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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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Ratings: 754
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 18
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of drcarver
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
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

drcarver, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of kjyost
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich head that remains atop the beer for a long while providing substantial lacing. The beer itself is a dark red-orange that is slightly cloudy. The nose of the beer has toffee, caramel and hops, not sure which ones off hand but I am pretty confident in smelling Willamette as you can also taste the wine-like contribution of Wilamette in the body. The body has a balanced sweetness with hoppiness that is strong but in no way overpowering. Well carbonated and no lasting aftertaste. enjoyable, and one I would drink again.

kjyost, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of MURF0320
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a unique hazy burnt amber with two finger light tan head that fades to a soapy look but continues to leave nice lacing.
Nice aroma equaly consisting of roasted caramel malt and grassy hops.
Taste starts sweet with toasted caramel malts and transforms into a complex earthy hop bitterness. Definite yeast in the background. Notes of chocolate malt are faint but noticeable.
Mouthfeel starts smooth through the sweetness and finishes dry and bitter.
Drinkabilty is good. The way this beer changes taste and mouthfeel through the sip is addicting. Sweet and silky turns to bitter and dry.

MURF0320, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass a translucent reddish orange with a distinct earthy tinge to the color. Copper highlights and a thin off-white head that descends quickly, but leaves lasting lace.

The smell of this beer is sweet roasted malts and caramel, some chewy raisins and bread, and a whiff of fresh citrusy hops.

The roasted taste is pretty well-pronounced, just as the nose would suggest. Sweet fruits and a freshly baked bread taste are balanced out by the distinctly bitter taste of the chocolate malts, enhanced by the bittersweet hop aftertaste.

This brew has a middle of the road medium body, and is fairly light on the carbonation, is very delicious and easily quaffable.


MrHassellYaHurd, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of mobyviacheslov
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very hazy burnt orange amber color. Poured with a thick tan head.
S - Chocolate malt, and piney hops. Not a strong nose, which is disappointing. It looks like it could have quite a bit going on here, but isn't portraying it on the nose.
T - The taste matches the nose, but is much stronger. Lots of chocolate malt with lots of northwest hop flavor duking it out. Pine, citrus, and malt...not a lot of depth or complexity, but a lot of bold flavor. The finish is dominated by the hops, but the initial flavor is very well balanced. Actually, take that back...balanced would insinuate a cohesive union of the sweet and bitter...in this case, they are simply both in your face...I enjoyed it, however.
M - The haziness gives away that this will be a thick, velvety beer. Very subtle carbonation that does its job popping flavors on the tongue. Thick and chewy.
D - The 80 IBUs are strong, but are countered decently by the malts. However, I think after one 750ml of this, you would start to lose the ability to taste the malts as the hops overwhelm.

mobyviacheslov, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of dedrinker
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's cloudy amber in color, which is not bad, but not particularly attractive.

Smells like Pacific North-West hops and a little toasty malt.

Has a standard old school 90's caramel malt and cascade hop flavor, but with less malt presence.

Winds up thin-bodied on the finish with more metallic hop bitterness than the malt can support.

Tom said it would probably go well with crabs, and I think that sounds right. But I'm not stoked.

I was hoping for a red ale version of the 200 meter ale, or a Santa's Private Reserve with more hops.

dedrinker, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a mysteriously dirty brown color, almost reddish around the edges, with a thin head. Grapefruit and caramel malt produce a balanced nose. Some ripe fruit notes linger as well.

A sweetness of sugary malt gives way to rising grapefruit and pine hops. A well balanced beer, this is. The hefty dose hops creates a slightly oily mouthfeel.

This is a solid brew and I enjoyed it very much.

BeardedBoffin, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of yesyouam
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rogue Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale is a solid, hazy, red ale with a dense, creamy, yellowish head that leaves tenacious lacing on the glass. It has a strong, hoppy aroma of wood resin and pine needles. There's something fruity like pineapple in there. It's nice and full bodied and incredibly smooth with a clean, dry finish. It's a well blended and well balanced flavor. It almost seems a touch sweet at first, with the carmelly malt tones and the candy-like hop oils. The bitterness becomes more agressive and green. It becomes green and medicinal-- almost minty-- at the finish. Wow, these guys really know how to make red ales.

yesyouam, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of Durge
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This shows a dark hazy cream soda color with a very bold off-white head and tons of lacing. The aroma brings a mild leafy hop with sweet malty maple sugar. The flavor has an awesome blend of piney hops and carmelized malt. I pick up toffee and a little more leafy bread and coffee/charcoal bitterness hints. The hop bite sort of grows as you go. Very nice overall, medium bodied and very drinkable.

