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

Duck-Rabbit Brown AleDuck-Rabbit Brown Ale
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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!

Added by brentk56 on 10-06-2004

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Ratings: 679 |  Reviews: 325
Photo of thain709
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer poured with a brown body that was a bit transparent...the head stood about three fingers and was off white in lasted a while and left nice lacing

S - A decent nose...normal for a brown ale...nuts, caramel, toffee, and a bit of roasted chocolate

T - All the flavors from the nose were there but it came off a little different...there was an initial sweetness from the caramel and toffee which was nice...but in the middle of the beer was a nutty characteristic that just threw me off a little...I like a hint of nuttiness, but this was a bit overpowering...the finish had a nice, subtle hop bitterness

M - Medium bodied...smooth and bitter...not as hoppy bitter as the label suggests but still pleasant...can't complain

D - This was just an average brown ale...all the characteristics were there...the nut flavor was just a little too pronounced for me

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. Pour brings a brown colored beer with a bit of amber in there. Off white head that starts out with two fingers slowly recedes. Not too much lacing. The nose is some caramel, toffee, bread, and nuts. The taste is mostly some slight bread with a bit of caramel dressing. Good feel with a bit of sweetness. Drinks fairly well, but is a bit ordinary.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a pint glass. Upon opening, it produced a loud "pssssttt!" sound and about a quarter of the beer spewed out.

A: It pours a deep mahogany color with a huge, 3 finger, soapy head. The enormous head sticks around for the entirety.

S: The smell is mild all around, with toffee, caramel, and a bit of citrus.

T: The taste is much more pronounced than the smell; it has caramel, nuttiness, sweet maltiness, brown sugar, and more hoppiness than the average brown ale.

M: It feels sticky, soapy, and far from smooth.

D: This has a nice flavor but the hypercarbonation keeps it from being very good.

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Photo of Jayli
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired this from Jackthebear so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consimed 11/3
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a translucent mahogany brown with a three finger of light brown, sudsy, ridiculously rocky head. Head retains for quite some time and leaves clumps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is caramel and toffee malts.

T: Taste starts with caramel malts lending in to a nice toffee flavoring with a touch of pale malts. Finish has a bit of bitter bakers chocolate and a nice burst of strong citrus hops.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp and clean body.

D: Goes down alright, the bitter chocolate and citrus could be blended a bit better. Not too filling, decent kick, ok representation of style. I'd opt for other brown ales, but wouldn't turn this one away.

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Photo of carolinabeerguy
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Pours a deep mahogany brown with ruby highlights and a 3-4 finger fluffy light tan head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt with semisweet chocolate, sweet citrus and a touch of hops.

Taste: Sweet citrus mixed with bitter hops up front followed by a nuttiness in the middle then ending with toasted malt. Aftertaste is a mix of bitter hops and burnt toast.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. A bit watery for my liking.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could knock back a few of these without any trouble.

Overall: This is a nice American Brown Ale. I would recommend trying this one out if you haven't yet. Another solid offering from Duck-Rabbit.

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Photo of wallaceandvomit
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- nice dark brown colors, huge head that lasted a long while
s- nice strong caramel maybe slight choco smell
t- follows suit with the smell, pretty decent beer
m- medium thick mouthfeel , good mouthfeel
d- this wasnt the first brown ale ive had but its the first that made me want to try more brown ales. wish i could get this back home

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Photo of nas5755
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Brown with light brown hues. Huge head that stayed throughout the entire glass, awesome lacing.

S- Toffee and caramel

T- Toffee, caramel, toasty with some nuttiness, leafy green hops

M- Smooth, nice carbonation

D- A very drinkable brown that has a different to me and my American palate leafy green hop note, which I find adorable.

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Photo of ComfortablyBum
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into DFH glass.

A deep dark cloudy brown. It had a huge head of three fingers that stayed around for awhile.

S it had a bubbly citrus and pine smell. Very hoppy.

T coffee and burned malt like a darker beer. Woody flavor mixed in with the hops.

M big mouthfull feel. Had a bite to it, an d was dry.

D. This did not taste as smoothi as other brown ales. The more I drink duck rabbit the more i want to make the trip out to Farmville.

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Photo of Thur123
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark copper brown color with about three fingers of head, which is off white in color. The smell is malty, both roasted and sweet, with a slight caramel smell. Also reminds me of fresh bread and toast as well. Actually one of the better smelling Brown ales I've ever had.

