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

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 109
Avg: 3.34
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 12-21-2011

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.
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Reviews: 46 | Hads: 109
Photo of TMoney2591
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Kinda sounds like a bad '90s action flick, doesn't it? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear midnight black-sienna topped by a finger of wan khaki foam. The nose comprises dank and musty moss, dark cocoa powder, and a touch of burnt molasses. The taste holds notes of mild menthol, old mint, treacle, light tobacco, and a bit of sweet maple syrup. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, the hops here seemed off-the-reservation, and the bitterness resulting from their collaboration with the dark malts was muddled and off-putting. It's beers like this that make me wonder why black IPAs (or "black pale ales", in this case) are so popular amongst brewers and drinkers alike.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of riored4v
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of godlessape
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Bfarr
2.27/5  rDev -32%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
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

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.79/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of vkv822
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of raszputini
3/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of imasloth
3.59/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of coldriver
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.19/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of MNJR
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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