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

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Ratings: 444
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:
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(Beer added by: brentk56 on 09-23-2004)
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Photo of silver0rlead
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

silver0rlead, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of Enola
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

Enola, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of cracgor
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

cracgor, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of Schwarzbart
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%

Picked this on up at the Outer Banks, NC in September along with a whole stash of others and I finally got around to this one. The color was a reddish-brown amber. It poured with virtually no head and only provided minimal lacing. The smell was odd and caught me off guard. The malts have a strong aroma and were biscuity, nutty, and of caramel all at the same time. There's also some floral qualities with a mixture of some cinnamon and spice and hops. Taste had plenty of the noted malts and grassy hops. It's a little bitter, but is amplified by the complex maltness and could easily pass as a brown ale. Mouthfeel is a medium coarseness. This one is worth a try, but not one to get real excited about.

Schwarzbart, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of hopsaplenty
3.05/5  rDev -10%

Pours with a one finger head of noisy, small and medium tan bubbles that dissipates leaving a smattering of lacing. It is a wonderful ruby/amber color. Lightly toasted grain aroma with sweet undertones. Some caramel up front with a slightly "salty" finish of hops. Relatively light body and gentle carbonation. Overall fairly tame and relatively drinkable, but not distinctive.

hopsaplenty, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of sabrills70
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a medium dark amber (duh!!) with a 1 finger head and good lace. Smells malty and nutty - similar to a brown ale but not as much roastyness. Malty, nutty and roasted bitterness. More of a bitter from roasting as opposed to hops. Higher than normal carbonation and not a great drinking beer. I would not consider this an amber, its more of a brown ale. Give it a try and see what you think. Its not a bad beer, its just not your typical amber.

sabrills70, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of socia1putt
2.78/5  rDev -18%

Picked up a six while in Hatteras, Lee Robinson!

Nice white head on the pour, nice aroma(nutty). Slightly off balance a little too sweet . A hint of metallic with the first few sips, faded mid bottle. This Amber is worth trying at least once, would like to see a little more hops worked into this one.

socia1putt, Sep 04, 2005
Photo of Caesar1pup
2.78/5  rDev -18%

Although this is a lot better than my first experience with a Duck Rabbit offering, there is still nothing here that would make me want to go back for more. Very nutty and reminds me of a nut brown ale which was very surprising. The aroma was not displeasing and the appearance was a bit murky and amber in color.

Overall this is one that I would not buy again and my thoughts are that they will really need to try a little harder in Farmville. The label is pretty cool though!

Caesar1pup, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of Luigi
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%

Rich clear amber color with a one finger off-white head. Smell malty with a touch of sweet fruit. The taste was nutty and malty. Has a sweet nutty aftertaste. Finshes semi-dry and pretty clean. Nice drinking here. Just a no frills to the point Amber Ale that is brewed 10-15 mins from ECU.

Luigi, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of blackie
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Best by date of October 2005 is notched on the label.

The head is off white and thin, and the color of the beer is a very reddish amber.

Big notes of a burnt maltiness are present in the form of a strong nutty, woody aroma. I mean, a huge nutty presence. No hops worth mention on the nose.

Carbonation is moderate, and the body is medium thin...just slightly watery.

As on the nose, there is a decent amount of nutty maltiness on the tongue...toasted malt nuttiness. The beer is mildly astringent, in a tea like manner. There is also a considerable hop bitterness here...but no hop flavor. Finish is, well, nutty...with a moderate bitterness.

Nutty, nutty, nutty

blackie, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%

12oz bottle from GCBrewingCo as part of BIF 20. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head above the dark amber brew. Head fades but at an acceptable pace, and exhibits average lacing. Aroma is malty, with a slight fruity aspect to it. Taste is grain husks and sweetness, with a bitterness in the middle, and a somewhat sour fruity on the close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both okay. That grain character helps its overall enough to get me past the sour parts. Not bad, but nothing I would go searching out again either.

ppoitras, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of mntlover
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours a clear amber with a small tan head that fades fast and doen't leave much lace.
Aroma is lightly toasted caramel malt some light citrus hops.
Taste is toasted caramel malt slightly dry tasting hops diffently kick in and add some medicine like bitterness, not in a good way as some beers though. Taste is dry and caulky also leaves some medicine like bitterness that makes you wonder what they were thinking.
Mouthfeel is little a light of medium.
Drinkability is well not good enough to try again but good enough to enjoy the others I still have. Jeff at Peabody's was pushing the porter and stout guess I should of took him up on them but had limited funds and already had a couple sixer's of darker stuff, live and learn.

mntlover, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of merlin48
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%

My first sampling from this brewery, a new arrival at Peabody's in Boone, NC. 12 oz bottle pours a clear, copper red body with a one finger, beige head that quickly falls to a collar. A few specks of lace are left behind on the glass. Aroma is roasty caramel malt with some subdued citrusy hops in the background. Mouthfeel has a medium light body and plenty of spritzy carbonation. Taste is more hoppy than the aroma suggests, with some pine and grapefruit bitterness that dominates the caramel malt. Finishes with a pine bitterness. Not a bad amber, but not in the same league as Edenton's King David' Red, its Carolina cousin, or with the top tier of American amber ales. Worth a try.

merlin48, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of BrewMaster
1.8/5  rDev -46.9%

So I get to write the 5th review of this beer that pushes it into the ranking...well, I won't be accused of trying to pump up the rating, that's for sure. This beer poured with a nice, clear red and orange color and alight head on top. That's about where the good stuff ends. If you want to read about how much this beer sucks then go ahead and read on. The smell is light and weak with only a sweet malt aroma to it. I described this beer to my friend best when I said it was water with a hint of beer. Very watery with some malt flavor int here and a bit of citrus and vegetable character to it. Don't mistake this for complexity. It is just bad brewing. In the mouth it is thin and watery and weak. It sucks. Don't waste your money.

BrewMaster, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of ElGordo
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%

Brownish amber hue with a small, creamy white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with a faint background of floral hops. Very light body for a darker beer. Flavor of roasted malt, lacking most of the sweetness of the aroma. Metallic tones and a slightly hoppy bitterness emerges towards the back of the mouth and becomes more pronounced in the aftertaste.

ElGordo, Dec 15, 2004
Photo of Backer2004
3.73/5  rDev +10%

Hoppy, almost tastes like abrown ale with hints of caramel. Served at a great temperature so the smell really and taste were at its best. The lacing and head were nice features as well. Never heard of Duck-Rabbit before or its brewery city of Farmville, North Carolina. The label seemed cheap, but the logo and its optical illusion were great. Would be interested in trying out some more Duck-Rabbit products.

Backer2004, Oct 22, 2004
Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

My first chance at a Duck Rabbit offering,this beer poured a nice clear amber/copper with a modest head that left trace amounts of lace.Sweet caramel aroma with an underlying roasted malt touch I guess your typical amber ale aroma here,an amber with a hop presence for sure starts out lightly sweet but a rush of hops come in late,nice mingling of flavors sweet caramel firm dry malt and a piney,citruisy finish.I like this take on an amber this brew has some character,pretty enjoyable.

oberon, Sep 28, 2004
Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance: Peach ice tea color, very clear, with a one finger head that leaves some splashes of lace

Smell: Caramel roasted malt on the nose; smells vaguely like a doppelbock

Taste: Caramel and fruit flavors up front, but the hops quickly kick in and overwhelm the initial sweetness; ultimately, the finish is rather bitter but there is an underlying sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Quite a different take on the amber style, with a lot of resinous hop flavor standing up to a lot of caramel malt

brentk56, Sep 23, 2004
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Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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