Brown Ale
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #272
Ranked #25,387
3.7 | pDev: 13.24%
Nov 23, 2021
Oct 06, 2004
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Notes: The Duck-Rabbit Brown Ale is an American brown brewed with loads of hops from start to finish (it's hoppy and beautifully bitter). Amarillo boil hops provide a spicy citrusy bitterness. Saaz dry hops offer a refined flowery aroma. These hops are supported by seven varieties of malt. The Duck-Rabbit Brown Ale is a great choice for anyone who appreciates assertive hops and nutty toasted malt flavors – oh yeah!
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3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
by md3kcn from North Carolina

Purchased as a single bottle from The Fresh Market for $2.19. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - Pours a mellow brown with a huge four-finger fluffy and tan head. Head retains extremely well.
S - Dark toast and crusts, cacao, and toffee.
T - Starts off with a sort of black tea and cacao note, then slowly becomes a toasted oat and cracker affair. Gets increasingly bitter as you progress down the glass. Relatively one-dimensional, actually.
F - Medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation. Clean finish, but silky throughout. A little strong-feeling.
O - A bit too bitter of a take of the style for me, if I'm being honest. I won't be buying another bottle, but it could be someone else's cup of tea. Unremarkable.

Nov 23, 2021
3.6 by Danzifer from Ohio on Oct 05, 2021
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3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brewerburgundy from Virginia

12oz bottle, tulip, best by 6/20.

Deep ruby, brawny tannish head initially that really melts down to a solid ring.

Vinous, a little cocoa, plum, a citrus edge.

Gritty, dry cocoa, candied orange, toffee, Vienna roast coffee. It’s pretty grittily bitter, lovely, with orange and herbal hop flavors.

Drying, medium body with tickling carbonation.

Tasty brown ale with a hoppy edge.

Jul 03, 2020
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3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by BJB13 from Maryland

12 ounce bottle poured into a tumbler.
Enjoy by 7/20

One finger of thick tan foam covers a clear dark brown body. Mild strength malty nose, caramel, graham cracker and herbal hops. Taste is roasty, moderately bitter, a bit ashy and finishes tangy and bitter. The body is dry and medium weight. Carbonation is low-medium. Average brown.

Jun 09, 2020
3.83 by travelguy from Ohio on Apr 13, 2020
3.63 by bubseymour from Maryland on Mar 16, 2020
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3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
by BB1313 from Ohio

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy brown with mahogany hues; big creamy khaki head that falls leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Some cocoa. I'm picking up on some banana and bubblegum, which is unexpected. The flavors basically follow the nose. More hints of cocoa along with some chocolate. Some toffee. More hints of banana and bubblegum. Moderate bitterness. Subtle sweetness with mild tart characteristics. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's crisp, slick, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid brown ale. It's kind of unique. It's different while ultimately being a traditional example of the style. Not bad.

Oct 20, 2019
4 by Fr33man from Maryland on May 31, 2019
3.73 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Feb 12, 2019
3.73 by JoelZ1 from Pennsylvania on Jan 26, 2019
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4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SmokySignals from North Carolina

12 oz. poured into New Belgium Pendleton globe glass.
-quite dark, with ruby highlights
-the light tan head could need to be poured more aggressively for some height, but could be the glass is dusty; it faded quickly, emitting fine aromas of dark roasted chocolates, richly roasted grains and malts, and leaving a fine ring and light mist in the center
-much more bitter than one would expect from a brown ale- if it were most any other brewery....but some duck rabbit brews (not milk stout) seem to be on the hoppier side of the scale, and that's fine. The big round malt and toffees have been roasted and hopped down more like a dark roast or espresso, which does thin the body. The longer it sits, the better it gets!
Let it air out and warm up. Very classy and fine.
- the feel does slightly thin out and that makes it easy to pound it down. Even after sitting a while writing this review, the last 1/4 is better than the first! Perfectly carbonated. The aromas have multiplied in strength .
-If you don't like it at first, just let it sit. I highly recommend trying this.
12 pack 3/3/3/3 assortment was about 16$! Happy Thanksgiving

Nov 21, 2018
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3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

Better browns out there.

Nov 21, 2018
3.42 by Rockhead from Virginia on Sep 22, 2018
3.43 by jgiordano88 from Pennsylvania on Jul 18, 2018
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3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Foyle from North Carolina

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. A 1" cream colored head drops slowly with moderate lacing. Color is reddish brown. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, mild citrus. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly powdery with a mostly dry finish. Flavor is not what I expected from the aroma. The bitterness outweighs the malts and lingers long after the swallow. The caramel and chocolate/cocoa flavor is still present but the sharply bitter hops dominate. Decent, but not what I expected.

Jun 16, 2018
3.39 by Mxsluis from Michigan on Apr 13, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by jkrich from Florida

Poured from a 12 oz. freshness dated bottle: clear, brownish-red with a thick, sustained tan-hued head.

Very aromatic and spicy aroma promising to have some hop bite in the flavor.

Indeed, this is a hoppy version of a brown ale - hop bitters mingle with bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. There is a spicy and fruity, wine-like quality as well.

This medium bodied ale has a smooth and clean mouthfeel with a lingering, slightly bitter flavor on the palate.

Not hugely complex, but it certainly has plenty of flavors - just what you would expect from a first-class brown ale.

Mar 24, 2018
3.81 by weareallfalafel from Virginia on Mar 12, 2018
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3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

This is a very nice brown ale, with just about enough roasted malt aroma and tons of hops to provide some nice floral bitterness. Medium body and mild and pleasant carbonation.

Mar 02, 2018
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3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Sable from Pennsylvania

The brown ale is in fact brown. Deep, rich brown as it happens. The flavor is very caramelly, with a citrus bite to balance the sweetness that I wasn't expecting. I expect a brown ale to be smoother, but I am more used to the Samuel Smith's Nut Brown.

Feb 26, 2018
4.23 by Gatch from Massachusetts on Jan 14, 2018
3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 04, 2018
3.5 by Ardeer from New York on Dec 30, 2017
3.67 by Gsquared12 from Pennsylvania on Dec 25, 2017
3.75 by Jason_cs from Florida on Dec 09, 2017
3.77 by lemmy187 from Missouri on Nov 21, 2017
3.89 by malprep from Pennsylvania on Sep 23, 2017
4 by CTbrew32 from Rhode Island on Sep 11, 2017
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3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by briandschorr from North Carolina

This is a good beer fur for me the taste was too hoppy. I did like the wonderful color of brown mixed with a slight haze. The head was decent and the bitterness is just right. The nose is a bit too hoppy for me but I did get a nice brown sugar mixed with floral notes. The feel is just right. The bitterness is not fighting for attention and does not overpower.
There is a noticeable balance between the hops and malts. Overall good but not great.

Aug 07, 2017
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3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a hazy brown color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated to one big lump in the center. This lump just kinda settles down really slowly. A light speckled lacing graces the sides of the glass. The smell had a decent bitter harsh citrus to spicy hops over coating a fairly decent rich nutty maltiness. The taste copied the smell to balance between the bitterness and the spice to the nutty maltiness. There wasn’t any aftertaste but it did have an ample nutty dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed appropriate for the style and for me. A nice level of bitterness and combined nuttiness hit my tongue nicely. Overall, yeah, I dig this one as an American Brown Ale, definitely worthy for its style to have again.

Jun 25, 2017
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3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by q33jeff from New Jersey

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