326. Rogue Ales – Captain Sig’s Northwestern Ale

Rogue Captain Sig's Northwestern AleAs I’ve mentioned before, I’m vice president of the ABNormal Brewers homebrew club here in town.  Tonight we have our monthly steering meeting to discuss our plans for the next meeting.  It’s a great chance to get together to discuss topics for the meeting, as well as try some of the good beers on tap at Fat Jack’s.

Location: On tap at Fat Jack’s in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 6.2% ABV, 80 IBUs, 75 AA, 14.5º Plato OG, 20º Lovibond, 194 Calories

Ingredients: Malt: Carastan, Chocolate, Micro Barley Farm Dare™ & Risk™ Malts; Hops: Amarillo, Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution & Rebel Hops; Yeast: Rogue’s Pacman Yeast.

Appearance & Aroma: It was a very deep read color and was fairly cloudy.  There was a thin creamy head on it, allowing me to pick up on a slightly caramel malty aroma with hints of citrusy hops.

Taste & Feel: The body was medium and it had a smooth, somewhat creamy mouthfeel.  There was a lightly milk chocolate, mostly caramel sweet maltiness up front, which was quickly followed by a floral and grapefuit-like hop flavor that continued to grow well into the aftertaste.

Food Pairing: Since this beer is dedicated to Captain Sig from the TV show the Deadliest Catch, I considered pairing it with crab.  However, I think the solid malt backbone and big hop flavor requires a much heartier pairing.  Therefore, I would suggest pairing this with a big steak.  The maltiness would go nicely with it, and the meat will help balance the grapefruit hop flavor that sticks around in the aftertaste.

Overall Impression: This had some very interesting malt flavors, which I found difficult to describe.  The sweetness was a bit like light milk chocolate and caramel.  Just as you would get a sense of the malt flavors, a big floral and grapefruit hop flavor kicked in.  It was a very good mix of unique malt flavors with a sold hop flavor that lasted.  Overall, I thought this was a pretty good beer.

My Rating: ★★★½☆

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Author: kkozlen

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