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

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Dark Rain Black Pale AleDark Rain Black Pale Ale

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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 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 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 ChainGangGuy
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispenses a very dark brown, near black body with a sudsy, beige head. Very thin lacing on the descent.

Smell: Floral, citrusy hops in the nose backed up by only a little bit of basic roast.

Taste: Roasted grains with very, very little sweetness going on. Then, citric, floral, raw piney hop flavors with plenty of apparent bitterness, as there was never any substantial maltiness to hold it back, just dark malts working only to produce the dark hue. The hop flavors slowly fade out (alongside a quickly thinning mouthfeel) past the dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I don't mean to dark rain on anyone's parade, but I just didn't like it. Simple as that.

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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 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 chinchill
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Black 'Pale' Ale" .... really? Pours with a nice dark tan head... the brew is black with no light escaping.

Aromas are mainly piney hops with some background roast... hints of caramel or maybe even diacetyl.

Flavor seem thin throughout... slight roast quality is only bloomed by a hit of malt sweetness... the hop flavors are again pine, but pretty muted... the body is also light IMO.. easy drinking, but it doesn't really leave me wanting another anytime soon.

Happily can say there is no diacetyl... but overall, it is just too lacking on the palate or in the nose to say much more.


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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 HuskyinPDX
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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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 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 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 Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not quite black more dark brown with red edges, slight film at the top. Smells like a Bridgeport beer right off the bat, maybe they have a house yeast character, slight hops. Flavor is reminiscent of their IPA for some odd reason a bit of hops and then the dark malt kicks in. This is one hoppy black beer that does not remind me of a hopped up porter. Its really kind of odd but at least the malts and the hops are not doing battle and its pretty easy to drink. Overall I did not expect much so I wasn't disappointed. Eh.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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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 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 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 bump8628
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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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 Docer
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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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 udubdawg
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours dark brown, excellent clarity and somewhat red when held to the light. Tall tan head is creamy and lasts, leaving excellent lacing in its wake.

There's an "off" note here that reminds me of a dirty tap line aroma, but I'm willing to guess it's a sort of "dank" hop aroma mixed with part of the grain bill/yeast component. Not clean by a long shot. Some grassy, flowery hops.

in flavor once again it is not clean. There's a weird hop dirty sort of hop flavor with another flavor that is more normal grassy dry hop, a sort of "green" note (green as in too young, not literally vegetal green) and some light roastiness which helps dry the finish. Bitterness is moderate, somewhat sharp, and alcohol flavor is light but there. Mild oxidative/metallic notes. I like this better than the aroma but it isn't what I've come to expect from the best of the style.

moderately light body, very light astringency. Surprisingly a bit of alcohol warmth - unexpected at this strength.

overall a decent drinker, but reminds me of too many trips to bars with dirty tap lines. perhaps this needs time to round out though I don't see it happening in this bottle. At the same time there are occasional oxidation hints.

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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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Dark Rain Black Pale Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
78 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.