Red Hare Rabbit’s Reserve #5: Bitter Hearts Double Black IPA

Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Rabbit’s Reserve #5 released February 2013.Bittered with Falconer’s Flight, Chinook, and Cascade hops. Crystal Malts balance the hops while the Midnight Wheat gives it a rich dark color. We finish it off by dry-hopping it with Summit, Cascade, and Columbus whole coned hops for a fragrant aroma and a super bitter finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Draft 4/2013. Black pour with big tan head. Taste is coffee, chocolate, big pine hops, bold roast. Really balanced for such bold flavors. Nice medium mouth. Might just be the best beer I have had from Red Hare. Seriously nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubbleflubber (2208) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2013
From the tap, it pours pitch black with a huge ice-cream tan head that lasts, leaving thick chunky lacing. The nose is of chocolate and light roasted grains. Flavors are sweet upfront, with huge dark chocolates, roasts, coffee, bitters, toasted malt, light biscuit flour and dark vinous notes. It finishes toasted and hoppy, lingering and appropriate. This is like a revved-up hoppy Impy Stout. Smooth and soft on the palate, the ABV is hidden well, providing an extremely easy pull. A very nice, complex-for-days, substantive Black IPA. A gorgeous and delicious offering here!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Tap @ Tmac, John’s Creek. Jet black pour, thick creamy tan foam. Flavor of burnt grains, licorice, sweet coffee, 90% cacao flavor, just a black burnt Stout. Fruity aroma, some roast, smells mild. Tons of flavor. Really great! (3711)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Art (3212) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2013
On tap at Taco Mac. Pours a deep brown with a ever present tan head. Basically an extra hoppy stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (4006) - - MAY 5, 2013
growler. black with a huge, cascading, brown head. pine, dusty basement and cookie aroma. palate is pretty smooth for the abv. medium body. low to moderate carbonation. highly hopped flavor without being overly bitter. piney and floral. its one of the better ones. red hares reserve series continues to impress me, i just wish the series offerings were more available.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cduncan14 (138) - Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Poured on draft at Argosy. Delicious citrusy/herbaceous hop aroma. Dark color with brown lacing. Bold, sweet coffee flavor to start with a wet hop finish. The hoppiness lingers for a while in a great way. This might be my favorite offering from Red Hare. Great job, guys!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (4763) - South Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2013
Growler from The Beer Growler near the Red Hare brewery. Pours nearly pitch black with a brownish edge appearing only under bright light. Topped by big, frothy, light brown head. This dies down rather quickly to a durable top coat. An ample amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Aroma: IPA credentials are intact with the powerful aroma of floral and citrus hops, but some roasted malts are there too and bring with them hints of caramel and dark fruits, and a faint suggestion of smoky coffee. 9% ABV apparent, rendering this a bit more boozy than ideal. T: The dark roasted malts are more prominent in tasting, and the hops are more in balance so that it is not overly bitter. Very rich flavor with a better integration of malt and hops than usual for style (Black IPA). Has a slightly overdone trace of smoke/charcoal. IBU seems notably lower than expected for style or from the hoppy aroma, especially in the finish and aftertaste, but this is not a bad thing. Hints of dark chocolate, expresso, licorice, and burnt toast. M: near full body with soft, low carbonation; no harshness from the high ABV but some warmth; fairly smooth. O: With some reservations, a very good black IPA worth seeking out. Recommended.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (2117) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2013
Growler from the Alpharetta Beer Growler. Pours pitch black with a big, rocky, light brown head. The lacing is perfect. Bittersweet chocolate, licorice, black pepper, and faint cinnamon. Very bitter flavor, with some sweetness through the middle. Medium to heavy body, acidic, and fairly smooth. Overall, this is a nice, drinkable, and very flavorful beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gdubu493 (60) - New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2013
Dark, medium thickness pour. Tall, foamy, hoppy head. Medium lace. Dark, bitter chocolate front end. Roasted flavors linger. Solid black IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3624) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2013
A little bit of chocolate roasty malt. Not getting a huge malt profile but there is some grassy herbal aromas floating through. On tap at Augustine’s.

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