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 Omnium
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a nice dark brown, fluffy tan head medium lacing.
S - Roasted nutty malts, caramel, slight sour scent, dried plums, a little clove
T - Nice toasted flavor with some sweeter malts that finishes with a mild tart characteristic.
M - Medium, good carbonization, nutty malt clings on with some sweetness.
O - A decent brown ale, Not super outstanding, but good to have more than one of.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- The beer is served as a deep brown colored brew with a small cream colored head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt and chocolate aroma with a nice presence of a caramel smell. With these aromas there are some lighter herbal and nut like smells, producing a rather standard brown ale type smell.

Taste- the taste begins with flavors of a roasted malt and a stronger presence of a bitter coffee and some notes of chocolate. While initially on the more bitter and malty side some caramel soon works work its way to the tongue balancing out the roasted and coffee flavors rather nicely. These flavors last largely to the end of the taste were some notes of an earthy and herbal hop come to the tongue, leaving a nice roasted and slightly bitter but overall balanced flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was smooth and creamy with a carbonation level that was on the average side. The smooth body was great for the roasted flavor of the brew, while the carbonation kept it more on the refreshing side and helped to qualm some of the bitterness allowing it to mingle well with the lighter caramel flavors.

Overall – A fairly nice, not too sweet, brown ale that is a little more on the bitter and dry side.

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Photo of Hansford
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: It seems a little cloudy, but has a nice, deep brown color. The head is thick and cappuccino like.

S: Lots of hops. Smells as though it has been dry-hopped.

T: Hops right off the bat, and lots of them. Quickly it mellows out to a very dark, complex flavor of roasted malts. Almost coffee like at the very end. Very smooth transition between these flavors.

M: The hops give it a crispness right away, but that goes away and it is very smooth on the tongue.

O: Five sips in, I didn't like it at all. It grew on me and I actually had to go back and change some of the ratings. A good beer, not great. I'd get it again in a mixed six-pack or on draft at a bar, but not a sixer or case.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Darker amber pour, with a small tan head that receded to a ringlet; moderate lacing. Roasty malts in the nose, cocoa, grassy hops. Taste of caramel malts, sugar sweetness, cardboard, toasted grains, grassy hops for a decent bittering balance. Light-medium body. Decent, but not memorable. Not really my style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
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.

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Photo of chinchill
2.87/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle marked best by Nov. 2012, poured into a St. Bernardus snifter.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a foamy tan head that faded slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is marred by an off-odor of something like soggy peat with a bit of not-so-fresh fish. Some sweet and roasted malts there too.

T: The taste is malty with a little bit of hops. No fish flavor here and the peat mixes well with other flavors from the malts and hops.

M: Lightly crisp medium carbonation; smooth; medium body,

O: Aroma aside, this is at best an unexceptional brown ale ... disappointing from the "dark beer specialist". QC issues at work?

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Photo of mick303
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice couple fingers of off-white head which showed really good retention.Shows really good lacing. Colour is a quite ruby brown colour.

Aroma has roast malt, coffee, clove spice notes. Hops are there and become more apparent as it warms. Rich and (boozey) malty. Some strong citric character, pungent.

Taste has a strong initial bitterness. Coffee malts with a strong roasty/charred character, hops are slightly astringent, and quite earthy. Packs a whallop of flavour though, and some interesting subtleties, a bit of a fruity/blackberry undercurrent. Finish is dry, and bitter, roast hoppiness.

Mouthfeel has a moderate-high body, carbonation on the medium side, not exactly crisp, but plenty of mouthcoating bitterness. It drinks really well.

I didn't take to this initially but it has a really admirable flavour and complexity. Found it a bit to bitter, and the hops can be a bit powerful here. Nevertheless it has a lot of interesting things going on and it worth trying. A really interesting interpretation.

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Photo of garuda
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Deep ruby, off-white head that retains and laces well.

S - Nice coffee roast with some pine hops on the back end.

T - The combination of flavors just don't work for me in this one. Starts out well with a creamed coffee roastiness, but then finishes with bright citrus and orange peel hops in the finish. Hops are strong in flavor, but not so much in bitterness. Finishes slightly sweet with brown sugar and bready malt. Sorry, but I don't prefer to have an orange in my coffee.

M - Medium/light body, smooth going down.

O - Combo of flavors in this one just doesn't do it for me. I didn't enjoy the clash of coffee and oranges.

