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:
559
Reviews:
128
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
10.74%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
82
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 559 |  Reviews: 128
Photo of nrbw23
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Parmesan
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a opaque black color with a tan brown head that slowly dissipates and leaves a slight bit of lacing.

S: Lots of pine and a little bit of citrus from the hops, chocolate and some coffee, baked dark bread.

T: Strong piney hop bitterness, with a nice milk chocolate backbone and some crusty bread.

F: Creamy body with strong bitterness but it is not astringent.

O: Not groundbreaking but still a solid beer.

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Photo of Corburk
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hoppy-Bunny has a thin-to-medium beige head, a dark brown appearance, with regular brown showing up, as the light hits it, and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of a touch of bright citrus, brown bread crust, and Medium Master Chef Coffee. Taste is of brown bread, bitterness, bread crust, a touch of citrus, a ghost of chocolate, and no char. Mouthfeel is low medium, and Hoppy-Bunny finishes relatively mellow and medium dry. For a 7.3% ale, booze is not picked up.

RJT

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Photo of malfunxion
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of jkn09
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EvoRich
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours like a stout. Smells like an IPA. Tastes like a bitter but roasty porter and feels creamy, again like a stout. Overall, it's pretty decent. But I don't love it.

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Photo of hman43
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours a dark brown with very little light that comes through it. It has a brown head that does produce some lacing.

Smell: It has aromas of caramel and roast. The combination of spearmint and citrus hops gives it a very perfume like aroma.

Taste: There are flavors of roast, spearmint notes, citrus, some burnt characteristics, and chocolate.

Feel: It has a moderate feel with a fairly heavy bitter finish.

Overall this is a unique take on a black IPA in that the spearmint gives the roast and chocolate and the citrus hops a sweet tinge to it.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dental
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BigGold
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had at Only Burger, Durham, North Carolina, poured from 12-oz. bottle into clear plastic beer cup. Malty enough to stand up to the cheeseburger, but hoppy enough to refresh the palate throughout the feast.

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Photo of terpdog
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of daliandragon
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have not had a bad Duck Rabbit brew, and from the looks of it, this won't be the first. Pours very black with an extreme sliver of cola col at the bottom. and a healthy dark tan head. The nose is all malt for me; chocolate and coffee and burnt toast. From the smell, if you told me this was a stout I'd buy it. As it warms some backing hops come into focus but they are still second fiddle at best.

The taste is also malt dominated initially but the hops make a strong push late. A really nice balance that holds together all the way through. The texture and finish is silk smooth, almost like a jazzed up shwarzbier, which for me is a very good thing. Overall, complex and satisfying, just like I've come to expect from this brewer.

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Photo of AlaskaAg
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cacibajagua
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery "Hoppy Bunny ABA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, notched "for best flavor" 12/15... looks like I missed it by 3 months!
$1.99 @ Giant Market, Upper Darby, PA

So it looks like I've missed the boat on this one. I don't detect any oxidation, but I can't tell if it's as hoppy as it was fresh... I'm guessing not, how could it be? It's piney, a bit fruity (some apple, red berry, orange) and floral, and somewhat herbal, but not bombastic. The rich maltiness remains for sure, but again, I'm sailing under a cloudy night sky at this point. It's somewhat roasty with lots of bittersweet dark chocolate, but no coffee. It's a little bit nutty, and a bit caramelish, but not quite toffee-like... more like almost-burnt brown sugar with bitter-skinned nuts (definitely like walnut in the finish). Looks like it'll be back to the store for another sample on this one, but I'm finding it really enjoyable, so I'll give it a hedonistic review base on that and update when I can.

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Photo of Didier
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of reizorc
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crazedmex
2.91/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Kvanwhy
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JWhat
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MeganandDana
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hoppy Bunny A.B.A. (American Black Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
3.91 out of 5 based on 559 ratings.
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