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Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black AleDuck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

325 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%


Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-23-2012)
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had at Westville Pub Asheville. Served in an Oskar Blues pint glass. Notches on label indicate best if enjoyed by April '14. Just barely made it.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Roasty sweetness with notes of brown sugar and caramel. Faint piney hops trailing behind.

T- The hop bitterness is still there but mainly in the aftertaste. Now the main player is the roasty sweetness which is actually very nice. Smooth but flavorful with notes of chocolate and coffee. Faint vanilla aftertaste. Alcohol is very well masked.

M- Not as viscous as it looks, also dry. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- if this is this good as it's nearing its shelf life, it must be awesome when it's fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 02:34:12 | More by Immortale25
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xkansasx

Virginia

4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good as a dark beer. The hoppy goodness is there, but not overpowering. Creamy mouthfeel is consistent with what I expect from a good dark beer. The bitterness is not overpowering, either. It is an interesting flavor closer to a stout than an IPA, but the best of each.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 22:27:56 | More by xkansasx
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers worth of late to develop light brown colored, lush, creamy, dense whipped frothy goodness with a bit of a rocky top... Stellar retention... The color is an opaque slightly dull black... Appears still from a distance, but there is a good bit of spry rapid paced micro sized carbonation seen towards the top of the glass under closer examination... Rock star appearance for the style... Sheets of lacing cling to the sides of the glass...

S - A nice mix of hops... Some floral and some piney... A very nice complimentary roasted malt character... Hints of milk chocolate and lightly roasted coffee... Molasses... Nice balance and depth... All the scents work well together and nothing hogs the spotlight...

T - Roasted malts... Espresso... Milk chocolate... All this is balanced nicely by a blanket of piney hops... The hops then fade a bit and are replaced by more malty goodness... More roasted malts and a hint of smoke... The hops reemerge on the finish and continue to intensify... Very nice...

M - Medium bodied... Slightly dry... Spry carbonation... Even and consistent... Goes down easily sip after sip...

D - An outstanding American Black Ale... It should also be noted that this one scores nicely in terms of the value proposition... There's a lot of very good things going on here for a rather economical price... Possibly my favorite Duck Rabbit offering... Just because they are the "dark beer specialists," doesn't mean they don't know what to do with some hops... Kudos...

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 00:42:53 | More by philbe311
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Carolina Ale House in Fayetteville, the beer was served in a 22oz mug. The beer is a dark brown-to-black coloring with ruby highlights and a dense, creamy, foamy, light tan head. Nose of coffee and cream, earthy notes, and bitter, dry hops. Flavors are roast forward, with mocha notes throughout, creamy highlights, and a solid, dry, bitter backbone. Easy to drink. Light, smooth, crisp body. The aftertaste is coffee and cream again, with chocolate highlights. Smooth, clean finish. Not overly hopped, but very well balanced and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2014 03:45:54 | More by GarthDanielson
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Mojo

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle -> Snifter

A - typical obsidian black with one finger tan head, good retention and lacing.

S - very chocolate and coffee oddly enough with a few pine notes as well.

T - sweet and malty perfectly balanced with a roasted nut, chocolate, and dark chocolate finish

M - good and thick with just the right amount of carbonation.

O - more like a porter IMHO, but very nice offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 04:46:11 | More by Mojo
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chico1983

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Its a mouth full. At times the taste can be overwhelming but once it wears off you keep wanting to go back for some more. The beer is best ones it start to warm up. The taste won't be as bad. Its A little bit thick at the beginning but not quite a Guinness

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2013 20:29:58 | More by chico1983
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BWED

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black, but just a bit of deep dark brown shows through around the edges. Dense creamy brown head. Some specks of lacing are left behind.

S- Roast and resin. Bit of cocoa.

T- Roast. Mild sweetness, and some piney hop character involved.

M- A little sticky. Bitter finish.

O- Pretty good. Isn't over the top hoppy like most in this style, which is nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 02:11:35 | More by BWED
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 7/26/12

Enjoy by 9 '12

A) Dark, inky brown. It is nearly black in the glass. Pours a massive head - three fingers of sandy brown, uneven, wavy foam. Said foam dissipates slowly leaving thick, raised strands of lace.

