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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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736 Ratings
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Ratings: 736
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 19
Gots: 37 | 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 Riggo


3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

07-20-2009 21:52:48 | More by Riggo
Photo of rnd6510

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

07-20-2009 01:56:04 | More by rnd6510
Photo of MbpBugeye


2.45/5  rDev -34.8%

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.

07-18-2009 02:48:24 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of Wasatch


4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

07-18-2009 00:48:45 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Brenden


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

07-17-2009 20:34:15 | More by Brenden
Photo of Kegatron


3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

22 oz bottle into an oversized tulip glass.

Pours a hazy ruby red, with 3 big fingers of foamy off-white head. Retains around the edges with, with a big creamy dollop right in the middle. A huge frothy flareup leaves some massive sticky lacing back. Really nice look here. The aroma is floral and piney in the nose, with some sweeter backing notes of citrus, caramel, and some almost smokey smelling roasted accents. Unfortunately, the flavors are there in the nose but it's all just not popping out for me. Or at least not as much as it should for what's involved.

Luckily the taste fairs a bit better. Spicy and resinous bitterness, with a malt backbone that is more roasty than sweet. Some toffee notes do emerge towards the backend, mixing with some citrus to impart a sharp tang and a dryly spicy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slick feel and a mellow creaminess to the carbonation. Maybe a bit too mellow, as this feels a touch light in spots. There is a touch of warmth to the body but this is drinking pretty nicely for the size.

I'm a big fan of hoppy Red Ales but this offering from Rogue left me wanting more. The look and drinkbility were good but the flavors just didn't seem to stand out like they could have. This was decent but there are certainly some better options available out there during the year for this style.

07-14-2009 14:32:31 | More by Kegatron
Photo of brendan13


4.1/5  rDev +9%

A - Poured into a pint glass a murky dark red/amber colour with 2 centimetres of slightly off white head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Grassy, herbal, floral and fruity hops with some toasted bread and caramel malt notes.
T - Lots of hop flavour as well; citrus fruit comes through first, followed by some piney notes and the herbal/grassy qualities. This is well balanced by quite a nice bready and caramel maltiness.
M - Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation and quite a strong bitterness.
D - I'm loving these "India Red Ales" from Rogue. Wish some Australian breweries would do one!

07-14-2009 11:48:22 | More by brendan13
Photo of peabody


2.68/5  rDev -28.7%

Pours out a murky brown/old tea color with two fingers of small off-white suds.
Smell is dirty water and some weak hops and a sourness.
Taste is bland at best.
Mouthfeel is a bit dirty and when cold it's not bad. This is just a bad attempt from Rogue.
Drinkability is just OK. Wouldn't want this one again.
Really didn't know if this was Captain Sigs Deadliest Ale or not. If it is , sorry cause the bottle color is a little different but the pic on the front is the same.
Deadliest Ale is 6.20 abv so that is probably what this is. It says on the label that this beer is 14.5 degrees Plato. 80 IBU's 75 AA and 36 degrees L.
Mabey Northwestern sounds less obtrussive.

07-12-2009 03:58:08 | More by peabody
Photo of JBogan


3.03/5  rDev -19.4%

Pours a murky brown with a small tan head which leaves minimal lacing.

Smells of grass and bready malt.

Taste was about the same as the aroma. Not really anything to get excited about. Kind of bland actually.

Mouthfeel was smooth, slippery and thick. Not bad but nothing special going on here either.

Overall this is a rather uninteresting beer. Not much to look at. Muted aroma and taste. Nothing offensive, yet for the most part there's nothing about this brew which would make me want it again.

07-09-2009 19:46:50 | More by JBogan
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.15/5  rDev +10.4%

Brightly glowing coppery burnt orange with just enough red to make it even more visually interesting. A loud escape of CO2 on crown cracking was followed by the creation of an expansive head of golden beige colored foam that is tacky enough to festoon the glass with an impressive amount of patchy lace.

