This Spring, a revised version ofÂ "Dad's Little Helper" from Rogue will be hitting the shelves of your favorite beer store. Up until now, Dad's Little Helper has been aÂ lightly hopped, cornÂ adjunct-ed, high ABV American Malt Liquor; brewed to honor Dads and Father's Day.
This is one of those beers that you've probably picked up a bottle to try, but haven't been out hunting it down after that first sample. Although, it's a good example of the style and I can appreciate Rogue doing something the big brewers are doing (malt liquor) but with an attention to quality and presentation on par with their other offerings, but this style just isn't for me.
Fast forward to April/May 2011 and Rogue has revamped their Little Helper, with plans of switching styles to a Black IPA Â or Cascadian Dark Ale. Call it what you will...not necessarily a completely new style, but it's definitely the latest trend in craft brewing and we dig it. In my opinion, Rogue is making a great move here; turning what is probably one of their lowest selling products into a new brew that is sure to move.
Looking forward to tasting this one, be sure to check back for a review on this one sometime late Spring! In the meantime, here's what Rogue has to say about it:
Dadâ€™s Little Helper Black IPA is deep mahogany in color with roasted malt and hop aromas and dense creamy head. It enters the palate with intense hop flavor and coats the tongue with a rich maltiness from the Rogue Farms Risk Malt.
Malts: Malteries Franco-Belges Carawheat, Weyermann Melanoidin, Wyermann Carafe Special II, & Rogue Micro Barley Farm Risk Malts
Hops: Newport, Chinook & Rogue Micro Hopyard Rebel