Having now lived in North Carolina for over three years, I’ve worked hard to get to know the wonderful NC beer scene. In Durham alone, we have a handful of great breweries. Duck-Rabbit, based out of Asheville, is just one of the great breweries NC has to offer.
I, like many others, am a huge fan of their milk stout. It’s probably one of my favorite versions of that brew. I also like Duck-Rabbit’s brown ale. You really can’t go wrong. It had been a while since I last had some of their amber ale, which was a pleasant enough return. It currently sits as a B- on Beer Advocate.
Unlike the other two Duck-Rabbit beers I mentioned, this one isn’t terribly unique. It has a very similar taste to New Castle – a malty smell, easy mouthfeel and a caramel-like finish. It’s a kind of beer that I could drink a few of in a sitting and not think twice about it. However, it’s also something that after drinking those few, I’d want to drink something unique with more taste.
The amber ale is a perfectly fine beer, just nothing I’d go crazy about.