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

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Reviews: 236
Hads: 498
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 21.18%
Wants: 8
Gots: 44 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brentk56 on 09-23-2004

The Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale is a medium bodied beer with a lovely tawny copper / bronze color. The lightest of all our dark ales, this is a great introduction to full flavored beers. This brew emphasizes malt complexity with layered caramel malt flavors. We put a lot of effort into getting The Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale just right and we're extremely proud of the result. Enjoy!
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Photo of Ego
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from my trip to the obx...

2 fingers of head rise up and settle down pretty quickly, dark ruby hue, lacing is spotty, carbonation is active. pretty plain jane but not enough to complain

sweet candy type malt, herbal/floral hop aroma, some chemical notes on the back end, pretty straight forward, like the look this is average, nothing great, nothing out of place

taste etc...
pretty lackluster. the carbonation and body are spot on but this has about as much character as a pet rock. all the flavors are born to be mild.

don't let this beer be your summation of this brewery, they brew much better stuff than this.

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

12oz bottle, best by Dec 2010.

Pours hazy copper/amber with a one finger off white head that leaves spotty and drippy lacing and holds a small cap and foamy ring.

Aroma is caramel and toffee malt, some fruit, perhaps cherries and grapes, bit of floral and citrus hops, moderate to good strength.

Flavor is some caramel, toffee, a bit of fruit and not much else, pretty watery and bland.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Average Amber Ale but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. The color is a moderate amber with a light tan head. Nose brings some lightly-toasted malt as well as some toffee, caramel, and nuts. Taste is bready with a bit of caramel. Medium body and good carbonation. A pretty good example of the style.

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Photo of jsanford
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark amber with a thick and creamy off-white head. Amazing retention, no lacing. Visibly aggressive carbonation.
S - Sweet toasted malts, roasted nuts and some subdued earthy hops.
T - More sweet malt, roasted nuts and earthy hops, with some toffee thrown in. Not much flavor here.
M - Medium-thin bodied with high, sharp carbonation. I think this is just an over-carbonated bottle, the sharpness is unpleasant.
D - Pretty drinkable, but not a whole lot of flavor. Perhaps a good cook-out beer, as it's not too challenging, but I won't be re-visiting.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear deep reddish brown copper with an average lasting off-white head. Little lacing.

S - Caramel, toffee and sweet bready malts. Piny/earthy hops. Otherwise quite clean.

F/M - Sweet caramelly/bready/toffee-like malts. Little bit of roasty flavor too which helps dry out the finish. Piny hops with a medium bitterness, which is accentuated by the light amount of dark roasty malts. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - Good. Clean, dry, flavorful and quite easy drinking. This beer is alright, but these guys should really stick to the true dark beers.

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Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear amber-brown color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of deep caramel malts with solid amounts of toastiness. Also present are trace amounts of indistinct fruit aromas and heavier amounts of leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately dry caramel and toasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mild amounts of leafy hop flavors. Midway through the sip slight amounts of nutty flavors work their way into things and carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation is a bit on the heavy side.

Drinkability is good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this a good example of a no-frills amber. Nothing stands out as above average and it's certainly on the simple side but it's still a solid beer. Not worth seeking out but if it pops up it's not worth avoiding.

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Photo of philbertk
2.66/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery Amber Ale--2007 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. 35 IBU's? (3.0 / 5.0) Beer of the Month Club Selection May, 2007. Big foamy mild lace off white head. Clear bright rich amber red color. Tight sour sediment. Fruity floral mild hop toast hint front. Mild sweet tangy caramel fruit toast hint estery aged body. Dry mild hop crisp fruity amber ale OK end. Over-aged. Sampled 8/18/2010.

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Photo of Kinanik
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've enjoyed many duck-rabbit beers before, but hadn't had this one.

Appearance - Nice dark caramel color, almost no head.

Smell - Vaguely malty but not too prominent.

Taste - Little-No hop bitterness, which I've come to appreciate in limited quantities in ambers. Overall, mildly malty and sweet, with no bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Heavy, smooth. Not much carbonation.

Drinkability - The lack of bitterness and carbonation combined with the smoothness makes this a very drinkable beer. If only it had a bit more flavor.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper-penny red with a nice one inch of head.

Smell: monotonus malt aroma and somewhat faint scent of hops.

Taste: Caramel hint and toasted malts and a nice clean finish. Hops are not very appealing, but it works.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a clean, crisp finish, but nothing else appealing.

Drinkability: Actually wasn't what I was expecting for a amber ale, but was quite good on a positive not. It was average at best, but I do enjoy amber ales. Good, but highly doubt I'll try again.

