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Dark Rain Black Pale Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

Dark Rain Black Pale AleDark Rain Black Pale Ale

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.33%


Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
IBU’s: 60.0 ABV: 5.6% Color: Black OG: 14.4

Ingredients: Dark crystal malt, Dark Wheat Malt, Nugget, Chinook, Crystal, Centennial, and Cascade hops.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 12-21-2011)
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is quite hoppy with smoky, yeasty and caramel hints. It pours a dark, barely transparent cola brown with a thick and fine-bubbled light tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Flavor has a hoppy and slightly bitter core plus smoky and grassy notes and hints of malt and unsweet chocolate. Firm-bodied texture has plenty of fizz and sass.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 16:13:37 | More by Cyberkedi
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mudbug

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the twelve ounce bottle with the oxymoronic description of a "Black Pale Ale" into a tulip pint glass results in a dark body with ruby tints and a one inch head that is hanging around quite a while, sticky lacing clings to the side of the glass as the level drops. Yep, It's dark alrighty, but nice looking.
Aroma is floral hops that are somewhat subdued with a note of char, not overpowering in any direction but appealing.
Taste is astringent hop bitterness upfront with a mild malt backbone that ends in a slight roast. Pretty simple really, with a good balance of flavors, thirst quenching and slightly dry on the aftertaste makes this one a nice drinker.
Priced at about a buck a bottle this is a nice easy drinking beer with some interesting attributes, I will buy it again if very fresh, but I think the hops are going to be somewhat more fragile than normal with age. The bottle is dated (I think julian?)
Overall, very nice and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 23:16:54 | More by mudbug
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz from a 6-pack from Fred Meyer,Salem. $7.99 Black ale with a really thick,creamy attractive,light tan head. good balanced aromas of toasty malts and spruce like hops Taste is also balanced..actually the toasty,coffee malts really combine well with the hops..very spicy hop in the end. Palate is OK..seems a tad undercarbonated..long ashy bitter aftertaste. Nice enough CDA..but a tad more carbonation would have been nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 06:06:49 | More by Reidrover
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not the most outstanding of the style, but I like the value for the money - $6.85/six. Starts off with a nice punch of herbal and piney hoppiness, which comes out more on the palate than in the aroma. The roast takes a back seat, which is the way I prefer this style, only lending some corner store coffee flavor on back end. Bitterness is actually pretty firm. Dark brown with an adequate mat of ecru foam on top. The ABV makes it a good weeknight pint.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 20:37:06 | More by bump8628
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EmergingZymurgy

Kansas

3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle a deep brown with thick light brown head. Head died down but stayed about half a finger thick throughout the beer. Decent lacing.

S: Smells of caramel and citrus. Slight floral aroma at the tail end. Also smells a bit grainy.

T: Tastes of citrus and floral hops. There are slight hints of chocolate and toffee. Maybe even some biscuit/bready hints in the beer.

M: A slightly sweet start to the beer with a drier finish. The beer is light on the tongue, sitting on the back. Slightly slick as well.

O: I am glad to have found this beer. It is not one of my favorites in the dark, hoppy category, it can still hold its own. I would recommend it to my friends and buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 03:13:52 | More by EmergingZymurgy
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StoneTSR

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Wow. That is one dark black pale ale. Almost no light gets through save a touch of brownish red at the very bottom of the glass. The head retention is impressive with an inch-thich, foamy head standing strong five minutes after the pour. Lacing is strong.

SMELL: It smells like coffee and hops along with something a little funky that I can't quite put my finger on. Maybe raisins? Not sure.

TASTE: Far too often these black IPAs taste far too much like hopped up Porters for me. This one, however, is a true Pale Ale with solid hop bill, decent dose of caramel malt and a nice, subtle roasted malt flavor.

MOUTHFEEL: Much lighter in body than the color would suggest, but it this beer is still full of flavor. A hoppy and bitter finish cleanses the palate at the end leaving a slight coating of citrus on the tongue.

OVERALL: Pretty damn good Black Pale Ale. I'll drink this one again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 07:19:18 | More by StoneTSR
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with microbubbles trailing up the sides and a sticky oatmeal colored head that last a bit.