Durge, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of henrysunset
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

4oz sample at issaquah brewhouse.

dark brown/amber beer with suprisingly tan head.

Classic amber nose, malt and nutty. very pleasent.

Flavor is big and full, slightly sweet and very smooth. This is a very good Amber, a little bigger than average, and at 6.2%, a little stronger. Well done. Not amazing, but very good. a little tart or alcoholic on the aftertaste after a few sips.

drikability is good. especially for the ABV. Tasty Beer.

henrysunset, Mar 03, 2010
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.

biboergosum, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of jmfc8237
4.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- 22 0z bottle with neat label pic of Sig from the Northwestern. Got this from my bud at Beseme Bistro in Lewes. Poured a orange slightly clouded golden hue. Nice white head with alot of carbonation and good head retention. Silky white lacing that stayed throughout.

S- Citrus hops and a earthy pine aroma. Nice amount of caramel and fruit.

T- nice caramel sweetness balanced out by a really great grapefruit and oily hoppiness. Good caramel and biscuity malt flavour with a slight tinge of fig or spice.

D/M- smooth session beer with a great finish. Really like it alot.

jmfc8237, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of BeanBone
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A thoroughly hazy orange-brown body capped by over two fingers of tannish off-white head. The head sticks around for a good amount of time, and leaves great lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy and lightly piney hops over a substantial caramel malt body.

Flavor: Very close to what the nose promised--grapefruity and decently bitter hops up front with a solid biscuity caramel malt backbone underneath. The flavors are relatively bold, but in perfect proportion. The aftertaste is biscuity with good residual bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with good carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Highly sessionable for a hop fan such as myself, this is something I could see myself drinking over the course of an evening without ever being too bored.

Verdict: Balanced, tasty, and nicely sessionable, Captain Sig's is a solid little beer. The only pitfall is that the price of the bomber may be a little high.

BeanBone, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of Rchap1
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drunk while sitting on my ass in Alexandria, LA. Not much going on here!

A: No idea, as I drank it from the bottle. Wish I had a glass, but I guess that's the curse of a hotel.

S: Pretty good. Quite a nice wet, hoppy scent, with a little bit of orange and citrus bit to it.

T: Great.This tasted a lot more like a barleywine than a red ale in my mind, mainly because of the hops. They come out pretty strong, and last all the way through.

M: Pretty light, although the finish is a bit on the strong side. Not in a bad way by any means, just strong with some solid bitterness.

D: Although the ABV of this isn't all that high, I think I'd have trouble putting down more than a couple of these in a sitting.

Rchap1, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of rebel1771
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a decent head that sticks around a bit.

S: Smells of raisins and floral hops. Very heavy bready aroma.

T: Sweet caramel flavor up front that is quickly dominated by a sharp citrusy hop blast.

D: This is one fine brew, but I would expect nothing less from Captain Sig or Rogue.

rebel1771, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of wchesak
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Allagash chalice. Pours a good inch and half of slightly wet sand, the kind that you find stuck on you as you leave the beach. Lacing on the glass is a non-uniformed web. Color is as expected, amber with a good tint of coppery red, gets more opaque as you reach the bottom of the glass. Certainly freshly cut open grapefruit smell, with lemon and sweet pineapple upside cake in the background. Taste picks up where the smell left off, pineapple upside down cake is more pronounced as the caramel malt notes add to the sweetness. The American side of this style hits at the end with hefty dry, bitterness from the hops, never overpowering though. The mouthfeel could easily fit into a varying range of beer styles, medium bodied, well carbonated, and smooth. Picked this beer up to make a dressing for some salmon fish tacos, should work out well. Very much a west coast version of a beer that is halfway between a Hopback Amber and a Nugget Nectar.

wchesak, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of biggred1
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Russet colored body eith a creamy sand colored head with excellent retention that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. Nice floral hoppy nose with some chocolate malty goodness. The flavors are even better than the smell. Simply put, this beer tastes great with plenty of malt flavors balanced perfectly with plenty of hop flavor. Full bodied with mild carbonation. This beer reminds me that Rogue still makes excellent beers, I don't think I've had a bad one yet. It's a shame the perception lately is that Rogue is overpriced. Maybe it's just too widely available and not "limited" enough to get us excited over every release.

biggred1, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of BierFan
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light tan rocky head. Hazy red/amber body. Decent lacing and head retention.

Smell: Mostly grapefruit from the hops. Some tropical fruits underneath the grapefruit.

