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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 Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy grapefruit colour with lots of head. Taste is grapefruit and very hopped up and drying. Above average mouthfeel, but also acidic. Drinkable, but not super drinkable.Amarillo and Cascade, I expected more, ideas did not all come together. Faint chocolate.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy copper in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and left lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with notes of citrusy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, starting off with initial flavors of caramel and biscuit malts and finishing with citrus and grassy hops, a light amount of bitterness. There are some hints of earthy yeast in the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of dryness is noticeable in the finish.
O: This is a bold and drinkable red ale that delivers lots of malty and hoppy flavors.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Not at all familiar with the TV show, but here it goes anyways.

This beer pours a slightly hazy dark burnt orange amber colour, with two fingers of foamy, chunky, and eventually creamy ecru head, which leaves a singular swath of storm front lace on the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of softened grapefruit and orange citrus rind, wet pine needles, bready caramel malt, a touch of mocha sweetness, and further spicy leafy hops. The taste is more muddled, but still well bitter juicy citrus, acrid pine resin, biscuity caramel/toffee malt, spiced bittersweet chocolate, ethereal day-old coffee notes, a small black fruitiness, and late-arriving earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, just a pleasant frothiness throughout, the body a decently innocuous medium weight, and maybe a tad unctuous in its smoothness. It finishes weakly off-dry, still rather replete with a citrus hoppiness, and generally clean.

Ol' Captain Sig comes off as more of an IPA than an amber ale, but I suppose that's the American way. It's still quite good on that count, and malty enough to provide the balance required for forging full-steam ahead through the rest of the bomber.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.36/5  rDev -37.7%
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 emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky reddish color, almost opaque. The tan foam almost has a rusty tint to it also. There's some spotty lacing going on, but not much. Retention is good, head is still there 15 minutes after the pour.

Aroma is floral, a touch soapy/perfumy, and sweet breadiness. Possibly some bitter orange peel, but the floral soap is mostly dominating.

Full bodied and malty with a touch of sweet citrus. Signature Rogue hop content, dry and bitter. Could use more Amarillo... The numbing bitterness lingers for a long while. Some minor toasty notes from the malt. Overall ok, pretty typical for Rogue. One and done...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of earthy hops with bitter notes and medium caramel malt. Taste is a nice enough mix between some earthy hops with some bitter notes and a caramel mat heavy presence. Body is above average with good carbonation. Well brewed and refreshing though nothing to write home about.

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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 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 oberon
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Me and my wife watch Deadliest Catch weekly, so honestly I grabbed this partly for that reason,made by Rogue and knowing there would be plentiful hops also helped.Poured into a imperial nonic a dull amber/bronze with a tight one finger light tannish colored head atop that slowly faded leaving multiple rings of lace.A mix of sharp amarillo citric/piney cascade hop along with some caramel and brown sugar.Flavors are nice but the reins seem to be held back a little, hefty caramel and brown sugar sweet malt up front,the hops come in and give a nice lingering sharp citric finish.Mouthfeel is creamy and coating and the drinkibility is nice for the abv,well made.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale pours a hazy chestnut brown body with orange-amber highlights beneath a creamy cap of light tan froth. The head retention is excellent, maintaining a solid cap, and it leaves solid walls of lace that are marked with thin rings indicating each sip you've taken.

The aroma expresses the fruitiness of the house yeast, citrusy and fruity hop notes, and a darkly caramelish malt...

...and not surprisingly, the flavor follows suit. The malt is prominent and full, peppered with bitterness, and threaded through with lots of floral, fruity, and citrusy hops. Notes of pine appears as well, mainly showing themselves in the lingering, bitter finish. And it is solidly bitter, but that's to be expected - it could be a little more balanced, but in Rogue fashion it all comes together and works. In fact, that edginess is kind of expected and desired, making what would otherwise be a fairly common styled brew a little unique.

It won't raise eyebrows but it's a solid, drinkable ale.

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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 Kegatron
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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 mactrail
2.38/5  rDev -37.2%
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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...

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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

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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 smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large four finger head. Slow to dissipate. Lightly beige foam that dies slowly. Dark amber color and quite cloudy. Nice ring lace.

Nice floral hop that does not overwhelm the malt background. In a word: balanced.

Wonderfully balanced IPA styled beer. A little bit earthy with a touch of yeast. Strong bittering hop in the swallow and the aftertaste. Chewy and bubbly at the same time.

A delightful full flavored hoppy ale.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my local six-pack shops has been steadily getting Rogue bombers in stock and I just can't seem to help myself. I really like the majority of Rogue beers and until they begin CANning, these will have to do.

From the bottle: "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."; "9 Ingredients: Carastan, Chocolate, Rogue Micro Barley Farm Dare (TM) & Risk (TM) Malts; Amarillo, Cascade & Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution Hops, Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast. No Chemicals, Additives or Preservatives".

My pour resulted in a finger of rocky tawny head with great retention. Nose was pine hoppy with an underlying chocolatiness. Color was a hazy deep reddish-amber. Mouthfeel was medium with an initial hop bite on the tongue, accompanied by a mild cocoa flavor. Sticky lacing began to appear pretty quickly. Finish was likewise initially heavy on the hops but then giving 'way to a mild cocoa flavor on the extreme finish. I am mildly saddened to find that this is a limited release since my first bottle was consumed in a darkened movie theater while I watched "Black Swan". I decided to buy another bottle and see how it a) looked in the light and b) tasted out of a glass. Pretty darn good, actually. Worth taking to the movies, if you dare.

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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 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 WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a chalky infusion of yeast particles suspended within a cloudy robust body, pours with a large khaki tan head forms thick and dwindles slow leaving bands of lace around my glass.

Aroma has a hint of faded citric pine hops going on with an air of caramel malted barley complementing the hops. Big robust caramelized sugars riding freely amongst the hops, with signature Pacman yeast breadiness.

Flavor still hanging on to bitterness even though I can tell this one has a bit of age on it. Actually drinking nicely though with some pine/citric rind hop elements going on, a creamy textured biscuit malt with a caramelized malt backbone finishing things off. Again the signature yeast flavor is unmistakably Rogue.

Mouthfeel a bit oily textured with hops leaving behind some nice herbaceous oils on the palate. Moderate carbonation medium bodied ale, nothing cloying here actually really smooth.

Overall, look why don't they date their bottle? They clerk at a store in Wheeling, WV was trying to convince me that Rogue doesn't date their bottles because their beers are brewed so well that they are actually like wine. I'm like dude, some beers are better aged but hop forward beers like IPA/pale ale/aggressive hoppy reds representing the Pacific Northwest are better fresh.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much appreciation to my brother for getting me a bomber of this. Split with him into a couple of glasses. The brew pours a hazed amber. A tan cap more than a finger strong sits above with decent retention.

The smell is quite toasted and classic for the style. A little bit f fruity quakity mixes with some floral hop component. A mild touch of alcohol is notes which blends well with the hops before going back to the main focus of toasty grain.

Where the nose is all about the malt, the alcohol comes through more in the taste with a warming inclusion mixed with the toasty grain element. Hops are also more prevelant in the flavor with an herbal inclusion that blends to citrus. All thw while, the toasty, bready grain elements are there in full force.

This is a medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation. Overall a pretty decent take on the style. I am glad I was able to give it a try. I typically dont drink Rogue products for their over-priced and flashy looking packaging but considering the charitable cause for this one I might snag it again in the future.

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Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale from Rogue Ales
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