Beer: Captain Sig’s Northwestern Ale
Brewery: Rogue Ales
Style: American Amber Ale
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Murky, dark honey body with a thick, sticky head that stays buoyant until the last sip.
Smell: This is one fragrant ale. Its complex smell is of sweet, coppery metal aromas with notes of apple cider, caramel candy, and herbal hops.
Flavor: There is an initial buttery sweetness that quickly breaks out into an all out hop fest. The malt character manifests in the form of over buttered white toast, while the hops are mostly herbal, with a thyme and pine taste. The lingering flavor is a peppery spice.
Feel: Medium, creamy body with some carbonation.
Concluding Remark: Captain Sig’s Northwestern Ale is an homage to the history of the northwestern Amber Ale (the style originated in Oregon), as well as Deadliest Catch‘s Captain Sig Hansen. Personally, I’ve never seen the show, but I guess that means something to someone. For a beer associated with the term “deadliest,” this Northwestern Ale is pretty tame. While overall a solid ale, the flavors could have been more amplified. Taking inspiration from the Wikipedia article on Sig Hansen, I suggest that Rogue develop a new recipe that emulates Hansen’s “Norwegian Fisherman’s Diet.” I mean, who wouldn’t want to drink a Coffee-Chocolate-Ciggarette Ale? I think that would do The Captain and his deadly lifestyle justice.