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

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587 Ratings

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Ratings: 587
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:
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(Beer added by: brentk56 on 10-06-2004)
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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.

BARFLYB, May 16, 2009
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.

mhatters, May 16, 2009
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.

MusicaleMike, May 13, 2009
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.

Seanibus, May 12, 2009
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.

Sperzel, May 11, 2009
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.

mynie, May 09, 2009
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.

JonMich13, May 08, 2009
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

SPRichard, May 07, 2009
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.

PeterLemonjello, May 02, 2009
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.

tigg924, Apr 29, 2009
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.

JohnQVegas, Apr 22, 2009
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.

glid02, Apr 17, 2009
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.

goatgoat, Apr 14, 2009
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.

atsprings, Apr 13, 2009
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.

Gyle41386, Apr 08, 2009
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.

ThaBobfather, Apr 06, 2009
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.

ckeegan04, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of scifan
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

scifan, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of chief7771
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

chief7771, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of Murchmac
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Murchmac, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Deuane, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of Packforever1976
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Packforever1976, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

avalon07, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of wcudwight
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

wcudwight, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of k4df4l
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

k4df4l, Nov 18, 2008
Duck-Rabbit Brown Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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