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

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406 Ratings
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 12
Gots: 32 | 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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Photo of DrDemento456
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

DrDemento456, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of Lisicjm
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Lisicjm, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Duvel
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Duvel, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +3.9%

SmellsofMahagony, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of dailyminefield
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

dailyminefield, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Ljoreilly
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Ljoreilly, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of JeffTheJuice
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

JeffTheJuice, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Amerikon
2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

Amerikon, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

lupercmda, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of thomscottson
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

thomscottson, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of Jadjunk
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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

Jadjunk, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

facundoCNB, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of devilben02
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from my home keg with a nearly opaque color brown color and a thick beige head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a dull but varied mix of chocolate and herbal hops. The flavor is a bit more lively, with an earthy combination of hops and roasted malts. The light, resinous mouthfeel supports this flavor profile nicely. Overall, this beer is roasty and multi-dimensional without being too overbearing like I find many in this style to be, making it a flavorful selection that goes down easier than its alcohol percentage would suggest.

devilben02, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of sreichgott
4/5  rDev +3.9%

sreichgott, Jan 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

kell50, Jan 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

rbrefbeerman, Dec 27, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

sendbeer, Dec 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Guinnsslvr, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of tmm313
2/5  rDev -48.1%

tmm313, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Callaghan
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this in my regular store, and bought it on the recommendation of the owner. Little did I know how good it would be.

A: I poured this into a pint glass slowly. Living up to it's name, it is BLACK. Virtually no light penetrates through this beer. Two finger head is mocha colored and thick, giving you the ability to rest a popped cap on top of it. It fades slowly, but never becomes less than about 1/4". Lovely.

S: Smokey malts dominate, but after a little agitation, a sweetness that is unexpected. Almost like when you cook with brown sugar, hard to describe. Some hops underneath it all, but it's subtle.

T: A very nice balance of hops, toasted malts and alcohol. A blend of floral, pine and citrus hops hit right away, quickly followed by smokey malt and sweetness. Now, that's not to say that it is sweet, because it isn't, but it has just enough to compliment the bitterness. In the middle, A bunch of dark fruits and chocolate. Dark cherries, raisins, prunes, and then some citrus comes through. Grapefruit peel mostly, and some other sour tastes are real light on the tongue. The finish is a mix of sweet, burnt brown sugar, bitter chocolate, and a reminiscence of hops. A hint of alcohol at the end puts the just the right finishing touch.
As a note: Maybe it's the batch I picked up, but the malts seem overly "toasted", as in I get a burnt malt flavor. By the third beer, I didn't notice it, but on the first beer it was very apparent. I would have scored higher if it wasn't for this.

M: Really nice! Creamy, and smooth, with medium carbonation. Medium bodied, and extremely drinkable. For me, this seems a little thicker, or heavier than a regular ABA. The head sticks around for the entire drink, and even adds a little creamy-ness to each sip Wonderful!

O: A very nice brew. As far as an ABA, it's very solid. Lots of flavor, hops and malts. Very drinkable, and easy to put away a few in a session. One that I will go back to for sure! I am glad the owner of my regular store turned me on to it!

Callaghan, Dec 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

acurtis, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of wcudwight
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

wcudwight, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of AlexM
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

AlexM, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of barneysdad
4/5  rDev +3.9%

barneysdad, Dec 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

4runner4ever, Dec 01, 2012
Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.