Red Fox Amber Ale - Rogue Ales

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Red Fox Amber AleRed Fox Amber Ale

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 79
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: WesWes on 09-08-2005

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First off I had never heard of it, and being a Rogue I had never heard of made it even more intresting. Then you see how practically the entire bottle was written in Japanese really made the whole thing intresting. Then I find out it was a limited release, now we are getting somewhere. This is exactly the type of thing I love. I could not wait to get it open, so I figured, opening night for NFL action, there we go, now we had a reason!



A – Poured a deep,, dark amber, with a nice reddish hue to it. Really dark color which is always nice to see. A good solid inch to two inches of head formed at the top and ever so slowly settled down into just a thin layer across the top that stayed pretty much throughout the entire session. Great side glass lace as well. A ton of carbonation came rippling up throughout and was lasting until the very last drop, great presentation for an amber.



S – Very hoppy actually for what I thought would be a totally malty based ale. Lots of hints of pine dominated with the ever so slight hint of orange peel in the back. Behind the hops it was clearly evident that there was a nice caramel sugar base to it with hints of earthy typle grains and fresh grass. A nice pleasing aroma that was just light enough not to overwhelm.



T – Now this is a fine session ale if I have ever had one. Just a great light abv, crisp full flavored ale. Wow. Well done indeed. Opened with a nice bready taste, kinda musty with a touch of a cereal grain. As you moved past it became locked in with a nice hop assault. A good amount of pine flavors ripping on through and lingering for a long slow dry finish. Great mix of flavors here as nothing really domintated but everything was clearly present.



M – Super smooth and crisp. Great feel here. Right smack in the middle as far as weight as it was neither thin nor thick. Awesome carbonation that lasted straight through until the end. Never did get dull and never came across as slick in any way. This was a mean little one.



D – Perfect here, and it will get a five. I could have had 10 of these with ease. There was just something about it that I wished it would not go away. It was just so smooth and soo full of flavor that I really cannot say enough good things here. It was the perfect sessionable ale. It would just keep on going and never get stale.



Overall this was one of those that I really felt it was a shame I did not have more of, and that does not happen often. If I saw this in the store I would probably grab a case, and there is just no telling how good it would be on tap, wow, I don’t think I oculd handle that one. This was just a really quality little bottle, and I will defiantly remember and look for it again sometime. (2,738 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a four finger head of off-white foam on top of a clear, amber-colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves thick residue on the glass.

S - A light aroma of pine hops backed by bready malt with a hint of caramel.

T - Toasted malt with moderate citrus and pine hop flavor. Some increasing caramel in the middle with dry toast. Finishes with more bready malt and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This beer is characterized by a strong malt presence with an emphasis on dry, toasted grain flavors. There is a moderate hop character with more than enough bitterness to balance the malt. A drinkable amber ale, but not something that I would go out of my way to have again. (752 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a very malty scent that boasts of pale and loads of crystal malts. It has a nice roasted aroma along with a fruity yeast scent. The taste is good. It has a very bitter hop flavor laid over a solid roasted malt base. It's got a complex malt bill, but the hops overshadow it. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This looks like a limited edition beer that is for Japan. It's got outstanding aroma and a good flavor. It's just another fine offering from Rogue. (636 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

An off white foamy three finger head is presented off the pour. Some retention but seems to fall at a good clip. Body color is a hazy dark dull amber brown. Some faint lacing while drinking

Nose is some chewy malt, faint brown bread. Fairly straightforward.

Palate is somewhere between light and mildly rich. Nice malt balance, with a simple body. Some mild tight carbonation. But nothing exceptional.

