Dad's Little Helper Black IPA | Rogue Ales

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Dad's Little Helper Black IPADad's Little Helper Black IPA
580 Ratings
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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Ratings: 580 |  Reviews: 157
Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Tumble
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of Gww1864
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of rarbring
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dark brown brew with ruby hints, a tan head with little lacing, but good curtains.

Smelling of ensilage, peas and fruits, dried and tropical.

Tasting sweet, black and red berries, burned apple peel.

Little carbonation, rather fresh but with a small body, a dry finish.

Interesting combination, but did it really become a good one? Much hops, weak body!

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Photo of bark
4/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of t2thebro
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large, chunky beige head. It leaves extensive ring lace...some chunky elements. Dark brown color but bright light does pass.

The smell is a pleasant mixture of chocolate and bitter hop. There are elements of a porter and an IPA.

Starts with some darker, but weaker, malt notes. Thin body; high carbonation. Lots of bitterness in the swallow--this finishes like an IPA. Long aftertaste.

Overall, this is not complex but it is very flavorful.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of beergoot
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep reddish, chestnut brown body topped with a thick, creamy off-white head. Lightly charred grains and spicy hop aroma greet the nose. Hints of chocolate and kind of earthy...Immediate "bite" to the beer -- a combination hop bitterness and dry graininess...Pretty noticeable medicinal/alcohol-tinged aftertaste. Dry finish, light bodied and spongy.

A rather disappointing beer. Rather disjointed as far as everything pulling together; the appearance is the best thing, but the taste, especially, doesn't live up to the promise. A bit more malt presence to tone-down the alcohol notes would be nice. Some decent hop aroma also would be a plus...

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of TheSarge
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into an 18oz pint glass, and the brew makes three finger thick brown foam, and the body is almost jet black but shows off brownish red hues on the edge of the glass when held up to natural light.

The aroma is milky, chocolate, metallic, and slight coffee.

Taste wise, it's got mostly a dry coffee flavor. Full in body, very dry to the palate and slightly warm in the end.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Kromes
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark brown color with a thick tan colored head that leaves rings of lacing on the glass. A very floral hop aroma with some roasted malt, licorice, and chocolate. More of the same in the flavor. A nice floral hop flavor mixed with a slightly grainy toasted malt. The finish is where the dark chocolate bitterness comes through and leaves a bitter roast flavor on the back of the tongue. Feel is light with peppery carbonation. Pretty good beer. Good flavors and not too heavy like some other black ales.

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Dad's Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 580 ratings