Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale - Rogue Ales

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Captain Sig's Northwestern AleCaptain Sig's Northwestern Ale

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Ratings: 778
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 25
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: peabody on 07-12-2009

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
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Ratings: 778 | Reviews: 385
Reviews by jujubeast6000:
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/18/2009 (Bottle):

Pours a golden murky brownish red color body. Small off-white head, lasting. Malty aroma. Some graininess, dusty, slightly musty. Not an offensive aroma. Malty, strong taste. Funkiness, almost British tasting, but not quite. Some roastedness, but not really coffee. Maybe bittersweet chocolate. Almost ashy. A little bit malty for my taste.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Me and my wife watch Deadliest Catch weekly, so honestly I grabbed this partly for that reason,made by Rogue and knowing there would be plentiful hops also helped.Poured into a imperial nonic a dull amber/bronze with a tight one finger light tannish colored head atop that slowly faded leaving multiple rings of lace.A mix of sharp amarillo citric/piney cascade hop along with some caramel and brown sugar.Flavors are nice but the reins seem to be held back a little, hefty caramel and brown sugar sweet malt up front,the hops come in and give a nice lingering sharp citric finish.Mouthfeel is creamy and coating and the drinkibility is nice for the abv,well made.

Photo of RoyalT
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a dark, reddish-brown in color with a nice, off-white head that showed great retention and left some beautiful lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell - This is a very subdued nose of light grain and mild hops.

Taste - The malts come out huge at the taste. The grain is classic American and very refined. The hops are deep floral. This is an interesting flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - This is light for the style. I wouldn't even call it medium-bodied. It has just the right compliment of bitterness though.

Drinkability - Big American Red Ales are typically not so quaffable, but this one went down extremely well. The relatively low ABV and just the right amount of bitterness screams, "chug me".

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look ~ pours a rich coppery brown color. clarity is very good (until last poor). head is awesome: rises about four fingers on a hard pour; texture is incredibly moussy; color is off-white; it falls at a very, very slow pace with some truly great lacing. some good visible carbonation. perfect for style.

Smell ~ a lot of fruit going on. malts come through first for me: some melanoidins (figs, dates) and a good hint of kettle carmelization (but this was not overpowering). hops are a little too light for style, but i get some citrus and grapefruit (common northwest hops but I was disappointed to not get pine and resin that I love and associate with cascadian brews). not totally sure, but I think that the yeast supports these fruit flavors and brings them together with a bit of lighter fruit and even some very delicate floral notes. very nice, but a little off from style because of weak hops.

Taste ~ similar to aroma. I get malt first: the caramel notes a bit stronger on the palate and they come out first, backed up by the fruitier notes of figs and dates. again, the hops are a bit too light and are very grapefruit and citrus rather than pine or resin. hop bitterness is great for balance the malt. a decent helping of lighter fruity esters without perfume of floral notes. this was an exceptionally balanced brew.

Feel ~ medium-light body and medium carbonation. the carbonation was a little light, but carbonation wasn't needed to dry out the finish because of the great hop balance. some nice mouth-coating hop oil feel. a touch of unwelcome astringency from the bitterness.

Really greatly balanced brew. Highly drinkable. But for a brew called 'northwest,' for this style, and from this brewery I would have liked to have seen a bit more of a cascadian hop showcase.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruddy brown pour with orange and red accents. Creamy inch of light tan foam on top. Patchy lacing and a bit murky. Aromas of rich malts upfront with caramel and fruit in the forefront. Chocolate and roast come through nicely as well. Piny hops forward with citric resins as well. Quite nice.

First sip brings smooth malts upfront. Notes of caramel, fruits and cocoa along with a mellow roast. Big hops flow in with resinous herbal and pine along with citrus accents. Bitterness kicks in on the finish. A nice malty, hoppy red ale that is well built.