Taste: Multi-faceted hop barrage but not overly hoppy. Citrus, mint, and tropical fruits(pineapple?). Good bitterness in the finish.

BierFan, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a complex malt aroma that's sweet with crystal and chocolate malts. The hop aroma is impressive. It imparts a nice dry, bitter character. The taste is good as well. It has a wonderful malt/hop balance. It's quite bitter up front with plenty of caramel and roasted malt character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine American amber ale. Rogue is the master of this style.

WesWes, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours cloudy amber redish brown with a big pillowy 2+ finger head that has good retention and left notches down the glass

smell smells hoppy sweet malts and i can pick up on the pacman yeast

taste - yep like the nose that pacman yeast lets you know this is a rogue brew - still a very complex beer lots of different flavors citrus pine earthy grassy bitter ashy hops balanced by the sweet pale chocolate malts - even though this beer is light you want to sip it to pick up on all the flavors

mouthfeel si light/medium body very smooth and creamy but also with enough carbonation to give it some life

drinkability is good - even though i enjoyed this i doubt i will buy another

jsh420, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of cbutova
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sierra Grill in Northampton, MA on 01/19/10. Pours a clear, dark amber with a one-half finger head that has little retention. A ring is left around the sides of the beer and a small cloud on top. Light lacing is left as I gulp this one down. Smells hoppy up front, piney and citrus. These hops are laid on top of a sweet malt background. Pretty typical hoppy amber smell but still pretty good. I get some hints of fruits in here also. Taste is solid. Piney, earthy and citrus hops are laid out on top of a nice malt backbone. The malts are mostly sweet. There is a nice amount of bitterness from the hops in the taste. The mouthfeel here is good. There is a light-medium body with pretty low carbonation, that I enjoy. There is some creaminess to the body which helps the low carbonation and makes it work. No warmth in the beer and a coat of bitter hops is left on the tongue, smooth. This is definitely a solid amber ale. Aside from the appearance there is nothing wrong with this ale. It basically makes me think of a good West coast hop profile with some malts to balance. No off flavors or alcohol and a decent price, I enjoyed it for sure.

cbutova, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

jujubeast6000, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasing and nicely balanced red hoppy ale that feels a bit long in bottled form.

Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Rogue design with the image of Captain Sig, fishing boat and crab int he background. Brief side notes highlighting the dedication of the bottle to the Hansen brothers, and how part of the proceeds go to a fisherman´s fund. Lacks date of bottling or freshness but Includes list of ingredients, IBUs (80), shows °Plato (14.5), Apparent Attenuation ( 75) and Lovibond (36) next to general recommendations for food pairings. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Medium to dark grapefruit color with a good foamy head. Very rich and sturdy lacing over a foamy layer and ring as it goes down.

S - Citrusy, resin and woody hoppy aroma, with a toasted malt range underneath.

T - Fresh hoppy feel that subsides to a malt roastiness picking up the bite as it closes. The malt range has a tad of caramel, or sugar notes with an acidic and prominent balance from the hops. A yeasty and malty character from Rogue beers is quite present in the aftertaste in bottled form too.

M - Smooth and medium bodied and carbonated.

D - It is fine, but does not feel half as enticing as the draft version. Here it is even a bit boring towards the end.

Notes: Nice surprise from Rogue. A very nice "india red ale", that feels not only very well balanced but nicely rounded between hops and malt without losing the character of any. Story and charitable work behind it are nice and help to package it, but it is a beer that does not need help to stand on its own.

Daniellobo, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours deep dark red with 1/2 finger white foam. Good lacing.

Sweet caramel malt smell. Light cinammon note.

Amber ale taste backed by an aggressive hop. Very powerful lingering bitterness. Harsh close.

Harshness wears off as the beer warms, though only average drinkability.

KTCamm, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of Deuane
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC. Glad to get and try this fresh as the sample from the bottle I had was less than impressive.

A-Deep, dark copper with a tin light tan head that stuck around and left decent lace.

S-Sharp and spicy bitter citrus rind hop pop with a nice supporting caramel malt background. This smells WAY better than the bottled version I had.

T-Citrus rind, touch of floralness and some pine hop notes meld well with semi-rich caramel malt. Drying finish.

M-Medium bodied, fairly sharp with good lingering bitterness.

D-A solid brew that I was glad to have the opportunity to try again and give a fair review too. I hope they sell enough to make a sizable donation to Captain Sig's fisherman family charity.

D: Solid balance of big hop and big malt flavors. Nothing overpowers and a ample carbonation adds to drinkability.

Deuane, Jan 13, 2010
Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 754 ratings.