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

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Ratings: 572
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 42
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of ThaBobfather


3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

04-06-2009 02:15:35 | More by ThaBobfather
Photo of ckeegan04


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

03-26-2009 16:38:10 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of scifan

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours a cola like amber color with a nice off white head. Leaves no lacing as this delicious beer quickly left the glass.
Smells good. Sweet caramel malts, and some nice hoppy spiciness on the back end. This is real realy good.
This taste real good. Nice caramel malts there's something else almost vanilla or some oakiness to it, and then there's a nice bright hoppy finish. Nice complexity for such a low abv. If you're looking for alot of flavor and not much alcohol you this is your beer. Nice carbonation and very drinkable. This is an awesome session brew.

03-16-2009 03:42:27 | More by scifan
Photo of chief7771


4.38/5  rDev +18.4%

Okay, now that we are getting DR in Knoxville now, and have met a few of the staff from DR here and at Sexual Choc. release, this continues to be my beer of choice for a premium beer but not high grav. I love this brown ale! Just right amount of hop, smoothness of a brown ale and very drinkable. Like someone said in a previous review, monster head so pour carefully.

02-21-2009 06:01:46 | More by chief7771
Photo of Murchmac


3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

I see the duck, just like I see the rabbit in the moon and not the man. Thanks to erikeifert for these bounty I am about to drink.

Tan creamy head. Dark brown with mahogony highlights. Duck Season, Rabbit Season.

Sweet malt smells, dark sugars, nuttiness. Like Rocket "Rocky" J. Squirrel's, breath.

Roasted complex sweet taste. Crisp clean nutty, cocoa, nice spicy hops, earthness to it. Drabbits...

Big taste, excellent, a little overcarbonated but other than that a damn fine introduction to the dark beer specialists.

I hope this beer lasts longer than the outdoor rabbits in the cage of my chinese neighbor. More are missing every month.

02-21-2009 05:24:43 | More by Murchmac
Photo of Deuane


4.3/5  rDev +16.2%

A-Deep, dark brownish copper with a huge foamy tan head. Massive amounts of sticky lace left behind. A lovely looking beer.

S-Notes of caramel, roasted malt and a potent dose of spicy citrus hops.

T-Complex taste profile of caramel and roasted malts. A rather surprising and massive dose of spicy citrus hops. Mild finishing notes of dark roasted coffee.

M-A bit over carbonated making it a tad to "zippy" and thins it out in the mouthfeel by a tad. If anything this is the week point of this brew. Very sharp and crisp finsih.

D-Save the mouthfeel this brew is quite unique due to the healthy hop dose. A nice hybrid beer with the malty characteristics in a brown you would expect with a kick of hops to make it "American". A pleasant, easy drinking and flavourful brew.

02-09-2009 18:56:27 | More by Deuane
Photo of Packforever1976


3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

Served chilled in my british pint.

A: Pours a ruby-hued medium brown with a MONSTER light tan head. This one had to be poured carefully.

S: Alot of interesting smells. Some light roasted malts, fruity sweetness. A hint of hop bitterness. Nice, sticky lacing.

T: Tastes similar to the smells. All of the flavors go very well together. A slight hint of chocolate as well.

M: A little on the thin side, but still a good mouthfeel. Carbonation seems to be ok as well.

D: Very drinkable. This goes down very well. I really look forward to trying theie other offerings.

01-26-2009 02:16:45 | More by Packforever1976
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a huge, tan-colored, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, mild hops, coffee and a nutty quality.

T: Taste consisted of malt, coffee notes, nuttiness and some hops. Not the most overly developed taste, but solid.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: This is a decent example of a brown ale. It's pretty well made and easy to drink.

01-14-2009 13:51:56 | More by avalon07
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%

Nice looking brown ale. Dark brown in color. Huge khaki rocky in texture head. Very sticky head and lace.
Smells of roasted malts and grapefruit.
Very tasty!!! Nice complex deep roasted malt backbone. Mild hints of coffee and nuttiness. Huge hop profile for a brown. Wonderfull dry citrus finish. This is the brown for hop lovers. My only complaint is that I prefer my browns to be a little heavier with the nutty flavors. But it's only a very minor complaint.
This beer is over carbonated in the mouthfeel. This also limits it's drinkability. I could only have one b/c it leaves me feeling bloated and burping a lot.
Very tasty and unique brown. If they would only lower the carbonation a bit, this would be a beer I'd go to often.

11-21-2008 02:23:47 | More by wcudwight
Photo of k4df4l


2.93/5  rDev -20.8%

A/A: 12oz bottle pours a garnet brown with a massive fluffy light tan head that dissolves down to a dollop of cream on the surface through the glass. Aroma is light roast and slightly hoppy.

F/P: Flavor is initially sharp & bitter followed by a malty mid palate featuring toasty & bready notes with a definite roasted flavor. Citrus hops come in to wash out the malt and it finishes bitter and somewhat astringent/minerally. Medium body and ample carbonation. Overall it's somewhat perplexing as the different flavors seem to step on each other and the finish becomes unpleasant at times.

