AirForceHops (8037) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 18, 2015
12 oz. bottle from The Beer Shoppe. Massive carbonation on a slow tiled pour. The head lasted until the end of the glass with the mouthfeel having a very lively; effervescent feel. The aroma is a bouquet of floral hops and mild chocolate. skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Great body that almost leads me to believe this is a hoppy stout, nice and full. Citrus and chocolate compliments the nice lingering pine that lasts well after the sip. Some dry roast on the tongue. I enjoy this style and rather often. This Black IPA / CDA is among the top in class, nicely crafted.
Pours almost pitch black with brown hues, with a one finger tan head with nice lacing. Aroma is citrus, pine, roasted malts, coco, coffee, sweet malts, caramel, and some brown sugar. Taste is about the same as the aroma but has even more citrus and pine notes. Has a medium body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi-moderately bitter, medium-long finish. Overall, a pretty nice, hoppy, Black IPA. FS_Fletch (2) - - JAN 1, 2015 does not count
I like drinking this beer. My granddad is buried in the town where Duck Rabbit calls home.
Nice and dark; with tinges of ruby-red. Tan head that Lingers. Complex hop finish.
Dark maltiness plays well with aggressive hops.
Flavors leaning towards darker beer styles, yes with the balance of an IPA. hunter112 (68) - Nanuet, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Wow, full flavor and body! Wish I had picked up more of this when I went to NC. A very satisfying brew that would stand up to any Cascadian Dark Ale that I’ve ever had. Aggiebob (1393) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Draft. Dark black ale that is heavily hopped. Strong aftertaste. Very enjoyable.
conway (2210) - - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle. Black with a thick tan head. Aroma is citrusy and piney hops. Taste adds nice chocolate and roast notes underneath the hops. Medium sticky body and carb. Very good. BrettTaylor (784) - Radford, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Poured as a taster. Lots of interesting hop nose - some citrus and pine and some tropical fruit noes underneath. The taste is nice, hoppy but not a giant hop bomb. Hop notes are more balanced towards citrus and tropical fruit with pine subdued. dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Bottle from trevor. Pours black with tan head, 3 fingers and foamy. Citrus and roast nose, mildly piny. Roast and pine amd mildly bitter and astringent. Goold mouthfeel and surprisingly caramely sweet. ryanscourt (1571) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2016 Fantastic black ipa. Easy to drink but plenty of flavor. Great hops with dark malt flavor. Creamy hoppy mouth fill. Darkmagus82 (2303) - - SEP 12, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 5-28-13-
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.