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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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108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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Ratings: 108 | Reviews: 46 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of gkunkle
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a thick brown hue. It truly is almost black. Head is off white, stands 1 finger on the pour and recedes to a thin film across my beer. Smell is of smooth malt. I also get just a hint of a vomit smell. I got this in their fresh hop beer as well. Fortunately that does not come through in the taste. In a sip I first get a pretty empty beginning, maybe a little floral, then in the middle i get the smoothness from the wheat as well as some more floral hop. This quickly transitions to the roasted malts, which carry this beer the rest of the way through. Mouthfeel is medium, slight carbonation. Overall an okay beer, I expected more from Bridgeport. I'd like to see them have another go at this, they do differentiate themselves from the rest of the CDA pack though. Oh and minus some points for not calling it a CDA. I don't get this black pale nonsense.

gkunkle, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of MADhombrewer
2.1/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance- Black with crimson around the edges. Off with head that ends in a film. 4/5

Smell- No aroma at all. 1/5

Taste- Not much at first, but then it gets smokey and then a good bitterness fallows. After the beer warms the smokiness fades to nothing. 2/5

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is there for the style. Thin but not watery. 4/5

Overall- When I first saw this I thought that Bridgeport played it safe with a Black Pale rather than a Black IPA. I was still excited about trying something that I have never seen before. Unfortunately I fell short. The bitterness was there but that was about it. There is no roastiness, no chocolate notes, and no coffee flavors at all. A little smokiness early on, but I would have liked it to stick around a lot longer. 2/5

MADhombrewer, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of edwardkersh
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

edwardkersh, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Sargully
4/5  rDev +17%

Sargully, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Vancoubeer
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.

Vancoubeer, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

4/3/3/3/3

JohnGalt1, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Reidrover
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.

Reidrover, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of mudbug
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.

mudbug, Dec 30, 2011
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Dark Rain Black Pale Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
79 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.