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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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745 Ratings
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Ratings: 745
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 18
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 cvfish
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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

cvfish, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of DanielDanza
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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."

DanielDanza, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of Tolnik
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this beer into a pint glass. The beer first appeared with a good two finger head and reduced to a eighth lacing. The smell of hops, slight malt and some caramel is present. The taste is that of hops and bitterness. Not to great of an amber style beer.

Tolnik, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of electricfields
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy dark amber body with a frothy tan head. Leaves a good, thick lacing on the glass.

S: Flowery hops with a little bit of sweetness. Not very strong.

T: Citrus hops, a hint of pine, and a nice caramel sweetness underneath it all balancing out a pronounced bitterness.

M: Not that impressive. Sort of thin. Inoffensive, but it really doesn't do much for me.

D: This stuff is really, really drinkable. You will have no complaints as far as this goes.

electricfields, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of Infamous7100
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber in color, very cloudy. Nice big, tan head.
S: First smell to hit my nose is the carmel maltiness. Then I get the grassy, citrusy hops. Not overly powerful, in fact, the play nicely off each other.
T: There a nice balance of the sweet malts and the bitter hops. Like the smell, the balance each other well. I also get a little bit of sugar up front but it is extinguished toward the back by the sour/bitter citrus of the hops.
M: Medium bodied, crisp, but a little hang on the pallet.
D: The nice balance allows for more than one to be consumed without getting burned out. Even if you don't like beers with a decent amount of hops, the good amount of malt in this beer does its part to neutralize them. Not great, but will most likely have again.

Infamous7100, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Chouffe Houblon goblet.

Rogue knows how to make a beer look good. A dense, foamy, taupe head floats up top, receding ever-so-slowly to form a fat ring of bubbles that drapes lacing along the inside of the glass. Beneath, the body of Captain Sig is murky as the depths of the Arctic waters, with a hazel-brown hue. The aroma is subtle, with caramel malts and brown sugar glaze supporting a modest hopping that adds some orange peel and foresty, floral notes.

The taste is dominantly hoppy--which is fine by me--but I would have liked to see Rogue get a bit more creative with the malt bill, especially given the style. Toasted amber malt and bread crust add a bit of doughy sweetness before a the 80 IBU's take hold. Lots of hop flavor to accompany the bitterness, with grapefruit and pine lasting long into the finish. Great mouthfeel, with a creamy, full body and a spot-on carbonation level that goes great with the hoppy ending. Overall, Captain Sig's is yet another winner for the already impressive Rogue lineup. Recommended.

wagenvolks, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of hossua34
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown, blocks out most light. Has a big, thick head with great staying power. Loads of lacing. A tiny bit of grey sediment in the bottle.

S - Floral hops. Assorted candied fruits and nuts. Burned sugar. Delicious and balanced.

T - A big, hoppy taste that is dry and fruity. Pretty well balanced with sweet, caramelly malts. Some spice. A little bit hoppier than I would have liked. Clean and pure tasting.

M - Lightly carbonated, and on the thicker side.

D - The aftertaste is somewhat bitter, like ruby red grapefruit juice. Very hearty, very filling.

hossua34, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of Beejay
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice dark mahogany.. good bit of head, decent retention.

S: Hops up front, perhaps a little lactose?

T: A good bit of hops.. a bit bitter with a nice malt background.

M: Clean crisp, and pretty carbonated.

D: I could see drinking this again, but I don't think it is going to join the prime-time line up. Watching my last episode of deadliest catch, and enjoying a brew.

Beejay, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of stephens101
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber with orange hues cutting through at the edges. A large fluffy and craggy tan head won't let go. When it does, a this webb of lace is left behind. Piny, resiny hops float through a mass of sweet malts to the nose. Aroma is thick and earthy to an extent. Taste is a bit more subdued than the aroma would lead you to believe. The hops are initially subverted by thick caramel malts, and there is not much balance to speak of. The hops become more apparent after a few drinks in, but something is still a bit off. Some subtle light fruits exist way underneath it all. Mouth-feel is thick and a bit above medium bodied. Not really feeling this one, but it's not horrible either.

stephens101, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of IronDjinn
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a deep cloudy nutty amber, tall frothy cinnamon coloured head. Light rings of lacing.

