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!

Added by brentk56 on 09-23-2004

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Photo of prototypic
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber Ale isn't exactly amber. It is a darker shade of copper. It's very clear and light reveals some nice orange and scarlet undertones. A vanilla colored head tops it off. It's a rather modest one finger in depth. Retention was on the short side and lacing was very sparse.

The nose is a little weak, but it's still above average. It's a little sweet smelling. Caramel malt seems to be the strongest scent here. It's followed closely a yeasty, almost biscuit-like scent. There's a light whiff of some hops, but not much. I had really hoped for more. A really good amber needs a good bit of hops. This doesn't smell like it stacks up in that department. Toward the end, toasted malts and a light nutty scent emerge. Alcohol is not noted at all. It's alright, but could be better.

The flavor profile is alright, but suffers the same fate. It has a nice, somewhat sweet malty base. Toasted malts are also noted. Hops are more prominent here and provide a nice bitter kick. But, there's not a lot of great hop flavor. It's not enough to carry the day here. What little there is tastes mostly earthy and floral. I don't have a problem with that, I'd just like more. It's skewed a little too far in the malt direction for my preference. Alcohol is blended well and goes unnoticed. It finishes sweet and a little bitter.

Amber Ale has a light body is relatively smooth given its consistency. Carbonation seems to be just about right. It really has a nice feel for a light bodied beer. Drinkability is above average. Yeah, it goes down easy, but there's not enough flavor here to really exceed. A single 12 ounce is plenty for me.

My short, limited experience with Duck Rabbit has been good. This one's alright, but isn't an award winner. It's a little too tame for an Amber Ale. The malt profile is good and probably has enough bitterness to get by, but there's not enough hop flavor. It needs more. Make that one small change and I expect it'd improve dramatically. It's an alright beer and is worth a try. But, I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is called an "amber," yet pours a deceptively dark shade of copper. There is a small dollop of a sudsy head in accompanyment. The body is somewhat translucent bearing small bursts of carbonation bubbles. At first, there is a nose of subtle soapiness (perhaps, to supplement the "sudsy head?")Despite this, there is evidence of almond. The palate detects initial bitterness, followed by some citrus aftertaste. At some point, with the lowering of temperature, a bite of molasses becomes evident.

It is a sweet, malty beer with a doughy mouthfeel from an interesting brewery that is becoming known - if not for there unique perspective of craft beer, then, at least, for the label. Is is a duck? Is is it a rabbit? It's a duck-rabbit. Look forward to trying some more of these beers.

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Photo of jmjackson6880
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium amber in color. Good clarity. Poured one finger's worth of off-white head. Light lacing on glass.

S: Smells bready, sweet. Light hop notes of citrus.

T: Sweet, mild toasted flavor. A slight bitter after on the back on the tongue. Bready and malt flavors linger. Sour and citrus flavors are very subtle.

M: Medium-light body, light carbonation. Fairly light, crisp.

D: Ambers, admittedly, aren't my favorite style, but this is one I'd recommend. Nothing is super-memorable about the beer, but it is solid all around. Easy to drink and affordable.

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Photo of corby112
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper/amber color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a thick frothy two finger head that immediately fades into a lasting ring, leaving sporadic splotches of off white soapy lacing.

Caramel malt aroma which is pretty sweet smelling with hints of hazelnut, biscuit, cinnamon spice and subtle hops.

Slightly flat earthy mouthfeel with very earthy hop forward presence. Caramel malt back bone with subtle brown sugar/cinnamon spice and a dry hop finish. Kind of a bland session beer with a earthy(literally dirt) flavor that's kind of off putting. I'd like to try this one again, possibly on tap or another bottle.

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

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The ale appears a clear copper color with a solid two fingers of off white foam. Nose and flavor consist of medium toasted grains, a healthy amount of caramelized malt for the style, bread, a touch of earthy hops. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, a tasty amber that's worth a try if you're into the style.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber. Nose is so oddly interesting. I took a quick sniff and the thing it reminded me of was these french fries you could just heat up in the microwave while keeping them in the paper box they are in. Anyways. The flavor. Malty and leafy and earthy. A bit too tangy IMO. Detracts. Feel is nice enough. A decent drinker I guess. Could be better rounded out and smoother.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Brownish body under a smallish white head. No lace, very little retention.

S: Very nice aroma. Nice hop profile, caramel and toasted malt, hints of chocolate. Malt and hops a very balanced, with the malt coming out ahead, which I like.

T: Taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma. Rather sweet malt, a bit toasted, but the hops don't quite mesh as well. Pine hop pops up mid way through the taste and is a it off balance. Beer finishes mildly bitter with some toasted malt and a hint of caramel. Not bad, but balance is lacking for me.

M/D: Full bodied, a bit silky, carbonation isn't too high. Drinkability is good. Despite the flaws in the appearance and lack of balance in the taste, it's a solid beer.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.24/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into pint glass. 8/09 date.

