Rogue Dad’s Little Helper ‘Black IPA’

Reviewed by on June 12, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Rogue Ales

  • Origin: Newport, OR, US

  • Rated On: June 12, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 7.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Cascadian Dark Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Come mid-June, thoughts turn to honouring the Dads in our lives, and Rogue has just the beer for that – an American Black Ale, or Cascadian Dark Ale, if you prefer, just don’t refer to it as a ‘Black India PALE Ale’ – shame.

This 22oz bottle pours a mostly clear, very dark rusty brown colour, with three fat fingers of dense, chunky, and frothy beige head, which settles nice and lazily, eventually giving up a circumference of sticky mesa-esque lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet, roasted caramel malt, molasses, buttered biscuits, dry chocolate, a bit of wet ash, and mildly bitter citrus/pine hops. The taste is more toasted bready grain, with a lessening of the gritty caramel, steady bittersweet cocoa, hints of espresso, a subtle milky char, and an uptick in the bitter herbal, leafy, and dry pine needle hops. The carbonation is moderate, in a decently peppy and somewhat fizzy manner, the body medium-full in weight for the style, and maybe a little too zingy for absolute smoothness. It finishes with a coup de grace of toasted malt, singed chocolate, and muddled, yet still bitter hop goodness.

With the Cascadian Dark Ale (my preferred moniker) now a well-established style in the market, it’s nice to see this big West Coast player continuing to pump out one of the better, and true to form versions. The formula ain’t complicated and Rogue pretty much nails it – roasted and hoppy.  I would proffer that this would be a good substitute for a banal lager and a cigar – maybe I’ve been watching too much Mad Men of late – but it certainly beats a tie as a Father’s Day gift!

Brady White

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