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 Deuane
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC. Glad to get and try this fresh as the sample from the bottle I had was less than impressive.

A-Deep, dark copper with a tin light tan head that stuck around and left decent lace.

S-Sharp and spicy bitter citrus rind hop pop with a nice supporting caramel malt background. This smells WAY better than the bottled version I had.

T-Citrus rind, touch of floralness and some pine hop notes meld well with semi-rich caramel malt. Drying finish.

M-Medium bodied, fairly sharp with good lingering bitterness.

D-A solid brew that I was glad to have the opportunity to try again and give a fair review too. I hope they sell enough to make a sizable donation to Captain Sig's fisherman family charity.

D: Solid balance of big hop and big malt flavors. Nothing overpowers and a ample carbonation adds to drinkability.

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

rogue captain sig's northwestern ale

pours a ruby amber color with a light tan head

smells of hops,malt,cranberries, citrus.

tastes of hops, and malt and citrus on the back of acid likeness

medium bubbles in the mouth, medium weight on the tongue.

i havent came across a rogue beer that i didnt like, i would buy this one again. would go great with grilled shrimp and a light salad .

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 22 oz bottle, This beer is dark amber to crimson hued with some significant haziness. the head is thick and eggshell colored, but settles to a nice film a couple of millimeters thick. Lacing is pretty good as well.

S: Toast, caramel, and fruity notes linger in the foreground, but the hops overwhelm them with hints of citrus, Spring meadow, and some pine.

T: Toasty, sweet malt is only present for a short time at first, as citrus, floral and piney notes dominate the palate. Only on the finish does the malt show once again, rounding the beer out with a sweet, yet crisp aftertaste.

M: This beer is incredibly soft, but nevertheless medium to full-bodied. Very well balanced, with a nice long finish.

D: This is another fine example of what the folks at Rogue are capable of making. Not my favorite release from them, but very easy to drink, and very tasty. I'll be re-visiting this one in the future...

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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 goldbot
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle.

A: Pours a deep reddish brown with about two fingers of tan head. The head is retained nicely, with good lacing on the glass. The beer is very cloudy, almost opaque because it is so hazy.

S: Citrus, raisin, bread. There is a hint of the chocolate malt detectable here, but it is minimal.

T: There is a lot of bitterness from the start to finish of this beer. A little bit of roasted malt sweetness to balance, but not much. More citrus and bread. The hint of chocolate on the nose has disappeared into this one.

M: Medium body. This feels almost thick or sticky in the mouth. I've felt better.

D: This was a tasty beer. It could have been smoother and much better balanced in my opinion, but overall it was drinkable and I could have had more.

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Photo of Dawkfan
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a hazy reddish copper color with 4 fingers of airy/fluffy head. Adequate retention and spotted lace.

S- Citrus & floral hops and a touch of sweet malts. Hard to get much else out of it.

T- This is distinctly hoppy, not what I was expecting from this beer. There's some malt in here as well but it's definitely subdued. A grapefruit bitterness lingers.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes dry.

D- An easy drinker, not the best I've had from Rogue but it hit the spot.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Very active and clear, deeper than bronze, thick white head, great retention and lacing.

SMELL strong citurs and floral hoppy nose up front, but it fades. Some underlying graininess with a swirl, but not especially complex.

TASTE mild malty sweetness underlies a fairly complex hoppy flavor. Bitterness is restrained. Smooth and balanced, with a bit of lingering bitterness after the finish.

FEEL bit of a fizzy bite at first, med/full body, some bitter dryness in the finish.

OVERALL fairly smooth and balanced, flavorful and easy drinking.

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

Served on draft in a 25oz schooner.

A: Pours a hazy deep gold amber with a 1/2 finger off-white head that quickly reduced to a slim white crown that persisted throughout the session. Lacing was present on the first half but stopped.

S: Dominated by hop aroma; sweet and grassy

F: Dominated by hop bitterness and grassy taste. The unbalanced nature of this beer was a bit disappointing for an Amber/Red Ale. Finish was dry and crisp with bitter hop character lingering. A slightly sweet caramel malt character emerged towards the end.

M: Crisp, dry, and refreshing

D: Decently drinkable that could serve as a short session beer

I like balance in my beers and there was little support from the malt character in this beer that would have lifted the flavor. Regardless another solid product from Mr. Maier.

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Photo of JamesS
2.29/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very nice deep red with some nice head and lacing. A bit of a malty scent, but no overwhelming red/amber ale aromas (deep malt, chocolate malt, etc) because of the overriding hop aroma. Too hoppy for its taste, too, overwhelming any nice amber ale flavors that should be present; had the signature Rogue flavor, which isn't bad, but makes it very non-unique. Goes down a bit rough from the over-hopping. If you're going to make a pale ale, just make a pale ale, not a pale ale with a bit of amber malt ingrediants.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer emerges quite hazy and is a light, golden amber in color with a decent sized white head. A touch of lacing forms and the head retention is quite nice.

