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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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Ratings: 807 |  Reviews: 389
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark hazy auburn brown with minimal head and lace on top of a floral, citric hop aroma that had some nice caramel sweet and dry, bready malt notes. The dry, floral, citric bitterness first hits me, then a smooth, almost chewey light to medium body w/ cracker-like and a semi-sugary sweetness (like bits of chocolate, though def not in there) pass over, then a dry, crisp finish w/ the hops coming back and I swear I get a taste of strong fruits like grape. Overall, a light drinking beer that somehow gave me both a hop rush and a sweet touch.

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Photo of StayWounded
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice red color befitting the style. Creamy colored head with a hint of rust. A nice looking beer.

S: Very bright smell, nice amount of smell (not very strong but definitely there). Has the standard hop brightness. Nothing spectacular.

T: Sort of an acrid bitterness. Very hoppy. Took me and my fellow reviewer by surprise. More bitter than I'm used to with this style. Has the hoppy floweriness I associate with other styles. One of those rare beers where I'm not pleased to see my glass still is fairly full. Sweet where it doesn't make sense and bitter where it isn't wanted. If it changed up the taste a little bit and called itself an IPA it would be better.

M: Nothing stands out other than the hoppy bitterness/warmth. Not quite what I was expecting. The finishing warmth is nice and not expected.

Overall: Incredibly average, would get again possibly. A bit pricey for what it is.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second round with this beer. Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a hazy amber color. A 2+ inch light tan head forms and slowly reduces to a nice lacing. No sediment and carbonation is readily visible.

The aroma is a upfront hoppiness followed by a nice caramel malt backbone. A hint of yeastiness is present, much like many of the Rogue beers.

The taste is nominally bitter and hoppy, but just seems to fall flat. Pine and citrus, as well as bread and barley are present but just not prominent.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and has a somewhat light carbonation, given the light flavor. Light and minimally invasive, it is okay.

This beer is okay and seems to be more sessionable given the ABV, flavor and feel. It is not overwhelming, but reasonable in each category.

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Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a pleasant, sugary/flowery nose that simultaneously promises a nice shock of hops.

Both of these follow through on the tongue, though the grapefruit-sour hops far and away prove the dominant flavor, almost masking the malt‚ which is impressive, considering that there are four different kinds of malt in here (2-Row Pale, Munich, Carastan and Chocolate). If you look hard enough beneath the hops, you can find other flavors, such as light fruits, lovely toasted grains, and just a hint of darkly roasted chocolate malts. The official description of this ale is that the "hop flavor soon fades into the malty backbone." For me, however, this doesn't prove true at all; instead, the hops are present throughout the mouthful, making this brew taste quite similar to a strong IPA (though it's classified as an India Red Ale, according to the brewer).

So if you like hops, this is going to be a good beer for you, as the combination of the Horizon, Amarillo and Cascade varieties brings about some nice interplay of bitter flavors. But if bitterness is not your bag of bananas, you may want to stay away.

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Photo of bogus564
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 fl oz, poured into a pint glass.

Just took some ribs off the broiler; unfortunately, I was watching women's tennis, and I let the barbeque sauce burn. Darn! Oh, well, burnt ribs and beer go well together. That said, here we go...

A: Nice color - cloudy, like a coke diluted with water. Nice big 3 cm head that lasts awhile before dissolving into lace. Looks like a nice beer; the patron at the barstool next yours will definitely ask what you're drinking.

S: Roasty malt is what I notice first, along with dark fruit, probably prunes. Orange follows, and it's really sweet-smelling. I then notice the actual 'hop' smell, followed by yeast. Smells good, can't wait to taste it.

T: Prunes, then pine, then orange, then grapefruit, then spice. Oh yeah - it's pretty bitter as well. It's nowhere in the same zip code as how sweet it smelled, which I found slightly disappointing; I was hoping it would taste exactly like it smelled. Still, pretty good.

M: Good, not great. It's light to medium in body, well carbonated, and leaves a piny finish.

O: Decent drinking beer; I'd have one or two with a good football game. It went really well with the ribs, not overpowering them. Until the next time, all.

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Photo of socon67
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Hoffbrau mug.

A - Pours amber\brown with a a hearty off white foam. Some sediment present, and minimal carbonation.

S - Has a hoppy scent initially that wears off as it settles. Smells yeasty and strong notes of pine.

T - The hoppy finish leaves this with a bitter and spicy finish. Before that the flavors are malty and mildly sweet.

M - Very drinkable, and an amber that goes well with food. I finished the bomber easily with dinner. Sig's does not dominate your taste buds.

O - A solid offering from Rogue and I'd consider this again. Their yeast strain makes this another of their signature style.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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 hopsolutely
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellently drinkable and flavourful red ale. Beautiful dark amber with capuccino coloured head, perfectly clear until sediment at bottom. Caramelized malts in the aroma with subtle citrus hops. The taste is more hop forward, but well balanced sweet / dry and full of flavour. The finish is a lingering delight full of tropical fruit, pine and citrus.

A fantastic beer and a real shame it was a one-off. Wish I'd bought more!

