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

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Reviews: 111
Hads: 479
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 20
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 04-23-2012

The Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale is both intensely hoppy and intensely black! Eight separate hop additions offer delicious bitterness and beguiling hop aroma/flavor. Heavily represented among these hops are Chinook, which provides deep pine and sticky citrus components, and a New Zealand hop called Motueka, from which we get bright fruit and spearmint notes.
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Photo of KippAdams
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours black with minimal head

S: Roasted chocolate dominates, but there are some earthy undertones present

T: This is where Hoppy Bunny lives up to its name. It is exactly what I expected out of a company known for making dark beer.

M: Great mix of carbonation in this brew.

O: Very distinct combination of flavors that make for an enjoyable brew, especially for this style. DRH might not get the hype of other breweries in the area, but they have really carved out a niche for themselves in the dark beer market.

Recommend Hoppy Bunny for anyone wanting to venture into Black IPAs. (591 characters)

Photo of welldigger888
4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from growler into pint, opaque inky black goodness with a thick creamy tan head that leaves sheets of lacing down glass. Awesome!!!

Well balanced for style roasty toasty goodness and hoptacular aromas seem to blend into a perfection of brewing art.

Not unlike an irish dry stout on steroids with a hop monster doing the pushing. Creamy roasty coffee toasted goodness that leads into one helluva smooth hop storm of earthy spicy citrus wonderlust. WOW, leave it to the dark beer specialist to do up one hell of a CDA!!!

I find this wonderful brew to deliver not unlike a 4% dry irish stout, yet the hop flavor is VERY much american hops. Not exactly west coast style but WAY american hopped.

The dark beer folk at duck rabbit have hit another one WAY OUT THE PARK!!! Bravo Paul and everyone at the brewery. Please make more and send 1 state south to the super cool cats at greens piney grove rd. FANTASTIC BREW!!! (923 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.73/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a dark deep brown almost black with a 1.5" thick light tan caramel colored head that slowly dissipates leaving moderately thick lacing on the side of the pint glass
S: floral, citrus, slight smell of fresh pineneedles, slight fresh baked pumpernickel
T: hop character hits up front with supreme bitterness, beautiful dry acidic finish with lingering citrus hop flavor, just enough dark roasted malt to provide balance, no detectable taste of the 7.3% ABV
M: medium body with just enough carbonation to keep tongue interested, lingers on the tongue and back of the throat without leaving a thick coated feeling
O: This is a superbly hopped American Black Ale with qualities resembling a lighter IPA but having a richer more lasting finish. Overall an excellent beer. (774 characters)

Photo of planetscott
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is how this new style should be. Dark and toasty, but not too roasty or ashy. Nice blend of hops that refresh and not sting. A bigger beer that is is not noticeably big. A very drinkable American Black Ale.

Very enjoyable and I am glad someone finally did this right. Too many of the other examples of this style are too roasty, too hoppy, and too big to be truly drinkable.

This should be a benchmark for this style. (426 characters)

Photo of Beerverage
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black throughout, cappacnhino like head, with blackness shining through in parts of the head.

S: resin and roast

T: darkest tasting black ipa I have had. Leaves a wonderfully bitter taste that holds the roasts characteristics at the same time. Really nice. coffee pine resin and bitter chocolate

M: smooth, nice carbonation, easy going down

O: really like this beer. Hope they make more of it. Probably the best fitting "black ipa", super dark really hoppy. Try it' (478 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm really happy I waited to have this again and review it, for whatever reason I wasn't all that impressed the first time.

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Black in color with a light brown highlight in the middle area, but that's only when it's held up to the light. For the most part you really can't see through it at all. The head of the beer is crazy. It's a dark tan and it erupts and has the cool Guinness nitro effect look during the pour. It took awhile to pour and it took awhile for it to settle to start drinking. When you finally could start drinking, there's great lacing.

Smell is very good. Much hoppier than I remember having it before. Nice floral aromas with plenty of citrus and a touch of pine, very nice. Like everything from DR, there is a great malt backbone too. Plenty of roasted grain.

You have to wait for it to linger, but the taste is equally as excellent as the smell. Large malt backbone, plenty of roasted barley that provides some initial sweetness. Then there is a nice follow up of all of the above mentioned hops. The sweetness to bitter is balanced very well. At first it seems a little weak but the flavors really linger around, it's nice.

Mouthfeel is very good, heavier end of medium in body while having total full flavor. Great carbonation level. It's smooth with a surprisingly clean bitter finish. Duck-Rabbit does it again, but why should I be surprised. (1,434 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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 (668 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah the Hoppy Bunny.

Pour is exactly what youd expect from Duck Rabbit. Black with an extremely thick caramel head.

