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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Ratings: 804 |  Reviews: 386
Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing!

Pours a hazy orange/dark amber, very thick off white head forms and settles down to a solid layer around the glass, thick ring, lots of chunky lace sticks to the glass.

Smell is nice, some grapefruit and floral, a bit of orange peel, caramel, quite sweet through the middle, a bit of brown sugar, nicely hoppy, a bit of herbal character in the nose, not bad.

Taste is nice too, very malty up front, caramel and a bit of biscuit, lightly fruity, brown sugar, some grapefruit, floral hopping, a bit of herbal bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Reminds me some of Brutal Bitter, solid beer. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of CHickman
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber brown in color with a massive 3 finger whipped foamy tan head that lasted for a few minutes; the head was so great it was like whipped cream, leaving fantastic lacing along the glass with good rings after each sip. Really good looking beer.

Smells of sweet malt, floral hops, piney hops, caramel, syrup and orange peel or grapefruit. Pretty sweet hoppy nose that is quite enjoyable.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt, floral hops, piney hops, caramel, light syrup, orange peel, lemon, grapefruit, brown sugar, alcohol like rum and a slight sweet smoky flavor that seems like the beer was barrel aged. A very tasty beer that is smooth and well balanced, with the malt sweetness playing the lead role throughout.

Mouthfeel is creamy and oily with light carbonation, a medium body and a slightly smoky dry finish that has hints of orange peel and toasted malt.

Highly drinkable, unique and overall a very good beer. Quite a pleasant surprise as I thought that this might be a gimmick with the Deadliest Catch label, but it was a solid beer!

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Photo of BarronWolfgang
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very good beer that did not taste anything like a crab boat!

A - Very good

S - Good smell of a variety of hops and a hint of citrus

T - Good and refreshing taste

M - No harsh afterbite

D - Could easily drink several of these

I would definately buy this beer again. I first bought it because of the "theme", but unlike most novelty beers, this one was actually very good.

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

Enjoyed a pint at the Newport Brewpub today. Reviewed from notes.
Beer poured an amber color with a decent head that left some lacing behind. Nose was of northwest hops but not as big as the ibu's would suggest. Taste was a light malt backbone with a decent amount of of pine and citrus hops. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, fairly enjoyable. Drinkability was pretty good. This was a decent beer that was closer to the ipa style. Nothing great but was glad to have tried.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a perfect dark amber color with a nice 1.25 inch head that is nice and dense with very sticky lacing. Nice head retention that lasts a long time.

S - Delicious sweet malt start to the nose with good fresh baked bread hints. There are some nice grassy hop nots as well but aren't as prevalent as the malts. Very well balanced as it should be.

T - Delicious bready and sweet malt start to this beer! Some toasted malts, with mild coffee flavors are nicely tempered by some nice grassy and piney hop flavors. Delicious beer that is well balanced and easy to drink. Nice dry and bitter finish.

M & D - Nice and light with good overall flavors and a very good balance. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Shadman
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Captain Sig looks like he'll kick my ass if I don't give this beer a favourable review.

A very hazy/cloudy dirty copper brown colour, impressive head and lacing.

Toasted malt aroma mixed with floral pine hop, hint of citrus and pumpkin spice.

Nice battle between the toasted malts and the bitter citrus/pine hops. Hint of gingerbread in there as well. Malts hold their own nicely until after the midway point when the hops stand triumpant in a grapefruit citrus finish.

Nice smooth, slightly slick mouthfeel.

Nice ale, quite hoppy, but with enough of a malt backbone to keep it from being too one dimensional.

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3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oc shared, poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a volcanic head, that is light tan and hold very well. Body shows a bit of sediment and is a deep copper in color.

S: The aroma of a mild IPA. Hops which show hints of orange.

T/M: A medium body, brings a hop profile to this red ale. A very good overall body to this beer. A sweet front on the body, brings a malt backbone that adds a touch of spice on the finish.

D: This is a very delightful beer to consume, a bold taste that has hints of an IPA, but many of the aspects of a red. kept me coming back for more.