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The taste is bigger than expected from the smell, with a complex malty base that stands out pretty well. Bread crust and a very slight candy (chocolate, caramel, toffee) flavor are swirling around as well. There is a bitter hop edge underneath all this. The mouth feel is thick enough to give this beer a full body as well. Overall a good beer and certainly better than expected, for some reason.

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Photo of BogleHill
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lots of carbonation with this one out of the bottle. However, I managed to contain everything in the glass. :} Once things settled down a bit - this dark amber-brown brew has a nice light hoppy aroma. Medium mouthfeel. This one has a fruity-bittering hop presence on the first sip. The finish is wonderfully roasty, almost a bit of chocolate too that lingers for a long time. Next sip is then sweet on the top side, bitter in the middle and roasty again. This is one rather complex, but very drinkable and enjoyable brown ale. Thanks to Glid02 for this one.

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Photo of thetomG
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

nice murky brown color with HUGE amounts of thick foamy head. Aroma is somewhat muted and mild, but there are some light roasted malty notes. These same notes come through better in the taste, but the beer seems to be overcarbonated which takes away from the flavor.

Its a good beer, but it needs to have the carbonation issue worked out a bit and it would be much better

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Photo of biglite351
2.71/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - more of a dark amber ale color than a brown ale color. Extremely tall near white creamy tight head.

S - bitter malt scent. Like a roasted lager, with a bitter end.

T - not what I expected. Much like the scent it seems more like a roasted lager than a brown ale.

M - mild coating with nearly no tingle.

D - drinkable, but many better options out there.

I might have to re-rate this at a later time.

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Photo of cbak999
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - pours a dark brown, but no opaque. A very small tan head disipates quickly.

S - the dominant smells are of spices. Cinnamon and vanilla come through. I smell a bit of anise.

T - very minerally and metallic tasting. This bottle might be off, but seems not right. Doesn't have the tastes of a traditional brown ale.

D - based on the taste, I am not sure I'd seek this out again.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

In true American style a lot of hops are thrown at this beer from start to finish and dry-hopped to boot (Amarillo and Saaz respectively).

Cappuccino style froth yields a beautiful trail of tan lace that drapes the inside of the glass. Dark chestnut hue but not dark enough to hide the clarity when put up to the light. Pungent and slightly sharp hop aroma, suggestions of citric peel, pepper corn and freshly cut grass come to mind. Mild-roasted malts drop a thick scent of chicory on the nose. Smooth with a slick medium body, perfect level of carbonation still provides crispness throughout. The bitterness from the hops seems to be on top of the palate, though never sharp or overly bitter. A bit of spicy, citric and herbal flavor from both the Amarillo and Saaz. Maltiness comes slightly roasty with some sweetness. A touch of toffee and unsweetened chocolate. Finishes semi-dry.

Some stellar drinking here, impressive flavor profiles from the malt and hops yet still very sessionable. Duck-Rabbit raise the benchmark a few notches in the American Brown Ale style with this one.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of montecristo2
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Almost four fingers on the head. Rocky top, billowy. Careful when you pour it because this has the potential to be sudsy. If you ARE careful, you will be rewarded with a tasty take on a brown ale.

Clear chestnut color. Effervescent.

Malty but there are definitely hops in the presence and first sip.

A nice, drinkable beer. Not the best brown ale I've ever had, but definitely worth buying again. A nice, balanced brown ale.

I like this one-not as much as the milk stout, but worth trying.


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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bulls Head Pub in Lititz.
Clear reddish-brown in color with a full frothy head. Smells good with a strong roasted grain character and some chocolate and toffee. Taste is unique and delicious. Toffee and roasted malts are balanced nicely with floral and grassy hop flavors. Finish is a little dry. I certainly could put down a couple of these. A nice approach to the style and a good all-around ale.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to jyounger30 for this one.

poured from the bottle a deep mahogany brown to a dogfish head signature glass with an incredibly uncontrollable three finger head that left sticky lace to the rim of the glass.

aroma of piney hips and roasty toffee. a very unusual brown.

tastes quite hoppy - most hop forward brown I've sampled to date. once the palate settles in with the hops, mild coffee, toffee and brown sugar also emerge.

very drinkable.

