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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #492
Ranked #35,497
3.73 | pDev: 13.14%
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States
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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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brewerburgundy from California

3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
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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BJB13 from Maryland

3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
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
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
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
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.52/5  rDev +21.2%
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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Foyle from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.6%
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
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jkrich from Florida

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Sable from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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briandschorr from North Carolina

3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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88caprice from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a pint glass.

Look: Dark brown, amber hue. Head dissipated quickly. Little to no lacing.
Smell: Mostly roasty and toasty with some alcohol. Almost smoky or woody. A little sweet with a maple hint. Some hop high notes.
Taste: Heavy on the dark roasted malts. More hop bitterness than most brown ales I've had. A little touch of a caramel or toasted pecan effect. Not as sweet as the smell.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, fizzy and tingly.
Overall: The "dark beer specialists" are amping up the dark roast on this one. If you think all Starbucks coffee tastes burnt, than this roast may be a bit too much for you. Impressive, but depends on what you like.

Dec 09, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours an amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight hop hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight hop flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A decent beer

Aug 15, 2015
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with tall, long lasting, fluffy, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of herbal, piney hops, toasted malt and dark fruit. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and very hoppy. Too hoppy for Brown Ale.

Jul 21, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 2/15 at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma none detected
Head small (2 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, diminishing to 2 mm ring and layer
Lacing average – few stalactites of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor slightly sweet initially, slightly bitter finish; light malt and some chocolate; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 2.5 (No aroma is better than a bad one), Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.5

Apr 30, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- pours a clear dark amber-brown color with a two-finger creamy light-tan head that retains long after the pour, leaving some short lasting lace behind

S- sweet and malty nose with notes of toasted nuts, brown bread, and traces of chocolate and caramel

T- nutty and malty up front with a more pronounced chocolate note than in the nose. Flavors of dark bread lead to an earthy, malty finish

M- medium body with light carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a smooth creamy finish

O- one of the more flavorful brown ales that I’ve had in a while, sweet, malty & nutty as a brown ale should be

Mar 27, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

4.69/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has an awesome aroma of toasted malt.
Appearance- A beautiful brown color that has a thick light brown head on top.
Taste- An excellent toasty malt flavor with a caramel finish.
Palate- This is a medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation and has a semi-creamy feel to it.
Overall- Excellent brew, first time drinking this and it won't be the last.

Feb 08, 2015
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PA-hunter from Pennsylvania

3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured 12oz glass into snifter. 5.6% abv

Appearance- An extremely dark shade of amber. Borderline dark brown. Massive head with a fine froth. White with a tannish tint.

Smell- Sweet, toasted malt. Cooked veggies, a bit of lemon as well.

Taste- Starts with a smoky flavor along side of toasted malt. Slight sweetness. Ends with a strong bitter note, still on the smoky side.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body, lots of carbonation.

Overall- A mediocre brown ale. Could use more complexity and balance as far as the malt goes. So-so

Jan 15, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

My recent forays to NorVA and WASDC have enabled me to stop in at Total Wine & More stores in those areas, which is where this beer came from.

From the bottle: “Made in Farmville, North Carolina”; “Proudly hand made in small batches”; “Hoppy and Beautifully Bitter”; “The Dark Beer Specialist”.

In Pop!ping the cap, I released a bunch of gas and even the bottle gave off a hissing noise. I had a feeling as to what this might mean, but I began a heavy-handed pour anyway. It was not long before the glass began filling with foam and I had to back off in order to allow it to settle. I am going to be frank here and say that due to its overcarbonation, I was irritated and impatient, neither of which are conducive to a positive review. It finally settled into two fingers of dense, soapy, light-tan head with good retention. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity and copper highlights. Nose had a minty hoppiness and a chocolate malt sweetness. To quote Wendy’s, “Now, that’s better!” Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, so even with all of that carbonation, it did not lend anything to the mix. Taste was initially minty, thanks to the hops, but slowly giving over to a chocolaty sweetness. I was put in mind of a York Peppermint Patty and I was getting the sensation. In the interim, all of that foamy head had begun to create some sticky lacing on its way down. Finish was semi-dry with the hops outstripping the malt. It was definitely an American Brown Ale and if you like that sort of thing, more power to you. I was left waffling about the whole experience.

