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

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462 Ratings
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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 10
Gots: 30 | 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 DrJay
2.78/5  rDev -18%
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.

DrJay, May 24, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

cvstrickland, May 06, 2008
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

SixpointJMH, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +28.3%
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.

Cyberkedi, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of gabeerfan
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

gabeerfan, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of SPLITGRIN
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

SPLITGRIN, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of bikehorn
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
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

bikehorn, Apr 02, 2008
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.

deltatauhobbit, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of Strix
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Strix, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of Vancer
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Vancer, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of oconman
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

oconman, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of drperm
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle.
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.

drperm, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of ruckzuck
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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

ruckzuck, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of yourefragile
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
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

yourefragile, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to pint glass. Had a reddish color, with a middle of the road consistency. Had a small head that lasted just long enough.

The smell tended towards apples, though there were definitely hops present.

Had a pretty solid taste. The apple taste hit the palate, but the hops were what really stood out for me. It had a decent bite to it.

This one had a nice mouthfeel. Relatively high amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. It had a solidly vibrant (but not overly complex) taste. A very drinkable beer.

avalon07, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, producing an abundant off-white head with good retention and fantastic lacing. The color is a sort of ruddy auburn, clear.

S: Sort of an odd scent for beer, highly reminiscent of a hard cider; very apple like in aroma.

T: Crisp apple on top of lightly toasted malts with a dry finish. A very different flavor profile from what you might expect in an Amber.

M&D: Lighter in body and fairly high in carbonation. Sharp in the finish and a bit bitter lingering.

I was really surprised by this one. I was expecting something more on the malty full side, especially given Duck-Rabbit's penchant for dark beers. This was more of an fruity apple taste that was much more on the dry side. Kind of odd but not in a bad way. Quite good actually, but I think I prefer the malty goodness next to the apple skin tannins. Check it out just the same, it's worth it.

SIRIUS2, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of marcpal
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: No surprises here- amber. Raisiny crimson with a thin off white head. Bubbling with some head retention and lacing.

S: Appetizing maltiness here with a good lick of caramel. Definitely detect the hops. Seems to have a good balance.

T: Impressed here, malts and caramel are thicker than expected. hopiness is outshined a bit but the floral taste is present. Biscuit malts are the lasting impression.

M: You can feel the carbonation and it has a nice touch of hops spice. Somewhat thin as the beer went on. Biscuit chewiness.

D: I find this beer very drinkable and a top notch session beer. Not the best amber in the world but still worth a go.

marcpal, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from mymrnngjckt, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, nuts, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste is malty and sweet with flavors of caramel, dark fruit, nuts and some spice. There's a complimentary and decently strong hops presence that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink a few of if you want something straight-forward, with a good amount of substance and isn't going to hit you too hard.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle as an extra in a trade with leftmindedrighty. Thanks Aaron
This is my first tasting of a beer from Duck-Rabbit:

It pours from 12oz bottle aq nice clear amber with a good 2 finger billowy head of foam,

The smell has notes of caramel malt and some citrus hops.

The taste on first is pretty darned malty and nice. Lots of nice sweet caramel dominate my palate but there's also a fruity sweetness here that I'm also liking. There's some roasted malt as well and the hops don't really don't show up until near and through the finish. Ok, I just swished the beer in my mouth and doing that brought out more of the hop profile which I now notice more when I'm sipping. Hey, this is a good Amber Ale in my book and I'm not that big a fan of the style. Pretty well done, Duck-Rabbit.

Thanks again go out to leftmindedrighty!

Bitterbill, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- This one pours a dark amber color which is totally transparent. There is no head to speak of after a semi agressive pour. Very, very thin film on the top.

S- There are only a few aromas that I can pick up: Honey and biscuits and also the sweetish smell of cheap pancake syrup. Not very heavy or pleasing to the nose.

T- Bitter but sweet. Watery. The tastes follow closely to the nose with the biscuits and syrup. Also, I detect a nut-like taste. The taste is very weak.

M- Thin. Carb is low to mid. Light sting on the back of the tongue.

D- Not very drinkable. There is nothing that makes me want another one.