Creamy, medium mouthfeel and good carbonation. Goes down nice and overall is a tasty brew. Wish I had some fresh crab to eat with it right now!! Overall, nothing earth shattering but a well made drink. Wish the bomber was a tad cheaper.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

In my pint glass this beer was an amber color with a 2 inch beige head and abundant lacing. It had a caramel and citrus aroma. The taste was dominated by grapefruit, and I lost whatever malt I had in the aroma. The beer verged on being too sharp, and I found myself taking a good length of time to drink it.

Photo of generallee
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint, 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle has nice list of ingredients use including the malts and hops. The IBUs are listed at 80 but there is no ABV% or freshness date.

Appearance: On top of a dark and very hazy burgundy body sits a big rocky or frothy head. It is light tan in color and very clingy. Thick lacey patterns stick everywhere on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a heavy pine like hop presence right as I open the bottle. Underneath the bold hops are solid rich malty sweet notes.

Taste/Palate: Up first on the tongue are nice piney hop flavor notes with some hints of herbal, almost tea like, hops. The rich sweet maltiness backs this hop bitterness up and offers a good solid bass of bready flavor and sweetness. The finish has a very slow herbal and citrus hops fade that lingers on the tongue. Its palate has a smooth yet lively texture.

Notes: Mmmmm yes this is very good and puts me in the mood for some crab fishing action!!! Cheers!!!

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber pours a hazy copper amber body with a lavish ecru hued head that holds steady for several minutes and deposits nice patchy lace.

Aroma has hoppy pine and grapefruit, basically a standard Rogue aroma of northwest hops. Toasted caramel underneath.

Medium body and carbonation, enlivened by the resinous hops.

Taste has pine, earthy, and grapefruity bitter hops front and center. Signature Pacman yeast is in evidence along with a subtle toasty caramel malt base. Long finish is bitter with a pine hop resin flourish.

Nothing exceptional here, but very solid and well executed for what it is. I'm not going to dock any points because Rogue brews such unexciting but consistently good ales.

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased from Ancona's in Ridgefield, Ct. Pours the expected red tinged amber under a nice fluffy/creamy oatmeal head, that leaves all kinds of nicely developed lace. Pungent fruit infused hop nose. Allowed to warm up quite a bit, this one shows off its style and quality in waves of smooth malty layers and a quite respectable and suprising hop crunch. Pineapple, citrus and all sorts of hop oil goodness. Nice stuff and always a treat to enjoy something and new and, of course, damn good from Rogue

Photo of tigg924
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: cloudy, dark amber, 1 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: a lot of hops, cream, and grass--not overly strong a smell

Taste: malt, cream, dark fruit--grapefruit and hops--especially towards the end

Mouthfeel: prickly due to carbonation, light body, with a sharp bitter aftertaste

Drinkability: Very smooth, but not as much flavor as I typically get with this style. Rogue to me is one of my biggest hit or miss breweries. When they are on, you will find none better. This one missed my palate and my tasting buddies agreed that it missed theirs. While this is not a bad beer, one is enough.

Photo of Mora2000
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my brother for sharing this beer. There is no date on the bottle so I am not sure of the beer's freshness. As such, I will assume it is fresh and will rate accordingly.

The beer pours a medium amber color with a tan head. The aroma is strong with the grass and piney hops, as well as some bready malt and a little bit of floral.

The flavor is heavy on the grass and floraly hops. I also get a strong dose of toffee and bread from the malt. Low to medium bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent drinkability, but the hops and malt are slightly muddled and the beer just doesn't sit right with me.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber as part of the LCBO's June Rogue release.

Poured into a conical Flying Monkeys glass in honour of the hoppy communion I am about to receive. A sludgy, muddy coloured brew, not entirely unlike the underwater silt in which one might possibly sift for crawfish. Sandy sediment on the bottom of the glass. Not the most visually appealing beer, but certainly a quality head and excellent lacing and retention.

And thus end my criticisms of this beer.

The nose is a brilliant mix of juicy, leafy, citrussy West coast hops and delectable caramel malts.

