Dark Rain Black Pale Ale | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

Dark Rain Black Pale AleDark Rain Black Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.41/5
109 Ratings
Dark Rain Black Pale AleDark Rain Black Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States
bridgeportbrew.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

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.

Added by msubulldog25 on 12-21-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,856
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
109
pDev:
14.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 46
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1.75/5  rDev -48.7%

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2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of MADhombrewer
2.08/5  rDev -39%
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 Briken
2.27/5  rDev -33.4%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Kinda sounds like a bad '90s action flick, doesn't it? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear midnight black-sienna topped by a finger of wan khaki foam. The nose comprises dank and musty moss, dark cocoa powder, and a touch of burnt molasses. The taste holds notes of mild menthol, old mint, treacle, light tobacco, and a bit of sweet maple syrup. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, the hops here seemed off-the-reservation, and the bitterness resulting from their collaboration with the dark malts was muddled and off-putting. It's beers like this that make me wonder why black IPAs (or "black pale ales", in this case) are so popular amongst brewers and drinkers alike.

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2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of blakelive784
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%
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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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of MNJR
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of udubdawg
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
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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2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
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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3/5  rDev -12%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of raszputini
3/5  rDev -12%
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.

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Dark Rain Black Pale Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 109 ratings
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