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Rogue's Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale

1 rating: 4.0
India Red Ale

Jack Joyce, Bob Woodell (past U of O fraternity brothers), and another friend, Rob Strasser, were approached by Jeff Schultz, Bob's accountant, and an avid home brewer.      Construction began in June of 1988 in Ashland along a very … see full wiki

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1 review about Rogue's Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale

Captain Sig Hansen should be proud his name is on this brew

  • Feb 22, 2010

I was in the market for some beer lately (imagine that!) and came across Rogue’s Captain Sig’s Northwestern Ale.  According to the bottle, portions of the proceeds of this beer go to support the Fisherman’s Fund. The Captain Sig in the name of the beer, in case you didn’t know, is Sig Hansen, of the crab fishing boat The Northwestern. The Deadliest Catch is one of my favorite shows, and Sig Hansen is my favorite captain on that show.  So I had to try this.

By the way, if you like Deadliest Catch and the Hansen brothers as much as I do, check out the Northwestern crew’s Web site.

Rogue calls it an India Red Ale and it uses 2-Row Pale, Munich, Carastan and Chocolate Malts, Amarillo and Cascade hops, Rogue’s Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

The Pour
A good solid pour resulted in a massive, billowy and light tan, three finger thick head.  The beer itself is a dark caramely color and looks slightly cloudy in the glass. (Remnants of the Pacman Yeast perhaps?) The head leaves nice lacing on the glass as you enjoy this brew.

The Nose
This has a good malty nose. I can smell coffee notes and the freshness of hops with floral hints. It smells very clean and fresh. Repeated deep sniffs give you more of the hops, including the citrus and grapefruit usually denoting the Amarillo hops. Good bitter and floral notes are found as well.

The Taste
This is one tasty brew! There’s a good roundness and well balanced flavor that give way to a nicely lemony and floral finish. The finish becomes more grapefruity as the beer warms, but as the hoppiness fades at the end of the finish, chocolate flavors linger. This starts off malty and sweet, but also brings clean and refreshing flavors to the party. This is a medium bodied ale.

Captain Sig Hansen should be proud to have his name associated with this beer, and with Rogue. Like Sig, Rogue doesn’t do anything half assed. They do what they do, and they do it big! This beer has a great depth of flavor and is just a very tasty brew.

Recommended: You bet! Very tasty and full of flavor

Captain Sig Hansen should be proud his name is on this brew

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February 23, 2010
This sounds like one tasty beer! So I've been noticing what sounds like beer terminology in your reviews... what does "three finger thick head" on the pour mean? I'm intrigued! :)
February 23, 2010
Well, I always assumed it meant the head was as thick as three fingers held together, so that is how I use it. So if I say it was two fingers thick, that means I've held two fingers together horizontally and held them against the glass, and the head was that thick. Make sense?
February 26, 2010
Interesting. Yes, that makes sense. Thanks for explaining! :)
February 26, 2010
No problem :)
February 22, 2010
Your reviews are making me thirsty.
February 23, 2010
There's only one prescription for that problem.....drink great beer :D
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Rogue's Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale
Type: Red ale
Variety: India Red Ale
Country: Newport, Oregon, United States
Brewery: Rogue
ABV: 6.2%
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