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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Reviews: 386 | Ratings: 804
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark and hazy auburn brown with an off-white, 3 finger head. Excellent retention, leaving a strong layer of microbubbles to coat the surface. Lacing is strong all around the glass, with great stick.

Smell - Classic Rogue aroma. Light roast malt aroma hits on chocolate and caramel, and plays nicely along with earthy and citrus hop undertones.

Taste - Mellow chocolate malt is most prevalent upfront. Lesser notes of caramel and a woody character soon follow. Hops come in around mid-taste, guns blazing with orange and grapefruit zest, resulting in a nice citrus pith bitterness ringing nicely in the aftertaste. Shows great overall balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth texture. Goes down smooth as hell.

Overall - Somewhat similar to their Santa's Private Reserve, though more chocolatey and with a bit more hop kick. Overall a fantastic beer, but I can't see myself shelling out $7 for another bomber, not when I can get the similar Santa's for $10 per sixer every year around the Holidays.

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Photo of scratch69
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Cloudy, amber color with a finger and a half of light tan head. Good retention with some patchy lacing.

Smell- Caramel malt with some floral hops.

Taste- Sweet malt flavor at the start followed with an almost spicy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, crisp, and dry. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- I bought this because I am a fan of "The Deadliest Catch." A decent beer but the hop bitterness reminded me more of a IPA than an amber ale.

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Photo of FLima
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy Brown copper color with lots and lots of thick off-white head with good retention and leaving laces.
Nice aroma of bold earthy and floral hops, condiments, caramel and toasted malts.
Very bitter taste with predominance of floral hops with hints of grapefruit, non-sweet plums, random spearmint and spices. A bit salty as ocean water was used in the recipe. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness with notes of chocolate, toasted grains and guaraná powder.
Full body and good carbonation.
Interesting idea. It differs from a regular American IPA but has the kick of one and on the background you can identify a red ale that is striving to come out. Good ale, the bottle disappeared in blink of an eye.

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Photo of WelshBrewer
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Amber, cloudy, nice head dissipating to light cover head, good lacing

Smell - Malty sweet smell with hoppy for and after taste expected at 80 IBU

Taste - Malt sweetness with strong hoppiness almost IPA

Mouthfeel - Up front bite, bitter sweet, back end bitter.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, has a somewhat lingering aftertaste however, which somewhat deters the drinkibility, goes down very easily

Overall - Good beer, for an Amber Ale yet pushing in on the IPA style

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jacksback
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Seems appropriate tonight.

Looks... Well, its not the most attractive pour. Murky, dull dark brown with some amber highlights. Though in context of working a Bering sea fishing boat? Looks like pure gold.

Interesting aroma. Very malty and earthy. Fair bit of not-overly-sweet caramel, some nice toasted bits, and a floral, slightly spicy hop aroma. Definitely different... Likeable in an odd way.

Hops kick in more on the flavor right off the bat. Not sharp pr aggressive, bit a heavy, full spicy, floral character that's all over the flavor through to the finish. Malt tones down in the flavor, but still a solid body. Mildly sweet toffee and caramel bits, and good big of toasted biscuity bits. Big, but with a good bit of balance. Unique for sure.

Big mouthfeel in all aspects. Full, heavy, and assertive. Good bit of bitterness and body lingers on the finish.

Overall, a thoroughly worthwhile beer. Nothing amazing, not world class, but enjoyable to drink for sure, a good cause, and... If one likes Deadliest Catch, what better brew for the start of the season?

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three fingers of head on a rusty red colored body.
A hardy aroma of barley, lemon and hay.
The taste is bold with a strong, dry bitterness backed up by a good balance of malt.
The texture is thicker with moderate carbonation.
Nothing fancy just a bold red ale.

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Photo of Act25
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured hard from 22 oz brown silk screen bottle into a .5 l cylinder glass.

Appearance : Pours three finger thick, puffy head of off tan color that slowly settles into persisting islands of head. Deep amber brown in color with hazy not transparent appearance. Great lacing on the glass. Light carbonation, almost looks a brown ale, but tastes an american red / amber ale.
SImilar to other ROGUES Ales.

Aroma: Mostly caramel, bready, malt forward with delayed, more subtle hop tones. Earthy sweet aroma. Good winter earthiness.

Taste: Taste is more sweet caramel at first, followed by masculine bitter. Another writer wrote bitter on the sides of the tongue, sweet on the center. This is accurate. Almost salty bitterness, so salt and sweet. the malts, dominate the hops. Feels too sweet perhaps? A good winter beer due to the bitterness and backbone, good with stews, fish, shrimp, mashed potatoes, hearty food.

