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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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575 Ratings

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Ratings: 575
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 marcpal
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Luckily enough to have bottles sent up from a friend in the Carolinas. This was a well-rounded brew.

A: Light brown head with a dark brown color. Carbonation apparent and the lacing was strongly consistent.

S: Picked up some hops which hadnt expected. Smoky herbal aroma..

T: Biscuity and malty- this is what an American brown ale really should be. The complete flavor of a nut brown came through, great accompaniment to food.

M: Moderate carbonation with a residual thickness from some hops.

D: Very light taste to it (similar to Indian brown) but much more enjoyable. Do yourself a favor and get some of this if you get the chance, perfect beers for laid back session.

Enjoyed all the duck-rabbits, look forward to getting all the reviews in after a couple more of each. Looking forward to having them get these up the east coast.

marcpal, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of number1bum
4.78/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many thanks to mymrnngjckt for this one.

Pours a reddish/medium-brown color with a good two fingers of fluffy light beige head that fill the pint glass. Head retention is outstanding, leaving a nice thick lace on top and lots of stick.

Smell really jumps out at you with an awesome combo of caramel malt and piney, earthy hops. Also some roasted malt.

Taste is a lot like the smell and is supremely balanced and simply delicious. Caramel malty goodness, a nutty flavor and piney/grassy hops are the dominant flavors, complemented by brown sugar and finished off with nice combo of bitter hops and roasted malt. Finishes clean, with a creamy medium-body. The mouthfeel could maybe be a bit softer but I'm nitpicking.

This is hands down the best brown ale I've ever had. Brown ales are usually so boring that they're afterthoughts, but this is one that I would drink again and again if I could get my hands on it regularly. Awesome brew. Thanks again Kevin!

number1bum, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of YonderWanderer
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a brownish-red with a huge head of foam. Poured this one too quick and had a major spillover. Crazy amount of pillowy foam. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S: Some alcohol notes up front with a bit of nuttiness behind it.

T: Some caramel, some toffee, a hint of chocolate, and a decent nutty flavor to it. This isn't bad - not great, but solid.

M: Smooth, with a good amount of active carbonation.

D: This would make for a good session ale. I'm not a huge brown ale fan, so I probably wouldn't go back to it, but it's a decent example of the style.

YonderWanderer, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with drseamus.

A: The ale required a long time to pour. Over four fingers of thick bubbly head emerged from the bottle, almost overwhelming my Chimay goblet. In total, 10 minutes was required to empty the bottle. The thick oatmeal-colored head retains well throughout the glass. The ale is a dark mysterious brown color, allowing only the darkest of ruby red highlights to emerge.

S: The aroma is nutty, thick with toffee and caramel malts There is no hop aroma to mention.

T: This beer is no mere brown ale, rather it is as imperial as things get. Dark roasted chocolate flavors that could easily be porter or stout dominate, burning the tastebuds with their thick acrid notes. A peppy medicinal hoppiness pops up midway through to add a fuller flavor the ale.

M: The nuttiness that I was expecting in the taste never quite came through. What does appear is thick and overwhelming, an excellent porter dressed as a brown ale.

D: The taste is big but the alcohol isn't. That being said, I can see more than a bottle or two being too much on the tastebuds.

akorsak, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of beermanbrian
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well the little bit that i can get into my glass is a cloudy brown/orange color. On the first pour it is capped by a 3" tan head. It drops slowly with a shaving cream kind of texture leaving lumpy mishapen globs of head. Looks almost like an ice cream float. Really not that appealing when the lumps just hang around forever, they just won't fall to a uniform head. You can litterally spoon clumps of head off the top with your finger and they don't fall apart.