Aroma is malty and very bready. Typical of most ambers I suppose. Heavy on the caramel and a hint of chocolate malt. That typical proprietary pacman yeast aroma and flavor is strong as well.

I prefer the hoppy ambers and this falls into that category. Sweet up front with that caramel and toasted bread hitting the palate immediately. A strong and somewhat astringent bitterness, I assume due to the hops, smack the tongue in the finish.

Thin on the body; watery. Just an overall average beer. I do like the hoppy bitterness but otherwise, I wouldnt "drop a line of pots" in search for this one.

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Photo of Zorro
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear red colored ale with a nicely sized tan colored head.

Smells a little spicy. Malty with lots of pine hop scent and a bread dough malt scent. A good scent but not a complex one.

Starts out medium level of malty, not sweet but it is there. Medium level of bitterness not super strong but noticeable. This is very much the picture of a "middle of the road ale."

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice drinkable ale but nothing all that special. Good balance of malt and hops this good but not best of its type.

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Photo of hike20
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a redish brown with a medium thick light tan head and a bit of clinging lacing. Aroma is of malt, yeast, and a touch of hops. It's pleasant enough but no unexpected notes. Hops hit the flavor right off the bat, more on the piny side rather than citrus. There is a bit of malt in the undertone, but nothing too complex. Medium mouth feel. Overall nicely drinkable, but not extraordinary.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into Macado's "Halloween 2009" branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Caramel color with a large tanned head that dissipates slowly. Leaves lots of spots of lacing around.

Smell: Caramel malts and toastiness with herbal hops.

Taste: Tastes toasty and buttery throughout, with a medium to strong hop bitterness at the end. Slight sweet-tea taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and smooth, dry finish, light carbonation.

Drinkability: Once again, a good overall beer from Rogue. Succeeds in its aim to combine amber ale and IPA.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween-branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color. The head is thick, white, and foamy and dissipates slowly leaving copious lacing.

Smell: Malty with a hint of grassy hoppiness.

Taste: Starts hoppy up front and finishes with a sweet maltiness. The hops have a nice grassy, piney flavor to them.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and relatively full-bodied.

Drinkability: A good amber ale and another good beer from Rogue. As a fan of Deadliest Catch, I had to try this beer. I was excited to find it at my local grocery store. If you can find it, give it a try.

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Photo of dpasotti
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy maple syrup color with a light tan, large-bubbled head that endures and leaves a hefty piece of lacing. Smell consists of some malt, but mostly a distinctively-Rogue hop aroma. Cascade is the most prominent.

Flavor is nothing too special either. Light toasty malt sweetness at first that abruptly transitions to sharp hop bitterness. Not overly bitter, but mostly lacking the fruity flavors I associate with hoppy Rogue ales. Pretty dry on the back end.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Medium in body and med-high carbonation with a slight astringency at the end. Overall a decent beer from a good brewery, but I prefer their 100 Meter Ale (listed under Eugene City Brewery).

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Photo of Blitzstyle
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a SA pint glass. Nice 2 fingers of head, good retention, nice sticky lace. Great deep amber/red color. Plus captin Sig is on the freaking bottle!

Cascade hops jump out for me, love the pine and light citrus aroma. Caramell is also present.

Good balance between hops and malt. Piney and light citusy at first but you get a good feel of the sweetness of this beer on the back of your tounge.

Medium body, not the smoothest beer on the market but a damn fine beer. Could knock back several.

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Photo of 7439
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed seven new beers while skiing in Beaver Creek for Thanksgiving. I tasted six of them (more on that later).

The remaining hostage, a Rogue Ale 22-ouncer, survived two UAL luggage throwers -- and thank goodness because this is a new one for me and a classic!

It's Rogue Ale's "Capt Sig's Northwestern Ale." For anyone who knows the Rogue Ales out of Oregon, they make a lot of world class beer and EVERY one of these are unique, flavorful but sometimes not for everyone. For example the Shakespeare Stout and Juniper Ale are terrific). This one is awesome for my fellow Hop Heads.

It pours a creamy head with a caramel color cloudy enough to look chewy but it's not. The 80 IBUs give it a boost but it's hoppy with a smattering of Horizon, Amarillo, Cascade and Rogue Farm Willamette Hops - that's a massive mixture of premium hops that rock. However, the Pale two-row, Munich, Carastan, and Chocolate malts really balances this out for the non Hop Heads. Add in Pacman Yeast and free range coastal water and you have yet another tremendous Rogue Ale.

Trust me. This is one well-built, rock solid, beer and quite simply one of the top 40 I've ever had. That's saying something for those that know my beer background.

Give this one a shot. Make sure you tip your glass to the guys smarter than us that can make you want to go back to the beer hunt a la Leonard Nimoy from his old program, "In Search 0f..." (insert "Delicious beer" here).

I haven't truly enjoyed beer for the last year like I used to as I wasn't finding ones like these to make the prospecting worth while. Let the gold panning begin... thanks Rogue!

Go find it... You'll be glad you did.