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Photo of grub
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. sampled july 17/2010.

pours deep red with great ruby and garnet hues. the big dark tan head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is good. big biscuit and whole wheat bread. lots of hops. grapefruit and pine. light orange peel. bit of alcohol.

taste is nice. caramel and toffee. nice big hoppy character. pine and grapefruit. other light citrus. just over medium bitterness level. whole wheat bread and biscuit.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. good malt and hop character. a fitting tribute to the crew of the northwestern.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- pours a VERY dark amber with a 3 finger bone white head. Very puffy, sticks around for awhile. Lacing is...iffy, I guess you could say. Nicer near the bottom than the top

S- strong citrus hops, with a little bit of chocolate malt in there too. Getting some floral hops as well...smells pretty good. Strong

T- hops are mostly floral with a bitter finish that tastes like...flowered pine, I guess you could say. Sticks around for awhile. Not nearly as sweet as I'd like in an amber...tastes more like an IPA.

M- its fine. Nothing outstanding

D- too floral for my tastes, but the piney bitterness is nice.

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Photo of appenzeller
2.65/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a trancluent amber with some brown notes, capped by a foamy, two finger pale beige head. Retention is decent and some light lacing is left in its wake.
Before reviewing, I must note that Captain Sig's "Northwestern" stole the trademark from Northwestern University (identical font) my alma mater.

Pours a medium amber with a thin head. Piney hops smell and fruits and malts. Taste starts slightly sweet/caramely and then overtaken by pine hops. This would have been (or was) great with a bigger dose of quality hops but comes across now as an over-malted and over-flavored beer with enough hops to make it quaffable.

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Photo of TripleTap
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from a half barrel in my home bar at 9 psi and 40 degrees.

A: Poured in to a pint glass with a creamy 1.5" head, just the way I like it. A deep red ale without much clarity.

S: nice floral notes with the roasted malts coming thru.

T: This is a different animal. The hop flavor and bitterness comes thru quickly. Can really taste the cascade's. That fades in to the malt flavors. The chocolate comes thru in the finish with a slight sweetness.

M: Very fine carbonation. This feels good in my mouth!

D: For a beer of this complexity, I can drink these all night.

This is a great India Red Ale. It is not a clone of one of there other red ales. The IBU's are much higher. If I could get it in a sixth barrel, I would make it a mainstay in the bar. It is one of my favorite beers. RIP Cap'n Phil

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Photo of maximum12
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was this really brewed only once in December 2008? If so, there's still a suspicious amount on shelves around these parts. Bought this as part of a BIF then realized I'd bought the wrong bottle. Oh well, guess I'll split it with my wife & drink it up. Poor me.

Pours is clear, end-of-the-dock-barefoot-sunset. Still plenty of carbonation. Smells red, with equal daily servings of balanced hops & malts.

This might not be fair if this brew is truly eighteen months old, but at this point Sig's is a malt bomb. The pale malts are particularly conspicious, & the hopping is light, more of an aftertaste that part of the core brew; sans the sunburnt coloring, I'd have pegged this is as a dry-hopped pale ale.

This is a shrugger. Very decent beer, but it may have faded with time.

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

A: Pours a trancluent amber with some brown notes, capped by a foamy, two finger pale beige head. Retention is decent and some light lacing is left in its wake.

S: Some light piney hops hit up front, followed by a strong malt character - caramel base with dark fruits on top, mainly raisins and figs.

T: First taste is a light malt base, caramel and brown sugar, which gives way once some hops kick in - mostly pine with a light floral character. Dark fruits balance that, leading to a short, malty finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, feels smooth but not too heavy.

D: Goes down rather easy, wouldn't seek this out again but certainly not a bad beer.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.76/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

poured from bottle into pint glass, served around 47 degrees;

A: poured nice reddish brown with half-inch off white head

S: aroma was of raisins, plums, and piney hop notes with a touch of malt

T: flavor was mostly brandy with a bit of caramel and brown sugar mixed in

M: medium-full with a balanced alcohol warmth from start to finish

D: glad this was the only one, powerful alcohol warmth finished with a hoppy spike

thought this would be better, too much brandy flavor and the hoppiness and warming feeling were overwhelming, not recommended

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Photo of kemoarps
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So, let me start this review by admitting that I am not a big hop head. I found this at the local store while back visiting my parents and hadnt had it before so I thought I would buy it and give it a try.

