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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!

Added by brentk56 on 09-23-2004

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Ratings: 529 |  Reviews: 241
Photo of Kinanik
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +0.9%
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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Photo of magine
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark amber color, has an off white fluffy head. Very noce head retention and lace. I am surprised by the looks of this one. One of the better amber ale brews I've poured.

Brew has a sweet, bisquit malt smell. Caramel, yeasts, toffee maybe.

Brew has a sweet medium bodied taste. Malty, caramel sweet flavor. Can taste yeast and some hops as well. Has a very clean easy drinking flavor and mouthfeel.

Well this one would be a huge hit at a BBQ or any get together. An easily sessionable brew. Good stuff again from Duck rabbit.

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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 u2carew
2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Duck rabbit amber
12oz longneck. This came from a mixed case that I bought in PA while on a road trip. Consumed 3/22/10
A) Pours with a two finger head. Very robust and the retention is great. The head remains creamy with big bubbled lacing. Transparent body. Upward carbonation. Amber in color.
S) Subtle aroma. Light caramel. Wheat notes. Some fruity tones.
T) Sour. Lemon. Very little malty sweetness. Borderline Brett beer. I would say this is a skunked beer but this is second one that I tried and both are the same. So unless there was a bad batch somewhere in the process, this is not a good amber.
M) Light body. Fizzy and crisp.
D) Not good.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't thank Mike enough for hauling these brews back from Flo-rida.

Pours a perfectly clear amber-red color with a substantial head, and leaves some nice lacing, in my glass.

As I pour I can pick up aromas of the fruity yeast, lacks a little in the hop department. Kind of a red delicious aroma, slight nuttiness.

The taste isn't bad, if i'm looking for a session beer. Fruity, fruity taste, hops and yeast, nice malt backbone. It actually has substantial body for the style. A little too sweet in the end.

This would be like my Avery Redpoint if I lived within availability of this beer. I'd pick it up once and a while when I needed a six pack to drink on. Not bad.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My pops brought this back from his N.C. road trip. Thanks pops!

A: Pours a dark red-tinged amber. Crystal clear, with a nice one inch tan head. It leaves fairly substantial lacing. Fine example of the style.

S: Lots of caramel. The malt profile's also got a bit of bread in there. Not much going on hop-wise, but the malt's all right.

T: Similar to the nose. Very strong caramel taste. A little chocolate too, perhaps. Thankfully, there's a bit of bitterness to take the edge off.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Very...medium-y.

D: A little too sweet for everyday drinking for me, but it's definitely easy drinking. Wish my dad could have gotten me one of Duck Rabbit's darker beers, but this isn't bad at all.

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Photo of taigor
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured clear amber color with minimal head that left almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly malts upfront with hints of hops and fruits.

T - Slightly sweet upfront followed by slight citrus bitterness with a light hoppy finish.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Very drinkable but this beer has no complexity at all, very plain to my taste.

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Photo of IceTrey9785
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a six-pack for $10...

A: Pours a really rich, dark, mahogany color, with great head (for about a minute) -- a nice, tan lacing remains for the remainder of the beer. Against the light, the ale almost looks like a wood-stain on cherry furniture...

S: The aroma is rather weak. There is a hint of brown sugar, honey, and some hops, but overall, I thought it was rather mild on the nose...nothing impressive. Dry oats, and maple syrup too. Smells similar to the oatmeal I consume in the winter...

T&M: The hops hit first. I initially get maple syrup and pine resin, with a distinct bitterness. I wouldn't say it is too sweet, the spicy hop notes definitely emerge about mid-palate until the finish. Very creamy and the finish lasts a good while. I still feel a candied maple aftertaste...not horrible, just a little much.

Not being a big fan of amber ales, I actually like this one. I think it is way overdone, and it does have a rather sweet aftertaste, but the hops really carry this beer to the end. I'm not sure if I'd buy it again, but if I found it on draft somewhere, I'd certainly give it a shot. The Duck-Rabbit just keeps impressing me with the complex flavors and aromas of all their brews. Definitely a fan...

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Photo of billab914
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Pours a dark amber almost brown color with a inch thick white head. The foam left very nice lacing on the sides of me glass.

Aroma is malty with caramel and some apple fruitiness. Taste is malty and sweet with some fruit flavors going on. There is a slight apple or cherry fruitiness to it that gives it a very interesting flavor. It's a little too sweet for my tastes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, the sweetness would make it hard for me to enjoy that much of this beer. This isn't one of my favorite DR beers by a long shot and I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of jonziefle
2.91/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured an almost completely clear dark honey/light syrup color. Two finger foamy, khaki head with good retention. Little visible carbonation. Moderate lacing.

Smell: A very malty amber, with darker caramel and nuts present most of all. An apple juice fragrance smelling deep down, but not readily apparent. Hops seem to contribute, but don’t stand out or impart much of their own fragrance.

