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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 brewemstrong
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A hearty, ruby-brown color with a 3-finger, tan head that leaves a good amount of lace. 1-finger head stays even after the pour.

S: Wow, hoppy, and it dominates. It's malty as well, but I can't get past the aromatic hops. The bottle says chocolate but it's very mild.

T: Touch of chocolate but an immediate burst of bittering hops that linger. Fits the type but is strong.

M: Clean finish without stickiness. The alcohol presents a metallic flavor that is a bit unpleasant though. Light-medium carbonation

O: This is very one-dimensional beer. It's great if you're a hop head but otherwise I wouldn't suggest it.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of Jangles
4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't been able to find this locally in Southern Cal, but Mrs. Jangles stumbled across an overpriced double-duece in a liquor store in Mammoth today while I was buying myself a new down backpacking jacket on sale at Mammoth Mountaineering Supply. I digress. I packed it in snow for the drive back to Bishop, where I paired it with a Schat's sandwich. Effin delicious. I love Rogue. Review over.

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

great appearance probably the best thing about this beer...a dark solid red color...with a creamy off white head...and great lacing...

has a butterscotch smell....full malty smell...little hops in the nose...

taste much better than the smell...the bitter hops are very present on the front...hops are present in the taste as well...not bad at all...

full, almost dry feel....nicely carbonated....

i could down this 22oz bottle but ill probably call it quits for this beer after that

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

22 oz bomber. No freshness dates or anything like that. Really cool painted label art. As a fan of "Deadliest Catch", purchase of this bottle was a no-brainer.

Pours a dark, cloudy burnt orange. Almost brownish, with a tannish head (then ring) that patches all over the glass. At first smell, I get delightfully toasted malt, sweet and aromatic. The taste hits first as bitter, almost tannic, like it's sat on oak. The feeling twists into some pretty powerful hops for an amber, wet and citrusy. Then peppery. All the while, feel is carbonated, tight, and pithy, and the aftertaste is bitter all over again. Nice and complex, this is an easily drinkable, flavorful amber ale.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a three-fingers tan, thick head into a snifter. the body was a dark amber with some purple tints. thick sheeting and great lacing.
s - slight piney hops, light chocolate malts.
t - biscuity malts with some piney hops, chocolate finish. very balanced.
m - medium thickness.
d - so drinkable, quaffed with too much ease.

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

Pours a mahagony red color with nice clarity, it has a great, puffy, khaki head, tight bubbles with good retention and lacing around the glass. This is a slightly hoppy red ale, which means it has some bitterness but a solid backbone of malts. Faint aroma of hops at the start, but not strong or overbearing.

The malts are slightly sweet in the tradition of many red ales. Citrusy hop bitterness comes in at the back of the palette, and it has a nice, light body, but not watery.

Mild initial flavor with some bitterness and bite in the finish. Ultimately, this is a drinkable beer with good balance.

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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 Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy dark tea color with a huge dollop of rocky beige head.

Rich aroma of caramel malts, cocoa and toffee.

The taste has the caramel malts and toffee from the aroma plus some grassy and citrus hoppiness. Finishes with a bitter bitter bite.

Medium bodied and slightly dry with a moderate carbonation.

A quality amber ale for this time of year from the folks at Rogue, and a must-try if you can find it.

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Photo of magine
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a becker glass.

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with red tinting. Thick, massive, fluffy and sticky light tan head. Very, Very sticky lace ridden glass remains as you drink. Great head retention as well. Great looking brew.

Brew smells of earthy hops, chocolate, caramel and barley malts. Bit of a resiny hop as well. Smells good.

Brew is very balanced, just the right carbonation and smoothness. Creamy smooth taste, has awesome blends of malts. Chocolate, barley and caramel flavors all balanced perfectly by piny, resiny hops. Brew finishes slightly bitter in the finish and is only slightly dry. Very, very good tasting brew.

Wow - this is a slamdunk for Rogue, excellent looks and feel and drinks as awesome as it tastes. Fantastic red ale, maybe as good as Troegs Nugget Nectar.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The soft, foggy reddish-brown color is a beautiful thing, and it's got that typically big-bubbled, foamy, ice cream float sorta head going on. Its thickness doesn't last long, but it's a pretty thing at every stage.

Aroma is spicy and pine-like, having the sharpness of sweet spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, and a laid back caramel/toffee malt presence.

