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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Style:
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #184
ABV:
7.3%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,691
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 10.8%
Reviews:
146
Ratings:
594
From:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  24
Gots
  89
SCORE
87
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.
Reviews: 146 | Ratings: 594 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by BeerNoobNC:
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BeerNoobNC from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Mar 22, 2014
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dirtylou from New York

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, served in a duck rabbit glass. I still think its a rabbit.

appearance: very dark, ebony body, big creamy mocha head with some nice retention

smell: dank green hops, bakers chocolate, a whiff of coffee

taste: Tasty stuff - moderate bitterness from the smoky roast, green leafy hops, bakers chocolate, cocoa powder

mouthfeel: creamy and rich, nice bitterness

overall: dug this

Nov 19, 2012
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mwckiltedsavage from Virginia

3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nov 04, 2015
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours ebony with a sliver of tan head. Pretty good head retention & lacing

S: Roasty & a little dark fruit

T: Roasty, slight carob notes, dryness, woody hops & pineyness up front. Carob & roastyness as this warms, woody & herbal hops. Finishes roasty, with a little carob & woody & piney hops

MF: Medium body. moderate carbonation, nice balance

Drinks pretty easy for the style & ABV

Aug 10, 2015
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured friom 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Best by Sept 2013, so no worries on freshness.

Looked excellent when poured. dense black body, even when held up to the light. About a inch of thick coffee caramel coverd head.

Smell....well....not too much. a faint whiff of hops, and a roasted malt edge.

Taste was all roasted malt, no hop detection at all. Not unpleasant, just expecting a bit more balance.

Mouth was medium. Roasted malt stayed around on the mouth for quite some time.

Overall, this is a reasonably drinkable beer. However, I must confess to being irritated by two things. One, the lack of hops in a beer called "hoppy" Bunny (I guess "Malty" Bunny wouldn't sell as well) Also, and this isn't just Duck Rabbit, I'm beginning to wonder if Black IPA's are worthwhile. There are certainly tons of better IPA's out there, and tons of better Porters/Stouts. If you want to combine the two, both elements need to come through. This just doesn't cut it. It's more of a porter/stout. Not unpleasant, just not as advertised.

Aug 10, 2013
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Louiethe4th

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

Aug 24, 2014
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dgherm from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Jul 22, 2013
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nosavingsaccount from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Jun 17, 2013
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TheRaven from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10%

I might've entered my rating a little early, as this drink got better over time. Right out of the fridge, the flavors seemed timid and not all that complex. As the beer warmed up, the foretaste seemed more and more "stouty" while the aftertaste developed a hoppier tone. Nice roasted malts up front. Smooth on the tongue. And very pleasant hops in the gullet. Don't confuse this with an Imperial Black but do give it a try... just let it sit a while before you make up your mind.

Oct 30, 2014
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bexley10 from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Oct 04, 2013
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TheMultiYeast from Vermont

4/5  rDev +2.8%

May 21, 2013
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greeniedgator from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Dec 13, 2014
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chicagoish from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Oct 26, 2018
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ianroodt from California

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Sep 02, 2013
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Slizy22

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Oct 03, 2014
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JMBSH from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 22, 2015
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wilfonzo from Florida

4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 27, 2015
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BeccaH from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Sep 12, 2014
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doremite from Vermont

3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jul 17, 2013
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tmm313 from Georgia

2/5  rDev -48.6%

Dec 26, 2012
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finz2thestout from South Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.9%

Played too much with my taste buds. Hoppy hoppy hoppy darky darky darky.

Oct 02, 2014
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tempest from New York

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Chip's in OBX. It poured like a porter a near-black bodyand tan head. The citrus hops are well-balanced against the cocoa-tinged roasted barley. This is a smooth, medium bodied beer that could pass as an American stout or porter. It's plenty hoppy, but there isn't a clean upfront blast of hop oils to separate this beer from the other dark ales.

Jun 15, 2012
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dcs1548 from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Apr 13, 2014
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Wallmane

3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sep 07, 2015
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Sigmund from Norway

3.5/5  rDev -10%
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
Hoppy Bunny A.B.A. (American Black Ale) from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 594 ratings