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Captain Sig's Northwestern AleCaptain Sig's Northwestern Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

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

Added by peabody on 07-12-2009

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Photo of jmfc8237
4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rogue Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale is a solid, hazy, red ale with a dense, creamy, yellowish head that leaves tenacious lacing on the glass. It has a strong, hoppy aroma of wood resin and pine needles. There's something fruity like pineapple in there. It's nice and full bodied and incredibly smooth with a clean, dry finish. It's a well blended and well balanced flavor. It almost seems a touch sweet at first, with the carmelly malt tones and the candy-like hop oils. The bitterness becomes more agressive and green. It becomes green and medicinal-- almost minty-- at the finish. Wow, these guys really know how to make red ales.

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Photo of Jangles
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't been able to find this locally in Southern Cal, but Mrs. Jangles stumbled across an overpriced double-duece in a liquor store in Mammoth today while I was buying myself a new down backpacking jacket on sale at Mammoth Mountaineering Supply. I digress. I packed it in snow for the drive back to Bishop, where I paired it with a Schat's sandwich. Effin delicious. I love Rogue. Review over.

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Photo of 7439
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed seven new beers while skiing in Beaver Creek for Thanksgiving. I tasted six of them (more on that later).

The remaining hostage, a Rogue Ale 22-ouncer, survived two UAL luggage throwers -- and thank goodness because this is a new one for me and a classic!

It's Rogue Ale's "Capt Sig's Northwestern Ale." For anyone who knows the Rogue Ales out of Oregon, they make a lot of world class beer and EVERY one of these are unique, flavorful but sometimes not for everyone. For example the Shakespeare Stout and Juniper Ale are terrific). This one is awesome for my fellow Hop Heads.

It pours a creamy head with a caramel color cloudy enough to look chewy but it's not. The 80 IBUs give it a boost but it's hoppy with a smattering of Horizon, Amarillo, Cascade and Rogue Farm Willamette Hops - that's a massive mixture of premium hops that rock. However, the Pale two-row, Munich, Carastan, and Chocolate malts really balances this out for the non Hop Heads. Add in Pacman Yeast and free range coastal water and you have yet another tremendous Rogue Ale.

Trust me. This is one well-built, rock solid, beer and quite simply one of the top 40 I've ever had. That's saying something for those that know my beer background.

Give this one a shot. Make sure you tip your glass to the guys smarter than us that can make you want to go back to the beer hunt a la Leonard Nimoy from his old program, "In Search 0f..." (insert "Delicious beer" here).

I haven't truly enjoyed beer for the last year like I used to as I wasn't finding ones like these to make the prospecting worth while. Let the gold panning begin... thanks Rogue!

Go find it... You'll be glad you did.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with about two fingers of fluffy white head with very good retention.

The scent is of bitter floral hops, some citrus and toffee, notes of caramel malt.

The taste is of moderately bitter floral hops, some citrus hops as well, roasted caramel malt, and some toffee.

Medium body, smooth feel, moderate carbonation.

This was an excellent example of this style. This is something I would definitely go for again.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a perfect dark amber color with a nice 1.25 inch head that is nice and dense with very sticky lacing. Nice head retention that lasts a long time.

S - Delicious sweet malt start to the nose with good fresh baked bread hints. There are some nice grassy hop nots as well but aren't as prevalent as the malts. Very well balanced as it should be.

T - Delicious bready and sweet malt start to this beer! Some toasted malts, with mild coffee flavors are nicely tempered by some nice grassy and piney hop flavors. Delicious beer that is well balanced and easy to drink. Nice dry and bitter finish.

M & D - Nice and light with good overall flavors and a very good balance. Very drinkable.

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Photo of badbassrandy
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful ruby brown with an off white head that does not dissipate quickly. Hazy, shades of dark within the murky red.

The smells promises a blast of both hops and malts with a traditional German-influenced body holding it all together. The nose of amarillo hops hint that this brew is going to tickle the tongue.

The taste is a perfect blend of a lot of malts that work harmoniously together and a more than healthy dose of hops. A true hoppy red ale, my favorite style. The bit of chocolate malts used really makes the "low end" come out and wraps the hoppy bite up in delicious balance.

This drinks exceptionally well for me. I'm very happy it has been released, and now realize that it's probably my favorite beer out there right now after having a few

*Note: this beer is now called Northwestern Ale, likely owing to name rights surrounding "Deadliest" ale and the Deadliest Catch name.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great one from Rogue and a great one for a hophead.

appearance: darkish, slight red tint great head retention and long lasting lacing.

smell: high hops, smells like an IPA

taste: taste like an IPA too. I just had a torpedo and Im amazed of the simialrties. might have even a stronger hop presence and a little more malt flavor, slight chocolate.

mouthfeel: good carbonation and drinks thin

drinkability: sessionable, large red ale. with a great hops kick. Rogue make sold products across the board and this is no different,

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 ounce bomber into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: cloudy, dark amber color with a frothy 2 finger off-white head, good retention with significant lacing.

SMELL: biscuit, chocolate, spicey hops.

TASTE: sweet malt with hint of chocolate, spice and biscuits and then you get a nice hop blast, the bitterness lingers in a very good way.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation, sticky.

OVERALL: this is a very drinkable beer that is full bodied and hop dominant, almost like an IPA but still very well in balance. Rogue makes some good beer but charges too much and does'nt believe in 6 packs.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 10/31/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, caramelized malts and citrus, all blended together nicely.

