Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by kojevergas:
2.33/5 rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Ralph's market in Los Angeles, California, and served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer stemflute in me gaff (also in Los Angeles). Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery's reputation.
Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured without any additional vigor as I didn't anticipate carbonation issues.
A: Pours a one and a half finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a nontransparent caramel-brown. Not at all amber.
Sm: Cream, amber hops, and caramelized malt. A mild strength aroma. Me broken nose struggles picking up on any deeper notes. All apologies.
T: Caramel, light cream, awfully handled bittering hops, and amber malts. Some nuts on the backend, lending it a strange brown ale esque feel. A strange mix of flavours that never feels quite balanced. Lots of competition amongst flavours, but little cooperation here. Poorly constructed all around. No clear direction or focus. Very scattered.
Mf: Smooth; too dry. Some nice cream. Not too thick nor too thin. Adequately carbonated.
Dr: Drinkable but dull and uninspired. If this is actually meant to be an amber (per Beeradvocate's current designation), it's absolutely wretched for the style. Poorly executed. I'd only try it again on-draught, to make sure I didn't get a bad batch.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2012 02:57:28 | More by kojevergas
More User Reviews:
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
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
Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale from Rogue Ales
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