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Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale - Rogue Ales

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Captain Sig's Northwestern AleCaptain Sig's Northwestern Ale

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Reviews: 383
Hads: 788
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 17.15%
Wants: 25
Gots: 57 | 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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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.76/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

poured from bottle into pint glass, served around 47 degrees;

A: poured nice reddish brown with half-inch off white head

S: aroma was of raisins, plums, and piney hop notes with a touch of malt

T: flavor was mostly brandy with a bit of caramel and brown sugar mixed in

M: medium-full with a balanced alcohol warmth from start to finish

D: glad this was the only one, powerful alcohol warmth finished with a hoppy spike

thought this would be better, too much brandy flavor and the hoppiness and warming feeling were overwhelming, not recommended

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2.19/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

From bomber to pint glass. No date or batch number.

A: Huge 4 finger mousse-like head is off white and very long lasting. As it recedes sizable pockets form along the glass's edge creating a rocky and uneven head. The body is a dark mix between ruby and amber. The opaque body becomes murky when held in front of light. Lacing is between fair and good.

S & T: Heavy malts, nearly roasted, are lightly reminiscent of dark bitter baker's chocolate. Hopped with Horizon, Amarillo, Cascade & Rogue Farm Willamette Hops and nothing short of a messy blend of flowers and pine wood with possibly a touch of unwelcomed citrus. Lightly sweet and heavily bitter. Something is wrong here. Perhaps the hops are faded or the hop-malt combonation is unfavorable to my palate. Either way, the components of this beer do not work well at all.

M: Medium-full body if not full. The texture is rather thick and creamy with a lively carbonation. Finishes very bitter. Despite the finish, the mouthfeel is excellent.

D: Avoid.

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Photo of JamesS
2.29/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very nice deep red with some nice head and lacing. A bit of a malty scent, but no overwhelming red/amber ale aromas (deep malt, chocolate malt, etc) because of the overriding hop aroma. Too hoppy for its taste, too, overwhelming any nice amber ale flavors that should be present; had the signature Rogue flavor, which isn't bad, but makes it very non-unique. Goes down a bit rough from the over-hopping. If you're going to make a pale ale, just make a pale ale, not a pale ale with a bit of amber malt ingrediants.

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Photo of demuzik
2.33/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Starting off with the good - the aroma is very inviting, bountiful hop aroma, not highly citrus, rather some spice and pine.

From here, not too sure what the folks at Rogue were aiming for. If you're looking for an Amber - and expecting anything like Rogue's American Amber - best look elsewhere. The IBUs are outrageously high for the style, leaving this beer dramatically bitter without good balance from either malt or a caramel sweetness one would expect from the Amber style.

Appearance is quite disappointing; one might think this a barley wine by the incredible merky-ness, or in other words, cloudy-lack-of-clarity.

Mouthfeel is fine, for a double IPA or barley wine, but the brew itself is so think and heavy that I don't see it fitting in an Amber or Red category.

Overall --- I won't buy it again; I would either grab a tried and true American Amber or something else entirely (IPA for the amount of IBUs here, Barleywine for the amount of thick, syrupy malt on the tongue).

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Photo of kojevergas
2.36/5  rDev -37.7%
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.


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Photo of mactrail
2.38/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

So this is what it tastes like fresh. I think"Deadliest" is a more accurate name. It's the ultimate earthy hop flavor-- dry, woody, bitter, and tastes like dirt.

Rogue seems to have distilled the alpha acids and blown off anything like aromatics. No malt to speak of. Still, it's an attractive brew in the glass, with a nice coppery color and decent head. One of the most intensely bitter beers I've tried. Even among hugely hoppy IPAs, this is an outlier. It keeps biting back. Says the female drinking companion, "make it stop!"

On tap at Pizza Port in OB.

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Photo of EJFinegan
2.44/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours amber in color with less than a finger of head. The body was so so with a clean feel. Strong notes of a piney earthiness. Not a great ale for me but not awful. I'd try it again just to be sure. Just didn't agree with me on the first go around. Maybe try from the bottle next time.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.52/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Head rises fast and stays around a while. The beer is a rusty brown color and the head is khaki in color.

S- The nose doesnt seem too complex, mostly spicy hops.

T- Medicinal and bitter hop spiciness. Not getting too many malt characters.

M- Thin, watery, low carbonation.

D- Im not a fan of bitterness so personally the drinkability takes a hit here.

I bought this as more of a gimmick because of Deadliest Catch. I will not be buying again.