Anyone who loves hoppy beer in general, and these hops in particular, should be onboard with the nose. It's hard to go wrong with Cascade and Amarillo. Horizon is present as well. A modest amount of toasted/caramel malt (and 80 IBUs) puts this brew solidly in the India red ale category.

Captain Sig's Deadliest Ale, while not among their very best, is still better than most craft breweries could produce, given the same target. Rogue beer is so beautifully hopped and so impulsively drinkable that I tend to give them some slack when it comes to pricing. Quality ingredients (especially in the quantity these guys use) cost money.

The malts are mostly caramel-like, with an underlay of Munich earthy-nuttiness and a hint of melted chocolate. The grapefruit and orange zesty hops manage to supercede those flavors, while not completely overwhelming them. Yet another fantastic job of malt-hop balance (from a hophead's perspective) from this brewery.

If there's one thing that is almost a given in a Rogue beer, it's an outstanding mouthfeel. This one as plush as crushed velvet and is at least medium-full for the ABV. Good show lads.

Rogue usually fails to make my 'Top 10-15 American Craft Breweries' list. Hmmm... I may have to rethink that. Their beer, especially the hoppy stuff, is consistently good and is dangerously drinkable. Captain Sig's Deadliest Ale is simply the most recent example to have entered (and quickly exited) my pint glass.

07-07-2009 14:57:45 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of tigg924


3.2/5  rDev -14.9%

Appearance: cloudy, dark amber, 1 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: a lot of hops, cream, and grass--not overly strong a smell

Taste: malt, cream, dark fruit--grapefruit and hops--especially towards the end

Mouthfeel: prickly due to carbonation, light body, with a sharp bitter aftertaste

Drinkability: Very smooth, but not as much flavor as I typically get with this style. Rogue to me is one of my biggest hit or miss breweries. When they are on, you will find none better. This one missed my palate and my tasting buddies agreed that it missed theirs. While this is not a bad beer, one is enough.

07-07-2009 14:12:02 | More by tigg924
Photo of oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -19.4%

Bomber- pours murky chestnut with full two finger head. Nose- grainy, minerals. Taste- grassy hops, sweet biscuit malts which leads to bone dry finish. Aspirin like astrigency on the finish takes away from drinkability. Carbonation is on the high side. Needs more malt for a red ale, and less bittering hops.

07-06-2009 00:47:22 | More by oakbluff
Photo of CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a very nice red, leaning towards orange. Completely clear. Nice thick off-white head that leaves behind heavy lacings. Great looking beer.

Aroma is a let down, there really isn't that much there. A soft maltiness and a hint of citrus hops, but it doesn't really jump out at you.

Taste is a whole lot bolder than the aroma. Begins with a soft, nutty maltiness. Caramel flavour is there, but doesn't really stand out. However, malt quickly fades away and is replaced by some pretty astringent citrus and pine hops, quite sharp. Finishes with more fleeting malt flavours.

Great mouthfeel, a quality brew, as all Rogue products are.

Drinkability is fine if you're a fan of American hops.

Really wish the malt flavours were more prominent... guess I don't get the whole "American" red style.

07-04-2009 01:17:03 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of AgingWarrior


4.13/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Cloudy dark copper color, excellent two finger tan head with excellent retention and lace.

Smells like caramel and citrus hops. The smell is inviting me to take a big swallow.

Tastes a little hoppier than the "normal" amber/red ale. The hops profile is very nice, but the in balance with the malts. I'd say the hops win out over the malts, but it's close. Nice balance and a great finish.

Mouth feel is medium to full body and medium carbonation.

Easy to drink brew. I downed the 22 ounces and I'm wanting more. I'll have to go out and buy more. Recommend!

07-03-2009 21:51:20 | More by AgingWarrior
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

Saw this for the first time at my local today, what the hell its Thursday why not.

