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Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

Duck-Rabbit Amber AleDuck-Rabbit Amber Ale

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Ratings: 403
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.63%

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

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 09-23-2004)
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Photo of Goosehunter75


3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a copper red with a one finger slightly offwhite head. Ok retention with very little lacing

S - Very very light aromas. Mainly malts...lots of caramel with a slight roast.

T -Great taste. Didnt expect it after the aroma was so light. A very caramelly malty beer. Nice roastiness to it as well. Not bad!

M - A pretty light feeling beer. Nice and creamy with lots of carbonation

O - A very easy drinking beer with a wonderful flavor. Definately a sessionable beer. Nothing spectacular about it but a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 16:05:06 | More by Goosehunter75
Photo of Jeffreysan


3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a murky brown color, not amber at all, almost muddy, with a quarter of a finger of white-head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that almost completely covered the top of the beer in wispy clouds.

Aroma: Very malty and bready, with some pronounced sweet aromas of honey and toffee.

Taste: Malty up front, quickly followed by some pronounced but not overpowering hoppy bitterness. There’s practically no sweetness present, just a lot of pleasant hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.5%, there’s no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty solid amber ale, and unique to other ambers that I’ve had (Fat Tire, Honker Ale, etc.) in that it’s much more hop forward that I’m used to, but in a very tasty way. I’d certainly have it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 22:39:01 | More by Jeffreysan
Photo of rangerred


3.59/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had on tap in a pint glass.

Pours a clear reddish brown with just a thin off white head.

Aroma of caramel and toast along with a touch of roasted malt. Some grassy hops sneak through too.

More roast in the flavor. It is on the light side, however, and there is a very healthy dose of toffee and toast. Grass and hay from the hops and a moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the watery side.

Overall, a decent amber ale but nothing really makes it stand out. Not my favorite from Duck Rabbit.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 01:28:34 | More by rangerred
Photo of Zraly


3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a wide mouth Lagunitas glass. Notched as best by 8/13, so I am right on the cusp of the freshness threshold. A nice amber color with a fluffy off-white head. Notes of sweet malt and earth.

Crystal malt flavors predominate. A bit chewy, which is nice as it gives the mouthfeel a lot of substance, particularly for an amber ale. Hops are subdued and offer enough counterpart to allow the flavor from becoming unbalanced. A touch of roasted warmth and creaminess in the finish and it ends on a semi-dry note. Carbonation is maybe slightly overboard, but it also helps too with sugary-cloy prevention. Overall, malty goodness and likely a great crossover beer (i.e., something to convert non-beer drinkers to trying different styles).

I bought a few from the Duck Rabbit line today to give the "Dark Beer Specialist" a try. I have to say this is quite nice for an amber; reminds me a little bit of Alaskan Amber; seems to be a bit of an American-German alt beer hybrid (or at least strikes me as so). Solid session ale for spicy pizza.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 19:52:19 | More by Zraly
Photo of BradtheGreat7


3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I recently had this on tap on the pier of Atlantic Beach, NC and it was worthy of a 3.5 overall. I always find bottled offerings a bit better. Why risk, so instead of reviewing it I went 3 miles down the beach and bought a single bottle. This review is based off that bottle.

While the excellent part of the draft version gave a solid pour the bottle was equally good. 12 oz Brown bottle with usual Duck Rabbit artwork and label with Amber ale sketched toward the bottom of the label. Really a nice looking label from this Georgia brewery. Both versions were poured into a standard pint glass.

A - deep amber with some ruby highlights. soft colored light tan head pours nice and settles into a sturdy ring of lace never really losing any size in terms of the creamy ring of lacing. Some excellent stick to the walls of this glass.

S - roasted malt aroma with some nuttiness. Breast with some caramel and toffee whiffs. a faint earthy hop whiff in background.

T - very similar to the aroma of roasted, caramel and toffee malts. A light readiness to it with some nuts. The difference in the flavor is the addition of some sort of weird weird fruitiness. I can't describe it other than that. It could have benefited this amber ale greatly, but instead I feel it hurt its flavor a touch. earthy hops show themselves again, but again just aren't quite enough for me.

