Dad's Little Helper Black IPA
Rogue Ales

Dad's Little Helper Black IPADad's Little Helper Black IPA
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American Black Ale
3.69 | pDev: 13.01%
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Dad's Little Helper Black IPADad's Little Helper Black IPA
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Reviews: 157 | Ratings: 580
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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%
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%
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 +1.6%
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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Photo of Docer
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally found this at a Whole Foods..

- Big fluffy off-white head down to a thin layer on top... dark semi-cloudy root beer brown.. barely see through it..

- Smooth sweet malt, bready, grain.. crisp hops, bitter, floral, earthy and grassy... light roasted touch.

- Smooth sweet malts.. roasty, light cocoa.. grainy, huge bitter touch... grassy, earthy.. plenty bitter... lightly sweet.

- Medium bodied, plenty carbonated.. slightly chewy and drying.

- Overall this is a good CDA.. but doesn't quite top a few of the others that are out there. For the price this should be a double. The bitterness is this beers highlight.

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Photo of bobhits
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Feared that this might not be fresh but with only one other review, I suppose I’m pretty good.

More of a deep amber that looks black when not back light than black. Great head, good lacing, good retention, seems to have pretty good clarity for the style and given the black nature. I’d want it a high darker, but that’s me.

The roasted and charged aroma is dominating the nose. Citrus hops at the finish. A good swirl of this tulip brings out the hops and citrus notes a bit more.

A very light body to this beer. I’m really not noticing much malt characteristics and somewhat surprised given their presence in the smell. Piney great fruit, sharp citrus flavors are on full display here. They bite every bit of the roasted caramel flavors and hold them ransom.

Clean, smooth, and pretty refreshing.

I am guessing but this alcohol here couldn’t be very high. As a result this beer doesn’t really seem to be a substituted for something like Avery’s 17th or Stone Sublimely Self Righteous. It also seems to be needing that extra push to have a thicker body and perhaps a bit more malt flavor to work here. A decent beer, but not one I’d seek out again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Dad's Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 580 ratings