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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: 719
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 16
Gots: 30 | 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 hike20


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

Pours a redish brown with a medium thick light tan head and a bit of clinging lacing. Aroma is of malt, yeast, and a touch of hops. It's pleasant enough but no unexpected notes. Hops hit the flavor right off the bat, more on the piny side rather than citrus. There is a bit of malt in the undertone, but nothing too complex. Medium mouth feel. Overall nicely drinkable, but not extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 00:37:58 | More by hike20
Photo of Mosstrooper


3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Macado's "Halloween 2009" branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Caramel color with a large tanned head that dissipates slowly. Leaves lots of spots of lacing around.

Smell: Caramel malts and toastiness with herbal hops.

Taste: Tastes toasty and buttery throughout, with a medium to strong hop bitterness at the end. Slight sweet-tea taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and smooth, dry finish, light carbonation.

Drinkability: Once again, a good overall beer from Rogue. Succeeds in its aim to combine amber ale and IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 20:42:57 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of wahhmaster


3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween-branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color. The head is thick, white, and foamy and dissipates slowly leaving copious lacing.

Smell: Malty with a hint of grassy hoppiness.

Taste: Starts hoppy up front and finishes with a sweet maltiness. The hops have a nice grassy, piney flavor to them.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and relatively full-bodied.

Drinkability: A good amber ale and another good beer from Rogue. As a fan of Deadliest Catch, I had to try this beer. I was excited to find it at my local grocery store. If you can find it, give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 20:20:23 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of dpasotti


3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy maple syrup color with a light tan, large-bubbled head that endures and leaves a hefty piece of lacing. Smell consists of some malt, but mostly a distinctively-Rogue hop aroma. Cascade is the most prominent.

Flavor is nothing too special either. Light toasty malt sweetness at first that abruptly transitions to sharp hop bitterness. Not overly bitter, but mostly lacking the fruity flavors I associate with hoppy Rogue ales. Pretty dry on the back end.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Medium in body and med-high carbonation with a slight astringency at the end. Overall a decent beer from a good brewery, but I prefer their 100 Meter Ale (listed under Eugene City Brewery).

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 03:58:25 | More by dpasotti
Photo of Blitzstyle


4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a SA pint glass. Nice 2 fingers of head, good retention, nice sticky lace. Great deep amber/red color. Plus captin Sig is on the freaking bottle!

Cascade hops jump out for me, love the pine and light citrus aroma. Caramell is also present.

Good balance between hops and malt. Piney and light citusy at first but you get a good feel of the sweetness of this beer on the back of your tounge.

Medium body, not the smoothest beer on the market but a damn fine beer. Could knock back several.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 02:44:28 | More by Blitzstyle
Photo of 7439


4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed seven new beers while skiing in Beaver Creek for Thanksgiving. I tasted six of them (more on that later).

The remaining hostage, a Rogue Ale 22-ouncer, survived two UAL luggage throwers -- and thank goodness because this is a new one for me and a classic!

It's Rogue Ale's "Capt Sig's Northwestern Ale." For anyone who knows the Rogue Ales out of Oregon, they make a lot of world class beer and EVERY one of these are unique, flavorful but sometimes not for everyone. For example the Shakespeare Stout and Juniper Ale are terrific). This one is awesome for my fellow Hop Heads.

It pours a creamy head with a caramel color cloudy enough to look chewy but it's not. The 80 IBUs give it a boost but it's hoppy with a smattering of Horizon, Amarillo, Cascade and Rogue Farm Willamette Hops - that's a massive mixture of premium hops that rock. However, the Pale two-row, Munich, Carastan, and Chocolate malts really balances this out for the non Hop Heads. Add in Pacman Yeast and free range coastal water and you have yet another tremendous Rogue Ale.

Trust me. This is one well-built, rock solid, beer and quite simply one of the top 40 I've ever had. That's saying something for those that know my beer background.

Give this one a shot. Make sure you tip your glass to the guys smarter than us that can make you want to go back to the beer hunt a la Leonard Nimoy from his old program, "In Search 0f..." (insert "Delicious beer" here).

I haven't truly enjoyed beer for the last year like I used to as I wasn't finding ones like these to make the prospecting worth while. Let the gold panning begin... thanks Rogue!

