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

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Duck-Rabbit Amber AleDuck-Rabbit Amber Ale

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Ratings: 465
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 10
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of tegelaar
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper color - very little head and lacing. Smell is of a malt bomb. I smell no hops in this at all. Smells like musty oatmeal. Taste is really weak and flavorless. Totally boring. It's drinkable only because its weak and watery. Not much carbonation either. Frankly. a disappointment from such a well respected brewery.

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 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 gcarl
2.25/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a transparent red. Thin white head gone in a second. Taste is grapefruit upfront, bitter hits the back of throat. Is there any malt in this beer? Tastes like hoppy water. My first home brewed red impressed more than this one.Ive had other Duck-Rabbit brews and I know they are better than this. Time for a recipe tweak.


Photo of jadpsu
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Love the label on this beer.
Pours a clear amber in color with a tan head leaving some good side lacing.
Aroma has mild to moderate tones of bready malts and a hint of caramel.
Taste: Flavor is at best average for an amber ale. The malts in the aroma don't impress the taste buds At the same time, I have to admit that some spicy hops appear and add a little dry bitterness.
Mouthfeel is a little watery and thin.
Not as good a brew as I expected or hoped for.

Photo of Gavage
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.

Photo of Anthony1
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is off white and thin, and the color of the beer is a very reddish amber. Big notes of a burnt maltiness are present in the form of a strong nutty, woody aroma. I mean, a huge nutty presence. No hops worth mention on the nose. Carbonation is moderate, and the body is medium thin...just slightly watery. As on the nose, there is a decent amount of nutty maltiness on the tongue...toasted malt nuttiness. The beer is mildly astringent, in a tea like manner. There is also a considerable hop bitterness here...but no hop flavor. Finish is, well, nutty...with a moderate bitterness.

Photo of bamadog
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.

Photo of Durge
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dark amber color with a solid light tan colored head and good lacing. The aroma suggests watermelon heather and toasted hay with sour malt. Very different and intriguing. The flavor is a sharp watery cherry with grassy hop and light rootbeer malt. The hop bitterness is highly dominant, complexity is difficult to nail down. Some rhubarb and sage. Quite interesting, tingly carbonation in a relatively light bodied brew with average drinkability.

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

Found on base at Camp Lejeune. Dark copper colored with a thick white head, lots of staying power and a bit of lacing. Plenty of malt throughout, with overtones of caramel candy. Maybe slight spice. A bit on the sweet side, but otherwise very drinkable.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, best by December 2009. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is toasted and caramel malt, along with a bit of earthy hops. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like toasted malt, caramel, bread, a slight fruity tang and has a little bit of a bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit thin and is well carbonated. Drinkability is OK, it's not hard to drink but I can't see myself having more than 1 or 2 of these at a time. I think it's a decent enough brew, but it's not something I'd drink very often. But it's certainly worth a try.

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

Threw this into a krug because I was thirsty and was actually going to decant two bottles in at once. Stopped at one. Poured nicely, effervescence roiled up to the top leaving a rather clear, errr... ummm... amber body with a smoker's tooth yellow head. Head retention was pretty lengthy and left a little lacing.

Nose was slight Mr. Clean/Lysol/Top Job. Faintest bit of alcohol.

Taste is sweet and sour. I get a San Francisco sour dough taste mixed with caramel. Not Kraft or Halloween Apple caramel mind you, but bitter creme caramel or flan caramel type stuff.

Mouth is light. Watery. Non clingy. Good for swgging, not sipping.

Very drinkable. Its character doesn't bombard any of the senses so you could probably sneak down a six of these at a party or on the couch. It's weird, I usually go nuts over Duck Rabbit stuff, but on this one, I'm only luke warm.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this in The Duck-Rabbit variety case that I bought at Bryn Mawr Beverage in Bryn Mawr, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a light transparent color. The head is two fingers tall, egg shell in color, small bubbles, nice sticky lacing, good retention.
Smell: The aromas are toast, some nuts and maybe a bit of pine. The snell is kind of blah.
Taste: The flavors are toast, very roasty and definately some peanuts. I don't know my nuts very well, but I'm thinking circus.
Mouthfeel: The body is a bit thin but nice and smooth.
Drinkabily: This beer is just above average.
Don't drink and review.

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 jjboesen
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is called an "amber," yet pours a deceptively dark shade of copper. There is a small dollop of a sudsy head in accompanyment. The body is somewhat translucent bearing small bursts of carbonation bubbles. At first, there is a nose of subtle soapiness (perhaps, to supplement the "sudsy head?")Despite this, there is evidence of almond. The palate detects initial bitterness, followed by some citrus aftertaste. At some point, with the lowering of temperature, a bite of molasses becomes evident.

It is a sweet, malty beer with a doughy mouthfeel from an interesting brewery that is becoming known - if not for there unique perspective of craft beer, then, at least, for the label. Is is a duck? Is is it a rabbit? It's a duck-rabbit. Look forward to trying some more of these beers.

