Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Duck-Rabbit Amber AleDuck-Rabbit Amber Ale

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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States

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!

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Reviews: 239 | Ratings: 522
Photo of engagechad
4.62/5  rDev +35.9%
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.

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

So this was one of my last beer hunts in the south...I had read good things and I ended up with a mixed case of brown and amber that traveled with me across many states...and now I finally get to write my review.
A-Very dark amber in color....almost brown...big ruby hints when the light hits the glass....and a really big creamy frothy head, and a sticky lace that surrounds the glass.
S- Rich caramel malts, as well as a roasty aroma...light sugar, and grassy floral hops.
T- Caramel malts on the tip of the tongue and in the finish...crisp grassy hops in the mid body....the finish is nice and round with a pleasant nuttiness that does not last extremely long.
M- Moderate carbonation, full bodied and thick, mice hoping for an amber (and it seems to make it feel a little lighter on the stomach).
D- definitely a session beer...I sessioned this one myself...All I can say is that it is one of my favorite amber's...go into this one openly with out expectation.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.33/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap it pours an almost opaque cinnamony brown with a thick, pale beige head that lasts. Aroma is not strong, but is nicely malty with a spicy overtone. Flavor is richly malty with strong hints of cloves and cinnamon. It feels jazzy, sassy and zingy; and leaves a hint of chocolate and a touch of hops while going down.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh. The beer was dark reddish brown, clear, thin wispy head. The smell was dark and malty, it shared some porter aromas like roastiness or earthiness. The taste was very malty, some caramel and a little roast, not so much hoppiness as you normally get in amber ales. Very good, I've liked everything I've tried from this brewery.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.23/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber/mahogany color with a low beige ring for a head and decent carbonation. Robust malt aromas: Munich and Chocolate malts maybe. Tastes much like it smells ... malt-driven but not sweet in any way. Medium-light bodied with a dry roasty malt and light chocolate finish.

A nice malt monster for the style.

Enjoy By: 11/06 (notched)
Tasted: 08/31/06

($7.99 / 6-pack)

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visiting my brother in NC; he bought this to try. (Thanks D!) Excellent amber, gorgeous deep orange color with huge head that laced--almost coated--the glass all the way down. Fantastic, rich malt in the nose with a very pleasant, fruity hops scent. Taste was perfectly balanced. Nice mouthfeel with moderate (if that) carbonation. Pale Ale-like hops taste at first, mellowing to rich malt with a malty, slightly bitter aftertaste. Extremely drinkable and enjoyable. And something I (almost literally) stumbled on to.

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Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review is from notes taken on 10/20/2009. Pour is from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cide-like ruddy reddish brown and comes with a soft tan 2 finger head that leaves a firm web of lacing as it slowly dwindles; body is a little cloudy and shows pretty strong carbonation.

Smell: Sweet and biscuity malts abound, a pretty solid nose actually, albeit a bit simple.

Taste: Really nice and full flavors of that biscuity and bready malty aspect; almost wheat-like; semi-sweet aspect fafdes to a fainlty bitter aftertase. I really enjoy this beer and I'm finding that I appreciate ambers more and more and beers like this solidify that notion.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is strong, but not really sharp and allows it to come across as pretty smooth and soft on the palate; actually leaves the mouth a bit sticky and then dries nicely; a pretty refreshing beer overall that is fulfilling.

Drinkability: Quite high. A nice beer that tastes great and doesn't overwhelm. Very easy to enjoy and it fills me up nicely. I wish Duck-Rabbit were a bit more available where I'm at as I've enjoyed most of the offerings I've had from them.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.18/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep orange-amber color with moderate off-white head.
Smell is very light with some modest caramel sweetness detected.
Taste is extremely nice with an excellent blending of the malt and hops in perfect proportions.
Great taste retention.
Very drinkable. Perfect session beer.

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Photo of Hopprof
4.14/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this one at the Taco Mac Decatur. Poured darker than most ambers into my 20 oz "short" fat mug. A very capable, solid interpretation on the amber style. To me it drank much like an English bitter, more so than an amber. The flavour was well balanced with caramel, malt undertones well complemented by subtle hops. This is a very nice offering from DR, quite easy rto drink on a cold 40 degree night, or any night.

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Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear amber in color with a 3" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam that lasts remainder of drink.

Smell: loads of malt sweetness along with some fruit sweetness is easy to detect.

Taste: big caramel flavors, fruit sweetness, and a bready flavor are most dominant. A moderate bitterness brings the sweetness back in check.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish. Brief malt laced aftertaste.

