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

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Hoppy Bunny A.B.A. (American Black AleHoppy 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
Ratings:
566
Reviews:
130
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
10.74%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
82
For Trade:
1
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Photo of patre_tim
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown to black with a ruby tinge when held to the light. 2 fingers of chocolate milk foamy head.

S: Citrus, chocolate, coffee, chocolate milk, pine.

T: Cappuccino, chocolate milk, orange, citrus, pine, dark roasted malts, stout like.

M: Medium thick smooth body, medium fine bubbled carbonation.

O: Duck rabbit does it again! A great brew, smooth and up to par with others in this style.

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Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ascags
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of polopaul20
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of KevMo84
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Stermax
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of 52P48
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of 57md
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a half finger of beige head that lingers for a bit and leaves some nice lacing behind. The nose has mild roasted notes. The flavor profile is a bit flat – roasted malts are present, but certainly muted and the hops are barely there at all. The body is also a touch thin for the style.

Update: Tried this a second time in August of 2014 and noticed a discernible difference. Both the nose and flavor profile were bolder than I remembered the first time. The roast definitely outpaces the hops but the blend of the two is quite tasty. An upgraded rating is warranted and was completed by me.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Amalak
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The smokiness of it really stands out. It's bold and tart. There's a chocolate taste underneath. It's very carbonated and there's a thick grassy taste there as well. It's medium bodied. Nice and flavorful.

True to its name, it's black with a small tan head that leaves only a bit of lace. It has a beautiful, smokey scent. Really nice and balanced.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of benloho
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thick black. A bit of brown around the edges of the glass. Half finger head that is quickly gone.
S: Roasted malt is strong on the nose. I'm getting a little bit of coffee with some hop bitterness, but mostly a lot of roasted malt sweetness.
T: Big roastiness and almost a spiciness that blends beautifully with the piney hop characteristics. I'm liking the balance here.
MF: Smooth. It didn't drink thick like I thought it would after the pour. Definitely feels lighter than 7.3%.
O: Yet another beer I really enjoy from Duck Rabbit. I was expecting this to be a bit hoppier just because of the name. But I love the balance in this beer and the roastiness I get from it. Perhaps the lesser hops are due to it being at the very end of its suggested lifespan.

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Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BeerCon5
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had at Westville Pub Asheville. Served in an Oskar Blues pint glass. Notches on label indicate best if enjoyed by April '14. Just barely made it.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Roasty sweetness with notes of brown sugar and caramel. Faint piney hops trailing behind.

T- The hop bitterness is still there but mainly in the aftertaste. Now the main player is the roasty sweetness which is actually very nice. Smooth but flavorful with notes of chocolate and coffee. Faint vanilla aftertaste. Alcohol is very well masked.

M- Not as viscous as it looks, also dry. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- if this is this good as it's nearing its shelf life, it must be awesome when it's fresh.

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Photo of xkansasx
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good as a dark beer. The hoppy goodness is there, but not overpowering. Creamy mouthfeel is consistent with what I expect from a good dark beer. The bitterness is not overpowering, either. It is an interesting flavor closer to a stout than an IPA, but the best of each.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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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