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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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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 45
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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skyisland

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

08-02-2012 02:26:57 | More by skyisland
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vw72

Missouri

3/5  rDev -12.3%

07-27-2012 00:27:22 | More by vw72
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stampfler07

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

07-16-2012 03:09:24 | More by stampfler07
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

06-30-2012 23:20:53 | More by kjkinsey
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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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gleemonger

California

4.75/5  rDev +38.9%

06-22-2012 20:35:24 | More by gleemonger
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InfernoBoss

California

3.25/5  rDev -5%

06-20-2012 06:28:54 | More by InfernoBoss
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mds1101

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

06-07-2012 03:00:59 | More by mds1101
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poopsmitherson

Georgia

4/5  rDev +17%

06-07-2012 00:54:15 | More by poopsmitherson
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SoulfulRover

Colorado

4/5  rDev +17%

06-03-2012 21:30:31 | More by SoulfulRover
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JohnBender

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

05-26-2012 20:28:37 | More by JohnBender
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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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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

04-27-2012 07:20:33 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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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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Chou

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-17-2012 04:46:16 | More by Chou
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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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Capmech1

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +17%

04-08-2012 14:37:43 | More by Capmech1
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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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beerbrains

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

03-28-2012 04:08:25 | More by beerbrains
Dark Rain Black Pale Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
78 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.