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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 magnj
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy amber body leaning towards red. Big thick head leaves lots of lacing.

S - Big earthy hop aroma, some tropical fruit and sweet malts play supporting roles. Somewhat musty house flavor reminiscent of what you might find at a brewpub.

T - Big earthy hop flavor but not much bite. Caramel present but not much, accented by tropical fruit and maybe some yeast character involved.

M/D - Full body but not thick, hearty. Easy to drink, pretty tasty and somewhat complex. Not a standout for me but I wouldn't turn it down.

Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Remember back in the day when Rogue was the coolest brewer on the block and their beers tasted so original and great. They are still a great brewer but I get a sense of sameness from their brews( could be the pac-man yeast). This beer is pretty good but tastes a lot like their amber crossed with dead guy but darker. I felt like I had it before ( lets nor get into the renaming of the same beer thing that Rogue does). I wish these guys would take more chances and shy away from the house flavour .

Photo of Dotcubed
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was hesitant to try as there was one rogue that was just in a charity bottle.
I'm not a fan of the show but I usually like Rogue beer.
Smells great, floral hops. Full foam head. Beautiful burnt orange color. Nice lace.

Very dark for a red ale but i like this appearance.

Bitter as hell. Are american ambers this bitter???
Reminds me of the Surley Furious.
Prominently biter, with some malt. Tight.

Little carbonation. Dry finish.

Maybe with some nice buttered crab I'd like it more.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruddy brown pour with orange and red accents. Creamy inch of light tan foam on top. Patchy lacing and a bit murky. Aromas of rich malts upfront with caramel and fruit in the forefront. Chocolate and roast come through nicely as well. Piny hops forward with citric resins as well. Quite nice.

First sip brings smooth malts upfront. Notes of caramel, fruits and cocoa along with a mellow roast. Big hops flow in with resinous herbal and pine along with citrus accents. Bitterness kicks in on the finish. A nice malty, hoppy red ale that is well built.

Creamy, medium mouthfeel and good carbonation. Goes down nice and overall is a tasty brew. Wish I had some fresh crab to eat with it right now!! Overall, nothing earth shattering but a well made drink. Wish the bomber was a tad cheaper.

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

Dark hazelnut with Dark Umber core. Thick Tannish Foamy head. Nice fluffy succulent laces.

Toasty, coffee, a little smokey. Bit of Floral and Citrus hops.

Malty: caramel, smokey, toasty, and a bit of chocolate. A citrus and floral hop bite. Bitter floral resinous piney hops. Hint of yeast.

Slightly astringent and acidic. med body. ave carbination, sticky and dry.

Good hoppy complex NW ale. Loads of bittering hops, loads of malts.

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

Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale pours a hazy chestnut brown body with orange-amber highlights beneath a creamy cap of light tan froth. The head retention is excellent, maintaining a solid cap, and it leaves solid walls of lace that are marked with thin rings indicating each sip you've taken.

The aroma expresses the fruitiness of the house yeast, citrusy and fruity hop notes, and a darkly caramelish malt...

...and not surprisingly, the flavor follows suit. The malt is prominent and full, peppered with bitterness, and threaded through with lots of floral, fruity, and citrusy hops. Notes of pine appears as well, mainly showing themselves in the lingering, bitter finish. And it is solidly bitter, but that's to be expected - it could be a little more balanced, but in Rogue fashion it all comes together and works. In fact, that edginess is kind of expected and desired, making what would otherwise be a fairly common styled brew a little unique.

It won't raise eyebrows but it's a solid, drinkable ale.

Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twenty-two ounce bomber bottle just copped from Super Saver on Route 22 for $5.99...
As typical with most Rogue brews, this is another winner... It's been a while since I've sampled a new beer from this West Coast brewery and this red "amber/ipa" did not dissapoint... Deep, dark-amber copper hue with an enormous frothy head that deposited a moderate amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Thick, rich amber aroma and taste with hints of piney hops, lemons, and citrus...
Easily drinkable and filling... Good stuff... Recommended...

Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 9/15/09

Poured into a goblet. 1 finger, off-white head. Ruby colored body.. clear.

Smell was roasty, malty and had a nice hop aroma. Slightly floral and citrusy.