S) Heavily roasted aroma - lots of dark chocolate. The roast is countered by a healthy dose of green pine and zesty citric hints. Chocolate smooths as it warms.

T) Piney, resinous hops kick off first with a dry, zesty bite. Though just as roasty as the aroma, chocolate isn't nearly as prominent. Instead, there is an overall tangy roast cutting across the hops. Long-lingering roast and bitterness.

M) Medium bodied with vigorous carbonation to carry the beer along. There is a mildly coating build up over time.

D) Hoppy Bunny is pretty decent overall. I could go for less of the tangy roast and more of the chocolate. It's rough around the edges and doesn't fully gel. Hoppy Hare would be a more appropriate name.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 22:42:51 | More by Ryan011235
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a new belgium chalice, color is black, solid, head is tan, thick, presented 1+ inch thick, dissipates to lace and 1/8 inch thickness.

Smell is coffee, roasted malt, light toffee, hints of chocolate, pretty clean and not overly sweet; hops are present, lightly strong bitter notes, grass and pine.

Taste is bitter, roasted malts, coffee, hints of toffee and chocolate (dark); hops are not too fruity, mostly grass and piney notes. THere is a lingering sweetness, not caramel but

Mouthfeel is spot on for black ipa, bitter, strong flavors on tongue.

Overall, a very good take on this style, a little sweet or a touch too much roasted malt maybe, but good mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 23:13:25 | More by mvanaskie13
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blackie

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep brown in color, rich mocha head with good retention, nose of rich chocolate roasts with coffee undertones, dark caramel and bittersweet chocolate, earth, heady hops blend pine and citrus rind, heavily aromatic and sporting a great hop/roast meeting

mouthfeel smooth, medium carbonation with a silky effect, medium-full body

body big on the roasted malts provide flavors of cocoa and coffee, some caramel sweetness with a dark chocolate coating, thick flavors of pine tea hops, well bittered with lingering chocolate and bitter cocoa powder, rich and complex

a winner of an aba in my book, great focus on deep, dark roasted flavors with a pungent, dark hop side

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 19:50:33 | More by blackie
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codysjb

Florida

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a Bottle to a pint glass.
A: pours a tiny head that dissipates quickly. Very black in color.
S: malt, English toffee and some grassy notes
T: burnt toffee and caramel blends into carbonation and minor grassy notes.
M: all malt and lots of carbonation.
O: not very hoppy and over carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 20:54:35 | More by codysjb
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured friom 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Best by Sept 2013, so no worries on freshness.

Looked excellent when poured. dense black body, even when held up to the light. About a inch of thick coffee caramel coverd head.

Smell....well....not too much. a faint whiff of hops, and a roasted malt edge.

Taste was all roasted malt, no hop detection at all. Not unpleasant, just expecting a bit more balance.

Mouth was medium. Roasted malt stayed around on the mouth for quite some time.

Overall, this is a reasonably drinkable beer. However, I must confess to being irritated by two things. One, the lack of hops in a beer called "hoppy" Bunny (I guess "Malty" Bunny wouldn't sell as well) Also, and this isn't just Duck Rabbit, I'm beginning to wonder if Black IPA's are worthwhile. There are certainly tons of better IPA's out there, and tons of better Porters/Stouts. If you want to combine the two, both elements need to come through. This just doesn't cut it. It's more of a porter/stout. Not unpleasant, just not as advertised.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 23:21:01 | More by MikeWard
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at Giant Beer Garden & eatery in Linglestown, enjoyed chilled from a willybecker.

The color is black and has an opaque appearance with 2 1/2 fingers of medium beige cream with fine bead and lace pattern looks like camouflage on the glass. The smell is very roasted with an almost cocoa-like aroma with a faintly floral hop ester and light malty sweet nose. The feel is more roasted than hoppy with some bitterness in the mid palate not sure if it is dark grain or hops, but it is very dry and moderately high carbontion with mild alcohol in the feel.