Overall not much to really say here, just ok. (499 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At 5.2%abv., coming in a 355ml bottle; BB 09/14, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a dark copper colour with very good clarity, coming with a thick off-white frothy head settling slowly to a thin cap to last, on top of steady streams of mild carbonation.
S: burned caramel malts dominate the nose, with hints of roast barley, bitter chocolates, crushed roast tea leaves, and gristy biscuits; behind the maltiness, a swirl would bring up the aroma of restrained hop aroma as in dried citric hops and peachy-flowery notes, while esters remain at the lowest-possible level, apart from a light tinge of plums or other types of dark stone fruits. More well-balanced with a good depth than being complex.
T: lightly effervescent, the bitter-sweet maltiness is thick-bodied initially, not sweet at all but full of deeply-toasted malt or roast barley’s aromatic, dry-ish feel on the palate, as well as an almost toffee-ish, melted dark sugary and dried nutty aroma as in caramel/crystal malts in support underneath; the swallow also shows a subtle feed of aromatic hops, but not in such an abundance as Rogue’s other more hoppy beers, and it fast proceeds to an aftertaste which is dry-ish, herbal&nutty bitter with a chewy mouthfeel and subtle acidity in the end.
M&O: the mouthfeel is generally soothing and refreshing, given the fine but constant flows of carbonation, while the body stays moderate, fairly balanced in flavour profile overall. The flavour balance points to quite a few British Best Bitter type of beers I’ve tried in the UK, as a result I actually find this much less hoppy copper-coloured ale rather “familiar” or approachable. (1,674 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, almost opaque copper coloring with no head whatsoever. Aromas are smokey and caramel sweetness all through the nose, and very light and well balanced. Flavors are light initially, with a strong sweet caramel malt backbone and a hopping that is spicy and peppery, with a roasted character. The hops start off light, but gain a ton of momentum, and are a strong blast by the end of the palate. Tasty beer. The aftertaste is roasty and hoppy, with a nice, slight linger. The finish has a nice, dry, palate cleansing effect to it. Good brew. (599 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger cream head that fades to a chunky thin layer leaving some lace. Nearly clear amber color. Slight hoppy nose. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is more citric hop with the malts in the background. $2.49 for a 12oz bottle from Barb's Beer Emporium Concord, NH. (289 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a brilliantly clear amber with a frumpy/rocky light beige head that was moderately lasting leaving a broken layering of lacing behind. Visible carbonation was medium.

S: fresh citrus and fresh pine needles. Not much else was detected, fairly clean and light overall.

T: The initial flavor yielded some citrus, pine needles and caramel. A nice citric hop flavor and some flowery hops fair well against a rather semi-dry caramel backing. There is a good balance of malts and hopping nicely fit to style and finishes with a wet citrusy kiss.

M: light, with dry flowery hops, lightly carbonated with a light flowery residue lacing gracing the tongue.

D: An easy drinking amber and would probably make for a good session. A solid amber, nothing outstanding, but still a good honest brew that is respectable well balanced and decent enough for a six pack purchase. (875 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is 5.1% and it pours a cloudy copper hue which leaves a two finger bubbly head that slowly dies down to a one layer of froth with sporadic clingy lacing,the smell is boiled candy,piney hops and caramel,the mouthfeel is light bodied and has tastes of sticky toffee,boiled candy,marzipan,grapefruit and finished with a hit of piney hop bitterness and overall its very drinkable but not memorable cheers. (406 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
4.7/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep reddish copper color with off-white head. Perfect retention and beautiful lacing.
Smell is richly malty, dark fruity with a profound grassy hop background.
Taste is also highly malty with with rich fruit notes. nice complimenting hops that do a nice balancing without being overpowering.
Finishes full and creamy, with a perfect balance of malt and hops. Great taste retention.
This was truly an excellent beer, probably one of the best I've ever enjoyed. Great job. Wish they would brew this again. (522 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: This one pours a somewhat hazy amber color. There was a bit of an off-white head that leaves a little lacing. Caramel and toffee notes to the nose. Slight pine and breadiness. Good taste. Bitter with just a faint caramel sweetness behind it. Some roastiness, caramel and pine. Hint of Belgian breadiness. Not bad. I would definitely have again. (358 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle a dark reddish amber with a fluffy off-white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma is malts and pine.

The taste is washed out which I did not expect. The flavors of the malts and hops are missing to me. Nothing really there.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly flat with nothing in the carbonation department.

I noticed that the beer is retired and I wonder if maybe I have an old bottle. If not, enjoy the retirement. I won't miss you. (456 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Red Fox Amber Ale pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with a thick, frothy head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the beer, leaving behind a coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of bread, pale malt and a touch of pine.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. The flavor has a taste of pale malt, bread caramel and rock candy. It finishes mildly bitter with a lingering caramel sweetness.

