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

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465 Ratings
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Ratings: 465
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 10
Gots: 29 | 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 atsprings
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Alkey
2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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

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.

Photo of flexabull
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours into the glass and looks like an amber ale should. It's a dark and clear amber color with a good looking head.

Aromas are dusty, sweet, and toasty.

Taste is mostly grainy, cereal like, and slightly sweet. There is a bit of a tea like quality, but it is faint, as is the little bit of hop bitterness that shows up on the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is ok, a bit about average.

Drinkability is good. This is an above average amber ale. Nothing too special or rememberable, but it's quite drinkable and session worthy.

Thanks mikesgroove for throwing this in my B'day 07 box.

Photo of wcudwight
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 12/06 but I think this one is fine.
Pours a nice amber/ruby/copper color with an ample 2 finger head that recedes at a moderate pace. Lot's of wet, drippy lacing covers the glass. A very attractive beer.
Smell is very heavy on the caramel malts with a slight metallic aroma too.
This is the most malt driven amber that I've had. It's hard to believe this and Nugget Nectar are the same style. They are two very different beers. LOTS of caramel malts, grainy, husky, biscuity, with somewhat of a bitter finish that taste like muscadines.
Mouthfeel is full for the style. Lot's of body to this amber with a very dry finish and aftertaste.
A different take on the style but still a beer that would be easy to session.

Photo of hunteraw
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Reddish-orange in color, a good head with decent retention and some lacing.

Smell: Very bready smelling, even though there's no rye (that I know of) in this beer, I thought it smelled vaguely like rye bread), some caramel as well.

Taste: Bready, with enough hops to balance. Definitely malt dominated. Well-balanced for what it is.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Good! It's not too light, not too heavy, not too bitter, not too bland... Very easy to drink.

Photo of Conrad
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: It pours a nice clear copper-amber, as advertised. The head is a bit thin, and leaves a small amount of lacing, with a small collar of suds that follows to the bottom of the glass.
S: Smoky malt with pine hops in the background. Some sweetness that is eitheir candy or raw sugar on top of the malts.
T: Big roasted malt. More than I expected from an amber ale, but not as big as a porter or stout. The malt did not overpower the hops, but sure kept 'em at bay. Very nice flavour without being overly complex. A well built beer.
M: Medium body with gentle carbonation. Crisp, with a medium finish.
D: A good beer for a treat. I would put this as a session ale, as I could drink several, well paced over an evening. It's worth a return visit.

Photo of ski271
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium-dark ruby-copper with a small, off-white, foamy head with average retention and spotty lacing. Smell is of smoky, toasted malts with a light sweetness, piney hops, lightly floral, and a touch of… cranberry? Odd, but oddly good. Taste follow suit and starts out good, but a pretty strong metallic aftertaste ruins this beer. It has a medium body, dry texture and low carbonation. This would be an enjoyable beer if it weren’t for the aftertaste. After reading the other reviews, I wonder if I had a bad bottle.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep orange amber, very clear with nice visible carbonation and a thin off white head, that left a few signs all the way to the bottom. The smell was light and sweet, candy tones in there very sweet. The taste almost came outta left field. No sweetness in the taste, a grassy, earthy malt up front. Very dry, definatly a red ale here. A bit of a sweetness at the end, but rather an intresting brew. The Duck Rabbit guys always keep me guessing. Allways something new. Definatly worth a try!

Photo of orfeu
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to oldirtysurfer for the sample. Burnished copper with ample carbonation and a large-bubbled, cratery head that does not retain all that well. Mild citrusy hop aromas (bergamot) with a strong mineral scent. Very tea-like. Bready, with a mineral-infused hop-tea twang. Some sort of beefy spice is present, too, but I can't really pin it down. Becomes somewhat sweet at the back of the palate as the beer warms. Not a very impressive flavor profile overall. The mouthfeel is fine, if just slightly heavy, with a mild juiciness to it. Easy enough to drink, but in the end pretty dull.

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

Bottle was a 2006 GABF left-over that was given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Thanks a million to GABF and to Dick-Rabbit for the opportunity. Entered as category #46 (Irish Red).

