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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: 767
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 23
Gots: 47 | 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: 767 | Reviews: 383
Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.76/5  rDev -53.2%
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

Photo of kemoarps
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So, let me start this review by admitting that I am not a big hop head. I found this at the local store while back visiting my parents and hadnt had it before so I thought I would buy it and give it a try.

When I opened the bottle and poured it, it came into the glass a beautiful copper brown, with a thick persistent head. Once the head finally dissipated, drinking down it left nice lacing along the sides.
Sticking my nose in there, the smell wasn't as strong as I had anticipated (admittedly, my sense of smell is not particularly strong, but compared to other beers, I expected this to have a larger nasal profile). What I did smell, however, brought to mind a mossy forest in the late morning. pine-y, but, again, softer than I expected. After sticking my nose in repeatedly the pine gave way to citrusy tones and a slight nod to the crystal malts.
After smelling it, I had adjusted my expectations down in terms of the size of the beer, but the flavour brought me back to where I was expecting it initially. The pine and citrusy hops really carry through and are the dominant flavour in this beer, with a little touch of toasty roundness on the back end.
For my preference I was surprised at how comfortable I felt drinking this beer. It is very smooth and fresh feeling in the mouth. It goes down easily, but leaves me feeling fuller sooner than I had anticipated. for only a 6.2, I am about halfway through a 22oz bottle, and it feels heavier and more alcoholic than I thought it would.

All in all, a solid beer. If you like Rogue, and are a fan red ales, this a decent entry into the genre. Not one that I would necessarily seek out again, but not one I regret trying. Apparently it's also tied into charitable work too, so there's that.

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

Brewed in honor of the Deadliest Catch

A: Deep reddish brown with nice fluffy light tan head and moderate lacing.

S: Aromas of light citrus and malt.

T&M: Medium bodied with a crisp hop bite bite up front that fades to a malty backbone finish. Well-balanced hops and malt flavors. Some dark chocolate at the end.

Nice ale, definitely would try again.

Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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

A: Pours a hazy copper brown with a 2 finger head which lingers for a while before slowly dissipating leaving a nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Smells very faintly of chocolate but otherwise hoppy and citrus-y. As other reviewers have noted, very "west-coast" smelling.

T: Hops are most apparent following with malts and as with the aroma, tastes very faintly of chocolate. Slightly sweet on the finish.

M: Medium to high carbonation, very bubbly feeling on the tongue but finishes smooth.

D: Very drinkable, as with other Rogue beers I've had, the floral hoppiness is very up-front. Would probably have another.

Photo of prosper
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle says 5.3% ABV, not 6.2, but otherwise appears identical to the picture above.

Pours a very hazy chestnut-brown with an off-white slightly tan head.

Smells typically west-coast hoppy as it pours - citrussy, with a slightly sweet candy-like maltiness deep in the background.

Taste - I've always been a great fan of rogue, and this one doesn't disappoint. Some sweet malts, some toasty malts, some bitter caramel malt, and a whole lotta citrus hops, tied together by a very assertive bitterness. Actually, this tastes very very familiar, much like a hoppy red ale I brewed a year back.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth up front, but it is very well attenuated, and finishes distinctly dry and bitter - mainly hop-derived bitterness, but also some malty bitterness of the sort you get with deeply roasted malts.

This is a pretty drinkeable beer, it's well balanced (if you're into big hops and big hop bitterness), and interesting enough to keep you interested, but finishes dry enough to not overwhelm.

Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with a friend and poured into a standard pint glass.
The beer poured a deep amber-orange color with a thick head of off-white foam. The head receded after a few moments down to a little skim of bubbles and foam and little gobs of lace down the side of the glass.
The aroma of the beer was dripping with hops, citrus and pine were the most pronounced, but interjected with a solid dose of malts. The malt aroma was big with caramel, a whisp of chocolate, and a touch of raisin. The nose had a lot going on and it was quite pleasant.
The taste of the beer was big on hop flavor and bitterness. Behind the hops was the flavors of sweet caramel malts, ripe, sweet fruits, a touch of bread and chocolate and Pacman.
The beer had good body and drank quite well.
Overall, not a bad offering from Rogue. It has the Rogue signature to it, but I don't mind. I'd have this again.

Photo of wingman14
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours extremely hazy mud brown with an off white head that fades fast. The smell has great hop aroma up from with some sweet and fruity notes following that are very strong. The smell reminds me of a hoppy barleywine, very fresh smell. Big taste going on, the taste starts sweet with some fruit notes up front followed by a nice bitter bite followed by a hop finish and aftertaste. There is a medium mouthfeel, nice complex flavors, good carbonation, somewhat smooth. This one is a great beer, not an easy drinker, tons of flavor, but so good. Definitely worth checking out.

Photo of LaSalle
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange brown with a white/very light cappuccino head. Nicely balanced though assertive northwest hop in the nose, with a grassy and toasty feel. Also some malt in the nose, though not in the foreground.

Great focused hops in the palette supported by a roasted malt (with something like faint roasted butter, or perhaps even marginal vanilla notes). Though at something like 80 IBU's the hops are certainly the main player, the balance is there, with the malt acting in a more advisory role to the hops. Great bitterness, which rides out the finish and leaves a lingering impression.

For my tastes at least, it is a very flavourful and direct ale, which has enough bitterness, freshness, and personality, to make it a good companion for an evening of pints. Captain Sig's is a good workhorse - and I haven't a doubt that it would be even more delicious after a hard day out on the sea.

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

Pours a hazy amber brown with a thick tan head. A tough looking beer. Lots of pine on the nose. I have a Xmas tree candle that kind of smells like this beer. There's also a tad of the sticky icky in the aroma. The pine keeps going on the palate, perhaps a little bit of lime citrus too. The mouthfeel is a bit carbonated, but no major problems, in fact it's pretty smooth with not too much hoppy bite on the back end. Yummy. Crab on, crab men.

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

Sampled March 2010
This beer pours with a three-finger, tan colored head. The body is a murky red/amber hue, with a hazed, gold-amber hue when held up to the light. It smells of crystal malt and a signature American mix of hops with pine and grapefruit notes. Sweet tea crystal malt notes, toasted biscuit notes, lychee, perhaps some tangelo. The malt becomes more noticeable as the beer warms. This has a nice mix of aromatics to it, though it doesn't get me overly excited for some reason.

Quite fizzy and carbonated, actually a bit too much, but some vigorous swirling fixes this. This has an herbal, slightly astringent, hop bitterness to it that finishes with quite a nice bite. Citrusy hop notes of grapefruit, tangelo and lychee balance the sharper herbal and pine flavors from the hops, but play a slightly lesser role when you consider the bitterness to the latter. For all of the ample hop character, the malt character is fairly subdued, which is actually nice as this beer feels quite quaffable and even a bit light from what I was expecting. Some malt is noticeable here, especially as it warms, with notes of toasted caramel malts, and a light caramelized character as well as a light sweetness that would be much more noticeable if not for the hop character.

Not a bad beer, it has a nice aggressive hoppiness that is just balanced by the malt character. I could wish for a bit more hop-fruit focus, but there is still quite a bit of that here and even the more aggressive, herbal hop notes are nice as well. This is definitely a nice, aggressively hoppy, Amber Ale that I am happy to finish a 22oz bottle of.

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 drcarver
3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
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

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.

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.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
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.


Photo of mobyviacheslov
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of dedrinker
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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.

Photo of Durge
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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.

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 jmfc8237
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

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Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 767 ratings.