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Photo of appenzeller
2.65/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a trancluent amber with some brown notes, capped by a foamy, two finger pale beige head. Retention is decent and some light lacing is left in its wake.
Before reviewing, I must note that Captain Sig's "Northwestern" stole the trademark from Northwestern University (identical font) my alma mater.

Pours a medium amber with a thin head. Piney hops smell and fruits and malts. Taste starts slightly sweet/caramely and then overtaken by pine hops. This would have been (or was) great with a bigger dose of quality hops but comes across now as an over-malted and over-flavored beer with enough hops to make it quaffable.

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Photo of peabody
2.7/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a murky brown/old tea color with two fingers of small off-white suds.
Smell is dirty water and some weak hops and a sourness.
Taste is bland at best.
Mouthfeel is a bit dirty and when cold it's not bad. This is just a bad attempt from Rogue.
Drinkability is just OK. Wouldn't want this one again.
Really didn't know if this was Captain Sigs Deadliest Ale or not. If it is , sorry cause the bottle color is a little different but the pic on the front is the same.
Deadliest Ale is 6.20 abv so that is probably what this is. It says on the label that this beer is 14.5 degrees Plato. 80 IBU's 75 AA and 36 degrees L.
Mabey Northwestern sounds less obtrussive.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.72/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 22oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/17/11
*From notes

A: Looks great. Cloudy copper hue. A standard pour yields a 1.5 finger head and disappointing lacing.

S: Was Rogue actually aiming for a low tide, seafood smell? 'Cause if so, they certainly nailed it. Briney ginger and bitter hops mix unpleasantly with some icky malt. It's like they took their task literally and put Cpt. Sig's taint sweat into the bottle.

T: And the taste isn't far off. Low quality grain (or is that malt extract?) makes for a pretty uninspired wort, which lends itself to a sub-par beer. It's overly bitter and acidic. There's no balance here.

M: Really top notch mouthfeel. For the style, this is fantastic. It's creamy and packs a solid punch.

O: I really, really wanted to like Rouge's Cpt. Sig's Northwestern Ale. Yet alas, it was another failure from the folks at Rogue. For Sig's sake, I wish they'd produce a higher quality product, as he's deserving of a better beer then this.

Thumbs down. I recommend those interested to pass on this one. You've been warned.

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Photo of DrewOSU
2.77/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Shared by beachbum1975, thanks man

A: Pours a dirty copper to a light, dirty brown color. Doesn't really look like a traditional red to me. 1/8 inch, minimal head. Medium, spider web lacing on the side of the glass on initial pour.

S: Sweet malt, citrus and light hop profile on the nose.

M/T: Light body on the tongue, get a higher profile at the beginning than expected that lasts after the swallow. The aftertaste has a hop bitterness to it. A very blended, non assuming taste. Not one aspect really stands out other than a slightly unbalanced hop profile. I don't get the sweet malts that are usually in a red. This almost tastes like a pale to me.

D: Eh, pretty mediocre beer, but a very good price. As said, this is more like a pale than a red, so if you are looking for a cheap pale, this would do. Finishes pretty dirty.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.81/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to copper color with a small white head. In the aroma, sweet maltiness with a gingerbread note and a small hop. In the taste, sweet to dry maltiness. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, small hop aftertaste. An ok ale, but nothing to exciting.

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Photo of mcallister
2.87/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hmmm looks like an amber ale. Chestnut in color with an offwhite head of a half finger and good retention. Thick and foamy.

Nice nose with a blast of citrusy hops up front followed quickly with toffee and caramel malt aromas with a bready twist.

A nice beer but nothing overly exctiting or above many of the style I've had especially of recent. Middle seems a little lost in this. Beginning is sprite with carbonation to a blank middle to citrusy hop to a chalky malt. The more I drink it the more I'm dissapointed.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
2.92/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy amber with lots of bubbles and a giant off-white, foamy head that lasted a while. Great lacing.

S: Hop, citrus, and yeasty aromas. A bit too much yeast. Not much malt here.

T: Slightly sweet and pretty bitter. The bitterness dominates in the finish as well. There is more plain bitterness than earthy hops, and the malt doesn't really come through.

M: Light to medium bodied. Slightly dry and not much carbonation.

O: This beer looked really nice, but the smell was off and the flavor was entirely dominated by bitterness.

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Photo of utp52
2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
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!

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Photo of 100floods
2.97/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

WOOOO! first review on this site in a while. Adding this to my growing que of novelty themed beers.

