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 DNICE555
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked a 22oz bomber up at whole foods.

Reddish brown in color. Nice carbonation. A nice looking red ale. 2 or 3 finger head with some nice lacing left around the pint glass.

Smell is very pleasant. The yeast, hops, and some spices jump out at me.

I taste the yeast, the hops, and the alcohol provides a bit of a kick. I also pick up a zesty lemon undertone as well.

A very thick red ale. Crisp and dry.

Goes down very smooth. I could drink these all night... a bit pricey though.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark amber/honey color with a huge tan foamy head.A very good looking beer.The smell is strong with bread yeast and hops. The taste is almost spicy with bitter hops,bread yeast,alcohol,and a citrus flavor. A pretty good flavor,almost tastes like more alcohol than it lets on. The m/f is alittle heavy for a light beer and the flavors mix well.This is a very good,not great beer,and one you should try.

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Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours an amber / orange color with a huge 3"+ fluffy head that sticks around for minutes. Thick lacing develops during the session.

Smell: caramel, ripe fruits, and a floral hop bitterness is a easy to detect.

Taste: a bready malt sweetness, caramel, red plums, soft citrus, some drops of honey, and a nice floral bitterness. This is a hearty red ale.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp to start, smooth and a touch dry at the finish. Aftertaste is bready and thick. Medium in body.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this beer. Definite session ale worth picking up.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks beautiful, pours a dark amber with a huge head and persistent, thick lacing. Smells thick and bready, piney, fresh.

Much hoppier than I would have thought. Thick, yeasty, and malty to balance out the hops and bitterness.

Feels thick and very pleasant -- not sticky, but thick and light.

Quite drinkable -- I could drink it all night long.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's. Pours a light brown with a small white head. Aroma of chocolate malt and light sweet malt. Flavor of the same roasty, chocolate notes but also some fruity malt, floral hops, caramel malt, and apple skins. A nice blend of flavors. Very nice and easy to drink.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of ATPete
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

Pours a murky brown/orange color with a small peachy head. Big hop aroma in the nose, leafy hops, some hints of subtle chocolate malt. Burnt, with a big hoppy bite, earthy/herbal hops very grassy and very bitter. The malt/hop balance reminds me of other super hopped red ales (ie NN, Cascaszilla etc) but without the fruity, juicy hop character, instead its more green, resinous and plant-like with a weaker malt structure, crackery and barely rounding, its more sharp and assertive, almost one dimensional in character. The hops are pretty much out of control, blurring any subtleties that maybe about. Prickly carbonation and a medium body deliver the expected mouthfeel here. Great concept, love the show, loved the initial write up about this brew collab, just can't say i loved the final product, liked is a better word choice.

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Photo of far333
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14.5 degrees plato or roughly 6% ABV. Cider colored with fine bubbles rising from bottom to top and a huge 2-inch head of froth.

Aroma of toffee and biscuity malt, a tiny flash of hops.

Even flavor of doughey malt, hints of honey, slightly sweet, followed by cinnamon and floral hops. Hops turn up the bitterness slightly, finishes with a flourish of pine.

Full and even mouthfeel. Finishes crisp and dry. Tasty and drinkable.

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

On tap at Capone's.

Poured a deeper amber color with a smaller sized off whtie head. Aromas of toasted caramel, citrus, and a little floral. Tastes of the same floralness, caramel, citrus, and pine. Light lacing left on the glass.

Notes from and tasted on: 3/26/09

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Photo of masterchiefMD
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this one poured dark amber almost burnt carmel, with huge head! the smell was pretty malty the taste very very malty as well with a little bit of hops. I like this alot, very smooth. I could drink these one after another. This is pretty much a standard red. Solid beer but i am going to stay away unless i can find it cheaper than $10 a pop

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

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass. Review from notes made yesterday.

