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Rogue’s Captain Sig’s Northwestern Ale

October 8, 2009

Rogue's Northwestern Ale

Rogue's Northwestern Ale

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 Cascade 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.

Overall
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

Price: $6.99 / 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottle

ABV: 6.2% according to Beer Advocate

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Beer Review: Rogue Oregon Golden Ale

January 11, 2007

As I mentioned in my review of Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Rogue tends to do their beers big or not at all. I think this is the exception that proves the rule.

Well, I’m still giving them chances, but this time I was not that thrilled.

Here is some of what the packaging says about this beer:

Deep Golden in color with a rich malty aroma. Delicately smooth and crisp flavor with an herbal finish.

7 Ingredients: Northwest Harrington, Klages & Maier Munic Malts; Cascade and Willamette Hops, Free Range Coastal Waters & Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast.

Here’s what I say:
This beer does pour to a deep golden color, as promised on the packaging. It poured cloudy and was almost a rust color. There was little head on the pour, and it didn’t last.

I poured this into my glass and set the glass down to examine the color and clarity. Before I could pick it up to give it a sniff and a whirl, I smelled malt wafting across to me.

On the nose, I again picked up on the malt, which almost overpowered the caramel. Overall it smelled like it was going to be one sweet beer, which that night suited me fine.

It was light bodied and on my first sip, before swallowing, I thought this was one sweet malty beer….very nice. After swallowing, the hops kicked in and bittered it up. I enjoyed this transition….it made the beer more balanced and kept it from being cloyingly sweet. The hops tasted floral with a subtle hint of spiciness to them.

So this was a fine beer, but it gave me nothing to make me a return buyer. It was a decent beer and very drinkable, but nothing stood out as exceptional to me.

I drank this accompanied by a spicy chicken dish, and it was a good dinner companion, but I’ve had better.

Recommended: Meh….it’s a decent beer, why not
Price: I paid $8.99 for a six-pack
ABV: not sure?

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Beer Review: Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar

January 11, 2007

Rogue, as the name implies, is not your average brewery. Their beers, the ones I’ve tried at least, were as subtle as a brick upside the head. Their flavor attacks your taste buds and wrestles them to the ground until they scream like a girl. Depending on the beer, this can be a good or bad thing. Hazelnut Brown Nectar is no exception, but it’s a good thing.

On the pour, there was very little head and it did not last. It pours to a deep, rich chocolate color. The nose is slightly nutty with hints of sweetness and fruit.

I was a little hesitant to try this, because it came right on the heels of trying their chocolate stout, which I thought was way overdone. This was actually quite a tasty brew. The bulk of the flavor was the hazelnut, with the slightest bit of hoppiness, which almost emphasized the sweetness even more. This brew is so nutty you almost want to crunch as you drink it, probably because it was made with hazelnut extract. I think this is a beer best enjoyed once in a while, one 22 oz bottle only, sitting in front of a nice roaring, crackling fire and just enjoying a nice evening at home.

Now here is some info from their website (www.rogue.com):

Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale is a blend of Great Western 2-row Pale, Munich, Hugh Baird Brown, Crystal 80 and Crystal 135, Carastan, and Beeston Pale Chocolate malts; hazelnut extract; Perle and Saaz hops.

Also from their Web site, read the Hazelnut Brown Nectar brochure (pdf).

Recommended: Yes
Price: I paid $4.29 for a 650ml bottle
ABV: 6.2%

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Beer Review: Rogue American Amber Ale

January 10, 2007

Rogue was established in 1988, and ever since then they have been putting out unique brews. I have tried a few of their brews now, and only have one I would never ever try again…the Smoke Ale. Blech!

The American Amber Ale, according to the bottle, is made from “Harrington & Klages, Cara Vienna, English 115 & 135 Crystal Malts; Cascade & Kent Golding Hops, Free Range Coastal Waters & Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast”. They also say that this brew is “Tawny Amber in color with a coffee aroma and a tight head. A delicate flavor with a roasted malt accent, generous use of hops and a smooth finish”.

I would agree with most of this. On the pour, it looked like a good nut brown ale. It was a nice deep ruby chestnut color, just a beautiful brew. Held to the light, it did seem a mite cloudy. The head was indeed tight, but it not last long, and there was minimal lacing.

I didn’t notice much coffee aroma. It just smelled good and malty to me, with strong hints of hops.

Now, because it is called an Amber Ale, I, for some reason, expected it to be more of a lager type brew. This beer, though, was rather hoppy, which was pleasant, as I am in a hoppy phase right now. This beer is much hoppier than the nose lets on. The overall taste was a nice floral hops taste, but it also seemed crisp and biscuity. There was also a faint hint of sweetness.

Overall, I would say this is an excellent hoppy beer. The hops are not overpowering, to my palate.

From their Web site, read the American Amber Ale brochure (pdf).

Recommended: Yes
Price: I paid $4.19 for a 650ml bottle
ABV: 5.6%

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