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Photo of CHickman
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer notes from 7/9/2012 down in the Outer Banks, NC: pours hazy chestnut brown color with a massive 3 finger foamy tan head with tons of bubbles in it that faded very slowly, leaving craters and pockets in the foam and great foamy lacing and rings as it went down - a great looking beer.

Smells of caramel, brown sugar, sweet malt, nut, floral hops, roasted grains, maple syrup, a light hint of burnt wood and sugar or cinnamon; very sweet with nice roasted and nutty notes.

Tastes like it smells, but richer and more intense with caramel, molasses, brown sugar, sweet malt, nut (of some sort), floral hops, lemon zest, citrus hops, light grapefruit, roasted grains, maple syrup, burnt wood, apple cider, candied sugar, cinnamon, sour grapes or plum; very sweet flavor that allows the nutty and grainy accents to compliment the fruity sweetness, hops and bitterness that covers the alcohol completely.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, with light carbonation, a medium body and a rich nutty aftertaste that trails off slightly bitter.

Overall a great brown ale that was full of complex flavors and easy to drink. Malts, hops, nutty and sweet accents all add up to a stellar beer that was highly drinkable and a leader in this class.

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

a clean reddish brown with an ice cream cone like off white head. smells of cocoa, coffee, cedar. an amazing chocolatey blast up front, with slight hints of roasted grains. very much like avery's old brown dog - delicious. light-medium body.. nicely carbonated with a slight creamy feel.

brown ales are usually pretty simple, session beers. this is a little generous on the abv for the style, and way tastier than most. definitely liking this one!

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Photo of Arborescence
2.06/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Dark brown with hint of ruby. Visible bits of sediment that do not look very appetizing. Pours a thick head, although it recedes quite quickly.

Aroma: Sweet malt, toffee, hoppy undertones.

Taste: Bitter, undeveloped, almost like homebrew that's not quite done yet. Awful really.

Mouthfeel: Flat, light bodied.

Overall: I wonder if my sample was off or from a bad batch? I only had one bottle of this, but it doesn't inspire me to try another one. Others descripe this as highly carbonated, but mine was almost completely flat, like a real ale. Well, the bottle doesn't have a marked date on it, so who knows -- I'll just have to review it as I got it, which is to say as a very bad beer, most of it ended up going down the drain.

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Photo of brewcore
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep red brown. Yields a two finger, creamy, light tan head that dissipates into a thick ring. Fantastic lacing.

S: Roasted malts create sweet caramel and faint leather aromas. A really good nose.

T: Sweet malts up front with a dark roast finish. Coffee notes predominate in the end. Great hops presence up front to balance out the sweetness.

M: Moderately high carbonation for a brown ale.
Medium mouthfeel.

O: This is in my top three brown ales. Definitely the best smelling brown I have found. IMO the smell of the beer is almost half of the experience. Go grab this beer if you can.

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Photo of cpolking
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep brown with ruby and garnet. There is a short half-inch of brown head, somewhat creamy.

The aroma is deep roasted malt, dark toasted, almost coffee, with a nice zesty, aromatic hoppiness on top.

The taste follows the aromas and this is nearly as dark roasted as many porters. There is an element of dark chocolate and raspberry torte. It is like drinking a gourmet bittersweet dessert cake.

The finish is nicely crisp and dry, with a zesty hoppiness that adds just the right bitterness to finish clean, without getting too sour.

This is a well-constructed gem of a brown ale.

Thanks to tone77 for this beer.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is all sweet caramel goodness. On the back end of the aroma I get a fresh mown grass note too, it's quite nice.

Beautiful looking beer! Brilliantly clear dark amber in color topped by a whipped-cream-like tan head with generous lacing down the rim of the glass.

This has so much going on in the taste it's unbelievable! Its almost candy-like at first, but that gives way to this chocolate undertone and finishes with a great roast. None of which are more assertive than the last. Hop profile is just like the aroma, grassy. It all works so well together!

Medium body and solid carbonation this could be sipped or drank with more haste. Very drinkable and highly enjoyable!

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep chestnut color with ruby highlights when held to light. 1/2 finger sandy colored head with good retention and some streaks of lacing down the glass.

S: Coffee, toffee, roasted malt, chicory, caramel and a rich earthiness. Pretty intriguing.

T: Nice roasted malt notes upfront followed by a nice hit of earthy hops, baking chocolate, freshly ground medium roast coffee and a lingering but not overpowering bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy and really works well with the beer. Drinkability is insane. One of the best browns I've ever had.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with amber hues with an abundant tan head that subsides to a thin layer of foam and good side glass laceing.
Sharp hops and pepery hop spices meet the nose.
Taste has a bitter, punchent bite as well as coffee notes. There is a roast burnt flavor that I don't care for and ruins it for me.

