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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: 436
Reviews: 230
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 ChainGangGuy


4.03/5  rDev +18.9%

*$1.50 single purchased at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC.*

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous deep amber body with an amble, off-white head.

Smell: Toasted malt aroma of bread crusts with a vague fruitiness and only a faint hint of hops.

Taste: Toasted malts with a pinch of caramel sweetness and nuttiness. There's a little kick of roastiness near the clean finish. The hops are slight at best, and are really an afterthought in this malt-dominant beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A tasty, highly drinkable amber that makes for a fine session beer.

09-24-2007 01:43:31 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


3/5  rDev -11.5%

Thanks to the leftmindedrighty for this one.

This beer looks like glowing cherry amber when held to the light with only a collar of off white head around the edge of my tulip.

Smells off dried cherries, raisins and a touch of sour grain, much like Wheaties.

Tastes quite similar with more of an ambiguous dried fruit but this time with a dry grainy back that reminds me of stale wheat bread with just a hint of cardboard. There's a sour turn at the end too.

Feels light and unobtrusive with a gentle but prevalent carbonation.


09-21-2007 21:09:15 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of russpowell


3.9/5  rDev +15%

Had this on draft late july at Barleys im Asheville

Poured amber/brown with 1" of off-white head. Pretty good head retention & lacing

S: Piney & earthy hops

T: Toasty malt & earthy hops up front. Finishes with grainyness, malt sweetness, & big-time hop bitterness

MF: Medium-bodied & medium carbonation. Alright balance

Drank good, pretty typical amber, somehow expected more from these guys

09-18-2007 20:13:31 | More by russpowell
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +16.5%

found this beer on vacation at the Outer Banks bought a sixer beer was in a brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap poured into a nonic glass. Date notched 10/07.

Chestnut brown with a deep reddish hue,a generous light tan head,decent retention leaving some webs of lace with a small amount of sparce tiny bubbles.

Very malty,very nutty,also toasty,sweet carmell,charred wood,maltiness was complex with no real hop notes in the aroma.

Burnt chocolate taste,spicey hop tastes also some citrus,very nutty,astrigent,clean breaks in taste throughout the beer. Very good balance right through the finish.

Light body slightly waterey with a grainy texture. Goes down easy no problem having another. Good solid beer,enjoyable.

08-23-2007 00:04:10 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of rowew


2.63/5  rDev -22.4%

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, glossy red and black label. Best by date notched on the label.

Appearance: Pours reddish amber with a nice tan colored head. Nice lacing too.

Smell: Slighty sour - and almost a hint of apple cider to it.

Taste: Interesting - the same slightly sour notes continue here, but with more malt to back them up. The malts seem darker in flavor (almost like dark fruits) than most ambers.

Overall impression: I didn't like the first 5 of these I drank while in North Carolina, and the one I brought home is no different. Strange combination of flavors that doesn't sit well with me, especially for an amber.

08-21-2007 22:24:57 | More by rowew
Photo of mcallister


2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

Deep clear copper russet. Ruby is very present in this. Head is a yellowish color and very flimsy and fades very quickly considering the ABV. No lacing to be seen.

Sweet toffee malts and bready grain. A floral type hop aroma. RS in the aroma seems like it's very high. Some maple and brown sugar as well as prune, fig, and dried cherry.

Well all of the Duck Rabbit beers I've tried so far have been far above average but this one is the ugly duckling. Just misses the mark on about everything. Thin, watery, with an unpleasant aftertaste. Not as sweet as the nose would indicate, yet some RS in there. A bitter finish just doesn't help bring this beer together as the toffee, date mid palate isn't thick or full enough to hold up. Very acidic as well. Overall very dissapointing.

08-15-2007 22:44:10 | More by mcallister
Photo of wcdoyle


3.1/5  rDev -8.6%

After enjoying Duck Rabbit brews in bottles and on draft (at a brew fest a few years back), I was looking forward to this. Overall, I was disappointed by the beer, but not turned off Duck Rabbit. Clear amber color, but no head or lacing. Smell was a bit light and sweet (caramel and brown sugar). Sweetness was pronounced in the taste, but not overpowering. There was, however, a metallic taste to this beer that I’d ascribe to lengthy and improper storage. (I don’t think Duck Rabbit is a big seller at this particular beer bar.) I'll give it TBOTD w/ an average sscore. Mouthfeel was light and with low carbonation. The heat made it go down well, but the seeming “off” qualities would make me turn to other beers first.

All this said, I’d try it again on draft at another bar---and also in a bottle---to give it a fairer shake.

08-15-2007 21:54:17 | More by wcdoyle
Photo of Fish113d


3.6/5  rDev +6.2%

Poured slightly chilled into a pint glass, while vacationing in Outer Banks.

Pours amber in color with a fizzy, fluffy off-tan head of about 2 cm. Nothing real special about this one so far. True to the style though.

Aroma is caramel malt with some slight roast. A bit of florals come through as well. Again, nothing real special, and more malty than expected.

Sipping reveals a caramel, slight burnt roasty malt with a slight bit of floral on the finish. Fairly thin. The finish is rather malty and roasty actually. A bit of bakers' chocolate noticed as well.