Tastes like a citrussy and bitter IPA, but with the earthiness and richness of a red ale. Caramel malts up front, transitioning to that lovely blend of earth and citrus, leaving a long, citrus and biscuit finish. Lighter carbonation, thick bodied, slightly gritty or silty from the sediment.

A highly enjoyable brew, hearty and full of West Coast goodness. Will be back for more of this ere the release is complete. Great stuff!

Photo of NilocRellim
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a pleasant, sugary/flowery nose that simultaneously promises a nice shock of hops.

Both of these follow through on the tongue, though the grapefruit-sour hops far and away prove the dominant flavor, almost masking the malt‚ which is impressive, considering that there are four different kinds of malt in here (2-Row Pale, Munich, Carastan and Chocolate). If you look hard enough beneath the hops, you can find other flavors, such as light fruits, lovely toasted grains, and just a hint of darkly roasted chocolate malts. The official description of this ale is that the "hop flavor soon fades into the malty backbone." For me, however, this doesn't prove true at all; instead, the hops are present throughout the mouthful, making this brew taste quite similar to a strong IPA (though it's classified as an India Red Ale, according to the brewer).

So if you like hops, this is going to be a good beer for you, as the combination of the Horizon, Amarillo and Cascade varieties brings about some nice interplay of bitter flavors. But if bitterness is not your bag of bananas, you may want to stay away.

Photo of far333
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14.5 degrees plato or roughly 6% ABV. Cider colored with fine bubbles rising from bottom to top and a huge 2-inch head of froth.

Aroma of toffee and biscuity malt, a tiny flash of hops.

Even flavor of doughey malt, hints of honey, slightly sweet, followed by cinnamon and floral hops. Hops turn up the bitterness slightly, finishes with a flourish of pine.

Full and even mouthfeel. Finishes crisp and dry. Tasty and drinkable.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brown color, looks like it has some oomph. I had no idea what kind of style beer this was. Good piney hop aroma got me excited.

Taste, a little less on the hop profile, big malt posse kickin' it. A little bit chewy with a dash of sweetness.

Hop profile returns downbottle, weird it wasn't so pronounced on the initial taste, but downward it ebbs and flows. Pricey at $7 a 22.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a chalky infusion of yeast particles suspended within a cloudy robust body, pours with a large khaki tan head forms thick and dwindles slow leaving bands of lace around my glass.

Aroma has a hint of faded citric pine hops going on with an air of caramel malted barley complementing the hops. Big robust caramelized sugars riding freely amongst the hops, with signature Pacman yeast breadiness.

Flavor still hanging on to bitterness even though I can tell this one has a bit of age on it. Actually drinking nicely though with some pine/citric rind hop elements going on, a creamy textured biscuit malt with a caramelized malt backbone finishing things off. Again the signature yeast flavor is unmistakably Rogue.

Mouthfeel a bit oily textured with hops leaving behind some nice herbaceous oils on the palate. Moderate carbonation medium bodied ale, nothing cloying here actually really smooth.

Overall, look why don't they date their bottle? They clerk at a store in Wheeling, WV was trying to convince me that Rogue doesn't date their bottles because their beers are brewed so well that they are actually like wine. I'm like dude, some beers are better aged but hop forward beers like IPA/pale ale/aggressive hoppy reds representing the Pacific Northwest are better fresh.

Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottler served in a Belgian snifter. (revisited in 2015 using a pilsner glass - excellence confirmed).

Pours deep red-brown in color with a fine beige head. Spotty lacing.

Rich aromas with roasted grains and hops in about equal measure. Floral, fruity and toffee notes.

Flavor: has that characteristic Rogue hop flavor along with a rich dark malt mix. Mildly bitter.

Feel: medium body; lively carbonation.

O: excellent

Photo of brow1901
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy dark amber color. A huge fluffy white head has nice retention and fair lacing.

S- Nice spicy hop scent, not overpowering though. very light malt scent. Not much yeast esters.

