Amber Ale | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Amber AleAmber 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 Murchmac
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to erikeifert for this chinese buffet of duck rabbit brews.

Pours with a thin white head, amber orange. Tell me about the rabbits George.

Sweet toffee almost smell. Very interesting. Like it was living off the fatta' the lan

Rich caramel, very sweet, very good. almost /unintelligible/ very sweet. Chases the cats away.

Nice mouthfeel, good body, light, but big. Good take on this style, this and Anderson Valley do an amber right.

If I could tend them duck rabbits all day George, I would.

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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 StarlightSeraph
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear reddish-amber. Despite a force pour, it only managed a two finger head that subsided very quickly. Left a little bit of lacing, but not much.

Smell: Caramel and malts, a spiciness which I couldn't really place.

Taste: Bready and spicy, with a taste that subsides all too quickly. I liked the spiciness of it. A bitter aftertaste, but almost an unpleasant bitterness. Not the usual hoppy bitterness I'm use to in an amber. Tastes almost watered down, possibly due to how thin it was.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly thin, dissapointingly so. It was decently carbonated, but the thinness of it really detracted from the beer.

Drinkability: It's a decent beer, but there are plenty of betters out there. Not one of Duck Rabbit's better offerings.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear with a little bit of the sediment suspended in the bottle. The head is very thick and dense, a light khaki color, and settles to a thick cap.

Very light toasty malt aromas, giving off a little bit of caramel.

Only a touch of caramel is in the flavor, along with some faint grains. Hop levels are low. A slight metallic flavor comes in toward the end. Full bodied.

Eh... It's drinkable but I'm not real impressed. I'd try one of their other offerings.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous ruby amber color. Thin beige head that instantly dissapeared. Smells like cherries.

Tasted very sweet and cherry-like at first. As it warmed up it became more spicy with a leafy hop - bitter in a good way. Frothy mouth. Great bold and spicy amber, it just needs some cosmetic work.

via brentk56

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Photo of clemtig76
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle picked up at Southern Spirits in Fort Mill, SC. The beer pours a dark reddish amber with a thin wispy head. Taste is very malty with a finish very similar to a porter, but a little too thin and watery. Hops are present but subdued. Really don't know what to make of this beer, it is more like a porter than an amber ale which is not a bad thing, just unexpected.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- this one pours a dark amber colored body with a small off white head. many visible bubbles of carbonation can be seen rushing to the top.

S- slightly fruity with lots of caramel malt.

T- more fruit than i could smell. some nutty taste in here too. lots of caramel malt.

M- medium bodied with a high level of carbonation

D- fruitier than your average amber. one bottle was enough. thanks to yesac for thsi bottle.

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Photo of gabe23
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber with a small white head. Dissipates slowly with very little lacing.

S - Nice malty aroma with some nut and fruit notes.

T - Smooth malt with a touch of molasses and herbs. Finish has a hop bitterness that borders on being metallic. Minimal aftertaste that fades quickly.

M - Like all Duck-Rabbit beers that I've tried, this one has medium to high carbonation.

D - Fairly light with good drinkability. This is a nice amber ale, but not something that I'd go out of my way to find.

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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 JayQue
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice take on what is usually a fairly boring style. Pours a clear reddish brown with a nice size off white head. Good strong lacing on the glass and good head retention. Slowly fades down to a covering of the glass.

Smell is malty with a hint of some kind of floral hops.

Taste is surprisingly varied. Starts out strongly malty, slightly sweet with a bitter finish...par for the course for a red ale. At some point, the malty taste become milder and more roasted (like a porter). The surprise comes next..maybe its me, but I detected some definite sweet, lactose taste like the very good Duck Rabbit Milk Stout I had last Sunday. This tast lasts and contributes to a fairly rich and sweet mouthfeel. Very nice.

A very drinkable and pleasant beer. I could drink a few of these and would love to try it on tap.

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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 sholland119
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade with marcpal. Thanks, Marc.

A-Pours a slightly hazy amber orange with a very large fizzy off white head. Great retention.

S-Malty with grapefruit hops and a nutty graininess.

T-Some maltiness in the front is quickly overtaken by a very acidic hop flavor. A bit more sour than biting in a kind of an unpleasant way.

M-Acidic bitterness lingers along with a metallic aftertaste.

D-A decent beer but pretty much a one and done.

I enjoyed the chance to try this beer.


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

12oz bottle received a while back from SaintNathaniel. Thanks, man! Into my Guinness pint glass

A: Pours amber with a massive off-white head that has pretty solid retention. Mildly hazy.

S: Toffee, nougat and a mild nutty character. Pretty darned good

T: Taste is burnt sugar, toffee and a hint of nuts and some plums. Light in body, this beer is fine. On the finish, it dries up leaving some sweetness. Carbonation is a bit on the high side but it's still OK

D: This is a beer i didn't expect much from but was surprised. I'd definitely drink another!