Pours a crystal clear copper brown-tan head of three fingers. Smells dry earthy with minimal roast character. Iron and some chocolate. Wet sweet, but mildly so.

Tastes dry woody cardboard. A bit of caramel, but also a dirty hop...like tettnanger. Ashes. Really falling apart malt mixed with a gentle roast. not good.

Md body and modest carbonation. Not very drinkable. tettnanger-like oily/gritty doesn't work with the decayed malt.

Photo of walleye
2.35/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

thanks goes to oldgrowth for this. poured bronze, with a nice sized tan head. aroma metallic, malt, some hops, brown sugar. flavor the metallic dominated this I had a hard time picking out anything else but did get some hops and caramel. have had better

Photo of daliandragon
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this a few weeks ago at Captain Ratty's seafood place in New Bern (great food, by the way) and was surprised at how tasty and refinined it was, considering how a lot of breweries throw around the term amber (when they mean lager). This reminded me of the Rogue All American, which I find outstanding. I wasn't in review mode that night but now is a different story.

Pours a beautiful clear brown body with orange highlights and a thick, dense head with both lace and staying power. Nose is sweet and malty but not real powerful.

Taste is soaked in roasted malt, with enough hops to leave a bitter edge in the taste before the clockwork clean finish. Not so much an amazing taste as a good, efficient beer that knows its role and plays it. Mouthfeel is likewise spot on. An easy one to enjoy.

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

Fairly standard Amber Ale. Heavily reliant upon a strong caramel malt base with a bready, smooth texture. Hops to add a bitter balance and citrusy / piney flavors in the background. Pours a medium copper / amber color with nice retention and lacing. Maybe a bit over-carbonated, but doesn't bother me. The balance edges closer to sweet than bitter or hop flavored which makes it a bit 'sticky' sweet in the end. Pretty rounded and textured throughout. A mild grain flavor persists late, but hides well in the hop character. Good, but not great.

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

Pours a glassy ruby/copper color (fine, call it amber!), with a big tan head that retains well.

The smell is caramel, nutmeg and something more generally nut-like.

Flavors bring a well-balanced, controlled sweetness up front, with bitterness coming through quickly thereafter. Sweetness is mellow and toasty, nutty and buttery, while the bitterness is on the pleasantly sour side, everything balanced very well. A nice drying to the aftertaste keeps you thirsty and wanting more.

Mouthfeel brings moderate carbonation, not too flat and not too prickly. Just about right for the style.

An uncomplicated beer that has depth at the same time. Another satisfying beer from this very cool North Carolina brewery.

Photo of jameaterblues
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So this was one of my last beer hunts in the south...I had read good things and I ended up with a mixed case of brown and amber that traveled with me across many states...and now I finally get to write my review.
A-Very dark amber in color....almost brown...big ruby hints when the light hits the glass....and a really big creamy frothy head, and a sticky lace that surrounds the glass.
S- Rich caramel malts, as well as a roasty aroma...light sugar, and grassy floral hops.
T- Caramel malts on the tip of the tongue and in the finish...crisp grassy hops in the mid body....the finish is nice and round with a pleasant nuttiness that does not last extremely long.
M- Moderate carbonation, full bodied and thick, mice hoping for an amber (and it seems to make it feel a little lighter on the stomach).
D- definitely a session beer...I sessioned this one myself...All I can say is that it is one of my favorite amber's...go into this one openly with out expectation.

Photo of RBorsato
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber/mahogany color with a low beige ring for a head and decent carbonation. Robust malt aromas: Munich and Chocolate malts maybe. Tastes much like it smells ... malt-driven but not sweet in any way. Medium-light bodied with a dry roasty malt and light chocolate finish.

A nice malt monster for the style.

Enjoy By: 11/06 (notched)
Tasted: 08/31/06

($7.99 / 6-pack)

Photo of akorsak
2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A bottle served in a seidel mug.

A: The ale is a deep amber red color with orange hints and a 1 finger head that does not retain well.

S: The nose is thin and grainy.

T: The flavor is threadbare, there is a nondescript malty sweetness that neither impresses nor satisfies.

M: The mouthfeel is all sweet grains with no hint of hops.