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Photo of 828beagle
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duck-Rabbit pint glass. Big bulky beige head 1 1/2 inches. Nice amber brown with beautiful marble lacing along the sides of the glass. A thin head remains throughout no matter how long it sits(very nice). It has the inviting smell of a box of fine Belgium chocolates. A slightly bitter taste with a mixture of sweet gourmet mocha coffee. Much more character and spunkiness than your typical brown ale and a bit heavier too. I must say that this is my favorite local brewery and 99% of the time they can do no wrong but also it is a bit high priced. You should not have to take out a loan to buy a six pack. I only live right down the road. That should at least eliminate some shipping cost, am I right?

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Photo of axeman9182
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best before September 2010, poured into my Allagash chalice.

The beer pours a rusty brown, with ruby highlights when backlit. The toffee head is absolutely massive and rocky. Retention and lacing are both out of this world, probably the best looking brown ale I've ever seen. Despite that, the nose is a little weak and especially the promised hoppiness suffers. The flavor is much better, caramel and biscuity malts, with just a hint of roasted chocolate. Grapefruit from the amarillo is a wonderful touch on the back end, and a brief spicy flourish from the Saaz closes things out nicely. I had worries about the carbonation given the mountainous amount of head that foamed up from my pour, but it was surprisingly restrained. The body was just a little bit thin though. Duck Rabbit nailed almost everything about this beer, I can only hope they expand their distribution more to the northeast.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first of eight "Welcome to North Carolina" beers I'm sampling (not all NC beers - just beers I don't think I could get in Chicago)

Appearance: Cola-colored with a brown head full of large bubbles.

Smell: A touch of hops, caramel, toffee.

Taste: Very nicely balanced, with caramel-y malts offset by a nice bitterness. It doesn't cloy like many brown ales. It's complex yet not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with a crisp finish thanks to the hops.

Drinkability: Exceptional, thanks to the balance.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Soonami
2.35/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A nice looking brown ale, that pours a clear reddish brown with a nice tight head. The beer immediately smelled of chocolate with undertones of fruit preserves and plune. The taste is sharp and sour with little body and finishes with an astringent, acrid bitterness. This beer does not taste good at all. This beer ranks as a 1.0 for taste because it tastes nothing like what an American Brown should, it's just a brown. This is a rare drain-pour for me. I really hate pouring beers out, but this was unpalatable for me. I don't know why others have ranked it so high in the past but recent reviews have been down, like mine

I tried looking at other reviews to see if others had the same experience with this beer that I did, and what I conclude is that a majority of tasters also tasted the same acidity that I taste. So this is likely not a contamination or defect, but just how the beer is. Also, because the beer didn't gush or smell sour, I don't think it's spoiled, just not good.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to ale glass. Kind of excitied to try this ale.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, almost black caramel-style with a hint of head to my surprise.

Smell: dark roasted malt with a hint of fruit-zest and a powerful choco-coffee overtone.

Taste: Appealing, strong roast of malts and caramel bitter hops that actually compliment the mild sweet ting it provides. Almost a strong tea flavor on the after-taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to average body of carbonation. Seems like its missing something.

Drinkability: Actually very surprising and tastey that puts up a nice little fire, but doesn't put out the warmth. Did satisfy for an ale.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-ounce brown bottle poured into a flared pint glass.

Pours a dark chestnut brown, showing a bit of haze and a thick head of light tan foam that fades away to a heavy cap that holds together nicely and sticks to the walls of the glass, leaving behind some thin legs of lace as it falls away.

Hops play around in the nose, mildly citrusy and a bit earthy and herbaceous, with an underlying touch of caramel, molasses and some nuttiness.

Medium-bodied with a moderate carbonation, the palate starts off nutty and a touch sweet before moving into a mostly hop-accented middle wherein the hops manifest themselves as in the nose, a bit citrusy and herbal. A sort of acidic or smoky note appears toward the rear, its cause unknown -- hops, perhaps, though the malts employed seem more likely the candidate. Whatever the source, the acidity fails to detract but rather adds a bit to the character of the beer before finishing nutty and dry enough to bring on another quaff.

Nicely drinkable, though not the greatest brown out there. Distinctive, but never over-the-top, I can imagine it perfectly complementing barbecue ribs with hash and rice.

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Duck-Rabbit Brown Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 55.5% out of 100 with 679 ratings
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