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

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87
very good

365 Ratings
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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
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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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-03-2012 17:48:53 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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planetscott

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is how this new style should be. Dark and toasty, but not too roasty or ashy. Nice blend of hops that refresh and not sting. A bigger beer that is is not noticeably big. A very drinkable American Black Ale.

Very enjoyable and I am glad someone finally did this right. Too many of the other examples of this style are too roasty, too hoppy, and too big to be truly drinkable.

This should be a benchmark for this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 13:33:31 | More by planetscott
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. best before 9/12.

A: very much opaque. i would call this black seeing as i cannot see any lighter hues around the edges. plumes of dark-white foam sit on top with great retention.

S: my initial impression is a battle of chocolate and american hop citrus. earthy and herbal. bitter burnt grain. a little autolysed? something sort of soy-like.

T: similar to the nose, chocolately and bitter. the body turns sour from the middle into the finish. a soy-sauce like lingering. my suspicion of autolysed yeast on the nose has been firmly confirmed. not sure how long ago this was bottled, regardless, still has a couple of months according to the label.

M: finer carb on a medium, pushing on full body.

D: i would imagine a fresher example would be much more tasty, especially considering the promising start on the nose. please pass on any bottles you may see still out there and wait for another batch!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 00:09:20 | More by Jimmys
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 03:07:20 | More by BARFLYB
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-01-2012 00:04:17 | More by nmann08
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is pitch black with no light showing through. Topped with a massive, rocky, foamy, dark tan head. This one looks like a stout through and through.

Aroma was a bit off. Duck Rabbit is kind of known for a slightly sour beer with large alkaline notes. This one has a slightly sour aroma with some piney hop aromas. Nice dose of roastiness with a slight hint of coffee.

I wasnt a fan of the flavor on this one. It was really quite sour and mouth puckering. I had a hard time tasting anything past the sourness. I did note some coffee with little hop flavor. The sourness soured me.

I didnt think this was a very good effort. Perhaps something went slightly wrong in the ferment, or maybe this was supposed to be tangy; either way, not a fan.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 18:19:08 | More by SaCkErZ9
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jtb0608

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-28-2012 23:07:18 | More by jtb0608
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welldigger888

South Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from growler into pint, opaque inky black goodness with a thick creamy tan head that leaves sheets of lacing down glass. Awesome!!!

Well balanced for style roasty toasty goodness and hoptacular aromas seem to blend into a perfection of brewing art.

Not unlike an irish dry stout on steroids with a hop monster doing the pushing. Creamy roasty coffee toasted goodness that leads into one helluva smooth hop storm of earthy spicy citrus wonderlust. WOW, leave it to the dark beer specialist to do up one hell of a CDA!!!

I find this wonderful brew to deliver not unlike a 4% dry irish stout, yet the hop flavor is VERY much american hops. Not exactly west coast style but WAY american hopped.

The dark beer folk at duck rabbit have hit another one WAY OUT THE PARK!!! Bravo Paul and everyone at the brewery. Please make more and send 1 state south to the super cool cats at greens piney grove rd. FANTASTIC BREW!!!

Serving type: growler

06-24-2012 02:44:02 | More by welldigger888
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-24-2012 00:39:24 | More by Axnjxn
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douglasgoodman

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

06-22-2012 21:26:43 | More by douglasgoodman
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HipHopinHooligan13

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-22-2012 01:54:09 | More by HipHopinHooligan13
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours virtually black with a nice mocha colored head, retention and lacing both very good.

S - Plentiful roasty malts and resinous earthy hops

T - Roasty/slightly sweet chocolate, roasty coffee like bitter malts and piney earthy hops hold their own with a more robust malt profile

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation, mouth feel is where it should be

O - A very solid prototypical black IPA, nothing super special about this one but it does what it does as well as any black IPA that I have had the pleasure of indulging in

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2012 03:01:43 | More by MacQ32
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leschkie

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-17-2012 15:34:03 | More by leschkie
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snatch210

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-16-2012 22:31:43 | More by snatch210
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-16-2012 20:27:37 | More by bacher468
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-15-2012 04:10:29 | More by GRG1313
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magine

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Pours a near black with a light tan head. Awesome lace and great dense head retention remains. Great looks.

Brew smells of cocoa, hops, barley. Good nose.

Brew is creamy from the thick head initially, spiced hops in the middle along with barley malts and cocoa as well. Finishes slightly dry and has good bitter cocoa and hops. Very good flavors and feel. Warming qualities from the abv. Great brew.

Really lovin' the black ales, this is a great one. Great sessionable case worthy brew here with a nice ABV.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 02:22:22 | More by magine
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 23:31:26 | More by tempest
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cfinch2

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-13-2012 02:36:27 | More by cfinch2
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farrago

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easily over two fingers of dark brown foam, good mixture of bubble sizes which causes some dimpling, takes some time sizzling down to the surface, solid ring of lacing around most of the glass, tenacious grip. The liquid is black and opaque but not quite so dense that you can’t see the tiny bubbles rise, thin ring of orange at the glass bottom. Real roasty, toasty nose of cocoa powder, ground coffee, vanilla bean, oats and unprocessed grains, the interplay between malts and the hoppier pine, white citrus notes quite pleasing, really stiffens in your nostrils without seeming heavy, very longlasting. Medium-bodied plus, carbonation at first gives it a fluffy mouth feel, however, overall dryness wins out. Licorice, more of that mocha to cocoa powder and roasted coffee, nutty at turns. The orange to grapefruit citrus has a harder time finding its voice here. More floral than grassy, hops add more texture than flavor. Minor notes of peach, cherry, black grape fruit. Smoky like a wood grill. There’s a lot of energy here which may now and then mask some of its complexity. Real intense, need a glass of water to rinse the flavors out.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 01:50:32 | More by farrago
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bentonquest

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-12-2012 15:11:46 | More by bentonquest
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GehenHerzog

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-12-2012 02:27:58 | More by GehenHerzog
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alk3kenny

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark dark color black in the low light at taco mac woodstock creamy dark tan head that has been holding for awhile now. Smell is dark roast chocolate n hops ok lets dive in. The dark roast burnt flavors on the nose really shine through here. Creamy mouthfeel with hop bitterness left on the tongue. Hops arent as much in the taste as on the tongue. Overall a very nice black pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2012 18:30:59 | More by alk3kenny
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jriggins6

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-11-2012 12:56:20 | More by jriggins6
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Bung

Michigan

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

12 oz. Extreamely dark brown pour, thin layer of cream colored head. Small amount of lacing.

Aroma, piney with a roasted note. Very light coffee.

Taste, much more roast, dark chocolate here. The hop notes are much more herbal than piney and balance well. Slight bitter coffee finish.

To the left of mid bodied, carbonation is just right to keep it drinking very well. Nice balanced black ipa. Would guess this is even better on draft. Don't hesitate to give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 03:09:04 | More by Bung
Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.