Oh lord it smells resinous and black. Strong coffee with a good bit of pine needles and pine resin. I actually like the pine in this one (thats a damn first for me). Its like super fresh on the tree pine needles and cones. For some reason I want to say spruce, but who knows with me.

Now this flavor is unique for sure. Bitterness from the malt and hops. bitter roasted coffee, dark bakers chocolate, and alpha acids. Medicinal sort of flavor is the only real knock here. Black roasted malts underly what is really a pine heads dream. Its all really balanced and smooth (surprisngly). (703 characters)

Photo of jpro
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from a six-pack picked up at Salud Beer Shop in NoDa...

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with a light khaki, one and a half finger head; the retention leaves some webby, sticky, insane lace; this is the darkest, most laced-out, menacing ABA I’ve seen.

Aroma: Pine resin; strong, heavy grapefruit pith; minty hops; faint notes of extra dark chocolate; raw hoppiness.

Taste: Hoppy hoppy; mostly of the pine and hemp variety; chocolate notes on the end and maybe a kiss of chicory - not much, though; there’s no mistaking this for a hoppy porter or stout as there’s virtually no roasted flavor - most definitely a Black IPA / ABA.

Mouthfeel: Thick; creamy; palate coating; high carbonation with a lot of texture.

Overall: This is a great ABA; big on hops, light on roastiness and chocolate; but, it's obsidian black... it’s a classic version of the style (especially of the Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale side of the spectrum); this one is right up there with one of my all time favorites - Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale. The pale malt backbone with just enough dark malt to provide the color without imparting roasted notes to the flavor and aroma is awesome.

A magnificent ale from The Duck-Rabbit! (1,230 characters)

Photo of JWU
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a curved pint glass

A- Black. Maybe a few millimeters of brown on the edges when held up to the light. Dark Khaki head, about a finger on a normal pour. The lacing is great. Fantastic looking Black ABA/IPA

S- Earthy hops that are all over the place. Piney, minty, wet hemp. I let mine warm a bit, and it brings out some mild notes, of dark coffee, dark malts, dark chocolate, and chicory. Maybe a hint of Molasses as well.

T- Warmed up a bit, this is about as complex as I've had within the Style. A chicory bitterness hits up front, and transitions into a dark sweetness- Molasses and dark chocolate, but they are reserved in nature. The earthy hops really wash over and follow the smell quite well. I can easily taste the "family ties" to other Duck Rabbit brews as well.

M- Medium carbonation, and medium to full bodied. Pretty creamy. Not overly dry on the finish.

O- Fantastic stuff. I really appreciate the complexity of the hops and the quality of the malt bill. Highly recommended. (1,020 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great to see a new DR offering.Poured jet black with a thick creamy beige head that left multiple broken rings of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Sharp piney,earthy hops mixed with bitter chocolate and roast in the nose.Light smoke,earth, and roast at the onset with lightly sweet chocolate melding into a rush of prickly,piney hops that linger nicely.A damn fine ABA easily one of the better ones I have had,well done Duck Rabbit. (437 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of xkansasx
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass and boy it looks perfect.

Pouring Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale into the glass, the liquid resembles a bigger porter with a black appearance with a lighter shade towards the edges. A nice beige/tan inch or more of foamy bubbles up top looking milkshake like, thick, with nice stick.

The smell is much on the hoppy side, i'll just say very hoppy with some pine and scent of grapefruit, Get to it quick though as the malt takes forth bringing on the roasty appeal, with small chocolate, coffee grind. Get your nose in there and smell some dark fruit that pokes out too,

This is a beer here, it's big, it's bold, it delivers on the hoppy black ale angle which I still quite don't understand, and it's only 2 beans a bottle, super plus. I get some grapefruit, papaya, underneath a big malty base. Brownies. I just don't quite know what to make of it, but I like it. Freshness is key here. A small hit of alcohol towards the end with a roasted finish and some bitterness.

Feel is a nice build, medium with a nice bitterness and smooth ride down the gauntlet. A not terribly high alcohol content, this one is good for relaxing with for an hour or so, or you could guzzle it, whatever works.

Paul, you did not make it up to Philly Beer Week this year. It's all good, keep sending your beer up, it will make up for it. (1,373 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

I was recently on a vacation with my wife and her family visiting some of her extended family in Virginia and there was a Wegman's located close to the hotel we were staying at so I went in there and grabbed some singles of beers from breweries that I have never seen in Cleveland before (or anywhere else that comes to mind for that matter). This is one of the ones I grabbed. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color that is not letting in any light. Has a creamy, frothy looking tan head that is about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured. Settles to a good solid 1/3 of an inch thick with nice lacing. Good retention here. Aromas of roasted malts and hints of chocolate and citrus hops. Flavors of roasted caramel malt sweetness mixed with chocolate and roasted coffee bitterness that nicely gives way to some piney and citrusy hop bitterness. Very nice flavor profile here indeed! Has a slightly crisp and prickly, mainly smooth and creamy/frothy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Excellent drinkability here! Worth a try for sure!

