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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 joemcgrath27
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very hazy deep brown amber, tall tan head retained very well and left full lacing
S - toffee, floral, and citrus, all very mild aromas
T - nutty and sweet toffee malts quickly followed by grapefruit and perfume hops, very well balanced
M - medium body with decent carbonation, somewhat creamy start quickly changes to hop bitter
O - very well balanced but not messing around either, much like the Captain's personality on tv

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy copper with shades of gold. A huge light tan head leaves some lacing.

Smells clean, light hops and malts, nothing over the top.

Tastes of almost roasted malts, with a light bitter, almost piney finish.

Very smooth, light-medium bodied, very drinkable.

Flavor is a bit underwhelming, but other than that, a fine beer.


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Photo of mactrail
2.38/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

So this is what it tastes like fresh. I think"Deadliest" is a more accurate name. It's the ultimate earthy hop flavor-- dry, woody, bitter, and tastes like dirt.

Rogue seems to have distilled the alpha acids and blown off anything like aromatics. No malt to speak of. Still, it's an attractive brew in the glass, with a nice coppery color and decent head. One of the most intensely bitter beers I've tried. Even among hugely hoppy IPAs, this is an outlier. It keeps biting back. Says the female drinking companion, "make it stop!"

On tap at Pizza Port in OB.

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

Much appreciation to my brother for getting me a bomber of this. Split with him into a couple of glasses. The brew pours a hazed amber. A tan cap more than a finger strong sits above with decent retention.

The smell is quite toasted and classic for the style. A little bit f fruity quakity mixes with some floral hop component. A mild touch of alcohol is notes which blends well with the hops before going back to the main focus of toasty grain.

Where the nose is all about the malt, the alcohol comes through more in the taste with a warming inclusion mixed with the toasty grain element. Hops are also more prevelant in the flavor with an herbal inclusion that blends to citrus. All thw while, the toasty, bready grain elements are there in full force.

This is a medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation. Overall a pretty decent take on the style. I am glad I was able to give it a try. I typically dont drink Rogue products for their over-priced and flashy looking packaging but considering the charitable cause for this one I might snag it again in the future.

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

Love the show and bottle, had to buy the brew.

A: Very nice amber brown color with 2 fingers worth of head. Slowly dissipates to a very thick foamy head that clings to the sides all the way down.

S: Nice malty scents with some aromas of dark fruit, figs, dates, plums, cherries and raisins. Very mild citrus aromas mixed with the floral hoppyness.

T: Floral with some burnt carmel leading way to the malt and the deep dark fruit flavors from the nose. Sweetness is nice and stands out a bit in the middle before the bitterness of the hops balances it all out. Bitterness of citrus rind on the aftertaste. Very enjoyable all around.

M: Light carbonation works well with the flavors, ABV is noticeable but not drastic. Very slight dryness leading to a crispness in the hops bitters in the aftertaste.

O: Very nice brew, I like how it starts floral and sweet and the fruit comes at you in a wave, and then the bitterness of the Hops balances it all. Just need some King Crab legs to crack into and im set for the night.

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

Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale
Rogue Ales
Style: American Amber / Red Ale
ABV: 6.20 %

LOOK: Deep copper colored brew. Fine clarity, with carbonated bubbles rising to the surface.

SMELL: Flowery hops, caramel, mild toffee.

TASTE: Upfront flavors of caramel and toasted malts. There is a small hop bite in the finish. Mild bitterness, pine, caramel and toast flavor.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp.

OVERALL: This American Amber is a very drinkable beer. A strong malt foundation lays the groundwork for the gentle hop notes to pull through as well. Good session ale.

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Photo of avalon07
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A pretty hoppy aroma, with some malt present as well.

T: Tasted predominantly of hops, along with malt, caramel, and possibly a little citrus. The hops content was a little surprising (80 IBUs), and sometimes a bit harsh, but the flavor solid overall.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, yet a little overly bitter in the finish. Medium bodied.

O: A solid, generally well made amber ale.

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

Look ~ pours a rich coppery brown color. clarity is very good (until last poor). head is awesome: rises about four fingers on a hard pour; texture is incredibly moussy; color is off-white; it falls at a very, very slow pace with some truly great lacing. some good visible carbonation. perfect for style.

Smell ~ a lot of fruit going on. malts come through first for me: some melanoidins (figs, dates) and a good hint of kettle carmelization (but this was not overpowering). hops are a little too light for style, but i get some citrus and grapefruit (common northwest hops but I was disappointed to not get pine and resin that I love and associate with cascadian brews). not totally sure, but I think that the yeast supports these fruit flavors and brings them together with a bit of lighter fruit and even some very delicate floral notes. very nice, but a little off from style because of weak hops.

Taste ~ similar to aroma. I get malt first: the caramel notes a bit stronger on the palate and they come out first, backed up by the fruitier notes of figs and dates. again, the hops are a bit too light and are very grapefruit and citrus rather than pine or resin. hop bitterness is great for balance the malt. a decent helping of lighter fruity esters without perfume of floral notes. this was an exceptionally balanced brew.

