Duck-Rabbit Brown Ale | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Duck-Rabbit Brown AleDuck-Rabbit Brown Ale

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!

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Photo of 88caprice
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
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

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Photo of Treyliff
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

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Photo of ordybill
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.

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Photo of PA-hunter
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

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Photo of woodychandler
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.

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Photo of OldeSchool
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.

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Photo of slym
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.

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Photo of damndirtyape
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.

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Photo of delta490
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.

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Photo of EvoRich
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.

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Photo of u2carew
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.

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Photo of TheDoctor
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?

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

Pretty nice brown ale - one of Duck-Rabbit's lighter beers I've had.

Real-ale-like loose foam at the start, drops to nothing... liquid looks flat, burgundy, with a slight glow... Mostly fruity hops and higher alcohols on the nose - vibrant yet fairly mellow.... fairly potent nuance of caramel cuts through its bold blend of sweetish, bread-crusty malt, soft floral/melon hop flavor and bitterness, and tonic, warm rush of booze.... as round a mouthfeel as they come without any residual viscosity - surprisingly light on palate.

Overall, it has a pleasant, bold, malty flavor with a nice, soft balance with the hops/alcohol. Taste-wise, I could have a couple in a sitting, but it's more of a one-a-day beer.

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Photo of deg
2.86/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The beer foamed when I poured from the bottle to my glass. The head was dense and took a long time to receed. The color is a brown, and the beer has a slight opacity to it. I could smell hops, but only faintly and nothing else. I tasted more hops than I expected, but then again this is an American Brown and not an English Brown. There was roasted malt to balance the hops. No alcohol burn, which was what I expected.

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

I poured this okay beer into my tumbler at 40 degrees. The beer poured a pretty nice head, mahogany colored it was pretty. Pretty nice head also. The beer was slightly hoped at the finish not too bad and the beer had a bit of a bitter finish . Not going to buy again as it was just not GREAT.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very dark, mahogany brown color, with 2 and a half fingers of oatmeal colored head that slowly dissolved into a thick layer of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Very malty and very bready, with notes of freshly baked biscuits and honey. There are also faint notes of chocolate and molasses, as well as of roasted nuts.

Taste: Unlike the aroma, the taste much smokier than I was expecting, especially for a brown ale. Strong notes of roasted malt hit the palate, lingers for quite a while and then fades to a slightly hoppy bitterness finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium, yet creamy too. There’s just a touch of carbonation, but not much. With an ABV of only 5.2%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very surprising brown ale. It has such a pronounced level of smokiness to it, a level found more in porters or stouts or rauchbiers rather than a brown ale, that it was completely surprising, and at first, off-putting. However, once I realized that the smokiness was the beers predominate flavor profile, I found the beer to be quite pleasant.

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Photo of Dave1999
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.

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Photo of swanson45
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

The beer had a tremendous amount of head that was off-white with a a tinge of brown. The beer had a malty aroma with a hint of toffee. Tastes malty and finishes dry. There is a low amount of hop flavor but a good amount of bitterness that hits you upfront and lingers. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. Awesome pour! Deep brown with amber hue but the head is sooo creamy. Its light fluffy head sits on the brew the entire drink.
Great sweet nutty malty aromas - slight hop bitterness. taste is mild sweet chocolatey malt, slightly nutty, and a nice dose of bitter hop flavor. Its a tad bitter but otherwise super easy to drink. My first DR brew...really nice.

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Photo of IronLover
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a heavy amber hue a slight haze. Poured with a huge beige foam that slowly reduced to a thick cap that left random sticky lacings on the glass. Sweet dark chocolate, black patent malt and black coffee aromas. Medium bodied with assertive carbonation. Burn malt and intense coffee flavors are prominent. Floral hop flavors blossom through the middle to the end. Finishes with sweet dark chocolate on the edges with bitter dark ground coffe down the middle. Fairly intense flavor for a brown ale.

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Photo of 2181beer
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good brown ale. Had a lot more flavor than I expected. Had a stronger hop flavor than most brown ales I've had which I thought was very interesting. I was surprised that I like so much. Overally a very good beer! I look for this now everytime I'm out...

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Photo of wac9
2.91/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

not much to say about this beer too much head a beauiful beer in a glass but overall i got nothing to say new or maybe old about this beer its does nothing for me so drink and enjoy and read other reviews about this beer fall short for me cat wait to tryother duck rabbit beers but this one does nothing for me

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Photo of Dodt
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

picked this one up during a mix six run back in december . glad it didn't go bad in the bottle . poured from the bottle into a mug. nice amber color with a fluffy head. aroma is a bit strong .the roasted chocolate is nice part of this particular brew. makes me wish that it was easier to find beer from this brewery.

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