Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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Reviews by 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
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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
Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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