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 Risser09
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pilsner - fridge - enjoy by 11.09

Appearance: A transparent garnet brown beer is active with carbonation and fervent with head foundation. The head is khaki and shows great retention and 4" of size. Cakey surface and lots of spotty lace. The head still hasn't relented after finishing the entire beer so I will have to wait to get the last gulp.

Smell: Cereal, molasses, toast, unlit cigars and almond. No hop aroma.

Taste: Crisp malt flavor with some mild hop bitterness behind it. Nutty almond oil, bran cereal, toast. Not complex. Solid

Mouthfeel: Medium body, heavily carbonated, easy sipping, mild hop and alcohol finish. Pretty well attenuated to not let sugars interrupt it's solid state.

Drinkability: This is a solid brew that would be a great session beer in the shoulder months. The subtle hop presence balances the crafty use of malts. I am a fan!

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Photo of F2brewers
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to StormKing47 for this beer.

Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet glass.

No lot code. Best by 06/10 on the bottle.

A: Slightly off-white to tan head about 2 1/2 fingershigh that lingers before settling about 1/2 finger high and leaving a nice lace aroung the interior of the glass. The beer is a deep translucent brown color throughout with lots of small bubbles.

S: Very malt forward with some bread and bisuit tinges. I sense some sweet caramel and some dried fruit (fig/raisin) notes and a touch of roasted nuts.. Hops are muted and barely noticeable.

T: Mostly sweet malt with a hint of roasted flavor and some of the nuttiness from the nose. Hops are present (and pleasant) but not overwhelming. Good balance to the sweetness. Given the nose, I expected a fuller, richer beer, but this is consistent with the style. The maltiness lingers on the tongue with no trace of hops.

M: Perhaps a tad on the thin side. Middle to light-bodied with strong carbonation. No sticky or oily essence...a nice clean brown ale.

D: This is a nice easy-drinking beer even for warmer days. It is not overpowering and I could easily have another.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an over sized wine glass.

Pours a tan head with a deep brown colored brew, nice head retention with ample lacing.

Smells of roasted nuts, earthy peat, earthy hops and caramel.

Big earthy, herbal, hops... nuttiness - nice bitterness in the end - no sweetness here, but not overdone. A very good brown ale...

Crisp and tasty - damn good brown ale...the best I've had in a while - maybe ever.

Good, drinkable brown ale - caseworthy to say the least. If you see it, grab it - good sh!t...

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Duck-Rabbit Brown Ale

Appearance: Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a tulip pint glass. A moderately dark brown in color with patchy lace work.

Smell: Bready malts and light floral hops.

Taste: Malt forward, nutty and lightly roasted. Hints of chocolate malt. Some tea-like herbal citrus hops go to work on balancing. Slightly bitter on the back end with some malty goodness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, well carbonated and fairly smooth going down.

Drinkability: A very nice, sessionable brown here. Unoffensive and easy going.

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Photo of magine
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark caramel brown, has a light tan head that is creamy and thick. Nice thick head remains with great lacing as well. Great look for this style brew.

This brew smells of hops and malts, has a sweet pleasent nose. Carmael,roasted malts and citrus hops.

Has a crisp malty smooth taste, has a surprising hop flavor as well. Cirtus hops, bitter. Finishes slightly dry and sharply bitter. Good carbonation and smoothness to this one. The finish is sharp on the tongue. A somewhat nutty, coffee aftertaste.

This is a unique flavored brown ale, and a good change of pace. I find this to be complex and drinkable and hits a nice balance in the flavor department to make this very sessionable. I am very surprised by its bitterness - it works excellent. Good stuff.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a slightly dense brown body with a rocky beige head that is supported by tiny bubbles in the carbonation.
S- This beer has a soft toasted brown malt with a coffee roasted note and a slight nougat aroma when it warms. The finish has a note of cream and lemons.
T- This beer has a coffee roasted malt with a slight tartness. There was a chocolate note grows as it warms. There is a green pine and lemon bite in the finish. The roasted notes and lemons linger and fight each other.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a big fizzy finish that pricks the tongue.
D- There is a weird blend of citrus earthy hops and roasted malts. The chocolate and lemon are odd with a tartness that is almost lactic but a bit more charred malt. This beer is a bit like eating dessert after brushing your teeth. The flavors really fight against each other.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - poured into glass a medium brown with 1/2" off-white head
S - lemon citrus, roasted malt
T - hoppy up front, but more malt in the finish
M - light to medium feel
D - a little bitter for the style in my opinion. there are many brown ales I find more drinkable

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottled dated best by Feb '10 into a big-ass mug.

