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Duck-Rabbit Brown Ale - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

564 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 42
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 10-06-2004)
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JoeBoxer522

Illinois

5/5  rDev +35.1%

12-06-2011 22:38:03 | More by JoeBoxer522
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MLasoski

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +35.1%

11-28-2011 02:46:45 | More by MLasoski
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everlong353

Maryland

5/5  rDev +35.1%

11-09-2013 22:01:40 | More by everlong353
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.95/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Solid dark brown in color with a nice pillowy light brown head, nice constant carbonation, and some lace. Nice hoppy aroma with some chocolate and roastiness underneath. A robust almost Porter-like roasty espresso and chocolate flavors balanced nicely by a liberal shot of hops. Medium bodied and smooth with a nice roasty espresso and dry bitter finish.

To notch ABA !! The best D-R beer so far, hands down. It is more of a Porter though, or at least a "Double ABA" :-).

Per Label: "Hoppy and Beautifully Bitter"

Per D-R website: Amarillo hops in the boil provide a spicy citrusy bitterness. Saaz dry hops in the fermentor provide a refined flowery aroma. These hops are supported by a grain bill of seven varieties of malt

Enjoy By: 10/06 (notched)
Tasted: 10/29/06

($7.99 / 6-pack)

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 18:14:54 | More by RBorsato
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HopHeadRyan

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle decanted in to snifter tasting glass...

A - Beautiful deep ruby mahagony, nice head, nice edge retention, and great lacing...

S - HOPS! A pleasant surprise...didn't read the bottle carefully...its a hoppy brown! Awesome! Piney-flowery-herbal hop aromas! Subtle roasted malt notes as well...

T - Superbly balanced...the best of both worlds...awesome hoppy bitterness quickly countered by the caramel and roasty malts...very nicely done! One of the most balanced, complex, and interesting ales I've had the pleasure of drinking...

M - Great carbonation, creamy, medium bodied, almost cask-like...very nice

Overall - One of my new favorite brews...very nicely done Duck Rabbit! The best American Brown I've had!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 22:01:24 | More by HopHeadRyan
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many thanks to mymrnngjckt for this one.

Pours a reddish/medium-brown color with a good two fingers of fluffy light beige head that fill the pint glass. Head retention is outstanding, leaving a nice thick lace on top and lots of stick.

Smell really jumps out at you with an awesome combo of caramel malt and piney, earthy hops. Also some roasted malt.

Taste is a lot like the smell and is supremely balanced and simply delicious. Caramel malty goodness, a nutty flavor and piney/grassy hops are the dominant flavors, complemented by brown sugar and finished off with nice combo of bitter hops and roasted malt. Finishes clean, with a creamy medium-body. The mouthfeel could maybe be a bit softer but I'm nitpicking.

This is hands down the best brown ale I've ever had. Brown ales are usually so boring that they're afterthoughts, but this is one that I would drink again and again if I could get my hands on it regularly. Awesome brew. Thanks again Kevin!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 19:00:08 | More by number1bum
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rypkr

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

07-25-2012 02:10:36 | More by rypkr
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tfsimpkins

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

10-18-2013 01:49:10 | More by tfsimpkins
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spedprof

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

03-25-2013 22:35:47 | More by spedprof
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Beervis

Ontario (Canada)

4.72/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one incredible Brown Ale, and one that should please many a HopHead.

Pours a dark brown almost ruby color with a nice thick off-white head.

Smell is roasty with hints of caramel, a bit of coffee, and nice citrus notes.

Taste begins with a smack of hop bitterness up front, with a slightly chewy medium body, followed by amazing chocolatey, roasty maltiness.

Finishes roasty and dryish which leaves you wanting another sip.

I usually don't get too excited about brown ales, but I cannot seem to get enough of this one. It has everything I like in terms of maltiness, but also hammers your tastebuds with balanced hop bitterness.

Fantastic, and is bound to become a mainstay in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 00:31:56 | More by Beervis
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

picked this beer up on my vacation at the Outer Banks was in a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped cap dated notched 10/07.

Opened to a very loud hiss,poured with a very generous light tan head,color was mahogany with reddish hues. Very good retention leaving chunky,clingy lacing. Well carbinated extra tiny bubbles surging up everywhere.

Moderate to delicate aromas woody/earthy malt aromas of toffee/nut some dark fruit,lighty chard aromas, bisquity and herbal notes.Complex and very tempting can't wait to taste.

