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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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444 Ratings
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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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Photo of kels
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

kels, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
2.7/5  rDev -20.4%

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.

Reagan1984, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
3.83/5  rDev +13%

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.

indiapaleale, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of beerphan
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

beerphan, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of asabreed
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%

12 oz. bottle split with a friend. Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: Nicely and not-so-surprisingly amber. Off-white head. Looks good in the glass.

Smell: Sweeter malt aromas, a bit of roastedness and husk, and some fruit esters.

Taste: The taste seems to die rather quickly in a way, and the aroma seems much stronger and balanced and complex. A bit of candied fruit esters and citrus and husked grain flavors, but it's quick and like I said, it kind of dies. Pleasant, but you really have to sip and sip to grab a hold of the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Maybe a bit slick and watery, though it doesn't seem to detract from the brew that much.

Drinkability: Not necessarily disappointing, because it is a very drinkable beer, but I see how the reviews are so low, especially with Duck Rabbit making some great brews. That said, it's worth a shot, but there are plenty of other Ambers out there that are more worth your time.

asabreed, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of jjayjaye
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours a solid darker amber color with a thin foamy off white head that fades quickly to surface. Thin sheets of Belgian lacing observed. The smell is timid with a roasted malt bill. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied with a grainy roasted aftertaste. The flavor is a good malty lightly caramel roasty malt. A nice drinker. Bottle courtesy of brentk56, thanks!

jjayjaye, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of mralphabet
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%

12 oz poured into a pint glass.

A: A very nice deep reddish amber color... just a clear with lots of bubbles. Very nice 2 finger head what sticks around.. Ok lacing.

S: Tough to catch but I'm getting some caramel and malts, just a small touch of hops and a spiciness I can't place.

T: Very malty right up front a little bready and spicy with nice caramel notes, this all comes straight on then fades quickly with a light bitter aftertaste... Not very hoppy bitter. Not unpleasant, just different. Over all smooth and nice flavors.

M: Very carbonated at first but calms down as it warms... Smooth with a little creaminess.... I like this.

D: OK this is a good beer... not the best Duck Rabbit I've had but a different take on the Red... ABV is good and the creaminess is not to filling.... Could have a couple of these.

Drink lots of Duck Rabbit... Good stuff

mralphabet, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%

12 oz. Light mohoghany pour with a surprisingly dark tan head for an amber ale. A large head at that, I had to pour and wait to finish the pour. I thought this was going to be over carbonated, but that was not the case. A good amount, but not too much. Back to aroma, a balance of caramel, malt and citrus pine. Taste is also a good balance. Some sweet malt and caramel with hints of citrus and some red fruits. More hops through the finish. Standard amber ale, but a good one from Duck Rabbit.

Bung, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of ocelot2500
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a deep copper color with a foamy cream colored head that fades rather quickly. Little to no lacing.

Smell is very malty and bready.

Taste is a toasted bread with some caramel sweetness. There is a bitterness as it warms, but it is very subtle and I am finding it hard to find any hops.

The mouthfeel is a good medium body that is a little dry.

This is a fairly drinkable beer.

ocelot2500, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of dehay
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%

A - vigorous pour produced a 2 finger creamy white head, which rested to a thin layer of foam with minimal lacing.

S - pumpernickle bread...toasted and buttered.

T - more bread, lightly sweet, but decent balance, as the bitterness from the hops came through in the end.

M - light bodied, medium carbonation

D - Could drink a few of these. Very good representation of the style.

dehay, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%

Dark copper body, partial haze, topped by a level finger of bone china foam.

Distinct bready aroma. Inviting.

Taste begins with semi-sweet maltwith a nice sense of depth. Noble hops add some earthy bite.
SLight hop tingle continues into the aftertaste. Nice chocolate note in the aftertaste also.

A slighty chewy sturdy mouthfeel, neither sloppy or overly thick.

A beer that goes done easy 1,2,3.

A tasty amber with more to it than the average.

