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

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Duck-Rabbit Brown AleDuck-Rabbit Brown Ale

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Ratings: 593
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 43
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of treehugger02010
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this in The Duck-Rabbit variety case that I bought at Bryn Mawr Beverage in Bryn Mawr, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is deep brown, just less than opaque, in color. The head is three fingers tall, light tan in color, medium sized bubbles, thick sticky lacing, great retention.
Smell: The aromas are pine resine, coffee and buttery toast.
Taste: The flavors are extremely roasty, bitey and earthy tones.
Mouthfeel: The body is dry and crisp.
Drinkabily: This beer is fairly drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of PEBKAC
2.48/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this on tap not too long ago & didn't care for it. Hoppy browns are not my sort of thing. So I found this bottle in the back of the fridge with a BB notch still in range. With only a vague memory, I think I can go again.

Chocolate toffee & orange rind fill the air around my pint glass. Tree sap, steeping grains, a bit of lactose, & some stiffening aerosol as I go in closer.

Half inch of milky, tan head. Ruby brown body that carries just a small burden of haze.

Taste is earthy & dirty. Charred toast, sharp cherry pits & half tart plum skins. Dusty malt. Moderate bark-like bitterness with an addition of coffee grounds. Lingering steel finish.

Frothy, but the majority of the body was thin & coarse.

I almost finished it.

PEBKAC, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of GJ40
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a standard pint glass starting at 48 degrees. Bottle says enjoy by 10/09.

Brown in color with a reddish tinge and a fair amount of light coming through. Good clarity and a moderate beige head that dissipates quickly. The aroma has bread, caramel and a little yeast. The flavor leads with a nice bitterness from both the hops and roasted malts. It also has a fruity hint and a nice tang to it. It's very flavorful but smooth from start to finish. The consistency is a bit thin with a moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. I'm really starting to appreciate Duck Rabbit more and more.

GJ40, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of DeeMented
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to HeadyHops81 for sending me this one.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass beer mug.

The beer poured a deep, brown-amber with a thick, creamy, beige head that stuck around a while. Lots of lacing on this one.

It had a very earthy, sweet malt aroma. Caramel with just a hint of hops.

The mouthfeel was creamy, really showing off the carbonation, and a bit dry.

The taste was surprising, given the aroma. The sweetness I expected from the nose was barely detectable in the start. There was just a hint of malty caramel, a touch of nuttiness, then the hops kicked in about mid-way through. It finished on a dry, bitter hops note that lingered for a long time.

I noticed that the hops mellowed just a bit as the beer warmed, and I started to get just a bit more caramel at the start.

The label promises it to be, "Hoppy and beautifully bitter", and it delivers just that.

This was well worth a try, and I really enjoyed the beer, but my personal preference is a little more malt and a little less hops.

DeeMented, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of jmjackson6880
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium brown. Very clear dark amber when held to a bright light. Left about one finger of a tan-colored head. A light layer of head remained until the last sips. Light lacing left on my pint glass.

S - Very nice. I detected a piney/citrusy hop presence followed by the sweet, nutty and malty notes you'd expect from a brown ale. Some chocolate in there as well.

T - Honestly not what I expected after experiencing the aroma. Hop flavor (not too strong) up front with some earthy, piney flavors followed by the sweet, slightly malty flavors afterwards. Some bitterness left on the back of the tongue.

M - Crisp. Light body, light carbonation.

D - An "OK" beer. Not particularly memorable, but worth trying. I could easily put back a few of these.

jmjackson6880, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of JamesS
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a good moderately dark brown with some very nice head (too much, really) and decent lacing. Nice deep scent, malty and dark with hints of sweetness (crystal malt?); could've been deeper, but was still nice. Very good flavor, a nice deep ale, good malt thickness, slight nutty flavor, sweet finish with a very nice American hop bite mixed in. Well balanced and very smooth.

JamesS, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cherry amber color with a dirty tan film for a head.

Smells of chocolate candies, caramel and a touch of dry, woody hops for balance.

