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

Duck-Rabbit Amber AleDuck-Rabbit Amber Ale

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403 Ratings
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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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 14:43:54 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 00:07:47 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2004 22:52:48 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 03:23:05 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2006 17:02:39 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 01:25:58 | More by Thorpe429
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 01:43:31 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2004 12:33:31 | More by oberon
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 04:29:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev +15%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2007 20:13:31 | More by russpowell
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 22:25:47 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 18:34:09 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 00:43:12 | More by Gavage
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2007 02:08:24 | More by tempest
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A bottle served in a seidel mug.

A: The ale is a deep amber red color with orange hints and a 1 finger head that does not retain well.

S: The nose is thin and grainy.

T: The flavor is threadbare, there is a nondescript malty sweetness that neither impresses nor satisfies.

M: The mouthfeel is all sweet grains with no hint of hops.

D: Duck-Rabbit advertises itself as the dark beer specialist. I can’t help but think that this beer is too light, as it doesn’t hold a candle to the Milk Stout. Stick with that and you won’t be sorry.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 22:09:08 | More by akorsak
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Wasatch

Utah

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to MuddyFeet for this brew.

Pours a cloudy dark amber color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger creamy tan head, lots of sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, and lots of caramel. The taste is malty, slightly bitter, and lots of malts. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice Amber Ale, glad to have had a chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 00:40:02 | More by Wasatch
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 00:23:03 | More by corby112
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from GCBrewingCo as part of BIF 20. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head above the dark amber brew. Head fades but at an acceptable pace, and exhibits average lacing. Aroma is malty, with a slight fruity aspect to it. Taste is grain husks and sweetness, with a bitterness in the middle, and a somewhat sour fruity on the close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both okay. That grain character helps its overall enough to get me past the sour parts. Not bad, but nothing I would go searching out again either.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2005 22:38:04 | More by ppoitras
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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
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DrJay

Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to witbier for bringing this back from vacation!
Very clear deep amber with a generous cap of beige foam. Good head retention with some chunky lacing. Malty, grainy aroma with a bit of caramel and hint of hops. Medium to low bitterness, but it had a surprisingly sharp bite to it. Malty caramel up front gave it some balance and light hopping appeared mid-palate, but the sweetness fell away towards the end giving it an unappealing, harshly bitter finish. Medium to high carbonation with a lightish body that ended up a little thin. Some dryness. Meh. This one needs a little balance - not enough malt for the harsh hop character.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 23:52:19 | More by DrJay
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glid02

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 02:25:17 | More by glid02
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smakawhat

Maryland

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
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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
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2008 23:47:23 | More by Cyberkedi
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to pint glass. Had a reddish color, with a middle of the road consistency. Had a small head that lasted just long enough.

The smell tended towards apples, though there were definitely hops present.

Had a pretty solid taste. The apple taste hit the palate, but the hops were what really stood out for me. It had a decent bite to it.

This one had a nice mouthfeel. Relatively high amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. It had a solidly vibrant (but not overly complex) taste. A very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 14:43:29 | More by avalon07
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Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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