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

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595 Ratings

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Ratings: 595
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 43
Gots: 29 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 10-06-2004)
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Photo of grees20
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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
4.33/5  rDev +17%
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
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
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!

Photo of goochpunch
4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of yourefragile
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of rallison
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a 2 finger tan head that leaves a huge amount of lacing.

S: Mild nutty smell.

T: Nutty and slightly roasty malt flavor with some astringency. Some hoppiness is present, and leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall, not bad.

M: Decent richness given the style with slightly high carbonation.

D: Pretty good all in all.

Recommended. A nice brown ale that is unique enough to keep interesting.

Photo of AlexJ
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This tastey Brown Ale pours a deep chestnut color with an excellent tan head that sticks nicely.

Aroma is charred dark malts, coffee, raisin bread, and a earthy, almost woody character.

Flavor is bolder than expecter. Dark malt, dry cocoa, weak coffee, and roasted nut flavors are balanced by generous earthy and herbal hops.

Body is a little light but the rich flavor and smooth drinkability make this more interesting then your average brown.

Photo of MTNboy
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- The name suits it. This beer is brown with an amazingly white head for as dark as the beer.

Smell- Floral with nice tones of hops.

Taste- Very bitter with an aftertaste that has a bitter bite that follows it right down your palate.

Mouthfeel- Medium and somewhat smooth.

Drinkability- It was alright but if you think it is going to be like Newcastle guess again .

Photo of far333
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toasted chestnut colored with a gargantuan light brown head that filled half the glass and slowly settled down to allow the rest of the pint to be poured.

Aroma of rich roasted malt and cocoa, some raisin and a touch of smoke.

Rich flavor of roasted malt with moderate sweetness, cocoa and charred oak. Pronounced hop bitter rides along and complements the other flavors well. Powdery finish.

Rich and full mouthfeel, a tannic feel lingers.

Very drinkable, interesting take on the style. Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for sending this one in my direction.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I’m not much of a brown ale fan, but this was a pretty good beer. Although it literally exoploded out of the bottle, when it finally settled down, it had a nice dark brown color with a thick brown head that lingered thru most of the glass and left good lacing. Aroma was a pleasant malty roasted nuts and other earthy notes. Body was a litle on the thin side, but the flavor was a full continuation of the malty roasted nuts, with only a hint of chocolate.

A nice, long, almost warming finsih made this a perfect drink for a cool fall night.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - pours a very dark amber with burgundy hues. Lots of carbonation here, so I'm pouring slowly into a glass. Still get a sizeable cap of tan foam. As it settles, a plateau forms in the middle reminding me of the Kill Devil's Hill or whatever that guy was making with mashed potatoes in the Close Encounters film. Thick lacing like insulation all around the glass. Some head formation is fine but this one is a bit much. Like the amber, they're putting too much gas in the brew.

Aroma - sweet toasty malts beneath a charred grain. Nice dimensions in the nose. As it settles, some chocolatey notes come through as well.

Taste - good representation of the roasted malts. Just a brief touch of sweetness up front. Plenty of char mid-palate. The swallow turns pretty bitter, the only flavor is a slightly harsh pepper flavor like jalapeno. A little more grain sweetness would help balance this. As a counter-balance to the malt, it doesn't provide the same tasty profile, mostly just some bare alpha hoppiness. The finish has some good flavors of roasted malt and char that I like but the hop side isn't helping this beer.

Mouthfeel - very bubbly, about average weight, maybe a little to the thin side but not much.

Drinkability - I didn't enjoy this one very much, mostly due to the brashness of the hops. My palate adjusted some, but not enough.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Duck-Rabbit Brown Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 595 ratings.