When I opened the bottle and poured it, it came into the glass a beautiful copper brown, with a thick persistent head. Once the head finally dissipated, drinking down it left nice lacing along the sides.
Sticking my nose in there, the smell wasn't as strong as I had anticipated (admittedly, my sense of smell is not particularly strong, but compared to other beers, I expected this to have a larger nasal profile). What I did smell, however, brought to mind a mossy forest in the late morning. pine-y, but, again, softer than I expected. After sticking my nose in repeatedly the pine gave way to citrusy tones and a slight nod to the crystal malts.
After smelling it, I had adjusted my expectations down in terms of the size of the beer, but the flavour brought me back to where I was expecting it initially. The pine and citrusy hops really carry through and are the dominant flavour in this beer, with a little touch of toasty roundness on the back end.
For my preference I was surprised at how comfortable I felt drinking this beer. It is very smooth and fresh feeling in the mouth. It goes down easily, but leaves me feeling fuller sooner than I had anticipated. for only a 6.2, I am about halfway through a 22oz bottle, and it feels heavier and more alcoholic than I thought it would.

All in all, a solid beer. If you like Rogue, and are a fan red ales, this a decent entry into the genre. Not one that I would necessarily seek out again, but not one I regret trying. Apparently it's also tied into charitable work too, so there's that.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed in honor of the Deadliest Catch

A: Deep reddish brown with nice fluffy light tan head and moderate lacing.

S: Aromas of light citrus and malt.

T&M: Medium bodied with a crisp hop bite bite up front that fades to a malty backbone finish. Well-balanced hops and malt flavors. Some dark chocolate at the end.

Nice ale, definitely would try again.

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Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, another "special edition" brew from Rogue. I might be wrong, but I think this is St. Rogue Red. The hop levels suggest that this is the dry-hopped version. This is not a bad beer at all, but I have reviewed this beer beer under at least 2 other names and very likely a couple more than that. Buy a bottle to support the Fishermans Fund, otherwise pass.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber pours a hazy copper amber body with a lavish ecru hued head that holds steady for several minutes and deposits nice patchy lace.

Aroma has hoppy pine and grapefruit, basically a standard Rogue aroma of northwest hops. Toasted caramel underneath.

Medium body and carbonation, enlivened by the resinous hops.

Taste has pine, earthy, and grapefruity bitter hops front and center. Signature Pacman yeast is in evidence along with a subtle toasty caramel malt base. Long finish is bitter with a pine hop resin flourish.

Nothing exceptional here, but very solid and well executed for what it is. I'm not going to dock any points because Rogue brews such unexciting but consistently good ales.

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Photo of Daktyls
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy copper brown with a 2 finger head which lingers for a while before slowly dissipating leaving a nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Smells very faintly of chocolate but otherwise hoppy and citrus-y. As other reviewers have noted, very "west-coast" smelling.

T: Hops are most apparent following with malts and as with the aroma, tastes very faintly of chocolate. Slightly sweet on the finish.

M: Medium to high carbonation, very bubbly feeling on the tongue but finishes smooth.

D: Very drinkable, as with other Rogue beers I've had, the floral hoppiness is very up-front. Would probably have another.

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Photo of prosper
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle says 5.3% ABV, not 6.2, but otherwise appears identical to the picture above.

Pours a very hazy chestnut-brown with an off-white slightly tan head.

Smells typically west-coast hoppy as it pours - citrussy, with a slightly sweet candy-like maltiness deep in the background.

Taste - I've always been a great fan of rogue, and this one doesn't disappoint. Some sweet malts, some toasty malts, some bitter caramel malt, and a whole lotta citrus hops, tied together by a very assertive bitterness. Actually, this tastes very very familiar, much like a hoppy red ale I brewed a year back.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth up front, but it is very well attenuated, and finishes distinctly dry and bitter - mainly hop-derived bitterness, but also some malty bitterness of the sort you get with deeply roasted malts.

