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

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BA SCORE
84
good

556 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 42
Gots: 20 | 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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MiScusi

California

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Alabama

3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra bottle after a tasting with some friends.

A - Hazy brown color with some red tones when held top the light. Creamy tan head that remain for awhile with lots of lacing.

S - Malts with some nuttiness. I smell an earthy smell with what I would consider a bit of a metallic smell too.

T - A little malty sweetness in the taste at first. There is a bit of a coffee undertone hidden behind everything. Finishes with what the bottle promised a distinct hoppyness.

M - Good carbonation with a medium body. Mouth is left with a dry sensation in the end.

D - Very impressive take on the style. Bottle described it as "hoppy and beautifully bitter." I agree whole heartedly on this one. But not sure how many I could have ain a sitting. Will search it out again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 23:56:06 | More by dashirey
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Nice dark brown color, slightly hazy. Tight tan head with great retention and geat lace.

S-Caramel malt, yeast, light roasted grains, and a touch of raisans. A pretty heft dose of green hops to finish it off.

T-Interestingly I got coffee up front which was nt in the nose, just fleeting taste but it was there for sure. Thiswas followed by toasted brown bread, roasted grains, molasses. There is a nice green hop taste and bitterness throughout. The finish is of a unexpected longish nice bitterness.

M-Creamy, medium body. The carbonation is pretty intense, very fizzy and tight. I little soda straight from the can. This dragged this category down a bit for me.

D-Pretty darn good.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 16:42:21 | More by jackorain
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grees20

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was able to try this during a tasting with some friends. Duck-Rabbit has an interesting logo. I saw the duck first so does that make me a creative person? D-R calls itself "the dark beer specialists" and they call the Brown Ale "hoppy and beautifully bitter." A dark brown body with a thin tan head. Good carbonation with a little bit of a fruity, nutty aroma. Is it apricot? The hoppiness and bitterness are definitely there.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 20:49:11 | More by grees20
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I usually pour strong but be careful with this one as that style pour equaled an over four finger biscuit like rocky tan head that actually jumps out of the glass. Body is the blackest of browns, showing only brown hints on the edges. Nose is musky with a crisp mineraly spice profile that leans twords peppery and a bit of dark fruit. Brashly attacks the tongue with first sip with crisp backed green apples and strong raw biscuity spice mingled with a bitter sour feel. A long dark burnt malty feel stays long on the back of the tongue. The raw mineral laced bitter bite almost has a nutty feel. A solid brown ale that does not have any frilly sweetness that seems like it was added just for sweetness sake. Nicely drinkable and unique.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 19:50:21 | More by SPLITGRIN
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cbleary

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This is a delicious and expectation-bending brown ale. It poured with a big off-white head and a deep brown body. The smell was an intoxicating mix of rich malt and strong hops. The taste was a rich and complex mix of mild caramel malt, strong and complex American and European hop flavor and a hint of roasted malt on the finish. Saaz finishing hops in a Brown Ale? Brilliant!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 00:50:25 | More by cbleary
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gabeerfan

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium dark brown with a thick, pillowy head.
Smells of dark fruits, chocolate, some hops.
Tastes of Dark chocolate/coffee flavors, hints of dark fruit and hops on the back of the tongue.
Medium body that coats the tongue for a while and is quite bubbly.
Fairly drinkable, the flavors can overpower the palette after more than one.
Probably one of the better Brown Ales I've had and my introduction to this brewery. I'm looking forward to trying the rest now.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 02:51:31 | More by gabeerfan
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Strix

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby brown with a thick head

Smell is malty, sweet and nutty

Very malty, turning sweet and nutty and then finishing hoppy. A very pleasant taste, and the hops are well balanced.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thin, pretty good.

This is very well done and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 00:42:49 | More by Strix
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jbphoto88

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a best by date of march 2008. Whew, just made it with this one. Looks like a dark brown with a little amber, the color of a well worn dark leather. A light tan head dissipates quickly but leaves a little foam for the duration of the drink.

Smell is nutty and warm. A little coffee nose that has hints of chocolate.

Taste is malty and nutty. The beer is thin and doesn't have a heavy texture. There is a fine bitterness that works its way into a nice dry mouthfeel. The aftertaste is warm, malty with no describable hop profile.

I seriously enjoyed this beer. It is easy to drink and one that has a low enough ABV to drink all night. A good everyday beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 02:37:08 | More by jbphoto88
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into goblet on 3/4/08

A - Poured a dark brown body with some plum highlights and a mammoth three-finger, foamy tan head, giving this brew the appearance of a root beer float. Plenty of active carbonation. Took a while for the head to recede, resulting in several pours from the bottle. Thick lacing reminiscent of a bubble bath coats the inside of the glass. Excellent head retention.

S - Slight roasted malt aroma with hints of dark chocolate and coffee, and also a bit of nuttiness. Hops are primarily earthy. Some sweet molasses in the back as well.

T - Nutty maltiness with chocolate and bitter coffee notes. Finishes with an earthy hop bite, especially for a brown ale.

M - Extremely carbonated mouthfeel, almost too lively perhaps. Very bubbly texture due to the carbonation. However, this settled a bit as the liquid warmed up. I would have liked more of a creamy mouthfeel with this one. Finish is fairly long and bitter.

D - Not bad in the flavor department, but I think this beer is a bit over-carbonated and thin. However, I like how the hops and malts interact here, resulting in quite a bitter brown ale with a nice, complex taste and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 23:33:04 | More by ffejherb
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SierraGS

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had this on tap at a festival, but most often taste it from the bottle (and I've always got a bottle stashed in the house somewhere!)

