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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
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:
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 Bockrules
3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
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...

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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 Merkur
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours a nice dark color with a bit of tan head.

Beer smells slightly roasted with hints of chocolate along with a very hopy background.

Beer tastes roasty at first, followed by a very strong piney hoppy bitterness. Beer does not taste balanced.

Body is a tad thin and appropriately carbonated.

Overall a very dissapointing beer.

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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 lwillitz
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - black body (dark ruby brown in the light) under a finger of bubbly light tan head; not much for lace or retention, but pretty nonetheless

S - malty with a strong presence of chocolate, earthy character, herbal hops

T - very strong roast malt and dark chocolate up front, smoke, hops join in with pine and a hint of lemon, bitter coffee and pine in the finish; very dry and bitter with little sweetness

M - thick medium body, high carbonation, dry and astringent on the palate

O - The individual flavors in this one are very good. Some sweetness for a better balance would help immensely. Despite a very nice combination of tastes, the dominating dry bitterness makes this brew disappointingly one-dimensional. Beyond that, something in the mouthfeel is off--somewhat coarse. In short, Black Rain has a lot going for it, but just needs some balance.

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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 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 blakelive784
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a nearly black color with a thin, just off white head of one finger. Retention is poor. Not sure about this one to begin with.

S - Light cream, grassy and floral hops notes, and some crystal malt. Surprisingly, I get no roasted or even toasted notes off this one. Mild strength.

T - Incredibly light toasted malt is masked by staled and bland grassy hops notes. It's a bit creamy, which doesn't play too well with the strong hops notes. It's simple, imbalanced, uninspired, and really not that good. It's a middle of the road IPA at best, and shouldn't claim otherwise.

M - Medium bodied, too thick, smooth and wet. Doesn't work well at all.

D - I'll avoid this one in the future, and I haven't been to impressed with the brewery as a whole. If imbalanced IPA's are your deal, you might like it.

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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 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 hopwave
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark cola brown, big two finger off white head... Very faint chocolate roasted malt in the nose. Taste is light hoppy/roasted malt... Mouthfeel is quite thin but they call this a black pale ale, a touch Oakey/ more bitter as the beer warms. Quite refreshing easy drinking for the style. If you like this style give this one a shot.

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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 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 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 EmergingZymurgy
3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle a deep brown with thick light brown head. Head died down but stayed about half a finger thick throughout the beer. Decent lacing.

S: Smells of caramel and citrus. Slight floral aroma at the tail end. Also smells a bit grainy.

T: Tastes of citrus and floral hops. There are slight hints of chocolate and toffee. Maybe even some biscuit/bready hints in the beer.

M: A slightly sweet start to the beer with a drier finish. The beer is light on the tongue, sitting on the back. Slightly slick as well.

O: I am glad to have found this beer. It is not one of my favorites in the dark, hoppy category, it can still hold its own. I would recommend it to my friends and buy it again.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.09/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
2.08/5  rDev -37.7%
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

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Photo of Vancoubeer
3.57/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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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 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 mudbug
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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