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

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Duck-Rabbit Amber AleDuck-Rabbit Amber Ale

Brewed by:
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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Photo of NCbeerpirate
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and caramel. Taste is also very malty, caramel, just a touch of hops are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is an enjoyable and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of harrymel
1.89/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best by 04/2011 A: dark, dark amber, nearly brown ale with three fingers of lightly caramel foam falls over a few minutes to a solid sheet of the same with creeping edges. Hazy with spotty lace. (3.5) S: Sweet malts with hints of green apple and banana. Some herbal qualities. (2) T: It’s got band aid and vinyl. Not impressed whatsoever. 1.5) M: Thin for the style with sky high carb and a dry finish. (2) O: Least favorite of the duck rabbit line up. (2)

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, nice tan head about 1/2 inch thick that hangs around and clings nicely. Color is transparent amber with some brown hints.

Smell is mild, slightly underdone caramel malt with a hint at roasted malt.

Taste not overly sweet caramel malt balanced with a hint of roasted malt, very light fruitiness, hard to pin point the exact type but a tart fruitiness is there.

Mouthfeel is very well balanced nice carbonation and sweet/bitter balance.

Overall, a nicely done amber all, somewhat understated in its flavor and scent but elements are there for a quality brew.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: a very clear, sort of dull reddish brown color. Dark, off-white head has some reasonable retention.

S: a dark, almost chocolaty smell. Good deal of roast as well. Sweet caramel works its way in between the roasted aromas.

T: the amount of roast on this thing is very unique. Not your typical amber. Also a definite fruitiness that is closest to banana in flavor.

M: vivid carbonation on a medium body.

D: different, but good. An american style that is all over the place and its nice to have one on the malty/very roasted side versus massivly american hopped. Kudos.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 ounce bottle from jyounger30; thank you Jay! Best by 09/2011 is indicated via notching on the side of the label.

Pours a golden mahogany (a bit lighter than what I would call "amber") color with massive cream-colored head. Generous sticky lacing is left as the bubbly head slowly settles. Smells of biscuity malts, some caramel, a bit of sugar, and some faint lemon and orange citrus. A bit underwhelming, as I was hoping for a bit more of that caramel malt character. Taste is of orange, some apple, sugar, bread/biscuits, some grain, and a bit of caramel in the rear. Much fruiter and sweeter than I would expect in an amber. It almost tastes like a fruit juice of some sort. Mouth is smooth, but finishes a bit on the sticky side for me. Overall, a decent amber, it just doesn't jive with my tastes as much as others in the style do.

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Photo of tdm168
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, allowed to warm slightly before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Duck Rabbit Amber Ale pours a crystal clear amber (not just a clever name then). There's about 2-2.5 fingers of cream colored foam that forms the head. Head retention is alright, but lacing is very spotty. The nose is just a tad dull, but features a lush, caramel sweetness. There's also another aroma that I couldn't place until I scanned a couple other reviews, but there's a definite herbal, English tea note as well. The sweetness on my palate is a pretty even split between caramel and more biscuity flavors. There's a bit of barely there bitterness, before that same herbal tea note comes in to close things. The body is sturdy, yet a little bit on the dry side for a beer that's relatively malt forward. The carbonation is just a touch too low, it's basically died off by the time each sip reaches the back of my tongue. It's nice to have an amber ale that's something besides an IPA with a bit of darker malt added, but this one doesn't have quite enough character to make it great. Still, a beer I wouldn't mind coming back to.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber looking color, alittle murky.
The head is small and lacks abit.

aroma is mostly of rich malts. Slightly toasted.
Hops are minimal.

Taste of course is mostly of malts. Toffee seems to be very promident in this. Hops are light and maybe some floral taste.

Mouthfeel is medium with nothing being offensive in the beer. A smooth finish with a hint of bitterness.

Hey not a bad beer here. Suitable for the autumn months I think.

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Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated best by 5/2011 served in a pint glass.

Pours hazy darkish amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades. More cloudy than expected.

Aroma: very nice aroma of medium roasted malts with hints of alcohol and hops.

T - Flavor largely follows smell, and is rather earthy and flavorful for style. Excellent sweet/bitter balance. Flavor improves with warming.

M - medium body with light carbonation and a light bite.

O - a rather full flavored "amber ale" that is more like a brown ale than usual. If you love the flavor of medium roasted barley in your beer, you really should try this one.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My dad brought me this from his latest trip. Thanks dad.

Pours a nice clear amber color. Thin off white head. Slight lacing.

Aroma is kinda malty. Caramel and some yeasty aromas. Not much.

Taste is simple. A bit malty with a slight bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Good carb.

Overall a very mundane beer. Don't think I would buy it very much if it was around me. Too plain. It's ok though.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. A hard pour gives an erupting creamy/off-white colored head. It fades after a bit, but provides some crazy good lacing. Amber is an apropriate term but the color of the beer itself it sort of a darker whiskey or bourbon brown. In fact if it had no carbonation, it could easily be confused as that. Very good clarity. Overall a very good looking beer.

The smell is good, but not very strong. There are hints of toasted malts; toffee and caramel and a little bready. Its certainly not a hoppy beer. Once it warms up there are hints of earthy hops, but it's certainly not a dominant feature.