The flavor was unexpected as it starts with a touch of cocoa and honey, but then is dominated by something that is not quite coffee, but not quite smoke, almost like a smoked porter or a rauch.

Feels light and distant with a playful swelling carbonation that is very clean, helping to deliver the smokey notes.

A great beer, but for the style, it seems a bit off.

DarkerTheBetter, Aug 29, 2009
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 Beejay
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice dark brown color.. clear, but with little head..

S: Slightly tart, possibly a little vinegar, and yeasty..

T: Malt and lots of it. A little bit of tart in there as well..

M: Cool, crisp, but a little watery.

D: Easy going down, but not sure I would buy this regularly even if it were available.. good, but not great.

Beejay, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of Bung
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Pretty dark brown pour, large off white head. I thought this was one of the best brown ales I've had in a long time. Aroma reminds me more of a porter, malt, roast and nut, a little more floral. Taste also reminds me of a porter, but more nutty. Slightly more maltiness. Light/medium body, maybe just a bit too much carbonation, same as with their porter. Very balanced, not blown away by nut, tea or old sock qualities. A good drinker, if you're in the mood for a brown.

Bung, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really dense light brown/tan head forms atop the beer. Real tight and creamy with a great deal of structure. Got it to form a ½ inch above the top of the glass. The beer itself is lighter than I had anticipated. Like an iced tea or cream soda. Insane retention on the head and lacing is like a spider web all over the inside of the glass.

Aroma is very smooth and full of mocha notes ending in a milk chocolate aroma. Really fresh and bright.

Flavor is less sweet than the aroma had led me to believe. Roasted grains up front, slight charcoal and them some under sweetened caramel. After this you get some more malt tones and a hint of iced coffee. After this there is a sense of bitterness that seems to be a combination of some hops and more roasted malt.

Very smooth mouth feel with pin point carbonation. There is almost a dryness to the mouth feel. Slight graininess.

Nicely drinkable. Not among the best browns I've ever had, but still good.

Reagan1984, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of TeamSeabass
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber in color, nice light brown foamy head. After a couple minutes sitting, it calms down some and leaves some lacing and still some of the thicker froth.

Nice hoppy smell and light roasted malts.

Stronger roasted malts & good hops. The bitter roasted malt flavor lingers again after the hopiness dies down. Some chocolate notes. This one packs a flavorful punch.

TeamSeabass, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of Gish
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Brown (who would have thought?) with a smallish head. Good lacing.

S - Raisins, brown sugar, malt.

T - Wow, the smell really fooled me. It definitely has the bready taste I expect from a brown but the hops dominate this beer. It's good but I feel it would benefit from staying a bit more to style.

M - Fairly thin body, lightly carbonated.

D - Very quaffable and enjoyable, I'm going to have a few of these!

It's a bit of a different take on the style but definitely worth a try. I've enjoyed the other beers I've from Duck Rabbit so far more at this point though.

Gish, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of Keith238
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass with little to no head and almost no lacing.

Very floral hop aroma, same floral hop flavor well balanced with just the right amount of malt for my taste with a slight caramel flavor. Up there with the best of other brown ales.

Keith238, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby color with two fingers of off white head.

Scent of brown sugar, earth, nuts, and some hops.

Taste of sharp brown sugar and nuts, with earth and hops in the aftertaste, not bad at all.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with biting carbonation.

paco1029384756, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A deep brownish amber color as far as the body goes, with a lighter mocha-colored head and some slimer-like lacing skirting down slowly the sides of the glass.

Smell: Distinguishing hops in a Brown Ale? You gotta be kidding me. Alas, as they claim, they're there. There's a cookie-cake thing going on here as far as the malt sweetness, along with some toffee and vanilla, and some roasted more mild malt sweetness, and then there's some good lemon and orange zest citrus-like pungency with the hops.

Taste: Don't like your Browns too malty or too sweet? This seems to be the one for you, as it seems like it's the one for me. I love the hops here, as it seems to not necessarily balance things out, but it adds a more visceral and heady nature to the brew, and seems to also bring out some of the more buried malt flavors. Total bitter orange hops, along with lighter coffee and chocolate, faint hints of the cookie-cake or doughy sweetness, and a finish that has the best of both worlds by the end.