Clean malty nose, floral and citrus notes, some earthy spice.

Earthy malt at first in the flavour, grassy, herbal, citrus hops on the finish, not too intense at first, but picks up strength in the aftertaste with white grapefruit rind and soft astringency. Lingering earthiness.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, smooth clean texture.

Hops lean more towards an English style when all is said and done, a hoppy earthy red ale that is okay, but nothing groundbreaking or noteworthy.

IronDjinn, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of mcallister
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hmmm looks like an amber ale. Chestnut in color with an offwhite head of a half finger and good retention. Thick and foamy.

Nice nose with a blast of citrusy hops up front followed quickly with toffee and caramel malt aromas with a bready twist.

A nice beer but nothing overly exctiting or above many of the style I've had especially of recent. Middle seems a little lost in this. Beginning is sprite with carbonation to a blank middle to citrusy hop to a chalky malt. The more I drink it the more I'm dissapointed.

mcallister, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cracked this open, not knowing there were so few reviews... I should have shared it!

A: Copper-chestnut with a creamy, light tan head, good retention & lacing.

S: Tangerine, nectarine, pine, grass & floral hops. Plenty of leafy dry-hopping here! Toffee & brown sugar from the malts.

T: Grapefruit, tangerine, nectarine and a little pine. Underlying toffee, caramel & roasted nut. Assertive bitterness, though it doesn't seem like 80 IBU.

M: Moderate to full body (really seems bigger than it is) has plenty of hop acidity. Off-dry finish.

D: A good drinker.

Derek, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of maleman
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark caramel color, nice two finger head, good lacing all the way down, medium carbonation.

S - a full hoppy smell. not overbearing, but rich. some florals detected.

T - full-flavored, could taste the hops at first taste and in the aftertaste. some dark chocolate was in there, too.

M - it was nice full feeling throughout, a bit bitter and in the back of the throat in the end.

D - partook from a bomber poured into a pint and i enjoyed just laying back with it listening to some Ben Harper and the Relentess 7. It's one of the hoppier brews I've ever had, but it won't be the last time I drink it!

maleman, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Black Sparrow, listed only as "Rogue Deadliest" so I mistakenly thought it was Double Deadguy.

Pours brown with a small head. Little limp looking, actually.

Smells like hoppy hoppy hops. Cascade. Rough caramel malt with a bocky zing to it that makes me fear there's not going to be any pac man glue holding this bitch together.

And there ain't no pac man. But the hops are still there, still kickin' ass. The malt is a cross between a good brown and an aggressively alcoholic bock.

Wonderful mouthfeel like a down comforter for your tongue and, thank god, it goes down like milk.

mynie, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of Kendo
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is a slightly hazy amber/coppery/brown with a 1+ finger tan head. Some splotchy lace.

S: Pleasant nose, with both juicy citrusy hops and chocolatey caramel malt evident. Chocolatey malt more prominent as it warms a little.

T: First impression: dry hoppy lingering bitterness dominates. The advertised 80 IBUs may be about right. But as I get into the beer more, I get a nice solid chocolatey and caramel malt foundation. At times I get a metallic sense, however, which takes away from the overall impression and knocked the score down to 4.0 from 4.5. . . .

M: Lighter than expected, good levels of carbonation.

D: Good. For the price I have other preferences, but I wasn't unhappy with this one.

Kendo, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from Midtown in Tulsa. I love this show, so I had to pick one up, even though I only see those guys drink BMC, what the Hell?