Pours a hazy maple brown with a more translucent pale ambe at the bottom. Nutty malt notes and something slightly sweet. Initially this has the makings of a good amber ale. Pretty malty sweet at first and smooth. But it finishes with that classic Rogue taste that ruins all their beer. Much like Captain Sig's Northwestern battling with the ocean, this beer seems to battle with the house flavors. The malt notes are good, strong, but are no match for the regional earthy hop attack Rogue's beers are so known for. Some nuttier flavors are able to cut through the hops, but the hops consume them like a rogue wave (all puns intended). If Rogue really wanted to make a beer to commemorate the Deadliest Catch (and incidentally their beers in general), they should have call this beer Rogue Wave.

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Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, another "special edition" brew from Rogue. I might be wrong, but I think this is St. Rogue Red. The hop levels suggest that this is the dry-hopped version. This is not a bad beer at all, but I have reviewed this beer beer under at least 2 other names and very likely a couple more than that. Buy a bottle to support the Fishermans Fund, otherwise pass.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber- pours murky chestnut with full two finger head. Nose- grainy, minerals. Taste- grassy hops, sweet biscuit malts which leads to bone dry finish. Aspirin like astrigency on the finish takes away from drinkability. Carbonation is on the high side. Needs more malt for a red ale, and less bittering hops.

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Photo of StayWounded
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice red color befitting the style. Creamy colored head with a hint of rust. A nice looking beer.

S: Very bright smell, nice amount of smell (not very strong but definitely there). Has the standard hop brightness. Nothing spectacular.

T: Sort of an acrid bitterness. Very hoppy. Took me and my fellow reviewer by surprise. More bitter than I'm used to with this style. Has the hoppy floweriness I associate with other styles. One of those rare beers where I'm not pleased to see my glass still is fairly full. Sweet where it doesn't make sense and bitter where it isn't wanted. If it changed up the taste a little bit and called itself an IPA it would be better.

M: Nothing stands out other than the hoppy bitterness/warmth. Not quite what I was expecting. The finishing warmth is nice and not expected.

Overall: Incredibly average, would get again possibly. A bit pricey for what it is.

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Photo of JBogan
3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky brown with a small tan head which leaves minimal lacing.

Smells of grass and bready malt.

Taste was about the same as the aroma. Not really anything to get excited about. Kind of bland actually.

Mouthfeel was smooth, slippery and thick. Not bad but nothing special going on here either.

Overall this is a rather uninteresting beer. Not much to look at. Muted aroma and taste. Nothing offensive, yet for the most part there's nothing about this brew which would make me want it again.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As an original fan of Deadliest Catch, I was intrigued by Sig's marketing association with a Rogue beer. Unfortunately, I was less excited after having the opportunity to try this.

My over all thoughts continued to be, wow this is non-descript and boring. I was really disappointed.

The beer had a substantial and creamy head that showed excellent retention. The beer itself was a hazy/murky brown color with some reddish tones. There was nice lacing. Was a good looking beer.

Aroma was mostly of caramel malt and with a hint of muted malt. Aroma was really flat and not very exciting.

Flavor was fairly straight forwards, some initial floral hops then a muted roasted malt flavor. A touch nutty and of cracker. Then some more bitter hop flavor comes back to play and linger. No off flavors, but also nothing too exciting. Just didn't seem deep.

Mouth feel was medium bodied and I thought the carbonation was a tad heavy. Had the flavors bounce around too much. I think they would have been better served with a touch more subdued carbonation.

Again, nothing wrong here, but also not a great deal of excitement.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22fl oz bottle. Pint glass. Enjoyed on jul´11. Orangish red in color, cloudy. Off-white close froth creates a thick creamy & lasting head. Copious lacing rings. Yeast, berry & chocolate aromas. Sweet malty tasting with sweet bitterness. Raisin & subtle candy. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Slightly quite watery in the middle. Helpfully a sharp hoppy attack saves the flavor. Hints of chocolate on the aftertaste. Good food pairing: fish in pil-pil sauce or fat cheeses.

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Photo of drcarver
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My wife picked up a bottle because she has a mad crush on Cap Sig.

A - Deep copper color with 1 finger light brown head. Leaves lacing down the side of the glass the entire way. Head is lasting

S - The smell of hops overwhelms everything else

T/M - as most rogue beers do the bitter slightly floral hops. a bit of the malts make it through. There is a smidge of chocolate in the background. Smooth with an aftertaste that hangs for quite a while.

D - meh

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Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale from Rogue Ales
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