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Photo of magine
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark amber color, has an off white fluffy head. Very noce head retention and lace. I am surprised by the looks of this one. One of the better amber ale brews I've poured.

Brew has a sweet, bisquit malt smell. Caramel, yeasts, toffee maybe.

Brew has a sweet medium bodied taste. Malty, caramel sweet flavor. Can taste yeast and some hops as well. Has a very clean easy drinking flavor and mouthfeel.

Well this one would be a huge hit at a BBQ or any get together. An easily sessionable brew. Good stuff again from Duck rabbit.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear brownish copper color with a 1/4 inch khaki colored head that maintains as a ring til the end and leaves some lacing. Not a huge nose at first,some caramel and sweet malt, some cedar and a touch of dark fruit comes out as it warms up too. The taste is surprising for an amber, rich caramel/toffee with a little vanilla, and just a touch of hop spice and sweetness on the finish. I'd almost want to say it was barrel-aged. Thick bodied but very drinkable. One of my favorite amber ales cause it's something different than you expect. Very nice.

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Photo of u2carew
2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Duck rabbit amber
12oz longneck. This came from a mixed case that I bought in PA while on a road trip. Consumed 3/22/10
A) Pours with a two finger head. Very robust and the retention is great. The head remains creamy with big bubbled lacing. Transparent body. Upward carbonation. Amber in color.
S) Subtle aroma. Light caramel. Wheat notes. Some fruity tones.
T) Sour. Lemon. Very little malty sweetness. Borderline Brett beer. I would say this is a skunked beer but this is second one that I tried and both are the same. So unless there was a bad batch somewhere in the process, this is not a good amber.
M) Light body. Fizzy and crisp.
D) Not good.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't thank Mike enough for hauling these brews back from Flo-rida.

Pours a perfectly clear amber-red color with a substantial head, and leaves some nice lacing, in my glass.

As I pour I can pick up aromas of the fruity yeast, lacks a little in the hop department. Kind of a red delicious aroma, slight nuttiness.

The taste isn't bad, if i'm looking for a session beer. Fruity, fruity taste, hops and yeast, nice malt backbone. It actually has substantial body for the style. A little too sweet in the end.

This would be like my Avery Redpoint if I lived within availability of this beer. I'd pick it up once and a while when I needed a six pack to drink on. Not bad.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My pops brought this back from his N.C. road trip. Thanks pops!

A: Pours a dark red-tinged amber. Crystal clear, with a nice one inch tan head. It leaves fairly substantial lacing. Fine example of the style.

S: Lots of caramel. The malt profile's also got a bit of bread in there. Not much going on hop-wise, but the malt's all right.

T: Similar to the nose. Very strong caramel taste. A little chocolate too, perhaps. Thankfully, there's a bit of bitterness to take the edge off.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Very...medium-y.

D: A little too sweet for everyday drinking for me, but it's definitely easy drinking. Wish my dad could have gotten me one of Duck Rabbit's darker beers, but this isn't bad at all.

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Photo of taigor
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured clear amber color with minimal head that left almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly malts upfront with hints of hops and fruits.

T - Slightly sweet upfront followed by slight citrus bitterness with a light hoppy finish.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Very drinkable but this beer has no complexity at all, very plain to my taste.

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Photo of IceTrey9785
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a six-pack for $10...

A: Pours a really rich, dark, mahogany color, with great head (for about a minute) -- a nice, tan lacing remains for the remainder of the beer. Against the light, the ale almost looks like a wood-stain on cherry furniture...

S: The aroma is rather weak. There is a hint of brown sugar, honey, and some hops, but overall, I thought it was rather mild on the nose...nothing impressive. Dry oats, and maple syrup too. Smells similar to the oatmeal I consume in the winter...

T&M: The hops hit first. I initially get maple syrup and pine resin, with a distinct bitterness. I wouldn't say it is too sweet, the spicy hop notes definitely emerge about mid-palate until the finish. Very creamy and the finish lasts a good while. I still feel a candied maple aftertaste...not horrible, just a little much.

Not being a big fan of amber ales, I actually like this one. I think it is way overdone, and it does have a rather sweet aftertaste, but the hops really carry this beer to the end. I'm not sure if I'd buy it again, but if I found it on draft somewhere, I'd certainly give it a shot. The Duck-Rabbit just keeps impressing me with the complex flavors and aromas of all their brews. Definitely a fan...

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Photo of billab914
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Pours a dark amber almost brown color with a inch thick white head. The foam left very nice lacing on the sides of me glass.

