Red Fox Amber Ale | Rogue Ales

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Red Fox Amber AleRed Fox Amber Ale
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Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WesWes on 09-08-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
79
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
11.78%
 
 
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 79
Photo of Monkeyknife
2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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Photo of Naes
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a dark amber with ruby highlights around the edges. It has a quite foamy tan head that settles down to almost nothing, but does provide some lacing.

The aroma is mild, but some sweet malts do surface. Nothing too impressive though.

The flavor is also dominated by malts. It is a bit toasty with a slight brown sugar presence and has almost nothing in the hop department. There is just a slight bitterness near the finish. It also has an overall earthy/grainy sense throughout.

Mouth feel is on the lighter side of medium bodied and has minimal carbonation.

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Photo of
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle. I purchased this recently from a reputable store. Hard to imagine it is retired.

Clear, very dark amber color. Medium to large, light brown head. A bit hazy.

Very malty - caramel comes through in the nose in a large way. Flowery scents are present as well. Not much else for me.

Taste is sweet more than bitter, with caramel and biscuits as the dominant tastes. Just a bit of bitterness at the finish, the taste of which becomes less appealing as the beer warms. Balance of the beer as a whole improves somewhat with warming.

Medium + in body. Medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

IMO, more malty and less hoppy than an amber should be if reviewing to style, not my personal favorite either. Balance seems a bit out of whack. If you are looking for a very malty beer, this might not be a bad call.

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Photo of bigluch1
2.89/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark amber in color, thin beige head that dissipated shortly after pour.

Smell: strong hop presence, fruity, hint of malts.

Taste: fruity at first but then the hops take over and leave a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: relatively light, easy to drink, light on carbonation.

Overall: I enjoyed it at first but it was alot hoppier then I thought it was going to be. It was worth the try but too bitter for my liking.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this beer from the bottle to a 50 degree tumbler. The beer was a nice mahogany color kinda red with a mahogany /tan colored head. The head was big and fat. A very hoppy smell but the beer was not overly hopped tasting but they were there. Hellacious lacing. Beer tasted a bit Christmasy like an evergreen and to my surprise a little flat for all that head. I will not buy again

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Photo of jdhilt
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.25/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, dark amber with some lighter ruby on the edges of the glass. Nice, thick light tan head that leaves spotty lacing. Smells of sweet bready malt and a slight fig or date scent as well. The taste comes through as mostly malty with some raisin and date flavors also. Body is somewhat thinner than I expected with some tingling from the carbonation. Nothing special. A fairly average amber ale. Better examples are out there, but if you see this don't be ashamed to buy just for the bottle (which stands out for a Rogue bottle) if nothing else.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of Dotcubed
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An old note I wrote 8/23/07

How old is this beer? When did I buy it? Jan, Feb, Mar?

Amusing Japanese label with just enough English to sell it in the states. I don't read the language but great beer will translate.

Pors crystal clear [translucent] dark foxy mahogany with furry foam head (or is it tail?)

Plesantly bitter, foam is gone quickly but still fizzy.

A light style good for salty foods.

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Photo of ADZA
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of alexhahn82
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A -- .5 finger head that dissipates at a medium pace, Nice carbonation coming up from all around the bottom of the glass.

S -- Medium malt smell with an almost belgiany yeast smell to it.

T/m - Incredible amounts of carbonation that leave you with a dry bite at the end. A mild malt flavor and a hint of watered down carmel. Very tame in flavor in a good session like way.

O - Overall a slightly above average Amber Ale in flavor and mouth feel. Based on average Japanese beers (like Sapporo, Kirin, etc) I could see this being a good step up for the local.

PP (Price Point) - Paid $3.99 for a 12oz bottle in Rock Springs Wyoming at Liquor Depot. A little steep, but would be a decent price at a bar.

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Photo of Ego
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

$1.99 for a single @ DeCicco Market, Pelham, NY

eyes...
2 full fingers of good looking foam, as it dissipates it sticks to the glass with gobs of curtain lacing, surprisingly dark, ruby red. the head thins out to a film but does stick around.
an above average looking brew

nose...
big caramel nose with hints of toasted malt, a cookie dough type of aroma is also in there, the nose is pretty straightforward but what it does well it REALLY does well, hard to score it high as it is not complex.. but it's nice. just a hint of that american "red" scent underneath the big sweet-blanket.

taste etc...
a little thin in the mouth, the carbonation is barely prickly, finishes dry coaxing another sip (also with the slight bitter action on the back of the tongue in the after taste), nice full malt flavor that coats the mouth well leaving like melting snow and then some dryness. this is pretty tasty if not underwhelming. The toasty malts are moslty the star here... very tasty but the mouthfeel is just a bit too light. drinkable ? sure... easy to drink with just enough flavor to keep it interesting.

verdict?
stick with the st rogue red... especially if you find the dry hop version, this isn't bad at all, it is nice actually, but the st rogue is better and is obviously more readily available.. it's probably just a toned down version of it anyway...

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a 12oz single from Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT for $1.79. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

A heavy pour gives a small 1/2" of light tan head from this brownish copper brew. Smell is sweet and thick with brown sugar and honey, candied cherry and lemon. The taste isn't nearly as sweet... in fact it's pretty dry, very earthy with notes of leather, tannins, moldy grass hop and hay. The body is moderately thick, carbonation on the robust side but not offensive, fairly filling. After it warms a bit the nose comes into alignment with the taste. Perhaps there were some volatile esters or fusels or something that burned off early and that's what I smelled at the beginning. There's still a subtle cherry aroma, but dry like kriek.

Not a bad brew, glad I tried it, but not something I think I'll have again.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A- A liberal pour left a 1/2-finger, tan head that quickly dropped to a lightish lace. The body was a hazy amber that was more on the brown side than red with medium carbonation. There are some decent sticky spots left on the glass.

S- Sweet malts give the impression of caramel. Upon further inspection, there are some earthy hops in the background. Overall, the aroma seems a touch muted.

T- More of the caramel mentioned in the aroma. The hops are grassy (though I picked up some grapefruit qualities after a few sips) and finish the flavor nice and cleanly. Both flavors pack their own punch, initially sweet and ending in the earthy hops. Together they really balance out the flavor.

M- The feel was pretty clean and light with considerable carbonation. The hopping leaves a dry feel.

D- It's alright. The late hop flavor comes across a tad stronger than I'd expect out of an amber, making me think of something like an English pale ale. Overall, it's a pretty serviceable amber ale.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of thetachibro
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is actually the American Amber just packaged for Japan. It was limited edition. A nice ruby hazel color...not much head at all and leaves not much lacing. ..the smell is mostly malts with some fruity hops..typical amber..same with the taste malty some grains..there is not much that sets this one apart from other ambers nothing that makes it stick out but overall it isn't bad..a nice mouthfeel and i can drink a couple of them...

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Red Fox Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
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