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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: 36 | FT: 0
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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brentk56 on 09-23-2004

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Ratings: 473 | Reviews: 232
Photo of Nipitato
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Chips Wine and Beer Market in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

A: Amber hue. Huge off white head with great retention. Brilliant glowing clarity. Clear. Obvious effervescence.

S: Caramel malt aroma, otherwise clean except for a very subtle grapefruit/citrus aroma. Some toast as well.

T: Caramel malt sweetness starts this beer but this is well balanced by a fruity hop flavor. Hops provide a very mild bitterness, which lingers lightly at the end.

MF: Medium body. Dry. Not astringent. Relatively smooth.

D, notes: Balance here is certainly on the malt. Reds are not really my thing but I found this one to be well made and pretty sessionable.

Photo of Jwale73
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to unionturf for the opportunity to try this one. 12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Best by 09/08 notched on the label. Poured a translucent copper with a three inch, loose, off-white head that gradually collapsed leaving behind sticky strands of lacing in its wake. Head eventually formed a consistent quarter inch cap. Lacing had weak legs. Picked up scents of malt, hops and a metallic character in the background. More hops and malt, as well as a hint of caramel and a breadiness. Bitter aftertaste lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is between light and medium with a consistent amount of carbonation experienced throughout the mouth. Drinkability is fair. Not a bad amber, but it doesn't really stand out for me.

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

red amber, lasting head and lacework.
waves of caramel candy and toasty malts dominate the aroma, along with an unexpectedly strong note of alcohol
taste is toastier than anticipated, along with the caramel. a film of subdued sweetness and iron/prunes/molasses, leather/pusser's rum/black licorice starts coating everything. the iron begins to take the foreground, making you think of water from certain wells. this quality is similar to the palmetto beers i've tried, also from this part of the country.
medium in body and low in carbonation, reminds me of on-cask.
pretty good overall, but toward the end deciding not to reach for another.

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

Appearance: Deep amber color with good head.

Smell: Malty at first with a hop undertone

Taste: Sweet malts over hops giving little bitterness. Taste quickly fades

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with lots of carbonation. Finished dry.

Drinkability: It's a decent amber, that many will like do to the little bitterness.

Photo of deanhead
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice amber color with adequate carbonation

Aroma is herbal. Rosemary comes to the forefront here.

Medium bodied spicey tasting. Smooth, earthy and herbal. Noticeable bite at the end, almost tingly.

This is an average amber ale. Not unlike IPA's, amber ales really need to stand out in order to be more than an average beer.

Photo of joepais
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks MuenchenerKindl for this one
Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a good three fingers worth of off with head that lasts .the body was darkish amber with a slight haze

Aromas of sweet roasted grains, bread yeast and a slight floral hop note filled my nose

Sweet flavors start off with this one then it goes to a distinct bitter but ends with roasted malts almost a burnt taste. Medium mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to keep it enjoyable

I have wanted to try this one for a while. Not a bad Amber but not my favorite either nor one of the best I have had from this brewer. Average drinkability

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.33/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Upon opening the bottle, both bottles, fixxied over the top of the bottle and some of the beer was lost. The beer poured a very dark, but clear red. Much darker than I expected from an amber ale. It had a white head that was not retained at all. The aroma was sweet but I could not really place it. The taste was similar, I was not really sure what I was tasting and to be honest, I really didn't care for it at all. Maybe raisans or plums or apple. Again, not really sure. The beer had too much carbonation for my taste as indicated when I open the bottle. I did not find the beer drinkable at all. The taste was not appealing and it left a very long lasting very bitter and dry aftertaste. While I won't be purchasing this beer again, the other get a much higher rating, but this one may have put me off to all of them.

Photo of gford217
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a huge fluffy white head that hangs around for a long time leaving sporadic clumps of lacing. The smell is very sweet, almost like caramel apples, with a big malt backbone and some dark fruits and brown sugar as well. The taste is just as sweet with a huge caramelized malt backbone and fruits mixed in. There is also just a hint of sour in there which seem a little out of place. There is a noticeable spiciness to the taste as well with a faint hop presence at the very end. The mouthfeel is a tad thin with huge carbonation and a slightly sticky finish. This was a bit too unbalanced in the taste for my liking and I would say this is my least favorite of the DR brews.