Aroma is malty with caramel and some apple fruitiness. Taste is malty and sweet with some fruit flavors going on. There is a slight apple or cherry fruitiness to it that gives it a very interesting flavor. It's a little too sweet for my tastes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, the sweetness would make it hard for me to enjoy that much of this beer. This isn't one of my favorite DR beers by a long shot and I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of jonziefle
2.91/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured an almost completely clear dark honey/light syrup color. Two finger foamy, khaki head with good retention. Little visible carbonation. Moderate lacing.

Smell: A very malty amber, with darker caramel and nuts present most of all. An apple juice fragrance smelling deep down, but not readily apparent. Hops seem to contribute, but don’t stand out or impart much of their own fragrance.

Taste: Overall malty with balanced sweetness. Caramel and nuts are the strongest malts, biscuity even. Smooth flavor, but not overally distinctive. Missing much of a hop character. Slight metallic taste on the first sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. No bite (carbonation or hop) at all. Not much going on.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but not really my type of amber ale. This one is far more malty than I like, without adequate hops to balance it out. Not enough carbonation and no bite at all.

Buy Again: No

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt is dominating. Taste is also dominated by a dry caramel malt base with light lingering sweetness. Subtle toffee notes are also noticeable. Body is about average with good carbonation. An average session ale at best.

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Photo of samie85
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best By Date 9/09.

A- I opened the bottle and very heavy psssh followed suit. I noticed the beer rising in the bottle and I believe I got a gusher. Pouring the beer confirms this. Pours a hazy amber color with a four finger head.

S-Dark caramel malt with a bit of bready malt and cherry notes. I'm intrigued...

T-Dark caramel and bready malt with a crisp, bitter, spicy and somewhat metallic finish.

M- Very well carbonated and in the thick side of medium bodied.

D-Pretty easy drinking and I don't really mind the faint metallic thing going on (it goes away after awhile). I'm sure being 4 months past best by date isn't helping anything either.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Duck-Rabbit- Amber

A- Light golden amber, clear, with a small foamy head.
S- Sweet sugary malt. Bready and buttery.
T- Sweet and sugary malt, light touch of cherry licorice and molasses. Light earthy hop finish.
M- Light and sweet. Thin throughout with a malty finish.

Overall- Light and a tad weak. Easy to drink but average at best.

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Photo of tegelaar
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper color - very little head and lacing. Smell is of a malt bomb. I smell no hops in this at all. Smells like musty oatmeal. Taste is really weak and flavorless. Totally boring. It's drinkable only because its weak and watery. Not much carbonation either. Frankly. a disappointment from such a well respected brewery.

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Photo of Stigs
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass...four months past its freshness date, oh well

A - somewhat aggressive pour yielded about 2 fingers of light tan, frothy foam which is dwindling quickly, lacing on the way down. the beer itself is a rich amber (surprise!) color, crystal clear.

S - faint caramel and smells like some faded (metallic, carboardy) hops. there is a small amount of dark fruits and brown sugar that develops as it warms a bit.

T - huge caramel and doughy malts strike first and stick around. the dough kind of transforms into some super sweet chocolate (hershey kiss like). some touches of faded hops near the end as there's just the smallest amount of bitterness. surprisingly decent besides the freshness issue.

M - pretty light carbonation, thin to medium bodied and a tad bit oily.

D - ill leave this review and hopefully come back and try it fresh, as it held up nicely and deserves another shot. i like my amber's on the hoppy side but this is a good representation of biscuity malts without being overwhelming.

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Photo of Mavajo
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass - surprisingly dark amber with a very fluffy off-white head. Exceptional retention. Even after 15 minutes, it was still sporting a thick all-encompassing foam. Moderate to heavy lacing. Really an excellent appearance - a bit more lacing would notch it an 'exceptional' rating here.

Nose has notes of dark caramel malts with a bit of spicy sting. Taste brings those caramel malts to the forefront - a bit bready as well. Almost a metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is unremarkable - medium carbonation with a fairly thin body. Quite drinkable.

I gotta say, I'm a bit surprised by the relatively low ratings (especially recently). This thing is no world-beater, but it's a fairly well put together brew.

EDIT: Just noticed my bottle had a best on date of 10/08 - over a year ago! Wouldn't expect that to improve a beer of only 5.5 ABV...not really sure what to say.

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Photo of gcarl
2.3/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a transparent red. Thin white head gone in a second. Taste is grapefruit upfront, bitter hits the back of throat. Is there any malt in this beer? Tastes like hoppy water. My first home brewed red impressed more than this one.Ive had other Duck-Rabbit brews and I know they are better than this. Time for a recipe tweak.


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Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.