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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: 768
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: 768 | Reviews: 383
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.

Photo of BeanBone
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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.

Photo of rebel1771
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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.

Photo of biggred1
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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.

Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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

Photo of cbutova
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Deuane
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of mrcarterxxl
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rogue captain sig's northwestern ale

pours a ruby amber color with a light tan head

smells of hops,malt,cranberries, citrus.

tastes of hops, and malt and citrus on the back of acid likeness

medium bubbles in the mouth, medium weight on the tongue.

i havent came across a rogue beer that i didnt like, i would buy this one again. would go great with grilled shrimp and a light salad .

Photo of WYVYRN527
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 22 oz bottle, This beer is dark amber to crimson hued with some significant haziness. the head is thick and eggshell colored, but settles to a nice film a couple of millimeters thick. Lacing is pretty good as well.

S: Toast, caramel, and fruity notes linger in the foreground, but the hops overwhelm them with hints of citrus, Spring meadow, and some pine.

T: Toasty, sweet malt is only present for a short time at first, as citrus, floral and piney notes dominate the palate. Only on the finish does the malt show once again, rounding the beer out with a sweet, yet crisp aftertaste.

M: This beer is incredibly soft, but nevertheless medium to full-bodied. Very well balanced, with a nice long finish.

D: This is another fine example of what the folks at Rogue are capable of making. Not my favorite release from them, but very easy to drink, and very tasty. I'll be re-visiting this one in the future...

Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky reddish color, almost opaque. The tan foam almost has a rusty tint to it also. There's some spotty lacing going on, but not much. Retention is good, head is still there 15 minutes after the pour.

Aroma is floral, a touch soapy/perfumy, and sweet breadiness. Possibly some bitter orange peel, but the floral soap is mostly dominating.

Full bodied and malty with a touch of sweet citrus. Signature Rogue hop content, dry and bitter. Could use more Amarillo... The numbing bitterness lingers for a long while. Some minor toasty notes from the malt. Overall ok, pretty typical for Rogue. One and done...

Photo of goldbot
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle.

A: Pours a deep reddish brown with about two fingers of tan head. The head is retained nicely, with good lacing on the glass. The beer is very cloudy, almost opaque because it is so hazy.

S: Citrus, raisin, bread. There is a hint of the chocolate malt detectable here, but it is minimal.

T: There is a lot of bitterness from the start to finish of this beer. A little bit of roasted malt sweetness to balance, but not much. More citrus and bread. The hint of chocolate on the nose has disappeared into this one.

M: Medium body. This feels almost thick or sticky in the mouth. I've felt better.

D: This was a tasty beer. It could have been smoother and much better balanced in my opinion, but overall it was drinkable and I could have had more.

Photo of Dawkfan
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a hazy reddish copper color with 4 fingers of airy/fluffy head. Adequate retention and spotted lace.

S- Citrus & floral hops and a touch of sweet malts. Hard to get much else out of it.

T- This is distinctly hoppy, not what I was expecting from this beer. There's some malt in here as well but it's definitely subdued. A grapefruit bitterness lingers.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes dry.

D- An easy drinker, not the best I've had from Rogue but it hit the spot.

Photo of sprucetip
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Very active and clear, deeper than bronze, thick white head, great retention and lacing.

SMELL strong citurs and floral hoppy nose up front, but it fades. Some underlying graininess with a swirl, but not especially complex.

TASTE mild malty sweetness underlies a fairly complex hoppy flavor. Bitterness is restrained. Smooth and balanced, with a bit of lingering bitterness after the finish.

FEEL bit of a fizzy bite at first, med/full body, some bitter dryness in the finish.

OVERALL fairly smooth and balanced, flavorful and easy drinking.

Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft in a 25oz schooner.

A: Pours a hazy deep gold amber with a 1/2 finger off-white head that quickly reduced to a slim white crown that persisted throughout the session. Lacing was present on the first half but stopped.

S: Dominated by hop aroma; sweet and grassy

F: Dominated by hop bitterness and grassy taste. The unbalanced nature of this beer was a bit disappointing for an Amber/Red Ale. Finish was dry and crisp with bitter hop character lingering. A slightly sweet caramel malt character emerged towards the end.

M: Crisp, dry, and refreshing

D: Decently drinkable that could serve as a short session beer

I like balance in my beers and there was little support from the malt character in this beer that would have lifted the flavor. Regardless another solid product from Mr. Maier.

Photo of JamesS
2.29/5  rDev -39.1%
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.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer emerges quite hazy and is a light, golden amber in color with a decent sized white head. A touch of lacing forms and the head retention is quite nice.

Aroma is malty and very bready. Typical of most ambers I suppose. Heavy on the caramel and a hint of chocolate malt. That typical proprietary pacman yeast aroma and flavor is strong as well.

I prefer the hoppy ambers and this falls into that category. Sweet up front with that caramel and toasted bread hitting the palate immediately. A strong and somewhat astringent bitterness, I assume due to the hops, smack the tongue in the finish.

Thin on the body; watery. Just an overall average beer. I do like the hoppy bitterness but otherwise, I wouldnt "drop a line of pots" in search for this one.

Photo of Zorro
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear red colored ale with a nicely sized tan colored head.

Smells a little spicy. Malty with lots of pine hop scent and a bread dough malt scent. A good scent but not a complex one.

Starts out medium level of malty, not sweet but it is there. Medium level of bitterness not super strong but noticeable. This is very much the picture of a "middle of the road ale."

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice drinkable ale but nothing all that special. Good balance of malt and hops this good but not best of its type.

Photo of hike20
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale from Rogue Ales
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