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

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Added by BEERchitect on 04-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 156 | Ratings: 578
Photo of Magpie14
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep brown, near black hues. Head is luscious, creamy and ecru in color. Lacing is outta joke. A massive film encompasses my glass. Great stuff

S: nose is heavily roasted and slightly hopped. Overall sweet and malty. Nothing to intense here

T: starts sweet with blackened malts. I find that the hops play a bigger part here. My tongue is getting a hit with a bitter bomb throughout each sip. This is without one of the better black ales/IPA's I have had in some time Good brew for the style.

M: medium feel and slick weighted body. Easy to drink and very accessible

O: nice beer from out west

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Photo of NickRivers
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A&S - Pours a deep ruby with plenty of off white head and some light lacing. Tons of citrus hops which I love to see in this style as apposed to pine, some lightly roasted malt and coffee but not much coming through that huge head(That's what she said).

T&M - Nice citrus and sweet malt on the front turns to this brutal roasted coffee and piney flavor that works together very well.

O - A lovely beer and sadly not for everyone...

As a huge fan of porters and IPAs I thoroughly enjoyed this one for its very well balanced and brings out all the lovely flavors of roasted malts and hops together without any intensity. Porters have that great dark, yet light bodied coffee flavor with slight bitterness that some people cannot resist, while IPAs have, depending on which one, citrusy and piney hop character. This beer combines all of these flavors very well, in what is in my opinion a well balanced beer with just enough complexity. I highly recommend this mostly because its a perfect example of the style and is highly available most of the year. Stay thirsty my friends.

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Photo of DNICE555
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Elis on the day off before the trav champ with the Larse. Dark brown body with an off white head. Smells nice and piney with some citrus and dark malt. Tastes nice and bitter. The coffe comes second. Smooth feel to it like all of the rogue beers. Overall a solid black ipa.

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Photo of Rutager
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy brown with a little red. Not much light gets through this. One finger of yellow, sticky looking head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Lots of citrus and some pine. A little toasty malt. Bitter finish.

Taste. Big hit of piney hops and citrus rind. A little coffee and roasty dark malt.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. Good dark ipa. Not as nice or pronounced as others of the same style in the dark portion, but nice and hoppy for the ipa part.

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Photo of isualum12
2.3/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the start let me say I am a rogue lover and apart of rogue nation.

That said I did not care for this beer at all.

Pours black with very little head.
Hardly any smell at all. Some hops but nothing like the beer. It is an understatement to say the smell did not prepare me for the taste.

Taste BITTER. Holly hop and bitter. You do taste some malt in there also but it is burnt malt. This is not smooth.

Mouthfeel is strong with carbonized.

Overall I am not a fan. I wouldn't reach for this again. All well. Rogue still brews my personal fav..

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Photo of axeman9182
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, part of Amanti Vino's June Beer of the Month club. I split it with a buddy and poured my half in my Dogfish Head signature glass.

Dad's Little Helper pours an intimidating black. The light cream colored head maxes out at about three fingers in height before slowly creeping down the glass. Lacing is left in a web pattern along the glass. The nose is burnt, roasty grains first, and some earthy and piney hops second. I'd really prefer to see the two switch places in terms of relative potency. The flavor maintains that same (unfortunte) balance, and the roasty malt character crosses the line a little bit into an acrid, burnt flavor. That's only accentuated by the mid palate bitterness. The earthy-herbal and pine hop notes do their best to soften everything that came before, but it's not enough. Body is about as mid-sized as I'd expect for a 7% beer, and carbonation is a little bit less than I'd expect, but still works well. To me, Black IPAs are a tough style to get right, the specialty grain to hops balance can be very sensitive, and ultimately Dad's Little Helper doesn't quite work out.

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Photo of KidsDoc
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Father's Day beer picked out and purchased by my wonderful wife for my first Father's Day (5 month old at home)

The appearance of this beer was its greatest quality. Very dark/cola-colored with a medium, soft tan head. Decent lacing. Looks inviting

Aroma was weak - not much to note here. Some distant pine and chocolate malt

Taste was malt heavy (not something I mind) but missing the IPA backbone. The hops were noticeable in the feel more than the taste (sticky/bitter coating on the tongue). Some might say balanced but the black/cascade IPAs I've had have still impressed upon me the hops character more than this Rogue attempt

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light. Slightly more carbonation than I would prefer

Overall: I am a proud Rogue fan. There is not much I do not like from Rogue. Unfortunately, this was not one that impressed me, and when looking again for this particular style I will go steer away from Rogue.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Right off the bat, I've got to say this is both a quintessential example of the style, but distinctly Rogue. There's that same sort of cookie note that comes off the Mocha Porter and Shakespeare Stout. There's a ripping grapefruit and pine hop character under big (but not heavy) roasted grains. The malts come off a bit like an amped up Irish stout. The finish is a mix of dark, bitter roasted grains and citrus rind hops. My only complaint is that the aroma is a bit muted.

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

Name wise this sounds like it should be what it was originally, malt liquor.