The taste seems like bittersweet cocoa with a nice caramel malt sweetness in the forefront and bitter dark grain flavors mid taste with slight herbal hoppiness near the end with more floral hop flavor rounding off the dark chocolate malt aspect. The overall enjoyment of this is good, but I am not exactly pleased with the hop level. I think for this brewery the focus is expected to be on dark malt however for this style and with a name like 'hoppy bunny' I expect more hop flavor and aroma, I would probably pass unless I was in the mood for a robust porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 21:25:19 | More by Slatetank
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GRPunk

Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another one from eli323232

Bottle with a best by of 9-13 into a nonic pint.

A- A normal pour creates a 1-1/2 finger, dense brown head. The bod is near black with signs of moderate carbonation. Awesome rings and head retention, I'm a sucker for both. It's a beautiful beer.

S- Initial earthy hoppiness at the crack of the cap. After the pour, it gets much maltier with powdered chocolate. Some brown sugar and lighter coffee notes. Hints of grapefruit.

T- Quite balanced. Chocolate and slightly grainy malts. Hops are leafy at first, a little citrus-like. It gets a little malty through the middle before the hops create a clean finish with a little herbal kick.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Light hop bite and a dry finish.

O- I was actually a little apprehensive with this beer. The ABA style can be all over the board, ranging from hop bombs to near stouts in my experience. I was very happy with this presentation and its nice balance.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 21:07:36 | More by GRPunk
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schwemjw

Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark black with a light brown head.

S: Big coffee and roast! Freshly brewed coffee. Stale bread. At the end big bold citrus and a cascade of floral hops.

T: Roast, coffee, chocolate and freshly bloomed flowers. Lots of earthy hops come in with a rockin bitter finish.

M: Very light actually.

O: This was delicious. wonderful chocolate and coffee with a bitter earthy hop. Nothing over powering, dare i say even sessionable. /88

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 18:57:42 | More by schwemjw
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. Amazing pour! Black color with a creamy creamy creamy tan head...looks so nice. Good roasted malt and piney hop aroma. Clean and bright.
Roasted malt dominates with clean crisp piney hops. Balanced...refreshing...light...full bodied...

Great smooth all around black ale. Worth seeking out for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 00:39:41 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Brenden

Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A black ale it is, though some light barely sneaks through at the edges. It shows the body it ought to have; not heavy and viscous like a stout, but sturdy. The tan head that grows reaches close to a finger and a half and is rich and heavy-looking, dense and creamy. Retention is good, but most impressive is how incredibly sticky the lacing is, dropping in a thick sheet and, when left sitting, leaving a heavy ring where the head has spent any time still.
The aroma has all the elements I would hope for, but it seems a little more strength would do to pull it all out. They're more fully developed and realized in the flavor, though. It doesn't go in-your-face crazy with overly harsh bitterness or roast, but each element coincides nicely and complements. The gentle pine and mildly resinous and floral bitterness melds with the roast that in some of this style can go too far or go tangy or acrid. This avoids those flaws and instead is simply a nice, flavorful, balanced, and fairly deep version of the style. The roast is all there without any hard char, just a light bite of it that isn't too hard. It really does marry malts and hops, roast and leaf, very well.
The crispness I'd hope for is in this medium-bodied ale, but it's also got a very nice smoothness. A bit of an almost English-style tea-like quality leads into a drier finish that lingers softly.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 14:27:10 | More by Brenden
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark black with no light showing through. A decent head at pour retains well - a good film on top. Significant lacing.

S: Hoppy and earthy. Roasted malts.

T: Hoppy, bitter bit up front - grass and celery. Malts do not sweeten this beer.

M: Relatively light flavored.

O: Good brew - nice combination of dark, roasted malts and bitter, grassy hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 01:34:28 | More by Oakenator
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GuinnessAtRogerWilco

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle given to me by one of my good beer customers who got it in NC while in that area. Thanks, Steve. Poured into a pint glass.

