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Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale - Rogue Ales

Captain Sig's Northwestern AleCaptain Sig's Northwestern Ale

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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Label of 22oz bottle:

10 Ingredients: Pale 2-row, Munich, Carastan, & Chocolate Malts; Horizon, Amarillo, Cascade & Rogue Farm Willamette Hops; Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

No Chemicals, No Preservatives, No Additives.

Dedicated to the Hansen brothers - Sig, Edgar, and Norman - the Rogues of the Bering Sea.

Portions of proceeds of Northwestern Ale will support the Fisherman's Fund.

14.5º PLATO
80 IBU
75 AA
36º L

(Beer added by: peabody on 07-12-2009)
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Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This bottle has caught my eye on a few occasions but I rarely purchase Rogue bombers, largely believing that the price point is beyond what many of these brews in fact deliver on the palate. In fairness, I have yet to have a bad Rogue beer ... I will say that I am selective in what I try (e.g., no beers containing "donut flavoring", whatever that is) and will snag certain Rogue beers when I find them on tap, as was the case here. This one is a brownish-copper color, rather like weak coffee or strong tea, with a nice light tan head of approximately four inches height. Nose was fruity, sweet, rich, and mildly astringent, with orange and tangerine citrus hops leading the way, followed up by light roast coffee and cacao powder. Almost smells like a highly-hopped porter! In the mouth, this one delivers a rich toffee malt backbone with some plum and dark toast notes ... Massive crystal malts that hit that sweet spot. Darker and richer than many amber ales, and with a pretty robust hop attack as well. Tangy and spicy, with the aforementioned citrus from the nose on the palate as well, along with some vanilla, rum extract, blackberry, gooseberry, and bitter earthy orange pekoe tea. Quite chewy but prickly on the tongue, with a little ashy resin and pine in the dry, roasted, bitter finish. Wow. I am surprised that all these seemingly disparate elements hang together so well without unpleasant clashes. Insanely tasty and proof that when Rogue gives up the gimmicks and other harebrained ideas, they can concoct some delicious offerings.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 01:44:27 | More by CalgaryFMC
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3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into my pint glass. Rest drank from the bottle.

A: A dark amber color with an almost toffee colored foamy head of about two fingers with decent lacing retention. Very good for the style.

S: I am a bit under the weather today, but am picking up some bitter chocolate, dark coffee, and malts. Not a lot of hops on the nose.

T: Bitter hops, chocolate, faint malts. This is a moderate beer leaning toward, full of calories and richness for the winter months. As it warms, chocolate comes out more.

M: Like most Rogue products, smooth on the swallow, moderately carbonated, medium bodied. Has a smooth, creamy feel as it warms a bit. Excellent.

This is a very good beer and one of my Rogue's better offers. Unfortunately, it's pricey at $6.99 at the one retailer I can find it at in east TN. It's heavy and I'd put it with the winter warmers as it's not quite hoppy enough to be with the IPAs and has that heavy holiday taste. Good on occasion during the cold months, but I seem to have fonder memories of drinking this beer in the past than it actually provided tonight.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 05:02:11 | More by RyanPoff
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3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy ruby copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, caramel, toast, floral, grass, light pine, biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, and floral/toasted earthiness. Pretty nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, toast, biscuit, floral, grass, nuttiness, light chocolate, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Moderate amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, floral, grass, pine, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice amber ale. Good balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. This seemed to be a pretty old bottle, but still turned out to be nicely enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 05:13:27 | More by superspak
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3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into frozen tumbler - modest head with very little clarity. most of the flavor seemed to come from the hops and not much from the grain. A nice full mouth feel that pleasantly lingered with a slight bitterness. Not one of Rogue's best offerings but worth trying again.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 22:45:13 | More by Segelstrom
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 ounce bomber into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: cloudy, dark amber color with a frothy 2 finger off-white head, good retention with significant lacing.

SMELL: biscuit, chocolate, spicey hops.

TASTE: sweet malt with hint of chocolate, spice and biscuits and then you get a nice hop blast, the bitterness lingers in a very good way.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation, sticky.

