Amber Ale
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

Amber AleAmber Ale
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Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #1,064
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
78
Ranked #47,477
Avg:
3.43 | pDev: 14.87%
Reviews:
251
Ratings:
550
From:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  10
Gots
  70
SCORE
78
Okay
Amber AleAmber Ale
Notes: 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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Jeffreysan from Maryland

3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a murky brown color, not amber at all, almost muddy, with a quarter of a finger of white-head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that almost completely covered the top of the beer in wispy clouds.

Aroma: Very malty and bready, with some pronounced sweet aromas of honey and toffee.

Taste: Malty up front, quickly followed by some pronounced but not overpowering hoppy bitterness. There’s practically no sweetness present, just a lot of pleasant hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.5%, there’s no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty solid amber ale, and unique to other ambers that I’ve had (Fat Tire, Honker Ale, etc.) in that it’s much more hop forward that I’m used to, but in a very tasty way. I’d certainly have it again.

Oct 29, 2013
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

2.91/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another of tone77's bottles to keep me from going insane on The CANQuest (TM)! Yee ha!

From the bottle: "Proudly hand made in small batches."

I was already beginning to get foam coming up out of the neck of the bottle when I popped the cap, so I employed a gentle pour to keep from getting an out-of-control head. It worked as I created just over a finger of light-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep garnet-red with NE-quality clarity. Nose was quite malty, more than I would have preferred, but still stylistically correct. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a surprisingly biscuit malt flavor on the tongue, not terribly sweet at all. Finish had an odd metallic tang that I was not pleased by. I would not recommend this amber when there are others available.

Jul 21, 2012
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room

Poured a hazy dark amber with one finger of head and nice retention. Smells of sweet caramel and dark malts. Taste is malty and sweet with a fruitiness to it that I akin to a red apple; a little earthy and has just a slight hop bitterness to it. As the beer warms I detect hints of butterscotch. Medium bodied with good carbonation, this beer is smooth.

A little too much on the fruity sweetness side for me. I prefer my ambers with more malt and hop character. The flavors just didn't mesh well for me.

Aug 04, 2011
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ejimhof from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.5%

Jun 29, 2013
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Anything from Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Apr 23, 2012
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ramrod666 from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.5%

Mar 25, 2014
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getlonely from North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: double-poured from bottle into frosted mug. Three fingers of cream-colored head, recalls whipping cream. Head dissipates over 3 min, lacing the mug nicely.

S: sweet and fruity, with hints of apple/pear.

T: hits with sweet caramel apple, then moves into ever-so-slight roasted malts. Finishes with simple, bitter sugar taste on the back of the tongue.

M: a bit airy for an ale, after the head dissipates it becomes very drinkable. Really activates back portion of tongue as sweetness fades to bitterness.

O: This so-called amber ale could be more accurately described as a light brown ale--just doesn't have the roasted/burnt malt flavor to constitute true amber ale. But enjoyable, session ale that North Carolina beer advocates can get behind!

Dec 19, 2011
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Peach ice tea color, very clear, with a one finger head that leaves some splashes of lace

Smell: Caramel roasted malt on the nose; smells vaguely like a doppelbock

Taste: Caramel and fruit flavors up front, but the hops quickly kick in and overwhelm the initial sweetness; ultimately, the finish is rather bitter but there is an underlying sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Quite a different take on the amber style, with a lot of resinous hop flavor standing up to a lot of caramel malt

Sep 23, 2004
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jtransel from Illinois

4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 12, 2015
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DrJay from Texas

2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to witbier for bringing this back from vacation!
Very clear deep amber with a generous cap of beige foam. Good head retention with some chunky lacing. Malty, grainy aroma with a bit of caramel and hint of hops. Medium to low bitterness, but it had a surprisingly sharp bite to it. Malty caramel up front gave it some balance and light hopping appeared mid-palate, but the sweetness fell away towards the end giving it an unappealing, harshly bitter finish. Medium to high carbonation with a lightish body that ended up a little thin. Some dryness. Meh. This one needs a little balance - not enough malt for the harsh hop character.

May 24, 2008
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DeltaGolfSierra from Tennessee

3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a dark copper or bronze, with a modest off-white head. Pretty nice looking. The scent is hard to pin down - I'm getting some bread and a little ripe pear aromas. Taste is definitely on the malty side, with some breadiness up front and a sweet caramel in the finish. These are fairly subtle though; it felt like the flavors needed be more aggressive. The mouthfeel was a bit thin and watery, which detracted from the otherwise good taste.