Photo of jmjackson6880
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium amber in color. Good clarity. Poured one finger's worth of off-white head. Light lacing on glass.

S: Smells bready, sweet. Light hop notes of citrus.

T: Sweet, mild toasted flavor. A slight bitter after on the back on the tongue. Bready and malt flavors linger. Sour and citrus flavors are very subtle.

M: Medium-light body, light carbonation. Fairly light, crisp.

D: Ambers, admittedly, aren't my favorite style, but this is one I'd recommend. Nothing is super-memorable about the beer, but it is solid all around. Easy to drink and affordable.

Photo of corby112
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.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The ale appears a clear copper color with a solid two fingers of off white foam. Nose and flavor consist of medium toasted grains, a healthy amount of caramelized malt for the style, bread, a touch of earthy hops. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, a tasty amber that's worth a try if you're into the style.

Photo of RblWthACoz
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.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Brownish body under a smallish white head. No lace, very little retention.

S: Very nice aroma. Nice hop profile, caramel and toasted malt, hints of chocolate. Malt and hops a very balanced, with the malt coming out ahead, which I like.

T: Taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma. Rather sweet malt, a bit toasted, but the hops don't quite mesh as well. Pine hop pops up mid way through the taste and is a it off balance. Beer finishes mildly bitter with some toasted malt and a hint of caramel. Not bad, but balance is lacking for me.

M/D: Full bodied, a bit silky, carbonation isn't too high. Drinkability is good. Despite the flaws in the appearance and lack of balance in the taste, it's a solid beer.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into pint glass. 8/09 date.

Decent look, with 2f head quickly dropping to film - attractive amber color, and no visible carbonation.

Smell is pretty nice - sweeter than expected. Lotta bread, lightly toasty, and little bit o' caramel.

Very little flavor - closer to a dark mild ale than an amber ale. Some maltiness, but zero hop quality. Disappointing after the nice aromas.

The mouthfeel really kills this one - thin, tinny, watery, with no bite and very light in carbonation.

An easy drinker, no doubt, but with the lack of flavor, I'm not going to be sessioning these.

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

Appearance: The beer pours into my pint glass a rusty, raisiny-reddish brown. It is somewhat cloudy, and a nice initial 2 finger cream-colored head fades fairly quickly to a well-retained creamy skim. Loads of sticky lace follow the beer all the way down the glass and hang without any sign of slipping away.

Smell: Aroma isn't too overwhelming and is mostly toasty, caramel malts and some dry, biscuity grains.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is somewhat nutty and full of caramelly malts and toasted grains. A slight hop presence presents itself with a little bitter citrus flavor, and there is a distinct metallic aftertaste throughout the drink. The feel is pleasantly, brightly carbonated, making the beer fairly light overall.

Drinkability: This is a really nice beer - flavorful and highly drinkable. This might be my favorite offering from Duck Rabbit yet.

Photo of Reagan1984
2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lots of large bubbles are laced in this off white/tan head. It sits about 2.5 fingers thick.
Head has lots of structure and rises above the glass. The beer is a straight amber color pretty much right down the middle on the amber meter. The head does fade and there is some spotty lacing.

Aroma is light and of toasted malt and slightly sweet. There is also a light sweet fruity tone to this.

My first though is that the flavor is a bit empty. Perhaps that's a comment better made through the mouth feel, but still it almost tastes empty. Initial sweetness, then some caramel and fruit. Finished really dry and empty at the end. Just trails off.

Carbonation tingles on the tongue. Body seems a bit too light

I have to say this is not my favorite of the Duck Rabbit catalog. A bit disappointed.

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

Pours a ruby-ish orangey-red with very little head. Just a thin ring of white around the top. Carbonation levels look a bit light.

Smell is very sweet, caramel, sweet fruit (apples and pears) and even a bit of melon. Its very "estery", plenty of malty sweetness going on as far as aroma goes.

Taste is very crisp and sweet. The malty, fruity flavors are present and I really dig them, this is a very refreshing beer...almost juicy in taste. Not a lot of hop presence in this one, just an easy drinking amber ale. That about says it all. Nothing wrong with this one.

I could easily drink a lot of these.

Photo of beerphan
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle -> pint
notched Aug 09

Pours a clear amber with aggressive slightly offensive foaming. Had to stop half way through a semi-aggressive pour to stop the overflow. Once it settles, and it does amazing quickly, you're left with some dish suds for a head and sparce cliffs of lace. Carbonation remain steady throughout.

Nose: Toasty malts, caramal, toffee, and same spice. metal.

Begins with some sweet caramel malts, light toffee, toasted sugar, flavors are weak not rich and full. Hop flavor is missing in action. What flavor there is quick and non impressive. Finishes with a stingy bitterness. Mouth is a tad watery for the style.

I've tried 3 of my 4 Duck Rabbit sample bottles, and by far this was the most disappointing. Sure hope the stout is better than this.

Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.