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

Purchased a bottle at Chips Wine and Beer Market in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

A: Amber hue. Huge off white head with great retention. Brilliant glowing clarity. Clear. Obvious effervescence.

S: Caramel malt aroma, otherwise clean except for a very subtle grapefruit/citrus aroma. Some toast as well.

T: Caramel malt sweetness starts this beer but this is well balanced by a fruity hop flavor. Hops provide a very mild bitterness, which lingers lightly at the end.

MF: Medium body. Dry. Not astringent. Relatively smooth.

D, notes: Balance here is certainly on the malt. Reds are not really my thing but I found this one to be well made and pretty sessionable.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to unionturf for the opportunity to try this one. 12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Best by 09/08 notched on the label. Poured a translucent copper with a three inch, loose, off-white head that gradually collapsed leaving behind sticky strands of lacing in its wake. Head eventually formed a consistent quarter inch cap. Lacing had weak legs. Picked up scents of malt, hops and a metallic character in the background. More hops and malt, as well as a hint of caramel and a breadiness. Bitter aftertaste lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is between light and medium with a consistent amount of carbonation experienced throughout the mouth. Drinkability is fair. Not a bad amber, but it doesn't really stand out for me.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

red amber, lasting head and lacework.
waves of caramel candy and toasty malts dominate the aroma, along with an unexpectedly strong note of alcohol
taste is toastier than anticipated, along with the caramel. a film of subdued sweetness and iron/prunes/molasses, leather/pusser's rum/black licorice starts coating everything. the iron begins to take the foreground, making you think of water from certain wells. this quality is similar to the palmetto beers i've tried, also from this part of the country.
medium in body and low in carbonation, reminds me of on-cask.
pretty good overall, but toward the end deciding not to reach for another.

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

Appearance: Deep amber color with good head.

Smell: Malty at first with a hop undertone

Taste: Sweet malts over hops giving little bitterness. Taste quickly fades

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with lots of carbonation. Finished dry.

Drinkability: It's a decent amber, that many will like do to the little bitterness.

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

Nice amber color with adequate carbonation

Aroma is herbal. Rosemary comes to the forefront here.

Medium bodied spicey tasting. Smooth, earthy and herbal. Noticeable bite at the end, almost tingly.

This is an average amber ale. Not unlike IPA's, amber ales really need to stand out in order to be more than an average beer.

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Photo of joepais
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks MuenchenerKindl for this one
Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a good three fingers worth of off with head that lasts .the body was darkish amber with a slight haze

Aromas of sweet roasted grains, bread yeast and a slight floral hop note filled my nose

Sweet flavors start off with this one then it goes to a distinct bitter but ends with roasted malts almost a burnt taste. Medium mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to keep it enjoyable

I have wanted to try this one for a while. Not a bad Amber but not my favorite either nor one of the best I have had from this brewer. Average drinkability

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Photo of PhillyStyle
2.33/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Upon opening the bottle, both bottles, fixxied over the top of the bottle and some of the beer was lost. The beer poured a very dark, but clear red. Much darker than I expected from an amber ale. It had a white head that was not retained at all. The aroma was sweet but I could not really place it. The taste was similar, I was not really sure what I was tasting and to be honest, I really didn't care for it at all. Maybe raisans or plums or apple. Again, not really sure. The beer had too much carbonation for my taste as indicated when I open the bottle. I did not find the beer drinkable at all. The taste was not appealing and it left a very long lasting very bitter and dry aftertaste. While I won't be purchasing this beer again, the other get a much higher rating, but this one may have put me off to all of them.

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Photo of gford217
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a huge fluffy white head that hangs around for a long time leaving sporadic clumps of lacing. The smell is very sweet, almost like caramel apples, with a big malt backbone and some dark fruits and brown sugar as well. The taste is just as sweet with a huge caramelized malt backbone and fruits mixed in. There is also just a hint of sour in there which seem a little out of place. There is a noticeable spiciness to the taste as well with a faint hop presence at the very end. The mouthfeel is a tad thin with huge carbonation and a slightly sticky finish. This was a bit too unbalanced in the taste for my liking and I would say this is my least favorite of the DR brews.

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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 Onenote81
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this into a conical. Poured a nice deep red. Had a good tannish head about an inch deep which faded in a few minutes. Excellent lacing.

Smelled of sweet floral hops. Smooth feel to it. Tasted woodsy? Sort of a charred burnt taste with maybe a hint of lemon. Bitter finish.

I wasn't as impressed as I had hoped. Could definitely be more balanced. Will pass on this for a better Amber.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice reddish-deep amber. Head is modest, but good.

S: Sweet malts with a slight fruitiness.

T: Toasty malts, a little bit of a caramel flavour sneaks in. A somewhat flowery hop profile, not bittering a great deal. A little bit of a puckering tartness in there, though.

M + D: A medium body, spritzer-like carbonation. A little on the mediocre side; I'm not really feeling it. Not too bad, but not much above average, imho.

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Photo of DrJay
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Amber Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 536 ratings