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
Reviews: 157 | Ratings: 580
Photo of t2thebro
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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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Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of beergoot
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
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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Photo of TheSarge
3.69/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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%
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 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 GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Bitterbill
2.91/5  rDev -21.1%
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 +4.9%
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 MoreThanWine
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Jparker37
2.43/5  rDev -34.1%
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 +0.3%
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 bump8628
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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 KTCamm
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark black with 1/2 inch of white foam. Settles mostly down. Oily pine smell. Like trees. Very light through, for an IPA. Light chocolate malt taste with a firm grassy hop. Firm IPA with a subtle maltiness behind. But more hop than anything else. Bittering holds. Smooth and tasty.

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Photo of far333
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep mahogany brown with ruby highlights. A thick half inch head of dimpled beige foam lingers long. Low floral and toasted malt aroma.

Initial flavor of orange rind and grapefruit hoppiness, mild piney notes. Some understated caramel malt underpinning, and a hint of roasted malt. Very bitter finish, difficult to tell if it's roasty, tannic, astringent, or piney.

Full mouthfeel, round and creamy. Okay beer overall, but would have liked more depth of flavor and complexity.

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Photo of estlinska
2.59/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a bottle, poured into a tulip. Poured very dark brown, almost black. Completely opaque with 4cm of off-white head that leaves lots of lacing. The nose is hard to coax out, but does eventual develop a dark roasted malt, char, and piney, grassy hops hiding underneath. Taste is that of stale coffe, bittersweet chocolate with some grapefruit that just do not play well together. The finish is very long with an unsettling hop bitterness and roasted malt that just sits there on your tongue. The flavors in this beer just seem to bash against each other. Not my favorite black IPA.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Had a finger and half of tan head on top of a brown body, color matched the bottle.

The smell was almost exclusively pine.

It had a sharp lemon and grapefruit taste at first, moved to a less bitter with the malt in the middle, and ended with pine bitterness that lasted.

The body is soft and medium with moderate carbonation.

It's a tasty drink and fairly strong on the "IPA" side.

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Photo of CHickman
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown that borders on black color and shows the brown when held up to light; huge creamy 2 finger tan head that faded slowly, leaving a layer on top and very good lacing clinging to the sides and foamy rings as it went down.

Smells of chocolate malt, roasted grains, caramel, cocoa powder, floral hops, herbs and pine cone/piney hops; a nice combo of roasted malts and hops, which is slightly more malt dominant. Not a classic IPA nose, but very aromatic and enjoyable.

Tastes of chocolate malt, floral hops, roasted grains, caramel, herbs, cocoa powder, coffee grinds, toasted malt, peat moss, pine cone/piney hops, biscuit, wheat bread, lemon zest, grapefruit and some bitterness that is part hops and part coffee, almost impossible to determine; tastes more hoppy and like an IPA than the nose lead on, and it’s almost fitting to call this brew a black IPA as it seems like dirt and coffee grinds were dumped into an IPA. The roasted malts and hops balance out reasonable well, and then the overall bitterness just cranks up control of the flavor with malt, hops and coffee in what seems like a tasty mash. Very flavorful, and a black IPA for any coffee fan out there.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, almost slick on the tongue, with very light carbonation, a medium chewy body and an intense bitterness that hides the alcohol well and leaves a nice hoppy pucker followed by an almost dry burnt coffee flavor that lingers for a while.

This beer grew on me and got better as the bomber went down. I like Stone’s Black IPA’s better, but this was a pretty tasty beer and one I’d definitely have again.

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Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I only tried the Malt Liquor once and cant really remember it so im in two different minds about them changing this to a Black IPA netherless its a style i like so its worth a shot and on pouring did someone say RED IPA or BLACK IPA as pours a very deep copper red hue with a nice two finger creamy head and lacing everywhere,the smell is dark malts,caramel candy and fruity resinous hops,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and really sessionable with tastes of toffee,caramelised plums,nectarines,candy and finished with bitter fruity hops and overall its alright but for me its more of a Red IPA then a black IPA and im left a little confused.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Tanish copper brown, nice foamy 3+ inch head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Malts, hops, sugars, cocoa, a slight yeast aromoa and some grapefruit/orange.

Taste - Nice hop bite mixed with some cocoa and chooclate malty notes. Added sugars balance this out some. Theres a big piney hop bite at the finish. The malts give this a porter-like flavor actually thats hopped up.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, tounge gets alot of hops, malts and sugars, were palate gets mostly hops with some cocoa and choclate. Aftertaste is hop bitter and a little sour.

Overall - Not bad, plenty of flavor just seems like its not balanced perfectly with the malts and hops. Would be better as a ipa or even just a porter other then the styles combined as one. Worth a drink, just not the best black ipa out there.

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Photo of babaracas
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't bought a Rogue product (other than the totally solid Yellow Snow) for 5 years, but the promise of a BIPA was too much to pass up. Pours an opaque very dark brown with two fingers of dense khaki foam, thick-ish sheeting on the glass. Looks great. Smell: smells like dehusked carafa... just the hint of roast and brown bread, spruce-y and vaguely citric c-hops. Taste: a little roast, some raisin-bread, pine and tangerine. Not amazing, but definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, biscuit, herbal, floral, earth, coffee, pine, and slight citrus. Some decent aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, earth, pine, floral, grapefruit, toast, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, earth, pine, citrus, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of bitterness with roasted malt flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slightly chalky mouthfeel that isn’t detrimental. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a really nice black IPA. This has a good balance between the roasted malt and hop flavors, which I tend to prefer in the style. Very enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After Voodoo Bacon Maple Ale I have pretty high expectations though I know I shouldn't. Deep murky brown color with a big off white head. Great lacing. Earthy and barnyard aromas. Some tar as well. As the beer breathes some roasted malt comes out. None the less, subtle nose. I'm excited to try this beer though as the ABV is higher than usually Rogue offering.

Very nice bitterness on this beer. The traditional Rogue pacman yeast gives this beer a semi boring edge but the hop and malt profile combine to make for something reasonably exciting. Well blended flavors of deep roasted malts and bittering hops make for a very bitter sip. The bitterness doesn't linger all to much though but instead subtle coffee and chocolate notes do.

For the style it's a rather good beer and a black IPA with a decent bitter quality. Still a dull style, but this one kind of stands out. It stands out as Rogue beer as well.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served into a SA perfect pint.

A - Pours dark brown with 1.5 fingers of rocky light tan head. The head retains very well and livens up to 1/2 an inch when swirled.

S - Citrus hops, roasted grains, nutty yeast, cocoa.

T - Aggressively bitter upfront with heavy roast and citrus rind. Some burnt cocoa in the background, the bitterness grows with more of a charred roast aspect. Finishes roasted with heavy grapefruit and bitterness covering the palate.

M - Moderate carbonation lightens the body to medium.

This was better than I expected. Aggressively hopped with plenty of roast and char character. Not the total package but very fun to drink.

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Dad's Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 580 ratings