11-18-2008 11:08:23 | More by k4df4l
Photo of DefenCorps


3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

12oz bottle received from SaintNathaniel a while back. Thanks man! Into my Guinness glass

A: Pours a brown with crimson highlights. Massive tan head with pretty solid retention that takes about 15 minutes to settle to a thick disk, leaving patchy foam on the glass

S: Hoppy with a earhty, citrus hop character (cascades?)with a good deal of brown sugar sweetness coming in. Pretty solid!

T: Starts off hoppy with a citrus hop bite with a definite earthy, leafy character. The brown sugar/caramel character comes through before a bitter finish takes over with a lemon zest like character.

M: Overcarbonated but otherwise solid - fairly light in body and a nice finish that's solidly bitter

D: Fairly drinkable, I'd love to try this fresh.

10-12-2008 21:12:38 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of csmiley


3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

Thanks to stopbarking for sending me this one.

A - This one pours a deep dark brown. The tan head is rocky and massive (almost too much). Retention is above average given the amount of head. After a while, the head reduces to a very thick medium brown cap. Lacing is plentiful.

S - Smells pretty sweet. There are hints of caramel, maple, cocoa, and brown sugar all mixed together. Some alcohol and nuts bring up the rear.

T - Flavor is sweet and has some complexity to it. Caramel and cocoa stand out in the front. Maple and nuts follow quickly. Some grain flavors appear midway. Alcohol and mild (but quite noticeable) hop bitterness finish things off.

M - Medium bodied with just a bit too much carbonation. Finish starts out sweet but there is a lingerring bitterness from the hops.

D - Drinkability is good. Stays smooth and goes down quite easy. This one could really shine if not for the excessive carbonation. Not sure if this is really what the brew is supposed to be like. I wouldn't mind getting another one of these just to test out my carbonation theory. If I am right, then this one would be worth the effort to track down again.

10-07-2008 01:31:34 | More by csmiley
Photo of CWiggins

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -10%

This one pours a dark chestnut brown, and the foamy tan head that accompanies the pour hangs around for the entire life of the beverage. Smells of dark ripe fruit, coffee, nuts, and alcohol are certainly discernible, but the strong presence of dark malts is not to be ignored! The flavor is dominated by espresso and bittersweet chocolate; the bitter hops at the finish is strong, and easily reminds one of the many Indian Brown Ales so much in vogue these days. It's a bit dry for the creamy brown ales I'm familiar with, but that's not a mark against it. My only complaint is the high carbonation; just a little too much fizz for my taste.

10-02-2008 00:36:03 | More by CWiggins
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -15.4%

First off, this beer poured with an extreme foam head. I was a little concerned, b/c I maybe poured 1 in. of brew into the pint and the rest filled with about 4-5 in. foam. All-in-all it took about 10 minutes to pour out the entire contents of this bottle. Freshness date was clearly labeled for 9/08, but this foam "problem" was a concern. It poured a nice ruby reddish brown that darkened along the edges. Cloudy in appearance.

It smelled of alcohol, cream, chocolate, plum and some raisin.

Carbonation level was medium/high. There was a slight alcohol bite to this drink. A little metallic, that finished with a charred/burnt taste. Also tasting a little chocolate and some walnut.

This was my least favorite offering from Duck Rabbit as I have been very pleased with the rest of their brews. I'm not sure what the deal was with the foam, but I don't think she spoiled. Was ok beer, but I have had far better Browns...

09-25-2008 17:06:33 | More by Onenote81
Photo of cktison


3.7/5  rDev 0%

A: Pours a dark chestnut, reddish hue at edges. Gorgeous 2" foam that lingers. Nice lacing, clinging to the glass, sticky and thick.
S: Malts and nuts, caramel, sugary.
T: Again, strong caramel and sugary taste. Chocolate and hazelnut and nice malts. A little sweet (?)
M: Creamy and smooth, nice carbonation.
D: Good. You could have a few of these, doesn't feel too heavy, but the sugary creaminess can get to you.

Overall, a nice beer.

09-18-2008 22:20:37 | More by cktison
Photo of TheodorHerzl


3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

This beer pours a deep brown maybe chestnut color with a small fingers worth of tan head on it. The scent is dominant of malt and caramel with some background scents of earthy hops and nuts. The flavor profile is full of caramel and nutty chocolate upfront with roasted grain in the middle and a hop bitterness to finish. The flavors are all quite distinct and work well together. This beer has a nice and smooth creamy finish that left no alcohol on the mouth. The drinkability is great on this beer, and temperature be damned, it was very nice to have on an 80 degree day.

A nice little brown ale that was quite tasty and I would certainly purchase this beer more often if it were near me.

08-14-2008 23:53:57 | More by TheodorHerzl
Photo of MiScusi


3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

Thanks to GFord217 for this beer.

Pours a clear reddish brown with a light tan to off white rocky head. The little foam cap stays forever.