This is a tasty beer, but there's something lingering in the background that reminds me of an extract homebrew. It's sort of like a rock candy sweetness. It's not a bad thing. Just seems out of place. (688 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up 2 at Half Time Distributors in Poughkeepsie, NY. Unusual bottle with Japanese writing. Served in a pint glass. Small off-white fizzy head, disappears fast. Hazy brownish color like iced tea. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Fairly strong hop smell. Taste is very quick hops bitterness followed by a predominantly strong malty taste. Mouthfeel about average, a bit on the thin side but crisp, not watery. Drinkability is pretty good...not a memorable beer but pleasant tasting enough and apparently a fairly low abv.
Won't be in any great rush to drink the second one, but I will enjoy it when it comes up in the rotation. Not a bad beer at all. (655 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Deep amber red hue with an inch of eggshell head and a bit of lacing as well. Active carbonation rises up. Aromas of deep caramel and toasted malts. Herbal forward, slightly citric hops. A bit of diaceytl hanging out in there as well, but doesn't detract. A bit bready too. Overall really nice aroma.

First sip is a mix of caramel and toasted malts with a touch of fruitiness. Flows down with a touch of bitterness from the herbally hops. Slightly citrusy with some breadiness on the way down. The aroma led me to expect a more robust flavor profile. Overall, a decent amber but nothing out of the ordinary.

Creamy, smooth and easy to drink. It has a medium body and is basically spot on for an amber. Picked this one up as a random single and I can't say I'm upset I tried it, but it's not one I'll be going back to again. (838 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark red with a rocky two finger off-white head. Very good head retention and lacing.

The aroma is very malty right off the bat. Lots of spice and rye character with a touch of earthiness thrown in. Pretty good.

The malt is very nice in the flavor but there is a noticeable lack of hops. More rye spiciness a earth dominates and there is a very light bitterness in the background but not what I was expecting. I think some of the earth in the flavor is from the hops possibly. Silky smooth mouthfeel but a bit chalky.

Overall, a nice try from Rogue but it barely misses the mark. If this beer had some more buttering hops it would kick it up a notch and make for a very good brew. As-is it is just ok. (749 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper with a large off-white foam.

S - Floral hops and a sweet malty body.

T - Some fruit, butter and mild hop presence. Light toast as well. Pretty straightforward flavour. Sweetish.

M - Light and a bit spritzy.

D - Pretty drinkable, solid session brew. (278 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up on a recent trip out to Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY.
The cap pops off easily, a light hiss assuring me carbonation is still present. While I'm getting a glass, the beer attempt to escape its glassy confines, a cream colored head peeking out of the top. Thankfully, none of the beer's spilled over, and it pours into the pint glass without a problem. Deep amber, pretty much a garnet red. Hazy, capped off with a modest head. Good lacing and rentention. This was the last bottle the store had, and it was looking a little murky, so I'm a bit dubious about its age until I smell it. No oxodization, thank God, just a yeasty, doughy, nutty aroma. Malty and woody, without any blustering hop presence. Ok, but nothing terribly appealing. The flavor opens with a mellow, yet full flavored maltiness. Nutty from the beginning, the yeast presence dominates the beer. Very doughy, with a considerable woody flavor in the finish. I'm guessing it's the hops? Who knows. Modest bitterness, balancing the beer adequately. I'm actually in the mood for something mellow like this, so it's cool. Pretty nutty all the way through, with toasty caramel malt flavor. Some chocolatey roastiness. Not incredibly complex or appealing, but it gets the job done. Cool looking bottle, too. Very smooth drinking, although the flavor profile isn't something I'm crazy about. Kinda old fashioned tasting, in a way I'd imagine beer to be like 100 years ago. Decent, but just about average. Rogue has really been boring me lately. (1,522 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a medium to dark brown with a thin layer of head. Aroma of piney hops, caramel, bread and some other sweetness. The taste has a lot less hops to it than I thought it would. This one tastes like some sort of dessert pastry with some caramel on/in it. Not bad but not great. Taste wise it has a decent drinkability since it is not overly sweet. I'm not sure what the ABV is so I can't take that into consideration. This beer has been retired and that's not breaking my heart. (492 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Burley Oak snifter. I realize this is an old beer and not really suitable for aging, but I got it for the bottle.

A: Dark hazy brown with a decent 1 finger head. There was a lot of head coming out of the bottle even when I opened it. Nice lacing.

