Whenever I am staring at the selection at the beer emporium, Oregon’s Rogue Brewery presents a quandary. Their beers are uniformly good, and some are excellent, but none that I have tried so far are truly great. Captain Sig’s Northwestern Ale is another one that falls into the good but not great category. It is very good, more than just drinkable, but I wanted it to break through into the sublime category, and it fell short.
It pours a ruby red color with a nice frothy head. Nice hoppy flavor offset by rich malt undertones. Remember that girl that you went to school with who just missed being good looking? That is this beer. It has all the component parts, it just missed being good looking. It gets a 5/10.