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

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BA SCORE
84
good

586 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 43
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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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Ratings: 586 | Reviews: 318 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +8.1%

t0rin0, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. Pour brings a brown colored beer with a bit of amber in there. Off white head that starts out with two fingers slowly recedes. Not too much lacing. The nose is some caramel, toffee, bread, and nuts. The taste is mostly some slight bread with a bit of caramel dressing. Good feel with a bit of sweetness. Drinks fairly well, but is a bit ordinary.

Thorpe429, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Just on the brownish side of an amber ale; creamy tannish head that leaves a fair amount of lacing behind

Smell: The nose is filled with roasted malts, with undertones of grassy hops

Taste: Any expectation derived from the nose is quickly put to rest with a burst of bitter hops that quickly overwhelm the malted chicory and chocolate sweetness; after the swallow, the tea-like resinous bitterness continues to build to a crescendo, while the sweeter malts hang around to add balance

Mouthfeel: Nice balance of carbonation and medium body

Drinkability: Clearly an American Brown as there are plenty of hops; nice to have a brown ale with a lot of flavor

brentk56, Oct 06, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby-rimmed wet tobacco that displays some twinklings of gold when backlit with bright sun. The whipped creamy, golden beige cap looks to be on the sticky side. As a result, it's rockier than most, with bridges of foam stretching from head to glass. The lace itself is sudsy rather than thick and tacky, but it's still a good look for a brown ale.

The nose is solid. Plenty of power, roasted malty, nutty, cocoa-like, hoppy... it's all here. Time will tell whether the beer is 'hoppy and beautifully bitter' as the label claims, but if the nose is a reliable guide, it'll be a hoppier than usual brown (Amarillo in the boil and Saaz dry-hopped, according to the website).

This is a good brown. Too many brewers wimp out when it comes to ingredients and end up concocting something more along the lines of a dark lager. Although this one isn't as boldly delicious as my favorites, it's clearly on the more flavorful end of the scale. I'm not sure that 7 varieties of malt were really necessary. I'm just glad that enough was provided to result in a malt skeleton that doesn't break down in the face of the generous hop load. Cocoa powder, unsweetened chocolate, bitter black coffee, grapefruit rind.

This is a hop lover's brown ale. Whether that's a positive or a negative is debatable. Personally, as much as I love Amarillo hops, I want my brown ales to favor malt. In this case, bitter supercedes sour supercedes sweet. The first two are considerable, the last is virtually absent.

While there's nothing standoutish about the mouthfeel, there's nothing really wrong with it either. It's medium in heft for the style, no more than that. I'd like at least a trace of chewiness and the slightest muting of the carbonation.

Duck-Rabbit Brown Ale is yet another quality dark beer from "The Dark Beer Specialists". These words don't usually leave my fingertips, but it would be even better if the malt load was dialed up and the hop load was dialed down just a tad. If bitter browns are your thing, Duck-Rabbit has what you seek.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We should expect good things from any brewery who specializes in 'dark beer'. There are no exceptions here. Pours a dark, nearly opaque, brown with an abundance of carbonation and retention; laces well. Smells chocolatey and roasty without the bite of rosted grains. Maybe a light fermentation flavor that resembles lactose. Also with a hint of dehydrated fruits and pecans. Very smooth texture, nearly silky. Holds firm into the finish. Hops add a consistent bittering and piney flavor throughout. Tough to find a better Brown.

BEERchitect, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Turdfurgeson: Poured a clear deep brown color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention. Aroma of deep caramel malt with some light molasses. Taste is also dominated by some sweet caramel malt as well as molasses with some light toffee notes. I also found it to be quite hoppy for the style but it still made enjoyable. Body is quite full with some good carbonation. Pretty good overall if maybe a tad too sweet for my liking.

Phyl21ca, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep rich brown with a huge creamy head and a huge lace down the side, this looks very inticing to say the least! Smell was of roasted nuts with a hint of hops. Caramel sweetness undertones as well, smells thick and very fresh. The taste was very full. Nice roasted tones and caramel was the predominant flavors. Very complex though as there was much hoppiness at both the beginning and the finish. The finish was very nice, very dry and left you looking for more. This was yet another great brew from Duck Rabbit, they are really climbing the charts for off the hook beers here, have not had a bad one yet, and I am chilling my first wee heavy so look for that tomorrow!

mikesgroove, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -18.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +8.1%

kylehay2004, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
2.7/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Duck Rabbit usually makes really good brews. I picked up this one after the 2010 ACBF once I got back home. After having several good brews from Duck Rabbit there I thought for sure this would follow in it's footsteps. Something didn't go to plan. I found the taste of this beer to be a bit off. I can't really put my finger on it either. The appearance was great, great looking mahogany color with little shades of red. The aroma was nice too but the flavor to me was just not quite right.

