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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #490
Ranked #36,199
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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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a huge, tan-colored, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, mild hops, coffee and a nutty quality.

T: Taste consisted of malt, coffee notes, nuttiness and some hops. Not the most overly developed taste, but solid.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: This is a decent example of a brown ale. It's pretty well made and easy to drink.

Jan 14, 2009
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Brew33 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.2%

Nov 18, 2011
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chasmandocharles from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apr 16, 2015
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jbphoto88 from Texas

4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a best by date of march 2008. Whew, just made it with this one. Looks like a dark brown with a little amber, the color of a well worn dark leather. A light tan head dissipates quickly but leaves a little foam for the duration of the drink.

Smell is nutty and warm. A little coffee nose that has hints of chocolate.

Taste is malty and nutty. The beer is thin and doesn't have a heavy texture. There is a fine bitterness that works its way into a nice dry mouthfeel. The aftertaste is warm, malty with no describable hop profile.

I seriously enjoyed this beer. It is easy to drink and one that has a low enough ABV to drink all night. A good everyday beer.

Mar 15, 2008
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jk3 from New York

2.5/5  rDev -33%

Feb 11, 2013
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SierraGS from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had this on tap at a festival, but most often taste it from the bottle (and I've always got a bottle stashed in the house somewhere!)

My only complaint about this beer is that it is overly carbonated. My bottles are not all from one case, so it has to be the beer. I've learned to open the bottle carefully.

It pours a dark amber/brown with a huge, foamy head. It demonstrates a full hoppy flavor, coming from Amarillo and Saaz hops. It had a fabulous aroma and equally pleasing flavor; not an English Brown, but a hopped-up American brown. First wort hopping raises the IBU's without creating an overpowering hop aroma or bitterness, resulting in a more balanced beer.

Feb 27, 2008
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Jul 25, 2012
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Bung from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Pretty dark brown pour, large off white head. I thought this was one of the best brown ales I've had in a long time. Aroma reminds me more of a porter, malt, roast and nut, a little more floral. Taste also reminds me of a porter, but more nutty. Slightly more maltiness. Light/medium body, maybe just a bit too much carbonation, same as with their porter. Very balanced, not blown away by nut, tea or old sock qualities. A good drinker, if you're in the mood for a brown.

Aug 13, 2009
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HollandTunnels from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 22, 2015
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clayrock81 from Florida

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

Poured a dark brown body with massive head on top of a light but solid malt smell: dark chocolate, roasted, bread, hints of coffee, toffee; also some bitter hops in background. The taste is similiar to aroma as a smooth, medium body and slight creaminess passes over the tongue leaving both a residual sweetness from dark chocolate and caramel and there is a dry edge that is bready. Some minor sweet and citric hops in backbite lend themselves to the crisp finish. Good balance although I prefer browns w/ a lil' less hoppiness and more sweetness.

Sep 08, 2010
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ZinFanDave from Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -33%

Oct 20, 2013
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Traquairlover from Virginia

3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12-oz. bottle poured into a tulip pint glass.

A = Red oak brown with great clarity, two finger light tan head of foam and medium bubbles which settles slowly leaving a heavy lattice of lacing behind. Very pretty beer.

S = I am torn on the smell of this one. On the one hand I get some very firm scents of cocoa powder, brown sugar, some hay. On the other, there is an almost singed lemon rind citrus smell in there too that I find incredibly off-putting. I put this down to the use of Amarillo hops and most likely late additions or even dry hopping leaving simply to much unwelcome hops aroma for what I really look for in a brown ale. I don't mind a fair amount of bitterness, but this is a style where I think too much American hops aroma really clashes. In the end average is all I can do for it, but it is because of contrasting good and bad, not because of a mundane averageness per se.

T = The taste really is completely consistent with the smell. There is a really good balance between the sweet cocoa, molasses flavors and a strong assertive bitterness from the hops. The problem is that there is also much too strong of a grapefruit rind flavor. Personally, although grapefruits are one of my favorites fruits, I don't really want to mix grapefruit juice from concentrate into my dark chocolate hot cocoa. That is the effect here and it is unfortunate. I am almost tempted to opine that this might improve with aging because the hops aromas and flavors might diminish fast enough that the bitterness alone would be the most obvious yield from the hops. However, I just doubt the effort would be worth it when so many other possibilities exist.

M = Medium body, good creamy feel and decent mouthcoating. Carbonation level is lively enough to aid drinkability without overdoing it by stinging the tongue unpleasantly

D = I don't know, I find this too unpalatable to really say it's drinkable. I can imagine people whose primary enjoyment of beer being the hops aromas and flavors feeling otherwise. Still, this is a measure of how drinkable I find it and I just can't give it high marks. Overall and average beer. I wouldn't turn it down, but there are many, many beers, including most other Duck-Rabbit beers I would chose before it.

Feb 10, 2010
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Dave1999 from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with a red hue, and a big white head.

The smell is nutty and sweet malts. Slight hints of coffee and milk.

The taste is nutty and sweet malts exactly the same as the smell. There's also some toasty and smokey notes, very tasty.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and silky with medium carbonation.

Overall this is a really tasty ale and at a relatively low abv you could have a couple. The nutty taste is fantastic, one of the best brown ales I've had.

