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

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87
very good

390 Ratings
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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 103
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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Photo of 5thOhio
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

Pours an opaque brown/black with a caramel-colored creamy head which disperses to a thin film of foam with nice lacing.

Aroma is mostly roasted malts and slight hop notes. Mouthfeel is solid and fits the appearance. Good carbonation.

Taste is roasted malts with a little smoke, some hop bite and a lingering sour finish. Having tried a few "black ale" beers, I think it's tough to make one that separates itself from a hoppy porter. Seems to me this falls in the latter category.

I'd definitely order it on tap but not buy it again in a bottle. If I want a porter, I'll just buy a solid porter, maybe even Duck Rabbit's Porter. Nothing special or profound here.

5thOhio, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of Morey
3.63/5  rDev -6%

Appearance: Black in color with one finger of light brown foam. When you hold it to the light, there's a little light penetrating around the edges of the glass revealing some brownish hues. Pretty good lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Big roasted character, coffee, coco nibs, a hint of cola, and dark fruits.

Taste: Hops and roasted flavor combine for a good dose of bitterness up front. There's a nice char (almost smoky) flavor that follows. Just a hint of dark chocolate towards the back end, but then the bitterness comes back for more and lingering long after the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with the carbonation coming in on the low side.

Morey's Bottom Line: Hops aren't really citrus or pine forward in this beer....just plain bitter. Couple that with the huge roasted flavors, and you have a bold & bitter brew. Luckily, I don't mind bitter, so this one is doable for me. Not the best example of a Black IPA, but not bad by any stretch.

Morey, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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 syntheticwings
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

syntheticwings, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

coreyfmcdonald, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of amstokesdb9
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

amstokesdb9, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of CelticAleMan
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

CelticAleMan, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of rudzud
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

Thanks to JLindros for giving me this bottle after getting a few too many extras. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice deep dark black with a good fluffy almost 3 fiinger head that faded to leave a TON of sticky side lacing. Quite nice for a Black IPA.

S - The hop presence is nice, good almost sticky pine but alot of roughly burnt malts. Not so much roast but burnt.

T - Taste is nice. Good burnt/roast malts. VERY bitter hops throughout the beer with a nice finish. Not alcohol really detectable.

M - Mouthfeel is nice no alcohol detectable. Still, a bit too burnt though.

O - Overall, this isnt a badd black IPA, just a bit too harsh on the burnt malts for my liking.

rudzud, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this.

3.0 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is good, but just a couple whisps of lacing are left.

3.5 S: Big citrus and pine hoppiness. Orange and pineapple are strongest with some papaya in there as well. Mild roastiness with notes of molasses and caramel. Not bad.

4.0 T: The taste is a bit strange, even by black IPA standards, but it works. Moderate roastiness that has a peculiar tanginess to it. It's like a tangy molasses I'd say. Big orange hoppiness with pineapple and mango not far behind. Less piney than the nose led on. The reason this works is that the bitterness is kept low.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and quite smooth.

4.0 D: I'm not a huge fan of the style, but I've had some pretty good ones as of late. I hope brewers keep impressing me.

DavoleBomb, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of poiuytr
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

poiuytr, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of PalmettoPyrat
4/5  rDev +3.6%

PalmettoPyrat, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

thecheapies, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of OldhouseRecs
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

OldhouseRecs, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of reitzbrewing
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

reitzbrewing, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Cylinsier
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

Cylinsier, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of jagada
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jagada, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of ohtheguilt
3/5  rDev -22.3%

ohtheguilt, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of IPAFrankieH
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

IPAFrankieH, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of JZ77
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

JZ77, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of TEAMHOLT
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

TEAMHOLT, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +3.6%

JohnK17, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of hsc12
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

hsc12, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%

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.

AndyAvalanche, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of JWU
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

JWU, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

JayQue, Aug 04, 2012
Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.