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

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Ratings: 595
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:
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(Beer added by: brentk56 on 10-06-2004)
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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.

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.

Photo of philbe311
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Translucent medium to dark brown color reminiscent of freshly brewed iced tea... An ever so slight reddish hue when held up to the light... One fingers worth of very light tan head displaying moderate retention... Once the slight head fades, a full rich complex lacing is left... Medium amount of average paced carbonation throughout...

S - Faint coffee... Roasted malts... Chocolate chip cookies... Caramel... Toffee... New plastic...

T - Roasted malts and caramel are among the first tastes detected... However, they only last for a split second and then are followed by a very assertive hop punch, especially by Brown Ale standards... Burnt hop resins linger...

M - Medium bodied... Slightly thin... Rich... Coats mouth evenly and fully...

D - A hop lovers Brown Ale... An interesting take on the style... Solid and respectable...

Photo of SuperSpy
2.6/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz with a drink by date of May 09 (this month).

Poured into a pint glass it is a very cloudy brown with ruby hues and a thick tan head that leaves behind a lot of lacing.

The smell is very faint. In the little bit of aroma I can detect I get a hint of roasted malt but not much else.

The beer is pretty light and goes down easily. The first taste is roast malt with a decently crisp hop finish, but there is not much complexity anywhere in the flavor. Even though brown ales are typically brewed to strike a balance between malt and hops, it doesn't mean that those two ends of the spectrum can't have any character to them.

There isn't necessarily anything wrong with this beer, but there would have to be a pretty weak selection for this to be my drink of choice at one of the local bars. For the style and overall I just find it lacking in aroma and taste complexity, but I will give this another try in hope that this bottle was just past its prime.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip-shaped glass.

Duck-Rabbit Brown Ale pours dark brown with hints of amber when held to light. There is very little head, but a good amount of lace.

The smell and taste are thin, bready, and malty. The feel is chewy, with a lingering acidic bitterness.

Drinking Duck-Rabbit Brown Ale brought to mind burgers and fries drenched in malt vinegar. It would go very nicely with a sloppy cookout meal.

Photo of Nickls
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep brown with coppery red shimmers; poured with a frothier lightly tan head with some decent lacing

S - Dark fruit, a little snap of sour actually with lightly sweet malt. Overall, pretty muted here

T - Lightly roasted sweetish malts. Touch of bittersweet chocolate

M - Lighter toward thin, with very vibrant carbonation which was kinda strange for the style

D - Decent, but have had better in the style. Too many off flavors that I would not associate with the style

Overall, not a bad brew, but not one that I would really recommend to many folks. Lacked a certain richness, perhaps

Photo of aubuc1
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated best by 3-09 poured in to a shaker pint glass.

Pours a cloudy dark brown with a steady tan head.

Smell is lightly roasty and sweet malty. Not too much.

Taste is good. Light roasty a chalky malt taste. Very crisp for a brown ale.

Easy drinking beer and a good clean crisp mouthfeel.

I was nervous the date would bring down this beer after smelling it, but the taste was quite good.

Photo of joepais
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Bboyshatter for sending this want along in the under 100 BIF.
Bottle poured into my Sam Adams glass. Ended up giving me a finger worth of white head that trailed of to a thin lace, this is of course on top of a nice reddish brown body.

Aromas of nice caramel sweetness and a light roast came into my head. Surprisingly I didn't detect any hops but in the first sip I got hit with them. The flavor of the brew is lightly sweet but tends toward the hop bitter finish. This is really unique brown ale to me in that aspect that the hops are so pronounced. I am so used to my locals that this is a pleasant change a medium feel to it in my mouth and light carbonation.

Easy to drink and quite sessionable I would go back for more

Photo of BARFLYB
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Glad to see this brewery in PA.

A- DR Brown Ale is exactly what it states, the appearence is brown. A semi hard pour yielded just a half inch of light brown foam. Not much lacing, barely any.

S- This has a nice scent to it with the dark malts melding with some hops giving off a floral plus bready nose.

T- A nice hop addition to this brown ale by which I prefer a bit less in this style. Some caramel plus some burnt brown sugar. A stronger malt base would be more to my liking.

M- A step down from medium bodied with a slight bitterness with some soothing malts. As im sipping it it actually seems a bit thinner than before.

D- A nicely balanced and slightly bitter brown ale with a low abv. Not my favorite style but this was good for a gander, need to try it on tap to compare.

Photo of mhatters
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at TDR in Exton in a straight-sided pint glass

Pours a chestnut brown, with a few lighter under-notes.

The nose is a bit dry, some citrus, light hops, chocolate malts come through.

The flavor follows the notes, light malt, some citrus hop notes, Crisp finish, a bit bitter but easy to drink.