M - very drinkable and while being fairly thin it still carries a pretty good texture and its drinkability is off the charts impressive in regards to a sessionable amber ale. Smooth mouthful.

O - I do like Duck-Rabbit and I always try to grab their stuff when I'm down this way. This amber offering has a lot of good things going for it but it's one that if rethought and one if they went back and tweaked a few things would be extremely tough to beat in the style. But for right now it's just another ale that is worth a try but nothing that will leave you remembering it's name. For me I don't get that awesome American amber ale style with this. No knock on duck rabbit or English made ales, but while drinking it I couldn't help but think this thing carries an English malt forward style. I love English ales but they aren't doing what American breweries are doing to amber ales. not a ton mote, but some more hops would send this into the 4 ranking. But it still does have a few pretty gold qualities.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 18:11:05 | More by BradtheGreat7
Photo of carolinared

North Carolina

3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle. Had the expected color, aroma and taste for this style of beer. To me this is a good representation of an amber ale, better than some of this style I have sampled. But, as gaining experience with all the different craft beers styles available today, do not see any place for an amber ale on my "try again" list - too many others with more character and personality.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 17:48:05 | More by carolinared
Photo of jkeefe1800


3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. Medium amber color with minimum white head. Smell falls somewhat flat malty but not much else. Flavor is good with the malt coming through again with a slight caramel sweetness and a slightly bready mouthfeel. Carbonation is on point, but if i'm talking about carbonation that most likely says it all. Decent beer but not great, above average but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 04:50:03 | More by jkeefe1800
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a copper amber color with a one finger off white head. The head fades relatively quickly to leave a nice lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is of a roasted malt flavor with some aromas of caramel and a lightly roasted nut smell. Mixed with these smells are some lighter notes of an earthy and herbal hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and lightly roasted malt flavor. Some caramel flavor is present upfront which transitions more toward a toffee flavor more toward the middle as some lighter buttery flavors come to the tongue. With this transition comes some nut flavors of an almond nature. A very light earthy hop flavor joins that tastes at the end to leave a smooth and lightly roasted sweet and caramel flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the rather average to slightly thinner side in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that a bit on the higher side. The thinner body and higher carbonation are good for the abv and for making for a rather easy drinking brew while still being heavy enough for the roasted and lightly earthy hoped flavors of the brew.

Overall- A decent drinking brew with a fairly nice flavor profile and a easy drinking feel. Nothing exceptional, but a pretty nice drinker overall.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2013 00:29:20 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Hopprof


4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this one at the Taco Mac Decatur. Poured darker than most ambers into my 20 oz "short" fat mug. A very capable, solid interpretation on the amber style. To me it drank much like an English bitter, more so than an amber. The flavour was well balanced with caramel, malt undertones well complemented by subtle hops. This is a very nice offering from DR, quite easy rto drink on a cold 40 degree night, or any night.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2013 01:15:57 | More by Hopprof
Photo of TheSSG


3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a big, soft, light tan head with medium persistence. Floral hops and caramel notes blend to make an almost sour aroma. Bright burnt umber, crimson color. Starts floral bitter with sweet caramel behind it, a flash of metallic, then a dry, hop bitter in the finish. The initial flavor is interesting as it takes on an almost citric sour characteristic from the confluence of the floral and caramel.

Overall, this isn't bad. It's an interesting take on the genre. It's not of the outright hoppy character, and it's not of the malty; it tries to strike some sort of balance between the two. If the caramel had been toned down, or that citric hop, this would be pretty solid. The combination of caramel and citrus just isn't for me. But, there are a lot of things going on here that I do like; the dry hop in the finish is just great.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 02:01:36 | More by TheSSG
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear deep amber in color with some garnet red highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that reduces to a medium patch of very thin film and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts with some notes of caramel and nuts.

T: Similar to the smell, the beer starts out with light to moderate flavors of toasted malts with some caramel and nut notes. After the maltiness upfront, there is a moderate amount of earthy hops. Starts out a little bitter and then sweetens.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Pretty easy to drink and definitely is a beer that I could have a couple of though not sure it would be my choice of a session beer as it is just a little too heavy. Definitely enjoyable and another solid offering from Duck Rabbit.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 01:19:00 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of SgtPepper5088

3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Absolute beautiful pour into my duck rabbit pint glass. Kept a finger head with a red/amber body.

