Amber Ale
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

Amber AleAmber Ale
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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #379
Ranked #27,717
3.41 | pDev: 14.66%
Oct 05, 2023
Sep 23, 2004
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!
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Rated by flgimp from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Beautiful look! Poured hard into a frosted Pilsner glass… nice kaki colored two fingered head and sufficient lacing as consumed.
Oct 05, 2023
Rated: 3.5 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Apr 23, 2023
Rated: 3 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Oct 07, 2022
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Reviewed by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Drinking this at one of my favorite tap rooms, Tapped Craft and Drafts in Greenville NC.
Poured from a tap into a pint glass.
Looks brown with a tannish foamy head that dropped quickly to a thin ring.
Smells lightly malty, sweet, spicy.
Taste follows the nose nicely.
Mouth feel is medium for the style.
Overall a very nice example of a Amber Ale that I would definitely order again.
Apr 21, 2022
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Amber Ale pours a dark amber color, with a big, long lasting, lacing head. Aroma is harsh, hints of dirt, and burnt notes. Flavor is harsh, lots of burnt caramel flavors, bitter finish. Body is a bit watery. Overall, some unique flavors, lots of burnt flavors, a very watery, yet earthy beer.
Oct 28, 2021
Rated: 3.97 by Danzifer from Ohio

Oct 05, 2021
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Dark amber appearance.
Body is around medium with about the same for carbonation which all added up to a decent feel.
Aroma is malt, a strong amount of apple jelly, earthy
Taste has a very mild sweetness as well as an equally mild hop bite. A bit of the apple shows up as well as a very dry finish.
Overall I found it to be very enjoyable.
Sep 29, 2021
Rated: 3.2 by Haybeerman from Colorado

Mar 28, 2021
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Rated by BobMagruder from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
A little sweet overall but good malt taste up front and nice light hop balance
Mar 19, 2021
Rated: 3.52 by BD3 from Wisconsin

Mar 02, 2021
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Reviewed by bonsainut from North Carolina

1.52/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
It is a rare beer that ends up in my garbage can, but that is what happened to the six-pack of The Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale that I purchased this week based on what I thought were generally good reviews for the brewery.

Look: True to type, tending more red than amber, and very clear. Light to moderate off-white head.
Smell: Very little aroma. Muted, slightly sweet. Expected more.
Taste: Sharp with an offensive metallic aftertaste that masked and overwhelmed distant flavors of malty caramel. Expected a smooth and malty flavor, got sharp and bitter instead.
Feel: Watery and thin. Medium carbonation.

Did I get a bad batch? This beer was offensively bad.

How I grade:
1: Poor
2: Below average
3: Average
4: Above average
5: Exceptional
Nov 29, 2020
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Deep amber appearance with a large tan head and good lacing. Muted, sweet malt aroma . Moderately sweet taste, some tartness, some herbal hops. A touch of sourness in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated mouthfeel with an average length finish.
Aug 17, 2020
Rated: 3.8 by edthehead from Maryland

Aug 08, 2020
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic.
Best by 7/20.

Pouring a murky light brown with a reddish hue, capped with one finger of cream-white fluffy foam. The nose is moderate in strength, sweet caramel, chewing tobacco, toast and earthy hops. The flavor is dominated From beginning to end by a coppery tang with underlying caramel and toast and leaves an iron-like aftertaste. Thin bodied, almost watery, medium carbonation.
Disappointing. I’m not sure what is going on with the flavor. It doesn’t seem like oxidation and probably shouldn’t be at two months inside of the best by date.
May 23, 2020
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Reviewed by chitoryu12 from Florida

3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Look: Relatively clear dark amber with rising bubbles. One finger of foamy white head with good retention.

Smell: Gummy candy and caramel.

Taste: Lightly toasted malt with a predominately sweet flavor. Slightly metallic aftertaste and faint bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average body with high carbonation.

Overall: A decent amber with a unique but uninspiring flavor.
Mar 13, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by drt72 from Virginia

Mar 05, 2020
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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City Brewing goblet.

A: A dark amber with ruby highlights, and really very clear. Forms a half-finger of white head that fades fairly quickly. A good amount of visible carbonation.

S: A very low amount of aroma on this one. A light presence of lightly toasted malts, a touch of minerals or hard water. A light vegetal hoppiness - maybe noble hops?

T: Follows the nose – toasted malts, brassy minerals, grassy and vegetal hops. Lightly toasted whole grain bread and mild toffee to the malt bill. A bit of citrus rind towards the end. Nearly balanced on the finish, though stays a little heavier on the malty side.

M: An average body for style, though carbonation sensation is a little low. Alcohol flavors are minimal.

O: This seems like an old school amber beer. It's certainly not a hoppy red that I sort of expected (thought I’m not certain about bottle age - no date found on the bottle). It's clean and balanced, but not something I’d go out of my way to grab for a repeat performance.
Nov 13, 2019
Rated: 3.29 by MunduMugo from Massachusetts

Jun 22, 2019
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 24, 2019
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
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
Oct 04, 2018
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