4.0 A: Murky dark amber color. Two inches creamy head with good retention and tons of lacing.

3.5 S: Floral hops, litte bit of grapefruit as well. Caramel sweetness and a tod of light fruitiness.

3.5 T: Some grapefruit hop flavor and lots of hop bitterness. Toasty malt and some light fruit tones.

4.0 M: Good creaminess. Good carbonation. Good overall.

4.0 D: Complex enough for a few more without getting bored.

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Photo of gibby
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love the show so I decided to try the beer. Poured a deep amber almost brown into a tulip glass. Little bit of a tan head that went away quick. With an 80 ibu I though it would smell hoppy but it did not, instead it had a sweet malty smell of toffee. The taste was so-so, not much going on but maltiness and a slight hop bitterness. I will say I put the bomber down no problem and it's a beer you could probably sip on for a while. I am not sure of the alcohol % but it didn't seem to be too high. This beer was not bad by any means so I am glad I tried it.

I like rogue but none of their beers ever really "wow" me. The best I have tried so far ifs the 12IPA or yellow snow. I would recommend this brew mainly b/c some proceeds go to the fisherman's fund.

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Photo of loren01
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber color, good sized frothy white head, good lacing down the glass
S: Scent is piney and slightly fruity
T: Very much like the scent, piney hops and a slight malt taste up front
M: Medium mouthfeel, kindof an oily mouthfeel
D: Pretty darn good red ale, I would buy this again for sure. Very cool bottle...although I love all the rogue bottles. Very unique.

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

Rogue- Captain Sig

A- Deep hazy ruddy red with a thick heavy lacing head
S- Deep tangy malt and bitter pine hops.
T- Pine hops, pine needles, and thick cherry caramel malt.
M- Thick gritty malt with an even thicker oily pine hop body.

Overall- Delicious, and well worth sekeing out. I hope this 1 lasts awhile!

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

Body is a medium to dark amber color. Inch high off white head was frothy, but faded fast. Minuscule carbonation bubbles rose rapidly. Lace was clumpy spots all around glass.

A spicy blend of malt and hops on the nose. Biscuit and black pepper aromas with just a faint bitterness linger. Very hidden orange peal in the background.

A bitter pop on the front of the tongue. Bitterness fades to a gritty malt taste with a bit of a plastic note. Spices in the nose are completely non existent.

A nice thick liquid. Carbonation does a great job of shifting flavors without being overpowering.

A decent brew. Would work well with a burger and fries, or maybe salted cod in Sig's honor. Nothing special, but worth a try. Another average brew in the style.

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

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a frothy 1 1/2" tan head over the slightly cloudy dark copper brew. Head sno-cones above the rim, with heavy coating lace. Aroma is piney hops and lightly fruity. Taste is lightly sweet upfront, then goes bitter for the duration. Could use a bit more malt character. But somehow that comes together well and works. Mouthfeel and drinkable are standard for the style. Not quite as grabbing as I was hoping for, but still a good brew.

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Photo of GJ40
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Nikki's in N Providence, RI.

A - Amber with good clarity and a creamy beige head. Decent retention and good lacing.

S - A nice mix of toasted malts and citrusy and piney hops.

T - Starts with some malt but quickly moves on to a nice citrusy hop bitterness. It doesn't dominate the experience but it leads and lingers for a long time. The Alaskan King Crab is well hidden ;-)

M - Moderate consistency and carbonation. Just right for the style.

D - Very smooth and easy to drink yet interesting enough to keep you attention. I bought it because I like Rogue and enjoyed the show but ended up liking it more than I thought I would. I'm sure Captain Sig approves of the results.

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

Captain Sig's ale poured a good looking red with a 3-4 finger foam massive head with a cool label and lacing that was reminiscent of barnacles on the side of the ship.

The smell was of citrus especially grapefruit. It seemed to pack a whallop of taste as it gave the back of the throat some burning sensation. It had a real nice bitterness to it and I assume the IBU's were up there. I would consider this to be of the Red IPA style so if those are up your alley you should love this one.

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

Like everyone, I LOVE the show so I had to try the brew.

Poured a nice dark amber with a great frothy head that stuck around for a quick minute to show some sticky lacing.

Smell was very piney with lots of hops up front.

Taste was very much like the smell; Malty goodness with a great hop twanginess

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

In my pint glass this beer was an amber color with a 2 inch beige head and abundant lacing. It had a caramel and citrus aroma. The taste was dominated by grapefruit, and I lost whatever malt I had in the aroma. The beer verged on being too sharp, and I found myself taking a good length of time to drink it.