Saw a bunch of folks rank the taste pretty low with complaints of a metallic aftertaste, But I did not pick up on that. Creamy body, with a very earthy tone/flavor.

Duck Rabbit brews continue to satisfy.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 04:31:51 | More by SgtPepper5088
Photo of Mojo


2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a red/amber with a one finger head and ssome lacing. It really is a beautiful pour. It goes downhill from there. The smell is mostly yeast. Mouthfeel is thin. Taste is a very sour lemon note with not much hop profile. There is a metallic aftertaste. Honestly I expected much better. Maybe it's just me, but this is just not a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 01:59:27 | More by Mojo
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 11/12. Poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Translucent medium amber with a small layer of off-white head.

S - Bready malts up front with a big sweet toffee and caramel aroma. The hop profile is very muted in the nose.

T - A good bitterness up front with some earthy and floral flavours. Sweet toffee, bready and caramel malts provide good balance.

M - Light to medium body; somewhat creamy. Light carbonation.

O - Very average. Easy drinking but not memorable at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 22:06:59 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of woodychandler


2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another of tone77's bottles to keep me from going insane on The CANQuest (TM)! Yee ha!

From the bottle: "Proudly hand made in small batches."

I was already beginning to get foam coming up out of the neck of the bottle when I popped the cap, so I employed a gentle pour to keep from getting an out-of-control head. It worked as I created just over a finger of light-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep garnet-red with NE-quality clarity. Nose was quite malty, more than I would have preferred, but still stylistically correct. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a surprisingly biscuit malt flavor on the tongue, not terribly sweet at all. Finish had an odd metallic tang that I was not pleased by. I would not recommend this amber when there are others available.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 20:07:47 | More by woodychandler
Photo of ThePopper

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep copper.

S: A bit lacking in depth. Smells of alcohol and green apple, as others have note, with hints of turpentine and resin.

T: Bright notes, with a metallic aftertaste. Hops very muted, and not much malt backbone. Drinkable, but far from exceptional.

M: A bit thin and metallic.

O: In general, lacking in complexity for an amber, with little of the rich, caramel notes that characterize the ambers that I prefer. Duck Rabbit makes some fine beers, but this is not one of their standouts. Instead, try the Brown Ale or the delicious Hoppy Bunny black ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2012 21:13:39 | More by ThePopper
Photo of bubseymour


3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

a - dark reddish brown w/ 1 finger head

s - very sweet and malty. Lots of caramel / brown sugar scents

t - easy to drink, no hop presense except slight note in the finish, lots of caramel flavor...very similiar to a bock style

m - very watery and thin

o - an average beer, decent flavor, sessionable but a little lacking in body. Flavor profile isn't one of my favorites either.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 19:10:53 | More by bubseymour
Photo of tlazaroff


2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On the nose I get an obvious scent of burnt caramel and not much else. Pretty uninteresting.

Slightly hazy amber in color with loads of carbonation supporting this fluffy light tan head. Lacing is alright.

Tastes kind of like it smells, like burnt caramel. There really isn't anything pleasing about this beer. There isn't anything bad about it either.

Like the visuals, I get loads of carbonation with a medium body and dry finish that is almost chalk-like. Overall, I wouldn't buy this again. Duck-Rabbit needs to stick with the darker beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 00:56:52 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light red in body with white head that hangs around. Smells of toasted grains, light caramel, apple skins. Tastes of apple skins, caramel nuttiness, some spice, and some toasted grains. Light in body with light carbonation. Rather smooth, some nice flavors here but not enough showing itself with this beer. Maybe that was the point. Unthinkable and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 01:09:11 | More by JRed
Photo of smakawhat


3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Best before May 2012.

A big foamy off tan caramel colored head is made, some rather large bubbles in there. Settles slowly on top to reveal a very bronze and red amber nearly clear brew. There's a little bit of darkness but otherwise pretty clear. However, red seems to be a theme here.

