Brown Ale
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States
American Brown Ale
Ranked #238
Ranked #24,261
3.7 | pDev: 13.24%
May 30, 2023
Oct 06, 2004
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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Rated: 3.75 by chrishiker1409 from New York

May 30, 2023
Rated: 4.06 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

May 19, 2022
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Reviewed by DanO1066 from Maryland

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A brace of draught 12oz tulips at the Taps Fill Station in the Mount Vernon Market here in Baltimore: Man that's a LOT of hops! It's NOT as if I wasn't warned. NOR was the experience unpleasant. I just prefer more malt in my Brown Ale.
Apr 17, 2022
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
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
Rated: 3.6 by Danzifer from Ohio

Oct 05, 2021
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Reviewed by brewerburgundy from West Virginia

3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
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
Rated: 3.83 by travelguy from Ohio

Apr 13, 2020
Rated: 3.63 by bubseymour from Maryland

Mar 16, 2020
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
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
Rated: 4 by Fr33man from Maryland

May 31, 2019
Rated: 3.73 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Feb 12, 2019
Rated: 3.73 by JoelZ1 from Pennsylvania

Jan 26, 2019
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Reviewed by SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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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Rated by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Better browns out there.
Nov 21, 2018
Rated: 3.42 by Rockhead from Virginia

Sep 22, 2018
Rated: 3.43 by jgiordano88 from Pennsylvania

Jul 18, 2018
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Reviewed by Foyle from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
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
Rated: 3.39 by Mxsluis from Michigan

Apr 13, 2018
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Reviewed by jkrich from Florida

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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
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