Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale | Rogue Ales

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Captain Sig's Northwestern AleCaptain Sig's Northwestern Ale
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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 -7.4%
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 acurtis
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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 biboergosum
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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 BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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 emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Boone757
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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 -12.2%
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 paulish
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
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 NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +6.1%
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 SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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 nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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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