Feel ~ medium-light body and medium carbonation. the carbonation was a little light, but carbonation wasn't needed to dry out the finish because of the great hop balance. some nice mouth-coating hop oil feel. a touch of unwelcome astringency from the bitterness.

Really greatly balanced brew. Highly drinkable. But for a brew called 'northwest,' for this style, and from this brewery I would have liked to have seen a bit more of a cascadian hop showcase.

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3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22fl oz bottle. Pint glass. Enjoyed on jul´11. Orangish red in color, cloudy. Off-white close froth creates a thick creamy & lasting head. Copious lacing rings. Yeast, berry & chocolate aromas. Sweet malty tasting with sweet bitterness. Raisin & subtle candy. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Slightly quite watery in the middle. Helpfully a sharp hoppy attack saves the flavor. Hints of chocolate on the aftertaste. Good food pairing: fish in pil-pil sauce or fat cheeses.

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

22 Oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours dank dark orange brown, hazy as they come and a lot of little particles floating around. A Nice looking off tan color frothy head with really nice retention

S- Smells of a little citrus and some spunky old fruits you get from an old ipa, some chocolate and caramel as well as the pacman yeast.

T- A good bitterness with those overly ripened fruit flavors, I can definitely taste the pacman yeast. A light caramel malt flavor and a tiny bit of chocolate,

M- Bitter, smooth beer with a dry finish, a fairly good drinker all around

O- A nice offering from rogue, An all around beer that meets all expectations of a rogue beer and doesn't fall into a single category in my opinion, nice stuff.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber cracked on 1-22-12.

A - Pours a light brown with a one finger tan head. Good retention.

S - Carmel and very sweet malt.

T - Same as the smell. Very sweet.

D - Medium carbonation and an average body.

O - Malty and sweet. The show is better than the beer.

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

A: a brownish red with a large over carbionated white head.

S: a carmal malt with a backbone of fruit and spice. A sweet alcohol smeall with some hops.

T: smooth with a complex spice malt and hop finish. The finish is long and has a mild bitterness to it.

M: Smooth and colmplx well balanced.

O: a nice easy drinking beer served in a 22oz bottle. overall a beer that is able to be drank anytime for any ocation.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.36/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Ralph's market in Los Angeles, California, and served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer stemflute in me gaff (also in Los Angeles). Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery's reputation.

Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured without any additional vigor as I didn't anticipate carbonation issues.

A: Pours a one and a half finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a nontransparent caramel-brown. Not at all amber.

Sm: Cream, amber hops, and caramelized malt. A mild strength aroma. Me broken nose struggles picking up on any deeper notes. All apologies.

T: Caramel, light cream, awfully handled bittering hops, and amber malts. Some nuts on the backend, lending it a strange brown ale esque feel. A strange mix of flavours that never feels quite balanced. Lots of competition amongst flavours, but little cooperation here. Poorly constructed all around. No clear direction or focus. Very scattered.

Mf: Smooth; too dry. Some nice cream. Not too thick nor too thin. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: Drinkable but dull and uninspired. If this is actually meant to be an amber (per Beeradvocate's current designation), it's absolutely wretched for the style. Poorly executed. I'd only try it again on-draught, to make sure I didn't get a bad batch.


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

My wife and I split a bottle of this with our snow crab dinner tonight.

Served in a tulip.

A: Poured a solid red color, with no light passing through whatsoever. The head was ridiculously webby, and added up to about a two finger head.

S: This had a nice floral and hop component, along with a bit of candy-ness that resembled fresh red velvet cake batter.

T: While this was fairly smooth on the front, it definitely pack quite a bitter wallop at the end. The hops really started to stain my teeth the more I drank of this stuff.

M: Thick and creamy, with some of the most ridiculous, sudsy lacing I've ever seen in a beer. Bitter for sure, but that's what I liked about it.

O: This surprised me actually. I really didn't know the style until I popped it open and checked on the website. Heck, all I knew is that Wegman's said it went really well with seafood and a portion of the proceeds go to a fisherman's fund of some sort. It certainly DID go well with that seafood!

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Photo of CowsCanBark
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice semi-murky ruby red hue with a light brown two-finger head. A very nice amount of lacing left on the glass.

Smell: All I can really smell is a strong scent of malts and breadyness.

Taste: Very roasty and balanced throughout. Dark malts, cocoa, coffee, with a moderate, mildly lingering bitterness throughout. Reminds me of what Clown Shoes' "Lubrication" was aiming for.

Mouthfeel: It's good. Relatively moderate body with high carbonation. It's not very smooth, though, and is somewhat of a sipper.

Overall: A good amber red, not as good as Rogue's American Amber Ale, this is more roasty and malty, but still pretty darn good.