OVERALL: this is a very drinkable beer that is full bodied and hop dominant, almost like an IPA but still very well in balance. Rogue makes some good beer but charges too much and does'nt believe in 6 packs.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 04:20:39 | More by HoppyBastard
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3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at a Raley's in South Lake Tahoe.

Appearance- dark reddish color, thick foamy head, nice lacing

Smell- malt, some fruit, bit of hops too

Taste- malty flavor, well balanced, not too malty, bit of citrus fruit

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was better than I thought it would be. I was really excited to see that Sig had his own beer. He was always my favorite on Deadliest Catch. Very good beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 23:25:25 | More by jeffjeff1
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4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

maybe the tall blue moon pilsner glass was the wrong choice, but it produced a beautiful (if a bit too volatile) head. creamy tan with sticky lacing as it settles.
malty and sticky sweet in the smell. cotton candy, but light and airy.
malty and sweet; smooth with a medium bitterness toward the end. a bit of grapefruit, in fact, at the end. very easy to drink.
I could easily do a few of these in secession. it would take a few to appreciate the array of flavors i'm getting from the first half of this bottle, i'd imagine. the sweetness will definitely get you before the alcohol does, though....

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 00:54:46 | More by pkalix
Photo of utp52


2.94/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured in a Tulip glass. Nice tan head, beautiful lacing. Thick cloudy Amber color. Taste more like a double red ale, hops very prominent with the first sip, hello, "Mr Amarillo":). Very earthy, lingers a bit longer than I prefer. Nice roasted malt, smells a lot better than it taste. I did however cellar this one away for about a year. May have been better the day I picked it up. I'm just not a big fan of red ales, won't stop trying them though!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 00:36:58 | More by utp52
Photo of Aleks_P


4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured from bottle, appearance is translucent color of apple cider. Light tan head.

Smell: Notice the hops first the some hints of tart fruit. Smells good.

Taste: Impressed with the taste, a lot of strong flavors that work well together. First thing I notice is the bitterness of the hops but gives way to a light sweetness and some floral notes and ends with more of the bitterness of the hops.

Mouthfeel: Light and very dry, with pretty good carbonation. Ends dry with bitterness.

Overall: There wasn't a very good description of the beer on the bottle so I had no idea what to expect, but had tried a couple of Rogues and was impressed so gave it a chance. Pleasantly surprised overall, reminds me more of an IPA than a red ale and I thought it was good. Looked good when I poured it and had a great impression of the flavors at the first sip, everything really jumped out. Light and dry, another solid beer from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 02:19:38 | More by Aleks_P
Photo of Suds


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber, almost brown, capped with a huge, soft head. The beer is really enticing in appearance. The smell is of amber malt, caramel, and fresh, clean yeast. The taste is similar, malty, straightforward, flavorful, and drier than you'd think. Yeast flavor as well. Low fruitiness...clean and drinkable. Full in body. This is a no none sell, we'll made American ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 00:23:04 | More by Suds
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New Mexico

3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Small light tan head with a nice lacing above a cloudy to murky dark dull brown colored beer.

Roasted caramel malts with almost a spiced chocolate covered cherries lean to it blends well with some bittering hops.

Seems to lose some of the roasted malts and chocolates from the aroma while keeping the light bittering hops giving this a slightly dryer lighter taste.

A drying aftertaste with just a bit of the tastes remaining behind with this medium bodied beer.

The taste of this beer kind of resembles the appearance.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 04:35:08 | More by LXIXME
Photo of JMad


3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a murky reddish/ burnt orange color with a frothy. thick, offwhite head. It smells like a caramel candy covered in milk chocolate with just a hint of citrusy hops in the background. The taste is more about the hops than the malt. I detected a good amount of grapefruit and orange peel up front with some caramel malt in the middle and a nice bitter finish. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. I liked this beer and would drink it again but thought the flavor could of been more balanced with the malt and hops, the malt really took a backseat in the taste test.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 00:12:33 | More by JMad
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3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark and hazy auburn brown with an off-white, 3 finger head. Excellent retention, leaving a strong layer of microbubbles to coat the surface. Lacing is strong all around the glass, with great stick.