This is a pretty drinkeable beer, it's well balanced (if you're into big hops and big hop bitterness), and interesting enough to keep you interested, but finishes dry enough to not overwhelm.

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Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with a friend and poured into a standard pint glass.
The beer poured a deep amber-orange color with a thick head of off-white foam. The head receded after a few moments down to a little skim of bubbles and foam and little gobs of lace down the side of the glass.
The aroma of the beer was dripping with hops, citrus and pine were the most pronounced, but interjected with a solid dose of malts. The malt aroma was big with caramel, a whisp of chocolate, and a touch of raisin. The nose had a lot going on and it was quite pleasant.
The taste of the beer was big on hop flavor and bitterness. Behind the hops was the flavors of sweet caramel malts, ripe, sweet fruits, a touch of bread and chocolate and Pacman.
The beer had good body and drank quite well.
Overall, not a bad offering from Rogue. It has the Rogue signature to it, but I don't mind. I'd have this again.

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Photo of wingman14
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours extremely hazy mud brown with an off white head that fades fast. The smell has great hop aroma up from with some sweet and fruity notes following that are very strong. The smell reminds me of a hoppy barleywine, very fresh smell. Big taste going on, the taste starts sweet with some fruit notes up front followed by a nice bitter bite followed by a hop finish and aftertaste. There is a medium mouthfeel, nice complex flavors, good carbonation, somewhat smooth. This one is a great beer, not an easy drinker, tons of flavor, but so good. Definitely worth checking out.

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

Pours a hazy orange brown with a white/very light cappuccino head. Nicely balanced though assertive northwest hop in the nose, with a grassy and toasty feel. Also some malt in the nose, though not in the foreground.

Great focused hops in the palette supported by a roasted malt (with something like faint roasted butter, or perhaps even marginal vanilla notes). Though at something like 80 IBU's the hops are certainly the main player, the balance is there, with the malt acting in a more advisory role to the hops. Great bitterness, which rides out the finish and leaves a lingering impression.

For my tastes at least, it is a very flavourful and direct ale, which has enough bitterness, freshness, and personality, to make it a good companion for an evening of pints. Captain Sig's is a good workhorse - and I haven't a doubt that it would be even more delicious after a hard day out on the sea.

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Photo of NStLincoln
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber brown with a thick tan head. A tough looking beer. Lots of pine on the nose. I have a Xmas tree candle that kind of smells like this beer. There's also a tad of the sticky icky in the aroma. The pine keeps going on the palate, perhaps a little bit of lime citrus too. The mouthfeel is a bit carbonated, but no major problems, in fact it's pretty smooth with not too much hoppy bite on the back end. Yummy. Crab on, crab men.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled March 2010
This beer pours with a three-finger, tan colored head. The body is a murky red/amber hue, with a hazed, gold-amber hue when held up to the light. It smells of crystal malt and a signature American mix of hops with pine and grapefruit notes. Sweet tea crystal malt notes, toasted biscuit notes, lychee, perhaps some tangelo. The malt becomes more noticeable as the beer warms. This has a nice mix of aromatics to it, though it doesn't get me overly excited for some reason.

Quite fizzy and carbonated, actually a bit too much, but some vigorous swirling fixes this. This has an herbal, slightly astringent, hop bitterness to it that finishes with quite a nice bite. Citrusy hop notes of grapefruit, tangelo and lychee balance the sharper herbal and pine flavors from the hops, but play a slightly lesser role when you consider the bitterness to the latter. For all of the ample hop character, the malt character is fairly subdued, which is actually nice as this beer feels quite quaffable and even a bit light from what I was expecting. Some malt is noticeable here, especially as it warms, with notes of toasted caramel malts, and a light caramelized character as well as a light sweetness that would be much more noticeable if not for the hop character.

Not a bad beer, it has a nice aggressive hoppiness that is just balanced by the malt character. I could wish for a bit more hop-fruit focus, but there is still quite a bit of that here and even the more aggressive, herbal hop notes are nice as well. This is definitely a nice, aggressively hoppy, Amber Ale that I am happy to finish a 22oz bottle of.

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Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale from Rogue Ales
3.79 out of 5 based on 804 ratings.
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