Pours a pours a deep dark copper color with a huge bubbly beige head that sticks around forever. Large rings of foam impale themselves to the glass as I drink it down. Caramel and some bready malts mixed with a grapefruit bitterness find their way to my nose. Bitter hops in the taste, mostly of the citrus persuasion. Not a whole of malt come through in the taste. Just the slightest of caramel and dried plums flash in for a second when its warmer, but that gets drowned out by a dry citrusy bitter finish. Carbonation is medium to high, body is medium to thin, mouthfeel is resinous. Not a bad Red ale. I thought this would be tamer than it is to appeal to the masses, I'm glad I was wrong.

06-25-2009 22:03:55 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of OldSchoolGamer


3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

Back when I first got into craft beer, Rogue was easily one of my favorite breweries. Now that I have gotten into the more extreme brews, I have kind of outgrown them. They are still very good, but I don't rank them as highly as I once did. This is a brand new one I have never seen before. Their website has this listed as an India Red Ale. Sounds good. Here is the review:

A: Pours a really dark, hazy amber color. Massive and foamy tan head. Lacing is very prominant. Head sticks around the whole time. Looks great.

S: Smell is not very strong, but very pleasant. A little fruity, hops and malt. Get a little bit of a toasted quality in there as well.

T: This beer seems a little too subdued. The taste is very good, but just not as strong as I would like. Taste is similar to their Yellow Snow IPA, but has much more of a malt character. Citrus hops, a little herbal. Then the malt character takes over with a bit of toasted caramel. Somewhat fruity. A little bitter.

M: Pretty light in the mouth. A little dry in the finish. Very smooth.

D: I got to say, this bomber is going down a lot quicker than I anticipated. Very drinker friendly. Not aggressive or overwhelming at all. Super smooth, and goes down like water.

This is a solid brew overall. Taste is a tad watery, but other than that, this is one of the best Amber Ales I have had. I think this, Yellow Snow, Shakespear and Chocolate Stout are the best beers in Rogue's lineup. Worth seeking out. Recommended.

06-25-2009 19:07:10 | More by OldSchoolGamer
Photo of cjgator3


4.13/5  rDev +9.8%

22oz bottle

A- My bottle has the same artwork but the bottle reads Northwestern Ale. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber color with a large light tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing and retention.

S- The aroma features some malt, sweet caramel and citrusy hops. It's a little on the faint side though.

T- The taste unlike the aroma is not shy. it starts off with some sweet malt and caramel flavors with a lot of grapefruit in the finish with a nice lingering bitter finish from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this beer is very accurately named, it just screams the PNW. I enjoyed it and wouldn't mind having another! Recommended!

06-25-2009 03:35:08 | More by cjgator3
Photo of ajuarez


3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

This beer comes from a 22oz bomber that says Northwestern Ale.

An overaggressive pour (oops) yields an huge foamy head, off white with a lot of large bubbles. Deep chestnut color and murky. Dissipating cap begins to look like krausen. Nose is mild mix of flowery hops and sweet malt. Brings to mind brown sugar, whole grain bread, tangerine and dough. The foundational flavor of this red ale is a solid malt that's toasty and sweet. Riding over the top are bitter hop flavors like orange juice, sticky pine sap, and some green apple. These flavor levels get along for the most part and make for an interesting brew, but I'd like to see slightly more flavor cohesion and interaction. (As it warms, flavors begin to combine.) Mouthfeel is midweight and fine for the style. Despite a lasting malty finish, this brew is quite bitter. Overall, the interesting flavor profile and lack of funky flavors make this a solid beer, however, it's not quite up to the delicious standard that other Rogue ales have achieved.

06-23-2009 08:18:09 | More by ajuarez
Photo of deereless


3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

A: A good two inches of foam on an inch of beer, heavily carbonated, the head is settling into a rocky, craterous mound, less red and more tea colored - 4.00, S: I didn't get much on the nose initially so I let the beer warm a bit hoping that would release more aromas, though I am able to perceive more aromas it is a little weak, some earthiness, very subtle sweetness - 3.00, T: Nice layering of hop bitterness hits the tongue, a solid malt base, some caramel malts, pine sap, the flavor definitely compensates for the mild aromas - 4.00, M: Quite creamy, medium bodied - 4.25, D: Overall an enjoyable beer that I'd gladly drink again - 3.50

06-20-2009 00:49:49 | More by deereless
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +18.9%

Seriously my favorite show, how could I not seek this one out right? Finding it on tap at Barleys was like a dream come true for me. Served in a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/11/2009.