Go find it... You'll be glad you did.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 18:29:56 | More by 7439
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New York

3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Moderately-dark amber body, a slight wisp of head on serve, but some light capping on agitation.

S/T: A smack of hops up front, but really little else. It had a slight bit of dark fruit, maybe some nuts, and a hefty amount of grain.

M: Light carbonation.

D: This is one of the most unimpressive beers I've had recently. It has some cheap flavor from the hops, and little to nothing else to round it out. Oh well, another Rogue disappointment for me.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2009 18:23:05 | More by dudecandle
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4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another hopped up red ale from the masters of hopped up red ales. Pours a reddish amber color with a large tan head that had excellant retention. The head does eventually settle to a thick cap. Large patches of lacing is left on the glass. Big hoppy aroma. Can definately pick out the Amarillo and Cascade hops. Nothing from the malt is detected. The flavor is a little more balanced. Big hoppy citrus and resiny flavor up front and then sweetness from the malt lasts till the finish. Bitterness is on the high side. I see it is listed with 80 IBUs. I believe it. Another very good red ale from Rogue. As a fan of the show, I knew Captain Sig would not let me down.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 19:26:06 | More by morimech
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4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 650 ML bottle that I purchased along with 5 other Rogue beers within the past month. Poured into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. I saw this one in stores several times and finally decided to pick it up. No observed "best by" date.

A Nice medium, dark caramel brown body with visible carbonation bubbles rising up under a light brown generous head. Head retention was amazing. There was a head for about 10 minutes, lasting all of the way through my tasting and it left a nice lacing. 4.5

S Nice medium malt smell that reminds me of a German dopplebock such as Spaten Optimator. 4.0

T Nice, strong red ale flavor of medium roast malt and a measure of bite from the bitter hops but here the hops are presented well with a strong malt background. After reading the bottle I find that there are four types of hops used and I certainly taste them. 4.5

M Nice balance of smoothness with that bite from the hops. 4.0

D Well it is 22 oz. and done for me but the ABV would allow for repeated pints. 3.5

Notes: I seriously can imagine drinking this on a ship out on the Bering Sea as it would serve as a great warmer that would likely hold up to lengthy cellaring. Nice job!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 15:01:30 | More by adamette
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3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out of the 22oz. bomber a dark and murky chocolate colur with a dense and sticky head which shows staying power by leaving plent of lacing. cocoa and toffee maltiness shows through in the nose accentuated by some loud yeasty notes and some bright and flowery leaning hoppiness. kind of belgianesque. the taste is a nicely balanced mix of some layered maltiness...i can pick out the chocolate and munich notes quite easily...followed by some complex hopping that never becomes overly bitter in spite of the 80 IBU's. lots of yeasty overtones dominate above all else making for an interesting mix of ingredients. i like the supple body on this one and the semi-velvety mouthfeel mingles with a crispness that makes it quite drinkable for an ale that has a lot going on.

i thought this was an interesting concoction...tasty, flavourful and relatively easy to drink. on the other hand, not all the flavours melded well for me, and one bomber of this is enough to satisfy my curiousity. and of course the price doesn't justify what's inside the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 00:09:57 | More by budgood1
Photo of david18

New York

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't tried a Rogue in a while because i'm not crazy about the house flavor but I forgot how much i iike their beers in general and this brewery for it's inventions. This one is a very easy drinker with a nuique enough flavor to make it stand out among over red/amber ales.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 23:00:11 | More by david18
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Alberta (Canada)

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

650ml bottle poured into Unibroue glass nov23 2009

A hazy peachy copper with a thick thumbs width of head that has decent retention and a few rings of lace

S lots of pine and citrus and some caramel

T this somehow has some balance to it, lots of malt to go along with heavy hops and all the things I smell

M medium bodied with a decent bite it's about as bitter as they come

D worth trying for sure but it's pretty pricey and there's other beers by these guys that I would drink before this one

I feel like I'm doing something wrong when I give the same grade for all five areas, but this is one of those beers with nothing worth complaining about but nothing amazing either.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 03:37:43 | More by wordemupg
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3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Northwestern Ale at a beer store. Poured into a pint glass.

