1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Duck-Rabbit Amber AleDuck-Rabbit Amber Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

455 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 455
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 10
Gots: 27 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 455 | Reviews: 231 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of argock
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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%
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.

BARFLYB, May 16, 2009
Photo of Sperzel
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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 16, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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
Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a pleasant surprise.

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a vast, thick, fluffy slightly tan head that drops slowly to good lacing. The aroma is tosasty and a bit astringent, though not unpleasant. All this lead me to expect a conventional, generic roasty amber ale. But instead, the flavor was lighter and sprightlier than I expected, surprisingly light on the camel and toffee, with a lovely little hint of spice on the back that almost suggests a slight touch of Rye in the mix. The flavor has roasted barley, a bready, toasted edge, and hardly any hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is light and carbonated.

I was expecting something ponderous, but instead I found a dark ale I could comfortably call refreshing on a hot day. Well done.

Seanibus, May 08, 2009
Photo of sickpuppy
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma has a rose like ester to almost a hint of green apple, an almost oxidized aroma.

Amber to slight reddish appearance to the color of this beer along with the style.

Flavor has a prominent malt backing with a medium bitterness to the hop profile. Almost a puckering, lingering dryness to the finish, maybe slightly oxidized.

Overall this beer finished with a lingering sweet malt aftertaste and left my palette a bit dry with a light to moderate fruitiness in the end.

sickpuppy, May 07, 2009
Photo of drcarver
2.28/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Disclaimer - I am from PA, a good distance from NC, and this is the first batch that has made it to the Philly area. Based on other reviews I don't think the shipment faired well.

A - A red colored body pours forth releasing a small off white head that fades very quickly and provides no lacing.

S - The aroma is faint sweet and malt.

T - I'm struggling to find a way to describe it. Slightly spicy. Dry. More bitter than a beer this style should be.

M - There is an astringent feeling it leaves that cause a slight burn on the tongue.

D - It's smooth, but that's about it.

drcarver, May 02, 2009
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, copper, high carbonation, 1/2 inch head

Smell:little hops, some sweet malt, and a big dose of caramel

Taste:caramel dominates with toasted malt and a twinge of hops

Mouthfeel: smooth, light bodied, borderline sweet

Drinkability: This is a very good amber ale. I wish I had gotten more of this when I was down south. I could easily do a six and is one of my favorites for the style.

tigg924, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of mhatters
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at TJs in a standard pint glass

Pours a deep garnet color with a really thin head.

Not too much in the nose, a small amount of malt and a small amount of floral as well

Light malt taste, a bit of pepper as well, not much hops or floralness either

Good mouthfeel, well carbonated, easy to drink, I do not think I will be craving this, but a decent offering

mhatters, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark amber with a one-finger white head.

Nose is fruity esters, sweet malt, with a bit of a toasty, bready quality.

Taste is sweet caramel malt with a bit of a toasty aspect, and lots of fruity esters, paired with a slightly hoppy presence underneath towards the finish that lends a bit of a dry, fruity finish.

Decent beer, but nothing to rave about - could certainly use some polishing. Pulling some of those esters back a bit would be a good start.

JohnQVegas, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of anexetastos
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

picked this one up on a whim while at the beach. the weather seemed suited to an amber (it was chilly and raining), and i was wearing a shirt that had a chicken and a rabbit on it. my eldest daughter told me that, given the shirt and the name of the beer, i had no choice. she was right, and i am glad for it -- the beer was delicious!

the color was a deep and rich amber. light head with medium carbonation. the aroma foreshadowed the caramel in the taste, but did not completely reveal it. there was something slightly off kilter in the nose, possibly a bit of diacetyl. the flavor was outstanding. i thought i might have fallen into the copper of some 90 shilling wort. really surprisingly rich and tasty. the mouthfeel was right and matched the flavor profile. it sat a little heavy on the belly, but for my purposes, that was just fine.

grab a bottle or pour a pint, and enjoy!

anexetastos, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of tommy78
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Very red in color; thin amount of head on top.

S - It was surprisingly light in aroma. I did detect some caramel but it was faint.

T - The caramel did not translate into the taste. Instead, I tasted some spiciness and a bit of malt.

M - A good amount of carbonation in the beer.

D - A decent beer to enjoy if offered. However, I would try the offerings of Duck Rabbit.

tommy78, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of Murchmac
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to erikeifert for this chinese buffet of duck rabbit brews.

Pours with a thin white head, amber orange. Tell me about the rabbits George.

Sweet toffee almost smell. Very interesting. Like it was living off the fatta' the lan

Rich caramel, very sweet, very good. almost /unintelligible/ very sweet. Chases the cats away.

Nice mouthfeel, good body, light, but big. Good take on this style, this and Anderson Valley do an amber right.

If I could tend them duck rabbits all day George, I would.

Murchmac, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of SLeffler27
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To begin with, I saw the rabbit first. A dark, amber-to-reddish-brown ale fills a tulip glass slightly hazy with an enormous, rocky, taupe head. As the head drops, it leaves patches on the glass and small pillows over the beer.

The aroma opens with an unexpected, funky, sweet yeast, followed by the expected caramel malt. Subtle floral hops make their presence known, but the star of the show is apple and white wine.

The flavor profile is tilted toward the acidic with some bitterness gripping the tongue while the aroma profile strongly influences the flavors. Moderate finish provides interest, but is a lesser player overall. This amber ale warms surprisingly well.

Bone dry with a medium body, soft carbonation, and some astringency, but in a good way. Carbonation is surprisingly low given the size of its head.

This beer has lots of interesting qualities. Try it with dinner, perhaps even a Welsh Rarebit! The astringency, while nice, does ultimately hinder the drinkability, but I will have another some day.

SLeffler27, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear reddish-amber. Despite a force pour, it only managed a two finger head that subsided very quickly. Left a little bit of lacing, but not much.

Smell: Caramel and malts, a spiciness which I couldn't really place.

Taste: Bready and spicy, with a taste that subsides all too quickly. I liked the spiciness of it. A bitter aftertaste, but almost an unpleasant bitterness. Not the usual hoppy bitterness I'm use to in an amber. Tastes almost watered down, possibly due to how thin it was.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly thin, dissapointingly so. It was decently carbonated, but the thinness of it really detracted from the beer.

Drinkability: It's a decent beer, but there are plenty of betters out there. Not one of Duck Rabbit's better offerings.

StarlightSeraph, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear with a little bit of the sediment suspended in the bottle. The head is very thick and dense, a light khaki color, and settles to a thick cap.

Very light toasty malt aromas, giving off a little bit of caramel.

Only a touch of caramel is in the flavor, along with some faint grains. Hop levels are low. A slight metallic flavor comes in toward the end. Full bodied.

Eh... It's drinkable but I'm not real impressed. I'd try one of their other offerings.

BeerSox, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous ruby amber color. Thin beige head that instantly dissapeared. Smells like cherries.

Tasted very sweet and cherry-like at first. As it warmed up it became more spicy with a leafy hop - bitter in a good way. Frothy mouth. Great bold and spicy amber, it just needs some cosmetic work.

via brentk56

donkeyrunner, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of clemtig76
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle picked up at Southern Spirits in Fort Mill, SC. The beer pours a dark reddish amber with a thin wispy head. Taste is very malty with a finish very similar to a porter, but a little too thin and watery. Hops are present but subdued. Really don't know what to make of this beer, it is more like a porter than an amber ale which is not a bad thing, just unexpected.

clemtig76, Jan 20, 2009
Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.