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Photo of chilidog
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally bought one of these after seeing it here and there for over a year though im a fan of the show. So naturally, tryed this as the season primier was on.

Poured a darker hazy amber. Carbonation was fair, so the off-white head did fade though lace was ok.

Aroma of malty, citric hop.

Taste is well done with hoppy yet malty flavor with a citric strong hint.

Drinkable, oh yes. I would pair with fish/crab with the bottle on the table.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep chestnut brown with a slick, frothy bone white head. Massive amounts of foam coat the sides of the glass. The aroma is full of pleasant malt character - doughy, aromatic and bready. Good amounts of piney hops provide a good balance in the nose. The taste is a good balance of malt flavors and piney, resinous hops. Hop bitterness takes a front seat to more delicate hop flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Hop bitterness lingers for a long time in the finish, very pleasant.

This is a nice, hop forward Red Ale. Very quaffable and a nice accompaniment to Indian Food. I recommend highly.

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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 seand
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nearly opaque brown with a small amount of off-white head. Patches are all that really retains on the surface, but a good amount stays around the rim of the glass which leaves nice lacing.

S: Floral hop notes, and somewhat grainy.

T: Light grainy sweetness leading into a solid helping of hops. A bit IPA-like.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall not a bad choice if you want a drinkable IPA-like beer that's a bit different.

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Photo of Bucknutty24
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a cloudy copper color. A two finger width of off-white head with lots of lacing on the glass. Small amount of sediment in the bottle.

It has low carbination with a medium or light body.It has a very malty smell in the glass. Taste of carmel and malts is high. Leaves a distinct after taste that is not the best.

Overall it was very drinkable. May not be one to search for though.

22oz. bottle

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Photo of SCbrewbeard
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An overall great Amber/Red Ale with an IPA finish.

A- Pours out of the bottle in a nice murky Amber color with a good 2 finger tan head.

S- Has some piney and grapefruit hop aromas, along with sweet malts.

T- A great malty taste with a citrus ending. The bitterness kicking in right at the end, giving a nice bitter sweet ending.

M- The low to medium carbonation gives you a good mouthful of malts with the citrus ending. In my opinion the bitterness makes the beer more refreshing, although it carries in your mouth longer than you may wish to have.

O- I was in the perfect mood when I enjoyed this beer, on a hot summer night, although its not my favorite Rogue concoction; it was refreshing after a day of drinking Belgian light lagers.

In The End, One through Ten:
The likelihood of me going to the store to look for this beer, would be a <<6>>

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Photo of jrenihan
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a dark amber/browm, with two finger widths of slightly off-white heard with lots of staying power.

Lots of malt in the nose. Caramel and bread. A bit of hops balance it out. Nice but unremarkable.

Taste is quite similar. The flavour is focused on the malts, bread and caramel are noticeable. A fair amount of bitterness in the finish, along with a very slight citrus tinge. To me, it tastes rather similar to an English IPA.

Beer has low to moderate carbonation, and is light to medium bodied. Slightly watery, but overall fairly nice.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer, but did not find it exciting or notable in any way. Something I would be happy to have again but wouldn't search for.

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Photo of darjoh
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into pint glass.

This is only the second time I have had the Northwestern Ale. The first time I remember being impressed, so I decided to get it to review.

I like the color of it. A muddy amber, or a not well stirred iced tea. A heavy thick lacing and head remains troughout the glass. A decent smell, reminds me of the Rogue Brewpub in Newport. I have seen this around in the stores, but not on my "must get" list. Although it is a nice change from the norm.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my brother for sharing this beer. There is no date on the bottle so I am not sure of the beer's freshness. As such, I will assume it is fresh and will rate accordingly.

The beer pours a medium amber color with a tan head. The aroma is strong with the grass and piney hops, as well as some bready malt and a little bit of floral.

The flavor is heavy on the grass and floraly hops. I also get a strong dose of toffee and bread from the malt. Low to medium bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent drinkability, but the hops and malt are slightly muddled and the beer just doesn't sit right with me.

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Photo of rudzud
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up on a whim from Julio's. Gotta support this. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a great typical red ale colour with very tiny particles suspended in the brew. Atop of which was a fluffy 3 finger head that left very nice side lacing and slumped down to leave a good thick blanket.

S - Somewhat average aromas here. Some nice sweet malts and hop aromas, but just slightly above average.

T - Nice flavor profile here. Starts with malt and goes on to a citric fruity IPA. Good and bitter too.

M - Lowish carbonation helps this stay nice and creamy. Good bitter finish.

O - Enjoyed this offering from Rogue, would probably buy again if I was in the mood for this style.

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Photo of paxkey
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

abv says 5.9%

copper colored with offwhite head. beer is slightly hazy.

smells of malts and hops.

lots of bitterness throughout. some citrus flavors from the hops. tastes a lot like an ipa.

very drinkable but the bitterness lingers a bit too much.

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Photo of sethmeister
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear transparent red body with a dense cream colored head. Well laced and quite attractive.

Nose is tea, fresh bread and floral hops.

