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

Duck-Rabbit Brown AleDuck-Rabbit Brown Ale

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527 Ratings

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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.05%

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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Photo of TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, reddish hazelnut brown with three fingers of puffy beige head that clumpily settles to one finger or so. Good retention; spider web-like lacing.

Rich, dark malt with yeasty esters. Dark fruits, nuts, leather, and some other woody kind of hop smells.

Dry and earthy-tasting. Lots of floral hops up front with some mellowing bready malt tastes at the finish.

Thin and dry with a tingly hop character and a warm finish.

Okay take on a brown.
This is a beautiful-looking, different-smelling, hoppy-and-dry-tasting, thin-feeling beer and although I may be being hard on it it was not bad. It is not what I was expecting by any stretch of the imagination, but it was not a terrible beer. A very aromatic beer that is hoppier and drier than I usually anticipate with a brown.
Might have again; if you want to try it, who am I to stop you?

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 01:28:04 | More by TheDoctor
Photo of Bouleboubier


3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty nice brown ale - one of Duck-Rabbit's lighter beers I've had.

Real-ale-like loose foam at the start, drops to nothing... liquid looks flat, burgundy, with a slight glow... Mostly fruity hops and higher alcohols on the nose - vibrant yet fairly mellow.... fairly potent nuance of caramel cuts through its bold blend of sweetish, bread-crusty malt, soft floral/melon hop flavor and bitterness, and tonic, warm rush of booze.... as round a mouthfeel as they come without any residual viscosity - surprisingly light on palate.

Overall, it has a pleasant, bold, malty flavor with a nice, soft balance with the hops/alcohol. Taste-wise, I could have a couple in a sitting, but it's more of a one-a-day beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2014 06:36:08 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of deg

New Hampshire

2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The beer foamed when I poured from the bottle to my glass. The head was dense and took a long time to receed. The color is a brown, and the beer has a slight opacity to it. I could smell hops, but only faintly and nothing else. I tasted more hops than I expected, but then again this is an American Brown and not an English Brown. There was roasted malt to balance the hops. No alcohol burn, which was what I expected.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 00:49:05 | More by deg
Photo of Minkybut


3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this okay beer into my tumbler at 40 degrees. The beer poured a pretty nice head, mahogany colored it was pretty. Pretty nice head also. The beer was slightly hoped at the finish not too bad and the beer had a bit of a bitter finish . Not going to buy again as it was just not GREAT.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 17:33:38 | More by Minkybut
Photo of Jeffreysan


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very dark, mahogany brown color, with 2 and a half fingers of oatmeal colored head that slowly dissolved into a thick layer of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Very malty and very bready, with notes of freshly baked biscuits and honey. There are also faint notes of chocolate and molasses, as well as of roasted nuts.

Taste: Unlike the aroma, the taste much smokier than I was expecting, especially for a brown ale. Strong notes of roasted malt hit the palate, lingers for quite a while and then fades to a slightly hoppy bitterness finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium, yet creamy too. There’s just a touch of carbonation, but not much. With an ABV of only 5.2%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very surprising brown ale. It has such a pronounced level of smokiness to it, a level found more in porters or stouts or rauchbiers rather than a brown ale, that it was completely surprising, and at first, off-putting. However, once I realized that the smokiness was the beers predominate flavor profile, I found the beer to be quite pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 22:40:27 | More by Jeffreysan
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with a red hue, and a big white head.

The smell is nutty and sweet malts. Slight hints of coffee and milk.

The taste is nutty and sweet malts exactly the same as the smell. There's also some toasty and smokey notes, very tasty.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and silky with medium carbonation.

Overall this is a really tasty ale and at a relatively low abv you could have a couple. The nutty taste is fantastic, one of the best brown ales I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 01:23:58 | More by Dave1999
Photo of swanson45

North Carolina

3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

The beer had a tremendous amount of head that was off-white with a a tinge of brown. The beer had a malty aroma with a hint of toffee. Tastes malty and finishes dry. There is a low amount of hop flavor but a good amount of bitterness that hits you upfront and lingers. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 22:21:11 | More by swanson45
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. Awesome pour! Deep brown with amber hue but the head is sooo creamy. Its light fluffy head sits on the brew the entire drink.
Great sweet nutty malty aromas - slight hop bitterness. taste is mild sweet chocolatey malt, slightly nutty, and a nice dose of bitter hop flavor. Its a tad bitter but otherwise super easy to drink. My first DR brew...really nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 03:44:29 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of IronLover


4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a heavy amber hue a slight haze. Poured with a huge beige foam that slowly reduced to a thick cap that left random sticky lacings on the glass. Sweet dark chocolate, black patent malt and black coffee aromas. Medium bodied with assertive carbonation. Burn malt and intense coffee flavors are prominent. Floral hop flavors blossom through the middle to the end. Finishes with sweet dark chocolate on the edges with bitter dark ground coffe down the middle. Fairly intense flavor for a brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 20:36:11 | More by IronLover
Photo of 2181beer

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good brown ale. Had a lot more flavor than I expected. Had a stronger hop flavor than most brown ales I've had which I thought was very interesting. I was surprised that I like so much. Overally a very good beer! I look for this now everytime I'm out...

