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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

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

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.

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Reviews: 153 | Ratings: 574
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 peabody
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark coffee color with two fingers of tan suds that dissapate quickly.
Smell is coffee and chocolate and hints of raisin and charred malt.
Taste is bitter and black. Almost burnt malts and very little sugar. NO alcohol can be detected here. Hidden really well.
Mouthfeel is very dry and quite thirst quenching.
Overall it's not a bad try at a black IPA.

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Photo of output01x
2.61/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1 1/2-finger tan-colored head that slowly recedes to a thick, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a dark chocolate color with an orange brown coloration at the edges. Thin lacing is noticable throughout consumption.

Sweet, dark malts give no room for any hops aromas to come through. Notes of roasted coffee beans, milk chocolate, and caramel make for a pleasent nose for a stout. The lack of hops scents is rather disappointing.

A sugary, nearly sour sweetness strikes the tip of the tongue at the beginning of each sip. A sweet, citrus and honey flavor then takes over momentarily. This is quickly overtaken by a dominating dry coffee grounds flavor that slowly transforms into a bitter coffee aftertaste. Just like the nose, hops are nowhere to be found.

Medium bodied with decent carbonation, this beer is rather sippable and close to thirst-quenching. The carbonation helps to move the beer along, but also allows the flavors to persist just a bit too long.

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Photo of THECPJ
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger off white head

smell: roast, black patent,

taste: all roast, no hop presence

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this really wasn't a good representation of the style, was really disappointed in this one.


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Photo of mdaschaf
2.42/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing.

A: Pours a very dark brown/black, hard to tell really, with a one finger, foamy tan head. Nice retention and moderate lacing.

S: Lots of dark roasted malt and a little bit of coffee. No hops (pine or citrus) at all.

T: More roasted malt, a little bit of chocolate and coffee, but again no hop flavor. Slightly dry and bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied, slightly sticky, with somewhat lively carbonation.

O: Had I been drinking this blind, there is no way I would have ever guessed it a American Black Ale, there was no evidence of hops in either the aroma or flavor profile. The smell and taste aren't bad...just not to style.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this unintentionally at Burger Bar when I attempted to retrieve my CCBW bottlecap. Served in a pint glass.

A - Served with minimal foam. There's a collar of bubbles and some patchy haze on top, but no lacework. Dark mahogany brown body.

S - Molasses, earthy dark roasted malts, caramel and lightly toasted grains. Pretty understated with a strange vegetal aroma.

T - Taste is pretty bland, with some light chocolate and earthy malt character. Where is the hop flavor and aroma? Basically just bitterness in the finish.

M - Somewhat active carbonation, sticky medium body, some hop resins in the finish.

D - This is pretty bad - it was a struggle to work through my pint even for the discounted price of $4. My liver has better things to do.

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Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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 EgadBananas
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On cask at the Avenue for the ACBW finale.

A - This poured like mud. Cloudy brown, chocolate colored. Head was a light tan.

S - Aroma was fairly malty, and chocolaty with a fairly pronounced coffee profile.

T - Stark bitterness. Deviation from that was minimal. Light roasted, chocolate, and coffee notes, but you had to fight to recognize them. I love me some bitterness, but the balance was just skewed. Had the aroma played more of a part in the taste, It'd have been great.

M - The feel was pretty good; creamy and smooth, upper medium in body.

O - In the bottle, this is a great ABA, but the cask was largely unbalanced and off. I wish it had melded more completely...

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep dark brown body, finger head, ok lacing

S: malt, coffee, mild pine

T: roasted coffee, malt, pine, long slow bitter finish

M: med. body, mild slick/oily mouth

O: Rogue has done well here. Usually not a huge fan of the
style, but this brew was good. Interesting introduction for
newbies or seasoned beer lovers alike.
Found it to be more of a sipper.


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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 david18
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a sixteen ounce glass of this at DBGB on Manhattan's Lower East Side. I"m surprised I'd never seen this beer before. Very much like a standard ipa except for a slight bit more roastiness obviously from the dark roast. Very good.

The color was more of a mahogany brown that black with a light colored head and very refreshing looking, particularly for how dark it was.

Aroma was full of hops with that signature Rogue hop smell. Very nice.

Flavor was very IPA. Great hop bitterness combined with flavor and aroma and, again, a slight addition of roastiness.

A good beer that I hope to enjoy again soon.

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

Poured from a bomber into a Rogue Pint glass because why wouldn't I?

Beer isn't black by any stretch of the imagination, at all. It is brown and really hazy, almost looks like a dunkelweiss if the head didn't suck so much. Some lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is roasty and has that Rogue aroma all Rogue beers have, I don't smell hops though...odd.

Beer is medium in body and REALLY BITTER. Aside from this beer being probably 70-75 IBU, it is not an IBU. It is a really bitter brown porter from what I can tell. It is not a black ale in the sense that you can taste all those chinook hops. Overall it was fine but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone that likes IPAs but if you want an interesting porter, knock yourself out.

