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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Photo of CurtisFagan
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Dalhousie Co-Op from Chris (wordemupg)who recommended it. Hadn't drank it himself yet at that point I think, so I was flattered.

Appearance: Lots of sediment, pours a deep amber hue, verging on brown with some lovely red highlights. Thick and cloudy with the sediment, tan head, two fingers thick, stuck around for the whole time, thick and chunky and lacing sticky and big.

smell: aromatic hops and a spiceyness upfront, subtley sweet malts, barley and dark bready notes, slight hints of cloves

taste: Big smack of rich, balanced hops first sip. Drawing air through the brew in my mouth I discovered a sneaky sweetness in the malt which was touched by an earthy taste fromt he barley. Light fruityness and an acidic tang on the tongue from the aromatic hops suggested in the nose. As the hop bitterness and spice settles down, a sweetness wells up on the back of your tongue balancing it all out leaving the slow but smooth quench. Very balanced, nicely bitter, smoothly sweet and delightfully satiny! As it warmed, all the earthyness of it comes upfront and gains a woody taste like the smell of willow bark... very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbo, some chewy, thickness from the sediment and a nice swirling, spice from the alcohol. Not a clean tasting beer by any means. This is an American Amber for sure, just rich and lots of body. Like a girl with great curves and flowing hair, this is a seductive and surprising brew.

Drinkability: I could hit two or three of these before having to change up. But by then I'd be intoxicated anyways. This would be the beer I'd jump to after a blonde or wheat beer.

Overall: This sits well in my list alongside Rogues Brutal Bitter, Juniper Pale Ale and Yellow Snow IPA. I'm a steadfast fan of Rogue now, and this is just one more example of why that is the case. This would pair beautifully with some seafood or chicken, (mustard chicken with greek seasoning and broccoli actually:D)

If you like a bitter but also like a smooth red or amber ale, this is a great way to have the best of both worlds. Not an all night sesh beer, but definitely a tasty addition to a night of yummy beering!


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Photo of ledzepp817
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again, Rogue doesn't disappoint. This was purchased in a pint-size bottle and poured into a glass. A rich, full red color that smelled of wonderful hops and deep malts. Not as tastey as my favorite American Amber Ale, but a wonderful taste no-less. Just enough of a hoppy flavor to prick into my tongue but kept the drinkability high because I could've drank them all night.

Overall, another great Ale from Rogue. I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Same exact beer as the Captain Sig's Deadliest Ale, just with a slight name change.

A - Great amber red hue
S - medium rich brown malt, nuts, hops, and red fruit
T - good flavor, hoppy
M - great bitter hop notes, tannins, acidity all balanced
D - Very balanced and drinkable


A great little limited release ale. Very balanced with a good hop presence.

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Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great brew this is....

Pours with loads of fluffy head sitting atop a reddish copper ale... Very pretty in a tulip glass...

Wow, this is still smelling really hoppy... Piney citrusy hops mix with caramel and chocolate malts that blends nicely and smells really good...

A super super drinkable ale... Delicious brew... The hops explode up front and lead to the sweet maltiness that ends with a nice finish of hops and malts....

Very nice little brew... I wish this was a regular and not a one off...

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Photo of thecarster1
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bomber poured into a pint, one finger head with nice retention, hazy light brown coloring, not overly bubbly.

s- caramel malt, some grassy notes, citrus hops.

t- interesting amber ale, nicely hopped with a caramel malt upfront, biscuit, some citrus not overly grapefruity or piney but still has a nice bit of hops, little dry finish.

m- medium body.

d- very drinkable beer, i killed the bomber in no time, i got this as an extra in a trade, and i enjoyed it, sofar rogue hasn't disappointed me at all, another great beer!

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Photo of jdense
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle purloined at local bottle shop in The Big poured into Dead Guy pint glass.

Amber opaque body under 1 finger semi-rocky white head, quick dissipation. Fairly complex aroma from 4 malts/5 hop varieties. Nose has bready and sweet malts, with citrusy and piney hop notes, pretty complex aroma. Same profile in taste, pretty dry finish. Sticky mouthfeel. Not bad drinkability, but not the smoothest in this category.Hard to categorize the overall taste, but pretty hoppy, aggressive taste for an amber/red ale. Worth a try.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 10/31/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, caramelized malts and citrus, all blended together nicely.

T: The taste starts with a nice strong burst of hops bitterness followed by caramel and citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty and there's a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice hoppy red ale to drink for an entire evening.

