Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale | Rogue Ales

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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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1/5  rDev -73.4%

Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.76/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

poured from bottle into pint glass, served around 47 degrees;

A: poured nice reddish brown with half-inch off white head

S: aroma was of raisins, plums, and piney hop notes with a touch of malt

T: flavor was mostly brandy with a bit of caramel and brown sugar mixed in

M: medium-full with a balanced alcohol warmth from start to finish

D: glad this was the only one, powerful alcohol warmth finished with a hoppy spike

thought this would be better, too much brandy flavor and the hoppiness and warming feeling were overwhelming, not recommended

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Photo of crosenkrantz
2/5  rDev -46.8%

Photo of Hellpop65
2/5  rDev -46.8%

Photo of dwtyler
2/5  rDev -46.8%

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2/5  rDev -46.8%

2.19/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

From bomber to pint glass. No date or batch number.

A: Huge 4 finger mousse-like head is off white and very long lasting. As it recedes sizable pockets form along the glass's edge creating a rocky and uneven head. The body is a dark mix between ruby and amber. The opaque body becomes murky when held in front of light. Lacing is between fair and good.

S & T: Heavy malts, nearly roasted, are lightly reminiscent of dark bitter baker's chocolate. Hopped with Horizon, Amarillo, Cascade & Rogue Farm Willamette Hops and nothing short of a messy blend of flowers and pine wood with possibly a touch of unwelcomed citrus. Lightly sweet and heavily bitter. Something is wrong here. Perhaps the hops are faded or the hop-malt combonation is unfavorable to my palate. Either way, the components of this beer do not work well at all.

M: Medium-full body if not full. The texture is rather thick and creamy with a lively carbonation. Finishes very bitter. Despite the finish, the mouthfeel is excellent.

D: Avoid.

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Photo of mahanson
2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

Photo of JamesS
2.29/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very nice deep red with some nice head and lacing. A bit of a malty scent, but no overwhelming red/amber ale aromas (deep malt, chocolate malt, etc) because of the overriding hop aroma. Too hoppy for its taste, too, overwhelming any nice amber ale flavors that should be present; had the signature Rogue flavor, which isn't bad, but makes it very non-unique. Goes down a bit rough from the over-hopping. If you're going to make a pale ale, just make a pale ale, not a pale ale with a bit of amber malt ingrediants.

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Photo of demuzik
2.33/5  rDev -38%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Starting off with the good - the aroma is very inviting, bountiful hop aroma, not highly citrus, rather some spice and pine.

From here, not too sure what the folks at Rogue were aiming for. If you're looking for an Amber - and expecting anything like Rogue's American Amber - best look elsewhere. The IBUs are outrageously high for the style, leaving this beer dramatically bitter without good balance from either malt or a caramel sweetness one would expect from the Amber style.

Appearance is quite disappointing; one might think this a barley wine by the incredible merky-ness, or in other words, cloudy-lack-of-clarity.

Mouthfeel is fine, for a double IPA or barley wine, but the brew itself is so think and heavy that I don't see it fitting in an Amber or Red category.

Overall --- I won't buy it again; I would either grab a tried and true American Amber or something else entirely (IPA for the amount of IBUs here, Barleywine for the amount of thick, syrupy malt on the tongue).

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Photo of kojevergas
2.36/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Ralph's market in Los Angeles, California, and served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer stemflute in me gaff (also in Los Angeles). Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery's reputation.

Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured without any additional vigor as I didn't anticipate carbonation issues.

A: Pours a one and a half finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a nontransparent caramel-brown. Not at all amber.

Sm: Cream, amber hops, and caramelized malt. A mild strength aroma. Me broken nose struggles picking up on any deeper notes. All apologies.

T: Caramel, light cream, awfully handled bittering hops, and amber malts. Some nuts on the backend, lending it a strange brown ale esque feel. A strange mix of flavours that never feels quite balanced. Lots of competition amongst flavours, but little cooperation here. Poorly constructed all around. No clear direction or focus. Very scattered.

Mf: Smooth; too dry. Some nice cream. Not too thick nor too thin. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: Drinkable but dull and uninspired. If this is actually meant to be an amber (per Beeradvocate's current designation), it's absolutely wretched for the style. Poorly executed. I'd only try it again on-draught, to make sure I didn't get a bad batch.


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Photo of mactrail
2.38/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

So this is what it tastes like fresh. I think"Deadliest" is a more accurate name. It's the ultimate earthy hop flavor-- dry, woody, bitter, and tastes like dirt.

Rogue seems to have distilled the alpha acids and blown off anything like aromatics. No malt to speak of. Still, it's an attractive brew in the glass, with a nice coppery color and decent head. One of the most intensely bitter beers I've tried. Even among hugely hoppy IPAs, this is an outlier. It keeps biting back. Says the female drinking companion, "make it stop!"

On tap at Pizza Port in OB.

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2.44/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours amber in color with less than a finger of head. The body was so so with a clean feel. Strong notes of a piney earthiness. Not a great ale for me but not awful. I'd try it again just to be sure. Just didn't agree with me on the first go around. Maybe try from the bottle next time.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.52/5  rDev -33%
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.

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Photo of appenzeller
2.65/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a trancluent amber with some brown notes, capped by a foamy, two finger pale beige head. Retention is decent and some light lacing is left in its wake.
Before reviewing, I must note that Captain Sig's "Northwestern" stole the trademark from Northwestern University (identical font) my alma mater.

Pours a medium amber with a thin head. Piney hops smell and fruits and malts. Taste starts slightly sweet/caramely and then overtaken by pine hops. This would have been (or was) great with a bigger dose of quality hops but comes across now as an over-malted and over-flavored beer with enough hops to make it quaffable.

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Photo of peabody
2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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2.72/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 22oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/17/11
*From notes

A: Looks great. Cloudy copper hue. A standard pour yields a 1.5 finger head and disappointing lacing.

S: Was Rogue actually aiming for a low tide, seafood smell? 'Cause if so, they certainly nailed it. Briney ginger and bitter hops mix unpleasantly with some icky malt. It's like they took their task literally and put Cpt. Sig's taint sweat into the bottle.

T: And the taste isn't far off. Low quality grain (or is that malt extract?) makes for a pretty uninspired wort, which lends itself to a sub-par beer. It's overly bitter and acidic. There's no balance here.

M: Really top notch mouthfeel. For the style, this is fantastic. It's creamy and packs a solid punch.

O: I really, really wanted to like Rouge's Cpt. Sig's Northwestern Ale. Yet alas, it was another failure from the folks at Rogue. For Sig's sake, I wish they'd produce a higher quality product, as he's deserving of a better beer then this.

Thumbs down. I recommend those interested to pass on this one. You've been warned.

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Photo of ctxfenris
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of b1515152004
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of tomis850
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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.

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Photo of npachl
2.79/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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