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Red Fox Amber AleRed Fox Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by WesWes on 09-08-2005

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Photo of JDK
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Sam Adams glass and the light tan head dominated the top 3 inches. Medium lacing that lasted throughout.
Slightly cloudy amber color with very nice carbonation
Tastes and smells of oranges and cloves, much more hoppy than I was expecting from an amber but very good.
Overall a very good brew and worth a try. BA shows it's retired but my daughter found it in Findlay OH for this past Fathers Day.

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Photo of Duffman
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Beer poured a deep amber color with a nice brown hue to it. Dense, tan, creamy head at the top.

A delightfully pungent aroma for an amber. Cherries and some mild floral tones as well. A bit like a lambic, but more restrained.

Taste is slightly woody. Cherries still, with a fine wheaty taste base. Hops add a nice tinge of bitterness to the flavour profile.

A medium-bodied and lasting mouthfeel.

Drinkability is solid. Refreshing and smooth this one. A nice package from Rogue and thanks to Blue Max for this one.

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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 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 younger35
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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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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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 sleazo
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a sucker for all things Japanese and Rogue, i could not resist this one when I saw it.

A-Pours a cloudy brownish red. A two fingered creame coloured cap sits there and dissipates into a nice slick. Lacing is phenomenal, sheets cling to the glass.

S-A deep rich nutty sweet caramel malty aroma is pretty strong.

T-Caramel and nuts hit you first followed by a subtle bitterness. The aftertaste however leaves pine cones throughout the mouth with a pleasing hop presence. As it warms notes of vanilla appear. A definite Rogue presence is felt.

M-Slightly thick with a tingly small bodied carbonation.

D-This drinks more like a highly hopped brown ale. Tasty, I wish I had more.

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Photo of JayQue
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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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 mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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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
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 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 lpayette
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Couple of paragraphs on the back in Japanese which if I were more patient I'd try to translate, and probably fail.

Appearance- Pours a bright amber red. Excellent coloring. Head retention is a bit weak. Some lacing.

Smell- HUGE aroma. Very surprising- wasn't expecting this. Very malty and quite floral... but mostly malty. Suggestions of fruits. I like the big smell, but it is a bit one-sided.

Taste- On the malty side but the hops are also quite strong as well. Tastes fairly similar to goose island honker ale, but with a stronger malt mix. Maybe just a little bit fruity.

Mouthfeel- Plenty of body for a red. Just a little too biscuity at the finish.

Drinkability- fairly good. A nice malty red.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.7/5  rDev +28.8%
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.

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Photo of EPseja
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Banzai! Thanks to Ego for scoring me this odd bottle.

Served at just below cellar temperature in a regular old pint glass.

A - Well, the name is right. Sure is an amber beer - but with hints of crimson that peek out when the light hits it just right. Head starts out at an inch, but quickly falls to a thick mat. Some slight haze from bottle-conditioning. No real lacing to speak of.

S - Candied cherry-like sweetness along with a very nice creme brulee torched sugariness. I think that was a really long way to say, "caramel notes". Some fig and praline. Definite toasted maltiness. Hops are not overly present in the nose. Malt dominated. Smells very faintly like an under-powered Quad.

T - Not as sweet as I would have assumed this one would be, which to me is a good thing. Definite cherries jubilee on the tip of the tongue (sans sugar), followed up with a nice roasted maltiness that gives this beer some nice body. Some floral hoppiness is easy to pick out during and after the swallow. Quite dry in the finish. Aftertaste is as if you just had some espresso and cherry chocolate cake for dessert.

M - A tinge too much action on the palette, but other than that, everything's pretty much right in place. Creamy and appealing with a slick and throat-coating swallow.

D - To me, the lack of sweet in this beer makes it very easy to drink, although it would have been nice if it were a bit less drying at the end. Interesting take on the style.

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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 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

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

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.

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 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 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 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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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 WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Red Fox Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
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