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

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87
very good

415 Ratings
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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 14
Gots: 35 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Gehrig13, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of eeggles
5/5  rDev +29.9%

eeggles, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of jpro
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
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!

jpro, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Billolick, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of mikeisale
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

mikeisale, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Stinkypuss, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of rangerred
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

rangerred, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of Mavajo
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Mavajo, Jul 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

NCStateAE, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Sjorge3442
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Sjorge3442, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of elgiacomo
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

elgiacomo, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of busterwhite
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured black with a rocky 2 finger head. Decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smells of fresh pine and a little citrus upfront followed by a bit of coffee and dark chocolate.

I was excited to taste this after the wonderful aroma, but the huge pine bitterness upfront never really gave way to the roasted malts in the flavor. It was a bitter 1 note performance. The bitterness did ease as the beer warmed but the malts never really showed up and the fact that there was a lack of complexity from the hops dragged the taste down.

The carbonation was good but the mouthfeel was pretty thin.

A little less pine and a little more complexity from the hops would make this a winner. The malts are in the aroma but just can't fight through the huge pine bitterness.

busterwhite, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

bsuedekum, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of billab914
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

billab914, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of L_AllenH
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

L_AllenH, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of Jason_Quad
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Jason_Quad, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black with lots of thick tan head.
S: It smelled like lots of lemon and resinous hops, with some milk chocolate and dry roasted coffee.
T: It tasted like bitter lemon and resin hops, with some cocoa powder and black coffee. It had a dank bitter aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with some carbonation. Full body, nearly chewy.
D: This was a very hoppy black IPA. It looked great and had great body. The scent and taste were good but not great. The finish was a bit harsh, so it wasn't super easy to drink. Nice beer but not amazing.

Pencible, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of jackfruit
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

jackfruit, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of mklinger
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

mklinger, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

IdrinkGas, Jul 10, 2012
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.

Rifugium, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Cane4Beer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Cane4Beer, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of akorsak
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

akorsak, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

twowheelssoar, Jul 04, 2012
Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.