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

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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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 04-23-2012)
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

JeffreyJDavis, May 25, 2012
Photo of NCBeernut
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very dark and opaque with a creamy-looking dark khaki two-finger head. A little lacing, pretty solid head retention - there is at least a full layer covering up the blackness beneath it the entire time.

S: Fresh resiny hops! Hard to describe...like floral with a little fruitiness and herbal undertones...resinous is the best word I have. These are more dominant in the nose, but a little chocolate roastiness actually combines with them pretty well to produce a lightly roasted coffee-like aroma.

T/M: Less harmony here. It is quite bitter, but the maltiness smoothes it out a bit. The hops are still resinous and floral, but they combine clash a bit with the light roastiness to produce a slight perceived astringency in a metallic kind of way. I think for going this heavy on hop flavor, you would need a bigger malt presence to work in a roasty beer like this. The mouthfeel is just a bit thin. If it was an IPA it would be spectacular, but as a black ale, it comes a little short of perfect harmony in a beer.

The aroma is spectacular. I just think it needs a little more heaviness on the malt for how much bitterness and floral hop flavor hits your tongue. I just think for a roasty beer to have this much in-your-face hop presence, you need to go higher gravity with it, and this is coming from somebody who differs greatly from the bigger-the-better BA mentality.

NCBeernut, May 25, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great to see a new DR offering.Poured jet black with a thick creamy beige head that left multiple broken rings of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Sharp piney,earthy hops mixed with bitter chocolate and roast in the nose.Light smoke,earth, and roast at the onset with lightly sweet chocolate melding into a rush of prickly,piney hops that linger nicely.A damn fine ABA easily one of the better ones I have had,well done Duck Rabbit.

oberon, May 24, 2012
Photo of Lantern
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Lantern, May 24, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Hanzo, May 22, 2012
Photo of BenTherHppedThat
4/5  rDev +3.6%

BenTherHppedThat, May 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

BigTrubble, May 20, 2012
Photo of jak
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

jak, May 20, 2012
Photo of cosmicevan
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

massive thanks to beerness for hooking up this brand new duck rabbit brew. enjoyed from my duck rabbit snifter.

a - cracked the bottle and poured the brew...looked of a stout or a porter with a generous few fingers of mocha colored head that hung out for photos. deep, dark, and creamy.

s - big tobacco. nice hops counterpointed by big roastiness. i've never used tobacco or leather to describe the odor of a beer, but this beer...that's what it is. like fresh tobacco that you roll in your own paper. earthy natural, makes me want to get back into smoking cigarettes (but i won't). the hops crossed with the roastiness just paint a picture of cigarette relaxation (and cancer ;)

t - the hops fight for supremacy but are squashed by the big charred roastiness. quite nice, but more of a battle than a balance. not quite as clean as either/or or 5 years later, but a pleasant offering no doubt.

m - mouth is vibrant with nice carbonation and a cooling charry roasted feel.

o - overall, duck rabbit is a brewery that hardly disappoints and this venture into black ale territory is no dissapointment either, but far from the highlight of their catalog or the style. definitely worthy if you are into the style, go for the 6'er...if you are unsure on the style, go for a single, but you'll likely be back for more. a bit dark for the warmer weather, but a nice blend of roast and hops.

cosmicevan, May 19, 2012
Photo of Beerverage
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black throughout, cappacnhino like head, with blackness shining through in parts of the head.

S: resin and roast

T: darkest tasting black ipa I have had. Leaves a wonderfully bitter taste that holds the roasts characteristics at the same time. Really nice. coffee pine resin and bitter chocolate

M: smooth, nice carbonation, easy going down

O: really like this beer. Hope they make more of it. Probably the best fitting "black ipa", super dark really hoppy. Try it'

Beerverage, May 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

fehrminator, May 18, 2012
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah the Hoppy Bunny.

Pour is exactly what youd expect from Duck Rabbit. Black with an extremely thick caramel head.

Oh lord it smells resinous and black. Strong coffee with a good bit of pine needles and pine resin. I actually like the pine in this one (thats a damn first for me). Its like super fresh on the tree pine needles and cones. For some reason I want to say spruce, but who knows with me.

Now this flavor is unique for sure. Bitterness from the malt and hops. bitter roasted coffee, dark bakers chocolate, and alpha acids. Medicinal sort of flavor is the only real knock here. Black roasted malts underly what is really a pine heads dream. Its all really balanced and smooth (surprisngly).

VncentLIFE, May 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

DaveONan, May 16, 2012
Photo of chinchill
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served by a brewery rep. at the 2012 NC Brewers Fest.

A: pours near black with a lasting brown head. The head is creamy and coats the glass on the way down.

S Hops plus dark malt. Some spice and pine.

T: An excellent and flavorful mix of hops and dark malt -- a generous and well-proportioned mix of both.

M: Creamy smooth' full body is more substantial than might be expected. Semi-dry finish.

O: excellent and highly drinkable.

chinchill, May 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

rabiddawg, May 12, 2012
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Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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