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: 756
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 19
Gots: 43 | 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 Kendo
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Photo of nanertak
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of prototypic
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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.


Photo of Cresant
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of u2carew
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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 !

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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...

Photo of Gmann
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of gunnerman
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two of my favorite past times come together, Rogue Beer and Deadliest Catch. Northwestern Ale pours an amber color with a fluffy head that leaves a bit of lace on the glass. Smell is sweet upfront with hints of citrus and also toffee. The taste has that sweetness up front and a bitter towards the finish, I can taste chocolate, citrus, and a bready like quality. Overall this left that hop taste in my mouth for quite sometime afte it was finished, an exciting beer for an awesome fisherman.

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

The liquid is a bit hazy; the colour is dark brown-red. The large off-white compact head sinks slowly, leaving some fine lacing.

The smell is fresh and bitter with sweet notes of treacle/caramel. Hoppy bitter flavours, it feels like there is an aggressive bitterness hidden somewhere in the background. I also noted some lightly roasted nutty flavours.

The taste begins with well-behaved sweet notes with hints of caramel. It is complemented by a somewhat reserved elegant bitterness, as well as notes of bread, cookies and sweet citric fruits, flowery flavours and touches of treacle and shellfish. The long aftertaste is bitter and elegant with dry malty notes, some cookies and citric fruits.

The carbonation is medium strong; the small bubbles are fresh. The liquid is smooth.

As I expect when it comes to a beer from Rouge, this is a high-quality drink with lots of harmonic and pleasing flavours.

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

The beer pours a burnt amber hue which leaves a one finger head that disspates to form a layer of smoggy head across the top,it has aromas of fruit and caramel its a weird nice smell,it has an above average mouthfeel that tastes quite fruity and finishes perfectly bitter this is an easy beer to drink and will buy again.

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Translucent amber with thin cream atop. OK so far.

Smell is mildly metallic with a floral honey backing.

With the taste is a bit of an alkaline notion that lingers throughout, although it gets usurped ever so briefly by a crisp and puckering scowl of a hop bite. The malt flavors of biscuit and cocoa show up only after everything is swollowed and nearly forgotten. Caramel is the straggler at the tail end of the whole fleet.

Mouthfeel is a bit dirty and alot creamy and generally pretty encouraging.

I find myself returning for more and it certainly is largely pretty good. But, a earthy caramelzed hued amber could have really been awesome here. Sure, the number next to IBUs on the bottle would have been lower, and I love hops as much or more than the next guy, but hey, you know, I'm just sayin'.

Photo of brow1901
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy dark amber color. A huge fluffy white head has nice retention and fair lacing.

S- Nice spicy hop scent, not overpowering though. very light malt scent. Not much yeast esters.

T- The taste is somewhat disappointing, the hops strike the tongue initially which is really nice almost as hoppy as a dipa. But the body of the beer, some of the fruitiness that is expected from an ale is missing. It makes the finish bland and boring.

M- Light bodied, more than is desired in my opinion. But rather refreshing.

D- Very drinkable beer, I love the hops in this brew but it lacks character and body.

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

On tap at Kite & Key...

A: Dark amber in color, huge rush of head that dicipates quickly but leaves good lacing

S: Floral, citrus and piney hops. Ample malt scents.

T: Good balance of robust hops (floral, piney) and rich carmel malts. Slight sweetness notes with a bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied. Smooth and creamy. Nice carbonation lightens it up just enough.

D: Solid balance of big hop and big malt flavors. Nothing overpowers and a ample carbonation adds to drinkability.

Photo of kirok1999
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A darn good beer all around. Nice hazy copper with a mild, slightly rising head. Smells of rich, lush malts with lots of caramel and citrus.
This has a great middle note, the finish is a bit dry. Fits the style very well as there's lots of malts that are rich and sweet. Has a dense and slightly foamy mouthfeel and is super easy to sip on. Really well done.

