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

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Ratings: 486
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 8
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: brentk56 on 09-23-2004

The Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale is a medium bodied beer with a lovely tawny copper / bronze color. The lightest of all our dark ales, this is a great introduction to full flavored beers. This brew emphasizes malt complexity with layered caramel malt flavors. We put a lot of effort into getting The Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale just right and we're extremely proud of the result. Enjoy!
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Reviews by NHGrafx:
Photo of NHGrafx
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle. Freshness date of 11-08.

Pours a very dark amber color, almost brown. 2 finger tan head which doesn't last long, not a lot of lacing either.

Has a very interesting aroma. Malty, sweet, some nuttyness, caramel, hints of chocolate, hints of fruit (raison like), a bit of floral aromas from hops, some earthy grainy yeasty like aromas.

Taste is pretty good. Nice bit of maltiness to it. Tastes like roasted malts. Has a bit of spiciness. There is some hoppy bitterness that comes through. Mild sweetness . Some earthiness in the taste with a slight fruity flavor. A bit of bitterness on the finish which leaves a lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is nice. Good drinkability too.

Overall pretty good. Will defiantly try again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first chance at a Duck Rabbit offering,this beer poured a nice clear amber/copper with a modest head that left trace amounts of lace.Sweet caramel aroma with an underlying roasted malt touch I guess your typical amber ale aroma here,an amber with a hop presence for sure starts out lightly sweet but a rush of hops come in late,nice mingling of flavors sweet caramel firm dry malt and a piney,citruisy finish.I like this take on an amber this brew has some character,pretty enjoyable.

Photo of brownbeer
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't thank Mike enough for hauling these brews back from Flo-rida.

Pours a perfectly clear amber-red color with a substantial head, and leaves some nice lacing, in my glass.

As I pour I can pick up aromas of the fruity yeast, lacks a little in the hop department. Kind of a red delicious aroma, slight nuttiness.

The taste isn't bad, if i'm looking for a session beer. Fruity, fruity taste, hops and yeast, nice malt backbone. It actually has substantial body for the style. A little too sweet in the end.

This would be like my Avery Redpoint if I lived within availability of this beer. I'd pick it up once and a while when I needed a six pack to drink on. Not bad.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, producing an abundant off-white head with good retention and fantastic lacing. The color is a sort of ruddy auburn, clear.

S: Sort of an odd scent for beer, highly reminiscent of a hard cider; very apple like in aroma.

T: Crisp apple on top of lightly toasted malts with a dry finish. A very different flavor profile from what you might expect in an Amber.

M&D: Lighter in body and fairly high in carbonation. Sharp in the finish and a bit bitter lingering.

I was really surprised by this one. I was expecting something more on the malty full side, especially given Duck-Rabbit's penchant for dark beers. This was more of an fruity apple taste that was much more on the dry side. Kind of odd but not in a bad way. Quite good actually, but I think I prefer the malty goodness next to the apple skin tannins. Check it out just the same, it's worth it.

Photo of merlin48
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first sampling from this brewery, a new arrival at Peabody's in Boone, NC. 12 oz bottle pours a clear, copper red body with a one finger, beige head that quickly falls to a collar. A few specks of lace are left behind on the glass. Aroma is roasty caramel malt with some subdued citrusy hops in the background. Mouthfeel has a medium light body and plenty of spritzy carbonation. Taste is more hoppy than the aroma suggests, with some pine and grapefruit bitterness that dominates the caramel malt. Finishes with a pine bitterness. Not a bad amber, but not in the same league as Edenton's King David' Red, its Carolina cousin, or with the top tier of American amber ales. Worth a try.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, copper, high carbonation, 1/2 inch head

Smell:little hops, some sweet malt, and a big dose of caramel

Taste:caramel dominates with toasted malt and a twinge of hops

Mouthfeel: smooth, light bodied, borderline sweet

Drinkability: This is a very good amber ale. I wish I had gotten more of this when I was down south. I could easily do a six and is one of my favorites for the style.

Photo of badbeer
3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber color with an off-white head that doesn't retain very well and leaves very little lacing. Smell is of dark fruits, caramel, and toffee. Taste begins with a roasted nut flavor that leads to a cherry flavor and a toffee-like finish. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Finishes up to be an OK beer, but I can't see myself seeking this one out much.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

found this beer on vacation at the Outer Banks bought a sixer beer was in a brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap poured into a nonic glass. Date notched 10/07.

Chestnut brown with a deep reddish hue,a generous light tan head,decent retention leaving some webs of lace with a small amount of sparce tiny bubbles.

Very malty,very nutty,also toasty,sweet carmell,charred wood,maltiness was complex with no real hop notes in the aroma.

Burnt chocolate taste,spicey hop tastes also some citrus,very nutty,astrigent,clean breaks in taste throughout the beer. Very good balance right through the finish.