The smell bursts with chocolate and crystal malts. The taste also starts off with this chocolate and caramel maltiness and finishes with a slightly roasty, astringent bite. On certain sips it comes across as dark fruit.

The mouthfeel is a little too carbonated, it gets better once you work out some of that carbonation via swirling. Overall a pretty good brown ale although I prefer less of a roasty presence, or none at all in a brown ale.

07-22-2008 19:32:37 | More by MiScusi
Photo of gford217


3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours the dark, dark brown with the typical, massive DR head that almost comes out of the glass. Retention and lacing are very good. The aroma is an interesting balance between the citrus hops and the sweet caramel malts. The taste has the same caramel malts but with more noticeable chocolate and nut tastes to go along with it. The citrus hops show up and give the finish a little bit of bitterness. The mouthfeel is creamy and, of course, highly carbonated. This is a decent brew from DR and I do like the hop presence that balances out the malts well. Recommended.

07-13-2008 19:19:17 | More by gford217
Photo of FenwaySquid


3.98/5  rDev +7.6%

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, BBD of 06/08 notched into the side of the label, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown color with some ruby red hues, pretty clear with carbonation bubbles rising inside. The head formed a good two fingers thick and retained nicely, clinging to the glass.

Aroma: Not too strong, mainly caramel and chocolate malts.

Taste: Caramel malts up front. Then some citrus hops come through in the middle, balancing nicely. The finish is a mix of the hops and some bitter chocolate and coffee flavors, lingering nicely. As the beer warms the hops become more prevalent throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, fairly crisp. The carbonation was more subdued than the appearance indicated, but fit in well.

Overall: Very interesting. It's more hoppy than your average brown ale, but not to the point of being too hopped up. If you like brown ales and/or IPA's, you'll like this.

05-22-2008 01:10:31 | More by FenwaySquid
Photo of Leebo2007

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -27.6%

COLOR: Dark Brown/Red

CONSISTENCY: low carbination and slight head

SMELL: Very hoppy, carmel smell with a sweet overtone.

TASTE: when cold it had a mild taste that left a bitter taste. The hops really take over in a cold glass but when it gets warmer it loses some of it flavor. I really enjoyed the carmel taste.

I think that this beer is better served cold. And the smell is better than the taste.

05-15-2008 23:56:14 | More by Leebo2007
Photo of shivtim


3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

Pretty different from most of the other Duck-Rabbit beers I've had; this one shows they have some versatility.
Served in a pint glass. It's dark but clear, with a thin off-white head. Nose is gentle malts. Taste is malts, slight alcohol, and some dry fruits. Mouthfeel is very good, full and nice. Drinkability is great. Nice simple brew.

05-13-2008 17:16:31 | More by shivtim
Photo of BeerTruth


3.98/5  rDev +7.6%

Thanks to gford217 for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Best by 6/08.

Pours a light molasses with a big bubble three finger khaki colored head that slowly dies down to a thin frothy layer. Solid lacing left on the sides of the glass. Smell begins with a full nutty aroma with some brown sugar. Light floral hops and a bit of caramel malt tingle the nose as well. There's also the slightest bit of a metallic smell which I'm not too fond of, fortunately it's not strong enough to overpower the other excellent aromas. Taste starts off with sweet caramelized almonds and and toasted malts. Midway is some earthy and piney hops with some cane sugar. Aftertaste is woody and a bit dry. Medium body with a creamy feel. Carbonation is a bit of a distraction seeing it's slightly over the top, but this is still a very well crafted brown ale. The low abv and full flavor makes this a very enjoyable session beer. Thanks again Grant!

05-11-2008 21:08:38 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of throwitallaway


3.45/5  rDev -6.8%

For some reason I didn't write down who I got this from. Thanks to whoever it was! Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Dark amber color, with a small head that sticks around. Aroma of nuts, some caramel, and a little chocolate. Tastes like roasted malts, a little caramel and some hops. Mouthfeel is fairly creamy and well carbonated. I know brown ales are generally supposed be simple and I like that about them. But this one definitely leaves me wanting more complexity. Bummer.

05-05-2008 23:10:05 | More by throwitallaway
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip yields a sparkling clear body of deep, dark garnet capped with a rocky off white head of two fingers that (using the Brothers' verb) 'meringues' (translation=retains nicely w/creamy medium-peak whipped eggwhite character) and leaves plenty of dense soapy lacing.

Smell is earthy, with hints of citrusy, piney hops and caramel.

Taste is sweet and citrus-hoppy with a distinct coffee flavor; nice malt backbone, both roasty and lightly sweet, carries the load to a pleasantly dry and bitter finish.

Lightly sticky in the mouth, coating, lingering.

05-05-2008 22:54:44 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

It pours a nice dark brown, barely transparent, with a fairly persistent off-white head. Aroma is rich and rather malty with some hop undertone and hints of spice. Flavor is surprisingly hoppy and fairly but not unpleasantly bitter; there is some maltiness and a touch of spice. Texture is fairly smooth.

04-28-2008 00:49:02 | More by Cyberkedi
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