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

Murky looking dark amber beer with slight dirty white head. Leaves sporadic patches of lace. Decent aroma of warm malt and light citric hops. Fresh yeast too. Flavor starts with a solid, if not mundane, base of caramel and bready malts. On top of that, I get glimpses of the Amarillo, Horizon, Cascade and Williamette, but not nearly as much as I thought I'd get in an 80 IBU beer. And the bitterness is not nearly as big as I thought it'd be either. Medium-full body.

This is a good beer, don't get me wrong, but it's not making jump back on Rogue's high priced bandwagon.

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

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. NO freshness date. Purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.49.

A: Woody, dark amber color with 1-2 finger, off-white foamy head. Decent retention and intricate lacing.

S: Nondescript with some herbal, woody hops aromas followed by moderate crystal malting

T: Inobtrusive with nutty, woody, fruity ale flavors with moderate bitter hopping.

M: Medium-full body with good creaminess and solid caramel malting. Short aftertaste of herbal hops.

D: Nothing really wrong with this brew, but the product is pretty unremarkable. A dcent red ale, but no threat to Lagunitas 13.

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

a: murky light brown to brownish-red. tan head

s: cedar, fuel, earthy, some orange candy, burnt sugar or caramel, perhaps toffee/butterscotch. an off/negative note in there i can't place. smells like a barleywine.

t: an odd bitterness hits the tongue initially--needing some sweetness to balance, which comes a few moments later in the form of orange candy and earthy (woody?) caramel notes, quickly followed by a cedary dryness and somewhat bitter finish.

m: good carbonation and creamy mouthfeel.

d: i could have a couple of these but it's a bit odd, little bitter.

several elements here i enjoy--hops, dryness, woodiness, but i'm not sure how harmonious they are. sort of jumbled with an odd note in smell and flavor that i can't quite describe. still, another good, hoppy beer from these guys.

Photo of rnd6510
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of all I love this show and this is by far my favorite boat and crew on the show.
Got it in Asheville, NC at the Thirsty Monk.
Got it on tap in a standard pint glass.
Appearance was a standard amber color with a two finger creamy head that stayed awhile.
Decent lacing on the glass.
Faint smell of fruit notes with a hoppy bitterness.
First taste was more bitter than anything so I was a little skeptical.
The second and third drinks led to more fruity notes and and a little bit of spicy hops.
About halfway through the hop bitterness led to a sweeter malts.
Overall a pretty dang good beer.
Not sure that I can drink 4 or 5 but two did me just fine.
If I am out somewhere I think I may have it again.

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.45/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Head rises fast and stays around a while. The beer is a rusty brown color and the head is khaki in color.

S- The nose doesnt seem too complex, mostly spicy hops.

T- Medicinal and bitter hop spiciness. Not getting too many malt characters.

M- Thin, watery, low carbonation.

D- Im not a fan of bitterness so personally the drinkability takes a hit here.

I bought this as more of a gimmick because of Deadliest Catch. I will not be buying again.

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

Pours a very nice cloudy amber color, very nice carbonation, with a two-finger thick creamy light tan head, with some very nice thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, lots of caramel, and some nice citrus notes. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, very nice hop bite, with some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, way to go Rogue.

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

The color is a dark brown with deep coppery red highlights. A light brown head is thick, dense and rocky and leaves patches and rings of sticky lacing down the glass.
The smell is clean and raw. A mix of primarily grapefruit followed by resiny pine makes for a strong hops presence, and underneath that aroma is a note of malts. Just barely detectable are hints of caramel and toasted notes. Again, the hops are quite a bit stronger than the malt.
The taste follows suit. The mix of pure hops and malt ingredients leads to flavors of raw bud, some earthy notes, and gentle and very subtle nutty toasted notes, all underneath a huge grapefruit hops flavor. Pine lingers, coming in and out, but grapefruit lingers through every sip, for the entire glass, and in the lingering finish, which is dry.
This is a fairly crisp brew with a decent smoothness. Body is medium and carbonation is pretty moderate, on the lighter side.
The first review made (mine was second) must be due to a bad bottle. This is a clean, raw brew made from fresh, pure ingredients and nothing else.

Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 756 ratings.