S: Malty with a bit of caramel. Some crystallized sugar smells as well. No hops at all.

T: Malty with a weird flavor in there. For its age, it isn't too bad, but there are no hops here at all.

M: Slightly prickly in that you can feel the bubbles structure but overall though they are still quite smooth.

O: Eh. It was all malt but with no sweetness to carry it well. Fine for what it is, especially with the age on it. (684 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a standard Rogue pint glass, and quite nicely at that. A very clean looking amber hue, topped with a nice, frothy head. It rolls a little as it recedes, looking like something that was whipped and is breaking down.

S: A pleasant malt profile, mellow and toasty smelling. A soft hop aroma follows, along with a touch of fruitiness that is somewhat buried but offering its presence nonetheless.

T: The flavour comes across as the opposite of the aroma, strangely... more hops on the front, giving it a lasting bitterness while the malts take a step back. Soft fruitiness again, adding almost a tartness that's very delicate and subdued.

M + D: Medium bodied, with a sparkling carbonation that is just a little shy of being crisp. Not overly boozy, helping to make it easier drinking... not too bad at all. (824 characters)

Photo of thain709
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a semi-clear, copper-orange body...visible carbonation bubbles...the head stood two fingers tall and was off white in color...it was creamy and shower nice retention...lace work was left on the glass

S - Caramel malt is in the forefront backed by some bready tones...piney hops are lingering and making things nicely balanced

T - Flavors pretty much follow suit to the aroma...caramel kicks things off with some sweeter notes...the malts in the middle lend themselves to tasting bready and grainy...as in the aroma, the hops are lingering in the finish and they are not big enough to take over the malts...leaves with an earthy finish

M - Medium bodied...sweet yet drying...coming up watery at points

O - I picked this beer up because 1) the label art was pretty cool and 2) because I had never seen/heard of the beer before...it was just a pretty run-of-the-mill Amber Ale...it lends itself to the sweet, bready malts and has just a touch of piney hops (973 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of rich tan head erupt with a vigorous pour. Body is a murky brown amber. Nose while soft is inviting with hints of spicey malt and chocolate covered nuts. Bitter nutty feel is the first thing you get on the tongue. A nice hop feel is really well represented but balanced by the malty richness. Mouthfeel is a balance of bitter bite, mineral hue and slight malty richness. Nicely drinkable. Overall unique for the style. Fans of hops will atract more to this version of the amber style. (498 characters)

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'd call this one solidly good but unspectacular overall.

It pours a very nice amber colour wit ha medium sized foamy head that lieaves a mild residue on the glass.

The aroma is malt all the way: a touch sweet but overall some earth notes with some oil and rubber tire thrown into the mix.

The flavour is more of the same: malt, malt, malt. I want more hops in my amber ales, dammit. Hop flavour is here in the back but is fairly minimal overall. Mouthfeel is good: it is medium to full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation in my mind.

This one is well crafted, but just veeers in an opposite direction than where I would have taken it, with hops leading the way over the malt. Still, its a tasty brew that has no real flaws and is a nice quaffable brew overall. (786 characters)

Photo of younger35
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12oz bottle of this stuff back on Labor Day at Rogue. Had no idea this brew was retired so I'm not sure how old this little guy is. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours a darkish orange/red with a nice fluffy bone white head that recedes fairly quickly leaving behind a nice collar but no cap. A bit of lacing is left but not a ridiculous amount.
Smell- Very fruity and sweet with a west coast citrus style. Grapefruit and pineapple are certainly present along with a candied apricot sweetness. Something reminiscent of cotton candy and brown sugar hang around in the background. Pretty nice and definitely not what I expected from an "Amber Ale".
Taste- Gently bitter (less than what I was expecting from the nose anyway) with a sweet malt presence. A bit of grapefruit and lemon lend the bitterness while the malt is plenty present with a warm toasty malt. Brown sugar is a plenty in the finish before the sweet nuttiness fades and the slight bitterness returns.
Mouthfeel- Very crisp with a medium body and sharp aggressive carbonation.
Drinkability- This is more of a west coast IPA than an Amber Ale but either way it's fairly tasty. It's too bad this brew is retired because I think others would enjoy this quite a bit as well. Another pretty tasty offering from Rogue. (1,311 characters)

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Red Fox Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.