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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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Photo of Kornoms
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Kornoms, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Doubledippa
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Doubledippa, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of godlessape
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

godlessape, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of skyisland
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

skyisland, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of vw72
3/5  rDev -12.3%

vw72, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of stampfler07
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

stampfler07, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

kjkinsey, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Bfarr
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.

Bfarr, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
4.75/5  rDev +38.9%

gleemonger, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of InfernoBoss
3.25/5  rDev -5%

InfernoBoss, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of mds1101
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

mds1101, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of poopsmitherson
4/5  rDev +17%

poopsmitherson, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of SoulfulRover
4/5  rDev +17%

SoulfulRover, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of JohnBender
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

JohnBender, May 26, 2012
Photo of russpowell
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

russpowell, May 16, 2012
Photo of StoneTSR
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.

StoneTSR, May 12, 2012
Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Stevie_Janowski, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of GreenCard
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.

GreenCard, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of vkv822
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.

vkv822, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of harrymel
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.

harrymel, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of Chou
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Chou, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of raszputini
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.

raszputini, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Capmech1
4/5  rDev +17%

Capmech1, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of scruffwhor
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.

scruffwhor, Apr 07, 2012
Dark Rain Black Pale Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
78 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.