Duckabush Amber | North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery

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North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Pegasus on 06-04-2003

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 28
Photo of kojevergas
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

"Duckabush Amber."

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with a generic label design and an unbranded grey pry-off cap purchased at NXNW and served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live.

Bottled 02/4/15. Batch 1645, 46. Bottle #14.

Expectations are average on account of the brewery.

APPEARANCE: No bubble show as it's poured.

Head fills ~40% of the glass; it's 3-4 inches wide and white in colour with nice creaminess and frothiness. Full and thick. Leaves no lacing as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear copper, NOT an amber. Clean, with no visible yeast sediment.

Overall, it's a subpar appearance for an amber. Mainly because it isn't even amber.

AROMA: The pale caravienne malts weren't a great choice here, and it lacks an amber malt aroma. Not toasty at all. Cream, grains, some graham cracker, floral hop's generally appealing, just poor for the style.

Aromatic intensity is below average. A fairly reticent aroma overall.

TASTE & TEXTURE: It's a pleasant overall flavour profile comprised of caramunich malts, caravienne malts, pale malts, floral hop notes, cream, and faint graham cracker, but it's quite poorly executed in terms of an amber ale; there's no amber malts in the backbone and it doesn't come off toasty at all, nor does it have the hop profile that would suit an amber.

Simple but balanced, with a shallow reticent flavour profile and only loose cohesion. Not a gestalt beer. Lacks complexity, subtlety, and artful layering of flavours. One might call it plain.

Texture is smooth and wet, with slight overcarbonation lending it a fairly crisp presence on the palate. Medium-bodied, with mild heft and weight on the palate as well as moderate thickness. This texture suits the taste fine, but there's no harmony between the two. Middling execution at best.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or scratchy. It's slightly rough and dry on the palate in the late second act, which lends it a bit of a dragging feel.

OVERALL: A failure of an amber, but outside style conventions it's a drinkable albeit unremarkable beer. I'm not sure what they were after with this, but I wouldn't buy it again or recommend it to friends. Mediocre fare from NXNW.

High C- (2.75)

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Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee with not too much else. The flavor is better. I get some toffee and caramel malt, as well as some light chocolate notes. There is not too much hop presence, but the malt is very nice and mixes well with the other flavors. The beer is very creamy tasting. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of beersheppard
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber, imagine that, color. White head, little to no lacing.

Smell: slightly floral, malts

Taste: light sweet malt flavor, a little floral on the finish

Mouthfeel: ligh

Drinkability: not the best and not the worst amber, refreshing. I would get again, but not in a rush.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 10/19/2007 (Sampler @ NxNw Brewery, Austin, TX):

Pours a golden amber colored body, with a small head, off-white in color. Has a very malty aroma, and hops, balanced aroma but not too strong. Has a malty taste, fruity-like green grapes. Tasty.

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Photo of midaszero
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass

Nice clear amber color with a decent flavor and drinkablity. One of there better offerings that is always available and definitely suited more towards that macro drinking crowd, but out of the all the regular offerings I usually go for this one.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - deep golden hue to this one, displays good head retention with some streaky/ropy lace.

Aroma - light caramel malt but rather faint. I like a little more oomph to the sniff in an amber.

Taste - moderate maltiness. Again, like the nose, it doesn't really have the punch I like in a good amber. The grains feature a nice toastiness which I think is the best part. Ends toasty and clean.

Mouthfeel - thin body with plenty of carbonation to spare. This is one I would tend to swirl around some to release some of the bubbles.

Drinkability - a little bland to me but a growler would disappear easily enough, such is my affinity for a toasty tasting brew.

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3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper/amber with good clarity. Poured with a thin cap and a hurricane pattern of foam in the center. No lace.

S - Light caramel, buttered toast. Faint spicy hop.

T - Caramel. Some bready malt. Toasted grain. Lightly hopped.

M - Medium body and mid level carbonation.

D - Simple, clean and drinkable. Session amber.

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Photo of JDV
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lightly smelling of light floral hops and honey sweetness. Pours a mid amber color, and taste is light, and more towards a sweet honeyish fruity flavor than hoppy. Simple and and nice and I actually liked this one quite a bit. Probably my 2nd favorite next to their pale ale.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a reddish amber with not much head left by the time the beer arrived at my table. The aroma is a typical amber ale malt aroma, not very strong, but pleasent. Duckabish is basically your standard brewpub amber, it's one of those beers that allows macro drinkers to step out without getting too far away from something like Shiner Bock. Still, the malt is full-flavored and enjoyably grainy. This is good, but BAs probably should skip past this and go for something a little more interesting.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear dark golden color with a moderate white head, moderate carbonation and good lacing.

Aroma: Rather malty and spicy, quite pleasant.

Taste: Taste begins with spices, nuts, and yeast notes. Solid malt flavors throughout form the backbone of the taste. The finish is crisp and slightly dry with lingering hop flavors and a husky grain flavor.

Mouth feel: Quite rich and creamy, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Among the better and more distinct beers offered by NXNW. It seems to be the favorite among my macro beer-drinking friends.

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Duckabush Amber from North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
3.38 out of 5 based on 28 ratings.
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