Mouth feel : medium bodied feel with moderate carbonation with slight hop derived astringency. Sweeter and more caramel and malt finish. A little thick tongued for me. Feel the alcohol.

I'd try another. i wish it were more smokey likes its brothers and I think it's moving in direction of a brown ale more than an amber, like a heavier, more alcoholic Ellies Brown Ale from Avery. I'd call this a winter beer, and a brown amber american ale.

I prefer their other lighter American Pale Ale / American Ambers to this one, but all the same it's uniquely made. Well crafted and original. A bit too sweet for me to return.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Muhly
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into the beery-beer glass.

A-dark, cloudy, almost opaque amber colour. Two fingers requires a bit more of a vigorous pour. Head stays for a decent period and leaves a a thin layer of white foam when it drops.

S-a good whiff of citrusy hops. Yeast and caramel maltiness also pop in.

T-hop forward with citrus notes. A bit of sweet, caramel malts as well.

M-moderate mouthfeel. Finishes pretty dry due to the hops. Bitterness lingers on the tongue.

O-a nice ale. Would have really impressed if the hops weren't so dominant and allowed the malts to be a bit more prominent.

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

Signature Rogues style, pacman yeast tastes. Nice and cloudy so not highly filtered. Deep reddish in color, sweet and malty aroma with a good mouthfeel. The chocolate is not overly present, but adds a nice subtle note. Great pairing with spicy foods, it does a really nice job of cooling the spice down.

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Photo of da_beers
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - brownish Amber, very cloudy, nice finger and a half head dissipating, nice lacing

Smell - Malty with light hops, sweet smelling, definite caramel notes

Taste - Malts, light hops, caramel hints, very light bitterness with nice sweetness. Taste and smell very similar here.

Mouthfeel - Smooth mouth feel, bitterness in the middle followed by sweetness followed by a somewhat dry hoppiness

Drinkability - Very drinkable, has a somewhat lingering aftertaste however, which somewhat deters the drinkibility, goes down very easily

Overall - Good beer, somewhat run of the mill for an Amber Ale

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rogue - Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale - 1pt 6fl oz

Look - Nice bottle artwork. Pours a cloudy amber brown with a glorious head. Medium carbonation.

Smell - More malty than hoppy, sweet caramel.

Taste - Smooth malt wave followed by caramel and then bitter hops, followed by smooth malt and then another wave of bitter hops.

Mouthfeel - Bitterness rests on the sides of the tongue in the form of dry hoppiness. Sweetness rests in the middle, goes down smooth. A lingering bitterness is not ideal here.

Overall - This is a good but not amazing brew by Rogue. Would definitely have this one again.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy copper in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and left lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with notes of citrusy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, starting off with initial flavors of caramel and biscuit malts and finishing with citrus and grassy hops, a light amount of bitterness. There are some hints of earthy yeast in the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of dryness is noticeable in the finish.
O: This is a bold and drinkable red ale that delivers lots of malty and hoppy flavors.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ale poured out a rich, cloudy copper/amber colour. Smelled of sweet malt with citrus and floral hop notes. Tasted just like it smelled; sweet malt taste which transitioned smoothly into the citrus and floral hops. Lingering sweetness.

Would I buy this beer again? Definitely.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Northwestern Ale pours a hazy brown with a nice lacing head. There is a bold malty aroma, with hints of hazlenuts. The taste is very malty, hints of chocolate, and hints of hazelnuts. Good full complete flavor. Overall a very enjoyable ale, and a very very good complex red ale.

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

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a crystal clear, auburn-copper coloring with a filmy, frothy, clingy, off-white head. Good lacing as you drink. Aromas of rich, roasted caramel and a heavy handed dose of wet, resiny hops. Flavors of tangy caramel in the backbone, with a dose of tropical fruit sweetness to keep it light and layered. The tail end of the palate is peppery hopped, with a spicing and bitterness that cleans the palate quickly and sharply. Tangy sweet and slightly bitter aftertaste, with a clean, crisp finish. Very solid, hoppy red brew; good one to keep handy in the fridge.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- Served an orange amber colored brew with a one finger tan head. The head faded rather fast to leave a decent level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell –The nose was light overall. There were notes of a piney and grapefruit nature as well as some sweeter aromas of caramel. Mixed with these was an even lighter roast and bread smell.

