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

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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 10
Gots: 22 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 09-23-2004)
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5/5  rDev +47.5%

JoeBoxer522, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of engagechad
4.63/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was purchased as a sixer from Kroger - fresh - poured into Victory tulip. all six of them

This beer poured well with perfect carb, great head and sticky lacing. Color was that of mahogany and ruby. Beautiful beer.
Smells amazing, this is a malty amber, so much so that it almost smells like a beginners stout or something. Big malty presence with sweetness and round caramel, bready tones.
Taste follows the amazing nose with big sweet malt presence and bready mouthfeel. Mouthfeel and drinkability are spot on and amazing.

This brew is crazy smooth and enjoyable. If you're in the south, Richmond, VA what have you please find this and the Milk Stout.

engagechad, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of pcsnyder
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

pcsnyder, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of jameaterblues
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So this was one of my last beer hunts in the south...I had read good things and I ended up with a mixed case of brown and amber that traveled with me across many states...and now I finally get to write my review.
A-Very dark amber in color....almost brown...big ruby hints when the light hits the glass....and a really big creamy frothy head, and a sticky lace that surrounds the glass.
S- Rich caramel malts, as well as a roasty aroma...light sugar, and grassy floral hops.
T- Caramel malts on the tip of the tongue and in the finish...crisp grassy hops in the mid body....the finish is nice and round with a pleasant nuttiness that does not last extremely long.
M- Moderate carbonation, full bodied and thick, mice hoping for an amber (and it seems to make it feel a little lighter on the stomach).
D- definitely a session beer...I sessioned this one myself...All I can say is that it is one of my favorite amber's...go into this one openly with out expectation.

jameaterblues, Sep 28, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

Flat_Cap_Guy, Jun 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

Donkerbruin, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap it pours an almost opaque cinnamony brown with a thick, pale beige head that lasts. Aroma is not strong, but is nicely malty with a spicy overtone. Flavor is richly malty with strong hints of cloves and cinnamon. It feels jazzy, sassy and zingy; and leaves a hint of chocolate and a touch of hops while going down.

Cyberkedi, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.33/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh. The beer was dark reddish brown, clear, thin wispy head. The smell was dark and malty, it shared some porter aromas like roastiness or earthiness. The taste was very malty, some caramel and a little roast, not so much hoppiness as you normally get in amber ales. Very good, I've liked everything I've tried from this brewery.

TurdFurgison, Nov 12, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Guinnsslvr, Dec 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

4runner4ever, Mar 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Cdax, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of RBorsato
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber/mahogany color with a low beige ring for a head and decent carbonation. Robust malt aromas: Munich and Chocolate malts maybe. Tastes much like it smells ... malt-driven but not sweet in any way. Medium-light bodied with a dry roasty malt and light chocolate finish.

A nice malt monster for the style.

Enjoy By: 11/06 (notched)
Tasted: 08/31/06

($7.99 / 6-pack)

RBorsato, Sep 19, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

JLaws, Jun 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

spedprof, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of tgbljb
4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep orange-amber color with moderate off-white head.
Smell is very light with some modest caramel sweetness detected.
Taste is extremely nice with an excellent blending of the malt and hops in perfect proportions.
Great taste retention.
Very drinkable. Perfect session beer.

tgbljb, Jul 04, 2007
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4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visiting my brother in NC; he bought this to try. (Thanks D!) Excellent amber, gorgeous deep orange color with huge head that laced--almost coated--the glass all the way down. Fantastic, rich malt in the nose with a very pleasant, fruity hops scent. Taste was perfectly balanced. Nice mouthfeel with moderate (if that) carbonation. Pale Ale-like hops taste at first, mellowing to rich malt with a malty, slightly bitter aftertaste. Extremely drinkable and enjoyable. And something I (almost literally) stumbled on to.

tugdriver7, Oct 20, 2007
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4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review is from notes taken on 10/20/2009. Pour is from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cide-like ruddy reddish brown and comes with a soft tan 2 finger head that leaves a firm web of lacing as it slowly dwindles; body is a little cloudy and shows pretty strong carbonation.