S- This beer has a musty herbal hops aroma but it otherwise pretty clean

T- The slightly pungent dark woody hops mellows into a slight tart hint in the finish. There is a soft black malt bitterness that blends with some dandelion hop flavors in the finish.

M- the medium mouthfeel has a slight slippery texture in the finish.

O- The mellow flavor is more pungent that other hop flavors and the roasted black malt flavor grows as the beer opens. The tartness gets a bit stronger as it opens up aswell.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 20:35:31 | More by rhoadsrage
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hopwave

Washington

3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark cola brown, big two finger off white head... Very faint chocolate roasted malt in the nose. Taste is light hoppy/roasted malt... Mouthfeel is quite thin but they call this a black pale ale, a touch Oakey/ more bitter as the beer warms. Quite refreshing easy drinking for the style. If you like this style give this one a shot.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 01:41:18 | More by hopwave
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Bockrules

New Mexico

3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - pours an opaque used motor oil black with deep amber highlights. Very creamy, dense, two-finger tan head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind a couple large splotches of lacing.

S - Slightly chocolaty with some crystal malt and earthy hops. Not too much here.

T - A bit of roasted chocolate upfront. The body has a good deal of roasted chocolate and crystal malt notes a fair amount of cascade hops attempt to keep things balanced, but don't gel incredibly well with the malt. Roasty dark chocolate sensation of the beer passes over the back of the tongue transitions into a burnt coffee and cigarette finish.

M - Medium bodied and super creamy. Almost like a lighter stout.

Black rain is my first go with a Black Ale and was somewhat reminiscent of the Death and Taxes beer I sampled in San Francisco. The flavor profile of this beer was unique having characteristics of both APAs and Stouts. I found myself enjoying the beer austere finish the more I drank it. I might get a sixer of this seasonal while it lasts...

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 08:28:51 | More by Bockrules
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark chestnut brown with 1 finger of light tan head that creates tight-knit patterns of lacing.

S - Citrus and wet herbal hops, yeasty dough, creamy caramel, it has some earthy edges.

T -Lightly smoked sweet malt, cocoa is definitely present, pine and herbal hops provide plenty of flavor with an earthy bitterness. The cocoa rides through to the dry grainy finish.

M - Light to medium body, semi-coarse feel.

Love to see an ABA in a sixer! This is a good drinker. It's not gonna blow you but it provides an ABA fix for a great price. Will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 01:17:23 | More by StaveHooks
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown and garnet color with a thick film o' foam that lasts for all twelve ounces.

Aroma is a roasted to burnt mix of bread and powdered citric zest. The burnt malt and hop bitterness comes together well in the aroma.

Roast malt and hop bitterness combine to make a bitter yet "dark" pale ale. Citric and piney hop flavors mingle with roasted and burnt malt flavors. Palate is a little silky and oily. But easy to drink if you liek bitter and burnt. Cool beer, will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 20:14:14 | More by scruffwhor
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godlessape

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a pint glass, and was not disappointed with the finger sized head, and was also impressed with the density of darkness in the body. This is a murky, intriguing and extremely dark brown brew with only a hint of ruby at the very bottom of the pint. Wussies need not apply .
The smell is all fruit, raisins, rich sweet caramel, and a touch of citrus hops.
The taste is all about roasted grains, a hint of fruit, then ending with an markedly satisfying bitterness, that I was not expecting given the nose didn't detect that much hop. Guess the nose does not always know.
The mouthfeel is near perfect.
Overall, this is a great brew that should fulfill any beer geeks fetish with dark hoppy brews.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 14:01:24 | More by godlessape
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imasloth

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown, just short of black. Tan head- tons of carbonation with bubbles covering sides of glass and quickly cycling through head. Head does not persist, but thin layer over top does.

S- Sweet with light roasted malt smell. Medium bitter hop aroma.

T- Mild bitterness with slight chocolate malt notes before onrush of bitterness and slightly toasty aftertaste.

M- Medium-bodied and smooth. Carbonation isn't apparent, slight bitter afterfeel.

