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Friday, November 4, 2011

Rogue Captain Sig’s Northwestern Ale

Rogue Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale, named after the Northwestern and her captain Sigurd Jonny “Sig” Hansen and Rogue-dedicated to the Hansen family, poured a hazy, burnt orange into the glass, with heavy carbonation feeding a big, almost out of control beige head.  The nose carried caramel malts forward, but as the ale warmed the hops came through, citrusy and hoppy, of the slight fruitiness of the Pacman yeast. 

Rogue Captain Sig’s Northwestern Ale opened crisp and clean, with citric hops over dark caramel malt.  As the ale warmed, the malts took on an earthier tone and the hops transitioned from grapefruit to light pine, all backed by a touch of dry, fruity yeast.  The ale ended on a lingering, bitter fade as the malt darkened as it faded and the hops became more pronounced.

Rogue Captain Sig’s Northwestern Ale is a good ale… great even, at moments.  That said, it doesn’t do anything so spectacular that I can say it stick around in my mind for long or merit a second taste.  Too many good beers out there.

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