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

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3.86/5
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575 Ratings
Hoppy Bunny A.B.A. (American Black Ale)Hoppy Bunny A.B.A. (American Black Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States
duckrabbitbrewery.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Jason on 04-23-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,387
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
575
pDev:
10.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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23
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Ratings: 575 |  Reviews: 135
Reviews by charlzm:
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3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed September 18th, 2012 from a standard pint glass. Bottle seems to indicate "best by 12/12".

Beer pours a deep, clear brown with garnet highlights. Head is three fingers tall from a moderate pour: light tan, composed of very fine creamy bubbles and very clingy.

Aroma is cocoa: thinner than a rich stout, more like a porter. Some nuttiness as well. Soft powdery, floral note in the background. Interesting.

Flavor is likewise cocoa, both upfront and as a slightly powdery, almost granular taste on the finish. In between, a bit of well-tamed resiny pine warms the palate. A little grassiness as well. The ABV is not apparent in the flavor.

Medium-bodied with a slight carbonation prickle.

Overall, this is a safer, saner take on the ABA than most I've had. I think I prefer this subtle, well-modulated (and sneaky : 7.3% ABV!) example of this hybrid style to the bigger, cruder examples that seem to hang out on the west coast.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nstroup
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Kurt1326_
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of codysjb
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a Bottle to a pint glass.
A: pours a tiny head that dissipates quickly. Very black in color.
S: malt, English toffee and some grassy notes
T: burnt toffee and caramel blends into carbonation and minor grassy notes.
M: all malt and lots of carbonation.
O: not very hoppy and over carbonated.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amstokesdb9
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShrinerMcBitey
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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Hoppy Bunny A.B.A. (American Black Ale) from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 575 ratings