O- Good, but doesn't really justify why this is a black IPA. I'd like more dark malts in there.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 22:42:32 | More by imasloth
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Vancoubeer

Washington

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out dark but more like root beer and it foams up like a root beer with a creamy white head. held up to light you get reddish/mahogany tones so its not black when held to light. When not held to light its a very dark brown. The smell indicates there are hops in there and there is a scent of cream...most likely from the malt. wow..this is an interestiing beer. There is a lot of hops up front and it is blended nice with the dark roasted malts but not as profound as you would think in a black hoppy beer. Without checking, they had to use cascade hops. this tastes like a very watered down cascadian dark ale...the 5.6% is obvious in the after taste which is tame and easy to drink. There is no burn you would get from a really alcoholic CDA or IPA. And there really is no citrus tones you may get in a pnw IPA or CDA. This is bitter with that very subtle roastyness. As it warmed, i let it sit for about 15 minutes..you get a hint of that creamy almost vanilla tone in the after taste..not bad at all. The mouthfeel is pretty light but not dry. Overall this is a good beer. I would give it a b-. Since this is a low abv, they did good with the flavor but its not a session beer. Its bitter but the bitterness does not linger. I would like to have a sample of it off draft to compare but I would not revisit this again. There are other dark hoppy beers on the market but for Bridgeport, I like it. I normally do not like Bridgeport for some odd reason. So for the fact that I like it shows that its worthy for any hop head to try. Even stout or porter lovers should give it a go. But it is lacking the malts that I want and its pretty thin. With that said, I am very happy to try this beer and I must admit, I am impressed and is better thenI thought it would be..but definately a b - maybe a c+ but this is more than an average beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 05:40:37 | More by Vancoubeer
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours with two fingers of foamy light tan head over a dark body. When held up to strong light the body is shown to be smoky-red with slight cloudiness.

Smells of leafy mature hops with an underlying grassy note. Evergreen bush, pine bark, grassy fields and a bit of sharp floral. Sweet malt makes a little appearance as does a neutral yeast note.

The hops and dark malts play well together throughout the flavor. The hops are felt first, then the darker roast notes and coffee-flavor elements rise to the surface of the flavor. At the end the bitterness and slight astringency of the dark malts gives way to the hop bitterness, and both fade away in a decent aftertaste. No major flaws other than a slight vegetable note from the hops (subtle).

The feel is good with medium carbonation and medium body.

Conclusion: A mild mannered "American Black Ale". These come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and I seem to prefer the milder ones, of which this is a standard example. Weird oxymoronic name; fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 21:10:23 | More by allforbetterbeer
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zeff80

Missouri

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, tan head of fizzy foam. It left very little lacing.

S - It smelled roasty and malty with a touch of pine.

T - Piney hop presence with a strong roasted malt flavor. Some mild toffee flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay black ale. Another solid but not spectacular offering from BridgePort.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 01:56:07 | More by zeff80
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coldriver

Texas

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours an opaque black with good head and lacing. Aroma is very mild - slight smokiness, and a bit of sourness. Taste is roast malt, grassy hops, not much in the way of complexity. Mouthfeel is fairly flat with wet finish with a sour aftertaste. Not much of interest here.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 23:25:59 | More by coldriver
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lwillitz

Florida

3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - black body (dark ruby brown in the light) under a finger of bubbly light tan head; not much for lace or retention, but pretty nonetheless

S - malty with a strong presence of chocolate, earthy character, herbal hops

T - very strong roast malt and dark chocolate up front, smoke, hops join in with pine and a hint of lemon, bitter coffee and pine in the finish; very dry and bitter with little sweetness

M - thick medium body, high carbonation, dry and astringent on the palate

O - The individual flavors in this one are very good. Some sweetness for a better balance would help immensely. Despite a very nice combination of tastes, the dominating dry bitterness makes this brew disappointingly one-dimensional. Beyond that, something in the mouthfeel is off--somewhat coarse. In short, Black Rain has a lot going for it, but just needs some balance.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 00:41:26 | More by lwillitz
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - jet black in color, with about two fingers' worth of foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - hoppy, but as the label would hint at, with a roasted quality underneath. The crispness of the hops is what's smelled at first, but it does seem to have a darker side underneath that.

Taste - actually, it's a bit of the roasted/malty quality that hits first, but then right after you taste and feel the hops' presence. The middle presents with a musky quality, and the aftertaste is mostly just bitterness left over from the hops.