A: What a head! The best feature of this beer. The foam topples over the top of the mug with BIG bubbles making up the most of it.

S: Belgian yeast, wheat, oxidation.

T: Oxidation, sour apricots, and light notes of roasty coffee with a bitter and tart finish. Not a great combination.

M: Excellent carbonation, dry, and light 'n' sparkly.

D: Can't really complain here. Light-bodied - it goes down nice and easy regardless of the taste.

Overall, an odd beer. The style is more like an Old English Porter. I guess as it warmed up it got a little interesting and grew on me, but along with the other stuff I've had from Duck Rabbit in the past month I probably won't seek anything else out from them.

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Photo of billab914
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a ruby brown color with a big fluffy off-white head that extended half an inch above the glass after the pour. It had very good head retention and lacing as I drank it.

Aroma seems to be a mix of some sweet and roasted malts with a citrus lemon-ish, piny smell to it. The taste has a decent amount of caramel to it but it's not overly sweet. It also has a little roastedness to it as well which is nice. The bitterness balances it out pretty well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly creamy. It's a pretty drinkable beer, I enjoyed it and it went down pretty easy. it had some good flavors and very good head retention that definitely made it a more enjoyable beer to drink.

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Photo of Traquairlover
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.

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Photo of IceTrey9785
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Managed to get a six-pack at work for around $10.

A: I poured the ale into an English pub glass....even at serving temperature, it took a while for the head to settle. Once it finally did, the lacing was really intense, with small splotches across the top of the ale.

S: Immediately I got an aroma of weak coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a faint hoppy "spice." To be honest, the description on the outside of the bottle implied a lot more hops, but the malt certainly steals the show. Overall, I think this smells good, not quite as sweet as other American Browns that I've tried.

T&M: The creaminess of the ale is the first thing you'll notice...eventually the roasted caramelized malt flavor comes through. I noticed quite a bit of carbonation once I took a sip that was a little overwhelming. The mid - palate displays noticeable hops (faintly). The finish is very similar to a weak hazelnut coffee. Overall, very nice. Nutty, sweet, slightly bitter from the hops, and a finish that just lasts and lasts.

I have to say, this being the first micro-brew that I have tried from my home state, they did a nice job. I'm sure it is a hundred times better on draft, but from the bottle, my only complaint was the lack of hops and too much foam. As the beer warms and the head dissipates, a great beer.

Not sure I'd want 3 or 4 in a row, but on a cold winter day -- nothing better!

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Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got the beer at a take out pizza place and upon looking at the label, I noticed that the enjoy by date was Nov's the last day of Jan 2010 so I was a bit skeptical on the true taste and that should be taken into account too when reading this review.

When I poured the beer into my pint glass there was a good amount of head and it actually took 2 pours to get it all in the glass. I think you can take or leave reviews on the type of head since it all depends on the cleanliness of your glassware but this head was Jay Leno like....muy grande. The beer is a nice brownish/copper color and looks to be bottle conditioned.

The smell of the beer is slightly sweet with noticeable hop notes. The hoppy notes seem a little muted which is probably due to the age of the beer. The nose doesn't come out and grab ya, as it would if this was a fresh beer.

The taste is definitely a bit mellow for a hoppy brown ale, again due to the age of the beer. The taste is fine but it does taste a little old. The beer has definitely mellowed a bit but there are signs that this would have been a more dynamic beer if it was fresher.

The mouthfeel is fine. Medium bodied and slighly more effervescent due to the bottle conditioning and age in the bottle.

The drinkability is okay too. It would be a lot better if it was fresher but all in all it's an okay beer in regards to drinkability. It's definitely mellowed out but would be right up my alley if it was fresh and the hops stood out like they were intended to.

I would try this beer again since I like hoppy brown ales and think this beer has a lot of potential when consumed fresh.

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Photo of Minotaur
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On hand pump at Spinnerstown Hotel.

