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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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Murky dark rust color.

Huge white head; spotty lacing.

Caramel malts dominate; hop backbone. Smells a bit like a barleywine.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Tastes like a palatable barleywine, but ultimately this is too dry & bitter on the back end. Not awful but difficult to finish.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A darker SRM, this one seems like a red and a brown ale in the appearance at the same time. Good 1/2" head. Aroma kicked down some pine notes and was a pleasant surprise. Amarillo did good here.

Taste wasn't as hoppy, you get a lot of those darker malt notes. Chocolate malt interesting placement mouthfeel wise. At different stages of this beer you'll pick up on aspects of it that you don't normally have in the same beer.

Bomber format sucks, paying more per oz than you normally would, but at least they're painted bottles you can reuse easier.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a GREAT looking beer - reminds me of Pamela Anderson or my stunned (but beautiful) Chesapeake Bay Retriever. I don't know Captain Sig's story, but I certainly like his beer. This is a malt-forward, nicely balanced red. I have been a Rogue fan for 20 years now, and I love it when their beers reach or exceed expectations.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very quick review. This red ale is remarkable in every way. The depth of flavor, from subtle hops to perfect maltiness make this brew unforgettable. Balance & depth are so perfectly achieved here, this is a tremendous offering from Rogue.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampling right now on 4/17/15. Comes in a '1 pint, 6 ounce' (22 oz.) bottle with a nice painted-on label as all Rogue brews do. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a hazy amber in color with a good 2-finger foamy off-white head that very slowly settles down to still a good 5mm after 20 mins even. A good amount of ring-like sticky lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of earthy hops and bready yeast malts for the most part. Bit more going on with the taste as the malts are right up front with some pine in the mix as well. Does have a bit of a hoppy finish as many of this style of brew does, The hoppy finish doesn't last all that long but a bit more than I actually care for. Overall, it is drinkable but not a chugger for me from the bitterness. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Will go with a '6.5' or so since that bitterness is not to my fancy. A one time try for me though.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber / copper body with a thick, khaki hued, sea foam head. Aromas of bready malts, earthy hops, mineral water. Malt forward. Sourdough bread with notes of pine. Moderate bitterness. Medium bodied. Resinous hops linger on the palate. Pretty good.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brown ale with a strong hop profile. Surprisingly creamy. Excellent taste and feel. Had some this afternoon and in writing this, I want to revisit it as soon as possible.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see this at Rob's World of Beers in Wichita and I've always been a fan of Deadliest Catch so it was impossible to resist.

Nice looking beer. Very burnt amber (not quite red) color with towering sticky khaki head which maintains its froth to the end of the glass making its mark at each sip.

The heavy buttery bisquit, toffee, and somewhat floral/grassy hop nose grabs your attention making it clear that this beer may extend beyond expectations.

The flavor reflects the aroma with heavy hitting bread dough, sweet butter laden toffee/caramel, and a mild herbal hop spike at the end. The sweetness of this beer goes a little too far for me by the time the (unshared) bottle is empty.

Nice velvety slick feel for the style accomplished with its carbonation.

Overall, I'm very glad I picked this up. Very good beer for the price and a portion of the proceeds go to the Fisherman's Fund which helps cover medical expenses of Alaskan fisherman not covered by insurance when injured on one of the most dangerous jobs around.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy orange brown with 2 fingers of cappucinno beige head, sea foam like lacing. Lots of small floating particles within, no visible carbonation.

S: Caramel malts, like the kind of caramel you get on a sundae, malt bread, deep rich malts like a milkshake. A touch of molasses. I actually think a smell the ocean. Also some light fruitiness like banana.

T: Rich sweet and malty with a little dull bitter hop quality on the end. Caramel, a touch of molasses and a touch of banana in there.

M: Thick substantially pulpy body, with medium low carbonation.

O: Depth of texture and flavours all highlighting the malts. Almost borderline double bock, though not as heavy or sweet its getting there. Really well done. Wasn’t expecting such a unique quality in this beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 26, 2014.

Medium to darker amber colored pour with a fluffy off-white head that stays on top for the entire session. Moderate clarity.

The aroma has a solid sweet and roasted malt backbone with some earth, soil, and pine expressing themselves as well. One thing about the malts is that I can almost p[ick up the fresh malt wort.