Decent look, with 2f head quickly dropping to film - attractive amber color, and no visible carbonation.

Smell is pretty nice - sweeter than expected. Lotta bread, lightly toasty, and little bit o' caramel.

Very little flavor - closer to a dark mild ale than an amber ale. Some maltiness, but zero hop quality. Disappointing after the nice aromas.

The mouthfeel really kills this one - thin, tinny, watery, with no bite and very light in carbonation.

An easy drinker, no doubt, but with the lack of flavor, I'm not going to be sessioning these.

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

Appearance: The beer pours into my pint glass a rusty, raisiny-reddish brown. It is somewhat cloudy, and a nice initial 2 finger cream-colored head fades fairly quickly to a well-retained creamy skim. Loads of sticky lace follow the beer all the way down the glass and hang without any sign of slipping away.

Smell: Aroma isn't too overwhelming and is mostly toasty, caramel malts and some dry, biscuity grains.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is somewhat nutty and full of caramelly malts and toasted grains. A slight hop presence presents itself with a little bitter citrus flavor, and there is a distinct metallic aftertaste throughout the drink. The feel is pleasantly, brightly carbonated, making the beer fairly light overall.

Drinkability: This is a really nice beer - flavorful and highly drinkable. This might be my favorite offering from Duck Rabbit yet.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lots of large bubbles are laced in this off white/tan head. It sits about 2.5 fingers thick.
Head has lots of structure and rises above the glass. The beer is a straight amber color pretty much right down the middle on the amber meter. The head does fade and there is some spotty lacing.

Aroma is light and of toasted malt and slightly sweet. There is also a light sweet fruity tone to this.

My first though is that the flavor is a bit empty. Perhaps that's a comment better made through the mouth feel, but still it almost tastes empty. Initial sweetness, then some caramel and fruit. Finished really dry and empty at the end. Just trails off.

Carbonation tingles on the tongue. Body seems a bit too light

I have to say this is not my favorite of the Duck Rabbit catalog. A bit disappointed.

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

Pours a ruby-ish orangey-red with very little head. Just a thin ring of white around the top. Carbonation levels look a bit light.

Smell is very sweet, caramel, sweet fruit (apples and pears) and even a bit of melon. Its very "estery", plenty of malty sweetness going on as far as aroma goes.

Taste is very crisp and sweet. The malty, fruity flavors are present and I really dig them, this is a very refreshing beer...almost juicy in taste. Not a lot of hop presence in this one, just an easy drinking amber ale. That about says it all. Nothing wrong with this one.

I could easily drink a lot of these.

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Photo of beerphan
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle -> pint
notched Aug 09

Pours a clear amber with aggressive slightly offensive foaming. Had to stop half way through a semi-aggressive pour to stop the overflow. Once it settles, and it does amazing quickly, you're left with some dish suds for a head and sparce cliffs of lace. Carbonation remain steady throughout.

Nose: Toasty malts, caramal, toffee, and same spice. metal.

Begins with some sweet caramel malts, light toffee, toasted sugar, flavors are weak not rich and full. Hop flavor is missing in action. What flavor there is quick and non impressive. Finishes with a stingy bitterness. Mouth is a tad watery for the style.

I've tried 3 of my 4 Duck Rabbit sample bottles, and by far this was the most disappointing. Sure hope the stout is better than this.

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Photo of asabreed
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle split with a friend. Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: Nicely and not-so-surprisingly amber. Off-white head. Looks good in the glass.

Smell: Sweeter malt aromas, a bit of roastedness and husk, and some fruit esters.

Taste: The taste seems to die rather quickly in a way, and the aroma seems much stronger and balanced and complex. A bit of candied fruit esters and citrus and husked grain flavors, but it's quick and like I said, it kind of dies. Pleasant, but you really have to sip and sip to grab a hold of the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Maybe a bit slick and watery, though it doesn't seem to detract from the brew that much.

Drinkability: Not necessarily disappointing, because it is a very drinkable beer, but I see how the reviews are so low, especially with Duck Rabbit making some great brews. That said, it's worth a shot, but there are plenty of other Ambers out there that are more worth your time.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

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Photo of mralphabet
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a pint glass.

A: A very nice deep reddish amber color... just a clear with lots of bubbles. Very nice 2 finger head what sticks around.. Ok lacing.

S: Tough to catch but I'm getting some caramel and malts, just a small touch of hops and a spiciness I can't place.

T: Very malty right up front a little bready and spicy with nice caramel notes, this all comes straight on then fades quickly with a light bitter aftertaste... Not very hoppy bitter. Not unpleasant, just different. Over all smooth and nice flavors.

M: Very carbonated at first but calms down as it warms... Smooth with a little creaminess.... I like this.

D: OK this is a good beer... not the best Duck Rabbit I've had but a different take on the Red... ABV is good and the creaminess is not to filling.... Could have a couple of these.

