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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: 443
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 MMAJYK
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%

Thanks to MuddyFeet for this brew.

Pours a cloudy dark amber color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger creamy tan head, lots of sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, and lots of caramel. The taste is malty, slightly bitter, and lots of malts. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice Amber Ale, glad to have had a chance to try it.

Wasatch, Sep 26, 2007
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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 24, 2007
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.


DarkerTheBetter, Sep 21, 2007
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

russpowell, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
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.

jcdiflorio, Aug 23, 2007
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.

rowew, Aug 21, 2007
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.

mcallister, Aug 15, 2007
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.

wcdoyle, Aug 15, 2007
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.

Fish113d, Aug 08, 2007
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.

SaCkErZ9, Jul 31, 2007
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.

badbeer, Jul 25, 2007
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.

ArrogantB, Jul 11, 2007
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.

tgbljb, Jul 03, 2007
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.

arizcards, Jun 17, 2007
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.

scoobybrew, Jun 16, 2007
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.

Dansting, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of BBM
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.

BBM, Jun 14, 2007
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.

waboone, Jun 06, 2007
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!

hero27, Jun 05, 2007
Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.