I am not in love with this, not bad, nothing wrong with it, for me the flavor is understated.

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm so excited that these guys are being distributed in Philly! I picked up a bottle of this from the Foodery on Pine. The label states that this beer is "hoppy and beautifully bitter." The freshness date says to enjoy by July 2009. Reviewed on May 7th, 2009. Served in a pint glass.

This is a beautiful brown beer, capped by a heavy, cream-colored head which fades in quick time to a bubbly coat on top. The head actually does leave some decent lacing on the glass. The body is chestnut brown in color, with nice clarity. No carbonation is visible.

They were not kidding around about the hoppiness. Saaz hops are right in front. It is reminiscent of Dogfish Head's Indian Brown Ale, which is definitely a compliment. Very enticing aroma: herbal hops and a big, chewy roasted malt presence. Notes of caramel, buttery diacetyl, taffy, and biscuits. Big malt character underneath those hops.

You probably wouldn't guess by the smell, but this beer puts its malt foot forward in the taste. This is quite UNLIKE Dogfish Head's Indian Brown Ale. I wouldn't say that's a bad thing though. Really, this is just dry-hopped to the point where you think this is going to be a hop bomb, but instead, the hop flavors are fairly restrained. Toasted malts are evenly balanced by hop bitterness. I find this flavor to be more suited for an English Brown Ale because it is soft and malty and medium bodied, and not hoppy (at least in taste) and full bodied. Notes of tea leaves in the middle. Hop flavor makes quick appearance towards the swallow and effects the aftertaste in a good way.

As I said, the mouthfeel here is medium bodied and soft. It has a good quenching quality to it and it's juicy. Good carbonation...refined and lazy. I think the beer keeps it interesting enough, though I would never claim this as my favorite American Brown Ale. This is modest in many ways, which is good for some beers, bad for others. Here I will consider it a good thing.

Photo of Seanibus
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another interesting and unusual twist on an old standard from this brewery.

Pours surprisingly clear brown with a big fluffy head that falls to nice lacing. The aroma is fairly conventional - roasted, with notes of coffee and wood. It is in the flavor where the surprise comes - it is at once thin and mouth-filling, with a deep bitterness that develops slowly on the back of the tongue. The foretaste has chicory, wood, coffee, dark caramel, but then the flavor dies off quickly - at first I was disappointed, thinking the beer was weak and inadequate. But moments later, that rich, spicy bitterness comes up and spreads across the tongue. It tastes like the hop bitterness of a good IPA, but with a slightly harder edge and some of the burn of of an exotically spiced Middle Eastern or Indian dish. The mouthfeel is surprisingly clingy and has a good bite of carbonation.

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

Appearance: Cloudy brown with dark amber hues. Big creamy head that settles, but never goes away. Leaves a scattered, spotty lacing in the glass.

Smell: Toasted biscuity malt with a nice little hop aroma.

Taste: Sweet and malty on the front end with a bitter, grapefruit-ish, juice hoppy finish. A hint of apple in there, too I think... The toasted caramel stays with the bitterness of the hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy with a good carbonation. A little oily not unlike an IPA.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but not in the watery sense. The flavorful mixture, and the cycle of "sweet beginning, bitter finish" makes for a drinkable brew.

This was my first of The Duck-Rabbit brews and being a North Carolinian, I'm proud of this one :) A six-er that will make it to my fridge more often.

Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown pour. B-rown. The slight opposite of frown. Giant, white head like rising bread.

Smells really hoppy, for a brown. Dry and earthen, against nice chocolately brown ale malt.

Tastes like it smells, wonderfully balanced and surprisingly bold. Peaty hops, chocolate grain like a very light porter, bigger, dryer hops near the end and a lingering sweet and sour malt.

As always, an excellent, above-par beer from Duckrabbit.

Photo of JonMich13
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A= Dark brownish with amber highlights on the sides. Little head and moderate lacing.

S = Some earthy and hop notes with slight roasted malts

T = Very bitter brown here. Some mild roasted malts and a touch of caramel or brown sugar, but the metallic bitterness dominates early and often. Not a nice, flavorful hop bitter, but just bitter. Certainly something not right with the balance here.

M = A bit thin for my liking. Ample carbonation. Dry on the finish.

D = Moderately drinkable but not something I would seek out.

Photo of SPRichard
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

part of Duck Rabbit's Philadelphia kick off

dark, almost opaque brown with a nice amount of carbonation and retention...decent lacing of the glass

chocolate and roasted scents with some lactose

super smooth and silky texture until the end

Hops presence throughout each sip...this one had the most dominant hop presence of the 3 Duck Rabbit offerings I had tonight

Best of both worlds in this one...dark beer with an excellent hop presence

Photo of PeterLemonjello
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear, nice carbonation, solid/lasting head with significant lacing down a clean glass, medium brown in color with a red tint when held to light. Nice looking beer.

