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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 allforbetterbeer
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.

Photo of imasloth
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.

Photo of beerbrains
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of coldriver
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours an opaque black with good head and lacing. Aroma is very mild - slight smokiness, and a bit of sourness. Taste is roast malt, grassy hops, not much in the way of complexity. Mouthfeel is fairly flat with wet finish with a sour aftertaste. Not much of interest here.

Photo of Shalanla
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug

A – Pours a very dark brown with a very nice two and a half finger head of khaki colored foam. Decent clumpy lacing.

S – Roasted malt and west coast hops. Overall aroma is mild to medium.

T – Predominant flavor is burnt graininess, followed by bitter, super grassy hops. Fairly well balanced between the two tastes, but neither element has much depth or complexity. The grains are roasty, the hops are bitter, and that’s about it. Some astringency in the finish.

M – Thin bodied, and finishes dryer than dry. Works decently well with other elements.

O – Black IPA’s are all the rage, and this one is a decent enough representation, but I found it somewhat lacking in depth and complexity. Not a bad beer by any means, but nothing here that separates this from the scores of other Black IPA’s flooding the market these days.

Photo of zeff80
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of JohnKMcC
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of danharrington99
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Nerudamann
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of Hopswagger
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes:

P: A full finger of frothy light tan head with decent retention that leaves a thin layer of silky lace on top of a body of dark brown almost black with ruby highlights.

S: Robust piney hops with roasted nutty malts, sweet dark fruits and a great dose of earthy freshness.

T/M: Taste follows the nose to a medium silky mouthfeel with big woody hops and grapefruit on the back of the throat. Dry and spicy after tastes that is complimented by molasses, apples, and dry grass. Big on hops but smooth and not over bearing.

O: Excellent black ale that is easy to drink and a great session beer that delivers outstanding taste. I picked this up for less than $7 and it was well worth it.

Photo of beergoot
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of TikiD
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of soonerlight
2/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of dexterk1
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of Oakasfan
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of justinlaz
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of barnzy78
3.18/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of MNJR
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very average beer. Some off flavors knock this down to slightly below average in the taste department, and what is more important than that? Dark color, rich, creamy head. Smells roasty and piney. Good flavors are coffee-like malt, and an ESB style bitterness which is not bad - at first. Bad flavors are astringent, listerine, pine tar, and a lemon rind aftertaste. Thick mouthfeel. Way overdone in the piney hops department. Disappointed with this one overall. It leaves a bad impression and after one you don't want another.

Photo of Bockrules
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
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...

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of Merkur
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of Sky2625
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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