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

4.0 all the way around on this one, as I was rather impressed. It poured a nice shade of red that looked as though it would make a lovely wood varnish (the colour, anyway). Nice slightly off-white head lasted about 40 seconds before fading away into thin blanket of frost. Smell was very rich with a somewhat assertive presence of sweet, roasted cereals. Taste reflected this, as well, and surprisingly, a fairly easily noticeable ambiance of stewed dark fruits (plums and raisins and such). Certainly didn't expect to find *those* in here. There is also a faint lactic sourness in here, as well. Lots of interesting things going on in this one.
This was a really nice Red Ale that seems almost out of its league as far as depth and complexity are concerned. Very, very nice.

Photo of Onenote81
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this into a conical. Poured a nice deep red. Had a good tannish head about an inch deep which faded in a few minutes. Excellent lacing.

Smelled of sweet floral hops. Smooth feel to it. Tasted woodsy? Sort of a charred burnt taste with maybe a hint of lemon. Bitter finish.

I wasn't as impressed as I had hoped. Could definitely be more balanced. Will pass on this for a better Amber.

Photo of Proteus93
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice reddish-deep amber. Head is modest, but good.

S: Sweet malts with a slight fruitiness.

T: Toasty malts, a little bit of a caramel flavour sneaks in. A somewhat flowery hop profile, not bittering a great deal. A little bit of a puckering tartness in there, though.

M + D: A medium body, spritzer-like carbonation. A little on the mediocre side; I'm not really feeling it. Not too bad, but not much above average, imho.

Photo of DrJay
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a seidel yields a clear brown body with zero head and zero lacing. Something looks very wrong here. Regular fridge temp pour, clean glass, no idea what's going on with this beer...

Smells of caramel and grain; a little molasses emerges as the beer warms.

Tastes sweet; light-roasted malt and caramel; a touch of spiciness, red apples, and a light floral character;

Medium-bodied feel without much ooomph, lightly carbonated. Nothing really interesting about this beer except the lack of head, and that isn't something conducive to my buying it again.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber colour with a decent sized beige head that has minimal retention time and stickiness to it.

The aroma is sweet and perhaps a bit thins at times. There's some slight caramel here and a fair amount of floral hops.

The flavour is much the same as the aroma except perhaps beefed up a bit. It is certainly a bit maltier than expected from the aroma and is cut through with light amounts of floral hops. In the end it is perhaps a bit too sweet at times. Mouthfeel is average, with a light body to it that is a touch watery at times.

This is an easy drinking, middle of the road for the style type of beer. It's not bad in any way, but just doesn't stand out in a crowded sea of ambers. I can say I'd drink this one again, but there are many more that I enjoy more than it.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.33/5  rDev +27.7%
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.

Photo of gabeerfan
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darkish amber with a rocky fingers worth of head that sticks around for a bit leaving a thin cap.
Nothing real distinct in the smell. Some light roasted malt, hint of caramel, no hops to detect.
Tastes sweet. The caramel flavor seems to hit first with some tangy malts. Hops only appear at the end, and they are light. It's sweet, but not cloying.
Mouthfeel is light although the sweetness can stick around a bit.
Pretty drinkable at 5.5% and the flavors won't overwhelm your palate.
Overall, not bad, but I think it's the weakest of the Duck-Rabbit beers I've had so far. It would be good for the summertime cookout. Good gateway beer.

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

Lots of active bubbles strive to make the top of this tan rocky head. Body is a dark amber brown. Nose is a mis-mash of sour dough, crisp green apples and wet cut wheat. A shrill sour bitter feel coats the back of the tongue with the first sip. A verymineral based murky hue comes in right beside this one. A bit of burnt malt develops twords the end of the palate turning to an almost dry finish. Mouthfeel is that same dry, powdery spiceyness all over the mouth. This beer could actually use a splash of sweetness to balance it out a bit. Average drinkability. This is my first let down from this brewery.