Pours an effervescent semi-hazed caramel with 3 fingers of bubbly tan head. Hazing never clears, but that's okay; insane lacing & good head retention

S: Pine, breadyness & a bit of leafy hops

T: Pineyness, plus herbal hops, brown bread, grapefruit & some pacman yeast fruityness & dryness up front. Grapefruit/Amarillo hops rakes your throat as this warms along with more dryness & dry brown bread, plus a touch of Bartlett pears. Finishes with a ton of grapefruit & earthy hops, some pineyness, brown bread & dryness

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, hop forward, but enough balance to hold this together

Drinks fairly easy despite the hops assault, not bad at all. Hop heads should dig this

russpowell, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of nanertak
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured 22 oz bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Amber with hints of red. 2 fingers head that fades into thick lace.

Smell: Hops, hops, hops. Grapefruit mixed with pine. Some toasted caramel hidden in there, tiny bit of nuttyness.

Taste: Grapefruit bitterness, pine resin. Mild toasted malt in the background, not totally masked but I wish it were a little more present. Fades into a nice hoppy finish that lingers low and long.

Mouthfeel: Good body, little on the heavy side for the amount of hops present for my tastes.

Drinkability: Not so sure. It's good, but a bit heavy and heavily hopped. Could see it doing great things for spicy food or a curry, but as a sipper I'm not completely sold on it. Gotta love Rogue, but this isn't their strongest in my opinion. It's good but not great.

nanertak, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dry, fruity Amber Ale with intense bitterness and low-lying toastiness and sweetness.

The beer pours a deep amber glow with a mild haze, soft carbonation and a stern foam stance that endures the session, lacing a lot along the way. A pretty good look.

Yeasty aromas with a fresh dough aroma and much fruitiness. Bready with malts, light toffee sweetness and subtle fruitiness thoughout the nose. Typical of Rogue beers.

Flavors of light toffee and toastiness set the tone with a sun-kist barley brightness. Taste of sweetness is low but is compensated with the soft fruitiness of apples, dates, figs, and buised plumbs. Bready, toasty flavors give roundness and togetherness to the spices and esters. Hop flavor is moderate, though seems high because of the bitterness to come.

Intense bitterness from hops with a toasty-malty texutre lying just below. Pine, earthy, and citrus rinds describe the hop profile that accentuates the dryness of the beer. Fruits ease the dryness and gives complexity to the arid toasty texture. Moderate on sweetness, but this is surpressed by the toasty and hoppy finish.

The malts here remind me a bit of Dead Guy, but the beer isn't as sweet or fruity. Is this because of the large hopping rates for bitterness? The beer takes on a very 'English' flavor and texture and similar to some darker English IPA's.

BEERchitect, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of prototypic
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Captain Sig's pours a nice looking amber/copper color. It's a little hazy, but not far from clear. It's topped with a foamy tan head that's easily a couple of fingers deep. It was slow to recede and left a sticky, thick lacing on the glass. All in all, it's a very solid looking Amber. I'll give it that.

I'd like the nose to be just a little stronger, but it's not far off the mark. Citric hops are nice and strong right off the bat. That's a huge plus. I was a little apprehensive that this would be a somewhat hop-anemic brew, but it's not at all. Hops are very lively and give off sweet citrus grapefruit and pineapple scents. Gotta love that. Caramel malts are sweet and prevalent. Smells like a nicely hopped Amber Ale to me. I'd like more strength, but it smells good.

The flavor profile is a mirror image of the nose. Citric hops provide the usual grapefruit and pineapple flavors. They also give a really tasty, bitter, dry flavor. They're the driving force here and really are a fine complement to its malty characteristics. Caramel malts are sweet and give it a strong backbone. In terms of balance, it seems as though it's skewed more in the hop direction. That's a great thing. Despite the nice, bitter hoppy presence, there's plenty of malt here to make it consistent with the style. Yeah, it might not be a really deep, complex beer. But, it's a pretty damn tasty Amber. I like it. I do.

In terms of body, it's on the lighter side of medium. It's definitely smooth. Carbonation is mid-range and a little crisp. Nice job there. Drinkability is very good. I like this stuff and it goes down a little too easy. Rogue always makes extremely drinkable beer. Captain Sig's is no exception. Very easy drinking here.