Drinkability: if you are in the mood for a malt heavy amber ale this one is for you. A few of these can be easily enjoyed in a session.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber red color with spotty bubbly white head that seems to list from side to side on top of the beer. A good deep whiff returns smells like cherries, sweet syrup, fruits, but they are subtle. A very good flavor for an amber/red but not quite up there with Nugget Nectar (my favorite). I would drink this on a regular basis if it were possible. I think Duck-Rabbit does a really good job on all their beers. Yum.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked this up a few weeks ago when in NC. enjoyed out of a duck rabbit snifter.

a - poured a semi-transparent amber with a finger plus of foamy white head. steaky lacing.

s - brussel sprouts. banana. toasted malts. pretty unique with a fresh vedgie sweetness. fresh cut lawn.

t - very nice. rather sweet. much like the smell, banana and fresh cut lawn. seems it doesn't work for a lot of people, but i actually like it quite a bit. different for sure.

m - very lively carbonation.

o - overall, a unique amber that is on the sweeter side and has a nice fresh greens kick to it. i find it quite pleasing for a style that i don't typically love.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a wine glass. (note to self: do dishes)

First off, I'm not sure why this beer gets hated on like it does. If you ask me, for it's style, it's a well crafted, drinkable beer. It pours an impressive ochre-red, transparent body below a 2" tan head. Faint lacing fades along with the foamy cap, leaving a ring around the glass. There is quite a varied aroma here: sweet malts with some clover, sweet & sour sauce, maple, and molasses.

The taste is very well balanced for an amber. Rich nutty malts hit first followed by a light hop note. It's not as floral or rich as other Duck Rabbit beers, but that doesn't bother my impression of the taste in the slightest. Mouthfeel is crisp, smooth, and refreshing, while the hops light up the back of the palate. All in all, I'd have to say this is an all-around good beer. It's tasty, perhaps lacking a touch of complexity, but it's one in which I could easily envision knocking back a few. Once again, Duck Rabbit delivers.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear brownish copper color with a 1/4 inch khaki colored head that maintains as a ring til the end and leaves some lacing. Not a huge nose at first,some caramel and sweet malt, some cedar and a touch of dark fruit comes out as it warms up too. The taste is surprising for an amber, rich caramel/toffee with a little vanilla, and just a touch of hop spice and sweetness on the finish. I'd almost want to say it was barrel-aged. Thick bodied but very drinkable. One of my favorite amber ales cause it's something different than you expect. Very nice.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.01/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*$1.50 single purchased at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC.*

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous deep amber body with an amble, off-white head.

Smell: Toasted malt aroma of bread crusts with a vague fruitiness and only a faint hint of hops.

Taste: Toasted malts with a pinch of caramel sweetness and nuttiness. There's a little kick of roastiness near the clean finish. The hops are slight at best, and are really an afterthought in this malt-dominant beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A tasty, highly drinkable amber that makes for a fine session beer.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, copper, high carbonation, 1/2 inch head

Smell:little hops, some sweet malt, and a big dose of caramel

Taste:caramel dominates with toasted malt and a twinge of hops

Mouthfeel: smooth, light bodied, borderline sweet

Drinkability: This is a very good amber ale. I wish I had gotten more of this when I was down south. I could easily do a six and is one of my favorites for the style.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glassy ruby/copper color (fine, call it amber!), with a big tan head that retains well.

The smell is caramel, nutmeg and something more generally nut-like.

Flavors bring a well-balanced, controlled sweetness up front, with bitterness coming through quickly thereafter. Sweetness is mellow and toasty, nutty and buttery, while the bitterness is on the pleasantly sour side, everything balanced very well. A nice drying to the aftertaste keeps you thirsty and wanting more.

Mouthfeel brings moderate carbonation, not too flat and not too prickly. Just about right for the style.

An uncomplicated beer that has depth at the same time. Another satisfying beer from this very cool North Carolina brewery.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4.0 all the way around on this one, as I was rather impressed. It poured a nice shade of red that looked as though it would make a lovely wood varnish (the colour, anyway). Nice slightly off-white head lasted about 40 seconds before fading away into thin blanket of frost. Smell was very rich with a somewhat assertive presence of sweet, roasted cereals. Taste reflected this, as well, and surprisingly, a fairly easily noticeable ambiance of stewed dark fruits (plums and raisins and such). Certainly didn't expect to find *those* in here. There is also a faint lactic sourness in here, as well. Lots of interesting things going on in this one.
This was a really nice Red Ale that seems almost out of its league as far as depth and complexity are concerned. Very, very nice.

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

A - vigorous pour produced a 2 finger creamy white head, which rested to a thin layer of foam with minimal lacing.