Photo of bikehorn
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: beautiful red amber color

Smell: malty and sweet with a hint of bread, not yeast, bread

Taste: a little too bitter, definitely had some fruit in there somewhere

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, solid beer

Drinkability: for my taste, not too overly drinkable. a single one of these will hold me for a while.

Overall: smell > taste

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

From my notes during my road trip of summer 07.

Pours an amber color, slightly cloudy, decent sized head, no lacing.

Smell is all malt and caramel, only a slight hop presence.

Taste is dominated by the malt and caramel aspect, balanced out near the end by some hop bitterness with a slight citric feel.

Photo of Strix
3.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous clear orange-red color with a thick, lasting head.

Smell is somewhat weak, malty and sweet.

Taste is pretty decent. Carmel and malts. Some apple juice in the middle there? A bready finish. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel is about right.

Quite drinkable. This isn't a style I go crazy about, but this is another solid one from Duck-Rabbit.

Photo of Vancer
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Many thanks to brentk56 for the brew via trade to complete sampling ALL of the Ducks! Cool deal (and kinda dumb, but whatdahec).

And we have a clear oaken amber, darker than I expected - but with a sticky ivory head which cranked out the laces.

Woody and very well resinous bite in the aroma and quaff. And a small pop of root beer in the mix. But - a bit of a sharp and biting finish makes this hard to be a top line amber (which I feel should be a crossover type brew), but still a tasty treat.

Photo of oconman
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Darker in the glass than I expected for an amber. Loose head with largeish bubbles, that left no lace but kept a nice ring of foam in the glass. Nice malty aroma, with muted floral hop aroma.

Tastes like an Irish ale like Smithwicks, but fresher and more malty. There's the malty bite in the taste with a crispness and tart flavor the the sides of my mouth. Malty finish with hop bitterness that lingers. A good dinner beer.

Photo of drperm
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

To steal the words of my local homebrew supply store, "It's beer."

Wonderful session-type brew (if a little on the strong side for a session beer). Easy-drinking, pleasant. This is the sort of brew you would want to hang out with in a pub and buy a beer for.
Nothing off, nothing disagreeable, just caramel malt goodness with enough hop balance to keep it finely-tuned.

Photo of ruckzuck
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finishing up my final Duck Rabbit beer! I've officially reviewed all 8 (and everything they've got listed on BA, so I assume that's all of it)!

A - nice dark amber with lots of reddish hints; huge white head

S - sweet malt, hints of cinnamon, hops, someone said apples and that kind of comes through I think

T - oh yeah, the apple is definitely coming through; a tiny bit tarty, the sweetness comes through along with the hops, not a bad balance at all

M - medium-light body, good carbonation

D - not bad at all! Not my favorite Duck Rabbit, but that's still saying a lot. I dunno, I had a Duck Rabbit Milk Stout after dinner, so maybe I'm still in the mood for that. Definitely enjoyable though, and I'm glad I've had all 8 Duck Rabbits. You should certainly strive for the same goal! Worth a shot I'd say, and definitely very easy drinking. Could be a session beer for sure, but I tend to like my sessions a bit hoppier

Photo of yourefragile
3.01/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass, continuing my

A: Cloudy red amber with a little carbonation and a slow pour leaves a giant fluffy off white head with a lot of little bubbles. No lacing.
S: Um, cleaning supplies are the first thing that come to mind. Now my mind is blocked, some malt hiding in there and some fruit (apple, something dryer, slightly sour).
T: Nothing special, expected malt body, slightly bitter. Caramel in finish. It's an Amber, but not great, I'm bored by it.
M: Medium body, highly carbonated, not very smooth
D: Reminds me of all the other Duck Rabbit beers I've had lately. Nothing special, nothing terrible, but would never be my first choise

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