Smell - Classic Rogue aroma. Light roast malt aroma hits on chocolate and caramel, and plays nicely along with earthy and citrus hop undertones.

Taste - Mellow chocolate malt is most prevalent upfront. Lesser notes of caramel and a woody character soon follow. Hops come in around mid-taste, guns blazing with orange and grapefruit zest, resulting in a nice citrus pith bitterness ringing nicely in the aftertaste. Shows great overall balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth texture. Goes down smooth as hell.

Overall - Somewhat similar to their Santa's Private Reserve, though more chocolatey and with a bit more hop kick. Overall a fantastic beer, but I can't see myself shelling out $7 for another bomber, not when I can get the similar Santa's for $10 per sixer every year around the Holidays.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 01:18:33 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of scratch69


3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Cloudy, amber color with a finger and a half of light tan head. Good retention with some patchy lacing.

Smell- Caramel malt with some floral hops.

Taste- Sweet malt flavor at the start followed with an almost spicy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, crisp, and dry. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- I bought this because I am a fan of "The Deadliest Catch." A decent beer but the hop bitterness reminded me more of a IPA than an amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 22:12:42 | More by scratch69
Photo of FLima


3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy Brown copper color with lots and lots of thick off-white head with good retention and leaving laces.
Nice aroma of bold earthy and floral hops, condiments, caramel and toasted malts.
Very bitter taste with predominance of floral hops with hints of grapefruit, non-sweet plums, random spearmint and spices. A bit salty as ocean water was used in the recipe. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness with notes of chocolate, toasted grains and guaraná powder.
Full body and good carbonation.
Interesting idea. It differs from a regular American IPA but has the kick of one and on the background you can identify a red ale that is striving to come out. Good ale, the bottle disappeared in blink of an eye.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 01:43:37 | More by FLima
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4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Amber, cloudy, nice head dissipating to light cover head, good lacing

Smell - Malty sweet smell with hoppy for and after taste expected at 80 IBU

Taste - Malt sweetness with strong hoppiness almost IPA

Mouthfeel - Up front bite, bitter sweet, back end bitter.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, has a somewhat lingering aftertaste however, which somewhat deters the drinkibility, goes down very easily

Overall - Good beer, for an Amber Ale yet pushing in on the IPA style

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 22:16:31 | More by WelshBrewer
Photo of jacksback


3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Seems appropriate tonight.

Looks... Well, its not the most attractive pour. Murky, dull dark brown with some amber highlights. Though in context of working a Bering sea fishing boat? Looks like pure gold.

Interesting aroma. Very malty and earthy. Fair bit of not-overly-sweet caramel, some nice toasted bits, and a floral, slightly spicy hop aroma. Definitely different... Likeable in an odd way.

Hops kick in more on the flavor right off the bat. Not sharp pr aggressive, bit a heavy, full spicy, floral character that's all over the flavor through to the finish. Malt tones down in the flavor, but still a solid body. Mildly sweet toffee and caramel bits, and good big of toasted biscuity bits. Big, but with a good bit of balance. Unique for sure.

Big mouthfeel in all aspects. Full, heavy, and assertive. Good bit of bitterness and body lingers on the finish.

Overall, a thoroughly worthwhile beer. Nothing amazing, not world class, but enjoyable to drink for sure, a good cause, and... If one likes Deadliest Catch, what better brew for the start of the season?

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 01:05:21 | More by jacksback
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3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three fingers of head on a rusty red colored body.
A hardy aroma of barley, lemon and hay.
The taste is bold with a strong, dry bitterness backed up by a good balance of malt.
The texture is thicker with moderate carbonation.
Nothing fancy just a bold red ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 03:40:13 | More by Fatehunter
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New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured hard from 22 oz brown silk screen bottle into a .5 l cylinder glass.

Appearance : Pours three finger thick, puffy head of off tan color that slowly settles into persisting islands of head. Deep amber brown in color with hazy not transparent appearance. Great lacing on the glass. Light carbonation, almost looks a brown ale, but tastes an american red / amber ale.
SImilar to other ROGUES Ales.

