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

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Reviews: 111
Hads: 480
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 20
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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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:
Beer added by: Jason on 04-23-2012

The Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale is both intensely hoppy and intensely black! Eight separate hop additions offer delicious bitterness and beguiling hop aroma/flavor. Heavily represented among these hops are Chinook, which provides deep pine and sticky citrus components, and a New Zealand hop called Motueka, from which we get bright fruit and spearmint notes.
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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to crunkchiggin2002 for this one.

Pours a big fluffy darker colored head hits 1.5 fingers and fades slowly with nice lacing dark almost black murky super dark brown color.

Nose brings dark malts little roast, cocoa, caramel, creamy, and hops light pine earthy and some citrus. Light fluffy oatmeal like too.

Taste starts with chocolate, oatmeal, dark choc, some roast and bitter almost char like, little caramel and toasty malt. Then hops, slight earthy and spicy, some pine, little citrus and floral hops. Finish is fairly bitter, long slightly earthy piney hop finish little chocolate caramel malt.

Mouth is med to slightly bigger bodied little fluffy, decent carb, hint of warming booze.

Overall pretty good, as usual not my fav style, nice malts, decent hops, and blend fairly well but just not a great style as too juxtaposed flavors. (851 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice black color as the name of the beer advertised with a nice froffy brown head that dissipates slowly. Smells of coffee and flowery hops, very nice. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, and some flowery hops, a nice combination. Medium bodied beer finishes well and has good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer. (371 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black looking until held to the light nice reds showing through. Nice fluffy two finger head falls to ringed scum that laces well.

Aroma is roasted malts nice chocolate light smoke notes good dose of hops to finish it off.

Taste is on par for the style good roasted malts chocolate with descent coffee notes. Finish is nice and hoppy vegetable/herbal like hops. Pretty good would buy and enjoy again but have had better examples of the style.

Mouthfeel is light side of medium with average carbonation.

Overall enjoyable brew, tasty easy drinking beer. (564 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a very dark brown almost black. Two fingers of healthy medium tan head is produced with great retention and mucho lacing. Awesome looking brew.

S- milk chocolate and malted milk balls at first with a leafy spicy hop note. Mild roast character with more chocolate!

T- light roast flavors with a mocha character. Cream and sugar French press coffee in the middle with a subtle hop note. Spicy woody hop flavor with a great bitterness on the back end. Dark chocolate in the aftertaste.

MF- smooth creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. Average carbonation.

D- Great drinkability.

Not a beer to knock your socks off but beautifully crafted and rather tasty. (665 characters)

Photo of 5thOhio
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (665 characters)

Photo of Morey
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (958 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,325 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (684 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (893 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (561 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (610 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,434 characters)

Photo of JWU
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,020 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (617 characters)

Photo of jpro
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
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! (1,230 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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 (562 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (999 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of Mavajo
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (716 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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. (788 characters)

Photo of busterwhite
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (949 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (866 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.1/5  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. (846 characters)

Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.