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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 silentjay
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

first rogue product I have purchased in a while, but I'm up to give any Black IPA a shot.

pours a thin, opaque deep brown to black with an average sized dense beachsand colored head that sticks at 1 finger in height and leaves behind decent lacing.

dipping my nose into the foam, I barely get much of an aroma, but what is there is some piney hops along with a sweet stout aroma with subtle roast.

starts with some woody hops, but then goes to a slightly roasty, but rather sweet stout with some buttery and metallic off-flavors that are detectable but stay in the background. finishes with a touch of roasted coffee beans and pine.

not quite medium bodied with ample carbonation, very little resin, and a electric/metallic sensation left on the tongue thats somewhat odd.

overall, its a good beer. As most Rogue beers are, its good. However, its not great. many other better choices for dollars less than this one.

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Photo of buyBinboaVodka
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First let me say how anxious I was to try this beer out. I have been really into black IPA's lately.

I poured this out of 22oz bottle into Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Initial thoughts of apperance was a nice dark brown pour with ruby highlights and a thiok cascading dark tan head that receded slowly revealing a nice layer of lacing around the glass.

The smell revealed hops and more hops. I got some faint pine smell along with a mild grapefruit acidic aroma.

The taste is pure hops followed by a bitter aftertaste of metalic dust. Being a black IPA, I really can not taste a malty presence in this beer.

The mouthfeel is slightly on the thin side but has a good feel to it.

Overall, a good beer that I will try again but I won't go out of my way to have it. I feel that Back In Black and Alpine Black IPA are better choices.

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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 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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Photo of Kendo
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Black body with nearly 2-finger foamy tan head. Leaves good foamy lace.

S: Roasted barley and that's about it. Not too strong in the nose either.

T: First impression: finishes with drying bitterness. Roasted coffee bean bitterness. Earthy. Thin malt foundation underneath - more roast, this time grains and husks, some charcoal as well. Bitterness becomes minerally/metallic as I get used to it. No sign of juicy, citrusy hops - until an ever-so-faint touch of lemon as it warms.

M: Slightly thin, call it slightly heavier than light-bodied.

O: Not a winner. It looks good, smells OK, but goes downhill from there. Could use more balance: some sweet malt to offset that harsh roasted bitterness.

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Photo of Phelps
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a shaker pint.

Well named, since this is black as pitch, though there are some lighter maroon highlights. A brilliant pour begets a gorgeous one-finger head the color and consistency if pancake batter that doesn't recede at all.

Lots of roast and cocoa in the nose, along with the usual earthy notes from Rogue’s house yeast. Not much in the way of hops.

Some people like to argue that black IPA shouldn’t be a separate style, since they’re basically hoppy porters. This beer would be exhibit A in that argument. Lots and lots of roast. Burnt coffee beans, burnt bread, hints of sweet cocoa. Some earthy pine hops show up in the flavor, but mostly they’re noticeable as bitterness.

Soft, creamy medium body feels rather nice. Medium carbonation lightly prickles the tongue. Moderate bitterness.

Dad’s Little Helper tastes almost like a black English IPA — nearly roasty enough to be considered a porter, but with the subdued and earthy hops that exemplify British styles.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Elimination
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass

Look is a pretty dark black a bit of light passing through sides a solid bubbly head.

Smell is a bit of chocolate, mocha, ground coffee, but very lackingin the hops besides a bit of grassy pine.

Taste is slight pine strong coffee, chocolate bit of earthiness.

Mouthfeel is a superb thick that really laces the tongue.

Overall. It's probably not a real close 'black ipa' more of a very hoppy stout. But being that this style is still new and argued over it's still a very good brew.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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 TheHoppiest
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours quite black with ruby glints at the edges. Head is an off-white/tan, about 1" high, with decent lacing on the glass as the head recedes.

Grassy smelling, with a spicy, almost meaty smell. Burnt toffee, barley, and malt; where's the hops in this thing??!

Burnt malt, almost smokey, with a nice bitterness to end it. This isn't your fruity, piney hop; these hops are dry and bitter. It opens a bit sweet as it warms, but the dry bitter finish remains.

Medium bodied, this is a smooth beer up front that ends nice dry and bitter.

This is a nice tasting, pleasant beer. Loom forward to seeing how it goes with my burger!

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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 JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the COOP a week or so ago.. I'm surprised I am just now getting to it.. 2 finger foamy lite brown head leaves nice lacing with a respectable cap. The brew is deep walnut... not exactly clear, but close.

The nose shows pretty good roasty qualities and nice dank hops... sorta verging on hoppy American stout territory..

Flavor is no where near as good as the nose, but still is redeeming.. dry roasty malts.. a good blast of "black" on the finish.. pretty dry with little in the way of malt sweetness... the hops show mid palate as citrus and linger pretty well into the finish..

A sipper and a thinker... enjoy it because the glass goes quickly..

Not the best "Black IPA" but very balanced and pretty damn drinkable.


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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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