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Photo of ToddT
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy light brown color topped with a light tan head. Head is long lasted and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Subdued aroma of grapefruit hops and caramel malt.

T- Bitter grapefruit hop starts things off then a slow transition to a sweet finish. Finish is lingering with a little oil of the hops.

M- Medium in body and well carbonated. A little bit of oily residue at the finish.

D- Pretty drinkable could use a little more interplay between the hops and the malt though. The 6.2% ABV is not readily apparent.

Cool bottle, wish the beer was a little more interesting though.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, but slightly dull copper and reddish amber color. Nice head after the pour that eventually recedes to nothing almost at the bottom of my pint glass. Only one, sluggosh column of bubbling. Nice spicey hops aroma. The malts and hops combine to almost give a light cinnamon and pumkin sweet aroma, before tha hop citrus smashes that to bits. The starts dry malty toast. The middle quickly relinquishes to the hops. The finish has no sign of malt at all, only total, bitting into a whole orange taste and sensation. What a bitter palate on this brew. Once this beer warms a little, the bitterness is identical to that of taking your first bite into orange peel. Pretty bitter amber ale, but still pretty cool novelty beer thats as bitter as the skeletal Norwegian on the bottle.

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Photo of ralree
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Dark red, opaque, great lacing, decent head retention. Nice fluffy head came out of the bottle.

S: Strong Northwestern hops and barley, but not as strong as some of the super Northwestern IPAs. A little sweet smelling malt is in the background.

T: No fruit detectable whatsoever, which is a shame because it would go beautifully with the solid hop and barley this thing has going on. Think of an IPA with no grapefruit or apricot flavor. It's still really good though, if you like those elements on their own. Something just feels like it's missing, and it's sweetness and tartness. A little smoky, which is nice.

M: Creamy and oily, non-astringent, good carbonation. Exactly what I would expect from Rogue.

D: Goes down easy and is a beer I can have with a meal. Would go great with beef dishes and such. The real benefit to the taste is that it won't overpower food like many IPAs would.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Somerville at Redbones' Rogue Keg Party to kick of the NW Fest party. Dark red color. Nice sized head. Pine-like smell. Super hoppy taste. Thought this was more of a northwest IPA that anything else. Lingering hops on the palate. Nice beer, but you have to be in the mood for hops with this one. Maybe not the best choice for my first beer on an empty stomach.

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Photo of magnj
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy amber body leaning towards red. Big thick head leaves lots of lacing.

S - Big earthy hop aroma, some tropical fruit and sweet malts play supporting roles. Somewhat musty house flavor reminiscent of what you might find at a brewpub.

T - Big earthy hop flavor but not much bite. Caramel present but not much, accented by tropical fruit and maybe some yeast character involved.

M/D - Full body but not thick, hearty. Easy to drink, pretty tasty and somewhat complex. Not a standout for me but I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Remember back in the day when Rogue was the coolest brewer on the block and their beers tasted so original and great. They are still a great brewer but I get a sense of sameness from their brews( could be the pac-man yeast). This beer is pretty good but tastes a lot like their amber crossed with dead guy but darker. I felt like I had it before ( lets nor get into the renaming of the same beer thing that Rogue does). I wish these guys would take more chances and shy away from the house flavour .

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Photo of Dotcubed
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was hesitant to try as there was one rogue that was just in a charity bottle.
I'm not a fan of the show but I usually like Rogue beer.
Smells great, floral hops. Full foam head. Beautiful burnt orange color. Nice lace.

Very dark for a red ale but i like this appearance.

Bitter as hell. Are american ambers this bitter???
Reminds me of the Surley Furious.
Prominently biter, with some malt. Tight.

Little carbonation. Dry finish.

Maybe with some nice buttered crab I'd like it more.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruddy brown pour with orange and red accents. Creamy inch of light tan foam on top. Patchy lacing and a bit murky. Aromas of rich malts upfront with caramel and fruit in the forefront. Chocolate and roast come through nicely as well. Piny hops forward with citric resins as well. Quite nice.

First sip brings smooth malts upfront. Notes of caramel, fruits and cocoa along with a mellow roast. Big hops flow in with resinous herbal and pine along with citrus accents. Bitterness kicks in on the finish. A nice malty, hoppy red ale that is well built.

Creamy, medium mouthfeel and good carbonation. Goes down nice and overall is a tasty brew. Wish I had some fresh crab to eat with it right now!! Overall, nothing earth shattering but a well made drink. Wish the bomber was a tad cheaper.