S - pumpernickle bread...toasted and buttered.

T - more bread, lightly sweet, but decent balance, as the bitterness from the hops came through in the end.

M - light bodied, medium carbonation

D - Could drink a few of these. Very good representation of the style.

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

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle. Freshness date of 11-08.

Pours a very dark amber color, almost brown. 2 finger tan head which doesn't last long, not a lot of lacing either.

Has a very interesting aroma. Malty, sweet, some nuttyness, caramel, hints of chocolate, hints of fruit (raison like), a bit of floral aromas from hops, some earthy grainy yeasty like aromas.

Taste is pretty good. Nice bit of maltiness to it. Tastes like roasted malts. Has a bit of spiciness. There is some hoppy bitterness that comes through. Mild sweetness . Some earthiness in the taste with a slight fruity flavor. A bit of bitterness on the finish which leaves a lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is nice. Good drinkability too.

Overall pretty good. Will defiantly try again.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To begin with, I saw the rabbit first. A dark, amber-to-reddish-brown ale fills a tulip glass slightly hazy with an enormous, rocky, taupe head. As the head drops, it leaves patches on the glass and small pillows over the beer.

The aroma opens with an unexpected, funky, sweet yeast, followed by the expected caramel malt. Subtle floral hops make their presence known, but the star of the show is apple and white wine.

The flavor profile is tilted toward the acidic with some bitterness gripping the tongue while the aroma profile strongly influences the flavors. Moderate finish provides interest, but is a lesser player overall. This amber ale warms surprisingly well.

Bone dry with a medium body, soft carbonation, and some astringency, but in a good way. Carbonation is surprisingly low given the size of its head.

This beer has lots of interesting qualities. Try it with dinner, perhaps even a Welsh Rarebit! The astringency, while nice, does ultimately hinder the drinkability, but I will have another some day.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.96/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this a few weeks ago at Captain Ratty's seafood place in New Bern (great food, by the way) and was surprised at how tasty and refinined it was, considering how a lot of breweries throw around the term amber (when they mean lager). This reminded me of the Rogue All American, which I find outstanding. I wasn't in review mode that night but now is a different story.

Pours a beautiful clear brown body with orange highlights and a thick, dense head with both lace and staying power. Nose is sweet and malty but not real powerful.

Taste is soaked in roasted malt, with enough hops to leave a bitter edge in the taste before the clockwork clean finish. Not so much an amazing taste as a good, efficient beer that knows its role and plays it. Mouthfeel is likewise spot on. An easy one to enjoy.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.96/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a pleasant surprise.

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a vast, thick, fluffy slightly tan head that drops slowly to good lacing. The aroma is tosasty and a bit astringent, though not unpleasant. All this lead me to expect a conventional, generic roasty amber ale. But instead, the flavor was lighter and sprightlier than I expected, surprisingly light on the camel and toffee, with a lovely little hint of spice on the back that almost suggests a slight touch of Rye in the mix. The flavor has roasted barley, a bready, toasted edge, and hardly any hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is light and carbonated.

I was expecting something ponderous, but instead I found a dark ale I could comfortably call refreshing on a hot day. Well done.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

found this beer on vacation at the Outer Banks bought a sixer beer was in a brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap poured into a nonic glass. Date notched 10/07.

Chestnut brown with a deep reddish hue,a generous light tan head,decent retention leaving some webs of lace with a small amount of sparce tiny bubbles.

Very malty,very nutty,also toasty,sweet carmell,charred wood,maltiness was complex with no real hop notes in the aroma.

Burnt chocolate taste,spicey hop tastes also some citrus,very nutty,astrigent,clean breaks in taste throughout the beer. Very good balance right through the finish.

Light body slightly waterey with a grainy texture. Goes down easy no problem having another. Good solid beer,enjoyable.

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Photo of Mavajo
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass - surprisingly dark amber with a very fluffy off-white head. Exceptional retention. Even after 15 minutes, it was still sporting a thick all-encompassing foam. Moderate to heavy lacing. Really an excellent appearance - a bit more lacing would notch it an 'exceptional' rating here.

Nose has notes of dark caramel malts with a bit of spicy sting. Taste brings those caramel malts to the forefront - a bit bready as well. Almost a metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is unremarkable - medium carbonation with a fairly thin body. Quite drinkable.

I gotta say, I'm a bit surprised by the relatively low ratings (especially recently). This thing is no world-beater, but it's a fairly well put together brew.

EDIT: Just noticed my bottle had a best on date of 10/08 - over a year ago! Wouldn't expect that to improve a beer of only 5.5 ABV...not really sure what to say.

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