Taste was almost chocolately upfront with a nice bitterness throughout and into the finish. Good amount of roasted flavors backed with a malty sweetness. Hops seemed piney with hints of citrus in the finish.

Mouth had good carbonation. Mildly dry finish. Medium body.

Drinkability was good. Nice balance with a mellow bitter finish.

Photo of jxhowell
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this from a 22 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. It poured a orange-amber color with a thick foamy head. It leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

The initial smell is a strong citrusy hop aroma. However, it's not very complex...just hoppy.

The taste initially hits the tip of your tongue with a strong bitterness that smooths out into citrus and pine flavors.

The mouthfeel is an initial creaminess followed by a seltzer-like effervescence that quickly dissipates at the back of your tongue.

The drinkability of this beer, although rated at 80 BDUs is still surprisingly smooth.

Photo of mrandypandy
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased from some grocery store (Albertsons) in Clarkston, WA.

A- Pours a cloudy murky-brown with some amber highlights. Small, light brown head that tries to cling to the sides.
S- Light fruity/citrus hop aroma.
T- Not sure how old this is, but it tastes like it used to be a nice hop-bomb. The hops, however, have faded quite a bit. Malty notes (biscuit) aren't as prominent, and the remaining hops still stand out. Piney.
M- Medium body, fairly light with plenty of carbonation.
D- Average drinkability. I didn't have a problem finishing off my bottle, but wasn't jumping for a second.

Overall, a decent representation of the style. It won't blow you away by any means, but a slightly better than average Amber.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of jlb307
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Reddish brown, almost like a nut brown ale, with a dark tan head, thick and fluffy with decent retention. Residual lacing clung to the glass pretty well.

S: Malty nicely balanced with the hops. Pretty pleasant aroma, but a little weak.

T: Malty and hoppy but with plenty of bitterness on the finish. Kind of clings to the back of the teeth. Notes of semi-sweet dark chocolate on the palate.

M: Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Finishes clean.

D: Not the best I've had, but very good none the less. A fitting substitute for anyone who may be waiting for a particularly similar seasonal release from a certain central PA brewer.

Photo of abuliarose
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, revealing burnt amber tones under an aggressive cream-colored head. Looks pretty standard for an ale. Smells hoppy with a nice hint of malt.

Tastes a little sweet, a little malty and with nice bitter hoppy bite. The hops are solid here like chewing on an orange rind. Satisfyingly carbonated mouthfeel over smooth, medium-bodied texture. Pretty easy to put down. I can see myself enjoying this with a pizza or some other generic food where you'd want good beer to drink and forget about.

Not my first choice on a menu, but I'd order it. Overall they've done a solid job.

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

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a huge foamy tan head. The head sticks around for quite some time and leaves lots of lacing all over my glass.

Smell: Floral and pine hops with caramel malts. Has a good smell but nothing too amazing.

Taste: Has a very consistent bitter pine hop taste all the way through. Some mild toasted malts in there as well.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Light to medium bodied and very dry.

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

Decent amber from Rogue. Cloudy copper with the typical vigorous head I find in most Rogue beers. Nice malty, yeasty-bread smell. Faint citrus background from the hops.

Slightly bitter, metallic aftertaste and a somewhat slick feel on the tongue. Overall, not a bad beer. Carbonation could be toned down and it does come off as a little bitter.

Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy grapefruit colour with lots of head. Taste is grapefruit and very hopped up and drying. Above average mouthfeel, but also acidic. Drinkable, but not super drinkable.Amarillo and Cascade, I expected more, ideas did not all come together. Faint chocolate.

Photo of alkemy
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark amber with a fluffy tan head that sticks around for a while and leaves plenty of lacing. Some floral hops and a faint hint of pine balanced by a bready malt scent. Nice taste with citrusy grapefruit up front and a hint of bready caramel if that makes sense. I liked that there was some hops noticeable in this, but I think I may have been expecting a little more at 80 IBU. All in all, this is pretty good and I'd be happy to drink it again.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Huge, orange-tinted head with plenty of varied bubbles resting on top of a translucent body with a dark caramel brown/ apple red color to it. Leaves a sheet of glistening lace on the glass.

S- Big notes of citrus, herbal spices, and sweet caramel malt. Faint notes of allspice.

