The Duck-Rabbit Paul's Christmas Vacation

 
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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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4.2
TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Draught at Milltown. Pours a slightly hazy, bright, amber with a small white head and great lace. Snifter is definitely/almost always the way to go. Nose is big hops! You can tell it was dry hopped--lots of fresh green, some pine, floral, citrus. Flavor is a bit more balanced, but still way over-hoppy (which I like) and the alcohol is there and present, but it doesn’t detract from the overall enjoyment of the brew too much. Could maybe use a tad more malt balance, but I just drank this as a double ipa. Really good beer. Three cheers for MrFacto (who brewed this beer)! Awesome job, Matt!

4.2
durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2010
On tap at Broad Street Cafe in Durham. Pours more amber than brown. A bit hazy, and rocking a surprisingly fluffy off white head. Looks great. Nose shows an amazing amount of fresh hops, with the citrus elements not being blown out by the strong resin and fresh pine. Sweet malts play a secondary role here, as they do on the taste. Palate is fresh, soft and light. I know one-offs like this get inflated ratings, but this is really freaking good.

4.1
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Poured from draft at The Federal in Durham, NC. Looks like a glass of dark bourbon, nice lacing. Intense citrus hop aroma, great flavor, very hoppy. Tastes like a fresh hop ale. It would be easy to drink to many of these! My favorite Duck Rabbit so far.

4.1
FROTHINGSLOSH (8164) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Sampled on draft at Smokin’ Joes’s in Pittsburgh PA this beer poured a dark caramel-amber color with a huge foamy beige head that lingered and produced great lacing. The aroma was fruity, spicy and a bit bitter. The flavor was very bitter with a strong pink grapefruit juice element and notes of sweet caramel. Strong pink grapefruit slams in again after the short sweet interlude and the hops coat the tongue and will not leave. The finish was insanely long. Fairly full bodied but a bit boozy. Excellent.

4.1
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
On tap at the Sharp Edge tonight.

A- Body is a dark red-when help up to the light it shines a transparent ruby red-absolutely beautiful. Served with a 1-2 finger slghtly off-white soapy head. This eventually fades to a thin collar but some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is bold and full of hops. Lots of grapefruit and citrus-with moderate notes of pine and spice, and a very mild sweet malt backbone.

T- Lots of citrus and grapefruit upfront with a very faint sweet malty backbone. Finish adds a mild to moderate kick of pine. The bitterness takes over for the finish with a moderate citrus rind bitterness, a touch of pine bitterness a mild alcohol astringency, a mild alcohol heat, and a lot of spicy hops to help ride out the storm as this impression lingers on and on-with the spicy impression lasting the longest.

M- Medium to high tingly carbonation. Body is medium weight to slightly thick with a slighty prickly, astringent consistency initially- and a smooth oily consistency to finish (which doesnt add up given the flavor-but tis the way it works out).

D- This is an awesome beer overall. Its very strong and hoppy-but offers complexity with the hoppiness and a solid malt backbone. Its too bad this is one time only and draft only.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 12-31-2010 00:45:19

4
douglas88 (9677) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2010
An awesome find at the Sharper Edge Brasserie in Washington County. Listed as Paul’s Christmas Ale, Duck Rabbit. Pours a bright copper color with a small white head. A sweet rich hoppy flavor with equally large caramel malt aromas. A great flavor; aggressive hops, pine and bitterness, some citrus, caramel and toasted malts. Very good. What a surprise seeing this in Pittsburgh! It was a Christmas miracle.

3.9
ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Draft @ wine 101 in wake forest, nc
Brown pour with a thick beige to off white colored head. Aroma is Massive hops. Flavor is resinous, bitter, nutty, white peppercorn and pine. Dry alcoholic finish! Awesome Stuff complex and unique. Hopefully Paul will turn these guys loose more often. J/k Paul

3.9
Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2010
This poured a somehwat murky light brown color with an off white head. Aroma was lots of piney dank hops also with a good bit toast and caramel malts too. Flavor was full bodied smooth caramel intertwined with very heavy and bright citrus and pine notes from the hops. Another winner from Duck Rabbit.

3.9
pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Duck rabbit pauls Xmas vacation. Snifter pour at barleys, downtown
Asheville... Pours a dark garnet reddish pour, somewhat transparent
and topped with a creamy light beige head... Aroma is citrusy with
piney accents and backing biscuity malt... Flavors lend towards the
citrusy side Of the hop spectrum alongside some sweeter honeybees and
a biscuity malt profile to further add some support and balance
although the hops remain prevalent. Creamy full mouthfeel with soft to
medium carbonation. Nicely hopped overall and some decent balancing
with a pretty nice palate.
8/4/8/4/15

3.9
OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2011
on tap @ Tylers Apex. real good aroma, sweet, chocolate, caramel, citrus, on the orange side. Clean orangy brown color. Good head and lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Medium body, smooth oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Very nice beer, Wonder play with the malts and hops with both aroma and flavor. Aroma is my favorite part. Like one of those orange shaped chocolate things, except beer,


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