Review: Dark Rain, Bridgeport Brewing Co.

Dark Rain
BridgePort Brewing Co. — Portland, OR

  • Style:  Black Pale Ale
  • Bitterness:  60 IBU
  • ABV: 5.6%
  • Malts:  Dark Crystal, Dark Wheat
  • Hops:  Nugget, Chinook, Crystal, Centennial, Cascade
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle

Description: "Black Wheat and Dark Crystal Malt add dense color and mild smooth flavors to this intensely hopped Black Ale. This ale has a very drinkable, mid-level alcohol and bitterness that starts with roasted and hoppy aromatic notes and finishes with the dry hop character of the Nugget hop varietal. A Chinook, Crystal, Centennial and Cascade blend is used in our hopjack to provide full flavored background hoppiness." — BridgePort Brewing Co. 

Random thoughts:  Cascadian Dark Ales / Black IPAs have become very popular during the last few years. BridgePort is now getting into the game with this new beer—well, sort of.  This is actually a Black Pale Ale. I recently talked with Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton and learned how Dark Rain differs from a CDA.

The tasting:  Very dark brown—nearly black in color. When held up to the light, reddish hues are visible. It has tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.  Aroma is fairly light—I notice some citrusy hops. Flavor starts with a wave of grapefruit and piney hops, followed by roasted malt. The hop bitterness is fairly strong and there is little malt sweetness. Dark Rain is light to medium bodied, lightly carbonated (perhaps a bit under carbonated), and finishes dry with a long lingering hoppy bitterness. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or flavor.

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  I like it when brewers experiment and push style boundaries. In my opinion, BridgePort's twist on the CDA results in a beer that has the hoppy bitterness of an IPA but a roasted malt base that is lighter than the typical CDA.

Have you tasted Dark Rain?  What do you think?

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  1. Black Pale Ale? So a Porter? Right? or maybe a Mild? Surely its not a Pale Ale. Sounds like something the marketing department came up with.

  2. It's really it's own thing. Not a porter or a pale ale. If it resembles anything, it's closest to a CDA / Black IPA--but it's still different.


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