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2013 20:52:00 | More by 2181beer
Photo of wac9


2.89/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

not much to say about this beer too much head a beauiful beer in a glass but overall i got nothing to say new or maybe old about this beer its does nothing for me so drink and enjoy and read other reviews about this beer fall short for me cat wait to tryother duck rabbit beers but this one does nothing for me

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 01:10:00 | More by wac9
Photo of Dodt


3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

picked this one up during a mix six run back in december . glad it didn't go bad in the bottle . poured from the bottle into a mug. nice amber color with a fluffy head. aroma is a bit strong .the roasted chocolate is nice part of this particular brew. makes me wish that it was easier to find beer from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 01:01:31 | More by Dodt
Photo of Omnium


3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a nice dark brown, fluffy tan head medium lacing.
S - Roasted nutty malts, caramel, slight sour scent, dried plums, a little clove
T - Nice toasted flavor with some sweeter malts that finishes with a mild tart characteristic.
M - Medium, good carbonization, nutty malt clings on with some sweetness.
O - A decent brown ale, Not super outstanding, but good to have more than one of.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 23:41:12 | More by Omnium
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- The beer is served as a deep brown colored brew with a small cream colored head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt and chocolate aroma with a nice presence of a caramel smell. With these aromas there are some lighter herbal and nut like smells, producing a rather standard brown ale type smell.

Taste- the taste begins with flavors of a roasted malt and a stronger presence of a bitter coffee and some notes of chocolate. While initially on the more bitter and malty side some caramel soon works work its way to the tongue balancing out the roasted and coffee flavors rather nicely. These flavors last largely to the end of the taste were some notes of an earthy and herbal hop come to the tongue, leaving a nice roasted and slightly bitter but overall balanced flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was smooth and creamy with a carbonation level that was on the average side. The smooth body was great for the roasted flavor of the brew, while the carbonation kept it more on the refreshing side and helped to qualm some of the bitterness allowing it to mingle well with the lighter caramel flavors.

Overall – A fairly nice, not too sweet, brown ale that is a little more on the bitter and dry side.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2013 23:52:56 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Hansford


3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: It seems a little cloudy, but has a nice, deep brown color. The head is thick and cappuccino like.

S: Lots of hops. Smells as though it has been dry-hopped.

T: Hops right off the bat, and lots of them. Quickly it mellows out to a very dark, complex flavor of roasted malts. Almost coffee like at the very end. Very smooth transition between these flavors.

M: The hops give it a crispness right away, but that goes away and it is very smooth on the tongue.

O: Five sips in, I didn't like it at all. It grew on me and I actually had to go back and change some of the ratings. A good beer, not great. I'd get it again in a mixed six-pack or on draft at a bar, but not a sixer or case.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 02:53:21 | More by Hansford
Photo of Rifugium


3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Darker amber pour, with a small tan head that receded to a ringlet; moderate lacing. Roasty malts in the nose, cocoa, grassy hops. Taste of caramel malts, sugar sweetness, cardboard, toasted grains, grassy hops for a decent bittering balance. Light-medium body. Decent, but not memorable. Not really my style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2013 05:11:18 | More by Rifugium
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear but almost opaque dark reddish brown in color with some significant garnet red highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dark beige head that quickly reduces to a couple of small and medium sized thin patch of bubbles with a very thin film covering the majority of the surface and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted chocolate malts, a touch of caramel, and some chocolate with light amounts of earthy and grassy hops.

T: Moderate flavors of roasted chocolate malts with some notes of bittersweet chocolate and caramel but very little sweetness upfront. In the middle there are moderate to strong notes of coffee. Finally there are some light amounts of earthy and grassy hops but very light amounts of bitterness which fades rather quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amount of carbonation. Slightly prickly with a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: Very easy to drink and quite enjoyable - I really enjoy the coffee flavors from the roasting that sneak into the middle of the taste. Alcohol is well hidden and I could easily put a few of these down in a session.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 01:27:26 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle marked best by Nov. 2012, poured into a St. Bernardus snifter.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a foamy tan head that faded slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is marred by an off-odor of something like soggy peat with a bit of not-so-fresh fish. Some sweet and roasted malts there too.

T: The taste is malty with a little bit of hops. No fish flavor here and the peat mixes well with other flavors from the malts and hops.

M: Lightly crisp medium carbonation; smooth; medium body,

O: Aroma aside, this is at best an unexceptional brown ale ... disappointing from the "dark beer specialist". QC issues at work?

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 22:50:21 | More by chinchill
Photo of mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice couple fingers of off-white head which showed really good retention.Shows really good lacing. Colour is a quite ruby brown colour.

Aroma has roast malt, coffee, clove spice notes. Hops are there and become more apparent as it warms. Rich and (boozey) malty. Some strong citric character, pungent.

