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

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87
very good

392 Ratings
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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 11
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Sammy, Aug 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

nmann08, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

acurtis, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

metter98, May 27, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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

brentk56, Jun 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

GRG1313, Jun 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

ygtbsm94, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: thin tan head on a black body with red tints of light passing through.

S: fresh coffee grounds, roasted malts, hint of dark chocolate and black licorice. little in the way of hop character.

T: burnt toast, roasted malts with a very musty earthy and grassy hop character with metallic notes up front. finishes with a fairly bitter coffee note.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Different for sure from other black IPAs I have had. The hops are well represented in the flavor without being overpowered by the strong coffee presence.

kylehay2004, Oct 05, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.59 at Charlie's Beer and Wine in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a very dark brown body with a tall, medium tan-hued head. Agreeable lace deposits on the drop.

Smell: Floral, vibrant citrusy hops, plenty resinous (with some light pine, too), overtaking the chocolaty, gently roasty, lightly toasty malts.

Taste: Lightly tar-hinted roast opens with fire-burnt bread crusts, then, a bit of chocolate, though little imparted sweetness. It's citrusy, resiny, lightly piney, also a bit grassy once the hops kick in. Dry, resiny, bitterish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's bold without being disparagingly intense. A solid ABA.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Knapp85, May 24, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

oberon, May 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

WVbeergeek, May 09, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has an interesting smoky thing going on to it that I feel isn't usually there for the style, but I do like it. Consistent and thick flavor. Hops are here, but are accents and not hijacking the experience. Smooth drinker, but a sipper. Not too many new beers from Rabbit-Duck cross my path, so always nice to find a new one.

RblWthACoz, Nov 29, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles pretty quickly and leaves moderate lace on the glass.

S - Dark, roasty malt with notes of chocolate, roasted nuts, and smoke as well as some green pine character in the background.

T - Dark, smoky chocolate up front with some dry, black coffee. More dark, almost charred malt in the middle and a touch of pine hops. Finishes with smoke, barks chocolate, and char as well as moderate bitterness and a bit of fruity hop character,

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Kind of odd re,arrived to the emerging style profile for a black ipa, with a dark malt character that is out of proportion to the relatively modest hop flavors. Still, I can't help but like it, the dark malt is expertly handled and it does work well with the pine hop flavors that confine themselves to the background.

nickfl, Oct 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz growler into a pint glass.

Pours black, with some ruby coming out along the bottom, topped with a couple fingers of rich mocha head. This retains with a smooth finger, which drenches the sides of the glass with thick sticky lacing. The aroma smells flowery and herbal and even a touch spicy, with notes of chocolate and smoky roast rising up from underneath. Fresh citrus really leaves a nice impression here.

The taste is citric bitterness that spreads out into a grassy and herbal feel across the back of the palate, while cocoa sweetness comes in off the edges and this works its way into a deep roasted backend that really hangs some burnt character in the finish. That chocolate sweetness gets really smooth as this warms and helps keep this accessible. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pleasantly smooth creaminess to it in the mouth that prickles the tongue with crispness just a bit. There is maybe a touch of warmth from that 7% ABV but its overall very nicely hid here.

I didn’t know what to make of this at first, with the uniqueness of I believe Summit hops and a very brunt finish keeping me out of this but then as things started to warm and balance and more of that chocolate flavor started to emerge, this ended up evening out very nicely. This was solid and I’d definitely try it again.

Kegatron, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Slatetank, Jul 23, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to crunkchiggin2002 for this one.

Pours a big fluffy darker colored head hits 1.5 fingers and fades slowly with nice lacing dark almost black murky super dark brown color.

Nose brings dark malts little roast, cocoa, caramel, creamy, and hops light pine earthy and some citrus. Light fluffy oatmeal like too.

Taste starts with chocolate, oatmeal, dark choc, some roast and bitter almost char like, little caramel and toasty malt. Then hops, slight earthy and spicy, some pine, little citrus and floral hops. Finish is fairly bitter, long slightly earthy piney hop finish little chocolate caramel malt.

Mouth is med to slightly bigger bodied little fluffy, decent carb, hint of warming booze.

Overall pretty good, as usual not my fav style, nice malts, decent hops, and blend fairly well but just not a great style as too juxtaposed flavors.

jlindros, Sep 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

oline73, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Washington House, Sellersville, PA

The more I have CDAs/ABAs, the more I'm coming to think that after the few years this relatively new style has been around, brewers are finally beginning to understand how to make it work.

Dark black pour, seemingly opaque in the dim light, topped with a cap of dense tan head; nice retention and lacing. Battle of hops and malts in the aroma, the hops bringing in citrus and pine elements, with a defined dark chocolate roast on the malt side. The roasty malts come out first on the palate for sure, with a dark chocolate taste that is actually quite smooth and sweet; mid-palate bringing in grapefruit zest and orange blossom that mixed quite well with the chocolate malts; lesser notes of coffee and pumpernickel with a hint of indistinct spice. Medium body, and quite enjoyable overall. I'd get it again.

Rifugium, Jul 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

DrunkinYogi, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Chip's in OBX. It poured like a porter a near-black bodyand tan head. The citrus hops are well-balanced against the cocoa-tinged roasted barley. This is a smooth, medium bodied beer that could pass as an American stout or porter. It's plenty hoppy, but there isn't a clean upfront blast of hop oils to separate this beer from the other dark ales.

tempest, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown (almost jet black) in color with some brown highlights when held up to the light and a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dark beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted and chocolatey malts underneath a bunch of hops - citrus first with some lighter pine/resin notes.

T: The beer starts out with moderate flavors of roasty malts with some lighter dark chocolate notes. On top of the malts, there is a burst of hoppy flavors including citrus/grapefruit and pine/resin. There are light coffee notes in the finish. Moderate bitterness that fades rather quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a very enjoyable example of the American Black Ale style with a nice blend of roasty malts and bright hops. Easy to drink and hides the alcohol quite well.

dbrauneis, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, "enjoy by date" notched onto the side of the label.

Pours darkest of browns, dark tan head, tiny bubble and with a quality look to it. Leaves fine webs, sheets and spots of lacing on the glass.

Muddled nose with dark grains and dark coffee picked up.

Full bodied and full of dark flavors. Dark grains, dark chocolate, dark coffee. Also notes of smoke, tar and burnt malts. Richly flavor full and quite dry and hoppy in the finish.

A lot going on here, dark and sludgy beer lovers go get some of this. For me its likely gonna be one and done

Billolick, Jul 31, 2012
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Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.