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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: 609
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 43
Gots: 33 | 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:
Beer added by: brentk56 on 10-06-2004

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Ratings: 609 | Reviews: 324
Photo of Onenote81
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

Photo of cktison
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of MiScusi
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of FenwaySquid
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Leebo2007
2.7/5  rDev -27%
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.

Photo of shivtim
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

Photo of throwitallaway
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of dashirey
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of jackorain
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of grees20
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of cbleary
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
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!

Photo of gabeerfan
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Strix
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of ffejherb
3.77/5  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.

Photo of SierraGS
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of herefordjeep
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
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+.

Photo of ruckzuck
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

Photo of MMAJYK
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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