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Red Fox (Rogue's American Amber) - Ezo Beer KK

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Red Fox  (Rogue's American Amber)Red Fox  (Rogue's American Amber)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

25 Ratings
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Japan

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: donnebaby on 07-17-2004)
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Photo of mpalestino
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

mpalestino, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of goblin7704
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

goblin7704, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of EvanWilliams
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

EvanWilliams, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass.

A: As to be expected it is a nice amber color. In the dark it looks dark red. It has a nice fluffy head and it is clear.

S: Malt, honey, bubble gum, and citrus from hops.

T: Citrus and pine with slight spice. The beer is very bitter, but more malt is present as the beer warms.

M: Medium and dry.

O: This amber ale has a fair amount of hops. It is actually very bitter until it warms. Once it does warm the beer is much more balanced with some malt; though, it still has pleasant bitterness.

ianjsullivan, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

The label caught my eye so I figured I'd give it a try.

Pours a decent 1 finger fizzy head over slightly hazy peach orange honey colored beer.

Nose is decent, a nice light amber malt aroma, something else that seems like it's cutting it too like a rice or something, light sweet malts, light aromatic hops.

Taste starts with some toasty malts, sweet amber malts, light crystal, fairly toasty, some grassy and mild spicy hops starts to come through with a bit of bitterness and slight mineral like flavor which starts to become astringent, a bit creamy malts too. Finishes a bit lighter, bit drier, light lingering malt sweet flavors and hops.

Mouth is a bit lighter bodied, but typical, and decent carbonation.

Overall it's OK, nothing special, sessionable except for the light astringent flavor it starts to get, malts are decent.

jlindros, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of hdofu
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

I must admit this beer appealed to me by the label was supprised however on a number of levels my brother picked up this beer for st patricks day (a red american style amber ale brewed by Ezo for the rougue label). I must admit the irony in that most foxes have a tail that would be called a brush, I'd call the head on this beer the brush and it had a heck of a fuzzy head. Smell was sort of sweet nothing earth shaking, taste was what really let me down, it was a bitter taste nothing more nothing less, not a hoppy taste with vague hints of the usual amber taste in the finish, a bitter malt taste, it wasn't offensive, just average I have to describe it as average. Its pretty smooth and easy to drink down. I'd say mostly this beer is ok overall not anything exceptional though appearance asside.

hdofu, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

This bottle was filled near the top. It slowly started to overflow, but I had enough time to pour it into the glass. Starts with a moderate head that settles to a single layer of bubbles. Some spotty lace. The color is closer to light brown than amber. Hard to tell, but it appears to have a light haze.

Strong caramel aroma. Lightly sweet. No notable hop smell.

There's gummi bear quality to the taste. It is mildly sweet, but not from what I expect in malt sugar. The brew gets dryer as the taste gets to the finish where a touch of bittering hop shows up. Pretty good complexity. Rich bodied with a decent level of carbonation.

smcolw, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Second beer I've tried of this Japan/Rogue collaboration. I've liked both of them. In a pint glass this beer was a hazy red/orange color with a medium tan head. A bit of lacing. It had a sweet malt/caramel aroma, somewhat floral. Caramel taste, pine that lingered. Kind of tangy mouthfeel. Very nice.

lordofthewiens, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of far333
3.18/5  rDev -18%

Cider colored with a thin orangey-beige head that doesn't rise up too high and settles out quickly.

Aroma of bready malt and ripe fruits, hint of cinnamon.

Flavor of toasted cracker malt, some citrus and pine bitters, plus a harsh astringent burnt grass flavor that cuts a path through the tongue. Some metal and american macro adjunct notes. Orange rind pith bitters linger.

Thin mouthfeel, a little slick, but finishes tingly. Average drinkability, not too smooth.

far333, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of tjsprague
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

I had this beer while traveling in Japan so I had only been drinking Japanese lager at the time. This was a world of difference in taste.

It is Rouge's Dead Guy so if you have had that you know what you are getting into.

The beer is a nice amber ale, medium color and body. The hop flavors come through in both the smell and the taste but are no where near as powerful as a pale ale. They compliment the beer nicely.

The beer is smooth and very easy to drink. Just slightly bitter and a medium body to remind you you are drinking a beer with character and flavor and not just a light lager. All in all a great beer to sit around and have a few while staying warm.

tjsprague, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of tzieser
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%

i bought this at Canal's in Mt. Holly, NJ of all places. I love Rogue's American Amber Ale and I like japanese handwriting, so this one certainly caught my eye.