A: pours black with a finger of head, that is light brown in color. I did not wait to see if the head fell before I did a swirl to check the aroma.
S: first sniff was nothing, just water. After a few swirls I got a bit of pine hops and a light, dark roasted aroma, along with a touch of chocolate.
T: hops are more noticeable on the aftertaste than on a full sip. Flavor is mostly roasted malt followed by a mix between coffee, grapefruit and light pine.
M: hangs around a while on the palette. Otherwise it is a bit thin for the style.
O: like I started with the style is not right and a drastic change from the original. It is OK at best, there are better B-IPAs out there.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams Pint

A: Pours a nearly opaque chocolate brown with one finger of tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Pine and mangoes, good but not great.

T: Roasted malt up front, in the middle and through the finish. Hmmm, hops seem to be AWOL. Nope, slight bitterness on the finish. But IPA? Hmmmm. Second sip and now there's a bit of citrus hoppiness, but the malt really dominates. Tasty, but not what I was expecting for an IPA. Okay, after a few more sips, the citrus hops start to build, they are there in force now, just took a while to start up. Roasted malts never quit, though. Not really complex, but the flavors are good.

M: Medium body with a smooth feel on the tongue and soda-like carbonation.

O: Well, I really was expecting a lot more IPA hoppiness at the start, and this one is slanted a lot more to the roasted malt side. Nevertheless, quite tasty and I would buy it again. Give it a try.

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Photo of stellashay
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark in color, slightly reddish amber whe raised to a light. 1" head that was creamy and lasted for about 4 sips.

S: smoky, somewhat like chestnuts.

T: bitter at first with a creamy sensation followed by a bitter hoppy finish.

M: lightly carbonated, perfect for a heavier beer such as this.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A brown frothy head. Crimson color body, I wouldn't say it's black like the name mentions. Lacing sticking to the glass. Bubbles can be seen through the hazy crimson red.

Roasted malt, chocalate also some hops but the aromas are quite weak. I had to really search for a fragrance.

This tastes more like a bitter tasting Porter than a Black IPA. Mostly roasted malt, burnt coffee, dark fruits, yeast, bitter chocolate and hops. It's certainly not bad; I was hoping for more of a balance.

Creamy medium body, carbonation is noticeable. Feels good in the mouth. It leaves the lips slightly sticky.

Overall, like I mentioned, this tastes more like a porter. I was looking forward to more of a balance between the hops and roasted flavor. Not bad but I don't think I will be searching for this again in a bottle but I would try it on tap if I had the chance.

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Photo of jdense
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rogue Public House PDX, $$$ like all beers here, poured into shaker pint glass, 5.14.11.

Dark brown almost black opaque body, broken tan head, no visible carbonation due to dark hue. Nose is pretty roasty, some floral hops (?), ends with resinous hops once it warmed. Taste mirrors nose, got progressively bitter on the backend, creeper, I was still tasting the resin on way out to car. Mouthfeel is coating, oily. Not bad, once John gets his CDA groove back on look out for the return of Skull Spliter!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black color. Thick tan head with a lot of lace.
Roasted malt and citrus aroma.
Grapefruit taste up front, followed by a taste of coffee and a little chocolate. Late kiss of piney hops.
Medium to full-bodied and on the dry side.
Very nice black IPA.

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Photo of phishgator
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Nice four finger head with a dark, almost black color to the body. Not quite black like a stout, but more like a porter. Some roasted notes in the nose along with spicy hops. Piney bitterness up front with the chinook hops. The roasted malt flavor goes through in the middle and then that piney bitterness shows up in the end. The body is medium and there is a slight astrigency from the roasted malt. IMO, this is an over-hopped porter. i guess it's worth a try, but not a plus.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a blackish body with one-finger head that dies quick and left a little lace patch or two. A sturdy, malty aroma of roasted, some coffee or toffee maybe, touch of caramel sweentess and only a hint of citric hop. Taste is more of the same and while alright, this is like an OK stout more than a black IPA. I get dry, roasted, bready malts and some sweetness as well in a fuller than regular IPA body, but I'm not getting much hop action at all. The carbonation and touch of hops lead to some semblance of balance and a little crisp finish, but the minor citric fruit flavors and sweet malt are overpowered. A decent beer but not my first choice if I want this style.

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice mix of citrus hops and roasted malts. There is a dry, earthy character as well that adds a bit of complexity to the aroma. The taste is good. It has an outstanding bitter hop bite up front along with a solid malt base that boasts of pale, roasted, and patent malts. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable black IPA. It has a little more malt character than most which does hide a little of the hop character, but it's still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with a tight, light brown head that leaves a nice sheet of lacing.

Smells of deep roasted notes and an aggressive hop character.

Tastes of a slight wave of roasted notes that is crushed by a big hop bite. Malts have notes of coffee and espresso with some molasses as well. Very little sweetness is present. Hops are definitely the main act here and come in big and loud. Notes of grapefruit, pine resin, and grass all come through. A charcoal bitterness also comes through and adds to the hop bitterness. Finishes with a lingering roasted bitter note.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is an aggressively hopped black ale. Heed the warning that is called an IPA, although Rogue will probably give it fifty other names.

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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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Dad's Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue Ales
3.66 out of 5 based on 578 ratings.
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