Medium to bolder body but also quite smooth.

Roasted caramel malts are up front on this one as the hop bitterness trickles in more and more with each sip eventually lingering at the finish. Solid.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: A rusty amber body holds up a thick and creamy tan head. The head doesn't recede much as foamy bands of lacing stay on the glass.

Aroma: A spicy, woody note dominates.

Taste: Very spicy and woody, with cedar coming to mind. Heavy on the malts, but there is a slightly hoppy finish. The longer I drink this the more I can taste the chocolate malts.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, creamy.

Overall: This beer is pretty thick, malty, and spicy. Good flavor but a bit too heavy for 6.2% ABV.

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Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottler served in a Belgian snifter. (revisited in 2015 using a pilsner glass - excellence confirmed).

Pours deep red-brown in color with a fine beige head. Spotty lacing.

Rich aromas with roasted grains and hops in about equal measure. Floral, fruity and toffee notes.

Flavor: has that characteristic Rogue hop flavor along with a rich dark malt mix. Mildly bitter.

Feel: medium body; lively carbonation.

O: excellent

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Photo of Niceroad77
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It is always interesting to review a beer that most people have only just barely bothered ranking. Then you read the reviews and actually find that if you pay enough attention, that beer might be better than you've expected. Well, this is definitely one of those. Not sure what the average Rogue drinkers like as they have quite a few brews that I personally would never dare call beers but this Captain Sig's is most certainly one. A really good beer actually. It might be more appealing to the IPA crowd (like me, I'm a total hop head…) at 80 IBU's but its got some interesting caramel malt flavours too. It's cloudy, dark amber, almost born in colour with a good head that vanishes somewhat fast. The smell and taste are both slightly boozy but not harsh or anything, just enough to let you know that you are not dealing with a typical mass production brew. It has a medium body with good carbonation. This beer is good! Nowhere near my all-time favourite but one I would definitely recommend and buy again.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This bottle has caught my eye on a few occasions but I rarely purchase Rogue bombers, largely believing that the price point is beyond what many of these brews in fact deliver on the palate. In fairness, I have yet to have a bad Rogue beer ... I will say that I am selective in what I try (e.g., no beers containing "donut flavoring", whatever that is) and will snag certain Rogue beers when I find them on tap, as was the case here. This one is a brownish-copper color, rather like weak coffee or strong tea, with a nice light tan head of approximately four inches height. Nose was fruity, sweet, rich, and mildly astringent, with orange and tangerine citrus hops leading the way, followed up by light roast coffee and cacao powder. Almost smells like a highly-hopped porter! In the mouth, this one delivers a rich toffee malt backbone with some plum and dark toast notes ... Massive crystal malts that hit that sweet spot. Darker and richer than many amber ales, and with a pretty robust hop attack as well. Tangy and spicy, with the aforementioned citrus from the nose on the palate as well, along with some vanilla, rum extract, blackberry, gooseberry, and bitter earthy orange pekoe tea. Quite chewy but prickly on the tongue, with a little ashy resin and pine in the dry, roasted, bitter finish. Wow. I am surprised that all these seemingly disparate elements hang together so well without unpleasant clashes. Insanely tasty and proof that when Rogue gives up the gimmicks and other harebrained ideas, they can concoct some delicious offerings.

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Photo of RyanPoff
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into my pint glass. Rest drank from the bottle.

A: A dark amber color with an almost toffee colored foamy head of about two fingers with decent lacing retention. Very good for the style.

S: I am a bit under the weather today, but am picking up some bitter chocolate, dark coffee, and malts. Not a lot of hops on the nose.

T: Bitter hops, chocolate, faint malts. This is a moderate beer leaning toward, full of calories and richness for the winter months. As it warms, chocolate comes out more.

M: Like most Rogue products, smooth on the swallow, moderately carbonated, medium bodied. Has a smooth, creamy feel as it warms a bit. Excellent.