Eric (1,141 characters)

Photo of Mojo
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of cottonkoozie
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark brown color, deep red around the edge of the glass. Creamy brown head 2-3 fingers. Good retention and lacing.

S - Citrus and floral hops upfront. Roasted malts come through as well. Some cocoa. Very hoppy dark beer

T - Picking up everything I got in the smell, Definitely like a black ipa. Very piney and bitter citrus flavors. Roasted malts are coming through as it warms up, but still a very strong hop presence. Slightly metallic bitterness on the back end, seems stringer when cold and fades as the beer warms. Best after being out of the fridge for 20 minutes or so.

F - Strong carbonation that works very well here, giving it a mouth feel like an ipa.

Another very good beer from duck rabbit. I wish this one was more common, hard to find outside of bottle shops, even in NC. Would like to see this one on draft a little more often, Ive had it at festivals and would order this beer regularly. Great hop lovers beer from the dark beer specialist. (984 characters)

Photo of GRPunk
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (957 characters)

Photo of thehooksman
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: jetk with a finger of tan head, a film of which lingered.

Aroma: For something called "hoppy" the nose is very malty with notes of chocolate and vanilla. THough some say the hop character is citrus, it strikes me as spicey and peppery.

Flavor: like the nose up front, roasted malt kind of like a porter, dry hop finish.

Mouth feel: smooth, full bodied, not overly carbonated.

The nose is my favorite aspect of this ale and I rated it accordingly. If have this again for sure. (493 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lays out a huge tan head that sits atop the black liquid; beautiful retention and copious amounts of lace

Smell: While there is plenty of chocolate roast in the aroma, make no mistake that this has a boatload of hops, as well; delivers a citrusy profile along with resinous undertones

Taste: The malts jut out first, with roasty unsweetened chocolate and black bread but by mid-palate, the grapefruit and pith take over; there is a hint of coffee in the finish, but it is almost overwhelmed by the bitter hoppy flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I expected to like this beer and I do; I think it has a lot going for it; I might tinker with the hop profile a bit to make it a bit more West Coast in style but it is darn close as it is (780 characters)

Photo of wcudwight
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black in color with a mocha colored head. The head fades pretty fast. Nice aroma that mixes between hoppy and smokey. The flavor is where this beer shines as it's delicious. Wonderful balance between smokey, coffee, and hoppy flavors. With none really dominate just a perfect balance that makes a delicioius beer. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Thick without being too thick. Easy to drink. This beer is delicious and I highly recommend it. Another fine beer from the dark beer specialist. (487 characters)

Photo of alk3kenny
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark dark color black in the low light at taco mac woodstock creamy dark tan head that has been holding for awhile now. Smell is dark roast chocolate n hops ok lets dive in. The dark roast burnt flavors on the nose really shine through here. Creamy mouthfeel with hop bitterness left on the tongue. Hops arent as much in the taste as on the tongue. Overall a very nice black pale ale. (384 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easily over two fingers of dark brown foam, good mixture of bubble sizes which causes some dimpling, takes some time sizzling down to the surface, solid ring of lacing around most of the glass, tenacious grip. The liquid is black and opaque but not quite so dense that you can’t see the tiny bubbles rise, thin ring of orange at the glass bottom. Real roasty, toasty nose of cocoa powder, ground coffee, vanilla bean, oats and unprocessed grains, the interplay between malts and the hoppier pine, white citrus notes quite pleasing, really stiffens in your nostrils without seeming heavy, very longlasting. Medium-bodied plus, carbonation at first gives it a fluffy mouth feel, however, overall dryness wins out. Licorice, more of that mocha to cocoa powder and roasted coffee, nutty at turns. The orange to grapefruit citrus has a harder time finding its voice here. More floral than grassy, hops add more texture than flavor. Minor notes of peach, cherry, black grape fruit. Smoky like a wood grill. There’s a lot of energy here which may now and then mask some of its complexity. Real intense, need a glass of water to rinse the flavors out. (1,147 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, served in a duck rabbit glass. I still think its a rabbit.

appearance: very dark, ebony body, big creamy mocha head with some nice retention

smell: dank green hops, bakers chocolate, a whiff of coffee

taste: Tasty stuff - moderate bitterness from the smoky roast, green leafy hops, bakers chocolate, cocoa powder

mouthfeel: creamy and rich, nice bitterness

overall: dug this (392 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice black color as the name of the beer advertised with a nice froffy brown head that dissipates slowly. Smells of coffee and flowery hops, very nice. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, and some flowery hops, a nice combination. Medium bodied beer finishes well and has good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer. (371 characters)

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