T: The taste starts with a nice strong burst of hops bitterness followed by caramel and citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty and there's a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice hoppy red ale to drink for an entire evening.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep cranberry amber brown. ~2 fingers of off-white head with solid lacing.

S - Super malty. Dark Belgium yeast fruits: raisins, prunes, blackberries.

T - Creamy malt and fresh baked bread. Great hop character mid profile with cedar and pine. Hint of citrus and grapefruit rind in the finish.

M - Light-medium body, smooth semi-sweet finish.

D - A delicious beer that's very drinkable.

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Photo of wchesak
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of generallee
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint, 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle has nice list of ingredients use including the malts and hops. The IBUs are listed at 80 but there is no ABV% or freshness date.

Appearance: On top of a dark and very hazy burgundy body sits a big rocky or frothy head. It is light tan in color and very clingy. Thick lacey patterns stick everywhere on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a heavy pine like hop presence right as I open the bottle. Underneath the bold hops are solid rich malty sweet notes.

Taste/Palate: Up first on the tongue are nice piney hop flavor notes with some hints of herbal, almost tea like, hops. The rich sweet maltiness backs this hop bitterness up and offers a good solid bass of bready flavor and sweetness. The finish has a very slow herbal and citrus hops fade that lingers on the tongue. Its palate has a smooth yet lively texture.

Notes: Mmmmm yes this is very good and puts me in the mood for some crab fishing action!!! Cheers!!!

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Photo of magine
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a becker glass.

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with red tinting. Thick, massive, fluffy and sticky light tan head. Very, Very sticky lace ridden glass remains as you drink. Great head retention as well. Great looking brew.

Brew smells of earthy hops, chocolate, caramel and barley malts. Bit of a resiny hop as well. Smells good.

Brew is very balanced, just the right carbonation and smoothness. Creamy smooth taste, has awesome blends of malts. Chocolate, barley and caramel flavors all balanced perfectly by piny, resiny hops. Brew finishes slightly bitter in the finish and is only slightly dry. Very, very good tasting brew.

Wow - this is a slamdunk for Rogue, excellent looks and feel and drinks as awesome as it tastes. Fantastic red ale, maybe as good as Troegs Nugget Nectar.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue- Captain Sig

A- Deep hazy ruddy red with a thick heavy lacing head
S- Deep tangy malt and bitter pine hops.
T- Pine hops, pine needles, and thick cherry caramel malt.
M- Thick gritty malt with an even thicker oily pine hop body.

Overall- Delicious, and well worth sekeing out. I hope this 1 lasts awhile!

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Photo of mrcarterxxl
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
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 .

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Photo of TripleTap
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from a half barrel in my home bar at 9 psi and 40 degrees.

A: Poured in to a pint glass with a creamy 1.5" head, just the way I like it. A deep red ale without much clarity.

S: nice floral notes with the roasted malts coming thru.

T: This is a different animal. The hop flavor and bitterness comes thru quickly. Can really taste the cascade's. That fades in to the malt flavors. The chocolate comes thru in the finish with a slight sweetness.

M: Very fine carbonation. This feels good in my mouth!

D: For a beer of this complexity, I can drink these all night.

This is a great India Red Ale. It is not a clone of one of there other red ales. The IBU's are much higher. If I could get it in a sixth barrel, I would make it a mainstay in the bar. It is one of my favorite beers. RIP Cap'n Phil

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Photo of biggred1
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours an amber / orange color with a huge 3"+ fluffy head that sticks around for minutes. Thick lacing develops during the session.

Smell: caramel, ripe fruits, and a floral hop bitterness is a easy to detect.

Taste: a bready malt sweetness, caramel, red plums, soft citrus, some drops of honey, and a nice floral bitterness. This is a hearty red ale.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp to start, smooth and a touch dry at the finish. Aftertaste is bready and thick. Medium in body.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this beer. Definite session ale worth picking up.

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Photo of Durge
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This shows a dark hazy cream soda color with a very bold off-white head and tons of lacing. The aroma brings a mild leafy hop with sweet malty maple sugar. The flavor has an awesome blend of piney hops and carmelized malt. I pick up toffee and a little more leafy bread and coffee/charcoal bitterness hints. The hop bite sort of grows as you go. Very nice overall, medium bodied and very drinkable.

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Photo of jxhowell
4.32/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The soft, foggy reddish-brown color is a beautiful thing, and it's got that typically big-bubbled, foamy, ice cream float sorta head going on. Its thickness doesn't last long, but it's a pretty thing at every stage.

Aroma is spicy and pine-like, having the sharpness of sweet spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, and a laid back caramel/toffee malt presence.

All kinds of hoppy goodness going on here...not so much on the fruity/citrusy/rindy side of things, more of a grassy bitterness (especially in the finish), a sweet-spice kick, and a mutant herbal hop attack, if any of that makes sense. A hint of pine/resin too. But then the big Grapefruit Ghost tries to eavesdrop on all this action, and nearly busts the door down...but not quite. With a hop bill of Amarillo, Cascade, and the intriguing "Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution Hops," it's no wonder there's serious complexity to the hop action in this beer. All this is balanced very well by malt that has just about as much personality as the hops, laying down a sweet but not too-sweet bed of succulent caramel/toffee.

I've complained in the past that Rogue stuff is way too soft and watery in texture (this from someone who prefers very mellow carbonation, generally), but this beer is very much alive and kicking in this department. Tingly, vibrant, but never attacking, it goes well with the spiky and bitter hop-forward flavor of the beer.

One of the better Rogue beers I've tasted in awhile...they're usually a hit or near-miss brewery for me, this one being a definite "you sunk my Battleship" hit.

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