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:
American Black Ale
Ranked #193
ABV:
7.3%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,413
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 10.8%
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
584
From:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
 
North Carolina, United States
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Wants
  24
Gots
  87
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.
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3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

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Photo of dirtylou
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

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Photo of BeerNoobNC
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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

Photo of russpowell
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

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Photo of MikeWard
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.

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Photo of Louiethe4th
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of TheRaven
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.

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Photo of bexley10
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of greeniedgator
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

Photo of ianroodt
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Slizy22
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

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

Photo of BeccaH
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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

Photo of tmm313
2/5  rDev -48.6%

Photo of finz2thestout
3/5  rDev -22.9%

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

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Photo of tempest
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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

Hoppy Bunny A.B.A. (American Black Ale) from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 584 ratings