Taste – The taste starts out more on the malty side. It is quickly joined by a sweet caramel flavor. Hops then start entering the taste profile. It starts with a more piney hop flavor after which a grapefruit citrus flavor comes to the tongue. By the end the hops have picked up quite a bit in intensity and end up leaving a rather satisfying pine, grapefruit and sweet but malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the medium side in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that was moderate as well. The medium body and carbonation suited both the lightly sweet caramel and hoppier flavors of the brew quite well and gave a good easy drinking feel.

Overall- A rather refreshing and tasty red with a good decent hop profile. It drinks quite easy and is one I could see myself going back to on more occasions. Give it a go if you get the chance.

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Photo of Braz
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper orange with a light tan head that is 'very' pronounced. Actually never went away completely and leaves nice lacing stripes down the sides of the glass. Very hazy. Hops and grass aroma. Very lively appearance. Taste is on bitter side and is dry. Has a smooth draw. Hint of raw almond. Touch of caramel sweetness on back end. Beer taste more balanced further into it. Quite nice, would recommend for sure. Great anytime brew.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with about two fingers of fluffy white head with very good retention.

The scent is of bitter floral hops, some citrus and toffee, notes of caramel malt.

The taste is of moderately bitter floral hops, some citrus hops as well, roasted caramel malt, and some toffee.

Medium body, smooth feel, moderate carbonation.

This was an excellent example of this style. This is something I would definitely go for again.

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

Slightly hazy amber colour, good 2 finger head of foam that shrinks slowly leaving some lacing behind.

It has some sweet malt notes light roast, and some bitterness in the smell.

The taste is pretty nice. Some malt sweetness that gives way to grain, and turns decidedly bitter, an aspirin type of bitterness, which I usually don't like at all but the other flavours seem to take the edge off of it. Nice.

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Photo of Serge
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark amber color with red hue; creamy head. The aroma shows caramel and a cheesy touch. The mouthfeel is quite smooth, with a good caramel flavor, strong nutty presence, light vanilla touch. Quite strong bitterness, and caramel finish. Well brewed, at the same time solid and dynamic, very good.

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Photo of tdm168
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with a huge, brownish head that is soft, frothy, and dense and has great retention

S - faint caramel, faint floral hops

T - big malty amber, bready, caramel, faintly bitter, some mild sweetness, piney

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a decent amber. It's very malty but there is a nice, piney, slightly bitter hop presence that adds great balance. This also has great drinkability. If I could find this in 6-packs instead of bombers, I would probably pick it up again.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish hue with a little head and decent lacing.

The barman called this a "red IPA" and suggested it as a good pairing with their chili. Well, it's certainly no IPA, but it does have a stronger hop presence than the other reds I've had from Rogue as well as a pronounced citrus taste. It was a good pairing with the chili and by itself would be quite easy & pleasant to drink. Although, I do think the beer could have had a little more kick to it.

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Photo of KajII
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a hazy medium brown with an average (1-2 finger) light tan creamy head that lasted a good while, reducing to a thick residue and had nice sheets of lacing.

The aroma was a tad sweet with a grain malt, pine and citrus hops and a sweaty yeast, with notes of caramel, citrus (grapefruit & orange) and a mild fruity ester in that rested in the background.

The taste malty sweet with a big dose of caramel and a mild fruity presence in the beginning, then slowly progressed into a mildly hoppy taste with a bitter citrus peel finish. The flavor was short in duration with a mild bitter-sweet citrus taste left behind.

Mouthfeel was right between light and medium in body with a dry creamy texture and a soft carbonation.

Overall a very impressive brew with a great caramel sweetness which offset the hops extremely well...

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

I've read the reviews of this brew and I need to see this show everyone is referencing. I bought a bomber of this from a "preferred shelf" at a local grocery store. So far, they have not been wrong.

The brew pours a lot darker than I had thought it would. It has a nice malty smell, which is carried on through in the aftertaste as well. There is a nice hint of sweetness at the start before the malt kicks in.

All in all, a very good brew. In no way a session beer, but a great brew to sit and enjoy.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the brewery in Newport, OR.

Pours a reddish-amber hue, I guess right on, stylistically, with an off-white head that forms a firm ring and no centre. Lace is patchy, but the carbonation is fine and sits nicely in the solidly weighted body. Looks pretty good.

Nose is disappointing: some light caramel characters, and a hint of reduced leafiness, that perhaps gives a suggestion of mint. Not much else, meaning it feels pretty empty overall. Eh.

Light entry on the palate, with some definite mint mid-palate. Herbal and fragrant going towards the back, until we hit some pepper and a slight hop bite on the finish. Aftertaste is quite clean. Feel is smooth.

Overall, hey, it's not bad. It's a bit dull for a red ale, but hey, you can't have everything.

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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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