Knapp85, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours brown (no, really?) accompanied by a beige head with nominal lacing.

Smell: Aroma of chocolate malts with a slight nuttiness and a flowery citrus zing.

Taste: Chocolate malts reach out first, while the spicy hops impart a nice bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Its medium, its mild, but surprisingly drying. Good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: A simple beer that, although a bit more hopped than most browns, is still rather mild mannered. If you take to this style, then you should be pleased with this one.

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Re-Review: March 12, 2008

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with a small, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Malty aroma with a few flecks of chocolate and dark caramel. Touch of grains. Light floral hop character.

Taste: Maltiness represented by chocolate and caramel with a mild sweetness. More pronounced grain flavor. Slight nuttiness. Light, spicy bitterness scrubs away the sweetness and leaves you with a lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: In the neighborhood of medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Much better than when I first came across this beer back in November '05.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a tawny brown with a nice tight one finger almond colored head,nice aromas of caramel and roasted malts although quite subtle.Somewhat dry from the get go some earthy nuttiness and roasted malt flavors along with a touch off wood I do pick up some nice dry bitterness from a healthy dose of hops for a brown.I have been breaking away from this style and becoming more of a hophead but this suits me fine,nicely crafted and will buy again.

oberon, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Duck-Rabbit Brown Ale

Appearance: Brown-black body in a full glass; slightly hazy ruby-mahogany when held to the light. Three-finger thick head of rocky tan. Excellent retention and very good lacing.

Smell: Chocolatey, soft fudge, cocoa-ish. Hints of hops.

Taste: Again, chocolatey, but not nearly as rich or sweetish as the nose suggests - more like bitter dark chocolate. More roasty than the nose suggests as well - like fresh, but watery, black coffee). The hops come through nicely (grassy, gently leafy, lightly spicy, very slightly floral and fruity). It's solidly bitter, but balanced. It's a dry beer from the outset, and it finishes dry with a lingering bitterness at the back of the throat, as well as some leafy/spicy/fruity hops and a chip of unsweetened chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium/medium-light in body, but creamy as the fine-bubbled carbonation warms in your mouth. Gently crisp and then smooth.

Overall: A very solid American brown ale. The label reads "beautifully bitter", and it is. Really well done. Worth trying!!!

NeroFiddled, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No secrets here, per the label "Hoppy and beautifully bitter". That may be a nice escape from the typical English style brown ale. Appears a deep chestnut mahogany brown hue with a light khaki head form fine bubbled even layers of lacing as it dwindles. Aroma has a big nutty chocolate tone with caramel and toffee blended in as well, but a strong air of herbal and earthy hops is provided as well. Flavor was raw with hop bitterness earthy herbal hops was right, those nutty dark chocolate tones are overshadowed by the wave of alpha hop bitterness giving the flavor a really dirty muddled flavor overall. Sharp acidity with a back end of sweetness finishes very dry in acidic, carbonation level is soft on the mouthfeel but body is medium with a slight level of oily hops. At this point just brew an IPA if you want to keep it a dark beer go black with your IPA, but compared to Terrapin and DFH's versions of a hoppy brown this one goes a bit overboard. Drinkability is kinda hurtin' due to the lack of cohesion of flavors, abrasive hops within a traditional brown doesn't work to well.

WVbeergeek, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from phisig137, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The smell is heavy with caramelized malt, nuts and spice with a faint whiff of hops.

T: The taste is malty with flavors of caramel, maple and a little bit of hops. It remains remarkably consistent and doesn’t overpower you. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, very easy-to-drink, not filling at all, this is definitely a poundable beer.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Kegatron, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I popped the cap on this one, I knew something wasn't quite right. There was a audible pop and much more of a release of gas than I would expect.

Pours a nice brown with a huge tannish head. After letting it warm for some time, it is quite nutty. Not overly so, but clearly present. Seems to be a bit out of whack with what almost seems like an alcohol burn? Odd. Still though, pretty workable. Feel is standard. Fairly easy to drink. But I am not sure if this is how it was intended and will try again in the future when I have the chance.

RblWthACoz, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BBD of Nov 07

Pours chestnut with 3 fingers of tan/brown head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Roasty, malty & nutty

T: Roasted malt & too much coffee up front. Coffee starts to fade as this warms, a bit. Roasted malt, burned grains, dryness & nuttyness all show up in a rather muddled finish

MF: Chewy, medium bodied with low carbonation

Drank good, but too much coffee, would've made more sense a mocha porter IMO. If you love coffee flavors in your beer, this your brown ale of choice

russpowell, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Slatetank, May 23, 2013
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.

Rifugium, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

DrunkinYogi, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +8.1%

InspectorBob, Jan 02, 2012
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Duck-Rabbit Brown Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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