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

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Ratings: 473
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 8
Gots: 34 | 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

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Photo of CharlatanSin
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My pops brought this back from his N.C. road trip. Thanks pops!

A: Pours a dark red-tinged amber. Crystal clear, with a nice one inch tan head. It leaves fairly substantial lacing. Fine example of the style.

S: Lots of caramel. The malt profile's also got a bit of bread in there. Not much going on hop-wise, but the malt's all right.

T: Similar to the nose. Very strong caramel taste. A little chocolate too, perhaps. Thankfully, there's a bit of bitterness to take the edge off.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Very...medium-y.

D: A little too sweet for everyday drinking for me, but it's definitely easy drinking. Wish my dad could have gotten me one of Duck Rabbit's darker beers, but this isn't bad at all.

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

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured clear amber color with minimal head that left almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly malts upfront with hints of hops and fruits.

T - Slightly sweet upfront followed by slight citrus bitterness with a light hoppy finish.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Very drinkable but this beer has no complexity at all, very plain to my taste.

Photo of IceTrey9785
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a six-pack for $10...

A: Pours a really rich, dark, mahogany color, with great head (for about a minute) -- a nice, tan lacing remains for the remainder of the beer. Against the light, the ale almost looks like a wood-stain on cherry furniture...

S: The aroma is rather weak. There is a hint of brown sugar, honey, and some hops, but overall, I thought it was rather mild on the nose...nothing impressive. Dry oats, and maple syrup too. Smells similar to the oatmeal I consume in the winter...

T&M: The hops hit first. I initially get maple syrup and pine resin, with a distinct bitterness. I wouldn't say it is too sweet, the spicy hop notes definitely emerge about mid-palate until the finish. Very creamy and the finish lasts a good while. I still feel a candied maple aftertaste...not horrible, just a little much.

Not being a big fan of amber ales, I actually like this one. I think it is way overdone, and it does have a rather sweet aftertaste, but the hops really carry this beer to the end. I'm not sure if I'd buy it again, but if I found it on draft somewhere, I'd certainly give it a shot. The Duck-Rabbit just keeps impressing me with the complex flavors and aromas of all their brews. Definitely a fan...

Photo of billab914
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of jonziefle
2.91/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured an almost completely clear dark honey/light syrup color. Two finger foamy, khaki head with good retention. Little visible carbonation. Moderate lacing.

Smell: A very malty amber, with darker caramel and nuts present most of all. An apple juice fragrance smelling deep down, but not readily apparent. Hops seem to contribute, but don’t stand out or impart much of their own fragrance.

Taste: Overall malty with balanced sweetness. Caramel and nuts are the strongest malts, biscuity even. Smooth flavor, but not overally distinctive. Missing much of a hop character. Slight metallic taste on the first sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. No bite (carbonation or hop) at all. Not much going on.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but not really my type of amber ale. This one is far more malty than I like, without adequate hops to balance it out. Not enough carbonation and no bite at all.

Buy Again: No

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Photo of samie85
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best By Date 9/09.

A- I opened the bottle and very heavy psssh followed suit. I noticed the beer rising in the bottle and I believe I got a gusher. Pouring the beer confirms this. Pours a hazy amber color with a four finger head.

S-Dark caramel malt with a bit of bready malt and cherry notes. I'm intrigued...

T-Dark caramel and bready malt with a crisp, bitter, spicy and somewhat metallic finish.

M- Very well carbonated and in the thick side of medium bodied.

D-Pretty easy drinking and I don't really mind the faint metallic thing going on (it goes away after awhile). I'm sure being 4 months past best by date isn't helping anything either.

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 tegelaar
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
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
2.3/5  rDev -32.2%
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
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
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
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
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
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
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
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
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
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
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
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
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
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.