Smell: Sweet and biscuity malts abound, a pretty solid nose actually, albeit a bit simple.

Taste: Really nice and full flavors of that biscuity and bready malty aspect; almost wheat-like; semi-sweet aspect fafdes to a fainlty bitter aftertase. I really enjoy this beer and I'm finding that I appreciate ambers more and more and beers like this solidify that notion.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is strong, but not really sharp and allows it to come across as pretty smooth and soft on the palate; actually leaves the mouth a bit sticky and then dries nicely; a pretty refreshing beer overall that is fulfilling.

Drinkability: Quite high. A nice beer that tastes great and doesn't overwhelm. Very easy to enjoy and it fills me up nicely. I wish Duck-Rabbit were a bit more available where I'm at as I've enjoyed most of the offerings I've had from them.

bamadog, Nov 02, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear amber in color with a 3" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam that lasts remainder of drink.

Smell: loads of malt sweetness along with some fruit sweetness is easy to detect.

Taste: big caramel flavors, fruit sweetness, and a bready flavor are most dominant. A moderate bitterness brings the sweetness back in check.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish. Brief malt laced aftertaste.

Drinkability: if you are in the mood for a malt heavy amber ale this one is for you. A few of these can be easily enjoyed in a session.

Gavage, Nov 14, 2009
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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.

Hopprof, Jan 19, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber red color with spotty bubbly white head that seems to list from side to side on top of the beer. A good deep whiff returns smells like cherries, sweet syrup, fruits, but they are subtle. A very good flavor for an amber/red but not quite up there with Nugget Nectar (my favorite). I would drink this on a regular basis if it were possible. I think Duck-Rabbit does a really good job on all their beers. Yum.

ArrogantB, Jul 11, 2007
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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.

cosmicevan, Jan 13, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear brownish copper color with a 1/4 inch khaki colored head that maintains as a ring til the end and leaves some lacing. Not a huge nose at first,some caramel and sweet malt, some cedar and a touch of dark fruit comes out as it warms up too. The taste is surprising for an amber, rich caramel/toffee with a little vanilla, and just a touch of hop spice and sweetness on the finish. I'd almost want to say it was barrel-aged. Thick bodied but very drinkable. One of my favorite amber ales cause it's something different than you expect. Very nice.

busternuggz, May 11, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a wine glass. (note to self: do dishes)

First off, I'm not sure why this beer gets hated on like it does. If you ask me, for it's style, it's a well crafted, drinkable beer. It pours an impressive ochre-red, transparent body below a 2" tan head. Faint lacing fades along with the foamy cap, leaving a ring around the glass. There is quite a varied aroma here: sweet malts with some clover, sweet & sour sauce, maple, and molasses.

The taste is very well balanced for an amber. Rich nutty malts hit first followed by a light hop note. It's not as floral or rich as other Duck Rabbit beers, but that doesn't bother my impression of the taste in the slightest. Mouthfeel is crisp, smooth, and refreshing, while the hops light up the back of the palate. All in all, I'd have to say this is an all-around good beer. It's tasty, perhaps lacking a touch of complexity, but it's one in which I could easily envision knocking back a few. Once again, Duck Rabbit delivers.

wagenvolks, Apr 17, 2007
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4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*$1.50 single purchased at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC.*

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous deep amber body with an amble, off-white head.

Smell: Toasted malt aroma of bread crusts with a vague fruitiness and only a faint hint of hops.

Taste: Toasted malts with a pinch of caramel sweetness and nuttiness. There's a little kick of roastiness near the clean finish. The hops are slight at best, and are really an afterthought in this malt-dominant beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A tasty, highly drinkable amber that makes for a fine session beer.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 24, 2007
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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.

tigg924, Apr 29, 2009
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Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.