Well... 5 minutes later and i finnally have it all in my glass. First smell gives me a somewhat boozy impression. This is replaced with a sweet malty note and some nutty undertones. I still can't get through the head to get a taste of this thing. Finnally I get a sip that isn't all foam and it's not bad. Again some nutty undertones with a big malt base. Strong nutty aftertaste. Carbonation level is high. Not a bad tasting beer, but who wants to wait 10 minutes to be able get though the foam and taste it. OK but not worth the trouble.

beermanbrian, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of badbeer
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown color with a strong pillowy off-white head. Smell is roasty with hints of caramel and plenty of earthy hop aroma. Taste is earthy in the beginning but gains a nice nuttiness in the middle. Lingering nuttiness and roast in the finish that is quite nice. High carbonation with a medium body. Pretty nice beer, but there are just a few things that take away from what it could be. The lingering aftertaste is awesome, but it isn't that great for me when it hits the tongue, and the mouthfeel wasn't quite on for me. Worth a try, you may love it.

badbeer, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MuddyFeet for this brew.

Pours a dark brown color, lots and lots of carbonation, huge four finger plus tannish foamy head, lots and lots of sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, slight toffee/chocolate/, and caramel. The taste is malty, slightly bitter, with some toffee/chocolate/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brown ale from DR, recommended.

Wasatch, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Turdfurgeson: Poured a clear deep brown color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention. Aroma of deep caramel malt with some light molasses. Taste is also dominated by some sweet caramel malt as well as molasses with some light toffee notes. I also found it to be quite hoppy for the style but it still made enjoyable. Body is quite full with some good carbonation. Pretty good overall if maybe a tad too sweet for my liking.

Phyl21ca, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TomDecapolis for this...
Appears a semi-transparent mahogany with a frothy tan head that slowly fades into a thick head of foam. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of sweet earth, floral notes, herbal tea, roasted nuts, and toffee-like grains.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with bitter yeast and floral hops coming through.
Mouthfeel is bitter, yeasty, medium bodied, with roasty, and nutty grains lingering along the palate.

weeare138, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Just over two fingers of dense, off-white head formed over top of an opaque mahogany hue that was quite impressive, actually. Thick web of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: An interestingly hoppy nose with notes of yeast and sweet chocolate, roasted malt aroma.

T: The aroma indicated a hoppy side, and it certainly did show up. In fact, it tasted a little too dialed up, in a way that didn't mesh as well as it could have, while throwing off the balance. Roasted malt and black coffee notes are present, and this also makes for a strange pairing with the hop bitterness. Underneath the hops in the finish there was a detectable chocolatey malt aftertaste that lingered.

M: Carbonation was more than generous, which didn't help out the hop bitterness and malty sweet sides much. Mealy in texture, drying in the finish.

D: Not exactly what I'd reach for if looking for a brown ale. There was nothing timid about this, which presented a problem. With all those flavor characteristics coming together, pushed forth by a surge of bubbles, it seems to miss the mark for any brown ale, American or otherwise. Balance seemed too far out. Yet oddly, I feel like waiting a year or so and trying this one again, just to see if I taste it differently.

CharlieMopps, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

picked this beer up on my vacation at the Outer Banks was in a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped cap dated notched 10/07.

Opened to a very loud hiss,poured with a very generous light tan head,color was mahogany with reddish hues. Very good retention leaving chunky,clingy lacing. Well carbinated extra tiny bubbles surging up everywhere.

Moderate to delicate aromas woody/earthy malt aromas of toffee/nut some dark fruit,lighty chard aromas, bisquity and herbal notes.Complex and very tempting can't wait to taste.

Very clean taste has an earthy/mineral taste. Light complex malty tastes of mostly chocolate also toasty and very nutty. Finishes with a clean,sharp, crisp, citrus rind feel with a chocolate fade. Has somewhat of and English feel to it,because of the nuttiness and the mineral tastes.