T- The taste is somewhat disappointing, the hops strike the tongue initially which is really nice almost as hoppy as a dipa. But the body of the beer, some of the fruitiness that is expected from an ale is missing. It makes the finish bland and boring.

M- Light bodied, more than is desired in my opinion. But rather refreshing.

D- Very drinkable beer, I love the hops in this brew but it lacks character and body.

Photo of infinitejester
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Pint bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Deep amber to amber brown and clear. About an inch of beige head. Decent retention and lace..

S: Caramel malts with subtle citrus, also some spiciness to it.

T+M: One can infer that this was brewed with a malt dominance in mind. Caramelly malt with a hearty, medium body. It felt smooth and a little buttery. Finished with a mild hop pinch which helped balance this brew out.

O: Less than complex but a good beer none the less.

Photo of LXIXME
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a dark brown with deep coppery red highlights. A light brown head is thick, dense and rocky and leaves patches and rings of sticky lacing down the glass.
The smell is clean and raw. A mix of primarily grapefruit followed by resiny pine makes for a strong hops presence, and underneath that aroma is a note of malts. Just barely detectable are hints of caramel and toasted notes. Again, the hops are quite a bit stronger than the malt.
The taste follows suit. The mix of pure hops and malt ingredients leads to flavors of raw bud, some earthy notes, and gentle and very subtle nutty toasted notes, all underneath a huge grapefruit hops flavor. Pine lingers, coming in and out, but grapefruit lingers through every sip, for the entire glass, and in the lingering finish, which is dry.
This is a fairly crisp brew with a decent smoothness. Body is medium and carbonation is pretty moderate, on the lighter side.
The first review made (mine was second) must be due to a bad bottle. This is a clean, raw brew made from fresh, pure ingredients and nothing else.

Photo of nickthegun12
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

great appearance probably the best thing about this beer...a dark solid red color...with a creamy off white head...and great lacing...

has a butterscotch smell....full malty smell...little hops in the nose...

taste much better than the smell...the bitter hops are very present on the front...hops are present in the taste as well...not bad at all...

full, almost dry feel....nicely carbonated....

i could down this 22oz bottle but ill probably call it quits for this beer after that

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Not at all familiar with the TV show, but here it goes anyways.

This beer pours a slightly hazy dark burnt orange amber colour, with two fingers of foamy, chunky, and eventually creamy ecru head, which leaves a singular swath of storm front lace on the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of softened grapefruit and orange citrus rind, wet pine needles, bready caramel malt, a touch of mocha sweetness, and further spicy leafy hops. The taste is more muddled, but still well bitter juicy citrus, acrid pine resin, biscuity caramel/toffee malt, spiced bittersweet chocolate, ethereal day-old coffee notes, a small black fruitiness, and late-arriving earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, just a pleasant frothiness throughout, the body a decently innocuous medium weight, and maybe a tad unctuous in its smoothness. It finishes weakly off-dry, still rather replete with a citrus hoppiness, and generally clean.

Ol' Captain Sig comes off as more of an IPA than an amber ale, but I suppose that's the American way. It's still quite good on that count, and malty enough to provide the balance required for forging full-steam ahead through the rest of the bomber.

Photo of mintjellie
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep red colour turns rusty brown and cloudy with sediment as the pour reaches the bottom of the bottle. Great retention and almost solid lacing on the glass. Big tropical mango aroma accented with floral and evergreen needle notes. Juicy tangerine and mango in the mouth, transitioning into pine and and grapefruit bitterness. There is a bit of a malt backbone that provides a little bit of sweetness to the beer, but it is by no means enough to balance the firm bitterness provided by the hops. And that doesn't bother me one bit. Bitterness lingers long into the aftertaste. Medium-bodied with soft, light carbonation. Feels soft and velvety in the mouth. Slick oily sensation on the roof of the mouth between sips. Salivation between sips as well - anticipation for the next mouthful. Lovely beer. Possibly the most enjoyable I've had from Rogue.

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Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale from Rogue Ales
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