This brew is TOTALLY average or a slight bit below. Nothing standoutish at all. Not my favorite offering from Duck Rabbit by any means.

MMAJYK, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - uncaps with a noticeable rush of air. The pilsner glass pretty much is completely filled with foam except for a one-finger band of brew at the bottom. Yikes. As the beer begins to settle out a bit, I think about pouring some more in from the bottle...uh, what's up with the bottle? There is a foam snake emerging from the top. It's *alive*!!! This baby is loaded with Co2. For several minutes I have to wait as foam crawls out the bottle into my glass. Finally I can pour some more beer in and things look under control. There is still over half a bottle of foam but it has stopped churning. Whoa. Oh yeah, the beer. It's um, amber and stuff. The head creates thick cakey lace on the glass when it finally settles down. A good looking beer but there is an obvious over-carbonation situation here.

Aroma - toasted malt and brown sugar nose, almost has a root beer kind of smell. On the lighter side but appealing.

Taste - toasted malt, that's nice. Unpleasantly metallic and sour, not so nice. Pretty decent hops on the swallow, but the carbonation is so ramped up it is turning things salty and prickly prematurely. Releasing some of the carbonation helps much, as I said this thing is flat loaded with too many bubbles. After breathing a bit, the beer settles in. A nice mild hoppiness on the swallow and finish, some warm roastiness returning. Some good, some not so good, the beer or production line needs some tweaking to address the carbonation issue. I want to like this beer because it tasted pretty good at the end but it got off to a worrisome start.

Mouthfeel - The body is a bit thin, the carbonation needs no further press.

Drinkability - I'm cautious about this one. Heavily carbonated beers = certain hangover. It wouldn't take more than three to give me an aching skull in the morning.. Unless I got an odd bottle, I'd avoid this one despite some reasonably good flavor.

brewdlyhooked13, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Leftmindedrighty for the trade.

This is a mellow, but interesting amber ale. There's a subtle roasted grain and cocoa flavor in the back of the beer while smooth caramel malt flavor roll over your tongue. The flavor isn't that big, but the light roasty flavor in the aftertaste i quite nice and the drinkability is quite good. It almost reminds me of a British ale for the smooth and mellowness. Not a bad session beer.

tempest, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very nice amber color with medium thick off-white head that lingered awhile and left okay lacing. Nose is malty roasted nuts, dark fruits toffee and a hint of hops. I even detected a little coffee undertone in the nose, late in the glass. Mouthfeel is semi-sweet and a somewhat watery body. Flavor is a muted follow-up tio the nose, with the empohaisis mostly on the roasted nuts and toffee. This all tops off with a finish that is short, somewhat watery and a bit stale.

Not bad, but nothing to write home about either.

kimcgolf, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of tugdriver7
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visiting my brother in NC; he bought this to try. (Thanks D!) Excellent amber, gorgeous deep orange color with huge head that laced--almost coated--the glass all the way down. Fantastic, rich malt in the nose with a very pleasant, fruity hops scent. Taste was perfectly balanced. Nice mouthfeel with moderate (if that) carbonation. Pale Ale-like hops taste at first, mellowing to rich malt with a malty, slightly bitter aftertaste. Extremely drinkable and enjoyable. And something I (almost literally) stumbled on to.

tugdriver7, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a deep caramel almost ruby amber color large off white light beige head forms and seems to stick around quite nicely. The lacing forms thin and sporadic with each sip imbibed large bubbled carbonation some what hard to see through. Aromatics tight tea leaf herbal quality with citrus kaffir lime leave qualities with some rusty mineral notes and deep caramel malts wrapped around tobacco leaves really nice and earthy with a touch of cider like tartness. Flavor wise nice rolling earthiness with tart white grape acidity and really nice caramel malt profile that never becomes overly sweet in any way those herbal and mild citric hops really blend nicely here well balanced yet malt heavy in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is sturdy but not overdone some astringent leafy herbaceous tea bitterness really coats the palate though. Drinkability is pretty solid hard to pass up such a well like southern brewery from what I hear there's not many in NC I'm glad fellow BA jcdiflorio though of me on his trip to the Outerbanks.

WVbeergeek, Oct 06, 2007
Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.