Taste: Overall malty with balanced sweetness. Caramel and nuts are the strongest malts, biscuity even. Smooth flavor, but not overally distinctive. Missing much of a hop character. Slight metallic taste on the first sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. No bite (carbonation or hop) at all. Not much going on.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but not really my type of amber ale. This one is far more malty than I like, without adequate hops to balance it out. Not enough carbonation and no bite at all.

Buy Again: No

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt is dominating. Taste is also dominated by a dry caramel malt base with light lingering sweetness. Subtle toffee notes are also noticeable. Body is about average with good carbonation. An average session ale at best.

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Photo of samie85
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best By Date 9/09.

A- I opened the bottle and very heavy psssh followed suit. I noticed the beer rising in the bottle and I believe I got a gusher. Pouring the beer confirms this. Pours a hazy amber color with a four finger head.

S-Dark caramel malt with a bit of bready malt and cherry notes. I'm intrigued...

T-Dark caramel and bready malt with a crisp, bitter, spicy and somewhat metallic finish.

M- Very well carbonated and in the thick side of medium bodied.

D-Pretty easy drinking and I don't really mind the faint metallic thing going on (it goes away after awhile). I'm sure being 4 months past best by date isn't helping anything either.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Duck-Rabbit- Amber

A- Light golden amber, clear, with a small foamy head.
S- Sweet sugary malt. Bready and buttery.
T- Sweet and sugary malt, light touch of cherry licorice and molasses. Light earthy hop finish.
M- Light and sweet. Thin throughout with a malty finish.

Overall- Light and a tad weak. Easy to drink but average at best.

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Photo of tegelaar
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper color - very little head and lacing. Smell is of a malt bomb. I smell no hops in this at all. Smells like musty oatmeal. Taste is really weak and flavorless. Totally boring. It's drinkable only because its weak and watery. Not much carbonation either. Frankly. a disappointment from such a well respected brewery.

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Photo of Stigs
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass...four months past its freshness date, oh well

A - somewhat aggressive pour yielded about 2 fingers of light tan, frothy foam which is dwindling quickly, lacing on the way down. the beer itself is a rich amber (surprise!) color, crystal clear.

S - faint caramel and smells like some faded (metallic, carboardy) hops. there is a small amount of dark fruits and brown sugar that develops as it warms a bit.

T - huge caramel and doughy malts strike first and stick around. the dough kind of transforms into some super sweet chocolate (hershey kiss like). some touches of faded hops near the end as there's just the smallest amount of bitterness. surprisingly decent besides the freshness issue.

M - pretty light carbonation, thin to medium bodied and a tad bit oily.

D - ill leave this review and hopefully come back and try it fresh, as it held up nicely and deserves another shot. i like my amber's on the hoppy side but this is a good representation of biscuity malts without being overwhelming.

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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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Photo of gcarl
2.3/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a transparent red. Thin white head gone in a second. Taste is grapefruit upfront, bitter hits the back of throat. Is there any malt in this beer? Tastes like hoppy water. My first home brewed red impressed more than this one.Ive had other Duck-Rabbit brews and I know they are better than this. Time for a recipe tweak.


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Photo of jadpsu
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Love the label on this beer.
Pours a clear amber in color with a tan head leaving some good side lacing.
Aroma has mild to moderate tones of bready malts and a hint of caramel.
Taste: Flavor is at best average for an amber ale. The malts in the aroma don't impress the taste buds At the same time, I have to admit that some spicy hops appear and add a little dry bitterness.
Mouthfeel is a little watery and thin.
Not as good a brew as I expected or hoped for.

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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 Anthony1
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is off white and thin, and the color of the beer is a very reddish amber. Big notes of a burnt maltiness are present in the form of a strong nutty, woody aroma. I mean, a huge nutty presence. No hops worth mention on the nose. Carbonation is moderate, and the body is medium thin...just slightly watery. As on the nose, there is a decent amount of nutty maltiness on the tongue...toasted malt nuttiness. The beer is mildly astringent, in a tea like manner. There is also a considerable hop bitterness here...but no hop flavor. Finish is, well, nutty...with a moderate bitterness.

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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 Durge
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dark amber color with a solid light tan colored head and good lacing. The aroma suggests watermelon heather and toasted hay with sour malt. Very different and intriguing. The flavor is a sharp watery cherry with grassy hop and light rootbeer malt. The hop bitterness is highly dominant, complexity is difficult to nail down. Some rhubarb and sage. Quite interesting, tingly carbonation in a relatively light bodied brew with average drinkability.

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Photo of Travlr
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found on base at Camp Lejeune. Dark copper colored with a thick white head, lots of staying power and a bit of lacing. Plenty of malt throughout, with overtones of caramel candy. Maybe slight spice. A bit on the sweet side, but otherwise very drinkable.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, best by December 2009. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is toasted and caramel malt, along with a bit of earthy hops. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like toasted malt, caramel, bread, a slight fruity tang and has a little bit of a bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit thin and is well carbonated. Drinkability is OK, it's not hard to drink but I can't see myself having more than 1 or 2 of these at a time. I think it's a decent enough brew, but it's not something I'd drink very often. But it's certainly worth a try.

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Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 529 ratings
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