Light bodied,slightly grainy texture,with a mouthwatering dryness. Very refreshing. The best brown i've had to date one to compair other to. Wish this beer was avalible locally. Pick this one up if your're lucky enough to run across it. Hell, send me some too.

jcdiflorio, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of loren01
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light brown color, huge amount of carbonation, lots of sticky lacing down the glass. Never seen this amount of carbonation in a beer before. It took like 5 pours to get to the bottom of this 12 oz beer it foamed up so much.
S: Smell is pretty strong of hops. Slight amount of malt but mostly just hops\
T: Nutty (peanuts/hazlenuts), good amount of hops
M: Medium bodied, sharp and prickly on the tongue.
D: Very drinkable beer, just not very pourable!! good flavor, good smell but they need to tone the carbonation back a bit. Thanks to limesmut for this beer via trade!

loren01, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BBD of Nov 07

Pours chestnut with 3 fingers of tan/brown head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Roasty, malty & nutty

T: Roasted malt & too much coffee up front. Coffee starts to fade as this warms, a bit. Roasted malt, burned grains, dryness & nuttyness all show up in a rather muddled finish

MF: Chewy, medium bodied with low carbonation

Drank good, but too much coffee, would've made more sense a mocha porter IMO. If you love coffee flavors in your beer, this your brown ale of choice

russpowell, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle

Clear, orange brown fluid. Huge rocky, light tan head with gentle pour. Lacing as foam subsides.

Aroma has roast notes and grassy/herbal tones. Earthiness. Spicy. Caramel. Something sweet in there as well.

Taste is very well hopped, much more bitter than sweet. Very different from aroma. Grassy & lingering at the finish.

Light body, probably heavier than it seems based on the high carbonation. High carbonation - big pfft on opening. Huge head and significant "zip" in the taste. IMO, carbonation needs to be toned down quite a bit. Quite dry.

Didn't know style when I tried it, but was pretty sure it wasn't an English Brown Ale - way too hoppy. I am having trouble getting past the carbonation and the hops. Both could be toned down to allow other aspects of the beer to shine through.

, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby-red and brown at the same time. Head is very healthy fluffy 2 inch foamy tan. I smell rubber at first and then malts. The smell is not bad by any means, in fact it is quite good. It tastes like roasted malts and is hoppy. Bitterneness on the label is accurate but not what I would expect. Nice stuff.

ArrogantB, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of ClockworkOrange
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for sending this my way. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my standard shaker "pint" glass. Appears a deep translucent brown color with about a finger of quickly fading head that settles to about a quarter inch. Smells of roasted sweet caramel malts, followed by a hit of hops and a touch of alcohol. Tastes of sweet caramel with citrus notes followed by a bitter roasted grain flavor and a slight alcohol burn (at 5.6% ?). Carbonation is completely overdone on this one. Very bubbly, so much so that I find it hard to think about anything else while drinking it. Got this one in a trade and I'm far from sad that i wasn't sent a pair of these.

ClockworkOrange, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of Frozensoul327
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Deep brownish red color with a huge head of spitty foam. Mild lacing in the glass, and a wicked high level of carbonation.

S: Notes of dense caramel, sweet molasses, dark malts, and some roasted grains. Smells nice.

T: WHOA. Not matching up to the aroma. Not even close. Shallow roasted flavors, bitter grains and earth, with a touch of woodiness. No sweet notes, no caramel, and no subsequent enjoyment. Huh. This one's different....

M: Feels like bubbles on top of bubbles in my mouth. I mean, I like high carbonation, but this is like taking the foam off a keg. Way overboard, people.

D: One and done. This isn't one i'm gonna revisit.

Notes: From NoNameBIF, courtesy of mikesgroove.

Frozensoul327, May 27, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a Chalice.

In my glass sits a dark chocolate colored beer with an amber hue that shows up in the light. A voluminous tan head leaves nice lacing, but both dissipate in time. Take note competition: this is how brown ales should look. Aroma-wise, the typical DuckRabbit malt hits first (you get a nose for this after visiting their brewery). It's followed by notes ranging from chocolate-covered raisins to loaves of Hawaiian bread. The aroma is just right: not too overpowering and not too complicated.