Pours very dark-purple brown with no head and little carbonation.

It has a bitter prune like aroma with a hint of funkiness.

The flavor is predominantly sour and bitter not uncommon in brown ales. There is some yeasty-sourness and a bit of dark malt sweetness underneath. The fruitiness is reminiscient of sour figs, prune, raisin.

The cask and hand pump left an incredibly smooth but very flat and thin mouthfeel. All things considered: flat taste, sour bitterness, it is a highly drinkable beer for this style.

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear amber with a hint of cedar. Thin off white head and just a bit of lacing.

S-Nice whiff of chocolate and biscuit malts.

T-Grainy in the front and then a nice light chocolate sweetness takes over with a mild kick at the end. Nice.

M-Medium bodied with fine carbonation.

D-Very tasty. Not a favorite style but this is a fine rendition.


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Photo of KingEdward
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer from the bottle into a pint glass. The color of the beer is a redish brown. It had about 2 fingers of head that went away very fast. The aroma is sweet with the smell of carmel, malt, and notes of butterscotch. There is a small to medium amount of lacing. The taste is bitter compared to the smell. It has a malty, hoppy, roasted flavor with lots of carbonation that tickles and foams in the mouth. The after taste is very hoppy. This is a decent brown ale but the hoppiness of it is a surprise because the smell is so sweet.

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Photo of samie85
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a deep, hazy chestnut with a three finger head.

S-Biscuity, and caramel malt with an herbal hoppiness.

T-Biscuity malt with some caramel and finishes with bitter, and herbal hops.

M-Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D-Not a beer I'd rush out to get, but I might try it if the opportunity to get some that was a little fresher came about.

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Photo of zoso493
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a brown-ruby color that lights up blood red when held to the light. This one is fairly translucent, as well, and not as thick-looking as other brown ale's. Has one finger of foamy head that dies down to just coat the surface.

Smell: This one is much hoppier than expected in the nose. There's not an overwhelming presence of hops, but there's much more of a scent than you'd expect. Apart from that, there are some buttery malts as well.

Taste: A lot of hops in the taste, which is just a bit strange for the style. Not a bad beer, but I would probably reach for something else if I wanted hops. The malts also stand out, with butterscotch being the predominant taste.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick, but has an adequate amount of body. Honestly, it's a nice, light beer and I don't mind the thinner body.

Drinkability: This is a pretty light-tasting beer with a low ABV that is fairly drinkable. It's not hugely tasty but it is a nice-drinking brew.

Overall, I was a bit disappointed with this brew. Despite being from North Carolina, this was the first Duck Rabbit offering I'd tried and I was slightly let down. It was a unique take on the style, but just tasted a little off to me. I still look forward to seeking out some more brews from Duck Rabbit, though.

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Photo of farrago
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two fingers of loose foam, light tan in color, dimples as the bubbles quickly pop, most of the lacing slides away easily. Dark brown-red brick in color, the zinc orange starts to show around the rims, fairly clear for its level of darkness. The nose is decidedly malty but in no way overly sweet, mineral water and straw bundle notes pair up with cocoa, chocolate powder, good cherry to red grape fruit scents, cornbread, pecan shells, stays lively without seeking attention. Medium-bodied, the carbonation has it cresting early in the mouth but isn't disguising any flaws or such. Caramel, milk chocolate, carob, coffee bean, dry and dusty but deep. Has that same metallic mineral ring to it, like organic in feel. Cherry, white grape, apricot fruit flavors. Pinch of nutmeg or allspice. Finishes with elevating bitterness and hard to peg why. Enjoyable enough but nothing especially noteworthy.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass on 11/20/09

Best by October 2009

A - Medium brown with burnt orange highlights. 1/4 inch head with good retention. lacing is sparse early on but gets better toward the end.

S - Dark, toasted & nutty aroma. Hints of caramel, molasses & brown sugar. Faint earthy hops.

T - Sharply bitter hops upfront. Dense blend of toasted & burnt malts. Similar to the nose; earthy & nutty with notes of molasses & dark sugars.

M - Medium to full bodied with high carbonation. This bottle (as well as another from the 6 pack) was a gusher; I wonder if it was over-carbonated. Lingering bitterness.

