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

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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:
#40,939
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
109
pDev:
14.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Chiefhowlingwolf
4.5/5  rDev +32%

Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of strongaf
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of lwillitz
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
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 -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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Photo of kew
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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 shelby415
3/5  rDev -12%

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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Photo of Lucasrj
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of tcampbel1
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.65/5  rDev +7%
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 +12.3%
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 Travisnin
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of clydefromiceland
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of hopwave
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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 timmick
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3/5  rDev -12%

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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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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Dark Rain Black Pale Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 109 ratings
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