Body is thin and a bit watery even though the flavor holds throughout. Fizzy carbonation hits my tongue at first but quickly burns off leaving a lot to be desired.

Easy session brew, and a solid "drinker". However, this is definitely disappointing to me. I was hoping for a bit more.

08-08-2007 01:03:19 | More by Fish113d
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.2/5  rDev -5.6%

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear and amber in color with a rocky white head. Tons of lacing and the head remains at about 1/4 inch throughout the entire consumption of the beer.

Aroma was a bit lacking. A weird sour smell seemed predominant. Couldnt get much past that but maybe a little biscuit and chocolate.

Taste is eerily similar to most of the other DR offerings. Creamy and malty with a nice chocolate and cereal flavor. Tastes almost like Golden Grahams with chocolate syrup (happens to be one of my most favoritest "desserts" in the whole wide world). Still, something seems a bit weird yet familiar.

Not a bad brew. Not so sure how sessionable this would be but two or three are easily within reason. A little too much carbonation for my liking but decent overall.

07-31-2007 21:37:30 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of badbeer


3.23/5  rDev -4.7%

Amber color with an off-white head that doesn't retain very well and leaves very little lacing. Smell is of dark fruits, caramel, and toffee. Taste begins with a roasted nut flavor that leads to a cherry flavor and a toffee-like finish. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Finishes up to be an OK beer, but I can't see myself seeking this one out much.

07-25-2007 10:31:43 | More by badbeer
Photo of ArrogantB


4.13/5  rDev +21.8%

Amber red color with spotty bubbly white head that seems to list from side to side on top of the beer. A good deep whiff returns smells like cherries, sweet syrup, fruits, but they are subtle. A very good flavor for an amber/red but not quite up there with Nugget Nectar (my favorite). I would drink this on a regular basis if it were possible. I think Duck-Rabbit does a really good job on all their beers. Yum.

07-11-2007 15:24:45 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of tgbljb


4.22/5  rDev +24.5%

Poured a deep orange-amber color with moderate off-white head.
Smell is very light with some modest caramel sweetness detected.
Taste is extremely nice with an excellent blending of the malt and hops in perfect proportions.
Great taste retention.
Very drinkable. Perfect session beer.

07-03-2007 23:28:32 | More by tgbljb
Photo of arizcards


3.93/5  rDev +15.9%

Received as part of the May MicorBeerClub shipment received at the end of May.

Beer poured an amber red with a small off white head. Nose initially was heavy on the fruity floral hops but the roasted malts are becoming more prevelant as the beer warms. Taste is predominated by the roasted nutty malts up front. Aftertaste is of a surprisingly oily hop that dominates the back of the palate with a slight hint of chocolate. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with no exceptional characteristics. Drinkability is good. This is one amber ale that crosses the line of being something a little bit different than advertised. It is a very nice effort that is definitely worth a shot if you want to try an amber with an edge.

06-17-2007 23:36:45 | More by arizcards
Photo of scoobybrew


3.53/5  rDev +4.1%

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a deep copper color with a decent head that settles, but is retained well enough. The aroma is malty with some hop notes. The taste is malty with a strong hop finish - fruitiness from the yeast is present throughout the profile. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent American amber. Its malt is very rich and complex. There are some nice hop flavors, however those into hoppier ambers should probably look elsewhere.

06-16-2007 21:42:23 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of Dansting


3.05/5  rDev -10%

Bottle. Poured a clear amber color with a thick off-white head. Aroma is nutty with a sweet fruitiness to it. Mouthfeel is nice. Flavor is odd for an amber. Starts out with a caramel and nutty flavor, but the aftertaste is similar to coffee. Not one of the better amber ales I have had.

06-15-2007 03:22:55 | More by Dansting
Photo of BBM

New York

3.1/5  rDev -8.6%

Poured a very deep ruby-copper color, with a nice white head. Aroma was not very strong, slightly sweet and toasty.

The taste is very sweet, with toasted malts dominating, along with a roast nut character and very slight hop profile. Overall this beer seems a bit overly simplistic and incomplete. It's not bad really, but there's just not much to it. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but ok. I was done after one of these, not much desire for a second.

06-14-2007 16:15:55 | More by BBM
Photo of waboone


1.95/5  rDev -42.5%

a - seems really dark for an amber to me, but is still a nice color. Pours with a nice head that lingers a bit and sticks to the glass.

s - my smell isn't too keen, but there is dark toast smell there that I didn't expect.

t - the dark toasty smell carries over as a predominate flavor. Almost a coffee flavor, but a bit brighter, like eating a coffee bean rather than drinking a cup of coffee. I didn't care for it much, I don't think it should be top note in this type of beer.

m - not much to say here, it was fine.

d - eh, I think I need to find food to pair it with for a better experience. These pretzels aren't working too great. I think it would be more drinkable if I could find something to better compliment it.

06-06-2007 02:47:53 | More by waboone
Photo of hero27


3.38/5  rDev -0.3%

12 oz bottle.

