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

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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 19
Gots: 54 | 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:
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 kylehay2004
3.97/5  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.

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  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.

Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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

Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served by a brewery rep. at the 2012 NC Brewers Fest.

A: pours near black with a lasting brown head. The head is creamy and coats the glass on the way down.

S: Hops plus dark malt. Some spice and pine.

T: An excellent and flavorful mix of hops and dark malt -- a generous and well-proportioned mix of both.

M: Creamy smooth' full body is more substantial than might be expected. Semi-dry finish.

O: excellent and highly drinkable.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pitch black with a giant, dense, brown head that has great retention

S - floral, roasty, earthy

T - floral, citrusy, roasty, chocolate, coffee, big bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent black IPA. I think there could be a more refined balance between the rich, chocolate, roasty malt character and the citrusy hop character. It does have good drinkability and good flavor. Ultimately, it's another solid offering from Duck Rabbit.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Style: American Black Ale
ABV: 7.30 %

LOOK: Darkest of browns with an off white head and mocha cream lacing. No sediment, dark as night liquid with oily bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. An attractive looking dark beer.

SMELL: Strong hoppy aroma of pine and earth, with some roasted malts and charcoal as well.

TASTE: Roasted and bitter, with black patent malt and a strong grapefruit/pine hoppyness with all due earthy flavor. Astringent roasted malt flavor, some mild dark chocolate, vanilla and coffee notes. Hops and charred malts making for a tasty beverage.

MOUTHFEEL: Full bodied, very creamy, moderate carbonation, and goes down quite smoothly. Lingering roasted malt and bittering hop flavors.

OVERALL: Being known as the Dark Beer Specialists, the Duck Rabbit Brewery proves once again its prowess with a fine black ale, some where between stout and IPA. It works here quite well, this is what the doctor ordered.

Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Ithaca glass. Black in color with a dark tan foam filling the top inch of the glass. The head left some very sticky lacing all over the glass as I drank it.

The aroma mixes a juicy, citrusy hoppiness with chocolate, caramel and coffee notes of the roasted malts. The flavors blend relatively well for the style, the hoppiness seems a little juicier and sweeter which compliments the roasted malts pretty well.

The taste is dominated a little more by the bitter, roasted malts. I get a little more coffee and darker chocolate to it throughout. The juicy hoppiness does come out more towards the finish and lingers into the dry, bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style and a little creamy. Carbonation is moderate. Very nice mouthfeel for the style. Overall, it was a good beer of the style. I thought the aroma brought out a little more hoppiness, where it felt a little overshadowed in the taste.

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Great three finger deep mocha chocolate rich head, some big swiss cheese pock marking, but mostly fairly evening and lots of staying power. Truly a black brew, a very dark and blackened body appearance can't see through this at all, and truly looks black as night.

Nice simple toasty malts, and mellow chocolate and chewy grain. Not much of a noticeable hop angle, hints at more porter richness, maybe a slight pepper spice angle coming. Either way it's very pleasant. Small sweetness.

Palate hits with a subdued sense. THere isn't much flavor on first sip, and noticeable wet character sort of makes itself noticeable. However, the finish is where all the action seems to come in. Lingering dry roasted malts, and a breath of fresh dry hopping action.

Overall not bad, enjoyable brew, sort of what I expect from Duck Rabbit, nothing mind bending or exceptional but I could have another easily.

Photo of akorsak
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the Asheville trip. In a tumbler.

A: The black ale is black, dark as a stout. The head, a darker reddish hue, looks spot on as a stout's head too.

S: Burnt aromas, deark bread and char, waft out of the glass, a vigorous aroma that dispatches with all hints of hop. Instead, the nose is roasted and full, the black half of the equation.

T: This is were things get derailed. The stout body is formidable, deep and roasted with plenty of boozy heat. As the stout ebbs, a metallic flavor emerges where the hops should be. A disappointment because Duck Rabbit nails the dark ales. Here, though, the flavor falls apart - too old or just plain infected. Either way, I didn't stick around to find out.

M: A drain-pour - my first from DR. It's not enough to dissuade me from the beers though, I'll pick up another Hoppy Bunny next time I see one.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nearly black hue with just some brown highlights around the edges. Head is a two-finger ap of frothy tan foam. Quite attractive.

Smell: big chocolate nose with a notable helping of piney, citrusy, herbal hops. Reminds me more of a hoppy porter, but this style really does blur a lot of lines. I like it.

Taste: bigger hop character than the aroma, right up front. Emphasis on citrus and a little bit of conifer; I think the acidity contributed by the roasted malts exaggerates those characteristics. Chocolate and roastiness are still present, but play second fiddle to the hops. I think this is a pretty good execution of the style.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice, well-integrated carbonation and a satisfying creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a tasty and drinkable ABA. The style can be really hit-or-miss, but I think Duck-Rabbit has something here.

Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, some roasted malts. Taste is like the hops and roasted malts going toe to toe throwing haymakers, with the malts finally winning in the end. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, despite the somewhat high abv, this beer is extremely drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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