Drink lots of Duck Rabbit... Good stuff

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Photo of Bung
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Light mohoghany pour with a surprisingly dark tan head for an amber ale. A large head at that, I had to pour and wait to finish the pour. I thought this was going to be over carbonated, but that was not the case. A good amount, but not too much. Back to aroma, a balance of caramel, malt and citrus pine. Taste is also a good balance. Some sweet malt and caramel with hints of citrus and some red fruits. More hops through the finish. Standard amber ale, but a good one from Duck Rabbit.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color with a foamy cream colored head that fades rather quickly. Little to no lacing.

Smell is very malty and bready.

Taste is a toasted bread with some caramel sweetness. There is a bitterness as it warms, but it is very subtle and I am finding it hard to find any hops.

The mouthfeel is a good medium body that is a little dry.

This is a fairly drinkable beer.

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Photo of dehay
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
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 RonfromJersey
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper body, partial haze, topped by a level finger of bone china foam.

Distinct bready aroma. Inviting.

Taste begins with semi-sweet maltwith a nice sense of depth. Noble hops add some earthy bite.
SLight hop tingle continues into the aftertaste. Nice chocolate note in the aftertaste also.

A slighty chewy sturdy mouthfeel, neither sloppy or overly thick.

A beer that goes done easy 1,2,3.

A tasty amber with more to it than the average.

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Photo of inathought
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pauley's Original Crepe Bar in Athens, GA

This beer was brought in a bottle and poured into a clean pint glass. The color was deep caramel with an off-white and thin/loose head. There was some lacing on the glass, but not as much as other ales.

Initial smell was very malty with subtle hops. I might've smelled a hint of apple. More malt than hops.

It's a medium bodied ale with great drinkability. Not very bitter initially. Later on down the beer, more bitterness was observed.

Mouthfeel was nice. Spicy at first, hitting the sides of the tongue then finishing in the back with the bitterness.

More carbonation than I prefer. Overall an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured copper with a small head. The smell was mostly sweet malt, with a bit of hops. The taste starts off with malt and gives way to some hops and spiciness in the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with a moderate amount of carbonation, and it is a drinkable for a style with so much hops.

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Photo of tjwarren
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Nice amber color, good head at first and quickly disappears.

Smell was malty and caramel did not really get the hint of the hops that were coming. Overall the smell was a little underwhelming, from the color I thought there would be more.

Taste, at the start there is a nice smooth sense of malt, caramel and more and finishing the hops jump up nicely. I don't usually like a lot of hops, I think it tastes like drinking pine cones, but this was good even for me. I think I would have preferred it stay a little smoother going down but I am not complaining. This might be the beer that puts me over the hop barrier.

Mouthfeel did not have much. Not much carbonation. Just average.

Drinkability should be excellent. I only had one but would like to try two in one night to see if the second one tastes even better. Not my favorite of all time but I liked it.

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Enjoy by date notched on front label. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.65.

A: Burnt amber with creamy off-white 1-2 finger head with good retention and lacing.

S: Plenty of herbal, earthy hops mix with light caramel and pale malts with light toasting.

T: Sharp herbal, spicy hops play undercard to above-average malting with caramel and pale malts with a decided mineral, salty late flavor.

M: A bit too dry and astringent for the style. Low-medium carbonation and medium body.

D: A decent beer but nothing special. Enjoyable in limited doses but will be checking out the other Duck-Rabbit offerings with more regularity.

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Photo of philbe311
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A copperish rust color with a slight orange hue... One fingers worth of fizzy tan head... Head doesn't last long and leaves a partial lace sitting atop the glass... Little to no noticeable carbonation, quite still overall...

S - Dominate on the malt aromas... Brown sugar... Molasses... Caramel... Malt... Almond... Crystal malts... However, there are some very minor citrusy hop notes...

T - Roasted malt... Burnt crust... Caramel... Grain... Buttery... Nutty... A faint earthiness... Malt dominant with no discernible hop presence...

M - Crisp with a distinct biting carbonation... Fairly smooth... Slightly burnt texture... A tad on the dry side at finish...

D - An enjoyable and solid brew, but not an overly memorable one... Quite sessionable...

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Photo of number1bum
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a variety case. Best by 8/09.

Pours a reddish dark amber, goo clarity and two fingers of light beige head. Head is on the fizzy side and settles to not much more than a rimjob with very little lacing or stick.

Smell is toasty with some caramel malt sweetness and some light citrus, fruity hops. Some grain and earthy hops, as well.

Taste is grainier than the smell; it's more grainy than it is toasty, with some caramel sweetness as well. Hops were light in the smell but they're lighter on the buds; there's some earthy hop flavor and hop bitterness in the finish, but not much else in terms of hop flavor. It's a little on the bland side but there's enough caramel sweetness to keep it somewhat interesting and make it pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriate carbonation and a slightly dry, slightly chalky finish.

This is ok but not much more than that. Could use some more hop character; it's just not very interesting. Seems like sort of an afterthought beer from a brewery that calls itself the dark beer specialists. Worth a shot.

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