RonfromJersey, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of inathought
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%

Pauley's Original Crepe Bar in Athens, GA

This beer was brought in a bottle and poured into a clean pint glass. The color was deep caramel with an off-white and thin/loose head. There was some lacing on the glass, but not as much as other ales.

Initial smell was very malty with subtle hops. I might've smelled a hint of apple. More malt than hops.

It's a medium bodied ale with great drinkability. Not very bitter initially. Later on down the beer, more bitterness was observed.

Mouthfeel was nice. Spicy at first, hitting the sides of the tongue then finishing in the back with the bitterness.

More carbonation than I prefer. Overall an enjoyable beer.

inathought, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of TheTrevor
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

This beer poured copper with a small head. The smell was mostly sweet malt, with a bit of hops. The taste starts off with malt and gives way to some hops and spiciness in the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with a moderate amount of carbonation, and it is a drinkable for a style with so much hops.

TheTrevor, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of tjwarren
3.73/5  rDev +10%

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Nice amber color, good head at first and quickly disappears.

Smell was malty and caramel did not really get the hint of the hops that were coming. Overall the smell was a little underwhelming, from the color I thought there would be more.

Taste, at the start there is a nice smooth sense of malt, caramel and more and finishing the hops jump up nicely. I don't usually like a lot of hops, I think it tastes like drinking pine cones, but this was good even for me. I think I would have preferred it stay a little smoother going down but I am not complaining. This might be the beer that puts me over the hop barrier.

Mouthfeel did not have much. Not much carbonation. Just average.

Drinkability should be excellent. I only had one but would like to try two in one night to see if the second one tastes even better. Not my favorite of all time but I liked it.

tjwarren, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of argock
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Enjoy by date notched on front label. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.65.

A: Burnt amber with creamy off-white 1-2 finger head with good retention and lacing.

S: Plenty of herbal, earthy hops mix with light caramel and pale malts with light toasting.

T: Sharp herbal, spicy hops play undercard to above-average malting with caramel and pale malts with a decided mineral, salty late flavor.

M: A bit too dry and astringent for the style. Low-medium carbonation and medium body.

D: A decent beer but nothing special. Enjoyable in limited doses but will be checking out the other Duck-Rabbit offerings with more regularity.

argock, May 31, 2009
Photo of philbe311
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%

A - A copperish rust color with a slight orange hue... One fingers worth of fizzy tan head... Head doesn't last long and leaves a partial lace sitting atop the glass... Little to no noticeable carbonation, quite still overall...

S - Dominate on the malt aromas... Brown sugar... Molasses... Caramel... Malt... Almond... Crystal malts... However, there are some very minor citrusy hop notes...

T - Roasted malt... Burnt crust... Caramel... Grain... Buttery... Nutty... A faint earthiness... Malt dominant with no discernible hop presence...

M - Crisp with a distinct biting carbonation... Fairly smooth... Slightly burnt texture... A tad on the dry side at finish...

D - An enjoyable and solid brew, but not an overly memorable one... Quite sessionable...

philbe311, May 25, 2009
Photo of number1bum
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%

Part of a variety case. Best by 8/09.

Pours a reddish dark amber, goo clarity and two fingers of light beige head. Head is on the fizzy side and settles to not much more than a rimjob with very little lacing or stick.

Smell is toasty with some caramel malt sweetness and some light citrus, fruity hops. Some grain and earthy hops, as well.

Taste is grainier than the smell; it's more grainy than it is toasty, with some caramel sweetness as well. Hops were light in the smell but they're lighter on the buds; there's some earthy hop flavor and hop bitterness in the finish, but not much else in terms of hop flavor. It's a little on the bland side but there's enough caramel sweetness to keep it somewhat interesting and make it pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriate carbonation and a slightly dry, slightly chalky finish.

This is ok but not much more than that. Could use some more hop character; it's just not very interesting. Seems like sort of an afterthought beer from a brewery that calls itself the dark beer specialists. Worth a shot.

number1bum, May 22, 2009
Photo of Nickls
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%

(From notes)

A- Beautiful ruby red/orange color poured with over a finger of frothy eggshell foam.