Pours a nice deep red color with a solid two finger head. I love the smells in this one. Cascade hops are very present, with nice hints of malts for balancing. The smell reflects the flavor-- the perfect balance of hops and malt. This would go great with some BBQ (maybe asian BBQ just to fit the theme haha).

Summary: Rogue's American Amber Ale is by far my favorite amber ale out there. It's not too hoppy or "thick", making it a great session beer. There is no difference between this Japanese version and the American Amber. I just happened to dig the packaging and thought it was worth the buy. Highly Recommended.

tzieser, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of mynie
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

Nice pour. Deep, dark red with a very nice head.

Smells very rich. Lots of red ale earth and rustiness with some solid, very American hops. Pretty much a standard red ale, actually, but since I like red ales a lot that's a good thing.

Tastes pretty much like it smells only with a more pronounced, Rougey yeastiness to it. Heavy red ale malts, heavier west coast American hops, big finish of Pac Man yeast. This is a*much* closer approximation of its American counterpart than does the White Crane, which tastes absolutely nothing like American Oregon Golden. This is still a little different from the American Amber, but it's close.

mynie, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of drxandy
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%

picked this up from siciliano's in grand rapids, mi - never knew that rogue exported as such, and i enjoyed the packaging - to be honest, i haven't tried an awful lot of rogue brews so i can't accurately compare this to the official american version, but hey here goes.

poured from 12oz bottle to standard pint glass - bottle was extremely carbonated, maybe from my own agitation, but i'd like to think the bottle was off a bit age wise. Opening was a challenge, as it foamed everywhere.

poured a creamy red-ish amber dissipating into a foam island.. weird

smells of extreme dry hopping, this is totally an american style amber for sure - heavy pale ale ++

tastes of a dry hop explosion, bitter, metallic / diactaly / like its out of date, flavors of apples and celery

all in all a bitter mouthfeel, but heavy with a thicker consistency and the hop bite was nice.

now i need to try the american amber to get an idea where this was coming from :D

drxandy, May 08, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

12oz bottle into nonic.

Slightly hazy reddish amber hue with a tan three finger frothy head that slowly settles to a pillowy cap, leaving strong lacing along the glass.

Light roasty malts with some flowery hop aromas.

The malts have a slightly roasted flavor, along with a bit of caramel. The malts are sweet, contrasting the bitter hops. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is the lingering hops.

This Amber/Red ale is certainly American, as it has some biting hops in the main light, rather than some lightly toasted grains. The great thing about this beer is its relatively low (for an American style) so it's great for sessioning. Recommended.

BeerSox, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +3.1%

12 oz. bottle with Japanese writing:

Pours dark amber/copper with a thick off-white head that descends, leaving broken rings of lacing.

The smell is of toast, caramel and citric fruitiness. Rogue's Pac-man yeast aroma is in the background.

The taste is of citric fruitiness with a caramel backing. It has a dry, bitter finish.

Medium-bodied, the bitterness lingers despite a largely malty character.

This is an amber ale with a prominent bitterness. I liked it.

jwc215, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev 0%

Pours a dark amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy tan head, leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is big time malts, and caramel. The taste is bitter, very malty, and lots of caramel. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, recommended.

Wasatch, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%

Copped a single, 12 oz bottle from Oak Tree in South Plainfield... a majority of this bottle is written in Japanese, although "Red Fox Amber Ale" and the "Rogue" logo is clearly written in English... an absolutely totally impressive appearance with a full, five-finger head huge and dominating over a dark-copper, mahogany hue... great staying power that just seemed to linger on... great amber, hop, pine aroma which burst-through... very good smell with an equally great taste that included honey, caramel, vanilla, esters, and sugar flavors behind a wonderful combination of bitter-sweet, rich, creamy, and thick flavors... an amazing brew... recommended for sure, with a terffic mouthfeel and ultra-easy drinkability... goes down like water without any trace of alcohol or cloying bitterness... a definite winner... Certainly recommended...

dsa7783, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%

Pours a clouded ruby amber. Nose is slight pine scents with a caramel touch. Flavor is bitter at first . Like eating some wild tree or something, if that makes sense. I just imagine biting into something alive and growing in a forest and getting this not entirely pleasant flavor off it. As time goes on it smooth out a bit, but still retains that bitter edge. Feel is nice. Good level of bubble and a slightly thicker liquid feel. Overall pretty drinkable. The bitterness takes away from it a good bit, but still it is decent enough.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of BlaiseDemon
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

I stumbled across this at a Japanese Market in Beaverton, OR called Uwajimaya. I was intrigued by the Rogue label (which I am very familiar with) and the Japanese writing (which I am not as familiar).

