Hoppy Bunny A.B.A. (American Black Ale)
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

Hoppy Bunny A.B.A. (American Black Ale)Hoppy Bunny A.B.A. (American Black Ale)
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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Black IPA
Ranked #102
Ranked #18,772
3.85 | pDev: 10.91%
Dec 02, 2022
Apr 23, 2012
Very Good
Hoppy Bunny A.B.A. (American Black Ale)Hoppy Bunny A.B.A. (American Black Ale)
Notes: 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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Reviewed by Khocolate from Tennessee

5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I never had an American Black Ale before, oh boy, it’s very good. It is very easy to drink and pack a powerful punch at 7.3% ABV which is within the range of IPAs. Impressive.
Dec 02, 2022
Rated: 3.51 by Allurex from Kansas

Nov 02, 2021
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Reviewed by michaelsmith11 from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
This one had the aroma that was malty with some chocolate and a little nutty. The taste reminded me of a lighter stout only it did have a hoppiness to it and a little bit of bite at the end.
Oct 24, 2021
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I got a bottle of this beer from my good friend and old neighbor from the 'Wego. It poured an opaque dark with tan head that is leaving some lace. The scent had roast and chocolate notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with roast and dark chocolate with slight coffee acidic notes....with bitter hop highlights . The mouthfeel was medium in body with big fizzy carbonation. Overall it is a good beer.
Aug 24, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by Chilmer from Iowa

Jun 27, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by JohnnyForeign from New Jersey

Jun 22, 2021
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Rated by rclangk from West Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
BOM 5/2021
Jun 19, 2021
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Reviewed by akaizer from Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a beer of the month club. Pour has a dense tan foam head with a black body (checks out). Scent is a rich with malty and hoppy bitterness: dark coffee, cocoa, burnt charcoal, a bit of piney zest. Taste is follows with an excellent bitterness that mostly focuses on malt flavors noted in the scent but a bit of herbal hop now present as well. Feel is medium bodied, smooth, and a nice sweetly bitter aftertaste. If you enjoy black ales (by whatever name they go by) you should enjoy this one too!
May 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Black colour, moderate beige head. Moderate aroma of roast malts, hints of liquorice and chocolate. Decent dry flavour, notes of roast malts, coffee and bittering hops, hints of liquorice and chocolate.
Apr 19, 2021
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Totally dark with a large, thick, mocha colored head and good lacing. Passing whiff of coffee before the aroma of resinous, citrusy hops took over. Some roasted malt in the taste with a hint of bittersweet chocolate before the switch to dry, piney hops. Slightly sour aftertaste beneath the dark fruit and hops. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated mouthfeel with a lingering finish.
Aug 25, 2020
Rated: 3.87 by jjboesen from Maryland

Jul 08, 2020
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Reviewed by ChrisMon02 from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours dark brown with a huge fluffy tan head that lasts for like 100 hours. Lacing is impressive as expected.

Smells of cocoa and sour berries.

Taste Follows the nose. Cocoa and sour berries with a bitter dry finish.

Carbonation is high and reminded me of soda. Sharp with a bite.

Not my thing. It’s unique but not in a good way. Odd sour-bitterness and that sharp finish detracts from the experience. Pass.
Apr 30, 2020
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours like a dark brown ale. Deceptive, as I got almost none of the maltiness I anticipated. A nice delivery of hops with a slightly sour bite. The sour fades before the hop bitterness. Nice.
Apr 30, 2020
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Reviewed by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Drinking this from a bottle poured into a pint glass.
Appears black with a nice foamy tan head and lacing.
Smells roasted malty, bready, citrusy.
Taste follows the nose.
Mouth feel is medium plus for the style.
Overall a very nice American Black Ale, malty, hoppy, and tasty. I would definitely order again.
Feb 22, 2020
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a big creamy and rocky head that sticks around leaving great thick retention and sticky frothy lacing. The aromas have some roasted malts along with some hints of berries. The flavors basically follow the nose for the most part. It's slightly sweet and tart. Some cocoa. Mild hints of pine. Solid bitterness. Malts do their thing. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's very fluffy, slightly creamy velvety, sharp and smooth.

This is a solid "Black IPA". Nice aromas. It's slightly sweet and tart, but the hop bitterness cuts down on that. Not bad.
Oct 21, 2019
Rated: 3.68 by Nunya from Ohio

Oct 18, 2019
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
(12 oz bottle, enjoy by 4/18, purchased today, sitting at room temp... poured into a nonic)

L: ton of tan foam on the pour (took up almost half the glass); very dark black-cherry red colored liquid... foam collapsed slow, keeping a chunky, rocky contour... several thins strands of crystalline lace

S: mellow, perfumy-floral hop, bit of a polyester(?)/carpet note... maybe a little roast, but not much at all... mostly a hard-candy like malt aroma far in the back... bit of oxidation

T: clashing static up front: intertwining layers of flowery, piney hops; smooth, sedate, berry hard-candy malt middle; hints of light caramel and dried grass in the finish; very faint peppery spice in the aftertaste - their description of spearmint seems right on, especially in that aftertaste (also on the nose leading up to each sip)... the flavors are so polished and married at its age; features more of a spectrum blend than hard-angled contrasting elements

F: quiet, a little too quiet... soft foamy touch up front, short syrup swoop in the middle, disappearing finish with a touch of bitter and booze warmth lingering through the finish... silky-resiny, silky soft