AP: Almost straight black in colour, but I discern some really dark brown and chocolate tones, too. Looks very close to being a Porter or Stout. Not much of head on this. Only a 1/4" tan head that fizzles out to just a dusting on the surface with minimal lacing when the glass is tilted.
AR: The aroma is surprisingly very chocolately. I wasn't expecting this. And it's not a cocoa or baking chocolate smell, either, but sweet milk chocolate. Interesting. Also roasted malts/grains and toffee as well. Not really getting any hop aromas as the chocolate is dominating any other aromas. It smells like it should taste good, however, this being labeled a hoppy Ale I was expecting some hops in the nose. Hope they are there in the taste.
T: It doesn't quite taste like the smell. The sweet chocolate aroma is not there in the taste. The main flavour is roasted malt/grains. The chocolate takes on more of a cocoa or baking chocolate taste. The hops are discerned on the finish with a brush of Earthy bitterness with a hint of pine. I also get a bit of cola and nutty notes towards the finish on the second sip.
M: Fairly crisp and carbonated and dry for the most part. Body is on the lighter side.
OV: An interesting brew and I'm glad I got to try this one. Can't recall having something similar to this before. Some nice flavours in this beer, though I'd have liked the hops to have been more assertive as I think that would have really balanced this nicely. It's decent and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 04:40:14 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a super deep brown color that looks black in the glass with only light able to shine through at the bottom of the glass or when held in front of the light, allowing a little bit of a ruby color to be seen. Upon pouring there is a one finger cream head that has a moderate level of retention, but which fades to leave a good level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- Overall the aroma is rather light consisting mainly of roasted malt and pine. With these aromas comes other aromas of a grapefruit hop and a sweeter chocolate smell.

Taste – The taste starts out with a smooth roasted malt taste mixed with some nice pine hoppiness upfront. The hop is not strong, but complements the roasted flavors nicely. Some dark chocolate begins developing more toward the middle, along with some more pine hop and an entrance of grapefruit hop. The pine remains rather light and is soon overshadowed by the grapefruit hop more toward the end. The chocolate also increases in intensity till the end with it sweetening up some toward a more semi-sweet chocolate. In the end a very pleasant dark and roasted but lightly sweetened hop flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. Overall it was a nice feel as the fuller body was great for the roasted and chocolate flavors while the carbonation added a bit of tingle to complement the hop nicely.

Overall - A rather tasty ABA. It was actually a nice pairing upfront in the taste of the drier roasted flavors with the pine followed by another nice complementation of the grapefruit hop and chocolate toward the end of the taste. This was a rather tasty drink and is one to try.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 01:06:43 | More by Darkmagus82
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metter98

New York

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black when viewed from afar). It poured with a thin than head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with notes of roasted malts and hints of pine resin.
T: Like the smell, the malts stand out in the beer with notes of pine resin hops in the background. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It's not crisp and some smoothness is noticeable.
O: This beer seems a little maltier compared to other beers in the style and isn't hard to drink, especially if you aren't a big fan of very bitter beers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2013 13:44:55 | More by metter98
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SerialHiker

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a very dark, dark brown to black…head is mocha colored and made of tight, tiny bubbles…it starts thin and dissipates after only a few minutes...has a nice color, but lacks a bit of carbonation…(3.25/5)

Smell: Yum, tons of aroma here! Lightly roasted malt and a light dry chocolate up front…it’s really got a light, airy smell…balanced with fresh, light lemon peel citrus hops…as it warms, I catch a bit more of a earthy, roasted coffee bitterness…a very inviting aroma! (3.75/5)

Taste: Yum! Roasted malt, oats, lemon citrus, mild piney hops up front…I also get some dry, bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee bitterness notes as well…it’s a very fresh taste, that is very balanced with tons of flavor…both the malt and hops are strong and could easily stand alone but combine to create something fantastic here…while it’s not overly complex, it’s simplicity is delectable…(4.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with light carbonation…it fluffs up a tiny bit bringing roasted malt and mild roasted coffee bitterness to the palate…my mouth waters after every drink…a malty, roasted bitterness lingers in the after taste…(3.75/5)