Oct 07, 2014
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OldeSchool from Florida

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Poured copper-brown with a foamy head that lingered very well; smell was that of caramel and just a hint of chocolate or cocoa. Mouthfeel rather thin for the style. The taste was more bitter than I had expected, and rather flat; I wonder if perhaps this bottle was past it's prime (I couldn't find an "enjoy by" date). Since I can't get Duck-Rabbit in my state, it may be a while before I try this one again, but I'll definitely give it a go with a sample that's known to be fresh.

Sep 21, 2014
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slym from North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This was a tryout from a mix-pack I bought. Local (in-state) brewery, and it's a brown ale, what could go wrong?

On the pour, it's got great colour. Nose is gorgeous, malt and bread and yeast. The taste doesn't follow the nose as much, there is some hops (not bad) but the roast gets a little too bitter as the flavour hits the back of my palate. Finish is just too much on the bitter side. Mouthfeel is OK, maybe a little too carbonated but no real foul.

Overall, I was not impressed.

Jul 21, 2014
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a pint glass. Date stamp not on bottle, but I see the spot for it on the label.

Appearance: Clear Dark amber to deep copper. Thin persistent tan head. Thick strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, burnt sugar, cocoa powder, root beer.

Taste: Initial sweetness with caramel, burnt sugar, toffee. Hoppy finish of pine, black coffee, and English bittering hops.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, spicy on the tongue. Sticky on the teeth.

Overall/Drinkability: A very interesting combo of strong malts and bittering hops. Tasty, but didn't pair well with pizza. Still, full flavored and I look forward to another. Interestingly, one per evening for me with this one.

Jul 03, 2014
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delta490 from Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle claimed something to the effect of "dark beer specialists", so I had my hopes up. I was not disappointed. The beer pours out a beautiful, clear ruddy brown with a nice cap of creamy tan head. It clings to the glass and leaves nice lacing. Aroma-wise this one is spot-on. Dark caramel and roasted nuts play off each other with just a little hint of earthy hops to round it out. Flavor-wise, this one is great. The hops take a more dominant role but the balance becomes much better and enjoyable. There's a little bit of fizz from the carbonation but it has a nice weight to it and is mostly smooth on the palate. An under-appreciated style, frequently butchered. This is just about perfect.

Jun 30, 2014
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EvoRich from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: A LOT of head. Light tan in color and very fluffy. Head sticks around a while. Looks like a cream soda, almost. Has a deep, amber, reddish color with a lot of bubbles.

Smell: A little hoppy, with a hint of roasted nuts and chocolate. Almost has a slight scent of cream soda as well as it's looks.

Taste: Roasted nuts upfront, with just a very light hint of dark, unsweetened chocolate. A slight hop finish.

Feel: Very carbonated, light bodied.

Overall: The beer looks great, smells great, Tastes, pretty good, and overall, I'd consider it good to go. Not something I'd typically drink, but pretty good. I'd buy it again.

May 27, 2014
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u2carew from Massachusetts

3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz long neck.

A) Pours with a very active tan colored head. Great head retention. Creamy with some big bubbles, but amazingly sticky. Though a dark body, very good clarity with energetic upward carbonation. Mahogany in color.
S) Caramel. Toffee. Roasty notes.
T) Subtle malt sweetness up front then drops off quickly. Hints of coffee. Noticeable hops in the finish.
M) Medium-light body. Slightly dry finish.
D) An alright brown ale. This is my second attempt at trying this brown ale in hopes of improvement. I wish the body was a little bit heavier and the taste profile would last longer.

May 23, 2014
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TheDoctor from Canada

3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, reddish hazelnut brown with three fingers of puffy beige head that clumpily settles to one finger or so. Good retention; spider web-like lacing.

Rich, dark malt with yeasty esters. Dark fruits, nuts, leather, and some other woody kind of hop smells.

Dry and earthy-tasting. Lots of floral hops up front with some mellowing bready malt tastes at the finish.

Thin and dry with a tingly hop character and a warm finish.

Okay take on a brown.
This is a beautiful-looking, different-smelling, hoppy-and-dry-tasting, thin-feeling beer and although I may be being hard on it it was not bad. It is not what I was expecting by any stretch of the imagination, but it was not a terrible beer. A very aromatic beer that is hoppier and drier than I usually anticipate with a brown.
Might have again; if you want to try it, who am I to stop you?

Mar 17, 2014
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