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

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473 Ratings
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Ratings: 473
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 8
Gots: 35 | 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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Photo of scoobybrew
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Dansting
3.04/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BBM
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of waboone
1.99/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of hero27
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of atsprings
2.97/5  rDev -12.4%
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
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
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
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
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
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
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
3.66/5  rDev +8%
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
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
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
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
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
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
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
2.77/5  rDev -18.3%
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
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
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
2.39/5  rDev -29.5%
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
3.96/5  rDev +16.8%
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
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.