Appears a hazy copper color, with some red hues when held up to light. Robust and frothy off-white, approaching beige, head has a lot of resiliency.

Smell is a sweet malt aroma, perhaps with a little citrus fragrance along side.

Taste is a bitter citrus flavor up front, with a little caramel trying to break through on the swallow. The aftertaste is more sweet that bitter, and the cloying residual is candy like.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly cloying. There is a dry bitterness about the beer.

All in all a very drinkable beer. Hoppy for the style, a little akin to a malty IPA, but tasty, and fairly sessionable if the cloying nature of the mouthfeel doesn't get to you.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 00:27:14 | More by RJLarse
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3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Rogue tends to make their beers stronger. This one is stronger, but the hoppiness was a bit much for me.
It's a medium brown color and just a tad cloudy. The aroma is mostly hops. The flavor is mostly hops and there's so much it made the middle part of my tongue dance for a few minutes. The beer is built good but it just wasn't a very enjoyable experience, I didn't even bother to finish my pint.

Mixing warning ~ Whiling drinking this beer I tasted some of my wife's Rogue Mocha Porter and the two flavors mixing on my tongue was extraordinarily unpleasant. The two just don't collaborate.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2009 21:48:47 | More by DesMoinesMike
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Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Dalhousie Co-Op from Chris (wordemupg)who recommended it. Hadn't drank it himself yet at that point I think, so I was flattered.

Appearance: Lots of sediment, pours a deep amber hue, verging on brown with some lovely red highlights. Thick and cloudy with the sediment, tan head, two fingers thick, stuck around for the whole time, thick and chunky and lacing sticky and big.

smell: aromatic hops and a spiceyness upfront, subtley sweet malts, barley and dark bready notes, slight hints of cloves

taste: Big smack of rich, balanced hops first sip. Drawing air through the brew in my mouth I discovered a sneaky sweetness in the malt which was touched by an earthy taste fromt he barley. Light fruityness and an acidic tang on the tongue from the aromatic hops suggested in the nose. As the hop bitterness and spice settles down, a sweetness wells up on the back of your tongue balancing it all out leaving the slow but smooth quench. Very balanced, nicely bitter, smoothly sweet and delightfully satiny! As it warmed, all the earthyness of it comes upfront and gains a woody taste like the smell of willow bark... very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbo, some chewy, thickness from the sediment and a nice swirling, spice from the alcohol. Not a clean tasting beer by any means. This is an American Amber for sure, just rich and lots of body. Like a girl with great curves and flowing hair, this is a seductive and surprising brew.

Drinkability: I could hit two or three of these before having to change up. But by then I'd be intoxicated anyways. This would be the beer I'd jump to after a blonde or wheat beer.

Overall: This sits well in my list alongside Rogues Brutal Bitter, Juniper Pale Ale and Yellow Snow IPA. I'm a steadfast fan of Rogue now, and this is just one more example of why that is the case. This would pair beautifully with some seafood or chicken, (mustard chicken with greek seasoning and broccoli actually:D)

If you like a bitter but also like a smooth red or amber ale, this is a great way to have the best of both worlds. Not an all night sesh beer, but definitely a tasty addition to a night of yummy beering!


Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 18:31:37 | More by CurtisFagan
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4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again, Rogue doesn't disappoint. This was purchased in a pint-size bottle and poured into a glass. A rich, full red color that smelled of wonderful hops and deep malts. Not as tastey as my favorite American Amber Ale, but a wonderful taste no-less. Just enough of a hoppy flavor to prick into my tongue but kept the drinkability high because I could've drank them all night.

Overall, another great Ale from Rogue. I would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 22:34:31 | More by ledzepp817
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4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Same exact beer as the Captain Sig's Deadliest Ale, just with a slight name change.

A - Great amber red hue
S - medium rich brown malt, nuts, hops, and red fruit
T - good flavor, hoppy
M - great bitter hop notes, tannins, acidity all balanced
D - Very balanced and drinkable


A great little limited release ale. Very balanced with a good hop presence.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2009 21:50:43 | More by cbarrett4
Photo of Kolsch


3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap Headkeepers, Greensburgh PA.

Appearance:dark amber that left nice lacings as you drink

Smell: Not much in the smell department, some faint hops along with some bready dough

Taste: Thick and chewy mouthfeel. Hops are not that prominent upon first sip but really find there way in the back of mouth just before swallow.