Taste is full of big coffee and chocolate notes, with some nutty malts as well. Mouthfeel is smooth, refreshing, and well carbonated, and a noticable bitter chocolate finish caps this baby off. In the end, it's surprisingly drinkable for a DuckRabbit. Not too thick, and not too shabby. Quite a brew here, perhaps DR's best in my opinion.

wagenvolks, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of WAP
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous deep ruby-brown with a thick, fluffy head that leaves billowy lacing. First smell is burnt malt followed by a slighty sweet, citrusy note. This is a unique aroma for me. The taste is bitter - both from the roasted malt (a coffelike bitter) and the hops (citrus?). There is little sweetness, and that makes this seems very unbalanced to me, but I find it quite tasty nonetheless and very drinkable as well.

WAP, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 50 degrees.

A - Pours a dark brown with amber highlights; tan head that left with solid retention and semi-sticky lacing was left on the glass.

S - Nutty malt, but just a little faint. Malt left some hints of hops as the beer warmed.

T - Roasted malt with a nutty background; earthy & biscuity hops poked through the caramelized flavors. Very interesting...not like other browns I'm used to.

M - Medium body with a creamy, carbonated finish.

D - Didn't realize the ABV until after I finished...a very drinkable brown, but a little higher wouldn't hurt.

JohnnyM2002, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of Conrad
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice big frothy tan-coloured head that left a prominent ring and good lacing right to the last drop. Very pretty indeed.
S: Stuck my nose too close and got a beakfull of foam. But that's not a bad thing. The malt hits right away, with notes of nut, coffee, some grass. (the lawn kind, not the smoking kind), The hops are in there, but in the background.
T: Like the smell. Malt, nuts, coffee, floral grass. The bitters caught me by surprise though. There was more hoppy bits that anticipated. I was ready to call this a stout, but have to rethink that.
M: Medium to full body. The carbonation is in the mid range. A nice smooth beer.
D: Actually, after a couple of these, I would be full. But it tastes great. Kudos to the brewer. This is a keeper.

Conrad, Feb 23, 2007
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3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initial pour – wow by far the foamiest commercial beer I’ve ever seen. Wait, wait for it to subside enough to taste….meanwhile, nice aroma. Malty and fresh hops are quite noticeable. Still plenty of head, but lacing looks weird. The taste is malty and a bit bitter. It has a roasted type flavor. The mouthfeel is very full, but not too heavy. This is quite a delicious number that goes down smooth with lots of flavor – very drinkable.

barefootbrewer, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Huge mocha head on a deep brown (when held to light clear very deep amber). great head retention. Leaves a nice thick lacing.
S- Big roasted malts with light grass hop aroma. Big nuts also. Hint of coffee. The grass hops kind of help balance out the smell but are loosing to the nut aroma.
T-Big nut flavor which lingers all the way through till the aftertaste. Coming in is also a nice roasted malt character. A nice helping of grass hops to help balance it out. The dry bitterness lingers through till the aftertaste. A light bread flavor comes through too.
M- Medium body with low carbonation.
D- It is pretty good. One of the best brown ales I have had.

BlindPig, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of orfeu
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to oldirtysurfer for the sample. Best before March 2007. Clear light mahogany/russet with persistent, driving carbonation and a massive creamy pale tan head of froth. Spicy floral hop aromas, with satsuma blossom and grapefruit predominating. Very intriguing nose -- all hops. And this is a brown ale! Big, bright, and juicy blood orange and grapefruit notes pop out all over the front of the palate with a slight mineral bite amongst the bready flavors in the middle, becoming earthier near the end. Very unique and experimental, even, for the style. Light body, juicy and crisp mouthfeel. Pairs excellently with mildly spiced Indian cuisine. Recommended.

orfeu, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep rich brown with a huge creamy head and a huge lace down the side, this looks very inticing to say the least! Smell was of roasted nuts with a hint of hops. Caramel sweetness undertones as well, smells thick and very fresh. The taste was very full. Nice roasted tones and caramel was the predominant flavors. Very complex though as there was much hoppiness at both the beginning and the finish. The finish was very nice, very dry and left you looking for more. This was yet another great brew from Duck Rabbit, they are really climbing the charts for off the hook beers here, have not had a bad one yet, and I am chilling my first wee heavy so look for that tomorrow!

mikesgroove, Jan 17, 2007
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