Taste is caramel, bitter tea notes, earthy and grapefruit hops. Perhaps a hint of dark chocolate. Certainly a stronger hop presence than the average red ale but not intensely bitter. Lightly fruity. Perhaps a touch of honey sweetness which is kept in check by the hops.

Mouth is a weighty medium and is juicy.

I do love well hopped red ales.

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Photo of mjurney
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color, hazy. Lots of bubbles. Thick head. Lacing looks awesome on the glass.

Fresh hops. Citrus, orange, a little grapefruit. Sweet malts. Bready, caramel, touch of honey.

Sweet maltiness up front along with dry hoppiness at the end. Malt is pretty sweet, but very nice. I’m getting caramel and biscuity with a touch of honey. Hop is fresh, but very dry. Citrus-leafy, slight earthy. I could detect some peppery in the mid-palate. Very dry body. Carbonation is low.

Dry finish and aftertaste.

It’s a good beer. Love the malt and hop character, well balance. The body is way too dry for my palate.

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Photo of Kartoffeln
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque brown like particularly murky iced tea, with a big fluffy, foamy tan head. It gradually dissipates to a foamy cap and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Fresh fruit and citrus hops - orange and grapefruit - with floral and grassy undertones, accompanied by aromas of pine, caramel, bready malts, and turbinado sugar.

T: Bready, slightly grainy caramel malts almost immediately followed by a burst of nuanced hops: sweet orange gives way to grapefruit and lemon zest, with earthy, woody, and herbal notes towards the finish. Ethanol is undiscernable.

M: Medium body with light, smooth carbonation and a bit of chewiness. The citric hop finish is sharp and enduringly bitter, carrying through hints of the flavour while remaining dry and refreshing.

D: An excellent, hoppy ale that's remarkably easy-drinking despite its ABV and full, assertive flavour.

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Photo of bryehn
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sludgy, iced tea syrup reddish brown with a frothy tan head that leaves a bit of lace and stays as a fluffy collar. Odd, but somewhat unique.

Toffee sweetened toasted malts, an overripe fruit tone and an odd fruit cake-like spiciness make up the aroma. Reminds me of English strong ales.

The taste is is malt forward for me, bready or like a bran muffin. A decent twangy bite follows, but never seems to really take off. I get a chocolate or coffee tone in there as well. A corn syrup note that reminds me of cotton candy comes through in the finish after it warms up.

Medium-bodied with a light, but noticeable carbonation. Nice bitterness on the back end and an oily citrus aftertaste that's more apple than orange after warming.

My second favourite of the 5 Rogue Ale offerings I've tried. Seems like a good year-rounder and goes great with fatty, salty snacks like chips or roasted peanuts.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber as part of the LCBO's June Rogue release.

Poured into a conical Flying Monkeys glass in honour of the hoppy communion I am about to receive. A sludgy, muddy coloured brew, not entirely unlike the underwater silt in which one might possibly sift for crawfish. Sandy sediment on the bottom of the glass. Not the most visually appealing beer, but certainly a quality head and excellent lacing and retention.

And thus end my criticisms of this beer.

The nose is a brilliant mix of juicy, leafy, citrussy West coast hops and delectable caramel malts.

Tastes like a citrussy and bitter IPA, but with the earthiness and richness of a red ale. Caramel malts up front, transitioning to that lovely blend of earth and citrus, leaving a long, citrus and biscuit finish. Lighter carbonation, thick bodied, slightly gritty or silty from the sediment.

A highly enjoyable brew, hearty and full of West Coast goodness. Will be back for more of this ere the release is complete. Great stuff!

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Photo of biegaman
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The sludge at the bottom of this bottle seems like something that might interest the Hansen brothers - it looked like "a deadly catch" which is why I gave the beer a few weeks to settle in; still, however, did this yeast sediment ruin the clarity (and, on the second pour, complexion) of this russet amber brew. Luckily, its off-white tapioca head is undisturbed.

For hopheads, this aroma is like going home. In one fell swoop the entire West and Pacific Northwest is captured: bright, citrusy, almost tutti-frutti hops as well as oily pine needles and tree resin-y varieties. A solid amount of caramelly malt backs it all up, without interfering much mind you. It's a marriage of the two that any Reverend would approve of.

The malts taste as though they've been caramelized and then crystallized into tiny, coarse pellets, something akin in both texture and taste to turbinado sugar only with more earthy-nuttiness. The flavour, however, is saturated in oily spruce and pine resins and followed up with bitter, acidic citrus notes that resemble grapefruit flesh and lemon and lime peel.

A bomber (22 ounces) already works out to be roughly two beers and yet I still wish I had another; this one is disappearing at a concerning pace. While it leaves plenty of flavour in the aftertaste, there's no substitute for the presence of leafy, herbal hops and scorched earth in the mouth. It's not a beer that lacks a center, it actually has two (malts and hops!)

Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale contains the blueprints for an exemplary American Strong Ale - this beer has all the character and gratification of one twice its strength. Indeed, it does share the gritty (read: bitter) hop/malt dualism of Rogue's Old Crustacean but at a more reasonable six or so percent - as oppose to eleven something - is far more casually enjoyed. Recommended!

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Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 807 ratings
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