T- Taste is a big monster of flavor that comes across sweet and sticky at first, but quickly thins out and leaves you with a bitter pinch.

M- Sticky body with silky smooth carbonation.

D- Really good by itself or paired with a wide variety of common foods.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am not the biggest fan of Rogue beers, but I thought this one was decent, although not outstanding. Alton Brown, in his "Good Eats" episode on chili, once called for a "middle of the road ale" as an ingredient. I thought this beer would be a fine candidate for such a name. This beer struck me as a decent amber ale, with a pretty nice balance of malt and hops, although not nearly as bitter as the 80 IBU statistic on the side of the bottle would suggest. It poured a hazy red-brown with a nice sticky head. Aroma was some light non-specific fruitiness, some light floral hopiness, and some cereal qualities. Flavor was more of the same, but was thankfully absent of cigarette smoke, coffee-breath, fishiness, and greasy-blond-mullet flavors (reference to the show). Mouthfeel was unremarkable.

All-in-all, a decent but hardly superlative beer. I'm glad that my purchase of it is for a good cause. I bought this bottle at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH a few weeks back.

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: extra-hazy burnt amber colored with a long lasting fluffy off white 2 finger head. very thick patches of lacing.

S: orange, raisin bagel, and maple syrup

T: oranges,nutty, brown sugar-like malt upfront with a grain, grapefruit and metallic earthy finish.

M: medium-full body with a smooth entry. a lively amount of carbonation with a drying almost resiny finish.

Overall, I really like this beer for its commplex flavors and aftertaste. The hops are most noticeable in the finsih, as they leave your mouth very dry. But the sweetness follows with it. Making this a delicious American Amber!

Photo of JRed
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown with off-white head. Hops, hop resin, grass, toffee, caramel in the nose. Thick mouthfeel; earth, malty, toffee, spices, dough, hop bitter in taste. Light in carbonation but thick enough to warrant this brew as a fall seasonal. A good thick-bodied brew that sits on the palate as tough as it fits on the belly.

Photo of DrewOSU
2.77/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

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

Sort of hazy with a nice tawny amber colour and a thick, inch high cap of beige foam. Good head retention, clumpy lacing. Grapefruit hop aroma with an edge of pine resin, citrus, mild malt. Bitterness was sturdy and balanced up front, becoming more prominent into the finish. Tangerine and grapefruit gave way to sweeter malts, toffee and nuts. Medium bodied with average carbonation, mild dryness. This stuff was pretty good, nice and hoppy with a little malt character.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with DrewOSU after an AMAZINGLY SHITTY day at work. I know, I know, I should be happy to have a job in today's economy, but today did suck.

Pours a murky,medium brown with a hint of red when put to the light. An average light tan head which slipped away quickly, leaving a small halo around the edges of my tulip glass.

I get bitter hops and a green vegetable (like peas) on the nose. Smells pretty good, is this an IPA?

(Repeat last line) Is this an IPA? Where's the red? Anyhow, there's high carbonation mixed with a moderately bitter hops profile in the front. This follows with a mild, bready malt presence that slightly sweet.

Though I do not get alot of "Amber-like" feel to this beer, it's good nonetheless. Decently priced (For a Rogue beer) at $5.49 for a bomber. I'd drink it again...

Photo of cvfish
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer poured a reddish orange color which produced a nicely sized, white fluffy head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass decently

S - The aromas for this beer were rather basic, but at the same time fit the style very good, caramelized malts and the hoppiness mixed well together

T - The taste of this beer was also nicely balanced, a bunch of caramelized malts and a nice mixture of grapefruit and orange citrus hops mix well, perfect balance

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - Wow, what can I say about this beer, other than that it is another good job at brewing a beer by Rogue, but elsewhere (North Coast) there is the same class of beer for a better price

Photo of DanielDanza
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical of the style, this beer seemed to aspire to a certain balance. Nice color, nice maltiness with a fruity aroma and somewhat bitter finish. You could certainly taste the hops, but not so much as to overpower the rest of the flavor profile. Had some notes of honey and pears. Could have taken a few more chances, but all in all a nice summer, fall or perhaps even year-roundl beer which is eminently drinkable if not "great."

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Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.