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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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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.66%
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 strongaf
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

strongaf, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of lwillitz
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

lwillitz, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

kew, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

chinchill, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of shelby415
3/5  rDev -12%

shelby415, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of blakelive784
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%

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.

blakelive784, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Lucasrj, Feb 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

gratefulbeerhead, Feb 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

tcampbel1, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of StaveHooks
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

StaveHooks, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of bump8628
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

bump8628, Feb 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Travisnin, Feb 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12%

cdwil, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

twelveinches, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

clydefromiceland, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of hopwave
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

hopwave, Jan 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

timmick, Jan 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12%

Kopfschuss, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of udubdawg
3/5  rDev -12%

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.

udubdawg, Jan 25, 2012
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3.3/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

HuskyinPDX, Jan 24, 2012
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3.3/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

Docer, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of EmergingZymurgy
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

EmergingZymurgy, Jan 22, 2012
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3.13/5  rDev -8.2%

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
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2.1/5  rDev -38.4%

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
Dark Rain Black Pale Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
78 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.