Sep 15, 2013
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jgasparine from Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured from the bottle with a massive, hand-high, rocky off-white head, which slowly receded with a trace of substantial sticky lacing. The body was an optically clear, mildly carbonated, ruby-tinged amber color. Gorgeous.

S- A perfect balance of crackerlike malts and low-alpha hop aroma comprise the bulk of this rich nose. Moderate melanoidin character accompanies a bold (and highly appealing) husky aroma.

T- The malt character is much milder than expected on the palate... quite mild actually... and accompanied by a surprise hint of diacetyl. On the mid-palate, the low-alpha hop flavor is met with a moderate hop bitterness. This bitterness surges in the finish and lingers on the tongue along the some slight anticipated huskiness. Gotta ding the flavor for its imbalance and diacetyl flaw.

M- Medium body, slightly oily in texture, with a slight creaminess imparted by a soft pervasive carbonation. No astringency. Overall a nice mouthfeel for the style.

D- The palate is skewed too much towards the hop (bitterness) for the style... which becomes an overwhelming factor halfway through the bottle. The drinkability suffers accordingly.

Jul 21, 2010
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docrates from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

Dec 05, 2011
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glid02 from Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single at Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown color with a one-finger tan head that leaves spotty lacing down the glass.

Smells of citrus hops and lightly toasted chocolate malts. As it warms the hop aromas intensify.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Toasted chocolate malts kick things off and are soon overtaken by citrus hop flavors. The ending allows a bit of the chocolate flavor to sneak back in before the mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness, though the carbonation is a bit on the heavy side.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem with one glass but I'm not terribly excited about another.

Overall this is a hoppy brown that's tasty, though I wish the malts had more of a presence.

Apr 17, 2009
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TrickkyGangsta from Florida

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Aug 13, 2012
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a dark brown, almost black color with some reddish highlights when light shows at the edges. The ¼” head is a nice tan and persists for quite a while leaving adequate lacing. Throughout most of the beer sipping leaves interesting patterns of lacing, some of which cling to the side of the glass for a while but all of which eventually slide back down into the liquid.

Smell: The aroma is dark chocolate, dark caramel or toffee with traces of roasted grain and spicy hops.

Taste: The flavors are crisp and strong on the chocolate but with the hops showing up about mid-way into the sip. The roasted malt flavors go well together with the floral, citric hops

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and has a soft, smooth feel from the fine, persistent carbonation. The beer is relatively dry through out with a finish on the long side of medium that remains dry and tapers off with a lingering bitterness at the end.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I enjoyed this beer more than I had expected since I tend to find most brown ales relatively undistinguished. In this case each sip followed easily from the prior one and the beer was too soon gone. I’ll certainly be happy to have this one again and am looking forward to trying it some evening with burgers from the grill. My overall impression is of good, well made beer with some features that distinguish it from the run of the mill browns and justifies giving it a good score.

Jun 04, 2011
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jeanphony from New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Oct 06, 2012
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear but almost opaque dark reddish brown in color with some significant garnet red highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dark beige head that quickly reduces to a couple of small and medium sized thin patch of bubbles with a very thin film covering the majority of the surface and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted chocolate malts, a touch of caramel, and some chocolate with light amounts of earthy and grassy hops.

T: Moderate flavors of roasted chocolate malts with some notes of bittersweet chocolate and caramel but very little sweetness upfront. In the middle there are moderate to strong notes of coffee. Finally there are some light amounts of earthy and grassy hops but very light amounts of bitterness which fades rather quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amount of carbonation. Slightly prickly with a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: Very easy to drink and quite enjoyable - I really enjoy the coffee flavors from the roasting that sneak into the middle of the taste. Alcohol is well hidden and I could easily put a few of these down in a session.

Jan 06, 2013
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JoeBoxer522 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +34%

Dec 06, 2011
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aubuc1 from Florida

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated best by 3-09 poured in to a shaker pint glass.

Pours a cloudy dark brown with a steady tan head.

Smell is lightly roasty and sweet malty. Not too much.

Taste is good. Light roasty a chalky malt taste. Very crisp for a brown ale.

Easy drinking beer and a good clean crisp mouthfeel.

I was nervous the date would bring down this beer after smelling it, but the taste was quite good.

May 21, 2009
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GTB from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Apr 08, 2012
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Hojaminbag from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Duck Rabbit Brown ale has a very dark brown core that border on opaque, but when I hold it up to the light, the light passes through the body at all points. The edges are orange, but the closer to the center it is, beer becomes darker and browner. The tan head is small creamy with some above average retention and some below average lacing, which is disappointing after seeing the head.

The aroma balances sweet malts and bitter hops. A nutty, toasted malt aroma. A slight lemon aroma. I'd say the hops are a little more powerful than the malt, at least in the aroma.

Although this brown ale does not drastically favor hops, I would say the bitter grapefruit flavor is the strongest flavor in this beer, putting it squarely in the hoppy-side of the brown ale spectrum. After that there is a noticeable sourness that is a little more powerful than I would expect. The sweet malts may take somewhat of a backseat, but they still manage to provide a dry type of sweetness, some nuttiness and a slight toasted flavor.

The body is a little bigger than average, and the carbonation is about average; maybe a touch below average.

I have yet to have a Duck Rabbit beer that I didn't like, and this one is no exception. I have to admit that I expected this one to be a little more malty, but it is a pretty good brown ale.

Jun 05, 2010
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VaterRoss from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%

Dec 11, 2011
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