O: despite the age, had to try it; I don't often encounter (the broad range of) DR beers in my travels; as far as reviews, I had 2 of their core line on their main 'current' list here left to do... interesting, boldly-flavored, but perhaps its age has resulted in mellowed/muted expression... will track down a fresh(er) bottle considering its (hop counterpoint) novelty within their lineup (1404)
Jul 17, 2019
Rated: 1.61 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 10, 2019
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Reviewed by flgimp from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours boldly black, medium body with khaki lacing. Nose is earthy, peat, pine. Taste is malty, with pine, citrus and yes spearmint notes. This is now one of my favorite black ales.
Feb 21, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Dec 03, 2018
Rated: 3.66 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania

Oct 26, 2018
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Reviewed by Foyle from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. A thin tan head falls quickly with mild lacing. Color is dark reddish brown. Aroma citrus, pine, and roasted malt. Mouthfeel between light and medium, astringent, with a somewhat damp finish. Balance of grapefruit, citrus rind with dark roasted malt, cocoa, raisin. Overall it is very good and enjoyable.
Jun 17, 2018
Rated: 3.88 by Dave1999 from North Carolina

May 23, 2018
Rated: 3.73 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Feb 21, 2018
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Reviewed by JimKal from North Carolina

3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours a black body with a tan head that leaves nice lacing on the drink down. Decent mouthfeel but the taste didn’t work for me as it was bitter overpowering the roasted notes.
Feb 12, 2018
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Reviewed by Gavage from Nevada

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: dark brown with a thick 2" head that produces some nice lace.

Smell: pine and citrus tones along with some toasted tones.

Taste: big roasted malt flavors with grapefruit, pine, some dark plums, chocolate, and a nice biting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp to start, less crisp and dry at the finish.

Overall: very enjoyable beer with loads of flavor. Slow sipping but intense.
Jan 30, 2018
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle dated "enjoy by 7/17" (maybe - if I'm interpreting the label correctly) into pint glass. Pours a very dark brown - almost porter- or stout-like. Thin light tan head. Initial impression is dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a touch of citrus. I'm not getting much hops flavor (possibly because of the age of this bottle - 6 months past its "best by" date). Mouthfeel is fairly thick. Alcohol is well hidden. Finish is surprisingly dry, with slightly bitter dark chocolate notes.
In all honesty, this seemed more like a Porter or a thin Stout.
Jan 12, 2018
Rated: 3 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 04, 2018
Rated: 3.73 by RockyM72 from Florida

Jan 03, 2018
Rated: 4 by aszatk01 from Pennsylvania

Nov 04, 2017
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Reviewed by ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A malty delight. Gifted a bottle from a friend; didn’t notice a bottled date.

A real looker in the glass - thick black body with an impressive foam-insulation-like khaki head.

Aroma is 80% malt - char, roasted grains, light coffee, burnt bread - and 20% hops - citrus and subtle pine. The hops are there but they’re beneath the malt, which is fine by me.

Taste is rich, creamy toasted malt, char, dark roast coffee grounds, bitter cocoa and light pine. If it was 80/20 in the aroma it’s 90/10 in taste, but the hops do bring an pronounced bitterness that hits towards the middle of the sip and then lingers.

Nice weight to the beer - definitely feels all of it’s ABV. Thick and chewy for its size. No alcohol heat just warmth that I associate with thicker beers.
Oct 21, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Manthon from Pennsylvania

Aug 27, 2017
Rated: 3.86 by ninaturner from Florida

Aug 06, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by braican from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2017
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On tap.

A - Very dark brown/black pour with a creamy tan lacing that's very sticky.

S - Toasted cocoa, dark chocolate, and citrus.

T - Dark chocolate, toasted cocoa, some orange and grapefruit citrus, and ends with a lingering piney citrus bitterness. Lingering dark chocolate roast on the palate.

M - Medium body and extremely dry on the back end. Coats the mouth with a gritty hoppy chocolate bitterness while vaporizing any remaining saliva left in the mouth. (!!)

O - Not a fan of black IPA's but this is one of the better ones I've had.
Jul 23, 2017
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Reviewed by Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This beer has a nice dark amber orange/red look that's opaque when held to the light with a slight head from tap. Caramel malt scent all over this beer that is quite powerful which I will give it props for(not my favorite type of malt). Slightly sweet and caramel malt filled flavor to this brew. I get some slightly bitter dark chocolate notes on the finish with this beer. At least medium thick if not more with a bit less carbonation. This beer worked for me and I didn't think I was going to like it as much as I did.
Jul 19, 2017
Rated: 3.99 by SFNC from North Carolina

Jul 09, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Jun 13, 2017
Rated: 3.93 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Jun 09, 2017
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Reviewed by SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12 0z. bottle from duck rabbit mixed 12 pack
Fair enough tan head when poured into pint glass.

Delicious aroma! Roasty, and a unique crisp, almost coffee with a delicate mintiness....wonderful.

Flavor is a decidedly bitter espresso-type, but his has the licorice/minty notes. Balanced like a duck on a bowling pin...the unique variety of hoppiness comes throughat the finish, but such a nice balance with the rich dark malts....it's a gem.

To me, this may as well be labeled a stout, and one of exceptional quality...crisp, light, dry, and full. Nailed it, bunny.

Definitely worth putting a couple in your next mix 6.
May 19, 2017
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