Pours a fairly clear, dark copper color ..mammoth head on this beer. Certainly one of the darkest so-called "ambers" out there.

Caramel malts with hints of chocolate & nuts...piney hops linger in the background to give an edge of bitterness. Certainly malt-dominated but withholds the sweetness enough to make a pretty fine brew.

Included as an extra from wcudwight, thanks again!

06-05-2007 02:53:11 | More by hero27
Photo of

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%

12oz. bottle, courtesy of bobbyc881.

Clear, copper color. Large (very), creamy, ivory colored head.

Coffee/roast notes - mild. Cherries? Earthy & peppery notes. Bit of caramel/coffee/chocolate - hard to pick apart. Hops really mild, herbal in character.

Hops pick up in taste, compared to aroma. Grassy, and seem to come through most in finish. Roast character/coffee notes fairly strong in taste. Some citrus as well. More bitter than sweet.

Light to medium in body. Generous carbonation, a bit too much IMO. Very refreshing, dry in finish.

Overall, quite tasty. Seems a bit strong in roast character compared to other ambers I've had. Not bad, just different. Dial down the carbonation a bit would help. Certainly worth trying.

04-30-2007 14:51:53 | More by
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.45/5  rDev +1.8%

A: Shimmery reddish orange color with a decent head of orange white foam that bubbled down quickly. Minor lacing inside the glass, and a medium low level of carbonation.

S: Sweet maple and malt. Notes of yeasty bread and grain stir about in the nose. Afterthoughts of caramel apples permeate through the otherwise clean aroma and make a nice invitation to the drinker.

T: Mild caramel malt and sweetened grains, woody earth notes, yeast biscuits, mild hop presence blooms on the palate. Overall, rather mild and unobtrusive on the taste buds.

M: Slightly dense; mild oily quality gives character to an otherwise mildly bubbly experience.

D: Fair. I've been spoiled by Bell's Amber Ale for so long, it's hard to find anything else to match it. But this is different, and still enjoyable. Worth trying.

Notes: Special thanks to mikesgroove from the No Name BIF for the sample.

04-21-2007 00:51:17 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of wagenvolks


4.05/5  rDev +19.5%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass. (note to self: do dishes)

First off, I'm not sure why this beer gets hated on like it does. If you ask me, for it's style, it's a well crafted, drinkable beer. It pours an impressive ochre-red, transparent body below a 2" tan head. Faint lacing fades along with the foamy cap, leaving a ring around the glass. There is quite a varied aroma here: sweet malts with some clover, sweet & sour sauce, maple, and molasses.

The taste is very well balanced for an amber. Rich nutty malts hit first followed by a light hop note. It's not as floral or rich as other Duck Rabbit beers, but that doesn't bother my impression of the taste in the slightest. Mouthfeel is crisp, smooth, and refreshing, while the hops light up the back of the palate. All in all, I'd have to say this is an all-around good beer. It's tasty, perhaps lacking a touch of complexity, but it's one in which I could easily envision knocking back a few. Once again, Duck Rabbit delivers.

04-17-2007 03:44:47 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -13.6%

Served a crisp deep amber with only a ring left by the time it reached my table. The aroma was of some caramel malts and mild hops. The taste was odd in a way I could not put my finger on. There was a strange sweetness that could only be described as "off". The beer was light and crisp, but this does not make up for the off taste that fills the mouth. This beer can at best be described as almost drinkable.

04-17-2007 02:33:30 | More by atsprings
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +13%

Pleasantly surprised by this beer. Has an interesting sourdough biscuit flavor. totally unexpected but quite nice. Pours a rich amber color with a thhick hite head that has some decent resiliency. Nose is malty with just a slight hop sourness. Flavor is just as I described above. Some slight hop bitterness tries to set root on the rongue as well but is washed away fairly quickly. Medium body that is just slightly astringent. Perhaps a bit too high in ABV to be sessionable but a really solid beer all around.

04-15-2007 00:58:41 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of Alkey


2.95/5  rDev -13%

12oz. bottle poured a dark reddish color with a small slightly off white head that leaves a few specks of lace around the glass.

Smell - slight floral hop aroma and a hint of caramel malt.
Taste - lots of bland club soda like flavor up front with a very mild hop presence and a bit of dryness towards the end.
Feel - over carbonated, a bit dry and sticky in the aftertaste.
Drinkability - I can finish this one but I just don't understand what Duck-Rabbit was thinking when you compare this to the other quality brews they offer. I may give this a second chance some time and hope this bottle was not what they intended their beer to taste like.

04-14-2007 13:47:58 | More by Alkey
Photo of beermanbrian


3.63/5  rDev +7.1%

Picked this one on up on a recent trip to NC.

Nice bronze amber color with a pillowy head that slowly drops to a nice cap. Smell of grainy bread with a faint citrus wiff. Taste is very grainy bread and toast flavors with a faint metallic taste in the finish. Overall a so so beer, but i'm sure it's not the best they have to offer. This one didn't overly impress but it dosn't keep me from looking forward to some of the other durck-rabbit stuff i brought home.

04-12-2007 00:46:01 | More by beermanbrian
Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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