May 19, 2011
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Dansting from Kansas

3.04/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Poured a clear amber color with a thick off-white head. Aroma is nutty with a sweet fruitiness to it. Mouthfeel is nice. Flavor is odd for an amber. Starts out with a caramel and nutty flavor, but the aftertaste is similar to coffee. Not one of the better amber ales I have had.

Jun 15, 2007
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Brewsed from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +2%

Aug 07, 2012
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walleye from Michigan

2.39/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

thanks goes to oldgrowth for this. poured bronze, with a nice sized tan head. aroma metallic, malt, some hops, brown sugar. flavor the metallic dominated this I had a hard time picking out anything else but did get some hops and caramel. have had better

Nov 05, 2006
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bubseymour from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

a - dark reddish brown w/ 1 finger head

s - very sweet and malty. Lots of caramel / brown sugar scents

t - easy to drink, no hop presense except slight note in the finish, lots of caramel flavor...very similiar to a bock style

m - very watery and thin

o - an average beer, decent flavor, sessionable but a little lacking in body. Flavor profile isn't one of my favorites either.

Jul 08, 2012
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mynie from Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours foamy. Very foamy. Don't smell old or anything, but the head is uncontrollable. Once it settles a bit it's a regular amber.

Smells sparky, zippy and twitchy. Sweet amber malts, woody and grassy, with very light hops.

Tastes lightly sweet, a bit stronger than the smell had led me to believe. Fruit nodes, weeds, and light hops. Nicely balanced, fairly complex, but really all and all there's not that much going on.

Solid but unexceptional.

May 09, 2009
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -12.5%

Sep 06, 2014
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Backer2004 from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy, almost tastes like abrown ale with hints of caramel. Served at a great temperature so the smell really and taste were at its best. The lacing and head were nice features as well. Never heard of Duck-Rabbit before or its brewery city of Farmville, North Carolina. The label seemed cheap, but the logo and its optical illusion were great. Would be interested in trying out some more Duck-Rabbit products.

Oct 22, 2004
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of herbal hops and caramel malt. Body is medium and full. Herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and herbal. Overall it is great brew.

Jul 20, 2015
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BrewMaster from California

1.84/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

So I get to write the 5th review of this beer that pushes it into the ranking...well, I won't be accused of trying to pump up the rating, that's for sure. This beer poured with a nice, clear red and orange color and alight head on top. That's about where the good stuff ends. If you want to read about how much this beer sucks then go ahead and read on. The smell is light and weak with only a sweet malt aroma to it. I described this beer to my friend best when I said it was water with a hint of beer. Very watery with some malt flavor int here and a bit of citrus and vegetable character to it. Don't mistake this for complexity. It is just bad brewing. In the mouth it is thin and watery and weak. It sucks. Don't waste your money.

Jan 09, 2005
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NCbeerpirate from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +16.6%

Nov 15, 2011
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ski271 from Pennsylvania

2.77/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium-dark ruby-copper with a small, off-white, foamy head with average retention and spotty lacing. Smell is of smoky, toasted malts with a light sweetness, piney hops, lightly floral, and a touch of… cranberry? Odd, but oddly good. Taste follow suit and starts out good, but a pretty strong metallic aftertaste ruins this beer. It has a medium body, dry texture and low carbonation. This would be an enjoyable beer if it weren’t for the aftertaste. After reading the other reviews, I wonder if I had a bad bottle.

Feb 06, 2007
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Giggy from Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Apr 04, 2013
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jjayjaye from New York

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid darker amber color with a thin foamy off white head that fades quickly to surface. Thin sheets of Belgian lacing observed. The smell is timid with a roasted malt bill. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied with a grainy roasted aftertaste. The flavor is a good malty lightly caramel roasty malt. A nice drinker. Bottle courtesy of brentk56, thanks!

Jul 03, 2009
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engagechad from Virginia

4.62/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was purchased as a sixer from Kroger - fresh - poured into Victory tulip. all six of them

This beer poured well with perfect carb, great head and sticky lacing. Color was that of mahogany and ruby. Beautiful beer.
Smells amazing, this is a malty amber, so much so that it almost smells like a beginners stout or something. Big malty presence with sweetness and round caramel, bready tones.
Taste follows the amazing nose with big sweet malt presence and bready mouthfeel. Mouthfeel and drinkability are spot on and amazing.

This brew is crazy smooth and enjoyable. If you're in the south, Richmond, VA what have you please find this and the Milk Stout.

Mar 15, 2011
Amber Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 550 ratings