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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark hazelnut with Dark Umber core. Thick Tannish Foamy head. Nice fluffy succulent laces.

Toasty, coffee, a little smokey. Bit of Floral and Citrus hops.

Malty: caramel, smokey, toasty, and a bit of chocolate. A citrus and floral hop bite. Bitter floral resinous piney hops. Hint of yeast.

Slightly astringent and acidic. med body. ave carbination, sticky and dry.

Good hoppy complex NW ale. Loads of bittering hops, loads of malts.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twenty-two ounce bomber bottle just copped from Super Saver on Route 22 for $5.99...
As typical with most Rogue brews, this is another winner... It's been a while since I've sampled a new beer from this West Coast brewery and this red "amber/ipa" did not dissapoint... Deep, dark-amber copper hue with an enormous frothy head that deposited a moderate amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Thick, rich amber aroma and taste with hints of piney hops, lemons, and citrus...
Easily drinkable and filling... Good stuff... Recommended...

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Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 9/15/09

Poured into a goblet. 1 finger, off-white head. Ruby colored body.. clear.

Smell was roasty, malty and had a nice hop aroma. Slightly floral and citrusy.

Taste was almost chocolately upfront with a nice bitterness throughout and into the finish. Good amount of roasted flavors backed with a malty sweetness. Hops seemed piney with hints of citrus in the finish.

Mouth had good carbonation. Mildly dry finish. Medium body.

Drinkability was good. Nice balance with a mellow bitter finish.

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Photo of jxhowell
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this from a 22 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. It poured a orange-amber color with a thick foamy head. It leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

The initial smell is a strong citrusy hop aroma. However, it's not very complex...just hoppy.

The taste initially hits the tip of your tongue with a strong bitterness that smooths out into citrus and pine flavors.

The mouthfeel is an initial creaminess followed by a seltzer-like effervescence that quickly dissipates at the back of your tongue.

The drinkability of this beer, although rated at 80 BDUs is still surprisingly smooth.

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Photo of mrandypandy
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased from some grocery store (Albertsons) in Clarkston, WA.

A- Pours a cloudy murky-brown with some amber highlights. Small, light brown head that tries to cling to the sides.
S- Light fruity/citrus hop aroma.
T- Not sure how old this is, but it tastes like it used to be a nice hop-bomb. The hops, however, have faded quite a bit. Malty notes (biscuit) aren't as prominent, and the remaining hops still stand out. Piney.
M- Medium body, fairly light with plenty of carbonation.
D- Average drinkability. I didn't have a problem finishing off my bottle, but wasn't jumping for a second.

Overall, a decent representation of the style. It won't blow you away by any means, but a slightly better than average Amber.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jlb307
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Reddish brown, almost like a nut brown ale, with a dark tan head, thick and fluffy with decent retention. Residual lacing clung to the glass pretty well.

S: Malty nicely balanced with the hops. Pretty pleasant aroma, but a little weak.

T: Malty and hoppy but with plenty of bitterness on the finish. Kind of clings to the back of the teeth. Notes of semi-sweet dark chocolate on the palate.

M: Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Finishes clean.

D: Not the best I've had, but very good none the less. A fitting substitute for anyone who may be waiting for a particularly similar seasonal release from a certain central PA brewer.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, revealing burnt amber tones under an aggressive cream-colored head. Looks pretty standard for an ale. Smells hoppy with a nice hint of malt.

Tastes a little sweet, a little malty and with nice bitter hoppy bite. The hops are solid here like chewing on an orange rind. Satisfyingly carbonated mouthfeel over smooth, medium-bodied texture. Pretty easy to put down. I can see myself enjoying this with a pizza or some other generic food where you'd want good beer to drink and forget about.

Not my first choice on a menu, but I'd order it. Overall they've done a solid job.

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

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a huge foamy tan head. The head sticks around for quite some time and leaves lots of lacing all over my glass.

Smell: Floral and pine hops with caramel malts. Has a good smell but nothing too amazing.

Taste: Has a very consistent bitter pine hop taste all the way through. Some mild toasted malts in there as well.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Light to medium bodied and very dry.

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

Decent amber from Rogue. Cloudy copper with the typical vigorous head I find in most Rogue beers. Nice malty, yeasty-bread smell. Faint citrus background from the hops.

Slightly bitter, metallic aftertaste and a somewhat slick feel on the tongue. Overall, not a bad beer. Carbonation could be toned down and it does come off as a little bitter.

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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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