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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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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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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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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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Bfarr

Washington

2.23/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark brown with moderate tan foamy head with good retention. Light roasted malt and floral aroma. Taste follows with a light chocolate sweetness. Sharp biting feel.

“Black PA” makes less sense than “black IPA”. It’s really more like a slightly more hoppy porter with a strong burnt aftertaste. Ultimately, it’s pretty boring and the sharp feel is very distracting and unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 23:27:40 | More by Bfarr
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a chestnutcolor with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit & roasted grain

T: Roasty grain, woody & grapefruitty hops with astringency up front. Leafy & woody hops mix with a charred grain bitterness with just bit of cocoa sweetness. Finishes roasty with slight sweetness & a little more astringcy

MF: Medium bodied with firm carbonation, skews way too bitter

A fairly mediocre Black ale, I would've Bridgeport would've done better than this

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 01:31:51 | More by russpowell
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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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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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vkv822

Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours black with a thin, foamy light tan head.

Light roast and sweet malt in the aroma and nose. Very light hop bitterness. Pleasant enough, but fairly one dimensional and a bit subdued.

Medium-light body with prickly carbonation.

An average, but enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 08:06:53 | More by vkv822
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harrymel

Washington

2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled: unk
First "Dark Pale Ale" I've come across. Pours like a porter with no head. Smells of musty and dank hops with a strong cocoa presence on the malts. A hollow character to the nose - almost dry. Dark malts are stout like with some more earthy, catty hops. Almost like Old Raspy lite, but without the gusto needed to make such a great beer. Thin with moderate carb and off dry finish. This beer is another addition to the lexicon, but falls short of special.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 10:16:17 | More by harrymel
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black pale ale, the ultimate in misnomers or oxymorons. Does pour black, not so much pale. Decent small 1/2" head on top, not much for retention or lacing. Aroma, neutral, flat, not much in the way of hops or anything else distinguishable.

Taste, bitter, chalky, not really hoppy, or pale. Not bad, not adventurous, just kind of there. Bitterness without hop taste, eh, gettin' oldberg you know what I mean? Thin enough body that it does distinguish itself from a porter at least, for awhile there, it just seemed nobody wanted to use the porter moniker, threw a little more bitterness in and called it a black ipa.

Glad I only bought 1, not really losing anything there, decently priced, but just a run of the mill beer during the wonderful craft beer explosion of quantity and quality.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 23:34:46 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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raszputini

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really enjoy a lot of brews from Bridgeport, so I was a little disappointed to find this one lacking. It pours a thin dark brown, looking somewhat like a porter. The head is thin, bubbly and pale. There's very little nose. I would expect a little more hop aroma or maybe even some roasted malts, but all I get is faint metallic. The taste is decent, if thin bodied. It's pretty evenly balanced, with light roasted malts followed by a light floral hop nibble. Finishes clean. I guess I was expecting a little more flavor and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 01:50:04 | More by raszputini
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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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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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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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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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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug

A – Pours a very dark brown with a very nice two and a half finger head of khaki colored foam. Decent clumpy lacing.

S – Roasted malt and west coast hops. Overall aroma is mild to medium.

T – Predominant flavor is burnt graininess, followed by bitter, super grassy hops. Fairly well balanced between the two tastes, but neither element has much depth or complexity. The grains are roasty, the hops are bitter, and that’s about it. Some astringency in the finish.

M – Thin bodied, and finishes dryer than dry. Works decently well with other elements.

O – Black IPA’s are all the rage, and this one is a decent enough representation, but I found it somewhat lacking in depth and complexity. Not a bad beer by any means, but nothing here that separates this from the scores of other Black IPA’s flooding the market these days.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 04:08:41 | More by TempeBeerMan
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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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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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beergoot

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep, dark, mahogany red color, good clarity. Thin, light tan head (about half-finger) that quickly disappears to a thin film. Rings of lacing do line the glass after each sip.

The aroma is somewhat of a puzzle. Musky, slightly metallic in character with some roasted malt hints.

Taste is of slightly bitter coffee flavor along with slightly burnt toast. A rather sharp bitterness follows.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, good carbonation, finishing dry.

A so-so black ale that barely rates above average. Too much of bitter, burnt, metallic character.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 20:35:15 | More by beergoot
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oberon

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours into a standard pint glass more of a walnut brown than black with a nicely formed 1/2 finger lighter beige head,a few traces of lace were left behind as it settled quickly.Roast and leafy hops in the nose,while the aromas don't hit ya in the face they are nice enough.A pretty thin feel in the mouth almost watery in the back end,earthy and a little raw on the palate with mild roast,leafy hops come in late.Started out good but seemed to fizzle out once I actually started drinking it,many better ABA's out there to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 20:16:39 | More by oberon
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the with a dark black color and a medium thick head.
Odor is pleasant with floral and green notes. Pine/ green is there for sure and it is noticeable.
Taste is a little disappointing. I would call it average. Pleasant and hoppy at the beginning, but ending with strong pine note. The end is not pleasant, at least for me. Woody as well.
Mouth feel is pretty nice. It is somewhat coating.
Overall, a nice looking beer with a disappointing finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 23:01:04 | More by dexterk1
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, pours mahogany with a beige head, thick lacing on the glass and great retention. Looks good! Aromas are somewhat sour, roasty, pungent, and a little woody. Tastes are fruity up front followed by some roastiness, followed by a huge pungent hope bite with sharp astringency. Mouth-feel is creamy and smooth. Overall, the pungency of this one is very off-putting. I like a bitter beer, but the balance is off on this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 03:38:28 | More by barnzy78
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MNJR

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very average beer. Some off flavors knock this down to slightly below average in the taste department, and what is more important than that? Dark color, rich, creamy head. Smells roasty and piney. Good flavors are coffee-like malt, and an ESB style bitterness which is not bad - at first. Bad flavors are astringent, listerine, pine tar, and a lemon rind aftertaste. Thick mouthfeel. Way overdone in the piney hops department. Disappointed with this one overall. It leaves a bad impression and after one you don't want another.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 01:48:52 | More by MNJR
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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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Dark Rain Black Pale Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
78 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.