S - Not a very aromatic beer. Mild/burnt malt/bready flavors but the aroma doesn't really pop.

T - Burnt/caramel malts followed by bitterness. Not a lot of hop flavor, but the bitterness does balance well with the malt flavors. I would like a little more hop flavor, not bitterness, but flavor.

M - High carbonation but thin feeling beer.

D - Above average beer and very sessionable, but not a very complex beer. Would certainly drink again but wouldn't be a brown I would make a point to go out and find.

Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: high carbonation, clear, huge rocky top head, leather brown

Smell: hops, grapefruit, some bready malt

Taste: big dose of hops, malt, and a touch of caramel

Mouthfeel: bitter start, semi-sweet middle, then a bitter aftertaste, medium bodied

Drinkability: This was a way bitter brown..Most likely the most bitter I have had. A little too hoppy for my liking, this is my least favorite of what I had from Duck Rabbit. I will not search for this again.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear dark brown with ruby hints and a big, creamy khaki head.

Nose is toasty and floral, dry.

Flavor is lots of toasty, roasty malt, breadcrust, nutty, dry, with a long, moderately bitter, dry finish.

I prefer my brown ales less hoppy - the dry hop quality and the toast, almost roasty presence seem to emphasize each other in a way that makes both a bit more dry and unpleasant.

Photo of glid02
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single at Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown color with a one-finger tan head that leaves spotty lacing down the glass.

Smells of citrus hops and lightly toasted chocolate malts. As it warms the hop aromas intensify.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Toasted chocolate malts kick things off and are soon overtaken by citrus hop flavors. The ending allows a bit of the chocolate flavor to sneak back in before the mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness, though the carbonation is a bit on the heavy side.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem with one glass but I'm not terribly excited about another.

Overall this is a hoppy brown that's tasty, though I wish the malts had more of a presence.

Photo of goatgoat
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to UGADawgGuy for the opportunity.

Best by 6/09.

Very red brown with plenty of copper. A finger's worth of tan head falls quickly to a thin ring. Patches of lace stick to the edge of a sip.

Now... the aroma is definitely brown ale. Malty, roasted with a hearty breadiness. Not picking up a lot of hops.

Flavor starts with decent bready sweetness. Then a roasted coffee bitterness comes forth, along with a strong and sharp hop bitterness. This sturdy combination lingers long in the finish.

Medium feel. The carbonation is a little high and prickly.

After the dubious start, this becomes a very assertive brew. I want a little more malt in the finish, but this has a nice roasted aspect to the bitterness that off-sets the hops and adds to my enjoyment.

Photo of atsprings
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap during my first visit to Foundation. Served in a tall skinny pint glass a nice crisp brown with a thin diminishing head that left slight lacing on the glass. Aroma was a nice blend of citrus hops with a touch of pine and nice sweet malts backing it up. The taste was a nice balance of citrus hops and caramel malts. The beer was light and refreshing with smooth carbonation. This had long been my favorite year round Duck Rabbit beer and it certainly does not disappoint on draft.

Photo of Gyle41386
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a light brown with one finger of head. What head is there retains fairly well, and there is some pretty solid lacing on the glass.

Smells mostly of roasted malts and some citrus from the hops. Maybe even a little bit of bakers chocolate in there, too.

I really like the hops in here. Nice grapefruit skin flavor to go with the roasted malts and chocolate. It's one of the more flavorful brown ales I've tasted. It's also the first I can remember that wasn't sweet. Despite being unexpected, I do enjoy the hoppy bitterness. It's a nice twist on your "standard" brown ale, yet it still maintains balance.

Body is medium, carbonation is appropriate. Finish is pretty dry. Quite tasty, and another quality offering from The Duck-Rabbit.

Photo of ThaBobfather
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

WHOA head. This beautiful brown frothed up like a root beer float.
It's deep red/brown pour that is pretty.
This is some nutty flavor with some bitter malt. It's nice.
The taste leaves a little nutty flavor that is nice. Not very drinkable, but good.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, nut-brown in color. Huge, light to medium brown head with a big chunky top. Big chunky lace as well.

S - Aroma of roasted nuts and earthy hoppiness. Aroma is very mild, but still pleasant. As the beer warms I pick up a few citrus notes as well.

T - Somewhat watery roasted nuttiness. Big malty tastes with a spicy earthiness underneath. Much like the smell, a citrus taste comes through as the beer warms. Well balanced taste.

M/D - Thin bodied, verging on watery. Just not quite there. Easy drinking though, just wish there was a little more body behind it.

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