Rabbit's Reserve #5 Bitter Hearts | Red Hare Brewing Company

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Red Hare Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by alk3kenny on 03-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by alk3kenny:
Photo of alk3kenny
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep dark black color nice tan creamy head sticks to the glass in layers smell is of roast and hops taste is on point for the style nice hop bitterness in the start and roastted dark malts to finish no alcohol present could easily put a few of these back

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Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from The Beer Growler near the Red Hare brewery. Pours nearly pitch black with a brownish edge appearing only under bright light. Topped by big, frothy, light brown head. This dies down rather quickly to a durable top coat. An ample amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma: IPA credentials are intact with the powerful aroma of floral and citrus hops, but some roasted malts are there too and bring with them hints of caramel, cherries and dark fruits, plus a faint suggestion of smoky coffee. 9% ABV apparent, rendering this a bit more boozy than ideal. Roasted malts more evident after warming.

T: The dark roasted malts are more prominent in tasting, and the hops are more in balance so that it is not overly bitter. Very rich flavor with a better integration of malt and hops than usual for style (Black IPA). Has a slightly overdone trace of smoke/charcoal. IBU seems notably lower than expected for style or from the hoppy aroma, especially in the finish and aftertaste, but this is not a bad thing. Hints of dark chocolate, expresso, licorice, black pepper, and burnt toast.

M: near full body with soft, low carbonation; no harshness from the high ABV but some warmth; fairly smooth.

O: Despite some reservations, this 'big' beer is a very good black IPA worth seeking out. Unusual for a dark beer, I recommend serving this near refrigerator cold.

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Photo of ltdantheman
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of wcu80
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of random846
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of JF1917
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of mweso2000
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of OldTime
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A growler from the Lincoln in Snellville (welcome to the 'hood!). This is by far the best beer I've had from Red Hare. Roasty, juicy, a bit sweet, quite hoppy with great citrus bitterness, and a bit of woody tannins along with some sweet licorice root. Very dark with a great head. This is a moreish beer that kept drawing me back for another sip. Absolutely delightful!

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Photo of thirsty_artist
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of watsonmd
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft, at Taco-Mac John's Creek, GA.

Served in cold 20 oz mug.

A: Dark pour, inch of head, tannish foam. thick lacing during the drink.

S: Chocolate. Some booze, coffee, but mostly chocolate.

T: Similar to the nose.

M: Bitter (as is the name) and very dry. Nice beer. Don't really feel the alcohol as much as you can smell it.

O: I would buy this for the fridge at home. Would like to try it with a strong flavored meal, as the brewer suggests.

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Photo of Lockpicker
1.02/5  rDev -74.5%

Rabbit's Reserve #5 Bitter Hearts from Red Hare Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 13 ratings