Mouthfeel - pretty well balanced, but does lean more toward the watery side.

Overall - not a bad tasting brew, but not terribly intriguing either.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 02:46:50 | More by Nerudamann
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes:

P: A full finger of frothy light tan head with decent retention that leaves a thin layer of silky lace on top of a body of dark brown almost black with ruby highlights.

S: Robust piney hops with roasted nutty malts, sweet dark fruits and a great dose of earthy freshness.

T/M: Taste follows the nose to a medium silky mouthfeel with big woody hops and grapefruit on the back of the throat. Dry and spicy after tastes that is complimented by molasses, apples, and dry grass. Big on hops but smooth and not over bearing.

O: Excellent black ale that is easy to drink and a great session beer that delivers outstanding taste. I picked this up for less than $7 and it was well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 02:46:01 | More by Hopswagger
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riored4v

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured in to a tulip. Somewhat translucent black body with hints of ruby. 1/4 finger head that faded quick.

Aroma was a bit citrusy, floral and hints of roasted malt. Nothing too complex, pretty straight forward.

Taste was a bit on the roasty/chocolatey side. Mild malty flavors, a bit bready. Citrus and grapefruit hop flavors that turn to a mellow bitterness.

Mouthfeel was light body, medium carb and crisp finish.

Could use a bit more malt and hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 01:44:49 | More by riored4v
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured clear and dark red-brown in color with a towering mixed density head. The frothy/creamy head was very durable but so large as to suggest over-carbonation. Tasting left the impression that this medium-bodied sample was indeed a bit over carbonated.

The aroma was just as expected for a beer marketed as a black pale ale: ample notes of dark malts together with (piney and herbal) hops. The flavor was largely as the aroma suggested, but a bit disappointing in that the hops made the beer a bit too bitter in relation to other aspects of hoppy flavors. The finish, nonetheless, was rather good, particularly as the bitterness faded allowing more of the other hop flavors and malt to come to the fore.

O: good for style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 17:07:34 | More by chinchill
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Docer

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.0)
- Pours a rather murky dark brown.. not quite black. Off-white foamy finger of head settles to a thin blanket on top and some bubbly lace about the glass. Overall a decent looking brew.

Smell: (3.5)
- Has a fruity signature Bridgeport hop aroma.. a little pineapple, citrus, pine perfume along a light and subtle grainy aroma. Overall this smells like a slightly darker version of their standard IPA. Nice crispy notes.

Taste: (3.0)
- Roasty light grain, a little bready and biscuity.. but overall light and not so sweet or chocolatey. If my eyes were shut, I might not know this was a CDA. Hop flavors are nice, and certainly the signature zesty herbal pine and light citrus hops. Much like their standard IPA, and not far enough into the CDA realm. Steel kettle-like flavors in the belch.. seems like that may be their yeast which I get in a ton of their beers now, where I never used to back in the day.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Overall this beer is well carbonated, and somewhat light bodied.. inching towards a nice medium body. Its a bit drying and cloying from the bitter hops, and leaves the mouth a bit parched as it should.

Overall: (3.5)
- The hop flavors are rather decent, and it's an easy drinker. But the malt just isn't there.. it is too much like their regular IPA. I would love a little more chocolate grainy malt along with all these hops. I hate to be overly critical, but I have been let down by the majority of their beers in the last 8 years or so. Don't know if I'd buy more of this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 01:47:16 | More by Docer
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Portland Brewery.

A - Served a dark brown, with red streaks when held up to the light. Only a few white bubbles form around the edges.

S - Roasted malts, wheat, and barley.

T - Roasted malts, kinda swampy. Barlye and bready. Slight nuttiness.

D - Good carbonation and average body. Slight bitterness.

O - Not sure what they were trying to do here, but not that great either way.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2012 03:29:43 | More by HuskyinPDX
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown to black, slight haze, narrow band of tan foam with decent retention

Aroma: touch of roast, but mostly piney/citrusy note

Flavor: medium malt sweetness balanced by a roast and piney hop bitterness combo; finishes dryish with a lingering, smooth roastiness

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, slightly mineral

Other comments: It's a pretty decent CDA, but not my favorite of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 23:24:28 | More by GreenCard
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Dark Rain Black Pale Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
78 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.