This is a very good beer and one of my Rogue's better offers. Unfortunately, it's pricey at $6.99 at the one retailer I can find it at in east TN. It's heavy and I'd put it with the winter warmers as it's not quite hoppy enough to be with the IPAs and has that heavy holiday taste. Good on occasion during the cold months, but I seem to have fonder memories of drinking this beer in the past than it actually provided tonight.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy ruby copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, caramel, toast, floral, grass, light pine, biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, and floral/toasted earthiness. Pretty nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, toast, biscuit, floral, grass, nuttiness, light chocolate, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Moderate amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, floral, grass, pine, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice amber ale. Good balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. This seemed to be a pretty old bottle, but still turned out to be nicely enjoyable.

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into frozen tumbler - modest head with very little clarity. most of the flavor seemed to come from the hops and not much from the grain. A nice full mouth feel that pleasantly lingered with a slight bitterness. Not one of Rogue's best offerings but worth trying again.

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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 jeffjeff1
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at a Raley's in South Lake Tahoe.

Appearance- dark reddish color, thick foamy head, nice lacing

Smell- malt, some fruit, bit of hops too

Taste- malty flavor, well balanced, not too malty, bit of citrus fruit

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was better than I thought it would be. I was really excited to see that Sig had his own beer. He was always my favorite on Deadliest Catch. Very good beer!

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Photo of pkalix
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

maybe the tall blue moon pilsner glass was the wrong choice, but it produced a beautiful (if a bit too volatile) head. creamy tan with sticky lacing as it settles.
malty and sticky sweet in the smell. cotton candy, but light and airy.
malty and sweet; smooth with a medium bitterness toward the end. a bit of grapefruit, in fact, at the end. very easy to drink.
I could easily do a few of these in secession. it would take a few to appreciate the array of flavors i'm getting from the first half of this bottle, i'd imagine. the sweetness will definitely get you before the alcohol does, though....

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Photo of utp52
2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured in a Tulip glass. Nice tan head, beautiful lacing. Thick cloudy Amber color. Taste more like a double red ale, hops very prominent with the first sip, hello, "Mr Amarillo":). Very earthy, lingers a bit longer than I prefer. Nice roasted malt, smells a lot better than it taste. I did however cellar this one away for about a year. May have been better the day I picked it up. I'm just not a big fan of red ales, won't stop trying them though!

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Photo of Aleks_P
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured from bottle, appearance is translucent color of apple cider. Light tan head.

Smell: Notice the hops first the some hints of tart fruit. Smells good.

Taste: Impressed with the taste, a lot of strong flavors that work well together. First thing I notice is the bitterness of the hops but gives way to a light sweetness and some floral notes and ends with more of the bitterness of the hops.

Mouthfeel: Light and very dry, with pretty good carbonation. Ends dry with bitterness.

Overall: There wasn't a very good description of the beer on the bottle so I had no idea what to expect, but had tried a couple of Rogues and was impressed so gave it a chance. Pleasantly surprised overall, reminds me more of an IPA than a red ale and I thought it was good. Looked good when I poured it and had a great impression of the flavors at the first sip, everything really jumped out. Light and dry, another solid beer from Rogue.

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Photo of Suds
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber, almost brown, capped with a huge, soft head. The beer is really enticing in appearance. The smell is of amber malt, caramel, and fresh, clean yeast. The taste is similar, malty, straightforward, flavorful, and drier than you'd think. Yeast flavor as well. Low fruitiness...clean and drinkable. Full in body. This is a no none sell, we'll made American ale.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Small light tan head with a nice lacing above a cloudy to murky dark dull brown colored beer.

Roasted caramel malts with almost a spiced chocolate covered cherries lean to it blends well with some bittering hops.

Seems to lose some of the roasted malts and chocolates from the aroma while keeping the light bittering hops giving this a slightly dryer lighter taste.

A drying aftertaste with just a bit of the tastes remaining behind with this medium bodied beer.

The taste of this beer kind of resembles the appearance.

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Photo of JMad
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a murky reddish/ burnt orange color with a frothy. thick, offwhite head. It smells like a caramel candy covered in milk chocolate with just a hint of citrusy hops in the background. The taste is more about the hops than the malt. I detected a good amount of grapefruit and orange peel up front with some caramel malt in the middle and a nice bitter finish. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. I liked this beer and would drink it again but thought the flavor could of been more balanced with the malt and hops, the malt really took a backseat in the taste test.

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Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale from Rogue Ales
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