Very clean taste has an earthy/mineral taste. Light complex malty tastes of mostly chocolate also toasty and very nutty. Finishes with a clean,sharp, crisp, citrus rind feel with a chocolate fade. Has somewhat of and English feel to it,because of the nuttiness and the mineral tastes.

Light bodied,slightly grainy texture,with a mouthwatering dryness. Very refreshing. The best brown i've had to date one to compair other to. Wish this beer was avalible locally. Pick this one up if your're lucky enough to run across it. Hell, send me some too.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 02:37:08 | More by jcdiflorio
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jameaterblues

New York

4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ummmm....Duck-Rabbit

A-Bottle boasts 'Hoppy and Beautifully Bitter"...Dark Brown with hints of tan and red when the light hits the glass....a frothy fluffy chocolate head...very much like a well made cappuccino that was really big...so big it slightly overflowed out of my pint glass. Big sticky lace that leaves rings around the glass...the head even lasts for a couple of minutes.

S- Big hops both floral and grassy....acidity...dark chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Unusual for a brown, but very nice...and original.

T- Bitter dark chocolate....strong coffee flavors in the late body, and big hops that take center stage...the hops have a slightly dank and floral...give a nice bitterness that blends will with the coffee flavors.

M/D- Bubbly, crisp, bitter, and mildly heavy....another great beer from a young brewery....one that I have grown to love.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 05:58:41 | More by jameaterblues
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goochpunch

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a rusted nut shell with a moderate sized, frothy head that leaves tons of thick, raised lacing. What hits the nose first is a very fresh and raw hop aroma, courtesy of saaz dry-hopping. Underneath this is a backbone of malty aromas of brown sugar, chocolate, and a hint of maple. Flavor starts off with a sweet mix of nuts and caramel with a back note of roast malt. The hops kick in with some lemon rind and a very herbal/tea-like presence with some floral jasmine rounding it out. Finishes dry, bitter, and with a lingering hop presence in the mouth. I'm so used to coming across overly sweet brown ales made in the US, that this is one incredibly refreshing example. Mouthfeel is moderate, without any real residual sugar left on the tongue. The carbonation compliments the hops very well. Very drinkable. A surprise of a brown ale, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 03:48:01 | More by goochpunch
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a Chalice.

In my glass sits a dark chocolate colored beer with an amber hue that shows up in the light. A voluminous tan head leaves nice lacing, but both dissipate in time. Take note competition: this is how brown ales should look. Aroma-wise, the typical DuckRabbit malt hits first (you get a nose for this after visiting their brewery). It's followed by notes ranging from chocolate-covered raisins to loaves of Hawaiian bread. The aroma is just right: not too overpowering and not too complicated.

Taste is full of big coffee and chocolate notes, with some nutty malts as well. Mouthfeel is smooth, refreshing, and well carbonated, and a noticable bitter chocolate finish caps this baby off. In the end, it's surprisingly drinkable for a DuckRabbit. Not too thick, and not too shabby. Quite a brew here, perhaps DR's best in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2007 04:52:27 | More by wagenvolks
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby amber with a mountain of dense, foamy, brown head that has amazing retention. The nose has notes of toasted malt, caramel, nuts, and some piny, earthy hops. The taste is nutty and caramelly up front with a toasty, coffee-like finish. There is a mild astringency and alcohol esters in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a rather complex brown ale. The flavors are so well blended and yet distinct that each sip reveals a new subtlety. This is a brown ale I'll go back to.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 00:35:15 | More by tdm168
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DES8888

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

09-29-2013 21:14:50 | More by DES8888
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billhelm

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

06-09-2014 15:07:55 | More by billhelm
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SnatchyMcPants

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

02-27-2013 22:28:30 | More by SnatchyMcPants
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MemphisANiD

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

02-09-2013 00:35:15 | More by MemphisANiD
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antique

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

01-03-2012 01:29:37 | More by antique
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21Maestro8

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

12-13-2013 19:40:40 | More by 21Maestro8
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NCbeerpirate

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

11-15-2011 16:45:00 | More by NCbeerpirate
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Lob

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

04-02-2012 14:13:05 | More by Lob
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GTB

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

04-08-2012 11:29:33 | More by GTB
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MichaelDobbins

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

03-19-2012 22:21:27 | More by MichaelDobbins
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Duck-Rabbit Brown Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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