All kinds of hoppy goodness going on here...not so much on the fruity/citrusy/rindy side of things, more of a grassy bitterness (especially in the finish), a sweet-spice kick, and a mutant herbal hop attack, if any of that makes sense. A hint of pine/resin too. But then the big Grapefruit Ghost tries to eavesdrop on all this action, and nearly busts the door down...but not quite. With a hop bill of Amarillo, Cascade, and the intriguing "Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution Hops," it's no wonder there's serious complexity to the hop action in this beer. All this is balanced very well by malt that has just about as much personality as the hops, laying down a sweet but not too-sweet bed of succulent caramel/toffee.

I've complained in the past that Rogue stuff is way too soft and watery in texture (this from someone who prefers very mellow carbonation, generally), but this beer is very much alive and kicking in this department. Tingly, vibrant, but never attacking, it goes well with the spiky and bitter hop-forward flavor of the beer.

One of the better Rogue beers I've tasted in awhile...they're usually a hit or near-miss brewery for me, this one being a definite "you sunk my Battleship" hit.

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Photo of climax
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sig's Ale pours a dark caramel brown with a nice tan head full of craters as it slowly loweres. It's cloudy with some floaties, looks like it's gonna be good.

The aroma is bold. Due to a robust malt bill, generous sweet caramel, chocolate, and buttered biscuits slightly eclipse the hops. The hops do shine through in the background with a slight citrus, ripe fruit, and an herbal touch.

The flavor is excellent, spunky once again. Red Ale's with this much flavor are hard to come by, I shall revel in it. Sweet cinnamon toast, caramel, and a roasted chocolate finish comprise the excellent malt showcase. The hops have more of a presence in the taste, giving it the dry bitterness to make it well-rounded. Excellent balance and flavor.

The medium body is full of life. It has a good creamy thickness, while the carbonation keeps it plenty sharp start to finish. The chalky feel lingers long after the beer's gone down the hatch. Awesome Red Ale.

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

Bomber. Pours a hazy cloudy orange amber with a two finger foamy offwhite head .The nose is fruity, citrusy, grapefruit rind hop character, some musty malt. The taste is brash. Light sweet malty start. The hops move in quickly and hang around for a while. Texture a little heavier than medium. This beer reminds me of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale but not quite as smooth. A rugged IPA. I liked it..

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Photo of cokes
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazy crimson-bronze bodied with a full compliment of beige suds that last a while and grease up the sides of the glass.
Toasty aroma spiked with apricot, rusted metal, grape juice, and pine cones.
The tongue senses a big, semi-dryness full of toast and mild coffee beans, and general earthiness. A few tendrils of sweetness creep in, adding nods towards plums, white grapes, and toffee, as contrary as that all seems. Hops continue the earthy theme, abandoning any juicy, tropical bringness that the nose sorta promised. Now, flavor-wise, it's all smoked pine resin, then rampantly bitter with dry herbs and metallics.
Fleecy, medium bodied with a low-moderate carbonation.
Overall, there is a lot happening here, but much of it's a bit abrasive.

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Photo of generallee
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint, 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle has nice list of ingredients use including the malts and hops. The IBUs are listed at 80 but there is no ABV% or freshness date.

Appearance: On top of a dark and very hazy burgundy body sits a big rocky or frothy head. It is light tan in color and very clingy. Thick lacey patterns stick everywhere on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a heavy pine like hop presence right as I open the bottle. Underneath the bold hops are solid rich malty sweet notes.

Taste/Palate: Up first on the tongue are nice piney hop flavor notes with some hints of herbal, almost tea like, hops. The rich sweet maltiness backs this hop bitterness up and offers a good solid bass of bready flavor and sweetness. The finish has a very slow herbal and citrus hops fade that lingers on the tongue. Its palate has a smooth yet lively texture.

Notes: Mmmmm yes this is very good and puts me in the mood for some crab fishing action!!! Cheers!!!

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Photo of imbibehour
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red copperish color with citrus nose but a very distinct smell of cinnamon on the front. Really enjoyable bouquet! Cream to off white/alabaster colored head

Taste is solid, a little wet but not too much, hoppy with a citrus finish. Easily drinkable beer!

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Photo of bismarksays
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured with a amber/caramel color. Decent fingerling of head and had some lacing as well.

