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

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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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3/5  rDev -22.1%

reagbr8, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pitch black with a giant, dense, brown head that has great retention

S - floral, roasty, earthy

T - floral, citrusy, roasty, chocolate, coffee, big bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent black IPA. I think there could be a more refined balance between the rich, chocolate, roasty malt character and the citrusy hop character. It does have good drinkability and good flavor. Ultimately, it's another solid offering from Duck Rabbit.

tdm168, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of discdueler
4/5  rDev +3.9%

discdueler, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Great three finger deep mocha chocolate rich head, some big swiss cheese pock marking, but mostly fairly evening and lots of staying power. Truly a black brew, a very dark and blackened body appearance can't see through this at all, and truly looks black as night.

Nice simple toasty malts, and mellow chocolate and chewy grain. Not much of a noticeable hop angle, hints at more porter richness, maybe a slight pepper spice angle coming. Either way it's very pleasant. Small sweetness.

Palate hits with a subdued sense. THere isn't much flavor on first sip, and noticeable wet character sort of makes itself noticeable. However, the finish is where all the action seems to come in. Lingering dry roasted malts, and a breath of fresh dry hopping action.

Overall not bad, enjoyable brew, sort of what I expect from Duck Rabbit, nothing mind bending or exceptional but I could have another easily.

smakawhat, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lays out a huge tan head that sits atop the black liquid; beautiful retention and copious amounts of lace

Smell: While there is plenty of chocolate roast in the aroma, make no mistake that this has a boatload of hops, as well; delivers a citrusy profile along with resinous undertones

Taste: The malts jut out first, with roasty unsweetened chocolate and black bread but by mid-palate, the grapefruit and pith take over; there is a hint of coffee in the finish, but it is almost overwhelmed by the bitter hoppy flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I expected to like this beer and I do; I think it has a lot going for it; I might tinker with the hop profile a bit to make it a bit more West Coast in style but it is darn close as it is

brentk56, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Onenote81
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by 08/12 notched on the side. Pours a deep black with an inch-thick mocha head. Nose is sharp with pine needles, mild citrus, and a semi-sweet roasted char. Smooth hefty body. Creamy finish. The hops in this one add a pleasant bitterness, but they fall a bit short on the flavor. They taste muted and lacking in juicy freshness. The roasted aspect comes forward more, adding a warming coffee-like finish. This is a good beer, but not my favorite of the style for sure.

Onenote81, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of carrollmel7
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

carrollmel7, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of SlowWideTurns
4/5  rDev +3.9%

SlowWideTurns, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of bootdown21
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

bootdown21, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of wolfeman007
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

wolfeman007, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of ptricky
4/5  rDev +3.9%

ptricky, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of NCbeerpirate
4/5  rDev +3.9%

NCbeerpirate, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of fmccormi
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to my oversized HF wine glass. Freshness date of August, 2012 notched on the side of the label (numbers 1-15 printed on the side underneath “Fresh Beer. For best flavor, please refrigerate and enjoy by date indicated,” with notches on 8 and 12).

Appearance (4.5): Now, that is a good-looking beer. Body is an opaque, near-black, extraordinarily dark brown, and a head of 3.5 fingers of very, very fine bubbles the color of coffee ice cream rises quickly but fades slowly to a 1” thick cookie sitting on top of the body, leaving a decent amount of lace on the way down.

Smell (3.5): Anise, fresh-brewed coffee, and some very, very dark chocolate predominate here. Some grassy, somewhat bitter hops are present, but it doesn’t stand out particularly much.

Taste (4.0): Holy hell, there’s a lot of coffee happening here, mixed with some anise and licorice and very, very bitter chocolate—like totally unsweetened chocolate. Hops are in there somewhere, but they’re a bit difficult to pick out of the bitterness of the malts, to be honest. Some citrus pith and pine sap (on the astringent side) are definitely in there, with an herbal component underneath. Things mellow and clarify a bit as it warms, letting the hops shine a bit more. The finish is long, herbal, and roasty.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Subdued carbonation, creamy body on the heavy side of medium, dry finish with that drying hop character. Not bad, no question there.

Overall (4.0): I’d like the different pieces of this beer to be a little more well-defined and less shout-y, but there’s no question that this is a solid brew. It borders on astringent at times, but it definitely benefits from warming up a bit. Not the kind of beer you’d hand to a first-timer ☺

fmccormi, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

PEIhop, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of RKing44
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

RKing44, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of beerFool28607
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

beerFool28607, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Lob
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Lob, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of TrickkyGangsta
2/5  rDev -48.1%

TrickkyGangsta, May 31, 2012
Photo of wedge
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with a line of chestnut highlights at the bottom of the glass and a hefty, persistent tan head of foam. Fresh hoppy aromas over a nice roasty base of dark malt. Lime, grass, pine, chocolate, and coffee along with a slight buttery note that actually somehow seems to tie the malts and hops together. While I would say the aroma is ever-so-slightly hop-forward, the flavor is certainly more aggressive with the roasted malts. That's not to say the hops aren't there - they are - but in a more leafy/earthy/oily sort of way, leaving a trail of bitterness behind. The roast and bitter qualities make for a pretty astringent beer. Chocolate, light smoke, pine resin, fruit. I wish the malty flavors cut through the brashness a little more, but maybe it will all smooth out with future batches. Hoppier as it warms. Medium bodied and actually quite smooth and almost chewy before assaulting the palate. I'll be getting this again.

wedge, May 29, 2012
Photo of BlueFeetAndBeer
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

BlueFeetAndBeer, May 28, 2012
Photo of yaksurf
4/5  rDev +3.9%

yaksurf, May 27, 2012
Photo of KippAdams
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours black with minimal head

S: Roasted chocolate dominates, but there are some earthy undertones present

T: This is where Hoppy Bunny lives up to its name. It is exactly what I expected out of a company known for making dark beer.

M: Great mix of carbonation in this brew.

O: Very distinct combination of flavors that make for an enjoyable brew, especially for this style. DRH might not get the hype of other breweries in the area, but they have really carved out a niche for themselves in the dark beer market.

Recommend Hoppy Bunny for anyone wanting to venture into Black IPAs.

KippAdams, May 27, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark black with no head. The smell is a roasted marsmallow and the taste follows with a lot more bitterness and roastiness. Very tasty BIPA with a lot more roast than expected. The bitter aftertaste lingers and is slightly drying. This beer is definitely worth trying and will cover your hop fix & your roasty dark ale fix as well.

ThePorterSorter, May 27, 2012
Photo of sliverX
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

sliverX, May 27, 2012
Photo of Falcone
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Falcone, May 26, 2012
Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.