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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle from Samís, Durham. Far and away my least favorite DR beer ever. Not because of the style but because, over the course of a full sixer, the brew couldnít shake a significant tartness that overtook anything remotely piney or citric and just seemed like infection. Decent look and mouthfeel, and you can certainly sense whatís going on during the makings of this beer. But with some apparent inconsistency, my bottles seem to have been on the icky end of the run.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (6636) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 4, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 On tap at Porter beer bar. Pours a black with a brown head that lasts throughout the beer with strong retention and laces nicely. Aroma has a nice combination of dark grains, pine hops and a bit of grassiness with just a hint of chocolate. Flavor begins with strong dark and roasted malts up front but is joined by a pine hoppiness and has even a hint of mint in the finish. Quite nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italarican (1481) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Bottle at Jamesís place (thanks Dallas). Thick black pour with moderate tan head. Aroma is a balanced mix of pine and coffee. Notes of coffee grounds and pine needles. Slight ethanol in the finish but nothing offensive. Balanced level of earthy notes that work well together. Iím most impressed the lack of astringency despite how prominent the pine is.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5334) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Bottle with Dallas courtesy of Dallas. Pours a deep black with chocolate lacing. Aroma is super bright citrus hops, spice and pine resin. Mouthfeel is active carbonation and notes of citrus and pine hops, resin, spice, bright yeast.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3993) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 3, 2012
12 ounce from Bruisin Ales. Big carbonated pour. Black body. Strong tobacco and chocolate taste. Dominant hops and pine. This one differs a bit from other black IPAs. The body of the beer is more complex than merely having a lot of hops.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark blackish with dark brown edges and a 2-finger fluffy khaki head. Nose is Alpha Klausy; huge roasty black patent malt, resiny bitter hops, cacao. Tastes assertively hoppy, very malty, nicely balanced, and complex, with the flavors popping off the tongue. THis one starts lively and stays lively, with the hops and malt blending together well. This is another great beer from Paul, and a top 10 black IPA.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
weedlove (3) - durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2012 does not count
Great floral aroma that follows into the initial taste. Black appearance, nice mouthfeel. Harsh on the palate, but worth it.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2012
I was quite disappointed in this beer. May have been a bad batch. It tasted like an old, unpreserved beer. Harshly abrasive. It seems to have had some fruity flavors and a nice hop presence, which should have resulted in a tasty brew, but alas, not this time.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (3316) - Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Pours an opaque dark sable-brown with a fairly thick tan head that leaves some good lacing. Smoky, hoppy aroma has notes of roast malt and anchovies. Flavor has woody and smoky components plus a fishy hint and a bitter hoppy undertone. Smooth texture has about average body but good fizz and leaves a burnt-wood finish that has a hint of fish.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
spilledpint (346) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Pours a deep brown black with a frothy 2" cinnamon head. Excellent retention and lace. Aroma is complex. Definite roasty aroma with some pine and a touch of citrus. Beer is lightly sweet and roasty with a pretty moderately hopped finish. There is a strange sour note on the finish as well that brings to mind Chinese black vinegar. Really odd. Medium thick body with fairly strong carbonation. The sourness on the finish throws this one off. Pretty much smells looks and feels good but flavors are off. Perhaps an off bottle? Iíll have to rerate this if I get the chance.


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