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

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87
very good

354 Ratings
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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 11
Gots: 20 | 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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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight-up black pour. Head with depth and of a beige color. Laces a little.

Orange and floral hops crossed with heavy mocha aromas from a well-roasted malt. Lots of dark chocolate and black coffee. Still twiggy with hops.

More enjoyable in the mouth as true IPA flavors converge. Earthy and citrusy with soft bitterness. Backend roastiness. Nicely balanced. Very enjoyable.

Almost creamy body. Carbonation is lively enough. Feels good, as most Duck-Rabbit beers do.

A well-made Black IPA. The malt pungency thrives in the nose but mellow out in the drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 05:13:53 | More by thecheapies
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OldhouseRecs

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

08-15-2012 23:32:24 | More by OldhouseRecs
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

08-15-2012 23:26:22 | More by reitzbrewing
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours black with a nutty light brown head, about an inch, which dissipates slowly and retains a lacing.

Slightly smokey and very piney hop bitter aroma.

Pine and grapefruit hop bitterness right off the bat. A toasty caramel malt flavor is subsidiary.

Medium to full body with light tingles of carbonation on the tongue.

Pretty enjoyable and flavorful beer, but if you're not a fan of hops, you're going to have a bad time. This is overwhelmingly hoppy, approaching American BW or Imperial IPA levels and, in some examples, passing it. Still, as hoppy beers have grown on me, I'd have this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 23:39:55 | More by Cylinsier
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jagada

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-11-2012 03:00:25 | More by jagada
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

3/5  rDev -22.3%

08-10-2012 11:56:05 | More by ohtheguilt
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IPAFrankieH

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

08-10-2012 00:52:29 | More by IPAFrankieH
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JZ77

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

08-08-2012 22:08:35 | More by JZ77
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TEAMHOLT

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

08-08-2012 20:39:00 | More by TEAMHOLT
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-08-2012 20:02:19 | More by JohnK17
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hsc12


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

08-07-2012 20:42:23 | More by hsc12
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 02:42:07 | More by AndyAvalanche
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JWU

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 01:45:24 | More by JWU
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JayQue

Virginia

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

By far, the hoppiest beer I have ever had from Duck-Rabbit. Pours a dense mahogany brown with some light coming through on the sides. Good size tan head with decent retention. A few thick bands of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is fresh hops and roasted malt. Fairly pronounced and quite nice.

Taste is resinous, fresh hops backed up by fairly robust roasted malts. A very nice balance.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. The 7.30% abv is well hidden. The resinous hops coat the tongue and the maltiness serves as a palate cleaner at the end.

Very nice beer!!!A bit high octane for mass swilling, but still an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 00:17:00 | More by JayQue
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Gehrig13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-02-2012 01:14:32 | More by Gehrig13
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eeggles

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +29.5%

08-01-2012 02:58:40 | More by eeggles
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jpro

South Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 02:05:48 | More by jpro
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Billolick

New York

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

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 20:12:23 | More by Billolick
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mikeisale


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-30-2012 03:29:56 | More by mikeisale
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2012 06:27:13 | More by Stinkypuss
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an opaque dark brown with a humongous three finger dark brown head. Really amazing head retention and lacing.

Wonderful aroma of cocoa mixed with citrus hops. Some nice coffee notes in there as well. This really has a good nose on it.

The flavor has a tartness that starts right at the beginning and lingers throughout. Lots of roasted malt and a little bit of burn coffee. Some cocoa too. Citrus hop flavor is present along with a fairly high level of bitterness. My one complaint would be the carbonation is a little high which seems to thin out the mouthfeel.

Overall, a really solid ABA and one I would gladly pick up again. Duck Rabbit really makes some good beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 00:28:16 | More by rangerred
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Mavajo

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pitch black body with a big billowy brown head that hangs around forever and plasters the glass with sticky brown lacing. Fantastic looking beer. How anyone could give it anything other than a 5 for Appearance is beyond me.

Aroma is pleasant. Hoppy, fresh cut grass, rich chocolatey malts. Palate has the bitter hops with a pine/grass taste, and soft chocolate notes and a mild roastiness. It's not bad. I'm not a big fan of the whole hoppy dark beer thing, but this isn't too bad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with nice carbonation.

Really a pretty good beer. It's just a weird niche though. If I want hops, I'd rather have an IPA/DIPA/APA/whatever. If I want chocolate, I'll go with a stout or a porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 21:53:45 | More by Mavajo
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NCStateAE

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-26-2012 10:05:39 | More by NCStateAE
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Sjorge3442

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

07-26-2012 00:43:50 | More by Sjorge3442
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by October 2012. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours black with a large three finger foamy light brown head that leaves a nice ring of drippy, sticky lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma is interesting, mint, pine, grassy hops, some orange citrus, dark roasted malts, some anise, chocolate and coffee. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is very dark roasted malts, a hint burnt, chocolate, coffee, anise, moving to a blast of piney hops, citrus, some mint, some herbal hops, good bitterness, mild sweetness, mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, strong carbonation.

Very good Black IPA. After hearing reports that some batches of this were infected, I was a bit leery going in, but thankfully this one is good. Very hoppy, but also extremely roasty. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 03:22:28 | More by elgiacomo
Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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