style, but distinctly Rogue. There's that same sort of cookie note that comes off the Mocha Porter and Shakespeare Stout. There's a ripping grapefruit and pine hop character under big (but not heavy) roasted grains. The malts come off a bit like an amped up Irish stout. The finish is a mix of dark, bitter roasted grains and citrus rind hops. My only complaint is that the aroma is a bit muted.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Name wise this sounds like it should be what it was originally, malt liquor.

A: pours black with a finger of head, that is light brown in color. I did not wait to see if the head fell before I did a swirl to check the aroma.
S: first sniff was nothing, just water. After a few swirls I got a bit of pine hops and a light, dark roasted aroma, along with a touch of chocolate.
T: hops are more noticeable on the aftertaste than on a full sip. Flavor is mostly roasted malt followed by a mix between coffee, grapefruit and light pine.
M: hangs around a while on the palette. Otherwise it is a bit thin for the style.
O: like I started with the style is not right and a drastic change from the original. It is OK at best, there are better B-IPAs out there.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams Pint

A: Pours a nearly opaque chocolate brown with one finger of tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Pine and mangoes, good but not great.

T: Roasted malt up front, in the middle and through the finish. Hmmm, hops seem to be AWOL. Nope, slight bitterness on the finish. But IPA? Hmmmm. Second sip and now there's a bit of citrus hoppiness, but the malt really dominates. Tasty, but not what I was expecting for an IPA. Okay, after a few more sips, the citrus hops start to build, they are there in force now, just took a while to start up. Roasted malts never quit, though. Not really complex, but the flavors are good.

M: Medium body with a smooth feel on the tongue and soda-like carbonation.

O: Well, I really was expecting a lot more IPA hoppiness at the start, and this one is slanted a lot more to the roasted malt side. Nevertheless, quite tasty and I would buy it again. Give it a try.

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Photo of stellashay
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark in color, slightly reddish amber whe raised to a light. 1" head that was creamy and lasted for about 4 sips.

S: smoky, somewhat like chestnuts.

T: bitter at first with a creamy sensation followed by a bitter hoppy finish.

M: lightly carbonated, perfect for a heavier beer such as this.

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Photo of 9InchNails
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A brown frothy head. Crimson color body, I wouldn't say it's black like the name mentions. Lacing sticking to the glass. Bubbles can be seen through the hazy crimson red.

Roasted malt, chocalate also some hops but the aromas are quite weak. I had to really search for a fragrance.

This tastes more like a bitter tasting Porter than a Black IPA. Mostly roasted malt, burnt coffee, dark fruits, yeast, bitter chocolate and hops. It's certainly not bad; I was hoping for more of a balance.

Creamy medium body, carbonation is noticeable. Feels good in the mouth. It leaves the lips slightly sticky.

Overall, like I mentioned, this tastes more like a porter. I was looking forward to more of a balance between the hops and roasted flavor. Not bad but I don't think I will be searching for this again in a bottle but I would try it on tap if I had the chance.

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Photo of jdense
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rogue Public House PDX, $$$ like all beers here, poured into shaker pint glass, 5.14.11.

Dark brown almost black opaque body, broken tan head, no visible carbonation due to dark hue. Nose is pretty roasty, some floral hops (?), ends with resinous hops once it warmed. Taste mirrors nose, got progressively bitter on the backend, creeper, I was still tasting the resin on way out to car. Mouthfeel is coating, oily. Not bad, once John gets his CDA groove back on look out for the return of Skull Spliter!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black color. Thick tan head with a lot of lace.
Roasted malt and citrus aroma.
Grapefruit taste up front, followed by a taste of coffee and a little chocolate. Late kiss of piney hops.
Medium to full-bodied and on the dry side.
Very nice black IPA.

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Photo of phishgator
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Nice four finger head with a dark, almost black color to the body. Not quite black like a stout, but more like a porter. Some roasted notes in the nose along with spicy hops. Piney bitterness up front with the chinook hops. The roasted malt flavor goes through in the middle and then that piney bitterness shows up in the end. The body is medium and there is a slight astrigency from the roasted malt. IMO, this is an over-hopped porter. i guess it's worth a try, but not a plus.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a blackish body with one-finger head that dies quick and left a little lace patch or two. A sturdy, malty aroma of roasted, some coffee or toffee maybe, touch of caramel sweentess and only a hint of citric hop. Taste is more of the same and while alright, this is like an OK stout more than a black IPA. I get dry, roasted, bready malts and some sweetness as well in a fuller than regular IPA body, but I'm not getting much hop action at all. The carbonation and touch of hops lead to some semblance of balance and a little crisp finish, but the minor citric fruit flavors and sweet malt are overpowered. A decent beer but not my first choice if I want this style.

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice mix of citrus hops and roasted malts. There is a dry, earthy character as well that adds a bit of complexity to the aroma. The taste is good. It has an outstanding bitter hop bite up front along with a solid malt base that boasts of pale, roasted, and patent malts. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable black IPA. It has a little more malt character than most which does hide a little of the hop character, but it's still quite enjoyable.

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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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Dad's Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue Ales
3.66 out of 5 based on 574 ratings.
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