D - In my opinion, the high carbonation creates a barrier between me & an otherwise perfectly enjoyable beer; it just seems off. Other than that, it's easy enough to drink.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up in NC last weekend. The beer is darkly clear, a translucent reddish brown color with a thick frothy foam that laces into solid chunks on the glass. It smells just the way I want a brown ale to, roasted malts and a little chocolate, not so much of the hops from the label ("hoppy and beautifully bitter"). The beer tastes much hoppier than it smells. The spicy hops (maybe saaz) are a nice counterpoint to the rich malts, very well done. I'd like more sweetness from the malts, but they present more with roasted bitterness. A nice lingering bitterness in the aftertaste, more from hops than malts I'd guess. A well done beer but probably my least favorite of the line-up so far.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

a-dark ruby color...brown tinges...slightly off white two finger head..good lacing...bubbles are present..

s-roasty malt up front...crisp hops in the nose...sweet...

t-malty and roasty...hops are present in a big way but not over the top...finishes a bit bitter..nothing to complicated just good flavor

m-a bit oily and resiny...prickly from the carbonation...taste doesnt linger forever but the bitterness stays for a while...

d-low enough abv to have several of these...this brew is growing on me...and i truly enjoy each one i have..

overall a solid hoppy brown ale...which is what its supposed to on..

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a case swap with some friends. Brown is not typically a style I go for, but nonetheless...

Poured into a pint glass, a caramel color, amber translucent, with fire-orange highlights. A dusty, loose head with bubbles, solid gauze lace.

Smells solid, of caramel & chocolate, with a nice, piny hop balance. Everything is pretty forward, nothing wrestling for domination.

Taste is sweet at first, malty, then very soon bitters out & ends dry, a touch chalky. Some residual chocolate & roast flavors in the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied, the roast bitterness builds after a while & leaves traces coating the mouth.

Not a bad drinker -- another beer that, for me, promised more in the aroma than it delivered in the taste, but I could see getting cozy with this one & having a few over cards or something.

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Photo of bamadog
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 11/4/2009. Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Had a hell of a time getting to the beer itself as when I opened it, it was a gusher.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown coffee/coppery color with some minute hints of ruby; huge head that took forever to dwindle to a full and thick foamy skim on the surface; solidly webbed walls of lacing are left behind on the sides of the glass; body shows strong carbonation and is nearly opaque.

Smell: Very nutty, a little sweet and there is a slight earthy hoppiness to it.

Taste: Very nutty in flavor and it's a very natural sweet flavor that accompanies it; very mild hoppiness to it as noted in the smell; slightly coppery and bitter aftertaste, but not distasteful - overall a really solid brown.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium in thickness; carbonation which appears much stronger to the eyes is actually quite soft and smooth in the mouth and leaves a slight tingle on the gums.

Drinkability: Just a fine and well-balanced beer that is slightly filling. I would gladly enjoy more of these, especially as an afterdinner kind of drink.

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Photo of JayQue
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice brown ale. A bit heavy in the initial carbonation though. Bubbled up when I opened the bottle. A profusion of head as I poured it. Filled 3/4 of the glass and a bit on the table as well.

Dark, hazy amber color, big pillowy off-white head, took forever to die down, reasonable amount of lacing. Subsequent pours were more under control.

Smell was slightly sweet malt. Taste was slightly sweet malt with a surprising kick of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. Balance of malt and hops is just right for a brown ale.

Drinkability is very good. Brewed for mass quantities, nice flavors, looks good. Would probably be even better on tap. I would like to see this, Legend Brown or Low Down Brown as replacements for Newcastle at bars and restaurants.

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Photo of pwoods
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Bruisin' Ales, poured into an imperial pint. Notes.

A: Pours a rich brown that is mohagony in the light with great clarity. Good retention and lacing.

S: Brown sugar, nutmeg, baking spices, cookie dough. Great aroma. A bit odd for a brown but nice.

T/M: Good hop backing. Bright and fruity. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and more of the spices. Some chocolate and cocoa powder comes through as it warms. Body is nearly full and very creamy.

D: Pretty drinkable and definitely interesting.

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Duck-Rabbit Brown Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
3.73 out of 5 based on 677 ratings.
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