Amber Ale | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States
duckrabbitbrewery.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale is a medium bodied beer with a lovely tawny copper / bronze color. The lightest of all our dark ales, this is a great introduction to full flavored beers. This brew emphasizes malt complexity with layered caramel malt flavors. We put a lot of effort into getting The Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale just right and we're extremely proud of the result. Enjoy!

Added by brentk56 on 09-23-2004

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#41,229
Reviews:
245
Ratings:
541
pDev:
14.71%
 
 
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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(12 oz bottle, best by Oct 2018; purchased cold... poured into a Belhaven pub pint)

L: mostly-clear, deep amber liquid; finger-high tight pad of off-white foam... head doesn't hold, but it leaves a thin collar... no lace

S: peculiar honey-graham malt aroma right away, woody hops soon creep out, and finally a sharp apple cider ester note... once that odd opening riff trails off, its core foundation of rich, gob-smacking caramel emerges - gotta be one of the most intense caramel aromas I've ever smelled on a beer - could be a sign of layered, complex malts or a slug of saccharine syrup... faint whiff of grassy hop, but this all about the malt

T: taste falls somewhere in between or just outside of what was anticipated by the caramel tones - caramel apple is the first impression, and it's curiously (and luckily) dry and somewhat muted in its finish with a bready, slightly nutty, lightly woody-bitter (and metallic?) aftertaste...

F: light-medium-bodied, but with loose skin... minimal sizzle going through; finish semi-vanishing; little residual sugars or resins on palate... its lingering bitterness and alcohol leave a mild numbing hum on the back of the palate... needs a little more zip and/or definition - shapeless

O: while it is relatively dense in its malt build, and undeniably of an amber ale profile, it's bogged down by restrained dimension... I'm trusting the contents of this bottle were perhaps just in decline, because I get this feeling this may be more intensely tasty fresh or on draft... in another light, they could probably switch the labels of this with their Marzen

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Photo of Rockhead
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BrewAskew
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jsalz21
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dacrza1
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

DATE: August 18, 2018... OCCASION: returning to this about a month after picking it up in State College--fond memories... GLASSWARE: Stoudts pint... pours a rich, dark copper red body, steady in its effervescence with a light-brown head settling to a thin sponge of bubbles... almost striking... equally rich caramel strikes the nostrils first, followed by baked bread, candied sugars, a foreign suggestion of citrus, and wine-like woodiness... a friendly introduction... lightly effervescent, business-like and medium-bodied mouthfeel, with a staying power that illuminates its flavor profile well after the sip is drawn... this aftertaste reveals orange peel, lemon zest, metallic ping, plum, and some herbal variants, before the whole shifts to sweet caramel, toffee, and fresh baked bread... a malt-forward ale that fosters both drinkability and appreciation, mellow enough to be session beer and solid enough to deserve a close-up.... much like its label, this beer houses a dual persona, and one I am glad to have finally experienced myself--better than the sum of its parts...

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Photo of Foyle
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into schooner glass. A healthy 2" frothy head drops slowly with plenty of lacing. Mostly clear amber color with abundant streaming carbonation. Aroma of pleasant malt bread dough, raisin, plum and some floral hops. Mouthfeel between light and medium with an easy going dry finish. Flavors of caramel, raisin, plum, a hint of molasses blend well with the earthy and floral hops. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of npdevil27
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of weareallfalafel
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MackT
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a amber/reddish. Slight aroma, non distinctive. Effervescent mouth feel, malty back taste. Not hop heavy, would go nicely with most any meal.
Not bad, not note worthy, not regretting the buy, just wouldn’t search it out.

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Photo of JohnBradSC
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FriedSlug
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ardeer
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of irate_alien
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Sams442
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ConradKenney
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of robebo44
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SmokySignals
4.74/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The world of amber ale is so diverse. Maybe too much....But THIS . Is. Amber as I prefer it. Absolutely rich and delicious. Destroys Abita amber,flat tire and so many others. Richness that reminds me of Green Man ESB, but not quite as dense or heavy on the palate, which is fine. Fat, caramel, toffee heaven. Pours beautifully. Will definitely be getting more of these!

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Photo of Atg1095
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdecross
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of elle_belles17
3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rallyr32
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MisledTitan
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThePold
2.35/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Is it a duck, or is it a rabbit? Is it a good beer or a malt bath? Looks like a duck, quacks like a malt bath, as it ought to. It is a decent light dark beer. Really ideal for Thanksgiving dinner. Excited to find this at a Target, of all places.

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Photo of wonothesane42
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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Amber Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 541 ratings