The pour was very nice. Deep, dark red, nearly brown I have to admit with a nice tight head of off white on the top. Rich caramel malts are dominating the aroma here at first, but I start to pick up much more in the way of hops as it warms up. Crisp, clean, and very hoppy, I was suprised at how good this one was. Really rich profile of caramel and earthy malts, punctuated by a fresh pine flavor that balanced it out wonderfully. Easily one of the best of the style i have run across as far as drinkabilty.

Overall I was very happy to have gotten to try this one. It was something I just needed to get ahold of, and needless to say I was thrilled that I finally could.

06-13-2009 03:48:08 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of RoyalT


4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

Appearance - This is a dark, reddish-brown in color with a nice, off-white head that showed great retention and left some beautiful lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell - This is a very subdued nose of light grain and mild hops.

Taste - The malts come out huge at the taste. The grain is classic American and very refined. The hops are deep floral. This is an interesting flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - This is light for the style. I wouldn't even call it medium-bodied. It has just the right compliment of bitterness though.

Drinkability - Big American Red Ales are typically not so quaffable, but this one went down extremely well. The relatively low ABV and just the right amount of bitterness screams, "chug me".

06-12-2009 01:15:13 | More by RoyalT
Photo of erosier


4/5  rDev +6.4%

L: Pours a nice amber orange color with a medium sized and thick off white colored head that laces the glass all the way down.
S: Smells of nice piney, citrusy, earthy hops over a nice caramelized malt bill.
T: Tastes of nice sweet caramelized malts, hints of dark fruit, then a nice smooth piney, citrusy, and earthy hop flavor that completes the taste.
M: Very nice, very crisp, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this bomber was gone in no time.

06-10-2009 11:01:28 | More by erosier
Photo of movingtrain


3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Bomber poured into pint glass. Picked this up at the Anderson's in Maumee, Ohio.

A: Dark amber color with some light head.

S: Hops, malts, some pine, tart, sweet, candy, some citrus notes.

T: Oohh...behind the hop flavor lies some caramel, chocolate, dried fruit, cinnamon, brown sugar, dates. The flavor on this is sweet, which is offset by some nice hoppy bitterness. Some malted notes also, but overpowered by the bitter hops on the aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. A surprise find, never seen this before...must be new. This is a good, drinkable ale...slightly sweet and a well-balanced flavor.

06-10-2009 00:34:32 | More by movingtrain
Photo of BeerSox


3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

22oz bottle into nonic.

Opaque mahogany with some areas of cloudy ruby. A one finger light tan head slowly settles to a thin cap.

Areas of dark fruit along with a little bit of caramel. The hops add a good amount of citrus in the background.

More of the dark fruit flavors, which comes from a combination of caramel and some sharp grapefruit. Full bodied.

This one seems similar to the new craze - Black IPA. Although this one is more of a Brown IPA. Or Red IPA (or Black Ale - can't say Red Ale or Brown Ale, those are taken). This one has a focus on the hops, but still has a good presence of caramel. It's a pretty unique Ale. Good for a try.

06-08-2009 02:02:01 | More by BeerSox
Photo of bluejacket74


4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a reddish/copper color with about an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. It smells like pine and citrusy hops along with some caramel and sweet malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes mostly like citrus (grapefruit, orange peel) and pine hops, with a bit of caramel, grain, and chocolate noticable too. There's also a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and coating with good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. Overall I think this is a pretty good brew. I know some people would buy this just because Captain Sig is on the bottle, but the beer inside the bottle is good too. I'd definitely pick this up again!

06-06-2009 00:47:48 | More by bluejacket74
Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale from Rogue Ales
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