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

A: A hazy copper color with a thick tan colored head that sticks to the sides of the glass.

S: Big caramel malt aroma with a little bit of peat and hop.

T: As with the aroma, the majority of flavor comes from the caramel malt. There is a very slight earthy flavor in the beer and the hops kick in at the finish and provide a nice flavor and bittering balance.

M: Medium body with a smooth creamy feel to it. Very nice feel to it.

O: A solid American red ale. Good flavors and nicely balanced.

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Photo of GNWBC
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P: pours a dark amber copper color with a thick white head.

S: holy hops! and lots of em

T: being that i do not like my beers overly hoppy, this was not my favorite, but lots of hops and bitterness and a mild hit of carmel undertones.

M: pine resin from the hops is all over the mouth and this has a medium body.

O: way to hoppy for my taste, however for the hop heads out here, you would defiantly dig this brew.

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

A - very heavy looking (could not see through the glass) reddish brown, a little over a half inch head with lots of lacing.

S - bitter piney hops

T - very well balance of malt and hops, bitter yet very palatable

M - perfectly carbonated, surprisingly a lot lighter in the mouth than it looked (opaque)

O - i really like this beer, it is much like an ESB but a little sweeter. glad it's a year round!

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Photo of dmamiano
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at my new favorite watering hole in Morgantown, Jays Getaway.
Poured a rather hazy mahogany with a smallish head that did lace nicely.
Malts dominated the nose. Almost bready,cleanish smelling. Hints of spicy hops also in there.
Taste was nice. Bitterness punched the taste buds hard. Hop flavors battled the malt rather nicely.
Good mouthfeel as well. Will have again.

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

A- Pours a reddish copper color with a pinkish white head.

S- Caramel malts, a little spice and some floral hops as well.

T- This is a good red ale overall. It has the flavors of burnt honey for the sweetness along with a lavender taste which makes up the floral and bitterness component. It's also a medium body with a dry finish. Good stuff.

Food Pairing- Spicy beef curry

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy bubbly dark bronze with a twi finger bubbly foam topped head. Very nice lacing.

S - Nothing too over powering. Some nice sweet and hop aromas. but hard to pick out any specific scents.

T - Taste is 10 times better than the smell, was not expecting that! Very nice balanced flavor profile. Starts with the malts which leads you into a fruity sweetness with a little bitterness on the backside. Great taste!

M - Head stays nice and foamy and leaves for a nice bubbly entry and a well balanced beer.

O - Was veryy happy with this beer. Great offering from Rogue. Nothing too radical with the taste, but a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle 5.99 22oz

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Photo of EJFinegan
2.44/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours amber in color with less than a finger of head. The body was so so with a clean feel. Strong notes of a piney earthiness. Not a great ale for me but not awful. I'd try it again just to be sure. Just didn't agree with me on the first go around. Maybe try from the bottle next time.

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Photo of nitro0292
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured half a bomber into a tulip. Body is a deep opaque mahogany, almost a reddish-purple. Looks like a barleywine or a Belgian dubbel. An inch thick head of slightly off white head stays around forever and leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Very impressive.

Smell is of pine hop and sweet caramel malts. Very appealing.

Taste is just like the smell. This is a slightly more balanced Cascazilla, with a nice dry finish with bitterness and a touch of that Pacman yeast. You know there are a ton of IBUs here (80 to be precise), but it is not overwhelming. Terrific balance of malt and hops - I can taste both, and both in adequate amounts.

Mouthfeel is normal, slightly heavy for the ABV and could use a touch more stinging carbonation on the tongue.

Overall, this is a very solid selection. I figured a "Northwest Ale" would be very similar to a San Diego IPA, and it is, but with some pilsner malt substituted for some deep caramel malts. This is tasty and I'm glad it is year round.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a dark opaque mahogany with a spare pale tan head. Aroma is malty, spicy and slightly hoppy. Strong flavor is malty and hoppy with an undertone of spice - mainly cloves and cinnamon - and a woody hint. Smooth, woody, slightly fizzy texture leaves a woody, hoppy and barely bitter finish as well as a nice tingle.

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Photo of 100floods
2.97/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

WOOOO! first review on this site in a while. Adding this to my growing que of novelty themed beers.

Pours a hazy maple brown with a more translucent pale ambe at the bottom. Nutty malt notes and something slightly sweet. Initially this has the makings of a good amber ale. Pretty malty sweet at first and smooth. But it finishes with that classic Rogue taste that ruins all their beer. Much like Captain Sig's Northwestern battling with the ocean, this beer seems to battle with the house flavors. The malt notes are good, strong, but are no match for the regional earthy hop attack Rogue's beers are so known for. Some nuttier flavors are able to cut through the hops, but the hops consume them like a rogue wave (all puns intended). If Rogue really wanted to make a beer to commemorate the Deadliest Catch (and incidentally their beers in general), they should have call this beer Rogue Wave.

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Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale from Rogue Ales
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