Light body slightly waterey with a grainy texture. Goes down easy no problem having another. Good solid beer,enjoyable.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a deep caramel almost ruby amber color large off white light beige head forms and seems to stick around quite nicely. The lacing forms thin and sporadic with each sip imbibed large bubbled carbonation some what hard to see through. Aromatics tight tea leaf herbal quality with citrus kaffir lime leave qualities with some rusty mineral notes and deep caramel malts wrapped around tobacco leaves really nice and earthy with a touch of cider like tartness. Flavor wise nice rolling earthiness with tart white grape acidity and really nice caramel malt profile that never becomes overly sweet in any way those herbal and mild citric hops really blend nicely here well balanced yet malt heavy in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is sturdy but not overdone some astringent leafy herbaceous tea bitterness really coats the palate though. Drinkability is pretty solid hard to pass up such a well like southern brewery from what I hear there's not many in NC I'm glad fellow BA jcdiflorio though of me on his trip to the Outerbanks.

Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated best by 5/2011 served in a pint glass.

Pours hazy darkish amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades. More cloudy than expected.

Aroma: very nice aroma of medium roasted malts with hints of alcohol and hops.

T - Flavor largely follows smell, and is rather earthy and flavorful for style. Excellent sweet/bitter balance. Flavor improves with warming.

M - medium body with light carbonation and a light bite.

O - a rather full flavored "amber ale" that is more like a brown ale than usual. If you love the flavor of medium roasted barley in your beer, you really should try this one.

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear amber-brown color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of deep caramel malts with solid amounts of toastiness. Also present are trace amounts of indistinct fruit aromas and heavier amounts of leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately dry caramel and toasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mild amounts of leafy hop flavors. Midway through the sip slight amounts of nutty flavors work their way into things and carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation is a bit on the heavy side.

Drinkability is good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this a good example of a no-frills amber. Nothing stands out as above average and it's certainly on the simple side but it's still a solid beer. Not worth seeking out but if it pops up it's not worth avoiding.

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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Duck-Rabbit- Amber

A- Light golden amber, clear, with a small foamy head.
S- Sweet sugary malt. Bready and buttery.
T- Sweet and sugary malt, light touch of cherry licorice and molasses. Light earthy hop finish.
M- Light and sweet. Thin throughout with a malty finish.

Overall- Light and a tad weak. Easy to drink but average at best.

Photo of asabreed
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle split with a friend. Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: Nicely and not-so-surprisingly amber. Off-white head. Looks good in the glass.

Smell: Sweeter malt aromas, a bit of roastedness and husk, and some fruit esters.

Taste: The taste seems to die rather quickly in a way, and the aroma seems much stronger and balanced and complex. A bit of candied fruit esters and citrus and husked grain flavors, but it's quick and like I said, it kind of dies. Pleasant, but you really have to sip and sip to grab a hold of the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Maybe a bit slick and watery, though it doesn't seem to detract from the brew that much.

Drinkability: Not necessarily disappointing, because it is a very drinkable beer, but I see how the reviews are so low, especially with Duck Rabbit making some great brews. That said, it's worth a shot, but there are plenty of other Ambers out there that are more worth your time.

Photo of Stigs
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass...four months past its freshness date, oh well

A - somewhat aggressive pour yielded about 2 fingers of light tan, frothy foam which is dwindling quickly, lacing on the way down. the beer itself is a rich amber (surprise!) color, crystal clear.

S - faint caramel and smells like some faded (metallic, carboardy) hops. there is a small amount of dark fruits and brown sugar that develops as it warms a bit.

T - huge caramel and doughy malts strike first and stick around. the dough kind of transforms into some super sweet chocolate (hershey kiss like). some touches of faded hops near the end as there's just the smallest amount of bitterness. surprisingly decent besides the freshness issue.

M - pretty light carbonation, thin to medium bodied and a tad bit oily.

D - ill leave this review and hopefully come back and try it fresh, as it held up nicely and deserves another shot. i like my amber's on the hoppy side but this is a good representation of biscuity malts without being overwhelming.

Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glassy ruby/copper color (fine, call it amber!), with a big tan head that retains well.

The smell is caramel, nutmeg and something more generally nut-like.

Flavors bring a well-balanced, controlled sweetness up front, with bitterness coming through quickly thereafter. Sweetness is mellow and toasty, nutty and buttery, while the bitterness is on the pleasantly sour side, everything balanced very well. A nice drying to the aftertaste keeps you thirsty and wanting more.

Mouthfeel brings moderate carbonation, not too flat and not too prickly. Just about right for the style.

An uncomplicated beer that has depth at the same time. Another satisfying beer from this very cool North Carolina brewery.

Photo of tdm168
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room

Poured a hazy dark amber with one finger of head and nice retention. Smells of sweet caramel and dark malts. Taste is malty and sweet with a fruitiness to it that I akin to a red apple; a little earthy and has just a slight hop bitterness to it. As the beer warms I detect hints of butterscotch. Medium bodied with good carbonation, this beer is smooth.

