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

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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
Ratings:
566
Reviews:
130
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
10.74%
 
 
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23
Gots:
82
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1
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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best before 09/2014) served in a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Quite black. Cola to ruby red at the edges. Cappuccino brown tan persistent head with lots of persistent strands and islands of lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malts, hint of citrus and burnt sugar.

Taste: All sorts of flavor blending into one - roasted malt coffee/chocolate, pine and citrus hops. Lots of bitterness, but there is some malt sweetness as a counter note to the bitterness. A real deepness to the flavors of malt and hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick, approaching creamy. Good carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: American Black Ales are all over the place on style, and I've had some very hoppy American stouts cross over into this flavor range that I get with this. In fact, if someone hadn't told me this was an ABA, I would have thought it was a hoppy stout. All that being said, good appearance, flavor and mouthfeel with this beer and I could easily have another one although at that point I could kiss the rest of my evening away for any sort of productivity. Part of me wondered if the hops should have been stronger, and yet if they were too strong I think the two flavors of hops and malts would have been in conflict, so I think this one was just right, even if the two flavors were simple and deep in flavor. Sometimes too much complexity becomes a muddled mess - so the lack of complexity I think makes for a better beer. I'll have to revisit this beer sometime.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Red Oak gilded pint glass.

A: Dark, ominous. Thick head, at least 1.5 inches. This beer absorbs light. It's incredibly thick and has a rich black color. It looks like black coffee. Even the head is colored - a nice, brown thickness. Extremely resilient frothing rings, like a stout.

S: Rich aromas emanate from this one. Apart from a heavy alcohol aroma from it's fairly high ABV, this beer smells of roasted malt, juniper, mint and coffee. It's lovely smell that's almost as good as it tastes.

T: Rich flavors of roasted malt and a lot of hops. Some heavy coffee notes on the aftertaste. A bit of citrus bite to it at first that quickly dissipates into an earthy fullness. A pleasant aftertaste that is not too bitter, but hoppy. The aftertaste is almost identical to a black coffee, with added alcohol. Exhale after a sip and it's coffee coffee coffee!

M: Thick, rich and smooth. Very little carbonation. Lots of bite on the palate after swallowing. No one can claim this is a boring beer. Every aspect of it is loaded and powerful.

O: Very yummy, though not completely my style of beer. Lots of flavors and an absolutely wonderful aroma (I think I'd rather smell it than drink it). The coffee flavor is welcome but a little overpowering. Wish it had more sweetness to it to fight the hops. Still, at least it's got character.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured put nearly pitch-black. Hard to see any light getting through it. Massive foamy tan head forms almost immediately. Almost like a root beer float. Leaves big sticky lacing. The aroma is reminiscent of schwarzbier with just a slight extra hint of pine. The taste is equally similar with a nice earthy quality. There is a decent weight to the body and a nice crisp finish. A nice dark, lightly hopped ale.

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Hoppy Bunny A.B.A. (American Black Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
3.91 out of 5 based on 566 ratings.
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