Overall: This thing is fantastic! I’ve been loving the black IPA’s lately and this is definitely one of my favorites…the flavor is fresh and zesty while being full of roasted malts…though the exuberant hops keep this from straying too close to a porterish stout...Duck Rabbit likes to say they specialize in dark beers and this limited edition brew is more proof of that...having been one of my favorite microbreweries for the past few years, I always look forward to trying their seasonals/small batch brews…if you are in the N.C. area or anywhere where D-R is distributed, pick up a sixer of this solid beer and enjoy! (4.25/5)

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Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 02:47:36 | More by SerialHiker
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pretty much poured like the picture deep black hue, tons of carbonation leading to a dense inch and a half layer of head, and the only difference seems that my head is more of a darker shade of mocha. Excellent lacing.
S - Very hoppy in the nose as expected, very Black IPA like with roast and chalky yeasts as well. Hopefully it's not too dry.
T - Fairly dank hop profile leading to a somewhat acidic hop experience. The hops even rest on the palate seconds after sipping. After a few sips I do detect some roast and a touch of bittersweet chocolates. It's good but not great.
M - Smooth, very hoppy, and somewhat chewy.
Overall this is not something I would pick up again but it's a fairly decent Black IPA. Definely more hop forward than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 22:55:14 | More by DrDemento456
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Hoppy Bunny ABA is brewed in the style of a Black Ale/Black IPA. Date on bottle is notched at September 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Duck Rabbit snifter. Served upwards of 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours an explosive thick, creamy light brown head with very good retention over a solid black body. Lacing is thin and streaked. The appearance is solid and the head looks fantastic for the style. There's plenty to look forward to in this beer. 4.5

(Smell) A robust aroma for a black IPA, swings slightly sweet with deep roasty characters. Heavily roasted caramel and a touch of black malt, notes of molasses and licorice in tow. Expect an earthy, resiny hop aroma presence with a moderate bitterness. Yeasty profile is a tad buttery and fruity; I get whiffs of plum and blueberry most notably. Some slight alcohol is also present. People will enjoy this aroma if they're interested in a malt-heavy and sweet black IPA, but a touch more hop presence would balance out the aroma and make the beer even more approachable. 3.75

(Taste) A little more laid back is the flavor- the malt takes a balanced role with the hop presence. A blend of resiny and soapy hop flavor prevails with a medium bitterness paired with a heavily roasted malt base. Some mild char and licorice graces the finish. Much less diacetyl throughout than the aroma had suggested. I like the balance a bit better than similar beers within this style as the hop flavor is better utilized and there's a bit of flavor diversity to be had here with the hops and yeast, although the hop choice is relatively one-dimensional- some citrusy bright hops would have been a great choice for this style but are largely absent. Not all flavors mesh ideally when lumped together- the problem points will likely become known to each individual consumer on a case by case basis. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) A bit creamy despite low carbonation. Body is medium+ for the style and medium overall. Alcohol presence is low. Could have used a touch more carbonation activity to bring some more attention to the hop character. 3.5

(Overall) This Black IPA is malt-forward but carries a sufficient hop profile as well. I found some questionable issues with the hop selection (mostly resinous but limited in variety and brightness) and the yeast profile (odd buttery notes and dark fruit presence), all of which were suspiciously odd picks for the style, but made for a different drinking experience. I haven't found my ideal Black IPA choice yet, but this one is certainly memorable for taking lots of different directions than I'm used to with the style, and thus it's a welcome addition to the Black IPA family. 3.75

The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery's
Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale
3.76/5.00

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2013 02:33:53 | More by Jadjunk
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a deep brown/black in color, 2 inches of tan head leaving behind a ridiculous amount of lacing. smells mostly of chocolate and roasted grains, along with a subtle grassy hop note. the taste is, once again great. these guys know dark beers, that's for sure. a wonderfully balanced subtle smoky, chocolatey, toasted black ale. barely any sign of hops at this point (best before 11/12 stamped on the bottle.. guess i was sold an old bottle, oh well) but that's more than ok since it's a wonderful malt profile.
the mouthfeel is odd.. highly carbonated yet a thick medium body beer. creamy on the lips/palate.

a great dark bitter ale. i'd love to try it fresh and see what the hop profile is like, but by no means can complain about it with a bit of age on it.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 04:22:50 | More by facundoCNB
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Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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