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 AlCaponeJunior
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brown with reddish hues, clear, small rising bubbles, nice two finger head that lasted, leaving pretty good lacing.

Both smell and taste on this one were surprisingly hoppy, and pleasantly so! I'm not a big fan of brown ales, but this one I definitely like. There's the expected maltiness, with some caramel and bready malts, but there's lots and lots of great hops flavors too. An excellently balanced brown beer that's far more hops forward than most beers of this style that I've tried.

Body is pretty light and perfect on the smooth carbonation. Thirst quenching with a lightly bitter aftertaste.

Great job on this one! I'd like to try more of this brewery now.

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Photo of muletrane
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by 12/11) into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with 2 fingers of thick rocky head and good lace.

S: Roasty caramel notes. A touch of breadiness and hops.

T: More pronounced roasty caramel up front and then finishes nice dry and bitter.

M: Moderate carbonation that's prickly on the tongue. Moderately thin body. Crisp!

Overall this a very nice brown ale that I would definitely revisit. I would prefer a little less carbonation and smoother mouthfeel.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A – Nice deep caramel brown pour with a finger of tan foamy head that receded to a nice cover. Spotty lacing.

S – Caramel malt with a nice hoppy scent.

T – Nice roasted malts to start. Caramel sweetness comes next and is followed by a light smoky flavor. Brown sugar taste. Finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness at the end.

M – Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Clean and crisp on the palate.

O – Really like this brew. Has the nice roasty sweetness of a nice brown ale that moves over to finish with a nice bitter bite. Nice drinkable brew.

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Photo of rbd13
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sampled 07-04-11

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Two finger head fades quickly.
Roasted malts and hops on the nose.
Bitter malty flavors, toffee and dark fruits, herbal hop presence.
Solid body, long finish with lingering flavors of toffee malts.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass: color is just right, nice brown, dense with a nice tan head that lasts for the entire tasting.

Smell is solid mix of caramel malt and toffe/chocolate and touch of biscuit for smoothness, nicely done.

Taste is clean, nice caramel/biscuit/toffee mixture of malt sweetness with a mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, clean sweet balanced by solid clean bitterness, nice balanced carbonation.

Overall nice beer, taste is just a touch not sweet enough for my taste is browns.

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

Been making my way around the Duck-Rabbit family and stumbled upon the Brown. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

A- Good looking brown with a tint of mahogany. Weak head (less than 1 finger) off-white with some pretty good lacing.

S- Some chocolate, oak, carmel and roasted malt notes initially. Pleasant full-bodied smell.

T- Strong roasted coffee with a hoppy feel. Roasted malts come through with fairly heavy carbonation. Some chocolate notes as it warms. A bit too much on the hop end for a brown.

M- Pretty heavy carbonation. a bit of a watery feel. A bit disappointing. Wanting more of a creamy/silk feel.

O- Nothing spectacualr about this brown. It's not that it's bad, but a bit too hoppy and heavy on the carbonation. Decent sipping brown. Wouldn't turn one down, but a little of a letdown-

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Photo of claytong
2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

appearance - light brown in color. leaning towards a copper. not much carbonation on controlled pour. then i have a sip and bam carbonation.

smell - malts, metal, co2

taste - bam the carbonation hits me. malts come in very shortly, tabacco, metal

mouthfeel - over carbonation!

not sure if this was a singular issue or what, but yikes, not a fan if not

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Photo of Dope
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A rich deep brown pour. Decent off-white head with a little lacing and retention.

S: Very sweet and malty. Lots of brown sugar and caramel for sure. A little nuttiness?

T: Not nearly as sweet as I expected. Surprising strong and bitter roast/burnt flavor along with some herbal and earthy tones. Some caramel towards the end. A little smoky even.

M: Surprisingly big tasting for the ABV. The low carbonation doesn't help this. Good sipper but a bit rough around the edges.

O: A big and thick brown ale for sure. Heavy on the dark roast flavors and light on the sweetness and carbonation.

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

A – A great looking beer. Brown cherry cola with deep ice-tea highlights. Nice khaki head leaves a nice lace.

S – Brown sugar with a great chestnut note. Touch of oaky smoke. Toffee and dark chocolate as it warms.

T – Toasted, lightly smokey malt. The center brings out a heavy char, with tree nuts and toffee to balance things out. The backend ebbs away from the roast and reveals a woody hop bitterness.

M – Relatively light body. Smooth with some sharp charred edges in the center of the profile.

O – A very nice brown ale balanced on the roastier side of the style.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great color beer. It pours a very nice clear mahogany, with a creamy tan head building, about one finger high. Leaves great lacing.
Smell is full with roasted malt flavors, caramel , butterscotch and brown sugar.
Tasting the beer, this will be confirmed up front with some butterscotch and flowery hops, being met with roasted malt flavors and earthy notes. The final results in a mild bitterness, which is a pleasant finish.
Great brown ale, not to sweet and very drinkable.