Aroma: Mostly caramel, bready, malt forward with delayed, more subtle hop tones. Earthy sweet aroma. Good winter earthiness.

Taste: Taste is more sweet caramel at first, followed by masculine bitter. Another writer wrote bitter on the sides of the tongue, sweet on the center. This is accurate. Almost salty bitterness, so salt and sweet. the malts, dominate the hops. Feels too sweet perhaps? A good winter beer due to the bitterness and backbone, good with stews, fish, shrimp, mashed potatoes, hearty food.

Mouth feel : medium bodied feel with moderate carbonation with slight hop derived astringency. Sweeter and more caramel and malt finish. A little thick tongued for me. Feel the alcohol.

I'd try another. i wish it were more smokey likes its brothers and I think it's moving in direction of a brown ale more than an amber, like a heavier, more alcoholic Ellies Brown Ale from Avery. I'd call this a winter beer, and a brown amber american ale.

I prefer their other lighter American Pale Ale / American Ambers to this one, but all the same it's uniquely made. Well crafted and original. A bit too sweet for me to return.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 02:46:52 | More by Act25
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Alberta (Canada)

3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into the beery-beer glass.

A-dark, cloudy, almost opaque amber colour. Two fingers requires a bit more of a vigorous pour. Head stays for a decent period and leaves a a thin layer of white foam when it drops.

S-a good whiff of citrusy hops. Yeast and caramel maltiness also pop in.

T-hop forward with citrus notes. A bit of sweet, caramel malts as well.

M-moderate mouthfeel. Finishes pretty dry due to the hops. Bitterness lingers on the tongue.

O-a nice ale. Would have really impressed if the hops weren't so dominant and allowed the malts to be a bit more prominent.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 05:19:22 | More by Muhly
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3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Signature Rogues style, pacman yeast tastes. Nice and cloudy so not highly filtered. Deep reddish in color, sweet and malty aroma with a good mouthfeel. The chocolate is not overly present, but adds a nice subtle note. Great pairing with spicy foods, it does a really nice job of cooling the spice down.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 23:47:23 | More by VinoGuy
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4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - brownish Amber, very cloudy, nice finger and a half head dissipating, nice lacing

Smell - Malty with light hops, sweet smelling, definite caramel notes

Taste - Malts, light hops, caramel hints, very light bitterness with nice sweetness. Taste and smell very similar here.

Mouthfeel - Smooth mouth feel, bitterness in the middle followed by sweetness followed by a somewhat dry hoppiness

Drinkability - Very drinkable, has a somewhat lingering aftertaste however, which somewhat deters the drinkibility, goes down very easily

Overall - Good beer, somewhat run of the mill for an Amber Ale

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 16:08:48 | More by da_beers
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4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rogue - Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale - 1pt 6fl oz

Look - Nice bottle artwork. Pours a cloudy amber brown with a glorious head. Medium carbonation.

Smell - More malty than hoppy, sweet caramel.

Taste - Smooth malt wave followed by caramel and then bitter hops, followed by smooth malt and then another wave of bitter hops.

Mouthfeel - Bitterness rests on the sides of the tongue in the form of dry hoppiness. Sweetness rests in the middle, goes down smooth. A lingering bitterness is not ideal here.

Overall - This is a good but not amazing brew by Rogue. Would definitely have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 12:17:44 | More by JMScowcroft
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy copper in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and left lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with notes of citrusy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, starting off with initial flavors of caramel and biscuit malts and finishing with citrus and grassy hops, a light amount of bitterness. There are some hints of earthy yeast in the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of dryness is noticeable in the finish.
O: This is a bold and drinkable red ale that delivers lots of malty and hoppy flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 03:15:26 | More by metter98
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3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ale poured out a rich, cloudy copper/amber colour. Smelled of sweet malt with citrus and floral hop notes. Tasted just like it smelled; sweet malt taste which transitioned smoothly into the citrus and floral hops. Lingering sweetness.

Would I buy this beer again? Definitely.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 20:04:57 | More by NilocRellim
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Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale from Rogue Ales
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