Brown Ale | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by brentk56 on 10-06-2004

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of oesarth
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

best head i've had on an "american brown ale". perfect hopping.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.95/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Solid dark brown in color with a nice pillowy light brown head, nice constant carbonation, and some lace. Nice hoppy aroma with some chocolate and roastiness underneath. A robust almost Porter-like roasty espresso and chocolate flavors balanced nicely by a liberal shot of hops. Medium bodied and smooth with a nice roasty espresso and dry bitter finish.

To notch ABA !! The best D-R beer so far, hands down. It is more of a Porter though, or at least a "Double ABA" :-).

Per Label: "Hoppy and Beautifully Bitter"

Per D-R website: Amarillo hops in the boil provide a spicy citrusy bitterness. Saaz dry hops in the fermentor provide a refined flowery aroma. These hops are supported by a grain bill of seven varieties of malt

Enjoy By: 10/06 (notched)
Tasted: 10/29/06

($7.99 / 6-pack)

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.79/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle decanted in to snifter tasting glass...

A - Beautiful deep ruby mahagony, nice head, nice edge retention, and great lacing...

S - HOPS! A pleasant surprise...didn't read the bottle carefully...its a hoppy brown! Awesome! Piney-flowery-herbal hop aromas! Subtle roasted malt notes as well...

T - Superbly balanced...the best of both worlds...awesome hoppy bitterness quickly countered by the caramel and roasty malts...very nicely done! One of the most balanced, complex, and interesting ales I've had the pleasure of drinking...

M - Great carbonation, creamy, medium bodied, almost cask-like...very nice

Overall - One of my new favorite brews...very nicely done Duck Rabbit! The best American Brown I've had!


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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many thanks to mymrnngjckt for this one.

Pours a reddish/medium-brown color with a good two fingers of fluffy light beige head that fill the pint glass. Head retention is outstanding, leaving a nice thick lace on top and lots of stick.

Smell really jumps out at you with an awesome combo of caramel malt and piney, earthy hops. Also some roasted malt.

Taste is a lot like the smell and is supremely balanced and simply delicious. Caramel malty goodness, a nutty flavor and piney/grassy hops are the dominant flavors, complemented by brown sugar and finished off with nice combo of bitter hops and roasted malt. Finishes clean, with a creamy medium-body. The mouthfeel could maybe be a bit softer but I'm nitpicking.

This is hands down the best brown ale I've ever had. Brown ales are usually so boring that they're afterthoughts, but this is one that I would drink again and again if I could get my hands on it regularly. Awesome brew. Thanks again Kevin!

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of ordybill
4.69/5  rDev +26.8%
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.

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Photo of walaguh
4.69/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Had on draft well balanced great taste

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4.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beervis
4.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one incredible Brown Ale, and one that should please many a HopHead.

Pours a dark brown almost ruby color with a nice thick off-white head.

Smell is roasty with hints of caramel, a bit of coffee, and nice citrus notes.

Taste begins with a smack of hop bitterness up front, with a slightly chewy medium body, followed by amazing chocolatey, roasty maltiness.

Finishes roasty and dryish which leaves you wanting another sip.

I usually don't get too excited about brown ales, but I cannot seem to get enough of this one. It has everything I like in terms of maltiness, but also hammers your tastebuds with balanced hop bitterness.

Fantastic, and is bound to become a mainstay in my fridge.

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4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

picked this beer up on my vacation at the Outer Banks was in a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped cap dated notched 10/07.

Opened to a very loud hiss,poured with a very generous light tan head,color was mahogany with reddish hues. Very good retention leaving chunky,clingy lacing. Well carbinated extra tiny bubbles surging up everywhere.

Moderate to delicate aromas woody/earthy malt aromas of toffee/nut some dark fruit,lighty chard aromas, bisquity and herbal notes.Complex and very tempting can't wait to taste.

Very clean taste has an earthy/mineral taste. Light complex malty tastes of mostly chocolate also toasty and very nutty. Finishes with a clean,sharp, crisp, citrus rind feel with a chocolate fade. Has somewhat of and English feel to it,because of the nuttiness and the mineral tastes.

Light bodied,slightly grainy texture,with a mouthwatering dryness. Very refreshing. The best brown i've had to date one to compair other to. Wish this beer was avalible locally. Pick this one up if your're lucky enough to run across it. Hell, send me some too.

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4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


A-Bottle boasts 'Hoppy and Beautifully Bitter"...Dark Brown with hints of tan and red when the light hits the glass....a frothy fluffy chocolate head...very much like a well made cappuccino that was really big it slightly overflowed out of my pint glass. Big sticky lace that leaves rings around the glass...the head even lasts for a couple of minutes.

S- Big hops both floral and grassy....acidity...dark chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Unusual for a brown, but very nice...and original.

T- Bitter dark chocolate....strong coffee flavors in the late body, and big hops that take center stage...the hops have a slightly dank and floral...give a nice bitterness that blends will with the coffee flavors.

M/D- Bubbly, crisp, bitter, and mildly heavy....another great beer from a young that I have grown to love.

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4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a rusted nut shell with a moderate sized, frothy head that leaves tons of thick, raised lacing. What hits the nose first is a very fresh and raw hop aroma, courtesy of saaz dry-hopping. Underneath this is a backbone of malty aromas of brown sugar, chocolate, and a hint of maple. Flavor starts off with a sweet mix of nuts and caramel with a back note of roast malt. The hops kick in with some lemon rind and a very herbal/tea-like presence with some floral jasmine rounding it out. Finishes dry, bitter, and with a lingering hop presence in the mouth. I'm so used to coming across overly sweet brown ales made in the US, that this is one incredibly refreshing example. Mouthfeel is moderate, without any real residual sugar left on the tongue. The carbonation compliments the hops very well. Very drinkable. A surprise of a brown ale, for sure.

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4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a Chalice.

In my glass sits a dark chocolate colored beer with an amber hue that shows up in the light. A voluminous tan head leaves nice lacing, but both dissipate in time. Take note competition: this is how brown ales should look. Aroma-wise, the typical DuckRabbit malt hits first (you get a nose for this after visiting their brewery). It's followed by notes ranging from chocolate-covered raisins to loaves of Hawaiian bread. The aroma is just right: not too overpowering and not too complicated.

Taste is full of big coffee and chocolate notes, with some nutty malts as well. Mouthfeel is smooth, refreshing, and well carbonated, and a noticable bitter chocolate finish caps this baby off. In the end, it's surprisingly drinkable for a DuckRabbit. Not too thick, and not too shabby. Quite a brew here, perhaps DR's best in my opinion.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby amber with a mountain of dense, foamy, brown head that has amazing retention. The nose has notes of toasted malt, caramel, nuts, and some piny, earthy hops. The taste is nutty and caramelly up front with a toasty, coffee-like finish. There is a mild astringency and alcohol esters in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a rather complex brown ale. The flavors are so well blended and yet distinct that each sip reveals a new subtlety. This is a brown ale I'll go back to.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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