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Photo of dudecandle
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Moderately-dark amber body, a slight wisp of head on serve, but some light capping on agitation.

S/T: A smack of hops up front, but really little else. It had a slight bit of dark fruit, maybe some nuts, and a hefty amount of grain.

M: Light carbonation.

D: This is one of the most unimpressive beers I've had recently. It has some cheap flavor from the hops, and little to nothing else to round it out. Oh well, another Rogue disappointment for me.

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

Another hopped up red ale from the masters of hopped up red ales. Pours a reddish amber color with a large tan head that had excellant retention. The head does eventually settle to a thick cap. Large patches of lacing is left on the glass. Big hoppy aroma. Can definately pick out the Amarillo and Cascade hops. Nothing from the malt is detected. The flavor is a little more balanced. Big hoppy citrus and resiny flavor up front and then sweetness from the malt lasts till the finish. Bitterness is on the high side. I see it is listed with 80 IBUs. I believe it. Another very good red ale from Rogue. As a fan of the show, I knew Captain Sig would not let me down.

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Photo of adamette
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 650 ML bottle that I purchased along with 5 other Rogue beers within the past month. Poured into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. I saw this one in stores several times and finally decided to pick it up. No observed "best by" date.

A Nice medium, dark caramel brown body with visible carbonation bubbles rising up under a light brown generous head. Head retention was amazing. There was a head for about 10 minutes, lasting all of the way through my tasting and it left a nice lacing. 4.5

S Nice medium malt smell that reminds me of a German dopplebock such as Spaten Optimator. 4.0

T Nice, strong red ale flavor of medium roast malt and a measure of bite from the bitter hops but here the hops are presented well with a strong malt background. After reading the bottle I find that there are four types of hops used and I certainly taste them. 4.5

M Nice balance of smoothness with that bite from the hops. 4.0

D Well it is 22 oz. and done for me but the ABV would allow for repeated pints. 3.5

Notes: I seriously can imagine drinking this on a ship out on the Bering Sea as it would serve as a great warmer that would likely hold up to lengthy cellaring. Nice job!

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Photo of budgood1
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out of the 22oz. bomber a dark and murky chocolate colur with a dense and sticky head which shows staying power by leaving plent of lacing. cocoa and toffee maltiness shows through in the nose accentuated by some loud yeasty notes and some bright and flowery leaning hoppiness. kind of belgianesque. the taste is a nicely balanced mix of some layered maltiness...i can pick out the chocolate and munich notes quite easily...followed by some complex hopping that never becomes overly bitter in spite of the 80 IBU's. lots of yeasty overtones dominate above all else making for an interesting mix of ingredients. i like the supple body on this one and the semi-velvety mouthfeel mingles with a crispness that makes it quite drinkable for an ale that has a lot going on.

i thought this was an interesting concoction...tasty, flavourful and relatively easy to drink. on the other hand, not all the flavours melded well for me, and one bomber of this is enough to satisfy my curiousity. and of course the price doesn't justify what's inside the bottle.

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Photo of david18
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't tried a Rogue in a while because i'm not crazy about the house flavor but I forgot how much i iike their beers in general and this brewery for it's inventions. This one is a very easy drinker with a nuique enough flavor to make it stand out among over red/amber ales.

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

650ml bottle poured into Unibroue glass nov23 2009

A hazy peachy copper with a thick thumbs width of head that has decent retention and a few rings of lace

S lots of pine and citrus and some caramel

T this somehow has some balance to it, lots of malt to go along with heavy hops and all the things I smell

M medium bodied with a decent bite it's about as bitter as they come

D worth trying for sure but it's pretty pricey and there's other beers by these guys that I would drink before this one

I feel like I'm doing something wrong when I give the same grade for all five areas, but this is one of those beers with nothing worth complaining about but nothing amazing either.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Northwestern Ale at a beer store. Poured into a pint glass.

Appears a hazy copper color, with some red hues when held up to light. Robust and frothy off-white, approaching beige, head has a lot of resiliency.

Smell is a sweet malt aroma, perhaps with a little citrus fragrance along side.

Taste is a bitter citrus flavor up front, with a little caramel trying to break through on the swallow. The aftertaste is more sweet that bitter, and the cloying residual is candy like.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly cloying. There is a dry bitterness about the beer.

All in all a very drinkable beer. Hoppy for the style, a little akin to a malty IPA, but tasty, and fairly sessionable if the cloying nature of the mouthfeel doesn't get to you.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Rogue tends to make their beers stronger. This one is stronger, but the hoppiness was a bit much for me.
It's a medium brown color and just a tad cloudy. The aroma is mostly hops. The flavor is mostly hops and there's so much it made the middle part of my tongue dance for a few minutes. The beer is built good but it just wasn't a very enjoyable experience, I didn't even bother to finish my pint.

Mixing warning ~ Whiling drinking this beer I tasted some of my wife's Rogue Mocha Porter and the two flavors mixing on my tongue was extraordinarily unpleasant. The two just don't collaborate.

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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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