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours brown, cloudy. Can see a hint of amber when held up to a bright light. Lots of light brown head. Wonderful retention, nice a creamy. Look out for a bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma: Roasty, caramel, a bit woody. Some lighter malts as well. A bit of pine and butterscotch.

Flavor: Complex malt flavor. Starts caramel, then dark & roasty. Earthy, a bit nutty and grassy. A touch of diacetyl at the end, but it almost helps to prolong the aftertaste, which for the most part is thick and roasty.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, actually does ok with the roasty malt and mildly bitter hops. Medium-full body. Just a touch on the oily side. Nice.

Overall Impression: More roasty than the average brown ale, but it's still well put together. Not extremely drinkable, but it's not a terrible thing. It starts to wear on you due to the strong roastiness and heavy aftertaste. Couldn't imagine drinking more than one of these in a single sitting. One bottle drank slowly is very enjoyable, almost reminds me of enjoying a fine cigar.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear medium-brown with moderate bubbles. Two finger, tan head that lasted a long time. The lacing was pretty good.

S: Earthy hops. Light toasted aroma.

T: Light initial sweetness and then a pronounced hop bitterness. The roasted, nutty flavors come through. The finish was average and nutty.

M: Medium body with soft carbonation.

O: A standard, hoppier brown ale. Looks nice. Not bad overall.

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Photo of Duff27
2.89/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Holy foam! Nearly two-thirds of my pint glass is head with just a small pour. Subsequent pours to fill the glass result in a ice cream float looking head. Good head retention once I finally fill the pint glass all the way, clumpy lacing.

S- Cola smell. Biscuity.

T- Roasty, caramel in there as well. Coffee notes at first then finishes in a slightly off-putting acidic flavor...maybe that was the "bitter part" of it? never experienced anything quite like it.

M- Smooth, creamy. Medium to medium/light mouthfeel.

D/O- I'm not so sure this bottle wasn't infected. Tried reading through some of the "low" reviews and some claimed the same issues...HUGE head, acidity, etc. So for now, this review stands. If I acquire another bottle and find it to be different I'll update accordingly.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a dark brown, but when held to light there is a reddish hue all the way through. The huge tan head lasts a long time, fading to a disc by the end, and leaves quite a bit of lacing. Scents of coffee and citrus were detected upon opening, but a bit on the weak side. Hops dominated the taste - a slight malty cocoa up front, which quickly changes to floral and grapefruit rind notes. Not overly bitter, but quite flavorful. The mouthfeel was noticeably lacking - really quite thin and watery. Enjoyed the taste, but this could be a much better beer with improved mouthfeel.

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Photo of cjoc83
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, clear brown, amber hues visible at the edges of the glass, with about 2 fingers of tan head that sticks around for a few minutes before receding to a frothy layer. Leaves nice lacing.

Smell is nutty, earthy hops, roasted malts, hints of chocolate and coffee.

Taste is dark, bready malts, biscuit, touches of chocolate and bitter coffee, and some floral hops. Definitely bitter, as the bottle promises.

Low carbonation (a little too low), mouthfeel is a bit thin, medium bodied, clean finish.

Overall, a very drinkable brown ale, but with how much I loved their Rabid Duck RIS, I was expecting it to be a little bit better. The flavors are nice, but nothing out of this world, and the mouthfeel is a tad thin. I also wish the bitterness was dialed back a bit. A solid brew, but nothing special.

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Photo of Sensaray
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish hued brown with a decent sized bubbly head that is fluffy and crackling. Leaves nice lacing. Like the bottle.

Smells like dark malts with a nice warmth. Chocolatey, resinous dark fruit, caramel, coffee. Not a huge sense of hops like I sort of expected but they're there.

Dark malts, more coffee on the taste than in the nose. Also still roasty, chocolate. Hops are in there throughout with citric acid and pine, finish is a good bitter. I'd say this is very drinkable for the style.

Very dry mouthfeel. Light feel, which is lighter than I thought this was going to be.

Overall pretty good, very drinkable brown.

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Photo of zrab11
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice dark amber brownish color with a 2 finger off white head

S- Has hints of chocolate and biscut, also pick up some carmel and hops. Has a bit of alcohol aroma as well

T- Has a nice smooth up front feel then moves to a malty hopness followed by some sweet carmelness and then finsihes with a roasted nuts flavor

M-Medium body with good carbonation

D-Overall this brew was very good and solid. Nothing flshy about this brew but a super solid brown ale. If im ever in the mood for a brown ale id grab for this one. Not gonna nock ur socks off but solid

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, a bit nutty. Taste has hops, caramel, a bit of nuttiness, finishing with considerable bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality brew.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark blackish brown with a two finger tan head that fades to a cool grey ring of film that soapy rings of lacing.