This poured out a cloudy orange-red color with a darker, brown hue in the middle, and a sunny yellow line at the top of the glass, just under the 2-finger head which was light tan and lasted for a long while before dissipating. Light would not pass clearly through my glass.

The aromas of apple and citrus (grapefruit I would say) were a delight for the nose. The same flavors came through with a tangyness to the tastebuds. Carbonation was medium and lasted the entire experience. No heavy aftertaste made it extremely drinkable with a refreshing feel. The separation of colors lasted the whole way down much like the perfect black and tan but without the complex preparation. I could go through six of these very easily and without regret. I will defintely be picking up more of these.

BlaiseDemon, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%

So I was thrilled when I received this one in a BIF last month. 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.

mikesgroove, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of seaoflament
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

Thanks to BuckeyeNation for sending me this beer!

This beer pours a brown and reddish color with a two finger crown of foam, and some good retention as well. The aroma is malty with some slight toasty notes and a citrus hop background. The taste is a bit biscuity and with roasted malts. There is a bit of bitterness towards the end but it doesn’t really take hold of your taste buds, it just passes you by. The mouthfeel I fill it’s a little thin but that makes it refreshing so it’s not really disappointing. The finish is dry and clean so the gap between sips is very short. This one is very easy to drink and seems like it would make a nice session beer.

seaoflament, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of yelterdow
3.18/5  rDev -18%

Thanks to Ego for somehow acquiring this beer in the U.S. Served in a nonick pint glass at fridge temperature.

Appearance- Certainly the reddest beer I've seen in quite some time... it's got some slight haze and a light brown head that emerges to about a full inch. Spotty lacing, good heft.

Smell- A wonderful full hop profile that showcases flowers and toasted notes... loads of hops and malt were undoubtedly used here. It isn't clear when this particular beer was produced, as there is an indication of steeped tea in the aroma as well. Crystal malt with its deep sweetness begins to show as the beer comes to temperature.

Taste- Rich, bold flavors explode on the palate... and while the malts and hops are in good balance, there is evidence that this bottle has probably been sitting around for awhile. As I keep on going, the previously mentioned steeped tea character grows more undesirable and eventually overtakes all other attributes.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Damn near perfect mouthfeel. Soft, rolling carbonation is spot on and very enjoyable... but I'd have rather tried this fresher in Osaka with great sushi than here in my office, drinking it with chagrin.

yelterdow, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
3.88/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Nice lacey foamy top, light tan. Very strong looking red. Slight carbonation.

S- Hoppy. Slightly floral. A lot like aviator red or a "real" irish red.

T- Slight caramel taste covered up well with floral hops. A little dry.

M- Keeps you sipping as the dryness makes you thirsty for the next gulp quickly.

D- Not too strong, nice looking, good tasting, cheers.

Rudgers73, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of TheJudge
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%

A nice bottle with Japanese writing on the label, a nice red color, decent head that faded quickly. No lacing. An odd aroma, perhaps an unusual hop, I couldn't place it but didnt really care for it. Tastes pretty good. Very malty, some hops at the nose/front, but none later. Decent carbonation keeps the malts from lingering in the mouth, but there is something in the aftertaste that would keep me from drinking this very often

TheJudge, Apr 26, 2005
Photo of donnebaby
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%

Sharp, reddish amber color body and orange brown head. Droopy lacing. Nose is excellent, and I hesitated to decided what it reminded me of, first settling on cookie dough or rich vanilla ice cream, and later arriving at dulce de leche, with a caramel top. But I couldn't stop thinking about fresh baked cookies either..

Taste is medium malts and semi-fruity, very mellow and well-balanced. Baking chocolate dryness--but not too dry, mellow. Light citric lemon notes. Somewhat complex. Creamy and full mouthfeel, high drinkability.

I perhaps liked this beer by Ezo (Rogue) even better than Rogue's "American Amber Ale"--although it has less punch in the flavor.

Known as Kita Kitsune REDO Bakusha in Japanese.

donnebaby, Jul 17, 2004
Red Fox (Rogue's American Amber) from Ezo Beer KK
86 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.