Dad's Little Helper Black IPA | Rogue Ales

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Dad's Little Helper Black IPADad's Little Helper Black IPA
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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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Ratings: 581 |  Reviews: 157
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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Photo of stampfler07
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of MSDaub
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Newbiebeer
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of hedgepigtails
4/5  rDev +9%

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

Pours dark, almost black, and true to its name. Nice head and hangs around well. IPA smell is not immediately present and is masked by the malt. Taste is pleasing with a good amount of malt balancing the beer - hops are harder to detect. Solid beer and even pleased a non-IPA companion.

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Photo of Iggy12
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark ruby-brown coloring with a thin, low profile, filmy, off-white head that starts a solid half an inch and slowly settles into a filmy coating on the surface. Aromas of slight char, a malty backbone, and a subtle, resiny hops profile. Smells well blended, but light overall. Flavors are much more hop prevalent, and hop forward at that, with a resiny, bitter, very tangy hops profile followed directly by a strong roast and char characteristic with kills the bitterness, as well as highlights a subtle malt profile that is underlying on the palate. The aftertaste is tangy and bitter, with a slight drying feel in mouth after a round, robust body. Dry, bitter finish cleans the palate. Very drinkable at a solid 7% ABV...glad it's a bomber.

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Photo of slavall
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of dbell23
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Bitterbill
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours black with a 1 finger head of tannish foam leaving some decent lacing behind.

It smells kind of roasty, kind of hoppy, kind of balanced between the 2. I don't find the aroma very assertive.

The taste is more than just roasty, more like burnt. The hop presence is fairly non descript; basically just bitter. Add the burnt maltiness to the hop bitterness and you get bitter and dry. Like a fair example of a Foreign Export Stout.

The body feels like on the low end of medium with good carbonation.

I have to say that my palate is tiring quickly with this brew. Too one dimensional of a bitterness factor. I'm a bit pleased that I don't have more bottles...

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Rogue Brewery in Newport, OR.

Pours a deep amber hue. What's that? Amber? Yes, it's almost too light to be a Black IPA. It might have passed without commend had it been a "dark IPA", but black is pushing it. Head is a bubbly ring of white which forms some decent sheeting lace. Body weight is very solid. Apart from the colour, it looks pretty good.

Nose is fascinating: initially brusque and noticeable pine resin mingles with a big hit of roastiness and a dash of smoke, hitting the dichotomy of the style nicely. This morphs into a savoury salt and pepper character as I get used to it. Nice.

Light bitey hops on the front come forward, before the hops crescendo, and fight off an attack from the smokey malt character. The culmination is a biting, powerful, almost astringent aldehyde bitterness on the back. Phwoar. This is not holding anything back... Feel is surprisingly light, but it works: it's at least something keeping the beer in check.

Overall, there's no doubting this beer's power. But it sure harms its drinkability. Maybe I'll just have one.

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Photo of durlta
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of erlenmeyer
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of MoreThanWine
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't always like black IPAs but I quite liked this. Poured a 1" light mocha head of medium life. Body is a deep dark burnt umber brown, almost like coffee. Smells of roasted malt and piney hops. Taste is a roasted malt IPA with coffee and dark chocolate and the zing of the IPA hops. Fairly long finish. Good stuff.

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Photo of flyingmick
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Jparker37
2.43/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into sam adams perfect pint.

A - Dark hazy brown. Big tan pillowy head. Excellent lacing throughout.

S - Some delicate pine and earthy hops, a noticeable amount of chocolate. You can smell a little bit of yeast. Belgian candi sugar reminiscent of a dubbel.

T - The bitterness hits you immediately right up front. There is little chance to savor any malt but the little there is has a nice toastiness. The hops come through as a very sharp bitterness with an unpleasant hop flavor that lasts well after its dry finish. Very much unbalanced.

M - Mouthfeel is rather thin. That light to medium-light body is very dry. Moderate carbonation.

O - Disappointed, I believe a good interpretation of the style to be darker in color, more american in hop smell, cleaner in flavor and thicker in body. All that said, there was a complexity to its smell that was enjoyable and it seemed to have good presentation in terms of head retention and size.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Deep mahogany color, not quite black. Beige head looks nice and holds together nicely. Eventually, a few spots of lace left behind.

Toasty malt, with roasted nuts. Hint of chocolate. Piney, slightly resiny hops along with some citrus notes.

Dry roast up front, maybe some bittersweet cocoa. A slight nutty feel. Sharp bitterness comes in a piney flavor. Bitterness lingers, but difficult to tell if it is more from hops or the roasty favors.

Medium body, good carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well. Pretty good, not my favorite style but it grows on me a little.

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Photo of ssjkyle
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of bump8628
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tend to avoid Rogue these days, but I can't resist a fresh release of Black IPA. Here we go. Pours black, thin ring of tan head. Herbal hops fight it out with a muted roast malt character - cafe coffee, roasted nuts. Hops continue to press on with their bitter, herbal, peppery, edge. Yeah, its ok for this young style of beer. Nice flavors, big bitterness. But I'm kind of sick of Rogue's shit - rebranding and renaming styles of beer, types of malt, and varietals of hops. Overpriced and under-delivered.

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Photo of beerme626
4/5  rDev +9%

Dad's Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 581 ratings
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