Mouthfeel: More carbonated than a lot of other Browns, but in a good way. Fuller-feeling, but I like what's going on with the carbonation. Almost-creamy by the end.

Drinkability: I like this beer a lot, and I think if I have a go-to domestic Brown, this would be it. No new ground is broken, and even though I've never had this hoppy of a Brown before, it's still not overbearing and I think ends up melding the old-school and new-school, if you will, quite well.

asabreed, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of jjayjaye
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear mahagony brown color with a big foamy light tan head that resists fading. A reasonable amount of Belgian lacing left behind. The smell is chalky NECCO chocolate and roasted malt. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied. The taste is nice, but on the edge of being overly roasted. The chocolate notes in the nose are also reflected in the flavor. In my case, the intensity of the lingering roasted character put me off some. Thanks much to brentk56 for the opportunity to try this one.

jjayjaye, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of mikereaser
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a mahogany brown with at least 2 inches of big fluffy tan foam

S - roasted malts with hints of caramel along with some nice citrus notes

T - nice hop bite up front then roasted malts and some chocolate

M/D - good carbonation and mouthfeel, unique flavor for a brown ale, nice amount of citrus hop flavor

mikereaser, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of beerphan
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> american pint
notched 7.09 (just in time)

Pours a clear ambered brown, almost cherry wood with a small tan head after a semi-agressive pour. The head sticks around and deposits sheets of sporadic powdered lace. Carbonation appears quite robust.

Nose: Chocolate malts, caramel, some faint earthy grassiness.

Wowzers! Not what i expected. Upon further review, the label states 'hoppy and beautifully bitter' and i'd have to say that thats no lie pholks. Sweet chocolate starts you off, then cedes to an aggressive stinging bitterness. But here's where it gets really cool, the bitterness lingers with a chocolatey tone, that really makes me wish I had a few more of these to go with these wonderful brownies. Thanks KT!

A hoppy aggressive American brown, that I say deserves your attention. Not sure I'd session this one all night, but a desert beer or nightcap seem about right.

beerphan, Jun 30, 2009
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 Beervis
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.

Beervis, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light brown/dark amber body, topped by two fingers of level light tan foam.

Aroma of caramel and toast.

Taste is a soft roastiness and toast. Earthy hop signature.

Smooth semi-full mouthfeel. Easy drinking, very sessionish.

A tasty brown that flows easy.

RonfromJersey, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

DR Brown is labeled as Hoppy and Beautifully Bitter. For a brown ale, this gets me excited.

The pour reveals a clear body that is brown and lighter than most American Browns. The head is thick off white and leaves alot of lacing as it slowly recedes. Let's give it a whiff..
The aroma is a cocoa, roasted malt, and yes, a bit of hops. The flavors are sweet up front with roast, chocolate, and then a good bit of hops keep it 'bitter' as the label describes. I like this.
The mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation.
Drinkability on this one is high as it won't get too sweet and it isn't too hoppy. This beer has complexity but doesn't bash you over the head with it. I would pair this with... well, just about anything.

rtratzlaff, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at the Liberty St. Tavern in Allentown, PA. It's good to see more Duck-Rabbit beers around. Appeared a clear brown with a short tan head. The beer was very smooth with a mix of candy caramel and cocoa malt flavors mixed into a balanced body. It's not too dry, not too sweet, and not too sweet. Just a good, sessionable brown ale.

tempest, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark amber, brown (obviously) with a good half inch of head.

Smell is a big whiff of malty sweetness, corn syrup, molasses, caramel, brown sugar...all that dark sweet stuff. Some bready/biscuity notes as well.

Taste is brown bread, brown sugar, some sweet coffee, toasty/roasty flavors with a nice crisp finish. Very balanced and straight forward, but well brewed, brown ale from "the dark beer specialists"!

Extremely drinkable, great session ale.

indiapaleale, Jun 12, 2009
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