D: Duck-Rabbit advertises itself as the dark beer specialist. I can’t help but think that this beer is too light, as it doesn’t hold a candle to the Milk Stout. Stick with that and you won’t be sorry.

Photo of Cresant
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. into a pint glass. Best by date: 5/06. Overflowed this one. Off white head was huge and stacked up like an ice-cream cone. Impressive. Left a blanket of lace down the glass throughout the beer. Body was light amber with red tint. Tiny active bubbles arose continuously. Nice.

Smell was primarily sweetness; brown sugar and as it warmed molasses notes.

Taste was a little tart/bitter, then malty/nutty sweetness, then a crisp finish. Reading others reviews, some say too hoppy, some too malty. The focus is on the malts yet there is a hop presence. Not especially complex.

Mouthfeel was of light body and medium carbonation.

Easy to drink and it looks great. I would buy this again.

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours an orange-amber color with some red highlights. Steady streams of bubbles rise up to keep the tan head from completely vanishing. Scattered, thin lacing is left behind.

The smell is almost comepletely of malts with a caramel sweetness being most dominant. Slight hints of citrusy hops and nuts poke in at the end.

Taste isn't bad for an amber, but this is no HopBack or Red Rocket. Strong on the malts. Caramel, slight hop bite, and a roasted nut flavor is pretty much all I get.

Medium body with nice carbonation that gives it a refreshing feel on the tongue. A decent beer that I may grab again in a pinch, but not one to run out and get

Photo of silver0rlead
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nice amber body and a thin tan head. The aroma is mostly malt driven with caramel, biscuit and some slight floral hops. The flavor is somewhat bland, with caramel and biscuit notes upfront along with some floral hops and a slight yeastiness. Mouthfeel is moderate with descent drinkability. By far my least favorite of the DR line, easy drinking but lacking any kind of complexity.

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

This amber ale poured with minimal head. It is a color slightly darker than sweet tea. The smell a semi-sweet one. The first thing I thought of when I tasted this beer was Alaskan smoked salmon. It has smokey flavors to it. This is different from other amber ales I have had. The mouthfeel is smooth with a bit of smokiness lingering around. I could drink these again. A good beer from a good brewer.

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

Orangish bronze with a modest reddish blush. Multiple, vigorous lines of bubbles race up to a toasted tan head that has a quality look about it. It's whipped creamy and leaves unsticky lace in ragged rings. This is a fine looking amber ale.

The nose is caramel malty with some earthiness as well. Hops are almost a no-show. This Duck-Rabbit offering smells a little Oktoberfestish to me. I hope the flavor has a little more going for it than the nose.

This is one of the maltier versions of the style that I've had in quite some time. I've always liked my amber ales (and my red ales for that matter) to be either hop-dominant or balanced. That certainly isn't the case here. Again, Oktoberfest would have been my first guess if the label had been obscured.

The flavor profile consists of caramel-toffee, English breakfast tea and overripe overripe pears. It's odd that the beer is more bitter-dry than it is sweet, especially with the malt:hop balance being what it is. I guess the hops are generous with alpha acids and stingy with flavor.

The mouthfeel is strictly medium for the style. It's also firm and standoffish rather than smooth and welcoming. There's quite a bit of carbonation, but it's so fine that it isn't fizzy. Drinkability, as is usually the case, is directly proportional to how one feels about the flavor.

Even though Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale doesn't fit my preferred profile for amber ales, I can still recognize it as pretty good beer. That said, it can't hold a candle to this brewery's milk stout and porter. I'm glad that Tar Heel State Oktoberfest lovers have a year-round beer to call their own, but I wouldn't drink much of it. Thanks to NClifestyle for the bottle.

Photo of cracgor
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours out a transparent amber beer with a light fluffy and creamy head with good retention and nice sticking to the glass. Smells of a sweet hop- fruity and just a little nutty. It has a raw almond flavor. The hops don't stand out as much as the malts. The flavor is a little weird probably in balance. The individual parts are good, but they don't add up to what they should be. It has a medium body and a nice rich, smoothness to it. It just tastes like it is an attempt to be unoffensive and doesn't really take that step to wow the drinker.

Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.