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

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Reviews: 236
Hads: 498
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 21.18%
Wants: 8
Gots: 44 | 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: 236 | Hads: 498
Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short beige colored head that died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is quite malty and has lots of flavors of toasted malts along with notes of caramel malts. Although there is no bitterness, there are enough hops to cancel out any sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather drinkable for a malty amber ale. The toasted nature of the malts shares similarities with a Vienna lager.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. The color is a moderate amber with a light tan head. Nose brings some lightly-toasted malt as well as some toffee, caramel, and nuts. Taste is bready with a bit of caramel. Medium body and good carbonation. A pretty good example of the style.

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Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Peach ice tea color, very clear, with a one finger head that leaves some splashes of lace

Smell: Caramel roasted malt on the nose; smells vaguely like a doppelbock

Taste: Caramel and fruit flavors up front, but the hops quickly kick in and overwhelm the initial sweetness; ultimately, the finish is rather bitter but there is an underlying sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Quite a different take on the amber style, with a lot of resinous hop flavor standing up to a lot of caramel malt

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly standard Amber Ale. Heavily reliant upon a strong caramel malt base with a bready, smooth texture. Hops to add a bitter balance and citrusy / piney flavors in the background. Pours a medium copper / amber color with nice retention and lacing. Maybe a bit over-carbonated, but doesn't bother me. The balance edges closer to sweet than bitter or hop flavored which makes it a bit 'sticky' sweet in the end. Pretty rounded and textured throughout. A mild grain flavor persists late, but hides well in the hop character. Good, but not great.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt is dominating. Taste is also dominated by a dry caramel malt base with light lingering sweetness. Subtle toffee notes are also noticeable. Body is about average with good carbonation. An average session ale at best.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orangish bronze with a modest reddish blush. Multiple, vigorous lines of bubbles race up to a toasted tan head that has a quality look about it. It's whipped creamy and leaves unsticky lace in ragged rings. This is a fine looking amber ale.

The nose is caramel malty with some earthiness as well. Hops are almost a no-show. This Duck-Rabbit offering smells a little Oktoberfestish to me. I hope the flavor has a little more going for it than the nose.

This is one of the maltier versions of the style that I've had in quite some time. I've always liked my amber ales (and my red ales for that matter) to be either hop-dominant or balanced. That certainly isn't the case here. Again, Oktoberfest would have been my first guess if the label had been obscured.

The flavor profile consists of caramel-toffee, English breakfast tea and overripe overripe pears. It's odd that the beer is more bitter-dry than it is sweet, especially with the malt:hop balance being what it is. I guess the hops are generous with alpha acids and stingy with flavor.

The mouthfeel is strictly medium for the style. It's also firm and standoffish rather than smooth and welcoming. There's quite a bit of carbonation, but it's so fine that it isn't fizzy. Drinkability, as is usually the case, is directly proportional to how one feels about the flavor.

Even though Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale doesn't fit my preferred profile for amber ales, I can still recognize it as pretty good beer. That said, it can't hold a candle to this brewery's milk stout and porter. I'm glad that Tar Heel State Oktoberfest lovers have a year-round beer to call their own, but I wouldn't drink much of it. Thanks to NClifestyle for the bottle.

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Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep orange amber, very clear with nice visible carbonation and a thin off white head, that left a few signs all the way to the bottom. The smell was light and sweet, candy tones in there very sweet. The taste almost came outta left field. No sweetness in the taste, a grassy, earthy malt up front. Very dry, definatly a red ale here. A bit of a sweetness at the end, but rather an intresting brew. The Duck Rabbit guys always keep me guessing. Allways something new. Definatly worth a try!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.01/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from mymrnngjckt, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, nuts, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste is malty and sweet with flavors of caramel, dark fruit, nuts and some spice. There's a complimentary and decently strong hops presence that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink a few of if you want something straight-forward, with a good amount of substance and isn't going to hit you too hard.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I poured ths bottle chilled into a glass -a gusher, unexpected.

The color is a dark rust with 2 finger cream head with hazy look and spots of lace stick. The smell has malty and slightly metallic scents with bready and light alcohol aroma with slight woody hop scent. The feel is medium high carbonation with vinous and fruity element with low sweetness andd slight biscuity tinge with semi-dry finish.

The taste has mild woody flavor up front with copper -looking so caramel expected but more oxidized and pine-like hop with light bready middle with slight dried fruit and mineral flavor as it finishes very dry perhaps a slight caramel element is there. Overall this is not great I wonder if this was an older bottle since I got it as part of a mix-a-six howeve I will revisit if possible to give benefit of the doubt -no sign of infection taste wise just heavily oxidized.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber. Nose is so oddly interesting. I took a quick sniff and the thing it reminded me of was these french fries you could just heat up in the microwave while keeping them in the paper box they are in. Anyways. The flavor. Malty and leafy and earthy. A bit too tangy IMO. Detracts. Feel is nice enough. A decent drinker I guess. Could be better rounded out and smoother.

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Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
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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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.91/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of billab914
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Pours a dark amber almost brown color with a inch thick white head. The foam left very nice lacing on the sides of me glass.

Aroma is malty with caramel and some apple fruitiness. Taste is malty and sweet with some fruit flavors going on. There is a slight apple or cherry fruitiness to it that gives it a very interesting flavor. It's a little too sweet for my tastes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, the sweetness would make it hard for me to enjoy that much of this beer. This isn't one of my favorite DR beers by a long shot and I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single into a Flying Fish pint glass.

A- DR Amber boasts a amber-red appearence with a light step above thin looking. A hard pour produced nothing more than 1/4 inch of tan foam, this left no lacing.

S- Pretty standard for a not so complex style of beer, this amber has smells od deep caramel malt plus some flavoring hops built in.

T- Planning for a malt attack, i was surprised to find a nice hop base to this. Just enough to make a dent in the taste, not bitter in any way. The malt is bready and apparent. On par for the style.

M- A nice feel that does not feel thin with a sweet but short aftertaste. No problems here.

D- Very good, I finished this in about 10 minutes and I wish I picked up more since this is a nice daytime/weekend pick for me. I would for sure pick a case up of this for a party and would expect it to be well recieved.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass, continuing my

A: Cloudy red amber with a little carbonation and a slow pour leaves a giant fluffy off white head with a lot of little bubbles. No lacing.
S: Um, cleaning supplies are the first thing that come to mind. Now my mind is blocked, some malt hiding in there and some fruit (apple, something dryer, slightly sour).
T: Nothing special, expected malt body, slightly bitter. Caramel in finish. It's an Amber, but not great, I'm bored by it.
M: Medium body, highly carbonated, not very smooth
D: Reminds me of all the other Duck Rabbit beers I've had lately. Nothing special, nothing terrible, but would never be my first choise

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Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of corby112
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper/amber color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a thick frothy two finger head that immediately fades into a lasting ring, leaving sporadic splotches of off white soapy lacing.

Caramel malt aroma which is pretty sweet smelling with hints of hazelnut, biscuit, cinnamon spice and subtle hops.

Slightly flat earthy mouthfeel with very earthy hop forward presence. Caramel malt back bone with subtle brown sugar/cinnamon spice and a dry hop finish. Kind of a bland session beer with a earthy(literally dirt) flavor that's kind of off putting. I'd like to try this one again, possibly on tap or another bottle.

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