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

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

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

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a super deep brown color that looks black in the glass with only light able to shine through at the bottom of the glass or when held in front of the light, allowing a little bit of a ruby color to be seen. Upon pouring there is a one finger cream head that has a moderate level of retention, but which fades to leave a good level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- Overall the aroma is rather light consisting mainly of roasted malt and pine. With these aromas comes other aromas of a grapefruit hop and a sweeter chocolate smell.

Taste – The taste starts out with a smooth roasted malt taste mixed with some nice pine hoppiness upfront. The hop is not strong, but complements the roasted flavors nicely. Some dark chocolate begins developing more toward the middle, along with some more pine hop and an entrance of grapefruit hop. The pine remains rather light and is soon overshadowed by the grapefruit hop more toward the end. The chocolate also increases in intensity till the end with it sweetening up some toward a more semi-sweet chocolate. In the end a very pleasant dark and roasted but lightly sweetened hop flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. Overall it was a nice feel as the fuller body was great for the roasted and chocolate flavors while the carbonation added a bit of tingle to complement the hop nicely.

Overall - A rather tasty ABA. It was actually a nice pairing upfront in the taste of the drier roasted flavors with the pine followed by another nice complementation of the grapefruit hop and chocolate toward the end of the taste. This was a rather tasty drink and is one to try.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black when viewed from afar). It poured with a thin than head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with notes of roasted malts and hints of pine resin.
T: Like the smell, the malts stand out in the beer with notes of pine resin hops in the background. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It's not crisp and some smoothness is noticeable.
O: This beer seems a little maltier compared to other beers in the style and isn't hard to drink, especially if you aren't a big fan of very bitter beers.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of SerialHiker
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a very dark, dark brown to black…head is mocha colored and made of tight, tiny bubbles…it starts thin and dissipates after only a few minutes...has a nice color, but lacks a bit of carbonation…(3.25/5)

Smell: Yum, tons of aroma here! Lightly roasted malt and a light dry chocolate up front…it’s really got a light, airy smell…balanced with fresh, light lemon peel citrus hops…as it warms, I catch a bit more of a earthy, roasted coffee bitterness…a very inviting aroma! (3.75/5)

Taste: Yum! Roasted malt, oats, lemon citrus, mild piney hops up front…I also get some dry, bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee bitterness notes as well…it’s a very fresh taste, that is very balanced with tons of flavor…both the malt and hops are strong and could easily stand alone but combine to create something fantastic here…while it’s not overly complex, it’s simplicity is delectable…(4.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with light carbonation…it fluffs up a tiny bit bringing roasted malt and mild roasted coffee bitterness to the palate…my mouth waters after every drink…a malty, roasted bitterness lingers in the after taste…(3.75/5)

Overall: This thing is fantastic! I’ve been loving the black IPA’s lately and this is definitely one of my favorites…the flavor is fresh and zesty while being full of roasted malts…though the exuberant hops keep this from straying too close to a porterish stout...Duck Rabbit likes to say they specialize in dark beers and this limited edition brew is more proof of that...having been one of my favorite microbreweries for the past few years, I always look forward to trying their seasonals/small batch brews…if you are in the N.C. area or anywhere where D-R is distributed, pick up a sixer of this solid beer and enjoy! (4.25/5)


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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pretty much poured like the picture deep black hue, tons of carbonation leading to a dense inch and a half layer of head, and the only difference seems that my head is more of a darker shade of mocha. Excellent lacing.
S - Very hoppy in the nose as expected, very Black IPA like with roast and chalky yeasts as well. Hopefully it's not too dry.
T - Fairly dank hop profile leading to a somewhat acidic hop experience. The hops even rest on the palate seconds after sipping. After a few sips I do detect some roast and a touch of bittersweet chocolates. It's good but not great.
M - Smooth, very hoppy, and somewhat chewy.
Overall this is not something I would pick up again but it's a fairly decent Black IPA. Definely more hop forward than I expected.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Hoppy Bunny ABA is brewed in the style of a Black Ale/Black IPA. Date on bottle is notched at September 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Duck Rabbit snifter. Served upwards of 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours an explosive thick, creamy light brown head with very good retention over a solid black body. Lacing is thin and streaked. The appearance is solid and the head looks fantastic for the style. There's plenty to look forward to in this beer. 4.5

(Smell) A robust aroma for a black IPA, swings slightly sweet with deep roasty characters. Heavily roasted caramel and a touch of black malt, notes of molasses and licorice in tow. Expect an earthy, resiny hop aroma presence with a moderate bitterness. Yeasty profile is a tad buttery and fruity; I get whiffs of plum and blueberry most notably. Some slight alcohol is also present. People will enjoy this aroma if they're interested in a malt-heavy and sweet black IPA, but a touch more hop presence would balance out the aroma and make the beer even more approachable. 3.75

(Taste) A little more laid back is the flavor- the malt takes a balanced role with the hop presence. A blend of resiny and soapy hop flavor prevails with a medium bitterness paired with a heavily roasted malt base. Some mild char and licorice graces the finish. Much less diacetyl throughout than the aroma had suggested. I like the balance a bit better than similar beers within this style as the hop flavor is better utilized and there's a bit of flavor diversity to be had here with the hops and yeast, although the hop choice is relatively one-dimensional- some citrusy bright hops would have been a great choice for this style but are largely absent. Not all flavors mesh ideally when lumped together- the problem points will likely become known to each individual consumer on a case by case basis. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) A bit creamy despite low carbonation. Body is medium+ for the style and medium overall. Alcohol presence is low. Could have used a touch more carbonation activity to bring some more attention to the hop character. 3.5

(Overall) This Black IPA is malt-forward but carries a sufficient hop profile as well. I found some questionable issues with the hop selection (mostly resinous but limited in variety and brightness) and the yeast profile (odd buttery notes and dark fruit presence), all of which were suspiciously odd picks for the style, but made for a different drinking experience. I haven't found my ideal Black IPA choice yet, but this one is certainly memorable for taking lots of different directions than I'm used to with the style, and thus it's a welcome addition to the Black IPA family. 3.75

The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery's
Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a deep brown/black in color, 2 inches of tan head leaving behind a ridiculous amount of lacing. smells mostly of chocolate and roasted grains, along with a subtle grassy hop note. the taste is, once again great. these guys know dark beers, that's for sure. a wonderfully balanced subtle smoky, chocolatey, toasted black ale. barely any sign of hops at this point (best before 11/12 stamped on the bottle.. guess i was sold an old bottle, oh well) but that's more than ok since it's a wonderful malt profile.
the mouthfeel is odd.. highly carbonated yet a thick medium body beer. creamy on the lips/palate.

a great dark bitter ale. i'd love to try it fresh and see what the hop profile is like, but by no means can complain about it with a bit of age on it.

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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 569 ratings
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