My only complaint about this beer is that it is overly carbonated. My bottles are not all from one case, so it has to be the beer. I've learned to open the bottle carefully.

It pours a dark amber/brown with a huge, foamy head. It demonstrates a full hoppy flavor, coming from Amarillo and Saaz hops. It had a fabulous aroma and equally pleasing flavor; not an English Brown, but a hopped-up American brown. First wort hopping raises the IBU's without creating an overpowering hop aroma or bitterness, resulting in a more balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 05:15:45 | More by SierraGS
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herefordjeep

Maryland

3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Came across this ale while in Corolla, NC on vacation. As a huge fan of brown ales and generally darker beers, I felt I should give it a try. Out of a bottle, the ale reeked of strong, dark malts. Upon tasting, the flavor, in terms of sheer strength and persistence, nearly knocked me out of my preverbial socks. The dark chocolate and nutmeg malts are ever-lingering and almost hard to notice anything over. The other characteristics of the beer I feel are masked by the absolutely intense malt flavor. Hopping is decent, but not marked when compared to malt flavor side by side. Carbonation is decent, but somewhat high for what I like to see in an ale of this type. Drinkability is slightly below par to me. I would not want to have more than one at any given sitting. Nothing stuck out to me about this beer past its over-pronounced maltiness and unrefined hoppiness. I would probably not purchase again. That being said, if you are looking for a huge bomb of a dark ale, this just might be for you. C+.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 05:11:28 | More by herefordjeep
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ruckzuck

Georgia

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Woo Duck Rabbit in GA!!!

A - brown, very red when held up to the light, really thick and nice whitish head

S - sweet roasted malt, some dark chocolate, definitely an earthy character

T - the sweet roasted malt and dark chocolate come through really well; earthy taste is definitely there and enjoyable

M - medium bodied yet smooth, good carbonation as well

D - quite good. I haven't had anything I haven't liked by this brewery yet (this is 7/8 beers they make that I've tried now, haver the 8th sitting in the fridge) and this certainly does a nice job continuing the trend. Not too heavy and pretty drinkable as a whole. Goes down nicely. Quite like it!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 00:40:22 | More by ruckzuck
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MMAJYK

Georgia

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Milk chocolatey brown color. Head is 1" and fluffy and froathy; Khaki in color. Beer is nearly transparent, but not hardly. Lacing is in nice and thick sheets down the sides of the glass.

S- Sweet chocolate malts; a little bit roasty and nutty. The aromas are nice and creamy but it has a somewhat hoppy tone thrown in too, but very subtle.

T- Sweet and chocolatey for sure with a nice bittering hop bite in the middle and on the end. It is just a tad smoky too.

M- Medium thickness and high carbonation.

D- Nice mixture of sweetness and bitterness for an overall good experience.

Overall- Very surprised. Not so much with the brewery because they are very consistant with their brews, just that I am not too fond of the style. However, I found this beer VERY enjoyable. Great job, guys!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 19:40:54 | More by MMAJYK
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goochpunch

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a rusted nut shell with a moderate sized, frothy head that leaves tons of thick, raised lacing. What hits the nose first is a very fresh and raw hop aroma, courtesy of saaz dry-hopping. Underneath this is a backbone of malty aromas of brown sugar, chocolate, and a hint of maple. Flavor starts off with a sweet mix of nuts and caramel with a back note of roast malt. The hops kick in with some lemon rind and a very herbal/tea-like presence with some floral jasmine rounding it out. Finishes dry, bitter, and with a lingering hop presence in the mouth. I'm so used to coming across overly sweet brown ales made in the US, that this is one incredibly refreshing example. Mouthfeel is moderate, without any real residual sugar left on the tongue. The carbonation compliments the hops very well. Very drinkable. A surprise of a brown ale, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 03:48:01 | More by goochpunch
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown and slightly translucent - not black but dark. Poured into a pint glass this produced an abundant foamy head of light brown, dissipating relatively quickly but with good lacing.

S: Coffee is prevalent on the nose with some additional hints of earthiness, especially after a good swirl.

T: Robust flavors from a complexity of malty goodness leaving you with a nutty, dry coffee sort of flavor. The finish is dry and a bit hoppy.

M&D: Pretty good mouthfeel with decent carbonation. The bittering is nice but it seems like it could be a bit smoother.

The overall impression is that this is a pretty good beer. It's satisfying, but not too filling. I personally like the hoppy taste, which is a little bit more than most of the brown ales that I have had the opportunity to sample thus far. All said, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 01:56:04 | More by SIRIUS2
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle best by 12/07 notched on label

A: Clear dark brown, amber around the edges. Amazing khaki colored head that starts off huge and fluffy. Has great retention and leaves clumpy lacing.
S: Fairly strong, nutty, roasted malt smell with some chocolate. As it warms up there is a slight smell of alcohol that is less pleasant however.
T: On the label it says "Hoppy and Beautifully Bitter". Well, yea, the bitterness is the first thing that hits which for me is a little overdone for this style but then settles down nicely in the finish with a woody, mild malty taste. Different, not sure how much I like it.
M: Combination of too much carbonation and the initial bitterness leave this feeling a little too thin. Finish is nice and dry, not hoppy or bitter at all.
D: A different take on a brown ale than I'm used to, pretty much what the bottle advertised. I ended up enjoying the look and smell of this beer more than the actual taste. I like the finish and aftertaste but the beer itself is too bitter, carbonated and thin for me and ends up tasting like a soda.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 02:32:38 | More by yourefragile
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