Monday, January 23
Beer Review: Bridgeport Brewing Dark Rain Black Pale Ale
(Portland, OR) – BridgePort Brewing Company, Oregon’s oldest craft brewery, will release its newest winter seasonal ale, Dark Rain, on Jan. 1. A perfect beer for cold winter and spring nights, the smooth roasted flavors of Bridgeport’s Dark Rain create the toasty-warm feeling of home.
The new brew is a black ale that features a generous amount of Crystal and Dark Wheat malts, creating its dense color. While you may expect an assault on the senses, this refreshing beer has a mild bitterness that starts with roasted, hoppy aromatic notes and finishes with the dry hop characteristics of Oregon’s largest hop variety, Nugget Hops. Dark Rain will be available in six-packs and 12-packs across the United States.
“Dark Rain is that link between darker, maltier beers and the highly-hopped pale ales that our fans might be more accustomed to,” explains Bridgeport’s brewmaster, Jeff Edgerton. “While using the bold flavors that come from very dark roasted malts is not new to Bridgeport, this is the first time that we have layered these flavors with five distinct hop varieties – all from the state of Oregon.”
BridgePort’s Dark Rain Ale Stats:
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.
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.
Just finally found a 6-pack locally of this on my way home here in Vancouver, WA. Perfect time to try it and review. $7.99 6-pack. Poured 1.5 12 oz. bottles into an imperial pint glass.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
3.3/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)
Posted by Brewmance at 5:49 PM