A little too much on the fruity sweetness side for me. I prefer my ambers with more malt and hop character. The flavors just didn't mesh well for me.

Photo of Caesar1pup
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Although this is a lot better than my first experience with a Duck Rabbit offering, there is still nothing here that would make me want to go back for more. Very nutty and reminds me of a nut brown ale which was very surprising. The aroma was not displeasing and the appearance was a bit murky and amber in color.

Overall this is one that I would not buy again and my thoughts are that they will really need to try a little harder in Farmville. The label is pretty cool though!

Photo of ElGordo
2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brownish amber hue with a small, creamy white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with a faint background of floral hops. Very light body for a darker beer. Flavor of roasted malt, lacking most of the sweetness of the aroma. Metallic tones and a slightly hoppy bitterness emerges towards the back of the mouth and becomes more pronounced in the aftertaste.

Photo of prototypic
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber Ale isn't exactly amber. It is a darker shade of copper. It's very clear and light reveals some nice orange and scarlet undertones. A vanilla colored head tops it off. It's a rather modest one finger in depth. Retention was on the short side and lacing was very sparse.

The nose is a little weak, but it's still above average. It's a little sweet smelling. Caramel malt seems to be the strongest scent here. It's followed closely a yeasty, almost biscuit-like scent. There's a light whiff of some hops, but not much. I had really hoped for more. A really good amber needs a good bit of hops. This doesn't smell like it stacks up in that department. Toward the end, toasted malts and a light nutty scent emerge. Alcohol is not noted at all. It's alright, but could be better.

The flavor profile is alright, but suffers the same fate. It has a nice, somewhat sweet malty base. Toasted malts are also noted. Hops are more prominent here and provide a nice bitter kick. But, there's not a lot of great hop flavor. It's not enough to carry the day here. What little there is tastes mostly earthy and floral. I don't have a problem with that, I'd just like more. It's skewed a little too far in the malt direction for my preference. Alcohol is blended well and goes unnoticed. It finishes sweet and a little bitter.

Amber Ale has a light body is relatively smooth given its consistency. Carbonation seems to be just about right. It really has a nice feel for a light bodied beer. Drinkability is above average. Yeah, it goes down easy, but there's not enough flavor here to really exceed. A single 12 ounce is plenty for me.

My short, limited experience with Duck Rabbit has been good. This one's alright, but isn't an award winner. It's a little too tame for an Amber Ale. The malt profile is good and probably has enough bitterness to get by, but there's not enough hop flavor. It needs more. Make that one small change and I expect it'd improve dramatically. It's an alright beer and is worth a try. But, I wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Leftmindedrighty for the trade.

This is a mellow, but interesting amber ale. There's a subtle roasted grain and cocoa flavor in the back of the beer while smooth caramel malt flavor roll over your tongue. The flavor isn't that big, but the light roasty flavor in the aftertaste i quite nice and the drinkability is quite good. It almost reminds me of a British ale for the smooth and mellowness. Not a bad session beer.

Photo of Mavajo
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass - surprisingly dark amber with a very fluffy off-white head. Exceptional retention. Even after 15 minutes, it was still sporting a thick all-encompassing foam. Moderate to heavy lacing. Really an excellent appearance - a bit more lacing would notch it an 'exceptional' rating here.

Nose has notes of dark caramel malts with a bit of spicy sting. Taste brings those caramel malts to the forefront - a bit bready as well. Almost a metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is unremarkable - medium carbonation with a fairly thin body. Quite drinkable.

I gotta say, I'm a bit surprised by the relatively low ratings (especially recently). This thing is no world-beater, but it's a fairly well put together brew.

EDIT: Just noticed my bottle had a best on date of 10/08 - over a year ago! Wouldn't expect that to improve a beer of only 5.5 ABV...not really sure what to say.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My dad brought me this from his latest trip. Thanks dad.

Pours a nice clear amber color. Thin off white head. Slight lacing.

Aroma is kinda malty. Caramel and some yeasty aromas. Not much.

Taste is simple. A bit malty with a slight bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Good carb.

Overall a very mundane beer. Don't think I would buy it very much if it was around me. Too plain. It's ok though.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nice amber body and a thin tan head. The aroma is mostly malt driven with caramel, biscuit and some slight floral hops. The flavor is somewhat bland, with caramel and biscuit notes upfront along with some floral hops and a slight yeastiness. Mouthfeel is moderate with descent drinkability. By far my least favorite of the DR line, easy drinking but lacking any kind of complexity.

Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft late july at Barleys im Asheville

Poured amber/brown with 1" of off-white head. Pretty good head retention & lacing

S: Piney & earthy hops

T: Toasty malt & earthy hops up front. Finishes with grainyness, malt sweetness, & big-time hop bitterness

MF: Medium-bodied & medium carbonation. Alright balance

Drank good, pretty typical amber, somehow expected more from these guys

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