S- Sweet malt (caramel, chocolate) and a nice floral hop presence

T/M Carbonated well and smooth drinking. It has just enough hop to make it noticable right away, but not so much that it is bitter. It is sweet enough that it can be called sweet, but not cloying at all. Overall, dependable and balanced.

D- I had the whole bomber, so I would say it is very drinkable. I would have this beer again and would suggest it for someone looking for a amber with hop presence.

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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 Kbogac
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle. Dark amber color with nice foam that quickly dissipates. No strong aroma, maybe a light hops scent. Overall this is a good amber ale. A little malty, easy to drink, not really any distinct flavors. On tap I could easily drink a few of these.

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

poured from a bottle into a punt glass

A- pours a cloudy amber color, good head, nice lacing.

S- grapfruit, sweet malts, and mildly hoppy.

T- sweet malts, some bitter chocolate, nice bitter hop presence

M- medium body, med to high carbonation.

D- I like this beer it reminds me of a black IPA, will enjoy again hopefully.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.81/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to copper color with a small white head. In the aroma, sweet maltiness with a gingerbread note and a small hop. In the taste, sweet to dry maltiness. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, small hop aftertaste. An ok ale, but nothing to exciting.

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

Not a huge fan of Rogue, but they know how to market. I'd just recently been fishing on Kodiak Island, AK, - Deadliest Catch territory, and so felt compelled to try this.

A: Pours out a murky brown/crimson shade with a nice white blanket of head that is well retained.

S: Enticing combination of fresh hops and caramel malt gives almost a bready, jammy desert aroma like a cherry pie. I keep going in and getting loads of caramel and cherry.

T: Sweet, with a potent piney bitterness that pushes the caramel malt into secondary status. In fact, the malt flavor here is more toasted or burnt than caramel. This is definitely one of those dense hopped up reds where the hops and malt are duking it out. Finish is lengthy with waning grapefruit bitterness and a nice bit of vanilla developing.

M: Medium to heavy-bodied with medium carbonation. The carbonation is done well. Feel is rather sticky as could be expected for a beer like this.

No doubt about it - this is a heavy, "Imperial Red". And I really liked it. Cheers to Rogue for naming a quality brew after Cap'n Sig. Surprised to say I will look for this one again.

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Photo of RPFinn
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. into a pint glass on the first Saturday of College Football.

Pours a murky, deep, deep amber with some brown. Beautiful tan head with nice lacing throughout. Good head retention. Nose is big and sweet. Toffee and caramel, some light chocolate. However, with a a nice biterness to balance. Not much hop action. Always happy with Rogue.

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Photo of cratez
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle purchased by my dad at The Brewery Creek Liquor Store in Vancouver, British Columbia. Pours a very murky and cloudy dark amber with brownish hues, two fingers of cream white head, and sheets of lacing on the lager glass. Smell and taste are herbal, resinous, and floral aromas, orange peel, toast, sweet caramel, taffy, toffee candy, chocolate malt, brown sugar, biscuit, slight cocoa, and a fruity, citric, and bitter hop finish. Nails every aspect of the style, but the IBUs are higher than usual for a red ale, and that's definitely a good thing. Mouthfeel is silky, medium, lush, a bit foamy, moderate carbonation, crisp spiciness mid-palate, arid bitterness to end. Basically the gold standard for an American Amber, there's not much more you can ask for here. Another exemplary beer from Rogue Ales Brewery. Thanks dad!

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Photo of jfdean
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was recommended this beer to pair with crab cakes of all things! I was skeptical being of a hesitant nature but bought myself a 22oz bottle on good faith. When I returned home I popped the bottle into the fridge.

Some time late dinner is served, with the smell of fresh crab cakes in the air and a vague ravenous feeling in my stomach, I opened the bottle and began to pour. The elixir that emerged was a dark rust color with mild head. I carried the glass to the table and sat down, as is usual smelling the beer before I drank it, I was struck with a precise mingling of malt character and spiciness of the yeast that shouted that being paired with crab was this beers sole goal in life and that it would not disappoint. A smooth crisp amber the ale is a drinkable beer that helps cleanse the pallet of crab and other sea foods before the next bite while being a clean contrast to any residual oiliness of shell fish. All in all, a brilliant complement to my meal.

I might not seek this beer out for a night on the town or even a causal night at home; but rest assured, the next time I make crab, my pairing is a forgone conclusion.

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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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