Taste has a strong initial bitterness. Coffee malts with a strong roasty/charred character, hops are slightly astringent, and quite earthy. Packs a whallop of flavour though, and some interesting subtleties, a bit of a fruity/blackberry undercurrent. Finish is dry, and bitter, roast hoppiness.

Mouthfeel has a moderate-high body, carbonation on the medium side, not exactly crisp, but plenty of mouthcoating bitterness. It drinks really well.

I didn't take to this initially but it has a really admirable flavour and complexity. Found it a bit to bitter, and the hops can be a bit powerful here. Nevertheless it has a lot of interesting things going on and it worth trying. A really interesting interpretation.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 03:03:05 | More by mick303
Photo of garuda


3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Deep ruby, off-white head that retains and laces well.

S - Nice coffee roast with some pine hops on the back end.

T - The combination of flavors just don't work for me in this one. Starts out well with a creamed coffee roastiness, but then finishes with bright citrus and orange peel hops in the finish. Hops are strong in flavor, but not so much in bitterness. Finishes slightly sweet with brown sugar and bready malt. Sorry, but I don't prefer to have an orange in my coffee.

M - Medium/light body, smooth going down.

O - Combo of flavors in this one just doesn't do it for me. I didn't enjoy the clash of coffee and oranges.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2012 15:47:55 | More by garuda
Photo of CHickman

New York

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer notes from 7/9/2012 down in the Outer Banks, NC: pours hazy chestnut brown color with a massive 3 finger foamy tan head with tons of bubbles in it that faded very slowly, leaving craters and pockets in the foam and great foamy lacing and rings as it went down - a great looking beer.

Smells of caramel, brown sugar, sweet malt, nut, floral hops, roasted grains, maple syrup, a light hint of burnt wood and sugar or cinnamon; very sweet with nice roasted and nutty notes.

Tastes like it smells, but richer and more intense with caramel, molasses, brown sugar, sweet malt, nut (of some sort), floral hops, lemon zest, citrus hops, light grapefruit, roasted grains, maple syrup, burnt wood, apple cider, candied sugar, cinnamon, sour grapes or plum; very sweet flavor that allows the nutty and grainy accents to compliment the fruity sweetness, hops and bitterness that covers the alcohol completely.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, with light carbonation, a medium body and a rich nutty aftertaste that trails off slightly bitter.

Overall a great brown ale that was full of complex flavors and easy to drink. Malts, hops, nutty and sweet accents all add up to a stellar beer that was highly drinkable and a leader in this class.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 03:02:41 | More by CHickman
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a clean reddish brown with an ice cream cone like off white head. smells of cocoa, coffee, cedar. an amazing chocolatey blast up front, with slight hints of roasted grains. very much like avery's old brown dog - delicious. light-medium body.. nicely carbonated with a slight creamy feel.

brown ales are usually pretty simple, session beers. this is a little generous on the abv for the style, and way tastier than most. definitely liking this one!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 23:11:09 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of Arborescence


1.98/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Dark brown with hint of ruby. Visible bits of sediment that do not look very appetizing. Pours a thick head, although it recedes quite quickly.

Aroma: Sweet malt, toffee, hoppy undertones.

Taste: Bitter, undeveloped, almost like homebrew that's not quite done yet. Awful really.

Mouthfeel: Flat, light bodied.

Overall: I wonder if my sample was off or from a bad batch? I only had one bottle of this, but it doesn't inspire me to try another one. Others descripe this as highly carbonated, but mine was almost completely flat, like a real ale. Well, the bottle doesn't have a marked date on it, so who knows -- I'll just have to review it as I got it, which is to say as a very bad beer, most of it ended up going down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 20:02:24 | More by Arborescence
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South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep red brown. Yields a two finger, creamy, light tan head that dissipates into a thick ring. Fantastic lacing.

S: Roasted malts create sweet caramel and faint leather aromas. A really good nose.

T: Sweet malts up front with a dark roast finish. Coffee notes predominate in the end. Great hops presence up front to balance out the sweetness.

M: Moderately high carbonation for a brown ale.
Medium mouthfeel.

O: This is in my top three brown ales. Definitely the best smelling brown I have found. IMO the smell of the beer is almost half of the experience. Go grab this beer if you can.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 01:19:23 | More by brewcore
Photo of cpolking


4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep brown with ruby and garnet. There is a short half-inch of brown head, somewhat creamy.

The aroma is deep roasted malt, dark toasted, almost coffee, with a nice zesty, aromatic hoppiness on top.

The taste follows the aromas and this is nearly as dark roasted as many porters. There is an element of dark chocolate and raspberry torte. It is like drinking a gourmet bittersweet dessert cake.

The finish is nicely crisp and dry, with a zesty hoppiness that adds just the right bitterness to finish clean, without getting too sour.

This is a well-constructed gem of a brown ale.

Thanks to tone77 for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 02:19:48 | More by cpolking
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