The Duck-Rabbit Brewery out of Farmville, North Carolina (not to be confused with the obnoxious Facebook farming simulator app) features the rabbit-duck illusion image on every bottle. This makes their beer great for people who like to argue or get philosophical when they drink, which covers almost everyone. The image on Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale leads me to believe that it’s a duck since the rabbit would be wearing the wreath on its forehead. Sans-wreath, I think it looks more like a rabbit though.
Hoppy Bunny pours a deep black that fades into dark brown on the edges. The head is thin and creamy with a lasting presence. The aroma is heavy on the dark malt but has some bright, citrusy undertones that shine through the coffee/toffee sweetness.
The flavor profile is extremely robust with a hardy dark malt backbone of caramel, toffee, and cocoa. The hops lace a citrusy grapefruit element into the malt flavor and add a bitter aftertaste that lingers on the palate. ABA may actually stand for American Brunch Ale since this tastes like someone poured a shot of espresso into an IPA. Watch out Bloody Mary…
Hoppy Bunny ABA is a super intense ale that will beat your palate into submission with dark malts and hops. While perhaps slightly overwhelming for many drinkers, this beer will find a good home with those who enjoy deep, full-bodied flavors. If you’re REALLY intense, you can always add a couple shots of espresso to turn this into a Bunny Mary. Doing so will certainly give you the energy to argue the philosophical questions posed by the Duck-Rabbit. After that, you can move on to the half empty/half full debate…
- Appearance: Black fading to dark brown
- Aroma: Dark malt, bright citrus
- Flavor: Grapefruit, caramel, toffee, cocoa, bitter aftertaste
- Mouthfeel: Medium plus
- ABV: 7.3%
- Size/Price: 6pk 12 oz. / $9-$10
- Score: 84