The taste portion is not easy to score. Since red/amber ales can vary so much, it's hard to establish a target baseline. More on the malty side on this one. Caramel and toffee tones are the dominant features. Not very hoppy, yet some slight herbal flavors exist. Similar to a quality oktoberfest in flavor.

Mothfeel is pretty good, medium, maybe heading towards the light end. Carbonation level is very good. Here is where hops are most present. There is a slightly earthy and bitter finish. It's very drinkable. Take it how you want, you can muscle this one down or savor it.

Certainly not the best Amber ale on the market (and not even close to Duck-Rabbit's best beer) but respectable none the less. A general crowd pleaser overall.

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Photo of engagechad
4.62/5  rDev +35.5%
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 Amalak
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.

A. It has a coppery color with an extremely bubbly head and a big, thick tan head that leaves a good deal of lacing.

S. A very malty, chocolate scent.

T. True to the scent, the chocolate comes through. There are also caramel undertones. Tastes more like a stout. Smooth with a hint of bitter toward the end. Good, but typical.

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Photo of Ego
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from my trip to the obx...

2 fingers of head rise up and settle down pretty quickly, dark ruby hue, lacing is spotty, carbonation is active. pretty plain jane but not enough to complain

sweet candy type malt, herbal/floral hop aroma, some chemical notes on the back end, pretty straight forward, like the look this is average, nothing great, nothing out of place

taste etc...
pretty lackluster. the carbonation and body are spot on but this has about as much character as a pet rock. all the flavors are born to be mild.

don't let this beer be your summation of this brewery, they brew much better stuff than this.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best by Dec 2010.

Pours hazy copper/amber with a one finger off white head that leaves spotty and drippy lacing and holds a small cap and foamy ring.

Aroma is caramel and toffee malt, some fruit, perhaps cherries and grapes, bit of floral and citrus hops, moderate to good strength.

Flavor is some caramel, toffee, a bit of fruit and not much else, pretty watery and bland.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Average Amber Ale but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. The color is a moderate amber with a light tan head. Nose brings some lightly-toasted malt as well as some toffee, caramel, and nuts. Taste is bready with a bit of caramel. Medium body and good carbonation. A pretty good example of the style.

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Photo of jsanford
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark amber with a thick and creamy off-white head. Amazing retention, no lacing. Visibly aggressive carbonation.
S - Sweet toasted malts, roasted nuts and some subdued earthy hops.
T - More sweet malt, roasted nuts and earthy hops, with some toffee thrown in. Not much flavor here.
M - Medium-thin bodied with high, sharp carbonation. I think this is just an over-carbonated bottle, the sharpness is unpleasant.
D - Pretty drinkable, but not a whole lot of flavor. Perhaps a good cook-out beer, as it's not too challenging, but I won't be re-visiting.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear deep reddish brown copper with an average lasting off-white head. Little lacing.

S - Caramel, toffee and sweet bready malts. Piny/earthy hops. Otherwise quite clean.

F/M - Sweet caramelly/bready/toffee-like malts. Little bit of roasty flavor too which helps dry out the finish. Piny hops with a medium bitterness, which is accentuated by the light amount of dark roasty malts. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - Good. Clean, dry, flavorful and quite easy drinking. This beer is alright, but these guys should really stick to the true dark beers.

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Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear amber-brown color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of deep caramel malts with solid amounts of toastiness. Also present are trace amounts of indistinct fruit aromas and heavier amounts of leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately dry caramel and toasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mild amounts of leafy hop flavors. Midway through the sip slight amounts of nutty flavors work their way into things and carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation is a bit on the heavy side.

Drinkability is good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this a good example of a no-frills amber. Nothing stands out as above average and it's certainly on the simple side but it's still a solid beer. Not worth seeking out but if it pops up it's not worth avoiding.

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Photo of philbertk
2.66/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery Amber Ale--2007 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. 35 IBU's? (3.0 / 5.0) Beer of the Month Club Selection May, 2007. Big foamy mild lace off white head. Clear bright rich amber red color. Tight sour sediment. Fruity floral mild hop toast hint front. Mild sweet tangy caramel fruit toast hint estery aged body. Dry mild hop crisp fruity amber ale OK end. Over-aged. Sampled 8/18/2010.

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Photo of Kinanik
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've enjoyed many duck-rabbit beers before, but hadn't had this one.

Appearance - Nice dark caramel color, almost no head.

Smell - Vaguely malty but not too prominent.

Taste - Little-No hop bitterness, which I've come to appreciate in limited quantities in ambers. Overall, mildly malty and sweet, with no bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Heavy, smooth. Not much carbonation.

Drinkability - The lack of bitterness and carbonation combined with the smoothness makes this a very drinkable beer. If only it had a bit more flavor.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper-penny red with a nice one inch of head.

Smell: monotonus malt aroma and somewhat faint scent of hops.

Taste: Caramel hint and toasted malts and a nice clean finish. Hops are not very appealing, but it works.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a clean, crisp finish, but nothing else appealing.

Drinkability: Actually wasn't what I was expecting for a amber ale, but was quite good on a positive not. It was average at best, but I do enjoy amber ales. Good, but highly doubt I'll try again.

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Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
3.41 out of 5 based on 527 ratings.
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