Nose brings a real strong artificial cinnamon, but some sticky malt not unlike a doppelbock. Good malt backbone on this, but a sense of sweet strong seems noticeable but toned down. Whispy brown sugar and caramel. However, after a few sips, the nose rings of stinky cut lawn grass.

Palate hits and feels rather unbalanced. A grassy Irish sense of ale character emerges with the mid palate. Strangely slight sour. A powdery malt action hits in the finish, some numbed subdued cinnamon comes out also. A good body on this with a dense feel no worries there.

Overall the mix is interesting but a little too jarring, and doesn't seem to meld in all parts. It is really easy drinking, and no worries there, but I'd probably prefer something else. However, as I drink it longer, it gets a bit better.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 02:26:50 | More by smakawhat
Photo of hopfacebrew


1.28/5  rDev -62.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Received in a trade from Colby, thanks man. Never heard of this beer or brewery, what a treat! Poured from bottle notched "8" indicating...2008? No clue. The beer pours a clear red amber color with a small white head, perhaps a 1/2 finger, with minimal retention and lacing. The head consists of large bubbles indicating a sharp crisp carbonation? I hope not. The nose is sharp with hints of apples, almost acidic in character, hints of earthy hops and caramel sweetness, but the apple character is overwhelming. The flavor begins with an assault on your senses with an extreme and overpowering sharp carbonation, not pleasant at all. The caramel and apple from the nose are prominent. Mildly bitter. But it's hard to get past the sharp carbonation. Overall, I dumped the beer 1/3 of the way through, not even close to a good representative to the style and way to carbonated. Tasted more like an apple champagne than beer. Will not be back, likely to both the brewery and beer. Disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 20:07:28 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of DrDemento456


3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A very nice clear amber brown, really nice ruby hue and a nice 1/2 inch of fluffy opaque colored head too.

S - Not used to a sort of green apple tartness in the smell of my amber's. Almost herbal with little sweet malts or hops making way.

T - Taste is a little better I get more caramel and nutty flavors mixed in with my apple herbal tea flavors. Taste is more herbal than my liking... is this an ESB?

M - Light to medium but taste is distracting.

Overall a very unexpected beer from the dark beer masters. Everything I had from these guys seems spot on but this one is no way an amber/red ale. An ESB or English red maybe but it's way too herbal for my liking. Will not revisit.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 05:54:39 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of HopHeadRyan


3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Deep ruby amber, clear, quickly disappearing head

S - Sweet caramel and toasted bready malts...juicy fruit...no hop pressence at all...hidden by the malts

T - Same as aroma...caramel and toffee, nutty, a bit of green and ripened fruits...maybe a slight apple and banana note...a slight tang/tartness too...very complex...different but good...

M - Lighter english like carbonation...less body than expected by the aroma/flavor and especially appearance...would have a expected a bit more weight...a slight syrupy quality...not bad at all

Overall - - A very different American Amber...I would actually classify this as more of an English Ale that American...reminds me very much of a light english brown ale...very close to Sammy Smiths Nut Brown...a refreshingly different and complex Amber...give it a try...especially if you have "HopHead Palate Fatigue"...


Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 21:44:02 | More by HopHeadRyan
Photo of B967ierhunter177


1.18/5  rDev -65.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a clear copper color with no head or lace. The aroma is of bread crust, vanilla, and a hint of maple. The flavor is odd. It's a mix of root beer barrel candies, toffee, anise, and another odd, undiscernable taste in the finish. The mouthfeel is light and watery. Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale is a strange tasting beer. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 01:22:05 | More by B967ierhunter177
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked this up a few weeks ago when in NC. enjoyed out of a duck rabbit snifter.

a - poured a semi-transparent amber with a finger plus of foamy white head. steaky lacing.

s - brussel sprouts. banana. toasted malts. pretty unique with a fresh vedgie sweetness. fresh cut lawn.

t - very nice. rather sweet. much like the smell, banana and fresh cut lawn. seems it doesn't work for a lot of people, but i actually like it quite a bit. different for sure.

m - very lively carbonation.

o - overall, a unique amber that is on the sweeter side and has a nice fresh greens kick to it. i find it quite pleasing for a style that i don't typically love.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 04:47:39 | More by cosmicevan
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