Overall: very tasty and sessionable at 6.2%. Could and did have quite a few throughout the night.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2009 14:06:05 | More by Kolsch
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great brew this is....

Pours with loads of fluffy head sitting atop a reddish copper ale... Very pretty in a tulip glass...

Wow, this is still smelling really hoppy... Piney citrusy hops mix with caramel and chocolate malts that blends nicely and smells really good...

A super super drinkable ale... Delicious brew... The hops explode up front and lead to the sweet maltiness that ends with a nice finish of hops and malts....

Very nice little brew... I wish this was a regular and not a one off...

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 17:42:14 | More by Tilley4
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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bomber poured into a pint, one finger head with nice retention, hazy light brown coloring, not overly bubbly.

s- caramel malt, some grassy notes, citrus hops.

t- interesting amber ale, nicely hopped with a caramel malt upfront, biscuit, some citrus not overly grapefruity or piney but still has a nice bit of hops, little dry finish.

m- medium body.

d- very drinkable beer, i killed the bomber in no time, i got this as an extra in a trade, and i enjoyed it, sofar rogue hasn't disappointed me at all, another great beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 03:16:46 | More by thecarster1
Photo of jdense


3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle purloined at local bottle shop in The Big poured into Dead Guy pint glass.

Amber opaque body under 1 finger semi-rocky white head, quick dissipation. Fairly complex aroma from 4 malts/5 hop varieties. Nose has bready and sweet malts, with citrusy and piney hop notes, pretty complex aroma. Same profile in taste, pretty dry finish. Sticky mouthfeel. Not bad drinkability, but not the smoothest in this category.Hard to categorize the overall taste, but pretty hoppy, aggressive taste for an amber/red ale. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 20:42:23 | More by jdense
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Rhode Island

4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 10/31/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, caramelized malts and citrus, all blended together nicely.

T: The taste starts with a nice strong burst of hops bitterness followed by caramel and citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty and there's a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice hoppy red ale to drink for an entire evening.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2009 19:57:32 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy light brown color topped with a light tan head. Head is long lasted and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Subdued aroma of grapefruit hops and caramel malt.

T- Bitter grapefruit hop starts things off then a slow transition to a sweet finish. Finish is lingering with a little oil of the hops.

M- Medium in body and well carbonated. A little bit of oily residue at the finish.

D- Pretty drinkable could use a little more interplay between the hops and the malt though. The 6.2% ABV is not readily apparent.

Cool bottle, wish the beer was a little more interesting though.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 15:29:19 | More by ToddT
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3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, but slightly dull copper and reddish amber color. Nice head after the pour that eventually recedes to nothing almost at the bottom of my pint glass. Only one, sluggosh column of bubbling. Nice spicey hops aroma. The malts and hops combine to almost give a light cinnamon and pumkin sweet aroma, before tha hop citrus smashes that to bits. The starts dry malty toast. The middle quickly relinquishes to the hops. The finish has no sign of malt at all, only total, bitting into a whole orange taste and sensation. What a bitter palate on this brew. Once this beer warms a little, the bitterness is identical to that of taking your first bite into orange peel. Pretty bitter amber ale, but still pretty cool novelty beer thats as bitter as the skeletal Norwegian on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 05:54:31 | More by scruffwhor
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Dark red, opaque, great lacing, decent head retention. Nice fluffy head came out of the bottle.

S: Strong Northwestern hops and barley, but not as strong as some of the super Northwestern IPAs. A little sweet smelling malt is in the background.

T: No fruit detectable whatsoever, which is a shame because it would go beautifully with the solid hop and barley this thing has going on. Think of an IPA with no grapefruit or apricot flavor. It's still really good though, if you like those elements on their own. Something just feels like it's missing, and it's sweetness and tartness. A little smoky, which is nice.

M: Creamy and oily, non-astringent, good carbonation. Exactly what I would expect from Rogue.

D: Goes down easy and is a beer I can have with a meal. Would go great with beef dishes and such. The real benefit to the taste is that it won't overpower food like many IPAs would.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 23:18:01 | More by ralree
Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale from Rogue Ales
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