Rogue is a brewery that consistently puts out good beer, if you ask me. Yeah, they're criticized quite a bit here and there. But, I like their stuff quite a lot. It's tasty and extremely drinkable. I'll concede that most of their beer is straight forward and uncomplicated. Captain Sig's fits that description. But, that's not necessarily a bad thing. If you're looking to kick back and spend the evening with a simple, yet tasty and drinkable beer, give Captain Sig's a look (or any other Rogue beer for that matter). I suspect you won't be disappointed. Good stuff.

prototypic, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of UDbeernut
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

A: deep amber/copper hue, fairly tranucent, small bubbling head with gobs of carbonation

S: strong citrus hop aroma

T: slightly piney and citrus hop dominate the palate. Stong malt backbone but does not add as much depth as I was expecting

M&d: medium bodied, slightly slick mouth. Finished slightly dry.


UDbeernut, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of Cresant
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was deep brown/gold. The second pour was cloudier. A huge head developed and left mild lacing.

Smell was brown sugar and sweet malts. Alcohol.

Taste was spicy. Bright hops that had sustain. Cocoa. Aspirin. Drying bitterness. I feared the taste would reflect the aroma but the hops presence was very welcome.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and carbonation.

Cresant, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bottle, no date.

Served cool in an imperial pint glass. I left this one to settle after reading the first review. Substantial yeast layer at the bottom of the bottle that I tried not to disturb during the pour.

It has a hazy, dark redish, amber color with towering rocky head. The head settles slowly leaving lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma is really nicely hopped with some underlying sweetness. There is a little eathy musky quality in there too. It definately has the signs of being a solid NW IPA.

Really pleasant sweet hop flavor with candied citrus and orange rind. It has a substantial malt backbone holding it up with carmel and toasted grains. Some apples and pears, maybe a touch of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is smooth and low in carbonation. Medium bodied with good balance beginning to end.

Overall, a totally adequate beer. Not exceptional but far from bad. I wish I could say something better but it's just a 'good' American red.

GilGarp, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of u2carew
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Pours with a two finger head - creamy and thick, not sticky. Mahogany color. Transparent. Upward Carbonation.
S) Hoppy - Cascade? Mixed with caramel sweetness. Some spicyness.
T) Malty sweet - caramel and brown sugar. Hop bite in the middle. Black pepper. Lingering malty sweetness.
M) Medium bodied. Slightly syrupy. Smooth.
D) Delicious. More, more, more! ARRRR Captain Sig's !

u2carew, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - $7.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Opaque, chestnut brown body with a ½ inch head formed of whitish foam.

Smell: Toasty, pale maltiness, lightly roasty as well, and with some obscured sweetish hints nearly hidden beneath the citrusy, woody hop notes.

Taste: Base of standard pale along with distinctly toasty Munich and a smidgen of darker malts with some sweet touches of dark brown sugar and caramel. The hops largely provide a citric taste of white grapefruit with a sharp, brash bitterness, as well as, perhaps, a woodsy character. Light yeastiness. Finishes as dry and longly bitter as one might expect. Still remains a bit citric even in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. There's some slight malt chewiness within.

Drinkability: It's another boldly bitter, hop-forward offering from Rogue. If that tickles your fancy then hop on the boat! If not, well...

ChainGangGuy, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber brown color with a nice dense tan colored head that settles into a solid cap. Some citrus and pine hops in the nose as well as bready malts with a hint of chocolate. A good mix of hops and malt to start. Some citrus and sprucey hops hit first, with a dry asprin like characteristic. This is followed by a bready malt with touches of chocolate and coffee. A tad to dry and bitter for my liking. Solid body with fizzy carbonation, quite astringent with a chalky bitterness. The hop profile really doesn't do it for me. It is chalky bitter and very dry. Others will like it but not my cup of tea.

Gmann, Aug 02, 2009
Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 745 ratings.