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

Orangy brown beer, with a nice thick tight bubbled creme coloured head. aromas of grapefruit hops caramel undertones from the malts. Unusual taste, chocolaty toasty malts are strong but a sea of zesty citric hoppiness flows back and forth over the base Good on the palate well carbonated and a great after taste. Overall a nice beer here from Rogue.

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Photo of discovolante65
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

grabbed a 22 after friend of mine told me they just got this in. I love the name, and love the show, plus the portion of proceeds going to the fishermans fund makes me feel like a philanthropist. I'm giving to families when I drink this!!

Poured into my brand new Troubadour glass. Pours a beautiful honey amber with a big thick, frothy, sticky looking head. Nice carbonation. Impressive head retention and some sweet lacing.

Smells like pine forest, flowers, malt is there as well as some mild spice.

Hops, not a smack in the snout, but instead a newspaper roll of it. Piney/Hop/Citrus, something earthen and some honey hints, and some spice. Nice crisp flavor of yeast as well. More like a parade of characters on the palate than an ensemble of flavors. I think this is a little out of balance but I wouldn't want it any other way.

Moutfeel is a bit oily? Medium to full but good carbonation and crisp, I can think of no other word than crisp, taste. ok, refreshing.

Drinkability. I should have grabbed two. I am pleased with this offering and would buy it again without a doubt. I like the off-balance washes of flavor. I feel that by saying it's off balance I am putting it down. There has to be a better way to describe it. Ogres have layers. Beers have layers I guess.

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

22 oz. bomber > Dimpled mug

This puppy is packed with carbonation, rushes of tiny bubbles create a thick, sea-foamy colored stickiness and hangs around for a long time. The head and carbonation is really healthy. It's got s reddish-brown amber color and a medium bodied look.

A nice combonation of sweet-brown sugar, hearty scented malt and a complex variety of hops which adds a very spicey-green's effect. Red fruits underneath, with a strawberry-like sweetness from the hops. nice complexity in this aroma.

The flavor has a really solid and complex malty backbone, hearty-herbal flavor's come in brown sugar and smokey chocolate malt edge with a Pale ale-like hop balance. The Cascade, Horizon and Amirillo hop's add a ton of depth, with peppery, mildly bitter bite and fruity flavor's. As the hops flavor starts to become fruity and then bitter the medium-bodied malt body flows in to keep the balance right on. Amirillo hops add a rather West-coast-style bitterness and dryness in the finish. Medium bodied, hearty feel, finishes with a lip-smacking dry effect.

This brew is much like a very-hoppy red, I'm thinking Cascazilla with a bit more maltiness in the balance. Very nice!

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

I have to agree with the first reviewer that this is much closer to an IRA than a Red or Amber. The hop bitterness is right on for a West Coast IPA with just a bit more malts than the IPA style. Cloudy amber with a large two finger cream color head. Plentiful lacings. Aroma is floral hops, some pine.
Taste is bitter piney, some citrus, with a fairly strong malt backing. The mouthfeel is fine with a slight over carbonation.
I would guess the abv about 6% or so. The bottle lists 80 IBU and I believe it.

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

I love the label on the bottle as I am a huge Dealiest Catch fan - AND Captain Sig.
This beer pours a hazy orange/reddish color with a big, 2 1/2 finger rocky head. Head retention on this was fantastic, with chunky lacing left behind. The nose on this beer is very subtle, hints of floral and citrusy hops, with a hint on spice. Taste is also of some floral and citrus hops - there is definite hop bite at first sip! It then leads to a bit of a pine taste and muted malts. This is a medium body beer - it went down rather easily. Overall, a decent beer!

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Photo of olmatty
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a creamy, sudsy beige one finger head with good retention and nice lacing. Beer body is hazy copper

Smell- Mostly malty with a mild hop background

Taste- Beefy, amber and slightly sweet maltiness with a bitter dry hop bite that comes on late and stays around. Hops manage to be quite bitter without a full range of hop flavor.

Mouthfeel- Crisply carbonated and a bitterness that hangs on a bit too much. Finished like an ESB.

Drinkability- Tasty, but bitter without the fullness of hops range. Perhaps intentional, but it doesn't make me want more. Love Sig and the show, and Rogue brewing, but Deadliest Ale was only a tad above average and therefore only moderately enjoyable.

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Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale from Rogue Ales
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