Dark Rain Black Pale Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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4.03/5 rDev +17.8%
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.
03-04-2012 16:13:37 | More by Cyberkedi
3.9/5 rDev +14%
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.
12-30-2011 23:16:54 | More by mudbug
3.85/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
01-01-2012 06:06:49 | More by Reidrover
3.85/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
02-06-2012 20:37:06 | More by bump8628
3.83/5 rDev +12%
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.
01-22-2012 03:13:52 | More by EmergingZymurgy
3.83/5 rDev +12%
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.
05-12-2012 07:19:18 | More by StoneTSR
3.8/5 rDev +11.1%
(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.
05-15-2013 20:35:31 | More by rhoadsrage
Dark Rain Black Pale Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
78 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.