The aroma is of dark chocolate, hints of roasted malt, coffee, and dark caramel. Brown sugar, and sweet bready hints, with a spicy hop in the background.

The taste is of chocolate up front with bitter notes of coffee and roasted malt to balance it out. Some spicy, earthy hops in the back. Hops peek through with some earthy, herbal elements in the aftertaste. More bitter hops come out as it warms up.

Thinner than expected, but nice medium body. Overall, a very interesting and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of scinerd3000
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

medium pour from bottle into a traditional pint glass...

A: Medium pour raises a tan 2 finger solid head. Beer is dark, dark amber when held up to the light and crystal clear. Head hold extreemely well with solid lacing.

S: Biscut, chocolate and bread notes. Ever so slight alcohol but barley. Carmel sweetness and just a touch of hops in the aroma. Smells delicious.

T: very smooth liquid chocolate. Hops come through but ballanced tword the malt backbone. Some roast malts presant. Not ovly sweet but the chocolate dominates my pallet. Slight bitterness on the back end but very subtle. Great complexity with some wood notes, cocaao, roasted nuts- specifically pecans. Awesome flavor and very very smooth.

M: Well carbonated with a medium body. Slighty chewy but not really enough to be considered a heavy beer. I could drink this all day! Clean caramel chocolate flavor sticks around after swallow and leaves a dry sensation.

O: A+ Love this beer and could drink it all day. Highly recommended. Absolutly lovley.

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Photo of Belekinbeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chocolate and earthy smell. Poured in a pint glass, good half in beige head. Good hoppy bitter taste with some good smokey but not as bitter as I would have really liked. Clean finish. I don't feel like I could drink more than two at a sitting. Refreshing but not crisp. First time I tried this brewery and I look forward to trying some of their heavier beers.

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Photo of justinjj1280
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm pretty sure I've had this a few times before, but I tried it again last night and it was a whole new experience.

From notes:

Pours a deep, dark brown. This seriously almost looked like a stout until I held it up in front of me.

It's got a pretty creamy head that retains really well and a lacing that really sticks to the glass for the duration of the beer. Beautiful.

I get the toasted malts, caramel and chocolate right up front with some sweetness. The hops come in strong and crisp by the time it reaches the back of my mouth. A nice treat.

Medium body and a full, satisfying mouthfeel.

To me, this is a situation where the brewer went above and beyond, hopping up this already solid brown ale and creating something that's true to the style and also unique. I'll be back for more.

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Photo of drtth
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a dark brown, almost black color with some reddish highlights when light shows at the edges. The ¼” head is a nice tan and persists for quite a while leaving adequate lacing. Throughout most of the beer sipping leaves interesting patterns of lacing, some of which cling to the side of the glass for a while but all of which eventually slide back down into the liquid.

Smell: The aroma is dark chocolate, dark caramel or toffee with traces of roasted grain and spicy hops.

Taste: The flavors are crisp and strong on the chocolate but with the hops showing up about mid-way into the sip. The roasted malt flavors go well together with the floral, citric hops

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and has a soft, smooth feel from the fine, persistent carbonation. The beer is relatively dry through out with a finish on the long side of medium that remains dry and tapers off with a lingering bitterness at the end.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I enjoyed this beer more than I had expected since I tend to find most brown ales relatively undistinguished. In this case each sip followed easily from the prior one and the beer was too soon gone. I’ll certainly be happy to have this one again and am looking forward to trying it some evening with burgers from the grill. My overall impression is of good, well made beer with some features that distinguish it from the run of the mill browns and justifies giving it a good score.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. More of a deep auburn than strictly brown, but it's handsome for sure. A thick cap of frothy foam lingers and drips all over the place.

Roasty, toasty notes hit the nose immediately, but further sniffing seems to reveal hints of a rather hoppy experience to follow. Oh yeah, a hoppy brown, I can dig it. Loads of hoppy goodness, citric, herbal, rather spicy, too. Aggressively bitter, but not at the expense of the roasted coffee and plentiful toasted malt flavors. A bare hint of chocolate sweetness. A little juiciness at the swallow, then a nice long roasty finish.

Overall impression: Great beer, one that makes you rethink the possibilities of the humble brown ale.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy brown with a lasting tan brown head.

S: Molasses , Brown sugar and malt dominate

T: A relatively bold American Brown Ale. There are not a ton of hop characteristics inside, but enough English hop presence to balance the strong molasses , Brown malt and brown sugar flavors. Mild english ale characteristics here, a nice bold brown ale. Finishes primarily dry with molasses traits.

M: medium for the style , medium carbonation

O: this is a good brown ale. if available around here I would recommend it

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