S - Light toffee, sweetish maltiness. Not much going on here, but nothing bad

T - Lightly sweet toffiness, but a bit cloying. Malty is the name here.

M - Medium, and pretty heavy in general. Muted carbonation, and almost a bit too heavy for the style.

Overall, not a terrible brew but not really what I would have in mind for the style, and it was a bit too sweet. Only check it out if readily available.

Nickls, May 22, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%

12oz bottle. Pours amber with a creamy off-white head that lasts. Smells strongly of honey-like caramel malts. Tastes of toasty caramel malt and light resinous hops. Pretty straightforward. Light body that borders on watery. Pretty unremarkable overall.

philipquarles, May 22, 2009
Photo of BZero007
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from a bottle in to a pint glass.

Pretty dark amber color is what this beer sports. The head forms small and light and leaves quickly. The aroma is mild and not very powerfull. Smells of caramel and a herbal sensation with a slight hint of hops. The flavor of this particular brew is not very surprising. It is good but does not stand out among others. Very herbaly and earthly taste with the slightest hint of hops and sweet malts. The body is medium and the brew is light. I will probably stear clear of this brew and give it another try next year.

BZero007, May 21, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

BARFLYB, May 16, 2009
Photo of Sperzel
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%

12oz bottle with freshness date on the label.

A - Bright Amber/Copper color, thin head. Small amount of sea-foam lacing.

S - Toasty smell with a little caramel and a small amount of hops

T - A little bit of sweet, bready, caramel flavor. The hops are there the whole time, but more noticeable at the finish.

M - Thin, smooth body with a little fizz.

D - Light, but flavorful and easy to down a couple.

A lighter tasting/feeling beer from The Duck. I got it on sale and the next time I get it, it will be on sale. A good "Plan B" brew for me.

Sperzel, May 15, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 5/11/09.

A - Heavily carbonated dark amber/copper-tinged body with a slim beige head that reduced to a thin film and yielded sparse lacing around the glass.

S - Aroma is predominantly light toasted grains and some noble hops, which impart a grassy and slightly herbal character. Some subtle citrus notes also come into play. Aroma is pretty subdued overall.

T - Lots of toasted, grainy malt with a mild grassy and herbal hop character. A touch of citrus tang and some mild spices also join in. Finish is rather bready and malty with subtle herbal hop notes.

M - Light bodied and watery with a slightly syrupy texture and moderate carbonation resulting in a bristly mouthfeel overall. Finish is sweet and malty on the tongue.

D - Easy-drinking session beer with a decent enough flavor. Nothing amazing, but a solid amber nonetheless.

ffejherb, May 12, 2009
Photo of bwd110
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%

12oz bottle poured into SA Sensory Glass

Freshness date on bottle 08/09.

A: Pours a nice honey-brown amber. Only a 1/4 inch tannish head, which dissipates quickly, leaving standard lacing. Looks like a good amber should.

S: Odd. No hops to speak of in the nose. The aroma is characterized by a musty, bready malt smell. Slight of sweetness detected, almost like over ripe fruit. I'm kinda perplexed now.

T: This is a very different amber than I'm used to... More bitter than sweet. Very earthy, somewhat tart finish. Interesting flavor, kind of one dimensional malt-wise. Hops seem to only add bitterness - and a fair amount. But overall, fairly pleasant.

M: Medium body, not all that creamy. Kinds of scrapes its way over the taste buds. Medium carbonation.

D: Drinkability is decent. Not an overly complex brew but different enough from the standard amber that I could find myself in the mood for this from time to time. Very sessionable.

bwd110, May 10, 2009
Photo of mynie
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours foamy. Very foamy. Don't smell old or anything, but the head is uncontrollable. Once it settles a bit it's a regular amber.

Smells sparky, zippy and twitchy. Sweet amber malts, woody and grassy, with very light hops.

Tastes lightly sweet, a bit stronger than the smell had led me to believe. Fruit nodes, weeds, and light hops. Nicely balanced, fairly complex, but really all and all there's not that much going on.

Solid but unexceptional.

mynie, May 09, 2009
Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.