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Photo of isualum12
2.36/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Got this bottle on trade otherwise I wouldn't see it in Boise Idaho where I am at.

Dark brown beer with lively head on it. It looks nice
Smell I didnt get much at all.
Taste- was there any?i couldn't tell with the carbonized
Mouthfeel- nothing but co2. So much on drink 3 I dumped and got heart burn from it.

Sorry to be negative but I didn't care for it at all.

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.79/5  rDev +28.4%
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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Photo of ONUMello
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: The same brown color as the bottle, with a one-finger head that lingers.
S: Nutty, also with cinnamon/cider spices, and caramel.
T: Also nutty with cinnamon. Not bitter up front, but it comes through towards the end with a long bitter finish.
M: Medium-bodied though somewhat thin; again bitter finish.
O: Pleasant & enjoyable

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown brew with a big, dense, eternal, tan head. Thick dots of lacing cling to the side

S - Outstanding aroma! Immediately, I'm hit with hazelnut coffee, toast, brown sugar, spruce and some grapefruit pith. Searching for more, there is also smell a very faint banana aroma.

T - There is a pleasant coffee taste, a bit of biscuits and hazelnuts. Coffee and citrus pith dominate the aftertaste. The taste is pretty good overall.

M - Thin, smooth, very refreshing.

D - This is a good beer. It's flavor isn't as great as the smell, but still... It is nice. I wouldn't mind having this again.

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
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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Photo of Kendo
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is brown - orangey-brown when backlit - with a bubbly, 1-finger beige-colored head that settles slowly to leave nice foamy lace.

S: Definitely a brown ale in the nose department - caramel malt, brown sugar and some roasty, toasty malt.

T: Like the amber I just had, the first impression is more about the mouthfeel than the taste, as the carbonation is quite active. Here, however, it's fairly refined and fine-bubbled and doesn't come across as harsh as it did in the amber. As for the taste - it follows the nose, pretty much: toast, dark bread, caramel malt and a good bitterness at the finish - grassy, herbal, maybe a bit earthy. Lingers into the aftertaste, cutting down the sweeter, malty traits.

M: A bit too fizzy and highly carbonated, but not so bad that it ruins this beer. A couple of these Duck-Rabbit beers and I'm burping a lot, that's for sure. Call it light-to-medium in heft.

O: A decent brown. May be a tad bit too bitter for my preference in browns these days, but it's appropriately within the style.

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Photo of NickH07
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

whoa... wow...

poured from the bottle to a room temp 12oz mug at about +/- 38 degrees. poures a beautiful dark dark brown with almost a cherry tint. poured a huge 2inch head (ill admit I glugged it some... whoops) settled out after about 2minutes into a nice creamy 1cm head that left good lacing all the way through. almost looks like a lighter root beer! in the nose im getting some serious malts and a little hop. taste im getting huge malts then some biscuts maybe? also has some nutty profile going on as well. its fairly creamy and super smooth, carbonation is just right and finishes slightly dry. ends with a wonderful grassy, floral serious hop note that is very light on bitterness. overall in a word... robust. probably my favorite beer to date! as it warmed the alchohol seemed to kick through a little but was still pleasant. after 3hrs, a pizza, rootbeer, cookies, and hot cicken cheese dip, I can still taste the malt and really the hops lingering on the sides of my tounge, fantastic! ill be reaching for another when I can!

miller lite fans beware... '''whoa that's a dark beer...'' and... ''this is nasty how are you saying its awesome'' - my unaware best friend
G-d bless and cheers

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

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a medium amber color with creamy eggnog colored head.

Sweet, roasty caramel nose with a zingy green hop presence.

Taste is strongly of roasted grains, caramel, and a slight hop pineyness. Definitely bitter!

Moderately carbonated with a crisp finish. Overall a good beer, more interesting than a typical brown.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Wow what a great pour! I get a solid inch and a half of mocha colored head (never had this in a brown ale) and a dark amber brown beer which is clear not hazy.

S - A very solid bit of caramel malts and toffee smells along with a good bit of brown malts. Very heavy aroma's

T - Brown malts are there but balanced giving flavors of slight toffee and caramel. Surprised that it actually finishes rather hoppy with a bit of bitter with my sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with an almost stout like body. Great.

Overall being a stout fan I will go for their ports or stouts again but it was a pretty tasty offering.

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